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Grad Who Lost Spouse in Line of Duty to Speak at Homecoming

November 8, 2011
In a television news interview last May, PBA graduate Lorraine Yaslowitz spoke about her late husband, a charity race held in honor of local fallen officers and the foundation she started, Partners for Life.

Lorraine Gallione Yaslowitz ’92, wife of slain St. Petersburg police officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz ’93, will speak to Palm Beach Atlantic University students and alumni at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in PBA’s DeSantis Family Chapel. 

The event is part of PBA’s Homecoming Week and is open to the entire PBA community.

Lorraine Yaslowitz is founder of Partners for Life Foundation, an organization that supports families who have lost loved ones because of acts of violence.

Her husband was one of two St. Petersburg police officers killed on Jan. 24 as they tried to arrest a felon who was hiding in the attic of a house. Officer Yaslowitz, 39, had served with the department for 11 years.

Jeffrey Yaslowitz
Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz and Ace, his canine partner
Officer Yaslowitz earned a degree in psychology from PBA in 1993. Lorraine Yaslowitz studied elementary education from 1989 to 1992 at PBA and later became a kindergarten teacher.

Other Homecoming activities Nov. 16-19 will include athletic events, award presentations and a PBA tradition known as the Great American Bug Race.

The bug race, now in its 29th year, is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the parking lot next to Rinker Hall. The race features cash prizes for the owners of the fastest bugs, which entrants can purchase for 50 cents. The entry fee is $1. In addition, specially designed T-shirts will be sold, with proceeds benefiting the PBA Science Club. The bug race is open to the public. Abalon Pest Services is a sponsor of this event.

Also on Wednesday, the Sailfish men’s basketball team will take on the University of Tampa during the Jay McCormick Classic at 7 p.m. in the Greene Complex for Sports and Recreation. The game is named in honor of the late McCormick, who was a four-year letter winner in the men's basketball program from 1983 to 1987. He went on to coach high school basketball and later earned Coach of the Year honors.

From 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, alumni can relive PBA history through a display of archives dating back to the University’s founding. The first Don Harp Archive Display in the Lassiter Rotunda of the Warren Library also will allow attendees to record their favorite memories on video and reconnect with faculty and staff.

The annual homecoming dinner and alumni awards presentation begins at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Weyenberg Center. 

This year’s Distinguished Alumna Award recipient is Michele Rigby Assad, ’95, a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State who most recently has served in the Middle East.

The Alumnus Service Award recipient is Ben Starling III ’92, director of philanthropy for Scripps Florida.

Receiving the Young Alumna Award is Stephanie Kilstein Krauss ’04, president and chief executive officer of the Shearwater Education Foundation.

This year’s recipient of the MacArthur School of Leadership Outstanding Alumna Award is Ivette Hernandez Miranda, ’97 ORM, associate administrator and interim chief human resource officer for Tenet Health Systems. Her award will be presented on March 29 at the MacArthur School of Leadership Speaker Series event in PBA’s DeSantis Family Chapel.

For a complete list of events and to RSVP, please visit the following web site:
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