Published On: Fri, Aug 18th, 2017

Boca Beat: 8/18

• Monday was the first day back to school to all Palm Beach County students. Welcome back to school.

• Palm Beach State College is expecting another enrollment hike for the 2017-2018 academic year, and College leaders say they are prepared for the growth. The full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment was up 2.8 percent for 2016-2017 compared to the pre- vious year. That means that PBSC students, the majority of whom are part time, took far more classes. The student headcount also rose slightly to 49,303 students in 2016- 2017, up from 47,893 in 2015-2016.

• Local company, edgeMED, was honored Friday afternoon as the first recipient of the “Boca Means Business” award at Pavilion Grille. The award is the first of many to be awarded through the Boca Raton Tribune and the Office of Economic Development to Boca Raton-based companies which exhibit a grand impact on the local corporate community.

• Modernizing Medicine plans to expand operations in the Boca Raton Innovation Center (BRIC) will add a total of 838 jobs by 2022. Modernizing Medicine is a Florida based company that specializes in healthcare information technology. The headquarters has anticipated more than 800 new jobs being created and a capital investment of more than $15 million in the Boca Raton community.

• When Joshua Puchferran graduated from Florida Atlantic University, he revealed a secret that he’d been keeping for four years. Puchferran, 23, had been serving as FAU mascot, Owlsley, since 2013. Last week, he walked across the stage in his cap, gown and Owlsley feet to receive his master’s degree in accounting from FAU’s College of Business.

• Penny Morey was installed as Rotary Club Downtown Boca installs first woman president

• A Palm Beach County network of education institutions under the umbrella of Florida Atlantic University was recognized by Google for its innovative approach to teaching through technology, the first in the state to earn the honor.

• Atlas Restaurant Group recently announced they will bring Baltimore’s popular Loch Bar
to Mizner Park. The Loch Bar will be the second property owned by Atlas Restaurant Group in Mizner Park following Ouzo Bay, a greek, mediterranean restaurant. Expected to seat 200 patrons inside and 75 on the tavern’s outstretched out- door patio, the 5,500-square-foot seafood restaurant is anticipated to open the end of the year.

• While teaching microbiology in Nigeria in 2014, Olumide Adenmosun, 31, witnessed firsthand the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history and knew he had to help. Last week, Adenmosun graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a master’s degree in business administration and will return to Africa to research potential Ebola and Zika vaccines and therapeutics.

• The Outpatient Diabetes Self-Management Education* Program at Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Gloria Drummond Physical Rehabilitation Institute has been awarded continued recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The program was first awarded and accredited from the ADA in 1999.

• White House correspondent and CNN contributor April Ryan will be at Florida Atlantic University on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. as part of a panel discussing “Fake News and the Modern Presidency.” Ryan’s visit to FAU is part of the University’s fifth annual Robert J. Bailyn Symposium on the First Amendment which takes place each year to commemorate Constitution Day. The event will take place in FAU’s Universi- ty Theatre on the FAU Boca Raton campus. Free parking is available in Garage II. A book signing will follow the lecture and books will be for sale at the event.

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