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Former Chicago Ald. Ginger Rugai to teach at St. Xavier University

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Ald. Ginger Rugai (19th) expressed confidence that she would have won a sixth term, but simply decided that it was time to move on.

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Updated: November 29, 2012 6:37AM



It’s back to the future for former Chicago Ald. Ginger Rugai.

After Rugai graduated from college, she taught at Queen Of Peace High School in Burbank before she and her husband started their family.

Rugai then became active in 19th Ward community issues with the Beverly Area Planning Association and eventually served two decades as alderman. She decided to not seek re-election in 2011 in order to spend more time with her family.

Starting in the spring, she’ll be spending more time at Saint Xavier University in Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community.

On Friday, the university announced Rugai has been the first person appointed to the university’s new Senior Fellows program.

Rugai will teach three five-week seminars in political science during the 2013 spring semester. Each seminar will be worth one credit hour.

“I’m excited about it. I’ve come full circle. I began as a teacher and I’m going back to teaching. I’m looking forward to interacting with the students,” Rugai said Friday.

The three seminars, which will meet twice a week, will cover a wide range of topics.

“Women, Government, and Politics” will explore the historical and contemporary experiences of women in the U.S. political system, with particular emphasis on Chicago and Illinois.

“Making Public Policy” will investigate the process necessary to create public policies within the context of contemporary issues.

“Politics and Urban Education” will examine the root causes, noteworthy reforms and controversial issues related to public, private and charter schools.

Her appointment is funded through an endowment provided to Saint Xavier’s office for University Mission and Heritage, according to a news release.

University President Christine Wiseman said in a prepared statement that Rugai’s experience “will enable her to provide valuable insights about life in the public sector at many levels for our students.”

Rugai said the university “is very meaningful to me and I’m proud to have Saint Xavier in our community.”

“I anticipate,” she added, “that I’ll be learning from the students.”



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