Huntingdon observes 40th anniversary of Title IX
Montgomery, Ala.—"No person in the United States shall, on the basis
of sex, be excluded
from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to
discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal
financial assistance ..." so begins the wording of the landmark
legislation known as Title IX. Part of the Education Amendments of
1972, the law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in
educational and extracurricular programs, including athletics, and 40
years ago opened courts and fields and tracks to women
student-athletes. In observance of the 40th anniversary of Title IX,
Huntingdon College will host a series of seminars for women
student-athletes culminating in a public keynote session, "Title IX: A Work in Progress," Friday, September 28, at 2:00 p.m. in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall, featuring Huntingdon Class of 1987 alumna and Auburn-Montgomery professor Michele Olson.
Olson, a professor of exercise physiology in the Department of Physical
Education and Exercise Science at Auburn-Montgomery, earned her graduate
and doctoral degrees from Auburn University. She has directed numerous
research studies resulting in more than 85 publications in peer-reviewed
professional journals. Olson is a Fellow of the American College of
Sports Medicine for outstanding service to research. She has also
received both the Auburn-Montgomery Distinguished Research and Teaching
Professor Awards, is a two-time School of Education Outstanding Research
Award recipient and holds the Ida Belle Young Professorship. She has
been quoted in USA Today, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Newsweek. She also serves on the advisory boards for Fitness Magazine and Health Magazine.
The keynote address is free and open to the public.
College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United
Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith,
wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to
succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon
is a coeducational liberal arts college. The College motto, "Enter
to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service," is
inscribed in stone above the front door of John Jefferson Flowers
Hall. Ranked in the top tier of regional colleges by U.S.
News and World Report and consistently listed in the Princeton
Review's "The Best Colleges: Region by Region," Huntingdon
has for two years been recognized on the President's Higher
Education Community Service Honor Roll and is listed on the
National Register of Historic Places. Washington
Monthly, which ranks colleges on the basis of their
contribution to the public good, places Huntingdon in the top 20% of
352 Baccalaureate colleges.