Global Education Magazine names Beacon College Among Admired Academic Institutions

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Beacon College was counted among a roundup of highly regarded educational institutions in an international education periodical’s inaugural annual listing. The Knowledge Review, a global education magazine and online platform that covers educational resources, courses and learning technologies for students, educators, and universities, named Beacon to its list of “The 50 admirable educational institutions 2017.” “The […]

Beacon Acquires Strategic Plot of Land from Longtime Leesburg Entrepreneur

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Beacon College recently acquired nearly three acres of land near student housing in a sweetheart deal with Leesburg businessman Gordon G. Oldham III. “The development of Beacon College has been influenced by a clear vision and a devotion to the college’s mission by generous donors,” said Beacon President George J. Hagerty.

Homecoming: Alumni Reunion Recap

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Beacon Alumni Reunion 2017

Like an eager mother at Thanksgiving, Beacon College welcomed back to the academic nest many familiar faces during the Third Annual Alumni Reunion weekend. The festivities kicked off March 31 at Via Port Florida where alumni bowled, tested their arcade skills and played catch-up with old classmates. On campus Saturday, campus officials, led by Chelsea Eubank Smith (Class of 2010), director of alumni and parent relations, greeted alumni with goodie bags filled with alumni swag and treated them to breakfast.

Beacon College to Partner with UAE’s Sharjah Center on Educational Programming

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Sharjah

Continuing its dedication to support students globally with learning disabilities, Beacon College has begun the formal process of collaborating with a prominent center in the United Arab Emirates. On March 15, Beacon College President George J. Hagerty and Her Excellency Sheikha Jameela Bint Mohammed Al-Qasimi, vice president of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs and director general of Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services, inked a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to “expand the services provided by Beacon to those with LD that reside in Sharjah, the UAE.

Beacon College Again Ranked in Top 10 “Best Florida Four-Year Colleges”

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LEESBURG, FL— For the second consecutive year, Beacon College was ranked among Florida’s top 10 colleges or universities by BestColleges.com. This year Beacon College — the first college or university accredited to award bachelor’s degrees primarily to students who learn differently — advanced two spots to No. 8. The University of Florida retained the No. […]

ADA Architect Sen. Tom Harkin to Deliver Beacon College Commencement Address

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Sen. Tom Harkin

Sen. Tom Harkin (retired), a primary author and chief Senate sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act, will address the Beacon College Class of 2017 at the commencement ceremony May 6. Beacon is the first college or university accredited to award bachelor’s degrees primarily to students who learn differently. Harkin, who claimed a Senate seat in 1984 after serving a decade in the U.S. House of Representatives, was selected by Sen. Ted Kennedy to draft a measure to safeguard the civil rights of millions of Americans living with mental and physical disabilities like his older brother Frank, who was deaf. On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law Harkin’s signature legislation, The Americans with Disabilities Act.

Beacon College Board of Trustees Win Nason Award

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Beacon College Board of Trustees

The board of trustees at Beacon College is among five winners of the 2017 AGB John W. Nason Award for Board Leadership presented by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. AGB recognized the board for its bold and dynamic leadership weathering a difficult recent presidential transition. Led by former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, a panel of seven presidents and board members chose the trustees at Beacon College from a record pool of nearly 70 candidates.

Runners Navigate a Fast, Furious — and Philanthropic — Finish at First Beacon 5K

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Sixty-six minutes after racers dashed from the starting line, the last racer crossed the finish line at Venetian Gardens in Leesburg, Fla. closing the book on the inaugural Beacon College Navigators 5K Run/Walk, a fun and fast-paced affair slowed only by Hurricane Matthew. Originally, scheduled for October 2016 in conjunction with Beacon’s Parents Weekend, Hurricane Matthew and its aftermath put a damper on those plans.

School officials staged the race to raise funds both for the college’s intramural sports program and also to help fund the Mitchell Pospyhalla Memorial Scholarship.

Beacon Spotlight: Harkin International Disability Employment Summit

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Tom Harkin Summit

U.S. Census figures reveal that nearly 1 in 5 Americans live with a disability. However, disability doesn’t respect boundaries. One billion people — or 15 percent of the world’s population — have some form of disability, according to the World Bank, and disability prevalence soars in developing countries. That reality underscored the recent inaugural Harkin […]