Palm Beach Atlantic University Bahamas Alumni Chapter will hold a community service event in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy (Caribbean Program) from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 15. Leno Davis, a representative of The Nature Conservancy, will assist the group with the project to improve the South Beach coastal community.
The community service event also celebrates the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Palm Beach Atlantic Bahamas Alumni Chapter and is dedicated to the memory of Gregory Maurice '98, a chapter member who died May 13, 2006.
Palm Beach Atlantic has a tradition of community service. As part of their graduation requirements, undergraduate students volunteer at least 45 hours each year. Since the University was founded in 1968, students have volunteered 2 million hours through a program that is called Workship.
Organizers of the May 15 event include: Bridgette Francis '97, who was the University's 2009 Alumni Service Award recipient and the immediate past Palm Beach Atlantic University Alumni board member; Mavetta Fowler-Rolle '88 and Ngaio Hinsey-Griffin '97, newly appointed members of the Palm Beach Atlantic University Alumni Board; Jayette Dean-Burrows '94; attorney Melinda Bacchus-Maynard '98; Theo Neilly '01 (Eleuthera Island); Sharmaine Smith '97; Nikia Ferguson-Ellis '97; Nicola Lee '03 (Grand Bahama Island); Ntieado Knowles '02 (Grand Bahama Island); Casey Christalette Dean '99; Kevin Sands '99; Loren Kemp '09; Tiffany Strachan-Barr '94/'00; Melvina McIntosh-Black '93 (Abaco Island); Cherice Smith-Sweeting '95; Jamal Williams '98; Tanya Smith-Williams '98/'00; and Warren Rolle '88.
Friends of Gregory Maurice and committee members living abroad include: Bernadette Beneby-Coleman '99, Janae Dean '01, Terry Weech '98, Rowtera Simmons '97, Romona Ganpatsingh '03 and Giavana Bain-Jones '05.
Members of the honorary event committee include: Freddie Daughtridge, president of Palm Beach Atlantic University's Alumni Board; Deborah Bowmar-Jaffe, director of alumni relations, Dr. Olga Rybalkina, director of international and multicultural programs; and Beth Chavez, assistant director of international and multicultural programs.