Tag: Ava Parker

President Parker welcomes panther community to 2021

Dear Panthers,
Happy New Year and welcome back to another year at Palm Beach State College. I hope your holiday break was safe, pleasant and restful and that you are as excited as I am to begin a new chapter as we start a new term and embark on another journey together.
To our students, our wonderful and Panther proud PBSC scholars, I’m excited to see more of you on campus and to provide more innovative opportunities to prepare you for success. … Continue reading President Parker welcomes panther community to 2021

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Russell to retire at end of fall term

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

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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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County declares Jan. 12 as Palm Beach State College Day

The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners has approved a proclamation declaring Jan. 12, 2020 as Palm Beach State College Day to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the institution’s latest name change and its impact as an educational pillar in the community.
Commissioner Melissa McKinlay presented the proclamation during the commission meeting Jan. 7. On hand to accept it were a group of PBSC trustees, staff and Palmer, PBSC’s Panther mascot.
McKinlay, who recently used her leftover campaign funds to create a scholarship for students, … Continue reading County declares Jan. 12 as Palm Beach State College Day

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Tony Dungy to keynote PBSC STEAM Luncheon

New York Times bestselling author and NFL Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy will be the keynote speaker at Palm Beach State College’s Eighth Annual STEAM Luncheon.
The highly anticipated STEAM Luncheon is PBSC’s signature event to increase scholarships, business partnerships and internship opportunities to support students pursuing science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics fields. This year, the College will also celebrate its achievements in enrollment, completion and other areas that have transformed the lives of students and strengthened the community. … Continue reading Tony Dungy to keynote PBSC STEAM Luncheon

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PBSC named a top 150 U.S. Community College

Palm Beach State College was named today as one of the 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges.
The colleges were picked by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges using publicly available data that showed strong and improving student outcomes in learning, completion rates, … Continue reading PBSC named a top 150 U.S. Community College

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Suicide awareness bench unveiled on Lake Worth campus

Palm Beach State College unveiled a bright yellow new bench on the Lake Worth campus today to help raise awareness about suicide prevention and mental health.
The bench was installed near the water fountain in the heavily trafficked Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza, a popular spot for student events. It is inscribed with the 1-800-273-8255 phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, as well as the local 2-1-1 Helpline number and 898211 text code for Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast residents to get access 24 hours a day, … Continue reading Suicide awareness bench unveiled on Lake Worth campus

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PBSC athletics adds women’s soccer, discontinues softball

Palm Beach State College leadership has made the decision to add a women’s soccer program and discontinue the College’s softball team.
The women’s soccer team will begin to play in the fall of 2021, and PBSC looks to hire a coach as soon as possible in order to begin recruiting for that season.
“We are extremely excited to be adding women’s soccer to our athletic programs,” said Palm Beach State President Ava L. Parker, J.D. “This allows us to engage with our community in new ways and continue to impact our area with new and exciting offerings.”
Over the last 10 years, … Continue reading PBSC athletics adds women’s soccer, discontinues softball

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Hundreds attend 20th annual celebration honoring Dr. King

Tim Wise, an anti-racist author and educator, told a packed audience at Palm Beach State College’s 20th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Thursday that  he came to “tell the truth” about the noted civil rights leader.
“When you come to commemorate Dr. King, the point is not to say things that will make people happy, to say things that make people comfortable, to say things to people that make them go out of here… as lighthearted as they were when they came in. … Continue reading Hundreds attend 20th annual celebration honoring Dr. King

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Stivers comes on board as new vice president

Robbi Stivers, a former banking executive with 18 years of higher education leadership experience, has joined Palm Beach State College as the new vice president of administration and business services.
 Stivers, a Kentucky native who has lived in Tennessee for most of his career, replaces Richard Becker, who officially retires in March after more than 20 years. He was chosen after a nationwide search and came on board Jan. 7.
“Robbi has an impressive mix of higher education and private banking experience that will serve our College well,’’ said Ava L. … Continue reading Stivers comes on board as new vice president

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