From Contact magazine, Spring 2014
With a camera strapped across his shoulder, Palm Beach State Professor Dharmesh Patel waited in front of the Mandel Public Library in downtown West Palm Beach for his architecture students to arrive.
He was eager for them to see the four-story structure on Clematis Street given that they each had just four weeks to design their own library for a class project. Their designs would be showcased at the fall “Arch-Attack,” a juried event that Patel created in 2009. … Continue reading Great design lies in the details | Dharmesh Patel
Alfred Evans, photo editor for the Beachcomber student newspaper, has won second place in the College Media Association Shoot Out 2014 competition for his image of a welder working at the construction site of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub.
The photography competition was held during the College Media Association’s Spring National Media Convention in New York City March 12-15. Students were given one day to shoot, edit and caption images related to the theme “A Day in the Life of New York City.”
A panel of 19 professionals, … Continue reading Beachcomber photo editor wins second place in national competition
Barb Matias has been named the new executive director of human resources for Palm Beach State College.
Matias, who has served as the interim executive director since last August, was selected after a national search that drew 118 applicants. She replaces Dr. Ellen Grace who recently retired.
Matias of Wellington began working at the College in 2003 as a human resources generalist. She was promoted to senior human resources generalist in 2006 and promoted later that year to manager of human resource programs. … Continue reading Matias named executive director of human resources at Palm Beach State
It was a historic 2013 for Palm Beach State College baseball. With the leadership of head coach Kyle Forbes, the team won its first FCSAA state title since 1984 and made its first ever appearance in the NJCAA JUCO World Series.
For these efforts, Forbes was named Coach of the Year by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. He was presented the award March 23 during the commission’s Annual Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. … Continue reading Forbes honored as the top coach in Palm Beach County
Carolyn L. Williams, a longtime member of the Palm Beach State College District Board of Trustees, was reappointed by Gov. Rick Scott Thursday to another term.
Her new term, which must be confirmed by the Florida Senate, ends May 31, 2017.
Williams, a retired senior staff advisor for the South Florida Water Management District, is currently chairperson of the five-member District Board of Trustees. She first joined the board in 1999.
She is chair and president of the Gerald A. … Continue reading Gov. Scott reappoints Williams to District Board of Trustees
Almost 200 students, faculty and staff members came together Feb. 5 for a candlelight vigil to honor the memory of Dacota Stewart-Dick, Palm Beach State College’s First-Year Experience manager. Stewart-Dick was killed Feb. 2 in her Parkland home.
Gray clouds and light showers misted the Lake Worth campus MLK Plaza as the service began, yielding the sky to a soft rainbow midway through the service. Grieving along with family members, the College community heard student musical tributes and shared recollections of special moments. … Continue reading Remembering a beloved educator, mentor, friend
Four and a half years ago, Amber Palomares, a career development advisor and adjunct instructor, picked up her first paintbrush.
“I always loved art,” said Palomares. “I would go to local art shows and visit artist booths. I couldn’t get it off my mind.”
This passion led Palomares to try painting for herself, which led to hours of practicing and perfecting her work. To advance her skills, she even took a drawing class at the Palm Beach Gardens campus from Associate Professor of Visual Art Jacques de Beaufort. … Continue reading Emerging Artist Amber Palomares to showcase work at Artigras
Palm Beach State College Professor Stephen Gibson has won a Donald Justice Poetry Prize for his latest poetry collection “Rorschach Art Too.”
The award, open to all American poets, comes with a cash prize and a publication deal. Gibson said his poetry collection is scheduled for publication in June.
He is among four winners selected during the biennial competition coordinated by the Poetry Center at West Chester University in Pennsylvania; two were selected for 2014 and two for 2015. … Continue reading English professor wins Donald Justice Poetry Prize
The murder of Palm Beach State College staff member Dacota Stewart-Dick in her Parkland home Sunday has sent shock waves through the College community, as employees and students struggle to cope with the tragedy.
A candlelight vigil will be held at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, for students, faculty and staff to honor the memory of Stewart-Dick, PBSC First-Year Experience program manager. The vigil will take place in the MLK Plaza, Lake Worth campus. Grief counselors also have been made available through the College Counseling Center and the Employee Assistance Program to support co-workers and students as needed. … Continue reading Candlelight vigil to honor slain College employee
Distinguished educator, community leader and Palm Beach Junior College retiree Jesse E. Ferguson, Sr., died Jan. 1 at the age of 91.
Mr. Ferguson joined the PBJC faculty in the guidance department in 1971. Five years later, he was named assistant registrar of the College and served in that role until his retirement in the early 1980s. A career educator, he had earlier served as a faculty member, counselor and director of student personnel at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville and as a guidance counselor at John F. … Continue reading In Memoriam – Jesse E. Ferguson, Sr.