Why I Appreciate Jane by Rubye Ney

Jane Schlabaugh and Rubye Ney


I was asked to share a few of my reasons of appreciation of Jane Schlabaugh, and after thinking about it long and hard, I decided they can all really fall into two categories. Or really, two posters.

The first is Jane’s Inspirational Fashion Poster. This poster has been in Jane’s room probably since the 80’s. Here I have to get right to it and address the fashion aspect of this poster. Jane’s turtlenecks, which we haven’t seen a lot of this year, show her individuality and “who cares” mentality. All of her questionable outfits aside though, Jane really has taught me some good old self-confidence and optimism. Jane really took to heart the “what will matter is what you learned” piece of this inspirational saying. I don’t know what all Jane learned in her high school years, but I do know that the Jane Schlabaugh sitting back there knows a lot. Through our hours of banquet planning together, I heard Jane say “Oh, yeah I’ve got a piece of that styrofoam you’ll need squirreled away somewhere” at least once, and “Oh I have a guy for that.” At least fifteen. On interterm with her last spring, I was in awe at the seemingly endless amount of people Jane knew when we were in Des Moines. So if you are ever in need of something or someone, Jane is your person.

Peace Love Accounting Poster really addresses three separate aspects of Jane in one poster. First of all, peace. Jane has learned to pick her battles, and to stay zen when plans go awry. For instance during banquet preparations, we ordered the completely wrong vines and Jane remained stoic throughout the entire ordeal. When she gets to feeling a little un-peaceful, however, Jane can turn to her clock-making. If you don’t know, Jane and her husband own Schlabaugh and Sons Woodworking in Kalona and they make a lot of clocks. I have never witnessed clock-making first hand, but I can imagine it takes great care, attention to detail, and nimble fingers. So like I said, that I have never seen Jane (or anyone for that matter) make a clock, but I have seen her do tie-dye. This past summer Jane asked myself and my mother to come over and tie-dye with her. When I first arrived to this little tie-dye shindig, Jane nonverbally expressed she had come down with a case of laryngitis and could not speak. So we went out on her porch and began to dye. As you can see in this picture, not all of us began to dye. But, after a quick power nap in the sun, Jane was ready. In this next slide you can see Jane hard at work. I’d like to take note here that the rest of us were having fun, cranking out these tie-dyed clothes and whatnot. Meanwhile, Jane is silently sitting with her clamps, wooden blocks, scissors, and string carefully making these intricate designs on her fabric. Now Jane’s dyeing habits may seem very specific to this event, but I feel like they can be applied to the greater world. Her meticulous dyeing demonstrates Jane’s carefulness, organization, creativity, patience, and peacefulness. And now to the final piece of this poster: Accounting. I have never taken a single Jane class (unless you count her small group my freshman year), but I can imagine there are some golden life lessons taught in that room. There’s the obvious one: accounting. “Debits on the left, credits on the right” is the phrase I’ve been told often and clearly Jane has cemented that into her students’ minds. Accounting takes a great deal of critical thinking, math skills, and accuracy. You don’t want to make mistakes in Jane Schlabaugh’s class.

Now here is my own, Jane Schlabaugh Specific poster. Thirteen, for her estimated years of teaching here at IMS, years from now, it won’t matter what turtlenecks she wore or how her clocks looked or the vines she bought (or didn’t). What will matter is what you learned from her and how you used it.