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Ruth Heinig named Valparaiso's Distinguished Alumna

Sept. 23, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Dr. Ruth Heinig, professor emerita of communication at Western Michigan University, has been named the 2005 Distinguished Alumna for Valparaiso University, where she earned her bachelor's degree. Heinig will receive the honor during Valparaiso's Oct. 7-9 homecoming celebration.

The Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award is the highest distinction the Valparaiso University Alumni Association bestows. The award honors alumni who have enhanced the prestige of their alma mater by virtue of their character, integrity, and nationally recognized personal accomplishments.

Nationally recognized for her contributions in the field of creative drama for children, Heinig was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre in 1996 and received the 1992 American Alliance of Theatre and Education Creative Drama Award. She is the author of several books, including "Drama Improvisation With Favorite Tales," which received the AATE's 1993 Distinguished Book Award.

Heinig and her husband, Dr. Ed J. Heinig, WMU professor emeritus of education, co-chaired the University's 2003 Centennial Celebration Committee. Both taught at WMU for nearly 30 years before retiring in 1992.

Ruth Heinig earned her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. She was an instructor of speech and English for three years at Carlow University prior to joining the WMU faculty in 1964.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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