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Inspiration on Campus
BEACHCOMBER
VOLUME 77 ISSUE 4
MAY 2015
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Inspiration on Campus
Talia Fradkin
Staff Writer
Palm Beach Gardens Campus
Palm Beach State College is a
community of individuals working to
achieve their dreams, and one person
who is following his path to success is
Biotechnology student Tevin Ali.
After attending a Biotechnology
Academy in high school, Ali enrolled
in New York University where he
completed sixty hours of undergraduate work in Biotechnology.
Self-doubt and a lack of confidence hindered his success. After
enrolling in Palm Beach State College’s Biotechnology program, Ali
flourished. He became a man with a
mission, success in his chosen field
of Biotechnology.
Palm Beach State College was
his chosen avenue for success. “I
used to let myself believe the negative opinions of others and let that
drown out my own voice,” said
Ali. “At Palm Beach State College I
started to overcome the obstacle of
doubting myself and my capabilities
INSIDE
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Surfers for Autism
David Hernandez
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Meet the players of your
Palm Beach State
Baseball Team
Jihad Shatara
TURN TO CLUBS PAGE 6
DNA the biotech way
Talia Fradkin
TURN TO MAKING WAVES PAGE 7
TRIO Day celebration
… Being [here] gave me so many
opportunities to gain leadership experience to serve others, and, as a result, I have become a more confident
individual.” At Palm Beach State, Ali
learned to “fine tune” his knowledge
and skills, increasing his marketability in this exciting new field.
His newfound leadership skills
were put to the test when Ali began
the daunting process of starting one
of the newest clubs on campus: the
Biotechnology Association. Balancing a rigorous course load while trying
to recruit club members at club rush
was a difficult task, but his “bio-techy
friends and staff ” were there to “support [his] ideas,” said Ali. Dr. Mercer,
in particular, was a great resource as
well as a staunch supporter.
Ali fondly recalls working with
her in association with the Tiger
Woods Foundation at the FAU
Wilkes Honors College presentation to introduce middle and high
school students to Biotechnology.
Dr. Mercer and Ali held a discussion about the science behind
genetically modified organisms
and even helped the students make
test tube lava lamps. Self-doubt was
put aside, and Ali went on to become
a Supplemental Instructor for the
Biotechnology Department as well as
a Biotechnology Ambassador appearing at community events as a liaison
between the program and the public.
With his confidence issues
behind him, Ali is one step closer to
a career in the Biotech industry, and
is currently interning at the Scripps
Research Institute. “The program
has further enhanced my lab skills
and as a result made me a successful
intern at Scripps,” said Ali. “I have
various duties, but my work primarily focuses on microRNAs that are
associated with diseases like cancer,
Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Muscular Dystrophy … The ultimate
goal is to stop aberrant miRNA
expression in those diseases using
drug-like compounds as biomarkers
to inhibit dysfunction.”
The future looks bright for this up
and coming Biotech Entrepreneur
who, after graduating in May with an
Associate in Science in Biotechnology and a Bachelor’s of Science from
FAU in the fall, plans to continue on
Biotechnology student Tevin Ali hard at work.
for his Master’s Degree.
Ali offers some sage advice for
his fellow students, saying, quote,
“Have ambition, take risks, and be
involved with activities. It’s all the
little things that you do that build
up and become great things… I
TALIA FRADKIN
have failed many more times than
I have succeeded, but out of the
times I failed, I realized I wouldn’t
be who I am nor would I be able
to do what I love most without
having those cracks in the pavement on my journey.”
A Farewell to Professor Stephen Gibson
Michelle Ramirez
Editor, Belle Glade Campus
Over the years, you might have
seen him in the hallways or in
pictures on campus walls. Maybe he
has even highlighted all over your
paper. He has been there to teach
parents and even their kids. This is
Professor Stephen Gibson.
He has been on the Belle Glade
campus for 32 years and is now
saying goodbye as an English and
American Literature instructor.
A wise man, he believes that it is
time for someone younger to fill
his shoes. His work at Palm Beach
State College has always been
about the students.
Gibson said that he is happy with
what he has accomplished.
Belle Glade campus student Marcel Diaz said, “He is one of the funniest teachers I’ve had, yet inspiring
and the best storyteller.”
Even though he is retiring from
teaching, Gibson is not stopping
there. He will publish two more
poetry books; his books are actually available for checkout in the
College library and he still wants to
help college students.
