Published On: Fri, May 12th, 2023

Boca Beat ed. 614th – 05/14/2023

  • Nine graduating sophomores on the Palm Beach State College women’s beach volleyball team leave PBSC with one of the best memories of their college experience: being crowned the National Junior College Athletic Association’s National Champions.
  • Weatherford College has secured a Master of Business Administration degree transfer agreement with Lynn University for WC students to continue with graduate-level courses at the private university in Florida. This agreement is targeted at WC’s graduates from the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Organizational Leadership program to enroll in Lynn University’s MBA program.  
  • Lynn University today welcomed Dr. Sholondo K. Campbell as the new dean of students. Before Lynn, Campbell served as the director of student engagement and retention initiatives at Florida Southwestern State College, with another nine years at Nova Southeastern University managing student affairs for their seven regional campuses across Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Campbell’s team also supported students engaged in online learning environments—domestically and internationally.
  • To become a self-made sports photographer and travel the world, Lynn University alumnus Justin Cohen ’06 used his talent, passion and connections to make his dreams a reality. Cohen developed a passion for photography as an eight-year-old when his parents gifted him his first camera. Cohen always carried a camera growing up to nurture his love for photography. Cohen admits he was “that annoying friend” taking photos of every moment … 30 years later, the art of photography has given him a career and many fond memories along the way.
  • Basis Industrial, a privately held and vertically integrated real estate owner and operator based in Boca Raton, Florida, has appointed Max Ducharme as managing partner of Basis Alternative Investments. This branch of Basis Industrial, a major new initiative, focuses on special situations and opportunistic investment strategies such as car wash development, distressed and value-add retail, and select multi-family development projects.
  • As ‘America’s swim instructor,’ the YMCA teaches people of all ages that water should be fun, not feared, as long as everyone knows life saving tips for safety in and out of the water. With summer nearly upon us, the YMCA of the Palm Beaches wants to remind the community about the important programs offered for kids and adults of all abilities.
  •  Boca Helping Hands celebrated its volunteers during an appreciation dinner on April 25th at the Addison of Boca Raton, which attracted 130 guests. The Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Charles Coward, and the Mel Lazerick Lifetime Achievement award went to Dr. Sarah Lochner. Thirteen other individuals, chosen from each BHH program and location, were also recognized for their outstanding service to the organization in 2022.
  • Toby & Leon Cooperman Sinai Residences Boca Raton, a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC), on Monday hosted a ceremony to celebrate the dedication of the Rachel and Max Javit Medical Simulation and Classroom Building at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU).
  • When John Stella first came to Palm Beach State College, he admits he was envious of his high school peers who went to universities. After graduating from a small, religious high school in upstate New York, Stella didn’t follow in their footsteps because he believed he wasn’t academically ready and even unsure if school was for him.
  • PBSC alumnus Alexiou Gibson, CEO and president of The Transformation Factory, who struck a $600K deal on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” inspired the crowd of more than 8,000 as he gave the keynote speech during Palm Beach State College’s 2023 spring commencement ceremony held for the first time at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches May 9 in West Palm Beach. During the ceremony, Gibson, who received an honorary Bachelor of Science degree from PBSC President Ava. L. Parker, J.D., told the more than 1,700 graduates and their families and friends about his weight loss journey, multimillion-dollar business, and what it takes to be successful in life.
  • Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) celebrated more than 600 graduates last week at its 2023 spring commencement, which took place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in downtown West Palm Beach. The ceremony began with music by the PBA Percussion and Brass ensemble. During commencement, President Dr. Debra A. Schwinn recognized the class of 2023 and recent milestones at the university.
  •  The Endowment Fund of the Junior League of Boca Raton’s annual fundraiser, Raise the Bar, was held on April 27 at Rocco’s Tacos. The event celebrated the 17th anniversary of the Junior League of Boca Raton Endowment Fund, Inc. and more than 170 people attended. The evening raised more than $30,000 for the Junior League.
  • On Sunday, May 21, at 3pm Music at St. Paul’s concludes its 34th season with a concert of music for pipe organ, harp and violin. Titled “The Sounds of Heaven” this program features organist David Macfarlane, harpist Kay Kemper and violinist Valentin Mansurov. They will perform music by Franck, Busser, Saint-Saëns, Massenet and others. Known primarily as a church instrument, the pipe organ is featured in a wealth of orchestral and chamber music, some highlights of which will be heard at this concert. 
  •  In honor of Nurses Appreciation Week the Fort Lauderdale area Hooters location made special deliveries to nurses and patients at Broward Health Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital.  Beach Place Hooters Girls Abigail Helpinstine, Chandria Cain, Elizabeth Williams, Misha Luce and Cypress Creek Hooters Girls Jazmin Marrero, Samantha Lynch, Jenise Lebron and Jessica Dowling visited the hospital with meals for the nurses.
  • Hadassah volunteers from the Simcha of Aberdeen Chapter, collected donated costume jewelry and took their Community Mitzvah (Good Deeds) Outreach Project to the Poinciana STEM Elementary School (435 students, kindergarten through 5th grade), Boynton Beach.
  • The City of Boca Raton is excited to announce the return of the Annual Battle of the Bands competition on Friday, August 4 at 7 p.m. at the Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real.  Bands interested in battling it out on stage can apply online through July 10 at 5 p.m.
  • Michael and Debra Coslov have made a $1 million gift to Keeping the PromiseThe Campaign for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The gift will be acknowledged with the naming of the third-floor reception area in the Cooperman Medical Arts Pavilion in honor of the  Coslovs.  

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