Tina Cervasio To Lead Title IX Panel At Caldwell University

The impact of Title IX, signed into law a half-century ago, has been profound in various areas within education. Perhaps its most visible effects have been in amateur athletics, where millions of girls and women have been afforded opportunities to compete and thrive where their mothers and grandmothers did not.

As part of the NCAA's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the landmark law, which officially went into effect on June 23, 1972, making the 1972-73 academic year the first under the Educational Amendment, Caldwell University Athletics will host "A Review and Discussion on the Impact of Title IX and Women in Athletics" panel event on Friday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. at the campus's George R. Newman Center Gym. Fox5 sports anchor and reporter Tina Cervasio will serve as moderator of the event that will feature a distinguished panel of accomplished women, including:

  • Recent Caldwell graduate Sarina Soriano, in her seventh year of working for the National Football League's San Francisco 49ers as a senior producer.

  • Linda Cimino, former Caldwell Women's Basketball Head Coach now in the same role at St. Francis College of Brooklyn.

  • Dr. Maggie Tieman, a sport and performance psychology professional, an NCAA women's basketball referee, FIBA referee, professor, nutrition specialist, and certified strength and conditioning coach.

  • Johannah Leedham, one of the most decorated NCAA Division student-athletes ever and assistant women's basketball coach at St. Peter's University.

Caldwell vs. Chestnut Hill women's basketball

"We are pleased to note the anniversary of Title IX with this amazing panel of high-achieving women who have made huge impacts on the lives of others in sports and education," said Mark A. Corino, Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics at Caldwell for 35 years. "As administrators and coaches, we know how profound the impact of Title IX has been in providing opportunities to young women, perfectly represented in this lineup. I highly encourage everyone to attend."

Caldwell's Compliance and Risk Officer Elizabeth Elices and Athletic Compliance and Student Welfare Officer Lynne Machtemes, a 1998 graduate of the school, will also discuss the history of Title IX during the discussion.

"I'm so excited to be given the opportunity to plan such a great event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Title IX," said Caldwell Assistant Athletic Director/Head Athletic Trainer/Senior Woman Administrator Heather Arabitg. "I truly believe that empowered women, empower women and our successes have come from the work of those before us."

The event is free to the public. The celebration continues the next day, Saturday, Feb. 25, when between games of the Bloomfield College vs. Caldwell basketball doubleheader, the school will honor its top 50 women student-athletes over the past 50 years.

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” -- Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972

(cover image: Tina Cervasio Photo by Jerry Speier for AHRC NYC)