WMU News

Haenicke's career feted by international colleagues

Sept. 12, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Dr. Diether H. Haenicke, president emeritus of Western Michigan University, has been honored by his international colleagues with a Festschrift published to mark his 65th birthday.

A Festschrift is a rare academic honor in which professional colleagues collect and publish one or more volumes of essays or articles to celebrate the lifetime achievement of a distinguished academic colleague. The volumes are usually published on the occasion of a retirement or important anniversary.

The two-volume Haenicke Festschrift is titled "University Governance and Humanistic Scholarship: Studies in Honor of Diether Haenicke." It was published by Koenigshausen & Neumann of Wuerzburg, Germany, and edited by Joachim Dyck of the University of Oldenburg in Germany and Martin M. Herman, professor emeritus at Wayne State University.

Included in the volumes are essays from scholars at Ohio State University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Cincinnati, Wayne State University, Drexel University, WMU, Southern Illinois University, the University of California and German scholars in such locations as Oldenburg, Munich and Augsburg.

The honor was first announced on Haenicke's 65th birthday in May 2000, but took more than two years to complete.

Haenicke, who was WMU's fifth president from 1985 until he stepped down in 1998, holds the rank of Distinguished University Professor and teaches in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. His specialty areas are German and comparative literature.

He is currently compiling a collection of his editorial columns, which appear weekly in the Kalamazoo Gazette, and he plans to publish them in book form sometime in 2003.

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

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