NCAA Student Leader Sees ‘Way Too Much Pressure’ on Young Athletes

With summer sports camps now in full gear across our communities, we need to talk about a painful subject. And on this subject, Palm Beach Atlantic soccer player Michaela Boyd has insight for parents that could prove lifesaving.  At least three NCAA athletes died by suicide in less than two months this past spring, according to news reports. That breaks Michaela’s heart. And she knows from experience how mental health crises in college athletics can develop from attitudes found in organized sports for children. Michaela began competing at a young age, and she sees great benefits in team sports. “It […]

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Unique “Lift Every Voice” Partnership Opens Program for M.Div.

As much as I appreciate our talented faculty and staff, at Palm Beach Atlantic University we’re all about students, so I must share the excitement we’ve heard from students regarding our historic partnership with Florida Memorial University.  Students in the FMU Chorale expressed this excitement richly when they came to PBA on Feb. 28. It was the concluding day of Black History Month, a fitting time to celebrate the new collaboration between Palm Beach Atlantic and the only historically-Black university in South Florida.  Lift Every Voice! The singers brought us to our feet with a triumphant rendition of “Lift Every […]

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Students Experience A Deeper Level of Learning as They Study And Depict Stories of Redemption

Barefoot, hooded and clad in black, dancers from Palm Beach Atlantic University glided across the stage to open the true story of Rabeka, a South Sudanese woman who made vibrantly embroidered bedsheets to sell in her village market. A tragic shadow fell over the rich colors of Rabeka’s work as background music faded and the dancers depicted what happened when soldiers ravaged the village. “The women gathered as much as they could carry in a sheet and ran for their lives,” explained a narrator. “Rabeka was running with her bedsheet and her children when a soldier stopped her, grabbed one […]

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Faculty and Students Blend Faith with Inquiry at Research Conference

As I prepare to join Palm Beach Atlantic University faculty and students at our annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference, I’m thankful that I lead a team of Christian educators who get excited about research. But sadly, some Christians are threatened by earnest, scholarly inquiry. For example, we hear of promising youngsters who avoid the sciences, fearful they’ll find something that challenges their faith. Such students would do well to sit in on a chemistry class taught by Dr. Vivian Fernand Narcisse.  Research and Faith “I work with my faith hand-in-hand with my research,” said Vivian. “I don’t see it as separate.” […]

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Camp Provides Fun, Friendship and Caring Community

For those of you, like me, who cherish memories from a Christian summer camp, I invite you to imagine what it takes to provide youngsters that exuberant, life-changing experience. Consider, for example, what you’ll find at Camp Canaan in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  On the front lines, look for attentive, patient, fun-loving camp counselors like Palm Beach Atlantic University senior Brenna Brown, who loves romping through a mud-fest with a passel of screaming teens. Brenna at Camp Canaan “I just fell in love with Camp Canaan,” said Brenna. “There’s so much passion there, passion in teaching about God and passion […]

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Locking Arms to Serve Our Community

On January 17 when the alarm clock sounds, some Americans will sit up grudgingly to face Monday morning, then plop back onto the pillow in relief when they remember it’s a federal holiday. But at Palm Beach Atlantic University, students will hop out of bed anyhow, not wanting to be late for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. We expect about 300 students to climb onto buses heading out to various volunteer service sites organized by the University’s office of “Workship.” That’s PBA’s award-winning community service program, so named by combining the words work and worship. From the founding […]

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Recovery Church Movement Brings Freedom

As we light the candles of Advent I must tell you about a wonderful way the light of Christ powerfully pierces the darkness of drug and alcohol addiction. Meet Recovery Church (www.recovery.church), a ministry for people in recovery by people in recovery. Founded and led by Palm Beach Atlantic University alumnus Phil Dvorak, this ministry has become a movement, spreading across the country as God brings freedom and purpose to those in addiction – people like Chris Phillips. Chris had come all the way from Washington State to enter a Palm Beach County treatment center. But he was more than […]

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Classical Ed. Builds Skill of Answering Questions

Megan Donley, now a lawyer working to defend religious liberty, will never forget visiting Palm Beach Atlantic University when she was a high school senior. She sat in on a class of the Supper Honors Program and became enthralled by the vibrant discussion among the students and their professor.  “It was just such a fertile atmosphere for discovery of ideas,” she said. That did it. Megan was hooked. She applied to PBA, was accepted into the Honors Program, and in 2004 she dived into the unique Honors curriculum made possible by a generous gift from Frederick M. Supper, a prominent […]

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College Ministry Reaching “Hundreds and Hundreds” with Help from PBA Grad

How exciting it is to see young people find God’s calling for their lives! Palm Beach Atlantic University faculty and staff consider it a sacred privilege to help in this discernment. Consider Daniel Judge, whose story illustrates how important it is in all our organizations and personal lives to be a part of this process. Daniel Judge, PBA Grad “Leaders step up when others step back. That was Daniel at PBA,” said Campus Pastor Dr. Bernie Cueto. “I do not remember a conversation we ever had where Daniel was not proactively thinking about ministry and leadership and how to apply […]

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Night School Classmates Found Encouragement, Confidence and Friendship

The next time something unpleasant pops up to interrupt your plans, take heart from Jessica Clasby. She’s come to believe “God has reasons for His timing.” About 10 years ago, while running a membership program for the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, Jessica learned about Palm Beach Atlantic University’s evening classes for non-traditional students. As she heard PBA’s Dr. Jim Laub describe the Christian atmosphere and the leadership program, “something inside me just totally changed,” she recalled. Prior to that time, she’d been content with the associate’s degree she earned at a community college. But after hearing Laub’s […]

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