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Bowdoin Hosts Forum on Women and Sports

Story posted February 15, 1998

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Bowdoin College will host a five-day symposium next week to address myriad issues surrounding women and athletics. The symposium, held Feb. 11-15, includes panel discussions featuring former Bowdoin athletic greats; workshops on nutrition and fitness; athletic events; and demonstrations. The following events are open to the public free of charge.

A panel discussion on Title IX will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. The discussion will feature panelists Beverly Ledbetter, vice president and general counsel, Brown University, and Neena Chaudhry, public policy fellow for the National Women's Law Center in Washington, D.C. The two will discuss the legal issues surrounding Title IX and the case brought against Brown in 1992 by women athletes there.

Susan Tananbaum, associate professor of history, will moderate the discussion. Joan Benoit Samuelson '79, winner of the 1984 Olympic gold medal in the women's marathon, will provide opening remarks. A reception will follow.

On Thursday, Feb. 12, a brown bag lunch on "Health Issues For Athletic Women" will be held in Main Lounge, Moulton Union, at 12 noon. The discussion will be led by Dr. Ann Babbitt and Dr. Margaret Schoeller '81, both members of the Greater Portland Osteoporosis Network. The two will discuss bone health in young athletic women and the interrelationship of osteoporosis, amenorrhea and eating disorders.

Eileen Ash, first U.S. alternate in the women's kayak for the 1992 Olympic team, will give a lecture on her experiences on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 9 p.m. in the Women's Resource Center, 24 College St. Ash will also give demonstrations on whitewater techniques throughout the symposium.

The Office of Residential Life will sponsor a 1.5 mile fun run/walk on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 11 a.m. The run/walk winner will be that person who most accurately predicts his or her finish time. No watches will be allowed. The race begins and ends at Farley Field House. Registration is $2. Proceeds from the race and an all-day raffle will benefit the Women's Sports Foundation, a national nonprofit educational organization providing opportunities for girls in sports and fitness.

A second panel discussion will be held Sunday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m. in the Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center, featuring three Bowdoin alumnae discussing careers in athletics. The panelists are Christine Evans '84, a member of the 1995 America3 all-women's America's Cup yachting team; Lissa McGrath '83, an owner and founder of Affinity Marketing, a Marblehead, Mass.-based sponsorship and promotional company specializing in sports marketing and special events; and Carrie Wickenden '95, who most recently served as special assistant to the commissioner of Major League Soccer.

For those wanting to watch the Polar Bears compete that weekend, the women's basketball team hosts Trinity Friday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. and Amherst on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 3 p.m. in Morrell Gym. The women's ice hockey team hosts Williams Saturday, Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. and Amherst on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m. in Dayton Arena.

Other events during the symposium include a staff development session for Bowdoin coaches; an overnight camping trip for Bowdoin women sponsored by the Bowdoin Outing Club; and sessions on lifelong fitness training for Bowdoin students, faculty and staff. For more information on the events, call symposium chair Helen Pelletier at 725-3559.

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