Peers honor Sima for outstanding work in helping health professions students

Peers honor Sima for outstanding work in helping health professions students
July 13, 2010

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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7132010_simaalicewebjpgAlice Sima, M.S.N., M.B.A., R.N., the director of Pre-Professional Health Programs at Benedictine University, was presented with the 2010 Fr. Joseph L. Walter Award during the national meeting of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions in Atlanta, Ga., last month.

The Fr. Joseph L. Walter Award recognizes the contributions of the recipient to the health professions advising community including the creation and development of advising tools, outstanding research in the area of advising, mentorship of new advisors, the receipt of external funds for new advising projects, and the creation of external partnerships.

“We are very pleased that Alice Sima’s outstanding work as advisor to our pre-professional health students has been recognized by her peers,” said Ralph Meeker, dean of the College of Science at Benedictine University. “This award reinforces what we already knew about the quality of the health professions advising program at Benedictine University, especially Sima’s work in developing external partnerships with professional schools, medical practitioners, and area hospitals and clinics.”

The National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) was established in 1974 to coordinate the activities of four independent regional associations and provide health professions advisors with one voice. Today, NAAHP has more than 900 members at colleges and universities across the United States.

The Fr. Joseph L. Walter Award was presented to Sima at the Central Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (CAAHP) regional meeting. CAAHP is comprised of professionals from colleges and universities in a 12-state region that includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Sima has been at Benedictine University since 1987. She advises and counsels students seeking to enter medical or dental schools or pursue a career in optometry, pharmacy, podiatric medicine, veterinary medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy and other health-related professions.

Sima, a Downers Grove resident, earned an R.N. from College of DuPage, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Benedictine, and a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) from Lewis University.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.