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Parker is new leader of the Council of Presidents

Palm Beach State College President Ava L. Parker, J.D., hosted her first business meeting this month as the new chair of the Council of Presidents.
The Council of Presidents includes the leaders of the 28 state and community colleges comprising the Florida College System, which serves more than 800,000 students. Parker was passed the gavel for the top leadership role for the 2018-2019 year after serving one year as chair of the COP’s Policy and Advocacy Committee. … Continue reading Parker is new leader of the Council of Presidents

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Gov. Scott appoints Ward to PBSC District Board of Trustees

Philip H. Ward III, a local attorney, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the Palm Beach State College District Board of Trustees.
Ward, managing partner at Ward Damon, a multi-disciplined law firm that he cofounded in 1987, succeeds John W. Dowd III, vice chair of the five-member board whose second three-year term ended this year. Ward’s term is for September 28, 2018 through May 31, 2022.
Last week, Ward, a Jupiter resident, … Continue reading Gov. Scott appoints Ward to PBSC District Board of Trustees

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Copeland appointed PBSC nursing director

The national search for Palm Beach State College’s nursing director has ended internally with the appointment of Dr. Deborah Copeland, a longtime professor with experience working in clinical roles as a practitioner and administrator.
Copeland, who has been serving as interim nursing director since January, will move into the role permanently on Oct. 1. She replaces Buddy Herrington, who retired last year.
“I am excited about Dr. Copeland formally accepting the nursing director position. She is an extremely knowledgeable individual  who is a champion for supporting both students and faculty,” said Al Baldwin, … Continue reading Copeland appointed PBSC nursing director

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Mercer to be honored for advancing STEM education

Since her arrival at Palm Beach State College in 2009, Dr. Becky Mercer has been a staunch advocate of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
She not only enthusiastically encourages students to consider STEM careers, she develops STEM programs for children to inspire the next generation of innovators and creators.
For her work, Mercer will receive a STEM Innovation Award from the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. The award will be presented during a ceremony from 6 to 9 p.m. … Continue reading Mercer to be honored for advancing STEM education

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Allen picked for Palm Beach Tech Association board

Kimberly Allen, associate dean of academic affairs on the Lake Worth campus, has been picked to serve on the board of a budding nonprofit membership group focused on making Palm Beach County a premier technology and innovation hub by 2030.
Allen, who oversees associate degree and College Credit Certificate programs in business and computer science, says her role as an ex-officio member of the Palm Beach Tech Association Board of Directors, will provide broader access to information technology industry heavy hitters and help the College stay abreast of current and emerging trends. … Continue reading Allen picked for Palm Beach Tech Association board

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Salzinger wins $15,000 award for artwork

Palm Beach State College Professor Samantha Salzinger has received a $15,000 award from the South Florida Cultural Consortium for her artwork, as well as an opportunity to showcase her winning pieces at an upcoming exhibit.
She is among 12 visual and media artists —six individuals and a collaborative —selected this year for the award, described as one of the most lucrative presented by local arts agencies in the U.S. The South Florida Cultural Consortium presents the awards at either the $7,500 or $15,000 level each year through its Visual and Media Artists Program. … Continue reading Salzinger wins $15,000 award for artwork

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New associate dean joins Palm Beach Gardens campus

Dr. Linda P. Lebile, whose higher education career includes stints in Asia, Texas and Africa, has joined Palm Beach State College as an associate dean of academic affairs at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.
“It’s an opportunity of a lifetime to make a difference in the lives of our students,’’ said Lebile, who has been making the rounds, getting to know faculty, staff and students since starting Aug. 20. “My goal is to help students complete their college education and graduate with skills to allow them to be productive citizens with prosperous lives because they need to make a difference not just in their lives but in the lives of others, … Continue reading New associate dean joins Palm Beach Gardens campus

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Bender accepted into leadership program

Jessica Bender, auxiliary services and college card manager, is among 59 professionals accepted into the 2018-19 Leadership Palm Beach County (LPBC) Engage program.
The Leadership Engage program is a highly-competitive 10-month program which offers participants a powerful new network and a transformative learning experience, with the intent to better Palm Beach County.
According to Marlee Brannock, events and marketing manager for LPBC, the organization received a record number of applicants this year.  She was selected by a committee for her professional leadership and service. … Continue reading Bender accepted into leadership program

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Vallejo appointed to Lakeside Health Advisory Board

Dr. Maria Vallejo, Palm Beach State College vice president of growth and expansion and provost of the Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves campuses, will play a role in ensuring access to quality health care for the residents of the Glades.
She has been appointed to a four-year term on the Lakeside Health Advisory Board, which advises the Health Care District Board of Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners on issues related to the overall health and wellness of residents, … Continue reading Vallejo appointed to Lakeside Health Advisory Board

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Romenesko and Stoupas earn Stewart Award

Professors Nataliya Romenesko and Dr. George Stoupas are the 2018 recipients of the Stewart Distinguished Teaching Awards, the top honor presented by Palm Beach State College for excellence in teaching and learning in the classroom.
Dr. Anita Kaplan, dean of bachelor’s degree programs and chair of the Stewart Awards Committee, announced the winners during Convocation Tuesday where College administrators welcomed back faculty and staff for the start of the 2018-2019 new academic year and updated them on new initiatives. … Continue reading Romenesko and Stoupas earn Stewart Award

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