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Vallejo retires from PBSC, leaves lasting impact

Fatima Cajas was mixing up coffee drinks at Delicias Cuban Bakery when she first met Dr. Maria Vallejo from Palm Beach State College.
She had a desire to go to college, but before that chance meeting with Vallejo 10 years ago, she couldn’t see past the barriers she felt as an immigrant from Ecuador. While frequenting the eatery inside a Lake Worth gas station, Vallejo slipped her a business card and encouraged her to enroll at PBSC. … Continue reading Vallejo retires from PBSC, leaves lasting impact

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PBSC student named a Coca-Cola Academic Team Scholar

Joseph Culbreath, one of six Palm Beach State College students named to the 2019 All-Florida Academic Team,  also has been chosen as a Coca-Cola Academic Team Scholar.
As a silver scholar, Culbreath, who serves as president of both the Phi Theta Kappa chapter on the Lake Worth campus and the Honors College Advisory Council, will receive a $1,250 scholarship and a commemorative medallion.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society sponsors the All-USA Academic Team competition annually with USA Today. … Continue reading PBSC student named a Coca-Cola Academic Team Scholar

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Luma inspires audiences with African artifacts

Dr. Andrew Luma, a Palm Beach State College professor, has visited most of the 54 nations in Africa, and each time he picks up artifacts that are now part of an extensive collection that he exhibits at campus events and South Florida museums.
He uses the roughly 250-piece display, including masks, men’s and women’s attire, paintings, musical instruments, robes, kitchen utensils, spears, traditional games and more, as a tool to help educate students and others about the history of the world’s third largest continent and to share bits of his storied roots there. … Continue reading Luma inspires audiences with African artifacts

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Katyal named fellow by AMATYC

Palm Beach State College Associate Professor Anurag Katyal is among six in the nation selected to participate as a fellow in a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) initiative being piloted by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.
The AMATYC received a $305,100 grant from the National Science Foundation to launch Project SLOPE, a program that supports fellows as they conduct a SoTL project that is motivated by their teaching experiences. The pilot cohort, … Continue reading Katyal named fellow by AMATYC

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Provost now leads campus where she took her first classes

When Dr. Tunjarnika Coleman-Ferrell enrolled in summer classes at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens in 1990, she never imagined that she would one day lead the campus.
She was a freshly minted Palm Beach Gardens High School graduate with a full scholarship to Washington and Jefferson College and who had plans to become a medical doctor. However, before packing her bags and leaving her South Florida roots for the private liberal arts school in Pennsylvania, … Continue reading Provost now leads campus where she took her first classes

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PBSC to host forum on mental health Jan. 29

Palm Beach State College is bringing together local experts to discuss the critical topics surrounding mental health and to highlight resources available to help those in need.
The Mental Health Open Forum will be held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in room LGA 139 at the Loxahatchee Groves campus. It is free to the public. Attendees are encouraged to register at www.palmbeachstate.edu/communityrelations.
Panelists will include: Elaine Rotenberg, Ph.D., … Continue reading PBSC to host forum on mental health Jan. 29

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Stivers comes on board as new vice president

Robbi Stivers, a former banking executive with 18 years of higher education leadership experience, has joined Palm Beach State College as the new vice president of administration and business services.
 Stivers, a Kentucky native who has lived in Tennessee for most of his career, replaces Richard Becker, who officially retires in March after more than 20 years. He was chosen after a nationwide search and came on board Jan. 7.
“Robbi has an impressive mix of higher education and private banking experience that will serve our College well,’’ said Ava L. … Continue reading Stivers comes on board as new vice president

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PBSC receives $2 million to expand engineering training

Palm Beach State College is launching a new Center for Excellence in Engineering Technology at the Belle Glade and Palm Beach Gardens campuses with a more than $2 million award from the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund.
Slated to open in August, the Center will allow the College to expand its engineering program offerings and provide a more collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to boosting the number of highly trained, middle-skill workers to meet the needs of the aviation/aerospace, … Continue reading PBSC receives $2 million to expand engineering training

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Anti-racist writer to speak at PBSC King celebration Jan. 17

Tim Wise, one of the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the U.S., will be the keynote speaker at Palm Beach State College’s 20th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration set for Jan. 17.
 The event will be held at 11 a.m. at the Duncan Theatre on the Lake Worth campus, 4200 Congress Ave. It is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to RSVP at www.palmbeachstate.edu/MLK. … Continue reading Anti-racist writer to speak at PBSC King celebration Jan. 17

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17-year-old finishes PBSC honors diploma in high school

Ahria Bass didn’t just get a head start on her college education while in high school, she completed her Associate in  Arts degree with Honors College distinction.
Now the Palm Beach State College dual enrollment student and aspiring neurosurgeon will cross the stage at the 2 p.m. fall commencement ceremony on Dec. 19 to celebrate her achievement— five months before she is set to graduate from Seminole Ridge High School.
“It’s been an amazing opportunity,’’ said Bass, … Continue reading 17-year-old finishes PBSC honors diploma in high school

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