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PBSC alumnus and wife donate $30,000 to STEAM initiative

Palm Beach State College alumnus Dr. Robert D. Matteson and his wife, Nancy, have donated $30,000 to the PBSC Foundation’s STEAM initiative to establish an endowed scholarship.
The scholarship is available to students majoring in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs. To be eligible, students must have financial need, be enrolled in nine or more credit hours and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Matteson, who graduated with an Associate in Arts degree in 1972, … Continue reading PBSC alumnus and wife donate $30,000 to STEAM initiative

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Harvey talks art, passion for sea life

Diving with tiger sharks off the coast of Mexico, exploring the coral reefs along Panama or painting sea creatures on the hull of a massive cruise ship. These are some of the ways Dr. Guy Harvey spends his days.
The marine biologist who gained international recognition for his paintings of sea creatures, spoke Wednesday at the Palm Beach State College Foundation’s sixth annual STEAM luncheon. He took the more than 500 attendees on a journey through his 32-year career. … Continue reading Harvey talks art, passion for sea life

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STEAM initiative receives $100,000 donation

The Palm Beach State College Foundation received a $100,000 donation from the Meyer and Bernice Kesner Foundation to support the College’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) initiative.
The Meyer and Bernice Kesner Foundation scholarship, which was given in honor of the late Palm Beach Gardens couple, will be a five-year scholarship open to students pursuing STEM careers.
Meyer taught continuing education classes in beginning level management at the College in 1980. He had a degree in management from Rutgers University. … Continue reading STEAM initiative receives $100,000 donation

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Twins to graduate with no debt thanks to scholarship

When it came time for Palm Beach State College students and twin sisters Hannah and Hailey Lord to decide where they would pursue their bachelor’s degrees, it was a no-brainer.
At the time, the two were Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College students who had just earned their Associate in Arts degrees at PBSC. At graduation, they were both smiling ear-to-ear because they were getting their degrees with no debt thanks to their Presidential Honors College Scholarship, … Continue reading Twins to graduate with no debt thanks to scholarship

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PBSC exhibits to feature art through various mediums

Exhibits featuring art through a variety of mediums such as paintings, drawings and photography will be presented this spring at The Art Gallery at Eissey Campus and The Gallery at Lake Worth campus. All exhibits are free and open to the public.
The exhibits, which encompass artwork created by Palm Beach State College fine art students, community artists and student artists ages 7-14, will present pieces that showcase art paired with science, art as an expression of nature and more. … Continue reading PBSC exhibits to feature art through various mediums

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Seitz named PBSC athletic director

Palm Beach State College welcomes Tom Seitz as its new athletic director.
Seitz officially began his duties Jan. 2. He replaces John Scarpino, who served as the interim director for the past 15 months.
Originally from Daytona Beach, Fla., Seitz has more than 25 years of experience as a collegiate player, coach and administrator. Before joining Palm Beach State, he was the commissioner of The Crossroads League in Indianapolis, where he oversaw the operations for a league comprised of 10 institutions of higher education. … Continue reading Seitz named PBSC athletic director

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Tragedy prompts mom to go to college for the first time

Every morning, Lorna Beckford wakes up with inescapable grief.
Beckford has dealt with the pain since 2008, when her son, Derron, died in a motorcycle crash in Lake Worth at age 22. At the time, he was a Palm Beach State College student majoring in business. He left behind his mother, father Stephen, as well as three brothers, Kerrick, Steve and Troy.

“Derron would always encourage me to go to PBSC,” said Beckford, who grew up in Jamaica and received a GED at age 45 from the Adult Education Center of Palm Beach. … Continue reading Tragedy prompts mom to go to college for the first time

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PBSC launches new online version of Contact magazine

Palm Beach State College has launched a new online version of Contact, its longstanding,  award-winning alumni magazine.
The site was redesigned by 561 Media, a full-service digital design and marketing agency located in Boca Raton. The new modern design makes it easier to incorporate videos in stories and share content on social media.
The Fall 2017 special double edition features articles on the College’s major milestones of the year and more than 60 profiles on outstanding PBSC alumni. … Continue reading PBSC launches new online version of Contact magazine

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PBSC students land Department of Energy internships

Two Palm Beach State College students, Vinicius Wagner and Lucas Michels, will soon pack their bags and head north to complete a 16-week, paid Community College Internship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.
The internship runs from January to May of next year. As part of the application process, Wagner and Michels selected their preferred internship site from among the DOE’s 15 laboratories across the country.
Wagner, a Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College student pursing his Associate in Arts degree, … Continue reading PBSC students land Department of Energy internships

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Community gathers for time capsule ceremony

Palm Beach State College students, faculty and local dignitaries gathered at the Loxahatchee Groves campus Monday to watch the College stuff a 30-year time capsule with artifacts and handwritten messages and then bury it in the courtyard.
Attendees of the ceremony included members of the PBSC District Board of Trustees, Florida Senator Bobby Powell, Palm Beach County Mayor Melissa McKinlay, The Town of Loxahatchee Groves Mayor David Browning, The Village of Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig, and several vice mayors and council members from the surrounding municipalities as well as local high school principals. … Continue reading Community gathers for time capsule ceremony

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