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Coleman-Ferrell to serve as AFC president-elect

Dr. Tunjarnika “Nika” Coleman-Ferrell, dean of academic affairs at Palm Beach State College in Boca Raton, will fill an unexpired term as Association of Florida Colleges president-elect this year and take the helm of the 8,000-member organization in January.
She is completing the term vacated by Robert Van Der Velde, J.D., a former associate dean of academic affairs at the Palm Beach Gardens campus who relocated to California this summer. AFC held a special election nomination process to fill Van Der Velde’s president-elect role and his upcoming term as president for 2018. … Continue reading Coleman-Ferrell to serve as AFC president-elect

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Marine Corps vet is new PBSC student trustee

Growing up in a single parent household, Joseph Morel learned early the difficulties of life and the strengths one must have to succeed.
Determined to help his mother pay the bills, he and his older brother sacrificed their weekends to mow grass. Now, he is just as determined to help students at Palm Beach State College as their newly appointed student trustee for the 2017-18 academic year.
Morel, a Palm Beach County native and Coastal High School graduate, … Continue reading Marine Corps vet is new PBSC student trustee

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Wihbey starts community college leadership program

Beginning today, Palm Beach State College’s Dr. Jean Wihbey, Lake Worth campus provost and vice president for workforce development, will participate in a national leadership program aimed at developing a new cadre of outstanding leaders to transform community college student success.
Wihbey, along with 39 other participants, were awarded the prestigious Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence by The Aspen Institute earlier this year.
The program, delivered in collaboration with the Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative and top community college leaders, … Continue reading Wihbey starts community college leadership program

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New PBSC department focuses on innovative learning

A new Innovation and Instructional Technology department has been created at Palm Beach State College to further support the growth of e-learning on all campuses.
Heading the department, housed on the Boca Raton campus, is Director Lisa Gustinelli, who began earlier this summer. Gustinelli serves as a partner to Sidney Beitler, the e-Learning department director.
The goal is to better prepare students who transfer to four-year institutions and those who enter the workforce through broad exposure to digital technology. … Continue reading New PBSC department focuses on innovative learning

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Vargas named a 2017 NCCHC Leadership Fellow

Dr. Roy Vargas has been named a 2017 Hispanic Leadership Program Fellow by the National Community College Hispanic Council. Vargas, dean of academic affairs for the Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves campuses, was among 22 Hispanic community college administrators chosen from around the country.
The prestigious program is hosted by the University of San Diego (USD) School of Leadership and Education Sciences and is designed to develop a pool of highly qualified Hispanics whose career interest focuses on assuming increasingly responsible administrative positions, … Continue reading Vargas named a 2017 NCCHC Leadership Fellow

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Stoupas joins Florida Certification Board

George Stoupas, Ph.D., associate professor of Human Services in Palm Beach State College’s Addiction Studies program, recently joined the Florida Certification Board’s Behavioral Health Advisory Council. The Council provides direction to FCB’s board of directors on policy, ethics and other issues related to the certification of addiction treatment professionals throughout the state.
With Dr. Stoupas’ acceptance onto the Council, Palm Beach State College becomes the only academic institution represented. It’s a distinction that Stoupas believes will ultimately benefit his students. … Continue reading Stoupas joins Florida Certification Board

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Scholarship honors alumna who died after earning degree

An endowed scholarship has been established to honor the memory and wishes of Palm Beach State College alumna Sharene Smith who lost her battle with cancer April 23, four months after achieving her lifelong dream of a bachelor’s degree.
Family, co-workers and friends of the 65-year-old Boca Raton woman pooled their money to donate $25,000 to the PBSC Foundation for the Sharene Savage Smith Endowed Memorial Scholarship for Older Students. The scholarship will be open to individuals 55 years and older who want to pursue their education. … Continue reading Scholarship honors alumna who died after earning degree

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Serra recognized by American Payroll Association

After just three years of membership, Laurel Serra has garnered national recognition for her service to the American Payroll Association, which represents 20,000 members.
Serra, PBSC’s payroll manager who is currently serving in a temporary position on the team charged with implementing the new $25 million Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) project, received a Citation of Merit from APA, the nation’s leader in payroll education, publications and training. She was among numerous individuals recognized during the group’s 35th Annual Payroll Congress in Orlando May 16-20. … Continue reading Serra recognized by American Payroll Association

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EMS staff take home honors

William Barbre and Patricia Drake of Palm Beach State College’s Emergency Medical Services department were recognized Friday with Distinguished Service Awards from the Palm Beach County EMS Providers Association.
The association, which consists of the county’s fire rescue departments and education providers like Palm Beach State, meets monthly to share information and protocols. However, once a year they take the time to honor outstanding members.
Bruce Arbeit, the clinical coordinator for PBSC’s Paramedic and EMT programs, … Continue reading EMS staff take home honors

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New dean of curriculum comes on board

Dr. Velmarie Albertini has joined Palm Beach State College as the new dean of curriculum.
She has 20 years of teaching and leadership experience and comes to the College from Barry University, where she has worked since August 2016 as associate dean of academic and student affairs. She replaces Susan Bierster, who has filled the role on an interim basis for the last two years following the promotion of Dr. Ginger Pedersen, vice president of information services. … Continue reading New dean of curriculum comes on board

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