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Parker elected to serve on AACC board

Palm Beach State College President Ava L. Parker, J.D., has been elected by her peers from around the nation to serve on the board of directors of the American Association of Community Colleges.
She is among eight newly-elected board members who will serve three-year terms beginning July 1. Six institutional members and two affiliated council members, all current community college chief executive officers, were elected to join the 32-member board. Parker was one of 13 CEOs nominated in the institutional member category. … Continue reading Parker elected to serve on AACC board

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Serra recognized again by American Payroll Association

Palm Beach State College Payroll Director Laurel Serra has received a Citation of Merit, her fourth such recognition, from the American Payroll Association.
The PBSC alumna and certified payroll professional, was recognized during the association’s Congress Xstream: An Online Conference & Expo held June 2-5. An in-person event was originally planned for May in Orlando, but it was cancelled because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Serra was honored for her work as co-chair of the Social Networking and Strategic Payroll Leadership Task Force committees and as a member of the Chapter Recognition and National Speakers Bureau committees. … Continue reading Serra recognized again by American Payroll Association

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Fiedler and Spencer receive NISOD Excellence Award

Palm Beach State College English Professor Robin Fiedler and Stephen Spencer, an instructor in the Marine, Automotive and Diesel Technology programs, are among this year’s recipients of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award.
The awards are presented annually to faculty and staff ― selected by their respective institutions― for their outstanding teaching and contributions to their campuses. Plans were underway to recognize and present the honorees with their medallions at NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence in Austin, … Continue reading Fiedler and Spencer receive NISOD Excellence Award

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Duffie named vice president of finance and administration

James Duffie, a Palm Beach State College alumnus and the College’s longtime controller, has been appointed vice president of finance and administration.
Duffie will report directly to President Ava L. Parker, J.D., and serve on her executive cabinet. He replaces Robbi Stivers, who served in a similar role for more than a year.
“I’m very pleased to appoint Jim to this position during a critical time for our College and our nation,’’ Parker said. “We need consistency and focus as we work to navigate the challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic and finalize our budgetary process for the next fiscal year. … Continue reading Duffie named vice president of finance and administration

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PBSC student receives Jack Kent Cooke scholarship

Ivan Franco, a Palm Beach State College Honors College student, is among only 50 selected nationwide to receive the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s prestigious Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.
The highly competitive scholarship, which this year drew 1,500 applicants from 311 community colleges, provides students with up to $40,000 a year to complete the upper division coursework for their bachelor’s degrees.
PBSC leaders surprised Franco with the news during a virtual meeting on Zoom. “I was shocked. … Continue reading PBSC student receives Jack Kent Cooke scholarship

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Prophete to lead Cross-Cultural Equity Institute

Dr. Karline Prophete, who has 15 years of teaching and administrative experience in higher education and K-12, has been named interim director of Palm Beach State College’s new Cross-Cultural Equity Institute.
Prophete was picked from a pool of internal PBSC applicants to launch and establish the groundwork for the institute designed to improve retention and close the graduation gap for minority students at the College. She begins her new role April 16.
“I’m definitely honored to be a part of this work at the College. … Continue reading Prophete to lead Cross-Cultural Equity Institute

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MacMullen inducted into the FCSAA Hall of Fame

Palm Beach State College Professor of Music Michael MacMullen is now a member of the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) Hall of Fame.
MacMullen was inducted for his outstanding achievements and excellence in music and for his contributions to FCSAA during the 2020 FCSAA Winter Music Symposium at Florida Southern College.
“Receiving the award this year had special meaning to me because I had come full circle,” MacMullen said. “It was 26 years ago when I first attended a symposium as an observer, … Continue reading MacMullen inducted into the FCSAA Hall of Fame

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Brothers complete A.A. degrees in one year; headed to UF

Anas Saeed Saeed Ahmed and his brother, Maaz Saeed Saeed Ahmed, enrolled at Palm Beach State College as international students from Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 2018, determined to complete their Associate in Arts transfer degrees in one year.
After taking as many as six or more classes each term, which required special permission, they are set to graduate together on Dec. 19. They both have been accepted to the University of Florida for the spring semester to pursue bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering. … Continue reading Brothers complete A.A. degrees in one year; headed to UF

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Injured Army vet overcomes tragedies to earn his degree

United States Army Veteran Clarence Jennings has had to endure one too many tragedies in his life, but he’s not letting any of them stop him from reaching his goals.
Jennings, 68, started attending Palm Beach State College two years ago and will graduate this month with an Associate in Science degree in Human Services. He also earned a PBSC College Credit Certificate in Addiction Studies.
Originally from Detroit, Mich., Jennings had attended the University of Detroit and a few other colleges earlier in his life but never obtained a degree. … Continue reading Injured Army vet overcomes tragedies to earn his degree

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Coleman-Ferrell and Barrett receive highest AFC award

Dr. Tunjarnika Coleman-Ferrell, provost and dean of student services at the Palm Beach Gardens campus, and Sandi Barrett, program director for trade and industry continuing education, both received AFC Honorary Life Membership Awards, the highest award presented by the Association of Florida Colleges.
The awards were presented during the opening general session of the 70th AFC Annual Meeting and Conference held Nov. 6-8 in Palm Harbor.
Coleman-Ferrell, who served as AFC’s president in 2018 and more than two years on the AFC Executive Board, … Continue reading Coleman-Ferrell and Barrett receive highest AFC award

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