At a Belle Glade campus goodbye
event, Gibson read a few of his
poems. His poetry is like no other
with a very unique way of writing.
His poems were amusing and vivid
with a realist way of expressing the
experiences he has had in his life. His
poems showed another side of him.
Earl Bryant
Professor Gibson During Library Week, doing his last reading before retirement.
“I really like how he used historical references throughout the
poetry,” stated Belle Glade campus
student Sophie Guerra. “It gave the
poems more depth than usual.”
Students, faculty and staff all
got together to thank him for all of
the work he has put into helping
students become successful with
their education.
There’s something at the Writers Club for inspiring young minds
Elicia Librun
The Writers Club is a student organization at the north Palm Beach
State College campus which supports students who are interested
in writing. The club meets twice a
month on the second floor of the
Library Learning Center, Room
LL210, in a private presentation
room next to the adviser’s office,
Marilyn Tiedemann’s office. Since
the club began in February of
2014, it has grown to more than 40
members during the past year.
This club attracts many scholarship scouts and successful guest
speakers like Dante Basco, who encouraged students this past March
by reciting some of his poetry.
The club’s organizers promote and
encourage students to participate in
these type of events knowing that it
boosts personal morale by joining
clubs for student engagement. The
members of the writers club are extremely passionate about their craft.
The club’s President Kevin
Wilborn is very serious about his
duties, as well as other members.
“Getting new members is the hardest part of any club, but the writers
club especially,” President Wilborn
said. “People think that if they write,
they won’t have any fun. The truth
is anyone who appreciates literature
would be a good fit with us.”
The writers club also hosts
a variety of activities including
general and membership meetings, writing workshops, book and
holiday sales, talent shows, parties,
and various guest speakers with
interest in English and Media.
Interested students can find more
information by contacting the
club’s adviser, Marilyn Tiedemann
at [email protected]
or by phone at: 561.207.5200.
BEACHCOMBER
2 MAY 2015
CAMPUS NEWS
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STAFF WRITERS
Mona Abdelwahab
Allison Bangert
Emmanuel Banks
CAMPUS EDITOR
Gaica Cantave
BOCA RATON
Christie Estime
Tiffany Roopsingh
Talia Fradkin
Kristin Goliath
CAMPUS EDITOR
Sophie Guerra
LAKE WORTH
Chelsea Hackbart
Haya Ghannouma
Marielle Larsen
Carlos Leon
CAMPUS EDITOR
PALM BEACH GARDENS Madelyn Marconi
Michelle Ramirez
Michael Craig
MANAGING EDITOR
David Hernandez
CAMPUS EDITOR
BELLE GLADE
Michelle Ramirez
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SPORTS EDITOR
Jihad Shatara
SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR
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COPY EDITOR
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You are not alone
Torkita Canty
Staff Writer, Belle Glade Campus
The Jed and Clinton Health Matters
Campus Program was designed to help
promote the emotional wellbeing and
mental health of students.
“Suicide is the second leading cause
of death on college campuses, with substance abuse not too far behind,” stated
Dr. Nance Roy, Clinical Director of the
Jed Foundation. According to a report
published by the foundation, there are
21 million individuals that attend a
post-secondary educational institution,
and more than half of them have experienced “overwhelming anxiety” within
the last year.
College students have numerous
stressors that life throws their way, and
they are unsure of how to cope which
can lead to depression and self-harming.
An anonymous PBSC student recently
confessed that she used to be a cutter, “I
can’t even look at myself in the mirror
because I dislike the reflection that stares
back at me.” There has to be a way to
reach out to our fellow students and let
them know that they are not alone.
Palm Beach State College has
a Counseling Center located on
the Lake Worth Campus (contact
(561)868-3980 for their services).
The free services provided consist of
limited crisis interventions, mental
health assessments, brief therapies,
and community referrals. Students can
schedule an appointment to meet with
a counselor at their home campus.
There are also career centers located
on each campus, and by visiting one,
students can receive contact numbers
for hotlines that address matters in
relation to substance abuse, depression, and suicidal thoughts.
Belle Glade career center and aca-
AL EVANS
demic advisor Tracey Wheeler stated
that there should be one consistent
faculty member that is specialized just
for this area. “Students need to know
that they are not alone,” she stated.
With reality setting in, there will be
persons that are in need of a listening
ear and guidance.
