USD's Nearman honored by Red Cross chapter Julie Nearman, coordinator of co-curriculum programs at The University of South Dakota, has been named the Volunteer of the Year in HIV/AIDS work by the Sioux Empire chapter of the Red Cross.
Nearman earned the honor for her work with the AIDS Quilt visit to USD in March. She was chair of the education committee during the quilt's visit to the area. She organized and led sessions and workshops to educate people about AIDS and the HIV virus. There were classes and workshops held each day during the quilt's three-day visit.
Stephanie Koster of the Sioux Empire Red Cross nominated Nearman for the award. Nearman said the entire experience with the AIDS Quilt will be invaluable to her in the future.
"It's very rewarding to receive an honor like this," Nearman said. "The whole AIDS Quilt project was really a great experience for me. I grew a lot as a person from it."
Nearman said the hard work of everyone involved with the quilt deserve to be recognized as well.
"A lot of people from USD and Vermillion worked really hard on the AIDS Quilt project. It's such an important thing and I am really glad I could be part of it." she said.