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PBSC kicks off New Student Welcome events

Palm Beach State College kicked off its collegewide New Student Welcome events at the Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves campuses earlier this week in advance of the start of fall classes.
The events, formerly called New Student Convocation, are meant to help the College’s anticipated 5,000 first-time-in-college students and their families make connections and familiarize themselves with PBSC.
“Students really enjoyed themselves at the Belle Glade campus,” said Drew Barrett, student activities manager.  “The new students participated in an informative panel event with distinguished faculty and two current students from SGA. … Continue reading PBSC kicks off New Student Welcome events

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PBSC employees win award for book they co-authored

A book co-authored by Palm Beach State College employees Janet DeVries Naughton and Dr. Ginger Pedersen has received a silver medal from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association.
Naughton, a librarian and associate professor on the Lake Worth campus, and Pedersen, vice president of information services, won the President’s Book Award in the Florida Adult Non-Fiction category for “Overdue in Paradise: The Library History of Palm Beach County.” They shared the award with co-authors Graham Brunk, … Continue reading PBSC employees win award for book they co-authored

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Alum raising funds to make hometown center a reality

Palm Beach State College alumnus Luc Beauliere has a big vision for his hometown of Saint-Marc, Haiti.
Beauliere, who graduated from PBSC in 2007 with an Associate in Arts degree, is currently raising funds to build a community center for the people of Saint-Marc and the surrounding areas.
The center, called the Artibonite Gospel Tabernacle (AGT) Center, will serve as a hospital, university, worship facility and musical conservatory.
The idea to build a center first originated from Beauliere’s father, … Continue reading Alum raising funds to make hometown center a reality

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Ibis Friends support PBSC veterans from boots to books

The Palm Beach State College Foundation has been awarded $40,000 for the second year in a row from the Ibis Friends of Veterans Charitable Organization, Inc. to support student veterans at the College.
The donation will be used toward scholarships and book stipends. One student recipient, Joseph Morel, was not only a veteran but also a first-generation college student when he received an Ibis scholarship award.
“The scholarship was a blessing, as I am the first in my family to attend college in over five generations,” said Morel, … Continue reading Ibis Friends support PBSC veterans from boots to books

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Guthrie named new student trustee

In the short time that Shanice Guthrie has been attending Palm Beach State College, she has come to notice the strong unity among its diverse student population. However, she has also noticed that many students feel detached from the school.
This is something she hopes to change as the newly appointed PBSC student trustee for the 2018-19 academic year.
“Students are mostly unaware of the vast array of services and benefits that is provided at their disposal,” said Guthrie, … Continue reading Guthrie named new student trustee

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PBSC to offer an online associate degree

Palm Beach State College will offer an online 62-credit hour Associate in Arts in business degree program starting this fall.
This will be the College’s first fully online Associate in Arts degree program. It will begin with one to two cohorts of students who will take all the courses together,  allowing them the opportunity to encourage one another and form study groups.
There are still available slots. Students who are interested in enrolling may contact the College Information Center at 561-967-7222 for more information. … Continue reading PBSC to offer an online associate degree

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Leal scholarship to help first-generation college students

Palm Beach State College alumnus Alberto Leal wants to help and mentor first-generation college students through a new five-year scholarship that bears his name.
“Scholarships played a major role in financing my education,” said Leal, attorney and owner of The Leal Law Firm in Wellington. “I wanted to give back and provide that same opportunity for hard-working and qualified students. I strongly believe that we have an obligation to assist one another as fellow Panthers and as fellow people.”
As part of the PBSC Foundation first-generation college scholarships, … Continue reading Leal scholarship to help first-generation college students

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Seitz starts new initiatives to boost PBSC athletics

In just six months on the job, Athletics Director Tom Seitz has implemented several new initiatives to raise support for all Palm Beach State College sports programs and to ensure athletes get the academic help they need.
Seitz, the former commissioner of The Crossroads League in Indianapolis, recently started a Panther Athletic Club to help the community become more aware and involved in PBSC athletics.
Anyone is welcome to join the club. Membership fees range from $50 to $250. … Continue reading Seitz starts new initiatives to boost PBSC athletics

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Thomas nominated for an Esperanza Award

Ana M. Thomas is among the finalists for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County’s annual Esperanza Award.
Thomas, Foundation development director and Palm Beach State College alumna, is nominated in the education category for her significant impact to her profession and the community. Other award categories are business and community.
The awards luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. June 13 at the Hilton Palm Beach Airport. Tania Rogers, WPTV’s News Channel 5 reporter and anchor, … Continue reading Thomas nominated for an Esperanza Award

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Ten awarded PBSC ASPIRA scholarship

Ten Palm Beach County high schools students have been awarded a $500 Dr. Maria Vallejo Palm Beach State College ASPIRA scholarship to be used this fall.
The scholarship, created by Vallejo 15 years ago through a partnership with the local Palm Beach County ASPIRA chapter, helps support Latino and First Generation in College students earn a degree.
According to Vallejo, the vice president for growth and expansion and provost of the Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves campuses, … Continue reading Ten awarded PBSC ASPIRA scholarship

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