Dr. LaTanya McNeal, executive dean of the Palm Beach State College Belle Glade campus, has been elected to chair the Glades Area Advisory Board for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.
She will begin her new two-year term in October after serving as the inaugural board’s vice chair for more than a year. She replaces Spencer Davis who will continue to serve on the 15-member board.
“I am honored to have been elected by my colleagues to serve as chair of the Glades Area Advisory Board,” said McNeal, … Continue reading McNeal to lead Boys & Girls Clubs Glades Advisory Board
Since 2017, Dr. Sankaranarayana Chandramohan, known as Dr. Chandra, has organized 13 STEM Saturdays, an initiative he started at Palm Beach State College to introduce students (pre-K-12) to STEM subjects through interactive exhibits and activities.
Last year, he went a step further and organized the first STEAM Fest, which involved several community partners and drew nearly 800 people from the community. It was such a huge success that he is spearheading it again on Nov. 16. … Continue reading Chandramohan receives STEM Champion award
The Palm Beach State College District Board of Trustees has reorganized its leadership by electing a new chair and vice chair for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Trustee Barbara J. Miedema was elected to serve as chair, succeeding Trustee Carolyn L. Williams, and Trustee Wendy S. Link, Esq., was elected to serve as vice chair, a position previously held by Trustee Miedema. Williams remains on the five-member board appointed by the governor, as does Darcy J. … Continue reading Miedema to lead District Board of Trustees in 2019-2020
Four Palm Beach State College professors are the 2019 recipients of the Stewart Distinguished Teaching Award.
The winners, who were announced yesterday during Faculty Convocation at the Duncan Theatre, are the teams of Catherine Montero and Mark Gatlin and Cary High, J.D., and Casey Reiter, J.D. This was the first time two teams were chosen. Each team received a $5,000 award.
Montero and Gatlin and High and Reiter were selected from among 21 applications that included four teams of two for the award, … Continue reading Four PBSC professors win Stewart Award
Palm Beach State College employee Jessica Bender is the recipient of the 2019 National Association of Campus Card Users Distinguished Service Award.
The award, sponsored by PERSONA Campus, is presented annually to recognize an individual who has advanced the industry, exhibited entrepreneurial spirit, is an active member of NACCU, is actively involved in research and development, and who is active in the industry through serving on advisory boards and/or actively educating through presentations and sessions. … Continue reading Bender receives Distinguished Service Award
Head Men’s Basketball Coach Martin McCann has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches 2019 Under Armour 30-Under-30 Team.
The award is presented to the most promising coaches that have achieved a high level of success before the age of 30. The NABC began presenting the Under Armour 30-Under-30 award in 2016, and McCann is one of only two community or junior college coaches to ever make the list. The NABC consists of over 5,000 college coaches that promise to uphold the organization’s four core values: advocacy, … Continue reading McCann named a top 30 basketball coach under 30
Fatima Cajas was mixing up coffee drinks at Delicias Cuban Bakery when she first met Dr. Maria Vallejo from Palm Beach State College.
She had a desire to go to college, but before that chance meeting with Vallejo 10 years ago, she couldn’t see past the barriers she felt as an immigrant from Ecuador. While frequenting the eatery inside a Lake Worth gas station, Vallejo slipped her a business card and encouraged her to enroll at PBSC. … Continue reading Vallejo retires from PBSC, leaves lasting impact
Joseph Culbreath, one of six Palm Beach State College students named to the 2019 All-Florida Academic Team, also has been chosen as a Coca-Cola Academic Team Scholar.
As a silver scholar, Culbreath, who serves as president of both the Phi Theta Kappa chapter on the Lake Worth campus and the Honors College Advisory Council, will receive a $1,250 scholarship and a commemorative medallion.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society sponsors the All-USA Academic Team competition annually with USA Today. … Continue reading PBSC student named a Coca-Cola Academic Team Scholar
Palm Beach State College science professors Dr. Gokarna Gharti-Chhetri and Dr. Tod Fairbanks and math professor Alex Opritsa have been chosen to receive an Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development.
They will travel to Austin, Texas to receive their medallion award at the NISOD’s annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence set for May 25-28.
NISOD presents the awards to all faculty, staff and administrators nominated nationwide by their respective institutions to attend the conference each year. … Continue reading Three STEM professors to receive NISOD Excellence Awards
Dr. Andrew Luma, a Palm Beach State College professor, has visited most of the 54 nations in Africa, and each time he picks up artifacts that are now part of an extensive collection that he exhibits at campus events and South Florida museums.
He uses the roughly 250-piece display, including masks, men’s and women’s attire, paintings, musical instruments, robes, kitchen utensils, spears, traditional games and more, as a tool to help educate students and others about the history of the world’s third largest continent and to share bits of his storied roots there. … Continue reading Luma inspires audiences with African artifacts