College to celebrate women's winning trends

hockey image“Celebrating Women in Sports” events at SUNY Oswego Nov. 10 to 12 will honor progress in college athletics and society.

Activities will include a panel discussion on increased opportunities for women in athletics and sports-related careers, the annual Oswego Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony and spotlight games by the Laker women’s varsity ice hockey team, which SUNY Oswego relaunched this season with the opening of the college’s Campus Center.

“The 25th anniversary of NCAA women’s championships presents a marvelous milestone to look back at the progress we’ve made as a society and understand that barriers can be surmounted,” SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley said. “And it is also an excellent opportunity to look forward with great confidence built on the advances we have made so far.”

A professional panel will address “Reaffirming Title IX: A Record of Success” at 12:40 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in the Campus Center. The panel discussion will be free and open to the public.

Participants will include Kristin Bernert, vice president of the WNBA; Alfreeda Goff, senior commissioner of the NCAA Division I Horizon League; Jenny Graap, head coach of the Cornell University women’s lacrosse team and two-time national coach of the year; and Kelly Iorillo, registered dietician at the Siegler Center for Integrative Medicine. The moderator for the panel will be Dr. Gwen Kay, associate professor of history at SUNY Oswego and an expert in women’s history.

Just starting the road to success is SUNY Oswego’s newest varsity sport, women’s ice hockey. Playing for the first time in more than two decades, the program earned two victories out of the box its inaugural weekend in beating Chatham College, 3-1 and 6-0, in the Campus Center.

As part of “Celebrating Women in Sports” weekend activities, the women’s hockey team will host Neumann College twice, at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 11 and 12, in the Campus Center arena.

Oswego State’s women’s swimming and diving team, which has won SUNY Athletic Conference titles the past two years and included several All-American competitors, will also be in action that weekend. The women’s team, along with the men’s squad, will host Clarkson University at 1 p.m. Saturday at the pool in Laker Hall.

A luncheon will induct seven members into the Oswego Athletic Hall of Fame at noon Saturday. Inductees will include women’s hockey players Linda Cohn of Oswego’s class of 1981 (also an ESPN anchor) and Ann (Potter) Collins of the class of 1980; the college’s first two men’s hockey coaches, Herb Hammond and George Crowe; men’s basketball player Dr. Casimir Kowalski of the class of 1965; and men’s hockey player Rick Pratt of the class of 1982. For more information on the luncheon, call 312-2258 or visit

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PHOTO CAPTION: Breaking the ice—Freshman Tiffany Duquette races down the ice during the Laker women’s hockey team’s inaugural game in the Campus Campus and first varsity contest in more than 20 years, a 3-1 victory over Chatham.

(Posted: Oct 25, 2006)