August 2018

Cartons are packed. Travel plans are made. As more than 700 new students make their way to Palm Beach Atlantic University’s West Palm Beach campus next week, the Welcome Week Steering Committee is ready to meet them and get them started as Sailfish.


Welcome Week, the University’s new student orientation program, is among the finest in the nation. The week is comprised of 37 separate events spaced over six days that are months in the making.

Three student co-directors have worked through the summer, along with other members of the Steering Committee, to make the 2018 Welcome Week the best yet. Going beyond event organizers to instilling PBA’s academic, social and spiritual values, the co-co-directors are leaders inside and outside the classroom with a combined cumulative GPA is 3.86.

Co-director Charis Flake is a senior studying communications with a minor in student ministry from Blairsville, Georgia, in her second year of service on the Steering Committee. After graduation, she plans to use her degree working for a nonprofit, church or ministry organization and is considering a post teaching English abroad. She says that her goal is to gain experience in teaching, mentoring and working ministry, and eventually pursue a graduate degree in higher education or Christian ministry.

Originally from Los Angeles, California, co-director Sam Theriault is a senior music composition major who now live in Sorrento, Florida. His aim to use his degree to make film scores may lead him back home. A true blue Sailfish, he is engaged to a PBA alumna.

Marketing major with a minor in intercultural studies, Marisa Holliday hails from Lake Mary, Florida. As a Steering Committee co-director, she points to the educational and leadership experiences that she has had at PBA in shaping her career goals. While she entered the University planning to own photography business after graduation, she now envisions pursuing a marketing position at nonprofit or ministry organization that includes leading the creative team.

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