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In a move to better address today’s health care needs and enhance its mission to provide a values-based education, Benedictine University announced the establishment of a College of Science and Health. Dr. Elizabeth Ritt, who joined Benedictine in 2011 as chair and professor of Nursing and Health, will be Dean of the new College.
The move restructures the College of Education and Health Services and streamlines Benedictine Colleges from four to three: Science & Health, Liberal Arts and Business. Benedictine will continue to offer its full complement of Education courses through the School of Education.
“This new College will provide students with both the knowledge and inspiration to help solve our world’s health problems today and into the future,” said Benedictine President Charles Gregory. “Students will find a wide-variety of course options in science and health designed specifically to prepare them for careers in these fields.”
The re-imagining of science and health into a single college will result in innovative collaborations and curriculums that offers students the opportunity to take a new and creative mix of courses that brings disciplines together to study complex problems such as global warming and public health by integrating fields such as chemistry and biology. Newbold said the University will provide experiences inside and out of the classroom that enables students to successfully pursue their next level of education and/or their occupational goal.
James Sostak graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Health Science in 2001. At Benedictine, he was MVP of the baseball team two years running, set the current NCAA record for most consecutive hits, and was a member of the NCAA Verizon Academic All-America Team. Sostak earned his M.D. at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, during which he played one season of professional baseball for the Rockford Riverhawks. He completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin and specialized his training with a fellowship in sports medicine from the Southern California Orthopedic Institute. In 2011, he joined Fox Valley Orthopedics in Geneva, Illinois and has been in practice for four years, specializing in arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, hip and knee.
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"Class sizes are a little smaller at Benedictine compared to other universities. People can form a community within a classroom, which makes it easier to learn together. I love the community aspect at Benedictine’s College of Science. Students can learn from each other through constructive team projects, and professors are always willing to help students."
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