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MAY 2015 3
CAMPUS NEWS
SurfersForAutism
David Hernandez
Staff Writer, Boca Raton Campus
In the past several years, we have
seen a massive increase in support of many disabilities through
events such as Making Strides, the
American Cancer Society Relay
For Life, charity walks and now the
well-known fundraising event called
Surfers For Autism (SFA).
Surfers For Autism is a nonprofit organization with a goal of
providing a fun and interactive
family event. Children with ASD
and families alike enjoy great music,
games, bounce houses, surfing,
catered lunch and many other funfilled activities.
What started with a simple idea
came to be known as a life changing experience for many children
with Autism. Since its inaugural
event in 2007 at the Deerfield
Beach Pier, SFA has hosted many
events through Florida’s East
Coast and the events have attracted as many as 200 surfers and
raised close to $20,000.
On April 10th, 2015, SFA held its
8th Annual South Florida Beach
Festival, a free three day festival at
the Deerfield Beach Pier. Activities included a concert, games and
prizes, music, food and surfing. The
best part of the event was volunteering, as volunteers got a chance to
work closely with the children as
they surfed the waves and enjoyed
the sunny day.
There were many volunteers from
different locations including the
Broward’s Sheriff Office (BSO),
Lynn University and Palm Beach
State College ROTORACT and Phi
Theta Kappa from the Boca Raton
Campus. BSO Assistant Chief of
Staff Mr. Wallace Eccleston Jr,
stated, “Every year the BSO team
volunteers from the early morning
until the evening to ensure the success of the event and have as much
fun as possible with the children
while surfing”.
SFA continues to support and
help fund autism research, awareness and advocacy as well as
transforming individuals, families
and communities. Palm Beach
State College is fortunate to have
a professor in the Boca Campus
who is a member of SFA, Prof.
Dave Rossman. Rossman is
currently the Communications
Director for Surfers for Autism
and is able to provide students
with the opportunity to experience the events as volunteers.
Rossman stated, “I feel that
Surfers for Autism, or an entity
dedicated to improving the lives
of others, serves a vital purpose.
There are so many in need, and if
you have the ability to give of your
time, it is incumbent upon you to
do so.” Rossman went on to state,
“The Deerfield Beach Festival was
one of our best; there was a perfect
little wave for the surfers, and each
participant got four to five sessions
in the water.”
Surfers for Autism will host several events throughout the rest of
the year. If you would like to know
how to volunteer, donate or learn
more about the organization feel
free to visit their website at http://
surfersforautism.org/.
DAVID HERNANDEZ
Volunteers helping a student learn to surf.
Mastering the art of surfing.
DAVID HERNANDEZ
Boards lined up and read to go.
DAVID HERNANDEZ
BEACHCOMBER
4 MAY 2015
CAMPUS NEWS
Panel Discussion on Immigration
Talia Fradkin
Staff Writer, Palm Beach Gardens
Campus
As part of the 6th Annual Spanish
Language Celebration, students at
the Eissey campus of Palm Beach
State College attended a panel
discussion on President Obama’s
Immigration Plan.
The panel was composed of Palm
Beach State College Professor Maria
Garcia, Palm Beach State College
student Michelle Diaz, immigration
attorney Aileen Josephs and Director
of the Global Education Center Dr.
Jeannette Manzanero.
Maria Garcia, a Professor of
English at Palm Beach State College, spoke about her journey from
Cuba at the age of four as part of the
Freedom Flights authorized by then
President Lyndon Johnson.
Miss Diaz, a “Dreamer”, offered a
unique and personal perspective on
the immigration situation. Following
her dream of an education, Diaz said,
“Being a dreamer is a constant fight.”
Attorney Aileen Josephs went on
to explain President Obama’s executive action, stating that it allowed
“parents of United States citizens
who were here since 2010 to avoid
deportation and obtain three year
work permits.”
Dr. Jeannette Manzanero spoke
TALIA FRADKIN
Professor Emmanuel Alvarado,
Dr. Jeannette Manzanero,
and attorney Aileen Josephs
prepare for the panel discussion.
TALIA FRADKIN
Professor Maria Garcia, student Michelle Diaz, attorney Aileen Josephs,
and Dr. Jeannette Manzanero
about the resources available to
students and their families, including
referrals for legal, health and employment matters, as well as navigating
the “college process.” Mr. Cary High,
an attorney and Director of the Paralegal Program at Palm Beach State
College, guided the discussion.
