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PBSC alum gets spotlight at national STEM summit

Tevin Ali, a Palm Beach State College biotechnology graduate, represented students across the nation at the STEM Higher Education Council National Leaders Summit recently held in Washington, D.C.
The event was hosted Sept. 27-28 by STEMconnector®, a resource and a service designed to link “all things STEM,” at the Gallup World Education Headquarters.
Ali, who is now pursuing an online master’s degree in biotechnology enterprise and entrepreneurship from Johns Hopkins University, was the conference’s only student speaker alongside corporate CEO’s, … Continue reading PBSC alum gets spotlight at national STEM summit

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President Parker sends memo to students about DACA

The following memo was emailed to Palm Beach State College students.
Sept. 6,  2017
Dear Palm Beach State College Panthers,

As you may know, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that the administration is rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The deadlines established in the decision are provided below:

Effective Sept. 5, new applications for the DACA program will not be considered.
Individuals who currently have DACA status will be allowed to maintain their status through the deferred action period. … Continue reading President Parker sends memo to students about DACA

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Miles teams up with local foundation to save coral reefs

Palm Beach State College Professor Jessica Miles, Ph.D., is getting her feet wet for an important cause.
Miles is leading a research study known as “The Reef Hope Project,” while on sabbatical leave this fall to help environmental scientists discover ways to help keep earth’s underwater rainforests alive.
As part of the project, Miles is going 60 feet under to analyze and experiment with over two hundred artificial coral reefs built by the Andrew “Red” Harris Foundation 1.5 miles northeast from the Jupiter Inlet. … Continue reading Miles teams up with local foundation to save coral reefs

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Haney and DeMauro win Stewart Award

Professors Kanathy Haney and Sandra DeMauro, two of Palm Beach State College’s newest faculty members, are this year’s winners of the Stewart Distinguished Teaching Award.
The recipients were announced during Convocation Aug. 21 where President Ava L. Parker and other College leaders welcomed faculty and staff for the 2017-2018 academic year. The Stewart Distinguished Teaching Award is the highest award presented by the College to faculty. It recognizes faculty and program instructors who use interactive learning to promote student engagement, … Continue reading Haney and DeMauro win Stewart Award

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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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