Three alumni will be honored for their career achievements by their departments and the University of Nebraska at Kearney Alumni Association during homecoming festivities at UNK this week. Dr. Alan Luedtke, class of 1974, of Woodstock, Ga., will be honored by the Department of Chemistry as the 35th Dr. Don Fox Lecturer. Dr. Anne (Slattery) Nielsen, class of 1973, of Manhattan, Kans., will receive the College of Education Distinguished Educator of the Year award. Christa (Witt) Speed, class of 1978, of Grand Island will receive the Gary Thomas Distinguished Music Alumna Award. All three will be recognized at the 35th annual Homecoming Awards luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Friday. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at www.unkalumni.org/homecoming or contact the UNK Alumni Office at 308.865.8474. The program will start at noon. Luedtke, who later earned a Ph.D. from the University of New Orleans in 1983, spent almost 20 years with DuPont Fibers at the Seaford, Del., nylon manufacturing facility. His early research efforts were on new product development and physical chemistry of stain resistant agents for polyamide fibers. In subsequent years, he was actively involved in indoor air quality research related to textiles. Nielsen has been a teacher of the blind and visually impaired for 30 years, beginning in 1984 at the North Dakota School for the Blind. Her career has included positions as vision education services coordinator for Eastern Washington, outreach/vision specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and statewide vision impairment support project coordinator for the Kansas School for the Blind. Speed, who later received her masters of music in cello performance in 1997, served as an orchestra/string specialist in the Grand Island Public Schools for 37 years. She is a member of Nebraska State Education Association, Nebraska Music Educators Association and the American String Teachers Association.