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September 23, 2014

Faculty News

This is news about the achievements and activities of the Palm Beach Atlantic University faculty.

During a showcase in the Weyenberg Center at Palm Beach Atlantic University last week, groups of Conniston Middle School students displayed posters on topics ranging from pollution to childhood obesity. PBA faculty and student leaders with the University's Student Government Association had helped the students develop their science-related civic engagement projects. Among those on hand for the poster viewing were PBA faculty and administrators, as well as guests from the nonprofit Quantum Foundation.

SOCM Students On Top at BEA Awards

Date: April 15, 2014
Three students from the School of Communication and Media were among the winners at the Broadcast Education Association's Festival of Media Arts, held in conjunction with the annual convention of the National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas last week. Junior public relations major Rachel Bartolotta from Wantagh, N.Y., tied for first place in the feature category for her project entitled "Callie O'Shay's Name in Lights." Cinema-television majors junior Amber Clack from Fort Worth, Texas, took first place in the short subject category with her project, "Mirror," while sophomore Anthony Rose from La Grange, Ky., received an honorable mention in the same category for "Three Years Strong."

Palm Beach Atlantic University, in partnership with Staples Foundation, the charitable arm of Staples, Inc., will present Summer Camp and Institute at PBA, a science summer camp for rising first- through 12th-graders, at the University’s main campus. For incoming first- through eighth-graders, camp will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the week of June 9-13. For incoming ninth- through 12th-graders, camp will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the week of June 16-20.

Palm Beach cardiologist and Palm Beach Atlantic University Founding Chairman Dr. Donald Warren will be remembered as a man who not only cared for the physical hearts of men and women but as a Christ follower who "understood the spiritual heart of a human being," his former pastor, Dr. Jack Graham, said during a memorial service attended by hundreds of mourners on Monday.
Founding Chairman Recalled as One with 'Great Heart for God'

Two Palm Beach Atlantic University students have been selected to present posters during an upcoming national cancer research conference in San Diego. Morganne Bayliss, a senior majoring in biology, and Spenser Smith, a senior majoring in medicinal and biological chemistry, will participate in the ninth annual Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition, which will take place during the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting April 5-9.

Rush Gallery Sets Up Scholarship

Date: April 2, 2014
Art student Yessira Rosario is the first recipient of an annual scholarship established by artist and designer Sean Rush. Rush’s West Palm Beach gallery, which features interior design and fine art, also has hired two interns from PBA, Laura Morris and Evan Sahlman.

Palm Beach Atlantic University has named Associate Professor of Nursing Dr. Donna Murray as the director of its new Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Dr. Murray received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Florida Atlantic University. Her capstone academic project focused on increasing community awareness of the practice focused DNP to meet the growing demands to healthcare in the 21st century. Beginning in January 2015, the DNP program consists of 74 graduate credits completed in nine semesters or essentially three years of study. The degree program is aimed at professionals currently working in the field with courses being offered evenings and online.

Educational trauma experienced by college students can be viewed as a "hallmark of intellectual growth," Palm Beach Atlantic University Associate Professor of English Dr. Samuel Joeckel said Wednesday during the keynote address of the University's third annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference.

Celebrating the 10th event of the series, the School of Music and Fine Arts at Palm Beach Atlantic University will present its festival of new music March 27–29, 2014. The Frontwave New Music Festival is a biennial event that brings together remarkable composers and performers to present four concerts of truly contemporary music. All performances take place at Palm Beach Atlantic University in the Helen K. Persson Recital Hall located in Vera Lea Rinker Hall, 326 Acacia Rd. in West Palm Beach. Tickets for performances on March 27 and 28 are $10 general admission and $5 for students with ID. Tickets for March 29 performances are $5 for general admission and for $5 for students with ID. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact TicketCentral at (561) 803-2970 or Tickets also can be purchased online at

The Central Palm Beach County Community Foundation presented a check last week for $1,000 to support the Jerms McGraw Second Chance Scholarship Fund at Palm Beach Atlantic University. The Foundation raised the funds at its Annual Community Fitness Run, held this past fall in Wellington.


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