Greetings!  It is a joy for me to pen my first Contact magazine column as the new president of Palm Beach State College. I recognize that you are reading this message because you care about the College, which immediately gives us common ground. As I am settling in to the role of president, I am […]

Dressed in academic regalia on a steamy Friday morning, Palm Beach State College President Ava L. Parker, J.D., stepped to the podium in the packed Duncan Theatre. Within five minutes, she had the crowd of new students on their feet and chanting. “We are the Panthers,” they roared, following her lead like sports fanatics at […]

Cyber Battle

It’s a worldwide war. Every person, organization and government is under threat of attack, and Palm Beach State College has joined the fight. Yes, computer hackers are formidable enemies. These faceless criminals permeate the Internet, targeting computers, mobile devices, tablets, networks and cloud-based services — wherever they can wreak havoc with personal information, intellectual property […]

Six vivid paintings of Roosevelt Junior College alumni and staff hang from a wall on the second floor of Palm Beach State’s Lake Worth campus library. Other than a whirring printer, it is quiet on this particular day. Across the room, students are busy at computer stations, some with headphones draping their ears. Most of […]

Some say colleges would be safer if people were allowed to carry firearms on campus. For others, however, the idea sounds dangerous. A weighty issue for sure, and one a group of 30 Palm Beach State College students didn’t shy away from debating last April on the Florida State Senate floor as part of the […]

Patty Braga

It was a crisp autumn day in 1969 and 17-year-old Patty Braga was driving the family Mustang on River Road in Passaic, N.J. With a girlfriend in tow, they were on their way to Willowbrook Mall for a day of shopping. Unfortunately, a tree at the end of a miscalculated curve got in the way. […]

Two recent Palm Beach State College graduates won the coveted Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship that pays up to $40,000 a year to cover tuition, living expenses, books and required fees to complete their bachelor’s degrees. Ana Guevara and Patricia Medina, who both earned Associate in Arts degrees last May, were among only […]