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September 27, 2012
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Huntingdon College
News Release

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.

Huntingdon 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.

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