Nebraska AIDS Project to benefit from upcoming HC events

This October, the Nebraska AIDS Project will benefit from several World AIDS Day activities at Hastings College.

On Tuesday, October 29 at 7 p.m. in French Memorial Chapel (800 N. Turner Ave.), the College’s Peer HIV Educators Organization (PHIVE-O) will sponsor a World AIDS Day Vigil. Jacob Gilchrist, a senior from Colorado Springs, Colo., will perform “Dreaming Wide Awake.” Attendees are asked to bring a canned good or free will donation to help the Nebraska AIDS Project. Food and drinks will be provided.

Later that week, the Hastings College Peer Umbrella Network (PUN) will sponsor Trick or Treat for the Nebraska AIDS Project and the Fun with PUN Party. To participate, meet at the Stone Health Center (843 N. Turner Ave.) on Thursday, October 31 at 6 p.m. to collect canned good to help stock the Nebraska AIDS Project pantry. Return the collected items to the Health Center by 7 p.m. The festivities continue at Hazelrigg Student Union (HSU) (705 E. 9th St.) where PUN will host a Halloween party including a showing of “Hocus Pocus” and pumpkin decorating.

Additional World AIDS Day activities will include an HIV-positive speaker on Wednesday, October 30 at noon in HSU Room C. Free taco soup and goodies will be available.

All these events are free and open to the public.

Due to the College’s academic calendar which leaves just one week between Thanksgiving Break and first semester finals, the organizations are celebrating World AIDS Day a month earlier than usual.

“We thought the week before finals would be too packed to do all of our World AIDS Day events,” said PHIVE-O member Jose Jimenez. “We will still keep the annual chapel service on that Wednesday before the national World AIDS Day on December 1, 2013.”

Founded in 1882, Hastings College is a private, four-year liberal arts institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. With 64 majors in 32 areas of study and 12 pre-professional programs, Hastings College has been named among “America’s Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review and a “Best Buy in College Education” by Barron’s. Visit for more.

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