Sophomore organizes Student Global Aids Campaign on MC campus
Marietta College sophomore Kayla Reiland was inspired to promote AIDS awareness by a gift that was inscribed with the words "Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil."
Reiland, the daughter of Thomas Reiland of Canonsburg, Pa., and Mary Ann Bocheck and Gettysburg, Pa., has started a chapter of the Student Global AIDS Campaign on the Marietta College campus. The chapter's goal is to support effective and science-based prevention programs and inexpensive, life-saving AIDS medications.
Jamie Kendrioski, assistant director of International Programs and Student Services, has supported Reiland with advice on how to start the campaign and helped direct her to Melissa Liptak, Director of Student Activities and Greek Life, for help registering the organization.
"The Student Global AIDS Campaign is one of approximately eight new student organizations, which have formed this fall," Liptak said. "I am happy to see students taking the initiative to start organizations that reflect their interests."
Reiland said Marietta College provides the resources necessary to tackle a project such as Student Global AIDS.
"It really helps that the campus size is small because I feel that my voice can be heard," said Reiland, who has recently partnered up with sophomore Ryan Wright, the son of Jerry and Kimberly Wright of Coshocton, Ohio. "This is just one of the many benefits of attending a private school."
Reiland plans to establish the Marietta College chapter as an organization then with time focus on larger goals. She is in the process of combining with other chapters in Ohio and West Virginia in order to form a stronger alliance. She also plans on working in conjunction with Jim Fry, the academic coordinator for MC's Physician Assistant Studies Program, at his HIV/AIDS clinic in Parkersburg, W.Va.
She and Wright will be busy during December, which is National AIDS Awareness Month. They plan to make their voices heard by speaking to students on campus, passing out pamphlets, and other promotional materials. Reiland said the other 11 months are equally as important in promoting AIDS awareness.
Reiland hopes to dismiss some of the misconceptions that are associated with AIDS.
"AIDS is not just a disease that infects homosexuals. It is important to realize that AIDS can affect anyone," she said.
Reiland has sent out e-mails to gain support and membership from students and faculty, and she plans to organize meetings for those interested in the campaign. So far more than 40 people expressed interest.
For more information about involvement with the Student Global AIDS Campaign on campus, please contact Kayla Reiland at firstname.lastname@example.org.