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Ponciano tapped for NCCHC Leadership Fellows Program

Henry Ponciano, assistant dean of student services at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens, is among only 20 higher education administrators throughout the country selected this year for the Leadership Fellows Program sponsored by the National Community College Hispanic Council and the University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences.
The program is designed to develop a pool of highly qualified Latinas and Latinos who aspire to move up the ranks in higher education. … Continue reading Ponciano tapped for NCCHC Leadership Fellows Program

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Professors Schmersahl and Sfiropoulos honored for innovative teaching

Two Palm Beach State College professors started the 2014-2015 academic year on a high note after being named the winners of the Stewart Distinguished Teaching Award for their innovative work to engage students in their classes.
Christopher Schmersahl, who teaches English in Belle Glade, and Mike Sfiropoulos, who teaches developmental English at the Lake Worth campus, were announced the 2014 winners during Convocation Aug. 20 where PBSC leaders officially welcomed faculty and staff to the new academic year. … Continue reading Professors Schmersahl and Sfiropoulos honored for innovative teaching

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PBSC President Dennis Gallon to retire in June 2015

Dr. Dennis P. Gallon, president of Palm Beach State College since 1997, informed the District Board of Trustees today of his desire to retire from that post effective June 30, 2015. The board accepted the decision, expressing sadness but praising his distinguished service and wishing him well.
“President Gallon has been a pillar of the College and the community for the past 17 years,” said Carolyn L. Williams, board chairperson. “We celebrate his remarkable career, and we cannot adequately express our appreciation for his service to our students and to Palm Beach County.”
Gallon said he is experiencing “some anxiety” over the decision, … Continue reading PBSC President Dennis Gallon to retire in June 2015

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Bender earns CASP certification

Jessica Bender, manager of auxiliary services and college card at Palm Beach State College, has earned the Certified Auxiliary Services Professional (CASP) designation from the National Association of College Auxiliary Services, the largest auxiliary services support organization serving higher education.
CASP is a four-year certification that affirms the recipient’s expertise in management, leadership, marketing, student development and operations. It is the premier designation for higher education auxiliary and ancillary services.
Bender joined Palm Beach State in 2007 as the manager of the College Card program, … Continue reading Bender earns CASP certification

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Latimer elected to American Society of Radiologic Technologists board

Michael C. Latimer, associate professor at Palm Beach State College, has been elected to serve as vice president of the board of directors of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists for 2014-2015.
Latimer teaches medical imaging for Palm Beach State’s Radiography Associate in Science degree program on the College’s Palm Beach Gardens campus. The program prepares students for careers as radiologic technologists—the health care professionals who perform medical imaging procedures or plan and deliver radiation therapy. … Continue reading Latimer elected to American Society of Radiologic Technologists board

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Medical Assisting student honored for military service

On July 1, Gov. Rick Scott was in West Palm Beach to present 187 veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award, a medal for Floridians who have served in a U.S. military branch. Thomas Whelan was among them.
Whelan, who is enrolled in Palm Beach State College’s Medical Assisting program, was honored for his service in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1989-94. A Sergeant E-5, he served during Operation Desert Storm (Gulf War) and Operation Restore Hope (Somalia). … Continue reading Medical Assisting student honored for military service

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PBSC student with cerebral palsy aims to inspire others with memoir

Looking for a way to express her emotions and document her life as a public school student with disabilities, while also navigating typical teen experiences like puppy love, Stephanie Lerose decided to write.
“I was at a point in my life where I was becoming really stressed out, and I needed an outlet to get my feelings out,’’ said Lerose. “I started writing things down. I felt better after doing it. It was a stress relief.”
What began in high school as a personal journal has turned into a 445-page memoir. … Continue reading PBSC student with cerebral palsy aims to inspire others with memoir

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Beachcomber editor named PBSC 2014-2015 student trustee

Patricia Medina, editor-in-chief of the Beachcomber student newspaper at Palm Beach State College, has been selected student trustee for the 2014-2015 academic year.
In the non-voting role created by the District Board of Trustees in 2001, Medina will bring a student perspective on College issues and policies. An eight-member selection committee, which includes students, chose her after a college-wide application process open to the College’s 48,000 students.
“I know there are a lot of people who applied, … Continue reading Beachcomber editor named PBSC 2014-2015 student trustee

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PBSC professors invited to Eastern Europe to share expertise

Two professors at Palm Beach State College in Boca Raton are in Lithuania this week to conduct professional development training in crisis intervention for psychologists and lecture on U.S. foreign policy.
Dr. Michael Miles, who teaches psychology, is conducting 20 hours of continuing education training for school and private practice psychologists. The training at Vilnius University in the capital of Lithuania June 16-21 covers such topics as post-traumatic stress disorder, dealing with loss, vicarious traumas and others. … Continue reading PBSC professors invited to Eastern Europe to share expertise

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Banking executive named to District Board of Trustees

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Charles K. “Chuck” Cross, Jr. to the Palm Beach State College District Board of Trustees.
Cross, 56, of Boca Raton, is the executive vice president of commercial banking for Seacoast National Bank. He serves as treasurer of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County and previously chaired the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County.
He assumes the Palm Beach State board seat formerly held by David H. Talley, whose term has expired.  … Continue reading Banking executive named to District Board of Trustees

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