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PBSC grad doesn’t let cancer stop her from finishing degree

Palm Beach State College student Sharene Smith sat on a front row seat in a campus conference room watching her younger sister as she addressed a group of faculty and administrators.
The 65-year-old Boca Raton woman was supposed to be speaking that day. But two weeks before she was scheduled to present her capstone project – the final step toward fulfilling her lifelong dream of a bachelor’s degree – she had a setback. Last year’s radiation treatment for her second bout with cancer paralyzed one of her vocal cords, … Continue reading PBSC grad doesn’t let cancer stop her from finishing degree

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PBSC employees awarded for extraordinary service

Two faculty members received Palm Beach State College’s Bravo Award, the top honor for employees, at the annual Employee Recognition Awards Ceremony this morning at the Duncan Theatre on the Lake Worth campus.
Professors Kanathy Haney and Christopher Schmersahl were selected from a college-wide pool of 32 contenders nominated by their PBSC colleagues. All nominees shared the distinction of going to extraordinary lengths to serve the College and community, each performing above and beyond the call of duty. … Continue reading PBSC employees awarded for extraordinary service

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Martin tapped to lead FCS Publications Association

Palm Beach State College Professor S. Lizbeth Martin, advisor for the Beachcomber student newspaper, has been elected president of the Florida College System Publications Association.
FCSPA, a division of the Florida College System Activities Association, brings together students and advisors to discuss and share ideas relating to student publications and mass media. Martin, who  served as vice president in the past, was elected to a two-year term during the 57th Annual FCSPA Conference and Awards Banquet in Orlando late last month. … Continue reading Martin tapped to lead FCS Publications Association

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Small businesses benefit from consultant’s HR expertise

Katherine Culhane, a full-time consultant with the Florida Small Business Development Center at Palm Beach State College, has earned the highly regarded Senior Certified Professional credential from the Society for Human Resource Management. SHRM is the world’s largest HR professional society, and the SHRM-SCP credential is the most advanced offered by the organization.
Culhane is one of a team of consultants deployed by FSBDC throughout Palm Beach County to help small businesses succeed. From her base at PBSC’s Palm Beach Gardens campus, … Continue reading Small businesses benefit from consultant’s HR expertise

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Cortez recognized for contributions to Belle Glade campus

Angelica Cortez from Palm Beach State College’s Belle Glade campus was recognized at a Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce event for her contributions to the campus.
Cortez, a librarian and associate professor, received Palm Beach State’s first High Impact Award at the chamber’s 52nd annual awards banquet Oct. 25 at the Belle Glade Elks Lodge.
She was presented the award by Dr. Maria Vallejo, vice president for growth and expansion and provost of the Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves campuses. … Continue reading Cortez recognized for contributions to Belle Glade campus

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Vallejo lends expertise to alma mater

Dr. Maria Vallejo is giving back to one of her alma maters.
Vallejo, the vice president for growth and expansion and provost of the Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves campuses, has been named a new trustee to the 26-member Hampshire College Board of Trustees.
She will serve a four-year term now through June 30, 2020.
“I am thrilled to get to serve on the board at Hampshire,” said Vallejo. “I had an incredible experience there as a student and really enjoyed the service-learning aspect of the college. … Continue reading Vallejo lends expertise to alma mater

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Matias among 2016 NCCHC Leadership Fellows

Barb Matias, Palm Beach State College executive director of human resources, is among 22 community college administrators from around the country who recently completed the National Community College Hispanic Council’s 2016 Leadership Fellows Program.
The program, hosted by the University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences, is designed to develop a pool of highly qualified Hispanics whose career interest focuses on assuming increasingly responsible administrative positions, with the ultimate goal of becoming a community college president. … Continue reading Matias among 2016 NCCHC Leadership Fellows

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Former PBSC student wins Florida Campus Compact award

Carl Amritt, a former Palm Beach State College student, has won a statewide award for his work advocating for the restoration of voting rights for the more than 1.5 million Floridians with a past felony conviction.
He will be presented the Florida Campus Compact Student Excellence in Service Award at the organization’s Awards Gala in Tampa Nov. 17 where students, faculty,  institutes of higher education and legislators will be honored. Amritt is among three students who will receive a Student Excellence in Service Award, … Continue reading Former PBSC student wins Florida Campus Compact award

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Grant puts biomedical research career in sight

Kendra Melos has an A.A. degree from Palm Beach State College and a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition from Florida State University, yet her current career goal did not take shape until she entered PBSC’s Biotechnology College Credit Certificate program.
A Florida native, Melos had set her sights on earning a Ph.D., but life interceded for the mother of two, whose husband is a disabled veteran.
The dream remained, however, and through the Biotechnology CCC program and a grant to help pay for tuition, … Continue reading Grant puts biomedical research career in sight

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PBSC professor to showcase paintings in campus exhibit

The art gallery at Palm Beach State College’s Lake Worth campus is starting its fall season with an exhibit featuring paintings by PBSC Adjunct Professor Gerald O’Sullivan.
The exhibit, titled “Memories, Dreams, Reflections,” begins Sept. 22 and runs through Oct. 22. An opening reception will be held in the gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 22. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
O’Sullivan is the owner and director of Sunrise Gallery & … Continue reading PBSC professor to showcase paintings in campus exhibit

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