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Six Palm Beach State students named to All-Florida Academic Team

Six Palm Beach State College students selected for the 2014 All-Florida Academic Team will be recognized by the Florida College System at an awards ceremony at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando today.
Lisa Pudda, Melissa Almeida, Cheryl Campbell, Brian Green,  Jeffrey Spreng and Anders Viane are among 109 students around the state named to this year’s team. The awards ceremony for the team is being held in conjunction with the annual Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Convention. … Continue reading Six Palm Beach State students named to All-Florida Academic Team

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Smile: PBSC to install 550 more security cameras

Security is about to get even tighter at Palm Beach State College.
The District Board of Trustees voted earlier this month to award a bid to install 550 additional security cameras college-wide.
John Smith, security director, said the cameras, expected to cost approxmiately $2 million, will serve as a deterrent to crime. Installation is expected to begin this summer.
“It’s not going to be a secret that the campus is covered. It should do what we want as far as hinder us from being a target. … Continue reading Smile: PBSC to install 550 more security cameras

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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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PBSC Student Support Services Debate Team wins regional competition

Tackling hot topics such as “stand your ground” laws, U.S. border policies and mandatory health insurance for Americans, the Debate Team for Palm Beach State College’s Student Support Services program recently won a regional debate competition.
Team members Edline Francois and Patricia Ruiz-Medina, both Honors College students, writers for the Beachcomber student newspaper and members of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, prevailed in three rounds, winning $250 each as well as a trophy. They defeated competitors from Berea College in Kentucky, … Continue reading PBSC Student Support Services Debate Team wins regional competition

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Life on the Wild Side: Brian Dowling’s surprising, satisfying career

From Contact magazine, Spring 2014
Sometimes destiny stares you right in the face.
Picture a seven-year-old boy staring transfixed at two man-eating lions, stuffed and on display at Chicago’s Field Museum. He would get a good grade on his school report about the notorious killers of Tsavo, Kenya.
Flash forward to today and this seven-year-old is now the general curator for Lion Country Safari, the renowned drive-through wild animal park in western Palm Beach County. … Continue reading Life on the Wild Side: Brian Dowling’s surprising, satisfying career

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Palm Beach State hosts first EMS competition

Professional emergency medical services teams from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties competed today in Palm Beach State College’s first EMS Panther Challenge, held at the Public Safety Training Center on the Lake Worth campus. The teams’ knowledge and skills in advanced life support were put to the test in dynamic, realistic medical scenarios that involved human patient simulators (wireless, computerized mannequins) and people portraying patients.
Nine professional teams competed, including Palm Beach Gardens, Delray Beach and Boca Raton Fire Rescue departments, … Continue reading Palm Beach State hosts first EMS competition

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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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Bargain book prices at Palm Beach State’s annual event

The Palm Beach State College chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges and the Library Learning Resource Center will hold their annual book sale during National Library Week, which runs April 13-19. The book sale will be held April 14 and 15 on the Lake Worth campus.
A great variety of books, CDs and records will be available on both days from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Library Learning Resource Center/Technology Center courtyard. All of the proceeds will benefit the Palm Beach State AFC chapter and the AFC Scholarship Fund for employees and students. … Continue reading Bargain book prices at Palm Beach State’s annual event

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Energetic leader reaches out to students and community | Dr. Kristy Taylor

From Contact magazine, Spring 2014
When students walk into one of Dr. Kristy Taylor’s classrooms, they quickly learn to be uninhibited. “I tell my students that what is said in the classroom stays in the classroom,” says Taylor.
According to the Pearl, Miss., native, letting students feel comfortable enough to express their opinions even if they are different from the mainstream is the key to unlocking their creativity.This is just one of many things Taylor believes are needed to have a successful learning experience. … Continue reading Energetic leader reaches out to students and community | Dr. Kristy Taylor

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