TALIA FRADKIN
Dr. Jeannette Manzanero, Professor Maria Garcia,
attorney Aileen Josephs, and
Mr. Cary High, Director of the Paralegal Program
Mayhem Poets Drop the Mic at Belle Glade Campus
Sophie Guerra
Staff Writer, Belle Glade
In February, Mason Granger,
Scott Raven, and Kyle Rapps,
who call themselves the “Mayhem
Poets”, took a visit to the Belle
Glade campus of Palm Beach State
College. They began their visit
by taking over a literature class,
teaching a lesson that included
rhymes, rhythm, and laughter.
They got the students involved
with their art and had them
express themselves in their own
ways through their writing.
Later that day, the poets hosted a
Poetry Slam Event on campus, kicking it off by introducing themselves
the way they knew best – through
slam poetry. This introduction
stimulated students and faculty to
participate in the event beginning
with Student Learning Center writing tutor David Woodham’s recital of the poem “Shine, Perishing
Republic” by Robertson Jeffers.
Soon students Vintwon Jones,
Gary Bryant, Torkita Canty,
Tamika Mccullough, and Sophie
Guerra read their own original
poems to teachers and peers alike.
From topics ranging from love to
stories of chronic illness, these
students expressed themselves
openly and passionately.
Student Torkita Canty stepped
down from the podium and shared
how her poem was inspired, “I was
angry and I found my only release
was writing it down and letting
everyone else know,” she said.
Once the students took a seat,
they were all
Granger spoke about his gratitude for working with the students
from Belle Glade and even invited
them to open for the main event he
and the Mayhem Poets would be
featured in that Friday at the Dolly
Hand Cultural Arts Center, “To be
honest, we were surprised. Everyone here was so passionate,” he said.
“There’s so much creativity here in
such a small community. That’s really rare and really awesome.”
SOPHIE GUERRA
Mayhem Poet Scott Raven, as posted on the Palm Beach State webpage.
BEACHCOMBER
MAY 2015 5
SPORTS
Meet the Players of Your Palm
Beach State Baseball Team
Jihad Shatara, Sports Editor
Baseball season is in full swing
and our Palm Beach State Panthers are off to another great start.
At 25-8, the Panthers are looking
forward to another chance at a
state title and, quite possibly, a
chance at a national title.
The expectations for the team
are high each year as Coach Kyle
Forbes and his staff continue to
bring in top-notch talent from
the Palm Beach County area. The
team has been far from disappointing, as they were State Runner up in 2014, State champs in
2013 and have also finished as the
runner up in the Junior College
World Series in the same year.
The team as a whole has many
common goals this season, but
there is one aspiration on every
player’s mind: Make it to Grand
Junction and play for the College
World Series. The Panthers are
determined to make a push towards
the state championship and head
back to Grand Junction, Colorado.
2-Jancarlos Cintron
Cintron is the shortstop for the
Palm Beach State Panthers. He has
been playing since he was just three
years old. Cintron is originally from
Puerto Rico and wants to win States
with his team. When asked what his
motivation is he says, “I’m just trying
to get better and help my team to
states.” Ultimately he wants to get to
Grand Junction for the World Series.
6-Jared Tosner
Tosner is a local redshirt
sophomore who plays first base
for the Panthers. Tosner was on
the team his freshman year when
the Panthers finished second in
the state. His current goal is to
help the team avenge that loss and
win first place in States. Tosner
says, “I was on the team that was
runner up. We just have to take it
day by day and play like a team.”
7-Carlos Diaz
Diaz, originally from Puerto Rico,
is one of the team’s catchers has been
playing the game for 14 years. “I just
love baseball,” he said passionately
when asked about his motivation.
8-Victor Hughes
Hughes also plays catcher for the
Panthers, but was previously drafted
to the Majors by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 22nd round. “I just want
to get better and get drafted again.
That’s my goal.” He has been playing
baseball for 11 years now and wants
to improve his skills as a catcher.
11-Peter Strzelecki
Born in New York, Strzelecki
originally played for the Santaluces
Chiefs during high school. Now a
local athlete, Strzelecki is a righthanded pitcher with a few goals this
season, “As a team, I just want to go
to Grand Junction for the World
Series, but as a personal goal, I just
want to stay healthy.”
14-Anthony Delaney
Delaney is Panthers pitches who
has many expectations for the team
this year, but he has one goal in particular that he would like to accomplish:
Delaney looks forward most to taking
his team to Grand Junction, Colorado
for the Junior College World Series.
“We want to win Conference, then
States, and make it to the World
Series,” said Delaney.
