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Bender receives Distinguished Service Award

Palm Beach State College employee Jessica Bender is the recipient of the 2019 National Association of Campus Card Users Distinguished Service Award.
The award, sponsored by PERSONA Campus, is presented annually to recognize an individual who has advanced the industry, exhibited entrepreneurial spirit, is an active member of NACCU, is actively involved in research and development, and who is active in the industry through serving on advisory boards and/or actively educating through presentations and sessions. … Continue reading Bender receives Distinguished Service Award

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McCann named a top 30 basketball coach under 30

Head Men’s Basketball Coach Martin McCann has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches 2019 Under Armour 30-Under-30 Team.
The award is presented to the most promising coaches that have achieved a high level of success before the age of 30. The NABC began presenting the Under Armour 30-Under-30 award in 2016, and McCann is one of only two community or junior college coaches to ever make the list. The NABC consists of over 5,000 college coaches that promise to uphold the organization’s four core values: advocacy, … Continue reading McCann named a top 30 basketball coach under 30

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Vallejo retires from PBSC, leaves lasting impact

Fatima Cajas was mixing up coffee drinks at Delicias Cuban Bakery when she first met Dr. Maria Vallejo from Palm Beach State College.
She had a desire to go to college, but before that chance meeting with Vallejo 10 years ago, she couldn’t see past the barriers she felt as an immigrant from Ecuador. While frequenting the eatery inside a Lake Worth gas station, Vallejo slipped her a business card and encouraged her to enroll at PBSC. … Continue reading Vallejo retires from PBSC, leaves lasting impact

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PBSC student named a Coca-Cola Academic Team Scholar

Joseph Culbreath, one of six Palm Beach State College students named to the 2019 All-Florida Academic Team,  also has been chosen as a Coca-Cola Academic Team Scholar.
As a silver scholar, Culbreath, who serves as president of both the Phi Theta Kappa chapter on the Lake Worth campus and the Honors College Advisory Council, will receive a $1,250 scholarship and a commemorative medallion.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society sponsors the All-USA Academic Team competition annually with USA Today. … Continue reading PBSC student named a Coca-Cola Academic Team Scholar

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Three STEM professors to receive NISOD Excellence Awards

Palm Beach State College science professors Dr. Gokarna Gharti-Chhetri and Dr. Tod Fairbanks and math professor Alex Opritsa have been chosen to receive an Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development.
They will travel to Austin, Texas to receive their medallion award at the NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence set for May 25-28.
NISOD presents the awards to all faculty, staff and administrators nominated nationwide by their respective institutions to attend the conference each year. … Continue reading Three STEM professors to receive NISOD Excellence Awards

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Luma inspires audiences with African artifacts

Dr. Andrew Luma, a Palm Beach State College professor, has visited most of the 54 nations in Africa, and each time he picks up artifacts that are now part of an extensive collection that he exhibits at campus events and South Florida museums.
He uses the roughly 250-piece display, including masks, men’s and women’s attire, paintings, musical instruments, robes, kitchen utensils, spears, traditional games and more, as a tool to help educate students and others about the history of the world’s third largest continent and to share bits of his storied roots there. … Continue reading Luma inspires audiences with African artifacts

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Johnson wins prize for poetry collection

Palm Beach State College Professor Bradley Johnson has been awarded the 2018 Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize for his collection, “Smuggling Elephants Through Airport Security.”
He will receive $1,000 in prize money, and his collection will be published by Michigan State University Press in 2020. “I’ve been working for this for a long time. The book is years of work,” said Johnson, who teaches English at the Boca Raton campus. “Having an academic press like Michigan State University back you and publish your work opens a whole lot of doors in terms of audience and credibility. … Continue reading Johnson wins prize for poetry collection

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PBSC film certificate helps attorney redirect career

Palm Beach State College plays a starring role in Ann Deborah Fishman’s film “Swiped”—on screen and off.
The attorney-turned-filmmaker was enrolled in PBSC’s Motion Picture Post-Production Technology college credit certificate program in 2015 when she got the idea for a comedy about the hook-up culture on a fictional college campus and wrote the script while taking the program’s screenwriting course. A longtime Florida resident, she filmed the movie all around Palm Beach County during summer 2016, … Continue reading PBSC film certificate helps attorney redirect career

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Katyal named fellow by AMATYC

Palm Beach State College Associate Professor Anurag Katyal is among six in the nation selected to participate as a fellow in a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) initiative being piloted by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.
The AMATYC received a $305,100 grant from the National Science Foundation to launch Project SLOPE, a program that supports fellows as they conduct a SoTL project that is motivated by their teaching experiences. The pilot cohort, … Continue reading Katyal named fellow by AMATYC

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Provost now leads campus where she took her first classes

When Dr. Tunjarnika Coleman-Ferrell enrolled in summer classes at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens in 1990, she never imagined that she would one day lead the campus.
She was a freshly minted Palm Beach Gardens High School graduate with a full scholarship to Washington and Jefferson College and who had plans to become a medical doctor. However, before packing her bags and leaving her South Florida roots for the private liberal arts school in Pennsylvania, … Continue reading Provost now leads campus where she took her first classes

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