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The Title IX Distinguished Service Award

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the enactment of Title IX, the Office of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance presented on October 11, 2012 Purdue's Title IX Distinguished Service Award.  The following 40 individuals were recognized and honored for their significant contributions to the advancement of gender equity in education. Nomination criteria.

Purdue University's Title IX Distinguished Service Award Reception program.

Purdue's Title IX Distinguished Service Award Recipients:


Evelyn Blackwood

Barbara Ivy Cook Mary Harrison Ford Joan L. Marshall Helen Blanche Schleman*
Roger L. Blalock* Cheryl A. Cooky Monica Gary Sally Mason Beverley Stone*
Beth Brooke Nancy Cross LaNelle E. Geddes Tamara E. Morse Dorothy C. Stratton *
Morgan J. Burke Jane Zimmer Daniels Eva L. Goble Carolyn Peck Beverly Davenport Sypher
Susan Bulkeley Butler Carol Dewey Leah H. Jamieson Robert L. Ringel* Emily M. Wadsworth
Martha Oakley Chiscon Carol A. Ecker Carolyn E. Johnson Margaret Moan Rowe Sarah J. (Sally) Watlington
Barbara S. Clark Barbara Edmondson Laura Reasoner Jones Amy Ruley Helen Bass Williams*
Sally Combs- Dunaway Zenephia E. Evans Dorothy Leland Clara Bell Sessions* Toyinda Wilson-Long

* deceased


Image Gallery

Here are the galleries of photos taken at the Title IX @40: Looking Back, Moving Forward Conference and the Title IX Distinguished Service Award Reception.

Title IX @ 40: Looking Back, Moving Forward Conference Morning Keynote

Title IX @ 40: Looking Back, Moving Forward Conference Afternoon Session

Title IX Distinguished Service Award Reception

Title IX Distinguished Service Award Recipients

Group Photos

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Purdue Alumni Carole Oglesby was presented with the 2013 Health and Human Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Carole Oglesby has spent her life as a champion for equality for women in sport and physical activity.  She recieved a Ph.D from Purdue in Sports Psychology.  From 1962 to 1974 she coached basketball, volleyball and softball at Mt St Mary's College, Purdue University and University of Massachusetts with two teams making it all the way to the College World Series. She championed the spirit of Title IX before its creation and we present our congratulations for her achievements.  Dr. Oglesby is seen in the photo attending the NCAA's annual Inclusion Forum.

Purdue Marketing and Media has produced a video discussing the legacy of Title IX. The video is entitled Boiler Bytes: Legacy of Title IX and was aired on the Big Ten Network on April 19, 2013.  The video features former and current Purdue coaches and athletes as well as a NCAA representative.

The YouTube channel MAKERSWomen created a brief video of Purdue University's President Emeritus France Córdova discussing the impact of Title IX in the classroom. The video is entitled France Córdova: Title IX in the Classroom.  The MAKERSWomen YouTube channel also contains a video playlist focusing on interviewing women about Women in Sports and Title IX.

The Purdue athletic department has produced a video which offers a look at the 37-year history of women's athletics at Purdue. The video can be found by following the following link. The History of Women in Purdue Athletics.

The Title IX 40th anniversary opening celebration on June 22nd, 2012  was a huge success. Thank you to all who attended and we ask that you

continue to join us for other events throughout the year!




September 7, 2012

Womens Resource Network Book Club

Closing the Leadership Gap: Add Women, Change Everything

Author: Marie C. Wilson

Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM. Location: LLC


September 18, 2012

All the Way: Patsy Mink Ahead of the Majority [Film]

Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: LWSN 1142

Sponsored by: Purdue University Women's Studies Program and FACT (Feminist Action Coalition for Today)


October 11, 2012

Title IX @ 40: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Conference: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Contact: titleIX@purdue.edu



National Girls and Women in Sports Month

Activities TBD

February 20, 2013

Women's Studies Lecture Series

"Playing but Losing: Women's Sports After Title IX"

Lecturer: Cheryl Cooky, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Women's Studies and Health & Kinesiology

Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Location: Stewert 202



Women's History Month

Activities TBD


This schedule will be updated throughout the year so please check back frequently!

If you have an event you would like listed on our schedule, please contact titleix@purdue.edu.

Title IX @ 40: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Title IX @ 40: Looking Back, Moving Forward conference will be held on Thursday, October 11, 2012 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm in the Shively Club located in Ross-Ade Pavilion. The day’s events will include presentations and panel discussions on Title IX’s impact on Purdue, women’s sports and education over the past 40 years. Speakers will also address future challenges and opportunities. Dr. Joni Comstock, former Purdue University Senior Associate Athletic Director and currently Senior Vice President of Championships for the NCAA will be the Keynote speaker.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was signed into law on June 23, 1972, by President Richard M. Nixon. Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity.

The event is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance, Diversity Resource Office, Intercollegiate Athletics, Office of Institutional Equity, Purdue Alumni Association, the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, Women of Purdue, Purdue University Women's Studies Program, and Women’s Resource Network.

To register for the conference please click the following link. Registration - closed

Title IX @ 40: Looking Back, Moving Forward Agenda

For information about the conference contact Barbara Devine at titleix@purdue.edu.