Alumni and alumnae, parents, students, faculty, staff and administrators joined together on campus Saturday, March 23 to honor and celebrate the anniversaries of the enactment of Title IX, NCAA championships for women and the induction of the Hall of Honor Class of 2002. The Heron Lacrosse team posted a 13-8 home victory over Nazareth College on the artificial turf. The game was not only impressive for its outcome, but as a history-making event as the first Division III women's lacrosse to have live audio and video streamed on the Internet.
Following the game, a distinguished panel discussed the history and future of Title IX legislation, which marks its 30th anniversary this year. The panel was made up of Mariah Burton Nelson, author and athlete; Kris Thorsness, attorney and Olympic rowing champion, Tiffany Jones '99, former Heron soccer player and Ph.D. candidate at Springfield College, and Betty Bayer, associate professor of psychology and director of the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men as moderator. The day was capped by the Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony honoring four women who have left a legacy for William Smith women to follow. They include Ann Lynch Burnes '93, Polly Gnazzo Philbrick '73, Meghan O'Brien Donaldson '89, and Aliceann Wilber, Heron soccer coach.
The March 24 Finger Lakes Times article titled “HWS panelists say Title IX needs better enforcement” highlighted the panel discussion with Mariah Burton Nelson and Kris Thorsness.