Faculty Highlights

Dr. Bonnie Beezhold (Assistant Professor, Nutrition) published an article (2015, Feb 25):  Investigation of lifestyle choices of individuals following a vegan diet for health and ethical reasons.  Appetite. 2015 Feb 25;90:31-36. PMID: 25725486.

Presenters and Presentations at the College of Education and Health Services' Faculty Research Symposium, March 31, 2015.

Dr. Karen Plawecki (Assistant Professor, Nutrition), Availability of consumer sources of dietary vitamin D

David Curby,  Ed.D. (Adjunct Faculty, Physical Education and Exercise & Sports Studies), The evolution of women's wrestling: history, issues and future

Dr. Elizabeth Ritt, (Professor, Nursing and Health), Analytics in Nursing Education and Practice

Dr. Sarah Malone (Adjunct Faculty, Higher Education and Organizational Change), Creating organizational capacity for continuous and adaptive change

Susan Cheng (Assistant Professor, Public Health), Effect of Peer Mentoring on Preterm Birth and Infant Mortality among American Indians

Dr. Elizabeth Ritt (Professor, Nursing and Health) was recently reappointed for a three year term to the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Accreditation Review Committee (ARC). The ARC is responsible for making recommendations to the CCNE Board of Commissioners about nursing program accreditation, term length, and reporting requirements. This reappointment acknowledges Dr. Ritt’s ongoing valued contributions to the Committee.  Read more by clicking here.

Dr. Alison Ridge (Assistant Professor, Nursing and Health and MSN Program Director) was recently selected to participate in the Wiley Faculty Fellows program.  This honor recognizes Dr. Ridge's enthusiastic dedication to Benedictine University's online MSN program, its students, and quality of instruction.  The Fellows program provides opportunities to advance innovative work in pedagogical and technological approaches to instruction.  For more information please click here.

Dr. Elizabeth Ritt (Professor, Nursing and Health) was recognized for her groundbreaking work in healthcare analytics as a means to improve patient outcomes, promote health and safety, mitigate risk, reduce costs, address health care disparities, and promote disease prevention.  In addition to two journal publications, Dr. Ritt will be presenting her work at the prestigious 2015 National League for Nursing Education Summit this fall in Las Vegas.  For more information please click here.

Dr. Bonnie Beezhold (Assistant Professor, Nutrition) published an article (2014, November 21):  Vegans report less stress and anxiety than omnivores.  Nutritional Neuroscience [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25415255.

Dr. Bonnie Beezhold (Assistant Professor, Nutrition) published an article (2014, December 31):  A phytochemical-rich diet may explain the absence of age-related decline in visual acuity of Amazonian hunter-gatherers in Ecuador.  Nutrition Research [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25636674.

Elizabeth Borman (Instructor, Public Health) and Susan Cheng (Assistant Professor, Public Health) were awarded a stipend (Spring 2015) from an Interfaith Grant to develop a module focusing on interfaith studies for MPH 609 - Cultural Context of Health.  The module will explore the relationship between religious traditions, beliefs, and historical treatment and their effects on health disparities and outcomes.

Elizabeth Bormann (Instructor, Public Health) is working with Student Health Services and MPH students to plan different events at the Lisle campus.  Upcoming events are:  Healthy Relationships Week, Choose My Plate week, and National Public Health Week.

Elizabeth Bormann (Instructor, Public Health) is working with Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on planning a health fair for the community on Saturday, April 18, 2015 as well as developing and administering a health survey of the church congregation.

Elizabeth Bormann (Instructor, Public Health) is serving on the Illinois Public Health Association's planning committee for the 2015 Annual Meeting and Emergency Preparedness Summit scheduled for June 16-18, 2015 in Schaumburg, IL.
Dr. Susan Cheng (Assistant Professor, Public Health) served on a health professions panel as an epidemiologist and public health practitioner for the NAACP (Fall 2014) for junior high and high school students interested in a career in the health care field.  She served alongside physicians, nurses, physical therapists, optometrists, dentists, and health care managers.
Dr. Susan Cheng (Assistant Professor, Public Health) was invited to present on campus at the BenU Healthy Lawn Symposium (October 2014).  She spoke on the effects of pesticides and fertilizers on childhood allergies and asthma.  A recent BenU MPH graduate, Rebecca Carlstrom, also presented on the Tobacco-Free Campus Initiative and the effects of smoking and tobacco on childhood and population health.

Julie Moreschi (DI Program Director, Nutrition) received a grant from the Better Health Foundation.  The funds will be used to deliver grocery store tours by trained nutrition and dietetic interns, enabling enhanced collaboration between supermarkets and university nutrition and dietetic programs.  Read more by clicking here.

Dr. Elizabeth Ritt
published an article (2014, September) Essential Analytics in Nursing Education: Building Capacity to Improve Clinical PracticeJournal of Nursing Education and Practice. Sciedu Press Volume 4, No. 12, 9-16

Dr. Elizabeth Ritt presented Healthcare Analytics: Tools to Enhance Nursing Education and Clinical Decision-Making in Practice, presented at the 2014 Nurse Educator's Conference entitled, "Recharge your Focus on Education" sponsored by Centennial Health Education Center and the National Institute for Nursing Education and Scholarship, Breckenridge, CO.  Abstract published in the conference proceeding.


Adjunct Faculty

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Name Department Email
Traci Beierwaltes, M.S., R.D., L.D.N. Nutrition tbeierwaltes@ben.edu
Lou Ann Chvatal, M.S., R.D., L.D.N. Nutrition LChvatal@ben.edu
Jan Dowell, M.S., M.H.S., R.D., C.S.S.D. Nutrition jdowell@ben.edu
Lynn Dugan, M.S., R.D., L.D.N. Nutrition ldugan@ben.edu
Deepa Handu, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N. Nutrition dhandu@ben.edu
Michel Harris, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., C.D.E. Nutrition MHarris@ben.edu
Amie Luna, M.S. Nutrition aluna@ben.edu
Sarah McNicholas, M.S., R.D., L.D.N Nutrition smcnicholas@ben.edu
Paula Milas Sochacki, M.P.H., R.D., L.D.N. Nutrition pmilas@ben.edu
Christine Palumbo, M.B.A., R.D., L.D.N. Nutrition cpalumbo@ben.edu
Teresa Pangan, Ph.D., R.D. Nutrition tpangan@ben.edu
Monica Pawasarat, M.B.A., R.D., L.D.N. Nutrition mpawasarat@ben.edu
Laurie Schubert, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N Nutrition lschubert@ben.edu
Jodie Shield, M.Ed., R.D., L.D.N. Nutrition jshield@ben.edu
Mia Siomos, M.S., M.P.H., R.D., L.D.N. Nutrition msiomos@ben.edu
College of Education and Health Services
Benedictine University

Ethel C. Ragland, Ed.D., MN, RN
Dean of the College of Education and Health Services

Erica George
Assistant to the Dean

Email: egeorge@ben.edu
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