Palm Beach Atlantic University’s new and returning students will return this week to a number of facility improvements, ranging from the extensive renovation of the Weyenberg Center to a new, expanded classroom in the School of Nursing.
Students will notice new furniture in 10 classrooms in Rinker and MacArthur halls, while in the School of Nursing, renovations have resulted in a new 60-seat classroom. The Weyenberg Center, a meeting space on the second floor of the Lassiter Student Center, is updated with new paint, flooring, lighting and furniture.
|Volunteers from First Baptist Church help a student move into his residence hall at Palm Beach Atlantic University on Thursday.|
Additionally, students will have new majors to choose from this fall, including a new undergraduate degree in forensic science. The program will prepare students for careers working in crime labs like those featured on television show CSI.
Also, students will be able to earn a bachelor’s degree in ministry with the option of choosing one of four concentrations: pastoral ministries, student ministries, worship ministries and social ministries.
Several departments moved into new offices during the summer. With theater classrooms and offices now located at the University’s Fern Street Theatre, which opened last fall, the former Theatre Village has been converted into Information Village to house Campus Information Services (CIS). The former CIS area on the first floor of Oceanview Hall is the new home of the Health and Wellness office.
Other departments have moved into new spaces on campus as well, including Student Publications, Athletic Training/Physical Education, Workship, One Card and Career Services.
Meanwhile, PBA’s Sailfish baseball team recently welcomed Kent Bottenfield as its new associate head coach. Bottenfield is a 10-year Major League Baseball veteran who spent 16 years pitching in professional baseball with such teams as the Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Anaheim Angels, Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros.
Bottenfield serves as the top assistant to head coach and MLB Hall-of-Famer Gary Carter, who returns for his third year at the helm of the Sailfish baseball program.