Published On: Fri, Mar 15th, 2019

Boca Beat 3/15

• For nearly 22 months, students and employees watched patiently as the building they’d heard so much about slowly materialized. Today, they finally had the chance to walk the Christine E. Lynn University Center hallways, lounge together on comfy couches and cool chairs, take in views from all five terraces, and even test the sound-proofing of soon-to-be-favorite conference rooms.

• Discover The Palm Beaches (DTPB), the tourism marketing organization for Palm Beach County, is now accepting nominations for the 28th Annual Providencia Award. The award is presented to a local business, organization or individual that is making an extraordinary contribution to the vitality and prosperity of Palm Beach County as a desirable tourist destination. Nominations may be made online through Friday, March 15, 2019 at

• Palm Beach State College Associate Professor Anurag Katyal is among six in the nation selected to participate as a fellow in a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) initiative being piloted by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.

•Products On The Go, LLC, is happy to announce that they are partnering with the Junior League of Boca Raton in helping distribute diapers to local nonprofit agencies. The Delray Beach company donates their Little Toes Natural Bamboo Fiber Diapers, Swimmys, and on-the-go diaper changing sets to hospitals, pediatrician offices, clinics, shelters, and diaper banks both locally and nationally.

• Based on recent news of more and more counties banning plastic straws, FarFromBoring Hospitality is answering the call by offering to swap out all current stock of plastic straws up to 20,000 from local establishments. FarFromBoring Hospitality, the founder of eco-friendly, reasonably-priced Rhino paper straws, is also sweetening the deal by offering buyers 15% off any paper straws they purchase in the month of February and March.

• JPalm Beach State College launched its new Innovation Lab at a grand opening ceremony Thursday with a ribbon-cutting, remarks by College and industry leaders and student technology demonstrations. Housed in the Technology Center on the Lake Worth campus, the 1,264 square-foot former classroom has been reimagined as a high-tech sandbox that will provide students with the tools and technologies they need to tackle actual industry challenges in collaboration with area businesses. “The lab is designed to connect PBSC students with industry, providing students with hands-on experiences that prepare them for placement upon graduation,” said Kimberly Allen, PBSC associate dean for business and computer science. “We see it as a space that will continue to grow and evolve in response to industry trends.”

• Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life, Barb Schmidt founder, and Florida Atlantic University present “Be the Change,” an evening of conversation and storytelling on how personal empowerment and self-care can lead to positive social change with Glennon Doyle, Abby Wambach, Brittany Packnett, Barb Schmidt, Michelle Maros and other surprise guest speakers. The event will take place on Friday, April 5 in the Kaye Auditorium on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.

• Boca Helping Hands held its 12th Annual Bowling for Bread Event & Food Drive on August 26th. Over 400 kids and supporters attended the event and enjoyed pizza, burgers, wings and more, as well as prizes, clowns and, of course, bowling at [email protected] Guests brought 63 pounds of food to donate to the food drive, and the event benefited participating children’s non-profits and their children’s based initiatives.

• Even though Palm Beach County is known for its vast wealth, one in six residents do not know where their next meal will come from according to the Palm Beach County Food Bank. Since the majority of Palm Beach State College students are residents of the county, they too may be struggling to get enough to eat. To help ensure they have this basic need met, the College has relocated and expanded its food pantry, now called Panther’s Pantry.

• Officials at Boca Raton Regional Hospital today announced the appointment of Kerry-Ann McDonald, MD, to the medical staff of the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute (LWHWI) and BocaCare® Physician Network. She specializes in benign and malignant breast disease.

• Art enthusiasts can expect to be moved this fall by three exhibits that cover a range of topics including sexual assault and its effect on victims. The exhibits, which will be displays at The Art Gallery at Eissey Campus and The Gallery at Lake Worth Campus, showcase stories, ideas and perceptions through paintings, drawings, photography, graphic design and more. They are free and open to the public and feature artwork created by PBSC students and community artists.

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