Jan. 28, 2004

Contact: Carolyn Barnes, KU Alumni Association, (785) 864-4760.

Michele Heidrick of Beloit to be honored for 31 years of service with KU program

Related story: KU to honor high school seniors from 4 north central counties at Beloit on Feb. 9

LAWRENCE -- The Kansas Alumni Association and the Kansas University Endowment Association on Feb. 9 will honor a Beloit KU alumna for her service to the University of Kansas.

Kansas Alumni Association President and Chief Executive Officer Fred B. Williams and Dr. Linda Duston Warren, Hanover physician and chair of the Kansas Alumni Association board of directors, will present Michele Heidrick of Beloit with the Mildred Clodfelter Alumni Award to recognize her longtime support of the Kansas Honors Program.

The presentation will be part of the Kansas Honors Program dinner at Beloit Country Club. Thirty-six high school seniors from Cloud, Jewell, Mitchell and Republic counties will be honored at the event.

Heidrick has been a local coordinator for the Kansas Honors Program for the past 31 years. She earned a degree in education from KU in 1971. Following college, Heidrick taught preschool and has seen several of her former students honored as Kansas Honor Scholars. Heidrick is vice president of S&S Drug Inc., which she owns with her husband, Max, a 1971 KU graduate in pharmacy. The couple are life members of the Kansas Alumni Association.

The Alumni Association created the Mildred Clodfelter Alumni Award in 1986 to honor volunteers who serve as KU ambassadors in their communities. Clodfelter earned a bachelor's degree from KU in 1941 and worked at the university for 47 years, 42 at the Alumni Association. She retired in 1986 and lives in Lawrence.

Since 1971, the alumni and endowment associations, with the help of more than 160 alumni volunteers statewide, have sponsored Kansas Honors Program events to honor the top 10 percent of Kansas high school seniors.

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