EIU Tribute to Women's Athletics


Published on January 16 2013 12:17 pm
Last Updated on January 16 2013 12:17 pm
Written by Millie Lange

CHARLESTON, Ill. – Eastern Illinois alumnus and NCAA Vice President Dr. Joni Comstock will be the keynote speaker as the EIU Athletic Department will pay tribute to the history of women's athletics on campus during a two-day celebration event on March 1-2, 2013.  The event coinciding with the year long 40th anniversary of Title IX on many collegiate campuses will honor ten individuals and four teams who have made a lasting impact on Panther Women's Athletics.  Dr. Comstock will speak on significance of women’s athletics not only at EIU but on the national landscape at the Saturday lunch event.

The weekend will kick off with a reunion of all former women's athletes at a reception on Friday evening in McAfee Gym and a luncheon on Saturday in the MLK Union Ballroom.  Saturday evening the men's and women's basketball teams will host SIU Edwardsville.  The men will play at 4 p.m. and the women at 6:30 p.m.   Following the men's contest, the ten honorees and other returning former female student-athletes will be honored on the Lantz Arena floor.  An online reservation form for the event is available at www.eiupanthers.com by clicking on the Women’s Athletics Celebration button or you can call Dave Kidwell, Assistant AD for Special Events at 217-581-2824.

The ten individuals being honored are Kandace Arnold, Dr. Joni Comstock, Rachel Galligan, Erica Gerth, Nancy Kassebaum, Beth Liesen, Florence McAfee, Zam Mogill-Hay, Helen Riley and Gail Stephens.  The four teams being recognized are the 1982 softball team, 1988 basketball team, 2001 volleyball team and 2001 soccer team.

Schedule of Events

Friday – March 1

7 p.m. - Reception @ McAfee Gym

Saturday – March 2

11 a.m. – Luncheon at MLK Union

4 p.m. – Men’s Basketball vs. SIUE (on court recognition following men’s game)

6:30 p.m. – Women’s Basketball vs. SIUE