16-Brady Acker
Acker, another pitcher in the
rotation, started playing at the
young age of three. He is currently a
freshman at PBSC and would like to
continue playing for his team to win
States and aspire for a National title.
He attends practice every day, training hard to become a better player
out on the diamond.
17-Nick Vespi
Vespi is left-handed pitcher for
the Panthers, and has been playing
the games since he was only five
years old. He works and trains hard
in practice and looks to win States
with the rest of his team. He works
hard so he can progress and get better as the season moves along.
18-Frank Guardasione
It is a long season and Frank
Guardasione is beginning to feel it,
“We play from August all the way
until June. It takes its toll.” He has
been playing baseball since he was
seven years old and wants to help
his team in any way. “It is a team
game and anything I can do to help
to us get a ‘W’, it will be done.”
19-Chris Turner
Turner, right-handed pitcher in
the rotation, is not a local athlete.
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia,
Turner spent his summers here in
Florida to play baseball. He loves
the game but looks forward to the
little things. “I look forward to
stepping up on the mound, getting
ready to pitch,” said Turner.
20-Cain Spangler
Spangler has been playing since
he was four years old. As a pitcher,
he tries his best to stay warm during
the long season, keeping his arm
loose to improve and get better at
his drills every day.
21-Gabe Martinez
Martinez plays in the outfield
for the Panthers, and had developed a love for the sport since he
was four. As he continues to go
through this long season, his passion for baseball keeps him going.
His deep love for baseball drives
him to play hard every day.
22-Parker Dancin
Another one of our athletes who
began his career young, Dancin
wants to work hard and keep his
teammates motivated (and win of
course). He looks forward to the
chance at not only a State title, but a
National title.
24-Kendrick Gutierrez
With a deep love for the sport,
Gutierrez said, “My motivators are
my haters. They drive me.” He lets
his doubters keep doubting and
continues to prove them wrong
with his play on the field. He has
been playing since he was five.
28-Jon Lipinski
Lipinski’s love for the game is
never in doubt. Playing since he was
just four, baseball “is his life”, and
today he continues to work hard
with a personal goal to some day
join a professional team.
30-Cheyne Bickel
Bickel started playing baseball
when he was 10, a bit later than
all of his teammates, but he said,
“Baseball is better than anything
else.” He enjoys the closeness of the
team. They can carry each other and
motivate each other to win States.
33-Christian Calleja
Calleja is a Cuban from Miami,
Florida. His main motivation to
play is his family. He was a young
four year old child when he first
started, and today he is a pitcher for
the Palm Beach State Panthers.
Coach Kyle Forbes
Coach Forbes has been a part of
baseball his entire life, playing as a
catcher at Palm Beach Atlantic. He
has spent 26 years of his life dedicated to the sport, 10 of which were
spent couching the PBSC Panthers.
BEACHCOMBER
6 MAY 2015
CLUBS
DNA the biotech way
Talia Fradkin
Staff Writer, Palm Beach Gardens Campus
The Biotechnology Association of Palm
Beach State College met in March to discuss
chemical base pairs and DNA.
President and club founder Tevin Ali led the
meeting, which had special significance since
it took place on his birthday. The celebration/
meeting proved to be more than simply informative – It was a tasty experience too!
Attendees made visual models of DNA out
of various candies to illustrate the shape of the
structure. Club members donned colorful party
hats and enjoyed the festivities while learning
about science in a fun and creative way.
This hands-on activity appealed to everyone
with a sweet tooth. Using marshmallows of
various hues and licorice in an array of flavors,
the group found the experience truly edifying.
Not just the new club on campus, the club
provides fellowship, camaraderie, and a chance
to take part in scientific experiments among
friends. Members learn about the exciting developments in the field of Biotechnology and
about the many careers in the field.
Ali has had many memorable experiences with the group and enjoys having
Talia Fradkin
Staff Writer, Palm Beach Gardens Campus
Tasty Latin American cuisine combined
with the upbeat tempo of Latin music made
for an enjoyable afternoon at the Food Reception and Musical Performance for the 6th
Annual Spanish Language Celebration. The
The 6th Annual Spanish Language Celebration took place at the Palm Beach Gardens
Campus of Palm Beach State College in March.
The opening day began with a discussion of
“Spanglish” in our society and transitioned into
today’s social issues. The final day brought an
exploration into how language is learned.
