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2008.03.13 > For Immediate Release
contact: Becky Bohan Brown - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2243 - email: rbrown@mail.unomaha.edu

National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Omaha - This year, National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is Thursday, March 20. The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will host a lunch and learn and UNO Inter-Tribal Student Council Pow Wow to commemorate the day.

Native communities selected March 20 to commemorate National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day because it marks the start of spring, a time of beginnings and change.

"The national event aims to increase awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians," said Jessiline Anderson, associate professor of psychology at UNO and Umonhon tribal member.

The UNO W.H. and Dorothy Alumni Center will be the site for the lunch and learn Friday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Boostrapper Hall. Martha Burnside from the Center for Applied Studies in American Ethnicity at Colorado State University will speak. Topics will include "Advancing HIV/AIDS Prevention in Native Communities" and "Community Readiness Model." A 21-minute movie, "Her Giveaway:  A Spiritual Journey with AIDS," will also be screened.

On Saturday, April 12, HIV awareness, education and testing will be available at the UNO Inter-Tribal Student Council Pow Wow, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Sapp Fieldhouse.

All events are free and open to the public. To view the entire schedule of events and community sponsors - including the UNO Inter-Tribal Student Council and UNO Department of Psychology - click on the link below:

March 19-April 12 Events

For more information, contact Anderson at 554.4811.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is "UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908." This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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