Woman wins alumni award

A woman who helped local flood victims recover from the historic 2008 flood that affected Columbus and other Indiana cities has received this year’s Distinguished Alumnus Award by IUPUC.

The award is presented annually to an alumnus who has shown outstanding professional contributions, accomplishments and service to the community and university.

Ruth Reeves, an adjunct instructor at IUPUC and Ivy Tech Community College, served as a district project manager and team leader in providing crisis counseling for flood victims across a 10-county district.

She later authored a book, “There Was a Flood,” for children who experience a flood.

Reeves earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from IUPUC in 2002. She later earned her masters and doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Indianapolis.

She owns and operates a private counseling practice and works with veterans through the Department of Veterans Affairs in Indianapolis. Earlier in her career, she worked with challenged adults as a supervising manager at Centerstone.

Reeves is a member of the American Psychological Association, Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology and has been inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Zeta Chi Honorary Society.

Reeves was presented with her award Nov. 10 during the annual Circle of Leadership Celebration held at Harrison Lake Country Club.

Making nominations for 2017

IUPUC is accepting nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award through May 1. For information, contact Cindy Felsten at cfelsten@iupuc.edu or call 812-375-7531.

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at kevener@therepublic.com or 812-379-5633.