Luma inspires audiences with African artifacts

Dr. Andrew Luma, a Palm Beach State College professor, has visited most of the 54 nations in Africa, and each time he picks up artifacts that are now part of an extensive collection that he exhibits at campus events and South Florida museums.
He uses the roughly 250-piece display, including masks, men’s and women’s attire, paintings, musical instruments, robes, kitchen utensils, spears, traditional games and more, as a tool to help educate students and others about the history of the world’s third largest continent and to share bits of his storied roots there. … Continue reading Luma inspires audiences with African artifacts

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Johnson wins prize for poetry collection

Palm Beach State College Professor Bradley Johnson has been awarded the 2018 Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize for his collection, “Smuggling Elephants Through Airport Security.”
He will receive $1,000 in prize money, and his collection will be published by Michigan State University Press in 2020. “I’ve been working for this for a long time. The book is years of work,” said Johnson, who teaches English at the Boca Raton campus. “Having an academic press like Michigan State University back you and publish your work opens a whole lot of doors in terms of audience and credibility. … Continue reading Johnson wins prize for poetry collection

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PBSC film certificate helps attorney redirect career

Palm Beach State College plays a starring role in Ann Deborah Fishman’s film “Swiped”—on screen and off.
The attorney-turned-filmmaker was enrolled in PBSC’s Motion Picture Post-Production Technology college credit certificate program in 2015 when she got the idea for a comedy about the hook-up culture on a fictional college campus and wrote the script while taking the program’s screenwriting course. A longtime Florida resident, she filmed the movie all around Palm Beach County during summer 2016, … Continue reading PBSC film certificate helps attorney redirect career

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Katyal named fellow by AMATYC

Palm Beach State College Associate Professor Anurag Katyal is among six in the nation selected to participate as a fellow in a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) initiative being piloted by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.
The AMATYC received a $305,100 grant from the National Science Foundation to launch Project SLOPE, a program that supports fellows as they conduct a SoTL project that is motivated by their teaching experiences. The pilot cohort, … Continue reading Katyal named fellow by AMATYC

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Provost now leads campus where she took her first classes

When Dr. Tunjarnika Coleman-Ferrell enrolled in summer classes at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens in 1990, she never imagined that she would one day lead the campus.
She was a freshly minted Palm Beach Gardens High School graduate with a full scholarship to Washington and Jefferson College and who had plans to become a medical doctor. However, before packing her bags and leaving her South Florida roots for the private liberal arts school in Pennsylvania, … Continue reading Provost now leads campus where she took her first classes

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Alumna promotes message of nonviolence

Protests are happening all over the world today. Many of them start off peaceful but end up turning violent.
This is something that Palm Beach State College alumna and Native American expert and activist Jenny Big Crow hopes to help change through her message promoting nonviolence.
Big Crow speaks often on her Native American heritage and the importance of civil disobedience, especially the lessons she learned as part of the 2016 Standing Rock Protest.
The grassroots movement happened in reaction to the planned Dakota Access Pipeline construction in the northern United States. … Continue reading Alumna promotes message of nonviolence

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PBSC alumna helps elevate the arts through magazine

Starting a new business can be intimidating. However, Palm Beach State College alumna Angela Yungk and her friend, Jessie Prugh, were up to the challenge when they found themselves unhappy in their careers.
“We were both very creative, and we both had a desire to be business owners,” Yungk said. “So after a year of talking, the idea to start our own magazine came into fruition. What started out as a simple idea at first, has quickly blossomed into a career that I could never have imagined.”
Today, … Continue reading PBSC alumna helps elevate the arts through magazine

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Stivers comes on board as new vice president

Robbi Stivers, a former banking executive with 18 years of higher education leadership experience, has joined Palm Beach State College as the new vice president of administration and business services.
 Stivers, a Kentucky native who has lived in Tennessee for most of his career, replaces Richard Becker, who officially retires in March after more than 20 years. He was chosen after a nationwide search and came on board Jan. 7.
“Robbi has an impressive mix of higher education and private banking experience that will serve our College well,’’ said Ava L. … Continue reading Stivers comes on board as new vice president

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Vong realizes dream of a U.S. education

When Tatiana Vong was just 18 years old, she found herself in a challenging situation. She had no job or place to live and didn’t speak English.
Vong, who will be graduating magna cum laude Dec. 19 with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in project management, had moved to the United States from Batir, Moldova through a visa exchange program.
After working a week in Pensacola, Fla., she and another woman placed in the same job through the program decided to pursue better options and took a bus to Orlando. … Continue reading Vong realizes dream of a U.S. education

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17-year-old finishes PBSC honors diploma in high school

Ahria Bass didn’t just get a head start on her college education while in high school, she completed her Associate in  Arts degree with Honors College distinction.
Now the Palm Beach State College dual enrollment student and aspiring neurosurgeon will cross the stage at the 2 p.m. fall commencement ceremony on Dec. 19 to celebrate her achievement— five months before she is set to graduate from Seminole Ridge High School.
“It’s been an amazing opportunity,’’ said Bass, … Continue reading 17-year-old finishes PBSC honors diploma in high school

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