Retiring Theatre Professor To Take Center Stage 12-17-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Retiring Theatre Professor To Take Center Stage 12-17-2010

A retiring theatre professor who has directed more than 50 plays at Saginaw Valley State University will step onto a different stage when she delivers the keynote address during Commencement exercises Friday,
Janet E. Rubin, SVSU professor of theatre, will speak to graduates during the 7:30 p.m. ceremony in O'Neill Arena.
The graduating class consists of 431 individuals expected to complete degree requirements who have indicated that they intend to don regalia and march in the ceremony.
In all, 533 students are expected to graduate, including 424 who will receive bachelor's degrees, and 109 who will receive master's or education specialist degrees.
Rubin has earned acclaim as a scholar, arts educator and author and played an integral role in building the SVSU theatre department since joining the faculty in 1983.
While at SVSU, Rubin has received multiple awards and held important leadership positions. Her honors include the Earl L. Warrick Award for Excellence in Research in 1998, the Rush Distinguished Lectureship in 2001, and the Barstow Seminar in the Humanities Directorship in 2004.
Rubin completed her Ph.D. at Ohio State University. She also received a master's degree from the University of Connecticut and a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University.
Rubin is retiring after 27 years of service to SVSU.
She will relocate to Florida, where this winter, she will direct Neil Simon's "Chapter Two" for Surfside Playhouse.
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