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Exercise and Sport Science


  • Rebekah Johnson

    Chair, Exercise and Sport Science Department; Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Science

    Rebekah Johnson serves as the Department Chair and as Assistant Professor in the Exercise and Sport Science Department. Her area of expertise is in Physical Education Teacher Education with a focus on Teacher Effectiveness.

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  • Cynthia Allen

    Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Science

    An expert in public health, Cynthia Allen advises students who are studying to be physical education and health teachers. She is an American College of Sports Medicine-certified personal trainer and a Level 1 Yogafit instructor. She earned her Ph.D. in human nutrition from Kansas State University, her M.S. in exercise and sport science from Colorado State University, and her B.S. in physical education from Utah State University.

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  • Alicia Belant

    Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Science

    Professor Alicia Belant is an assistant professor of exercise and sport science. She received her doctorate in athletic training from A.T. Still University, and her master’s in education from Michigan State University. She received her bachelor’s degree in athletic training from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

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  • Beth DeLaRosby

    Head Women’s Swimming Coach; Director of Aquatics; Lecturer, Exercise and Sport Science

    Beth DeLaRosby has led the Lady Reds to top-10 finishes as the NCAA Division III Women’s Swimming Championship her first three years. Coach DeLaRosby was named CCIW “Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year” in 2009, her first year at Carthage, and again in 2010.

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  • Laurie Jensen

    Director, Athletic Training Program; Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Science

    Laurie Jensen is the Director of the Athletic Training Program and Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Science. She teaches Introduction to Athletic Training, Principles of Athletic Training, Practicum I, Administration in Athletic Training, and Topics of Athletic Training: Pharmacology.

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  • Kris Leslie

    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Science

    Kris has added several courses for the Exercise and Sport Science Department. Her true passion is working with and teaching college students at Carthage. Being able to share knowledge and experience with them is very rewarding.

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  • Andrew Pustina

    Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Science

    Andrew (Tony) Pustina serves as Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Science at Carthage. Prof. Pustina recently completed his Ph.D. at East Tennessee State University (ETSU), where he spent three years as a sport scientist for the men’s soccer team.

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  • Daniel Ruffner

    Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Science

    Dan Ruffner teaches courses in structural kinesiology, general medical conditions, and therapeutic rehabilitation and practicum. Certified since 1992, he received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and a master’s degree in athletic training at Illinois State University.

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Additional Faculty

Pattilyn Barrett
Adjunct Faculty, Exercise and Sport Science

Stevan Djurickovic
Head Men’s Basketball Coach; Adjunct Faculty, Exercise and Sport Science

Chris Grugel
Instructional Services Supervisor; Adjunct Faculty, General

Shelly Johnston
Adjunct Faculty, Exercise and Sport Science

Gail Koehling
Adjunct Faculty, Exercise and Sport Science

Amber Ottaway
Adjunct Faculty, Exercise and Sport Science

John Pick-Jacobs
Adjunct Faculty, Exercise and Sport Science

Lisa Woodard
Adjunct Faculty, Exercise and Sport Science

Karen Zander
Adjunct Faculty, Exercise and Sport Science

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2020), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • Since 2008, Carthage athletic training students have used the newest diagnostic tools to study concussions. Overseen by a leading brain trauma expert from the Medical College of Wisconsin, the research helps doctors determine when athletes are healthy enough to return.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit The Aspire Center.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $20,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 3 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …