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April 16, 2014

Faculty News

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

Several faculty and staff members who teach have volunteered to create for entering freshmen either an integrated learning assignment across two courses for fall 2014, or a service learning project. All of the assignments have been approved by the Learning Community Coordinating Council and will be in fall 2014 classes.

PBA education students in the Teaching Science and Teaching Math course recently held a Math/Science workshop for the voluntary pre-kindergarten (VPK) students in First Baptist’s pre-school program. Four-year-olds rotated through several stations, including Alligator Greater/Less Than, Finding Fossils, Christmas Patterns and the Water Cycle. Students made water cycle beads bracelets, Cheerios pattern necklaces, Play-Doh fossils and munching alligators to take home.

Librarian Inspires Love of Learning

Date: December 29, 2013
As the fall semester came to a close, all across campus students were busy wrapping up their papers and projects and getting ready for exams. Elizabeth, a psychology student, came to reference librarian Anthony Verdesca for help finding two articles. Read Verdesca’s account below to see how they tackled a challenging reference search, and how the librarian delighted in Elizabeth’s love of learning.

The Palm Beach Atlantic University Speaker and Expert Guide is a tool to help local and national journalists create more compelling stories by identifying and connecting with University faculty members. In addition, the guide helps churches and program chairs of civic and educational organizations to find interesting and informed speakers.

Cameren Williams, an eighth-grader at Bak Middle School of the Arts and a student in the Preparatory Department at Palm Beach Atlantic University, was chosen to perform as a soloist in an international music competition at Carnegie Hall on Sunday.

Student-athlete Stefano Bucciol, who double-majored in management and marketing, graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University this month as Outstanding Graduate of the University's Rinker School of Business.

Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, who led the Department of Justice through both the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina, offered three main points to Palm Beach Atlantic University graduates during the fall commencement ceremony.

Palm Beach Atlantic University trustees endorsed the administration’s proposal to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program to prepare graduates for state licensure to serve as nurse practitioners, pending approval by the University’s accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). “In its history, Palm Beach Atlantic’s School of Nursing has established a stellar reputation in the community preparing nurses who are competent in their clinical skills as well as caring and sensitive in their relationships with patients and colleagues,” Dr. Joseph A. Kloba, provost and chief academic officer, said. “Faculty and students frequently are recognized by regional healthcare organizations as accomplished educators and outstanding students and employees. I am confident that the proposed DNP program will continue this proud tradition as PBA graduates continue to impact the healthcare community in significant ways.”

Since arriving at Palm Beach Atlantic University as a transfer student in 2011, Catherine Drensek has worked in various roles on 13 film shoots or projects, some of which she has either directed or codirected. On Saturday, Drensek will be recognized as the Outstanding Graduate of the School of Communication and Media.

Christian speaker and author James Choung will speak to Palm Beach Atlantic University students in January. His book, "True Story: A Christianity Worth Believing In," is being used in small groups across campus. He will speak on that book's follow-up volume, "Real Life: A Christianity Worth Living Out," at 8 p.m. Jan. 21-22 in the DeSantis Family Chapel and also during the 11 a.m. chapel hour on Jan. 22-23. The talks are free and open to the public.


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