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Former president returns to campus for book signing

Sept. 25, 2003

KALAMAZOO--The campus and Kalamazoo communities are invited to chat with the familiar face behind "Wednesdays with Diether" at a Western Michigan University book signing Wednesday, Oct. 8.

WMU President Emeritus Diether H. Haenicke will be on campus for a book signing from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Meader Rare Book Room on the third floor of Waldo Library. Copies of "Wednesdays with Diether," Haenicke's collection of columns as published in the Kalamazoo Gazette, will be on sale for $14.95.

Published this summer, the book includes 91 of Haenicke's weekly newspaper columns. It was edited by Kurt Haenicke, assistant to the dean in WMU's College of Health and Human Services. "Wednesdays with Diether" can be purchased locally at the WMU Bookstore, Athena Book Shop, Michigan News Agency, John Rollins Booksellers and Barnes and Noble.

"His graceful writing has introduced thousands of people in Southwest Michigan, on a very personal level, to one of their community's finest minds and healthiest perspectives on life," wrote Kalamazoo Gazette Publisher George Arwady in the forward to Haenicke's book. "Many readers tell me they first turn to his essay when their Wednesday newspaper arrives."

Haenicke's tenure as WMU's fifth president began in 1985. He retired from the presidency in 1998 and returned to the faculty. He has worked in higher education for more than 40 years, serving as a professor, department chair, dean, vice president, provost and university president. Haenicke is the author of more than 200 papers, reviews, articles and books on a wide variety of topics. Born and raised in Germany, he earned his doctoral degree from the University of Munich.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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