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In Brief

Ken Sarubbi


“When people say, ‘Are you going to retire?’ I look at them and say, ‘What’s the 25th letter of the alphabet?’ They look at me for a moment, and then they realize it’s Y.”

Ken Sarubbi, associate professor of physical education, began teaching at COE in 1968, making him one of the few employees who’ve worked at DePaul for 50 years. Hired to teach kinesiology and the physiology of exercise, he quickly found himself chair of the Physical Education Department. In addition to being a proficient recruiter, Sarubbi was dean for six years and the Golden Apple program liaison for 25 years. He also served as an assistant men’s basketball coach under Coach Ray Meyer in the 1970s and early ’80s, including during the Blue Demons’ NCAA Final Four appearance in 1979.

Tenth Anniversary Arts Exhibition

For the 10th year, students in Jim Duignan’s Teacher as Artist course are mounting an exhibition of their work in a Chicago gallery. In addition to creating new works for the exhibition, students co-curate the exhibition, identify the host gallery and handle press, publicity and the creation of promotional materials. The exhibition reinforces to students the importance of continuing to create art after they graduate and also demonstrates how they can use exhibitions as teaching tools. Duignan, associate professor and chair of visual arts education, recruits alumni, curators and educators to help prepare for the show, enabling students to network.

Facing History

Americans and the Holocaust was the focus of the three-day summer institute hosted by the DePaul University and Facing History and Ourselves Collaboration. An overflow crowd of more than 150 people at two events listened to keynote speaker Daniel Greene explain how Jewish people helped create a multicultural America and how the United States responded to the Holocaust. Greene, a renowned expert on Jewish history, curated an exhibition on Americans and the Holocaust at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Attendees visited the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, Ill., to tour the exhibits and learn more about the Jewish experience.

Celebrating Teachers

Seven K–12 educators were honored at the sixth annual Celebrating Teachers Reception. Juniors and seniors from every DePaul college and school were invited to nominate a K–12 educator who made an impact on their lives. This year’s event was especially poignant because DePaul senior Savannah Buik, who nominated her coach, died unexpectedly in March. Her mother attended the ceremony in Savannah’s place. This year’s honorees were:

  • Holly Balk from Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Ill., nominated by Kristi Zimmerman (College of Science and Health)
  • Karen Cunningham from Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, Ill., nominated by Sebastien Garzon (College of Computing and Digital Media)
  • Amy Diamond from Lane Tech High School in Chicago, nominated by Daniela Rozo (Driehaus College of Business)
  • Ninos Khouchaba from George B. Armstrong International Studies Elementary School in Chicago, nominated by Mevlude Becoja (College of Science and Health)
  • Angela Marshall from Lemont High School in Lemont, Ill., nominated by Matt McFarland (College of Science and Health)
  • Jeremy Mulkey from Social Circle High School in Social Circle, Ga., nominated by Savannah Buik (College of Science and Health)
  • Andrew Walton from John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, Ill., nominated by Alec Garza (College of Education)