Sibley Day 2014 - February 19
Sibley Day is a celebration of the University’s unique educational experiences and founder Mary Sibley. Students can choose from dozens of presentations and hands-on experiences throughout the day. Come out and join in the experience! More details about this enriching day will be coming soon.
While based in Jerusalem, she traveled to surrounding countries, writing social stories from Egypt, political stories from Lebanon, and reporting on the deaths of Syrian president Hafez el-Assad from Damascus and Moroccan King Hassan II from Rabat. In 1999, she reported twice from Baghdad, covering the effects of UN-imposed economic sanctions during the Saddam Hussein era. In 2000, she traveled to Iran for three weeks, writing about the hope for change –and the changes then taking place– under then-President Mohammad Khatami.
In 2002, Deborah joined the Chicago Tribune, reporting on the Muslim immigrant community in Chicago and across the nation, and twice reporting from Iraq, in 2003 and 2004. She covered oil smuggling in Basrah, Kurdish victims of Saddam Hussein’s mustard gas attack, claims of responsibility for attempting to assassinate Oday Hussein by an obscure political group, the Iraqi symphony, and a 2004 cease-fire between U.S. troops and militias in Fallujah.
In 2008, Deborah joined the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, writing about U.S. efforts to rebuild the country. She is currently freelancing for the Washington Spectator.
Last Year's Sibley Day Events
NGO president Robert Egger headlined a list of diverse Sibley Day 2013 speakers. Egger is founder and president of the DC Central Kitchen, the country’s first "community kitchen," where food donated by hospitality businesses and farms is used to fuel a nationally recognized culinary arts job training program. He spoke on “Rocking Life and Making Change: Championing Innovation for the Greater Good” at the Bezemes Family Theater in the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts.
In the Anheuser-Busch Leadership Room in the Spellmann Center Dr. Gregory Beabout talked about "Institutionalizing a New Humanistic Synthesis: Toward a Business Humanities Approach." This presentation was followed by Mark Brickner, branch manager from Robert Half International, who spoke about how to stand out in an overcrowded job market in his discussion titled "Land Your First Job in a Tough Economy."
Also, former Negro League baseball players George Altman and Sam Taylor spoke about their experiences in the game. Altman played for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro League and with several Major League Baseball teams, including the St. Louis Cardinals. Taylor is a former catcher who also played for the Monarchs.
A highlight of Sibley Day 2013 was the Sibley Day Community Service Fair. This successful fair allowed students to connect with 37 different community and nonprofit agencies to create volunteer opportunities.
The Nick of Time Players performed an improv show at the J. Scheidegger Center's Emerson Black Box Theater.