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Title IX Today: Facts and Figures vs. Myths and Misinformation
with Dr. Charlotte West

Oct. 15, 2012

EASTON, Pa. - In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Title IX, Lafayette's Department of Athletics will host Dr. Charlotte West as part of a presentation entitled Title IX Today: Facts and Figures vs. Myths and Misinformation. The event, which is part of the Inaugural Madame de Lafayette Series, is free to the public and begins at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 at Pfenning Alumni Center.

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Dr. Charlotte West, a pioneer in women's athletics, will speak at Lafayette on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. in Pfenning Alumni Center as part of a presentation entitled Title IX Today: Facts and Figures vs. Myths and Misinformation.

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"We are extremely honored to have one of the great trailblazers and advocates for women's athletics to our campus to help celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Title IX," Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon said. "I had the great fortune to work with Charlotte West during my time at Southern Illinois University. She has devoted her life to creating opportunities for girls and women in sports. It is because of pioneers like Charlotte West that we see the incredible growth and high achievement of women in sports today."

A mentor and a leader in her field, Dr. West retired as associate athletic director at Southern Illinois University in 1998, but left a legacy as one of the nation's pioneers in women's intercollegiate athletics. In the 1970s, Dr. West became heavily involved with Title IX legislation. She served as a consultant for the Health, Education, and Welfare portions of Title IX that related to athletics. Dr. West earned regional and national acclaim for her work in the governance of intercollegiate athletics, including president of the American Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, first woman member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors and a five-year stint on the NCAA Council.

The first-ever recipient of the Honda Award of Merit in 1996 for outstanding achievement in women's collegiate athletics, Dr. West was a driving force for more than 40 years in the area of advancement of women's sports.