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October 31, 2014

Faculty News

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

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.

The LeMieux Center for Public Policy at Palm Beach Atlantic University will host columnist and television commentator George Will at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the University's DeSantis Family Chapel, 300 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, Fla.

The third annual Palm Beach Atlantic University Interdisciplinary Research Conference, sponsored by the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, will be held on Wednesday, March 26, and Thursday, March 27, in the Warren Library.

Twenty-nine students and three faculty members from the Palm Beach Atlantic University School of Nursing will depart on Sunday for a week-long trip to El Salvador during the University's spring break. The trip is part of a clinical immersion course.
Nursing Students Head to El Salvador for Medical Missions

"Connections: Social Networking, Faith, and Online Learning" is the theme for the annual ACCESS conference to be held March 9-12 at Palm Beach Atlantic University.


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