Updated: January 24, 2013 6:04AM
Former Chicago Ald. Virginia Rugai has been named the first appointee to St. Xavier University’s Senior Fellows program.
Rugai will teach three five-week seminars in political science, each worth one credit hour, during the spring 2013 semester.
Rugai also will serve other constituencies as Senior Fellow, spending campus time organizing a public lecture covering issues within her expertise, mentoring and guiding students about careers in public service and politics, and being available to faculty as a guest speaker or docent for urban field trips within the political sphere.
“I am deeply honored by this appointment and anticipate lively discussions with SXU students, our future leaders in building a better community, a better city and, ultimately, a better America,” Rugai said.
Rugai was 19th Ward alderman on the Chicago City Council from 1990 to 2011. She served as chairman for the energy, environmental protection and public utilities committee; as vice chairman of the police and fire committee; and other committees.
Rugai also was appointed to the Task Force on Women’s Health and the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues. She served as president of the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization and as a member of other organizations.
Rugai’s appointment as St. Xavier University’s first Senior Fellow is being funded through an endowment provided to St.h Xavier’s Office for University Mission and Heritage. It seeks to bring scholars and leading practitioners from the arts, sciences, politics, religion, business, humanities, social sciences or other disciplines germane to SXU’s educational programs.
Senior Fellows are appointed by the school’s president in consultation with the Office for University Ministry.
The Senior Fellow’s role is to advance student learning, create academic synergy, exhibit thought leadership and enhance the university’s reputation and resources, school officials said.
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