Inspiring Professor: Dr. Alice Prince

By OBOS — April 8, 2009

From 2009 – 2011, Our Bodies Ourselves honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Entrant: Misty Betancourt

Nominee: Dr. Alice Prince, Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

Alice Price is an inspiring Women’s Health Hero. I remember forever being intimidated by her intelligence, assertiveness and her refusal to tiptoe around anything. As a Senior Biology major, I happened to enroll in one of her “Community Health” classes for elective credit. Her introduction to the discipline of Community Health prompted me to change my major a few weeks later.

Dr. Prince always had exceedingly high expectations. She enabled students to learn through non-traditional projects that provided a great understanding of how the real world works. I always enjoyed every one of her college courses. I left with a greater knowledge of my own health and how to better aid other’s in improving their health.

I am now a science teacher and hope that I am able to have the same impact on my students. I have talked to many former classmates over the last 10 years and one of the first people ever mentioned is ALICE. I have always wanted to tell Dr. Prince thanks for her many life lessons, namely reminding me to spell check, as heroin is not the same as heroine.

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