Tag: Alex Opritsa

Three STEM professors to receive NISOD Excellence Awards

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

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PBSC professors inspire alumnus to publish first book

When Palm Beach State College alumnus and employee John Charmant came to the United States in 2009 from Haiti, he couldn’t speak English and struggled adapting to the culture.
Today, thanks to the support and encouragement of some of his high school and PBSC professors, he is the proud author of “Luxers’ Multiverse: The Grand Design,” an English book published earlier this year.
The book is set in the year 2090, where the traditional borders between countries have dissolved, … Continue reading PBSC professors inspire alumnus to publish first book

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Boot camp gives students a jump on fall term

Palm Beach State College on Wednesday concluded its weeklong, intensive boot-camp-style programs designed to help students polish their skills and build a support network before tackling their freshman-level English and math courses.
“Math Jump” and “Jump Write In!,’’ both faculty-led initiatives on the Lake Worth campus, required participants to spend eight or 10 hours a day, depending on the program, for five days. They spent the time getting ahead on content they will cover in their intermediate algebra, … Continue reading Boot camp gives students a jump on fall term

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Diversity inspires PBSC STEM scholarship winners

Kavita Braun and Carlos Becerra, both excelling in STEM-related studies at Palm Beach State College, were among 15 students to win $1,000 scholarships from the Ford Motor Company Fund at the STEM Summit co-hosted by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.
The PBSC students competed against more than 30 sophomores, juniors and seniors from area universities, who gathered Oct. 9 at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach to learn about jobs and internships in science, … Continue reading Diversity inspires PBSC STEM scholarship winners

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Summer Quest participants learn it pays to get ahead

Palm Beach State College celebrated the participants of its growing Summer Quest program during an awards ceremony open to their families.
The annual program, which gives new high school students a college jump-start, attracted 167 participants with a $500 scholarship to cover the cost of the Introduction to the College Experience course and textbook. PBSC requires the course for first-time-in-college students.
During the ceremony on the Lake Worth campus Thursday, PBSC staff presented a certificate to each of the participants and announced the 20 winners of an additional $2,000 scholarship ($500 per semester for four semesters, … Continue reading Summer Quest participants learn it pays to get ahead

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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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