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PBSC and Skidmore partnership help make clothing drive a success

Florida State Rep. and Palm Beach State College alumna Kelly Skidmore visited PSBC’s Lake Worth campus on Aug. 3 to present items collected from a clothing drive she conducted to benefit Panther’s Closet, a thrift store that provides affordable gently used clothing and accessories to students and members of the PBSC community.
Skidmore brought more than 200 items that were dropped off at her office in Boca Raton. The clothing drive was held from July 1 to 27. … Continue reading PBSC and Skidmore partnership help make clothing drive a success

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International student with a passion to help others selected as student trustee

Less than a year ago, Lorena Martin Reyes was living in her hometown of Madrid, Spain having just graduated high school from IES Mariana Pineda.
Now a Palm Beach State College Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College student, she is enjoying a new life in the United States, living with her aunt, uncle and cousins in Lake Worth, and juggling many responsibilities.
One of those is to represent the student body as PBSC’s newly selected student trustee for the 2022-23 academic year. … Continue reading International student with a passion to help others selected as student trustee

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The Rotary Club of Boca Raton issues historic scholarship gift to PBSC

More than 20 students’ lives were forever changed after the Foundation for Palm Beach State College was awarded a historic $153,000 gift from the Rotary Club of Boca Raton to establish scholarships for students pursuing vocational and career programs, including public safety, emergency response, trades and STEM related fields.
The gift is the largest and one of several the Rotary Club has given to the College Foundation over the years to help students succeed.
“I felt like Santa Claus telling my students the great news that they were chosen as recipients,” said Matt Keeler, … Continue reading The Rotary Club of Boca Raton issues historic scholarship gift to PBSC

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Lox Groves campus hosts Citizen Science event

A Citizen Science event was held June 16 at Palm Beach State College’s Loxahatchee Groves campus to expose underserved high school juniors and seniors to STEAM disciplines and programs.
The event, titled “Think Like a Researcher, Act Like a Researcher,” was funded through a $5,000 National Library of Medicine grant. It featured hands-on science and humanities activities including isolating DNA from strawberries, “Dodgy Monkey” an active exercise in physics  and “St. George on a Bike,” an arts and technology project in which students contributed to an artificial intelligence caption model to generate information about European artwork. … Continue reading Lox Groves campus hosts Citizen Science event

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PBSC alum now a Milwaukee Brewers major league player

Palm Beach State College baseball alumnus Peter Strzelecki is now a Milwaukee Brewers Major League Baseball player.
Strzelecki pitched for PBSC during the 2014 and 2015 seasons and graduated with an Associate in Arts degree in 2015.
“Pete was an awesome competitor and a very solid teammate as well,” said PBSC Head Baseball Coach Kyle Forbes. “We are so happy and proud of his success and promotion to the major leagues.”
After graduating from PBSC, … Continue reading PBSC alum now a Milwaukee Brewers major league player

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PBSC alum now a Baltimore Orioles major league player

Palm Beach State College baseball alumnus Nicholas “Nick” Vespi is now a Baltimore Orioles Major League Baseball player.
Vespi, who pitched for PBSC during the 2015 season, was drafted later that year in the 18th round and signed with the Orioles to play for their minor league affiliate teams.
“Nick was a great pitcher for the Panthers and was a very solid teammate as well,” said PBSC Head Baseball Coach Kyle Forbes. “He has certainly earned this promotion to the major leagues, … Continue reading PBSC alum now a Baltimore Orioles major league player

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PBSC honors student helping foster care youth learn their rights

From age 6 to 15, Palm Beach State College student Tierra “Tee” Lamore suffered physical and mental abuse in Florida’s foster care system. Now, she has made it her mission to help improve what she calls a broken system as a statewide board delegate in Florida Youth SHINE’s (FYS) Palm Beach Chapter, a youth-led foster advocacy group.
Lamore, the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College Student of the Year for the Palm Beach Gardens campus, … Continue reading PBSC honors student helping foster care youth learn their rights

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Ruane to serve as head men’s basketball coach

Palm Beach State College Athletics has selected Michael Ruane to serve as its new head men’s basketball coach. He officially begins May 2.
He was selected for the role from a national pool of more than 200 candidates.
Ruane has been the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Conn. for the past 22 years. Earlier this year, he achieved his 400th career win with Bridgeport making him one of only 40 active coaches at the 305 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II level schools with that number of victories. … Continue reading Ruane to serve as head men’s basketball coach

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Super Bowl winner talks mental health during luncheon

Palm Beach State College welcomed Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandon Powell to the Lake Worth campus April 5 for a Lunch & Learn presentation titled “My Life, My Journey.”
During the event, sponsored by Student Activities for National Stress Awareness Month, Powell discussed his childhood, his time in the National Football League, and how he deals with mental stress on and off the field.
According to Powell, whose team won the 2022 Super Bowl against the Cincinnati Bengals, … Continue reading Super Bowl winner talks mental health during luncheon

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PBSC to hold inaugural Humanities Arts Fest March 25

Palm Beach State College will host an inaugural Humanities Arts Fest on the Lake Worth campus from 6:30 to 9 p.m. March 25 to showcase to the community the work that PBSC students and faculty do in the visual and performing arts arenas.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on the first floor of the Humanities Building and include theatrical and musical performances, film screenings, demonstrations in visual art, … Continue reading PBSC to hold inaugural Humanities Arts Fest March 25

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