Saint Mary’s celebrating 50 years of Title IX

Posted By: Donny Nadeau On: 2023-02-16
Posted On: 2023-02-16

During the week of Feb. 20, the Saint Mary’s University athletic department is planning a weeklong celebration in recognition of the 50-year anniversary of Title IX.

“We are thrilled to celebrate women in sport and 50 years of Title IX with a number of great events lined up here at Saint Mary’s,” said Saint Mary’s athletic director Brian Sisson. “We are fortunate to have so many successful former alumni-athletes returning to campus to talk about their careers in the sports world, and we’re honored to welcome Dr. Nicole M. Lavoi from the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport, who will present ‘Title IX and Women’s Sports, Current Research Initiatives of the Tucker Center, and Future Trends of Women’s Sports.’

“It promises to be a very special week.”

On Monday, Feb. 20, the inaugural Alumni Who Work In Sport Panel will kick off the week’s events. The panel includes the following Saint Mary’s alumni: Tom Wistrcill B’92, commissioner of the Big Sky Conference and men’s basketball alumnus; Taylor Pogreba B’17, Minnesota Wild associate account executive and women’s hockey alumna; Laura Sonday B’19, TennisONE content manager and women’s tennis alumna; and Sheila McGill B’98, head women’s soccer coach at St. Thomas University and  women’s soccer alumna.

On Wednesday, Feb. 22 — sandwiched between a two-night showing of a documentary on the history of Title IX and its impact — keynote speaker Nicole M. Lavoi, Ph.D., will take center stage. Dr. Lavoi is a senior lecturer in the area of social and behavioral sciences in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota, where she is the director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport.

Each evening’s event will take place at 7 p.m. in Aquinas 200 (the Dr. Philip A. Cochran B’77 Auditorium). Complete details will be found here.