Academics

TSA to honor graduates of Palm Beach State’s Homeland Security program

Fifteen employees of the Transportation Security Administration based at Palm Beach International Airport will be honored on June 12 for completing a college credit certificate program in Homeland Security offered by Palm Beach State College. The Achievement Ceremony will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the West Palm Beach Marriott, 1001 Okeechobee Blvd.
The Homeland Security Specialist college credit certificate was offered at no cost to the TSA employees by the TSA Office of Training and Workforce Engagement. … Continue reading TSA to honor graduates of Palm Beach State’s Homeland Security program

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Astrophysicist Dr. Randall Smith to speak at PBSC STEAM event May 22

The Palm Beach State College Foundation will host Dr. Randall Smith from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory at Harvard University in a presentation titled “The Science Behind Science Fiction” at 5:30 p.m. May 22 at the Duncan Theatre on the Lake Worth campus. Tickets are $35 per person. PBSC faculty and staff can attend for $25 and students are admitted free.
With nearly 25 years’ experience as a researcher and scientist, Smith is working with X-ray emitting light forms to discover clues to the basic building blocks of the universe.  … Continue reading Astrophysicist Dr. Randall Smith to speak at PBSC STEAM event May 22

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PBSC student government members advocate in Tallahassee, several elected as state leaders

More than 30 Palm Beach State College students from the Palm Beach Gardens, Lake Worth and Belle Glade campuses traveled to Tallahassee April 2-4 for the Florida College System Student Government Association final conference for the 2013-14 academic year.
The conference integrated, for the first time, the organization’s annual “Rally in Tally” event which saw attendees gather on the Capitol steps and hear from several energetic speakers before going into their scheduled meetings with state leaders. … Continue reading PBSC student government members advocate in Tallahassee, several elected as state leaders

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Learning to Love Math | Alex Opritsa

From Contact magazine, Spring 2014

Associate Professor, Mathematics, Lake Worth
Math Club Advisor
M.S., Florida Atlantic University
B.S., Florida Atlantic University
A.A. Palm Beach State College

Carrying a tray of sub sandwiches and two-liter beverages, Palm Beach State College student Vida Smith hurried into the room where Professor Alex Opritsa was busy at the whiteboard helping another student solve a matrix theory problem.
“If you don’t feed your brain, you can’t work,’’ Smith chuckled as she headed to a table to set up the food for herself and more than a dozen other students there for a two-hour Friday afternoon math help session hosted by the Math Club on the Lake Worth campus. … Continue reading Learning to Love Math | Alex Opritsa

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An open book of kindness, passion and knowledge | Joanne Cameron

From Contact magazine, Spring 2014
In the spring of 1989, Joanne Cameron walked into a large empty room that was to become part of the new Limestone Creek Elementary School in Jupiter. Her task: to set up a library from scratch.
“I felt a bit overwhelmed, realizing the size of the project at hand,” says Cameron. That intimidation, however, soon turned into excitement as she thought of all the possibilities of the new job. … Continue reading An open book of kindness, passion and knowledge | Joanne Cameron

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From high school dropout to cop to engaging professor | David Childers

From Contact magazine, Spring 2014
Sitting on David Childers desk is a top 10 list of human fears. Number one is public speaking. Number four is death. “That means if someone goes to a funeral, he or she would rather be the cadaver than give the eulogy,” says Childers.
The thought seems absurd but is a reality that Childers has to tackle when he teaches public speaking and fundamentals of speech communication. … Continue reading From high school dropout to cop to engaging professor | David Childers

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Setting the bar high | Robert M. Shalhoub

From Contact magazine, Spring 2014
Enter the world of Robert M. Shalhoub. The ‘attorney by day, adjunct instructor by night’ is near-legendary as a superhero for paralegals in Palm Beach County. For 35 years, he has taught in Palm Beach State College’s Paralegal A.S. degree program. His students are always a little scared at first, most work harder than they ever have before, but they always leave saying his “Court System: Procedures and Pleadings I & … Continue reading Setting the bar high | Robert M. Shalhoub

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Science professor helped pioneer online learning | Carolyn Allen

From Contact magazine, Spring 2014

Through her nearly 20 years of teaching, Palm Beach State Professor Carolyn Allen has successfully merged two of her passions to teach and inspire students – microbiology and technology.
She was the first professor to teach an online class at the College in the mid-1990s, and since then she has incorporated an online component into all of her microbiology classes, even the labs that are taught face-to-face. … Continue reading Science professor helped pioneer online learning | Carolyn Allen

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Truth, justice and no gimmicks | Dr. Paul L. Friedman

From Contact magazine, Spring 2014
When Crime Scene Technology students enter the program’s lab for the first time, they’re always underwhelmed.
“There are no holograms or neon lights, The Who isn’t playing in the background and Marg Helgenberger [of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” fame] doesn’t work here,” says Dr. Paul Friedman.
Likewise, Friedman dashes the hopes of criminal justice students who set their sights on becoming criminal profilers. “There’s really no such thing. … Continue reading Truth, justice and no gimmicks | Dr. Paul L. Friedman

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