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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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Radiography student chosen for national program

Eric Godinez, a student in Palm Beach State College’s Radiography A.S. degree program, is one of two students from Florida selected for the 2017 Student Leadership Development Program of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.
ASRT selected 96 radiography students nationwide, approximately two from each state, for this special program designed to groom new leaders and provide a bridge of support during the transition from school to entering the profession.
The highlight of the program is an all-expense paid trip to the ASRT Educational Symposium and Annual Governance and House of Delegates Meeting in Orlando June 22-25. … Continue reading Radiography student chosen for national program

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Arbeit, Cardoso win county fire-rescue awards

Many instructors and staff for the Emergency Medical Services programs at Palm Beach State College also work for local fire-rescue departments. Ask any student—no one makes learning more relevant than a professional who’s just come off shift, such as Battalion Chief Bruce Arbeit or Lt. Jorge Cardoso, firefighter.
Arbeit and Cardoso were both recently recognized by their other employer—Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue—each winning the annual top prize for their rank.
Arbeit, the clinical coordinator for PBSC’s Paramedic and EMT programs, … Continue reading Arbeit, Cardoso win county fire-rescue awards

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Haney earns AAWCC 40 Under 40 Award for local work

Palm Beach State College Associate Professor Kanathy Haney has landed a spot in the second “40 Under 40” class of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges for her efforts to raise awareness of human trafficking and to help victims.
Haney was recognized April 23 at the AAWCC’s Awards Breakfast held during its annual national conference in New Orleans. Not only is she on the “40 Under 40” list, she ranks first and was asked to speak at the awards breakfast that recognizes faculty, … Continue reading Haney earns AAWCC 40 Under 40 Award for local work

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Barbatis selected a PTK Distinguished Administrator

Dr. Peter Barbatis, Palm Beach State College vice president of student services and enrollment management, has received a 2017 Distinguished Administrator Award from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for his support of the organization as well as initiatives to help students succeed.
He was among 24 college vice presidents, deans or directors presented the award during PTK Catalyst, the society’s annual convention held in Nashville April 6-8. He is the only Florida administrator to receive the award. … Continue reading Barbatis selected a PTK Distinguished Administrator

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Two PBSC students win Cooke Foundation scholarship

Two Palm Beach State College honors students are among only 55 selected nationwide for the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.
Marshelle Davis, an aspiring certified public accountant who’s on track to graduate in May with an Associate in Arts degree, and Tanzina Chowdhury, who earned her A.A. last December and is enrolled in additional prerequisite courses this term, each will receive up to $40,000 per year for up to three years toward the educational expenses to complete their bachelor’s degree. … Continue reading Two PBSC students win Cooke Foundation scholarship

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College captures national marketing awards

Palm Beach State College has garnered two Paragon Awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. This national competition is the only one of its kind that honors excellence among marketing and PR professionals at two-year colleges.
The winning entries are the work of PBSC College Relations and Marketing department staff members:

Joyce Edelstein, a CRM specialist, won the first place Gold Paragon Award in the category of Excellence in Writing—Short Form, which is for articles of up to 500 words published in print or online. … Continue reading College captures national marketing awards

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