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Part Nine Administrative Roles, Awards, and Honors

Ruth held a number of administrative roles and positions during her years at UNO and after her return from World War II. Ruth served as Member-at-Large of the National Legislative Board of the Dance Section of the American Association for Health and Physical Education in 1937 and State Representative to the National Section of Women’s Athletics in 1949. She participated in the Central District Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation as well as in the national association. For the Central District Association, she served as Section Chairman of Women’s Athletics 19341935 and as Section Chairman of Dancing 19351936. She was active in the Nebraska Physical Education Association, serving as president 19371939 and as President of the Central Association of Physical Education for College Women in 1938 (54-55). These positions often allowed Ruth to secure performing opportunities for her students, network within her community, and further dance education and appreciation in the Midwest.

Many honors and awards have been deservingly bestowed upon Ruth for her lifetime of contributions to dance education, UNO, and the Midwest community. In 1956, she earned the Central District Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Award. In 1961 Ruth earned a silver tray and certificate for sponsorship of the student council. In 1963, she received the student-selected Faculty Achievement Award. The Ruth Diamond Levinson Lecture Series was established before her retirement, featuring speakers on physical education and recreation (116). Davida Wittman proudly proclaims of her aunt, “Ruth’s high standard of excellence produced only the finest in instruction and administration” (117). It is for this high standard of excellence in instruction, administration, and innovation that Ruth has earned the respect and recognition of the UNO Women’s Archive Project.

Even after her time at UNO, Ruth continued to pursue her passion for dance. She served in administrative roles at UNL, helping establish a dance major curriculum. She also continued her role as a dance educator by participating in an instructional capacity at various summer camps in the Midwest. Ruth retired in 1973 from her position at UNL as Vice-Chairman and Associate Professor of the Women’s Physical Education Department but remains incredibly active within her community (115). “She says, ‘I saw and still see everything I can in dance’” (qtd. in Wittman 121).