All posts by Tabatha B. McDonald

Learning to Love Math | Alex Opritsa

From Contact magazine, Spring 2014

Associate Professor, Mathematics, Lake Worth
Math Club Advisor
M.S., Florida Atlantic University
B.S., Florida Atlantic University
A.A. Palm Beach State College

Carrying a tray of sub sandwiches and two-liter beverages, Palm Beach State College student Vida Smith hurried into the room where Professor Alex Opritsa was busy at the whiteboard helping another student solve a matrix theory problem.
“If you don’t feed your brain, you can’t work,’’ Smith chuckled as she headed to a table to set up the food for herself and more than a dozen other students there for a two-hour Friday afternoon math help session hosted by the Math Club on the Lake Worth campus. … Continue reading Learning to Love Math | Alex Opritsa

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Science professor helped pioneer online learning | Carolyn Allen

From Contact magazine, Spring 2014

Through her nearly 20 years of teaching, Palm Beach State Professor Carolyn Allen has successfully merged two of her passions to teach and inspire students – microbiology and technology.
She was the first professor to teach an online class at the College in the mid-1990s, and since then she has incorporated an online component into all of her microbiology classes, even the labs that are taught face-to-face. … Continue reading Science professor helped pioneer online learning | Carolyn Allen

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Two Palm Beach State professors selected for NISOD Excellence Awards

Two Palm Beach State College professors have been selected for the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Awards.
Dr. Paul Friedman, department chair and crime scene technology professor, and Professor Tracy Ciucci, who teaches health education in Lake Worth, were chosen from among the College’s more than 300 full-time professors.

They are among about 850 recipients across the country who will be celebrated for their commitment and contributions to their students and colleagues at the Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration. … Continue reading Two Palm Beach State professors selected for NISOD Excellence Awards

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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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