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Personal touch: Connecting students with real-life health resources | Tracy Ciucci

From Contact magazine, Spring 2014

Talking about certain health topics such as alcohol, drugs, eating disorders, mental health, contraception and sexually transmitted diseases may be difficult for some, but Professor Tracy Ciucci knows how to engage her students in the classroom and online.
She focuses on facts and community resources, and she takes a real-life approach to issues that impact college students and individuals everywhere.
“I make health as relevant and involved and as personal for each student as possible,’’ said Ciucci, … Continue reading Personal touch: Connecting students with real-life health resources | Tracy Ciucci

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Great design lies in the details | Dharmesh Patel

From Contact magazine, Spring 2014

With a camera strapped across his shoulder, Palm Beach State Professor Dharmesh Patel waited in front of the Mandel Public Library in downtown West Palm Beach for his architecture students to arrive.
He was eager for them to see the four-story structure on Clematis Street given that they each had just four weeks to design their own library for a class project. Their designs would be showcased at the fall “Arch-Attack,” a juried event that Patel created in 2009. … Continue reading Great design lies in the details | Dharmesh Patel

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Beachcomber photo editor wins second place in national competition

Alfred Evans, photo editor for the Beachcomber student newspaper, has won second place in the College Media Association Shoot Out 2014 competition for his image of a welder working at the construction site of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub.
The photography competition was held during the College Media Association’s Spring National Media Convention in New York City March 12-15.  Students were given one day to shoot, edit and caption images related to the theme “A Day in the Life of New York City.”
A panel of 19 professionals, … Continue reading Beachcomber photo editor wins second place in national competition

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Matias named executive director of human resources at Palm Beach State

Barb Matias has been named the new executive director of human resources for Palm Beach State College.
Matias, who has served as the interim executive director since last August, was selected after a national search that drew 118 applicants. She replaces Dr. Ellen Grace who recently retired.
Matias of Wellington began working at the College in 2003 as a human resources generalist. She was promoted to senior human resources generalist in 2006 and promoted later that year to manager of human resource programs. … Continue reading Matias named executive director of human resources at Palm Beach State

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Palm Beach State to host free “College is Possible” seminar April 5

Palm Beach State College is hosting a free seminar April 5 for high school seniors who still need help getting on the path to college and juniors who want to get a head start on their higher education planning.
“College is Possible,” a college planning day for high school juniors and seniors and their parents, will be held from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Duncan Theatre on the Lake Worth campus. A free continental breakfast will be provided. … Continue reading Palm Beach State to host free “College is Possible” seminar April 5

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Longer registration gives PBSC students more time for advising

Palm Beach State College students will now have more than twice as much time to register for their fall classes and be able to complete the process before they head off for the summer.
The College is moving up the first registration date to April 22, which will increase the fall registration window from the current seven weeks to 18 weeks. In the past, students could not register until July. The registration period for the Summer Term also will be moved up to begin March 11. … Continue reading Longer registration gives PBSC students more time for advising

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PBSC students get lesson on dangers of distracted driving

Luz Mohalley stepped out of the driver side of the navy blue Jeep Feb. 26 holding the mock citation she received for swerving, driving below the posted speed limit, driving on the incorrect side of the road and causing a collision.
“I should be in jail,’’ she said. “I pressed my brake, but I still hit him [the other driver]. I saw him coming.”
While the Jeep was real, luckily for Mohalley, a Palm Beach State College student, … Continue reading PBSC students get lesson on dangers of distracted driving

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Forbes named Coach of the Year finalist

Kyle Forbes, who last year led the Panthers to their first appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association Baseball World Series, has been named one of three finalists for the Palm Beach County Sports Commission Coach of the Year.
He is up against John McCormack, head baseball coach at Florida Atlantic University, and Danny Randolph, women’s golf team coach at Lynn University. The winner will be announced March 23 during the 2014 Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. … Continue reading Forbes named Coach of the Year finalist

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Former Miss America to speak at PBSC as part of Black History Month events

Ericka Dunlap, who became the first African American woman to be crowned Miss Florida in 2003 and who went on to win the Miss America title the following year, will speak at Palm Beach State College Feb. 19 as part of a series of Black History Month events that begin Tuesday.
A Black History Month kickoff celebration featuring music, food and other activities will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the pavilion on the Palm Beach Gardens campus. … Continue reading Former Miss America to speak at PBSC as part of Black History Month events

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Former NAACP president speaks at 15th annual MLK celebration

Despite the nation’s position as a world leader and the country’s advances over the last 50 years, it is slipping in such areas as education, said Benjamin Jealous, former NAACP president.
“We are on a plane that is losing altitude,’’ he said, comparing the U.S. education system to Japan and Singapore and noting that spending on incarceration in the U.S. has climbed while funding for education has decreased. “We have to recognize that we are weak.”
Jealous, … Continue reading Former NAACP president speaks at 15th annual MLK celebration

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