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Palm Beach State stiffens financial aid policies

Palm Beach State College is implementing stricter financial aid policies that will drastically change the way it doles out federal funds and make students more accountable for the dollars they receive.
Beginning in the fall, federal financial aid funds will not be disbursed to students until 30 days after the start of the term. Student loans will be divided into two disbursements — half at the 30- day point and the remainder at mid-semester. Students with loans may find the majority of their first disbursement paying tuition and other financial obligations to the College. … Continue reading Palm Beach State stiffens financial aid policies

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PBSC graduates see future with 20/20 vision

In two commencement ceremonies May 8, Palm Beach State College will award degrees and certificates to more than 2,400 graduates, including the first group of students to complete the Associate in Science degree in Ophthalmic Medical Technology.
The commencement ceremony for the Associate in Arts transfer degree graduates will be held at 9:30 a.m. The ceremony for graduates receiving certificates and Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Associate in Science degrees will be held at 2 p.m. … Continue reading PBSC graduates see future with 20/20 vision

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Six Palm Beach State students named to All-Florida Academic Team

Six Palm Beach State College students selected for the 2014 All-Florida Academic Team will be recognized by the Florida College System at an awards ceremony at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando today.
Lisa Pudda, Melissa Almeida, Cheryl Campbell, Brian Green,  Jeffrey Spreng and Anders Viane are among 109 students around the state named to this year’s team. The awards ceremony for the team is being held in conjunction with the annual Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Convention. … Continue reading Six Palm Beach State students named to All-Florida Academic Team

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Smile: PBSC to install 550 more security cameras

Security is about to get even tighter at Palm Beach State College.
The District Board of Trustees voted earlier this month to award a bid to install 550 additional security cameras college-wide.
John Smith, security director, said the cameras, expected to cost approxmiately $2 million, will serve as a deterrent to crime. Installation is expected to begin this summer.
“It’s not going to be a secret that the campus is covered. It should do what we want as far as hinder us from being a target. … Continue reading Smile: PBSC to install 550 more security cameras

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PBSC Student Support Services Debate Team wins regional competition

Tackling hot topics such as “stand your ground” laws, U.S. border policies and mandatory health insurance for Americans, the Debate Team for Palm Beach State College’s Student Support Services program recently won a regional debate competition.
Team members Edline Francois and Patricia Ruiz-Medina, both Honors College students, writers for the Beachcomber student newspaper and members of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, prevailed in three rounds, winning $250 each as well as a trophy. They defeated competitors from Berea College in Kentucky, … Continue reading PBSC Student Support Services Debate Team wins regional competition

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Last minute tax filer? Professor Stuart-Tuggle offers tips

With the April 15 deadline looming, many taxpayers may be rushing to file their federal income tax returns to avoid a penalty.
Professor Gracelyn Stuart-Tuggle, a certified public accountant who has been teaching accounting at Palm Beach State College for 25 years, shared some important changes for 2013 and tips.
“A lot of people don’t know that if you don’t owe, you don’t have to file by the 15th, and you don’t have to file for an extension. … Continue reading Last minute tax filer? Professor Stuart-Tuggle offers tips

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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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