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James Sherman Ruebel 1945-2016.

On October 9, 2016, we lost a longtime NCHC member and important contributor to honors education in the United States and beyond. Jim Ruebel was President of NCHC in 2014 and served admirably throughout his four years as an officer in the organization from 2012 to 2015. He also served the NCHC on a variety of projects and committees that included the Honors Semesters Committee, through which he co-directed a Faculty Institute in Rome in 2005

Before launching his distinguished career in honors, Jim had already established himself as a scholar in the Classics. He earned his bachelor's degree at Yale University and completed his master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Cincinnati in Classics and Ancient History. He was the author of Apuleius: The Metamorphoses, Book 1 (Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, 2000) and Caesar and the Crisis of the Roman Aristocracy (University of Oklahoma Press, 1994). He received an American Philological Association Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics in 1994 and was President of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South in 2002.

Jim started his teaching career at the University of Minnesota and in 1978 joined the Iowa State University faculty, where he became Professor of Classics and Chair of the Modern & Classical Languages Department. As both a teacher and administrator, Jim's first commitment was always to his students. He held students to high standards and challenged them to meet those standards in ways that assured their success, so honors was a natural fit for him starting at Iowa State. In 2000, he assumed the positions of Dean of the Honors College and Professor of Classical Studies at Ball State University, positions he held with distinction for the rest of his life.

Jim's presidential address at the 2014 NCHC conference in Denver took as its theme Ovid's aphorism "tempora mutantur, et nos mutamur in illis," the last part of which he translated in his title as "and we are a-changing, too" (later published in HIP 11: 41-49). Documenting some dramatic changes that NCHC was undergoing at the time, Jim remarked that the organization stood "as a rudder for honors education and for education in general" Jim stood at that rudder when the seas were rough, and he held a steady course. He has left an indelible imprint on the NCHC, on honors, and on his thousands of grateful students and colleagues

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Date:Jan 1, 2017
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