Professors Emmanuel Alvarado and
Maria Garcia of Palm Beach State College
welcomed Dr. Carmen Cañete Quesada, an
Associate Professor of Spanish at Florida
Atlantic University. A Fulbright scholar
as well as former teacher of the year, Dr.
Quesada discussed how students learn from
writing a rough draft, receiving feedback on
their work, and revising their work.
According to Dr. Quesada, “Zero percent
of students take a language simply for enjoyment, while forty percent take it because it
is required and they think they will enjoy
it.” The question for teachers and students
line for food attested to the flavorful aroma
that wafted through Meldon Hall at the Palm
Beach Gardens Campus of Palm Beach State
College in March. Professors and students
alike mingled and enjoyed the live music.
Food, fun, and flavor filled the air leading to
an enjoyable afternoon learning about Spanish language and culture.
TALIA FRADKIN
Tevin Ali builds a DNA molecule.
the “support of his bio-techy friends and
staff ”, a sentiment echoed by all of the
club’s members. Friendship, fellowship
and science are the specials of the day at
every meeting. Join your fellow science
enthusiasts at the next meeting and begin
exploring this exciting new field.
The 6th Annual Spanish Language
Celebration at the Eissey Campus
Talia Fradkin
Staff Writer, Palm Beach Gardens Campus
Festive Food and Music at the
Spanish Language Celebration
alike is, what is the best way to provide the
necessary feedback? Dr. Quesada stated
that she gathered “one hundred and twenty
compositions in total” for her research. By
administering a questionnaire at the start of
the semester, she determined which students
preferred which types of feedback.
Her efforts were to make the students
as comfortable as possible and provide an
environment that is truly conducive to learning. Dr. Quesada discussed the merits and
disadvantages of “self-correction, peer correction and instructor correction.” The two-draft
system has pros and cons. Dr. Quesada said,
“The process is time-consuming for the
instructor and not rewarding.” On the other
hand, however, Dr. Quesada emphasized that
students found it “rewarding” and associated
it with “comfort and independence.”
Students found Dr. Quesada’s message
relevant and readily voiced their opinions in
the question and answer session that followed
the presentation.
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Dr. Carmen Cañete Quesada, Professor Emmanuel Alvarado, and Professor Maria Garcia
A fantastic musical performance.
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DNA Day
Talia Fradkin
Staff Writer, Palm Beach Gardens Campus
The Biotechnology Association of Palm
Beach State College celebrated DNA Day by
honoring the work of Freidrich Miescher,
James Watson and Francis Crick. Members
of the group gathered in the lab to extract
DNA and encapsulate it in small vials that
could then be worn as a necklace. President
Tevin Ali and Vice President Haya Ghannouma led this wearable science experiment.
“DNA is used for genomic sequencing. It
contains a code that can be studied,” said
Ali who went on to say that the experiment
begins by “isolating DNA from cheek cells.
Once you remove the proteins, you can see
the DNA.” “You can see the strands swirl in
the vial,” said Anthony Vargas. Although the
Biotechnology Association was new to the
Palm Beach Gardens Campus this school
TALIA FRADKIN
Anthony Vargas examines the DNA.
year, it now has over fifty members. Dr. Becky
Mercer is the faculty adviser for the group.
Outgoing President Tevin Ali will continue
his work in the field as a research technician
for Scripps after graduating in May. Vice
President Haya Ghannouma plans to pursue
an internship this summer. The newly elected
officers for 2015-2016 are Juanita Sanchez
(President), Talia Fradkin (Vice President),
Jackeline Maleski (Secretary) and Anthony
Vargas (Treasurer).
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Jackeline Maleski, Secretary, Talia Fradkin, Vice President,
and outgoing Vice President Haya Ghannouma with their experiments in front of a DNA helix.
BEACHCOMBER
MAY 2015 7
MAKING WAVES
The Soft Opening for the Cyber Lab at Lake Worth Campus
The Cyber Security Lab funded through a grant from the US Department of Labor. The event consisted of an introduction to the capabilities of the cyber lab to detect
cyber threats and penetration test systems. The newly formed “Cyber Security Alliance Club” officers were present for the event. All photos by Al Evans.
Cyber Security Alliance Club - Nick Tortorici (Treasurer), Andrew Bonwell (Vice President),
Natalie Chambers-Smith (Secretary), Steven Gross (President)
Cyber Lab Soft Opening
The Cyber Security Lab at Lake Worth Campus.
Cyber Lab workstations for defense simulations.
TRiO Day celebration
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TRIO on Lake Worth Campus
TRiO Day celebration
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