There are many reasons why people choose to become a nurse. For Selma Santos, the reason is nurses: All the ones who helped care for Sabrina, her daughter.
“The nurses that took care of her, they were angels. They were so good to us, not only to her, but to me, too,” said Santos, who graduates this month from Palm Beach State College’s Associate in Science degree in Nursing program at the Belle Glade campus. … Continue reading Daughter’s dedicated nurses inspire PBSC nursing graduate
Dr. Bernadette Russell, Palm Beach State College’s vice president of e-Learning and Instructional Technology and Boca Raton campus provost, is retiring Dec. 18, capping a 30-year career in higher education.
She has led the campus for 13 years, and she assumed leadership for e-learning collegewide five years ago. A national search is underway for her replacement, who will lead the campus as provost and dean of Student Services.
The College recognized Russell for her service at a recent District Board of Trustees meeting. … Continue reading Russell to retire at end of fall term
Stephen Spencer, the lead instructor for Palm Beach State College’s Marine Service Technology program, has received the Educator of the Year award from ABYC Foundation, a division of the American Boat and Yacht Council. According to the organization’s website, this first-time award was established to “honor extraordinary instructors who are shaping future marine service technicians.”
“We are excited to see such a strong pool of candidates for the first ABYC Foundation Educator of the Year award,” said ABYC Foundation executive director Margaret Podlich. … Continue reading American Boat and Yacht Council honors Spencer as Educator of the Year
Dr. Suzie Duff and Dr. Jang-Young Bang, who are both credited with launching a new program or initiative at Palm Beach State College, are the 2020 recipients of the Stewart Distinguished Teaching Award.
The Lake Worth campus professors were surprised with the news at a recent faculty forum. The award, which comes with a $5,000 cash prize for each winner, is the highest honor presented by Palm Beach State College for excellence in teaching and learning in the classroom. … Continue reading Duff and Bang win 2020 Stewart Awards for teaching
Jahlissa Powell has always wanted to help people, and now she’ll get the chance. As a new respiratory therapist at Jupiter Medical Center, she will be among the frontline health care professionals battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m actually really excited to enter the field right now, even though it is a pandemic,” said Powell, who graduated magna cum laude in May from Palm Beach State College’s Respiratory Care Associate in Science degree program. “Now that I’m an RRT, … Continue reading PBSC Respiratory Care graduate ready to fight pandemic
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
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
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
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
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