Alumni

Norm ColeHi, I’m Norm Cole, your new alumni relations liaison!

I have been a part of the Beacon College community for two years, first working in residence life and now in the Department of Institutional Advancement as the assistant director of development. I am very excited to have this opportunity to help alumni from around the globe stay connected with each other and their alma mater.

I am a native of Philadelphia, Penn. and grew up in the northeast. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater from Messiah College and a Master of Education degree from the University of South Florida. I have worked with college students for the past 17 years.  In my free time, I enjoy cycling around beautiful Lake County, playing disc golf, and cruising with my wife, Deeana.

I look forward to helping alumni navigate the postgraduate voyage of proudly maintaining and strengthening an enduring relationship with your alma mater through targeted activities, career assistance, and enriching donorship.

You can contact me at ncole@beaconcollege.edu or call 352-638-9745.

Bon voyage!


Alumni Spotlight

Anthrozoology Graduate Making Waves in Journey to a Marine Life Career

Alex Sweet with Dolphin

After graduating from Beacon College in December 2018, Sweet put his Bachelor of Science degree in anthrozoology to good use as an intern for several marine animal care facilities. His work provides care for aquatic animals that have been in harm’s way and enables those creatures to help people. The best part: Sweet gets to train bottlenose dolphins face-to-face.

He currently works as an animal behaviorist intern for Island Dolphin Care in Key Largo, Fla. In and out of the water, he trains bottlenose dolphins to provide animal-assisted therapeutic and educational programs for kids, adults with special needs, and their families and caregivers.

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Alumni News

Partlow Captivates with Her Powerful Poetry at Local TEDx Event

Serena Partlow - TEDx

Serena Partlow at TEDx Serena Partlow took her poetry show on the road in January landing a plum spot in the TEDx Eustis 2020 event convened at the Bay Street Players Theater in downtown Eustis, Fla. Local, self-organized TEDx events bring together people to share a TED-like experience. TED — short for Technology, Entertainment and […]

Alumni Update – Dr. Rosalyn Johnson

Dr. Rosalyn Johnson - SCAD

Dr. Rosalyn Johnson says the small class sizes and caring professors at Beacon College were keys to her success and helped launch her into graduate school, where she later became the first Beacon graduate to earn a doctorate. Now she has built a career in mental-health counseling. After graduating from Beacon, Johnson earned her master’s degree in mental-health counseling from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and her doctorate from Argosy University in Sarasota, Fla.

Beacon Alum Blazes New Trail as Smithsonian Accessibility Intern

Lindsey Flax now knows more than ever that Google is no joke. With her looming graduation from Beacon College in May, Flax pondered what she would do during the summer and beyond. As a psychology major who minored in studio arts — with an emphasis on diverse learning strategies and art integration-based education practices — […]

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Alumni Updates

Jamar Butler

Jamar Butler, Beacon College Alumnus

I currently work as a Cyber Threat Analyst for the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) located in Tampa FL. I work with other Cyber Threat Analysts to interpret, analyze and execute Cyber Security policies, procedures and tactics. I am responsible for monitoring the Cyber Security Sensor Grid for Black Hat Hackers that attempt to gain unauthorized entry into our network. Also monitor CENTCOM sensor grid disruptions, outages and/or anomalies. In 2017 I acheieved my Masters in Information Technology. In 2018 I passed my computer certifications exams and received my Certified Network Defense Architect (CNDA) & Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certificates.

Alex Sweet Back at Beacon for Anthrozoology

It’s been a long journey but after being in Americorps NCCC FEMA corps years ago that helped me grow as a person even more so , I am happy to be back at Beacon College and finishing with my bachelors degree in Anthrozoology here at Beacon. I’m so happy to be finally finishing school with a degree relating to the field I have wanted to get into since I was little and that I believe will help me aim my dream careers of working with sea animals and ocean conservation.

Talia Kohan and Scott Diamond

Talia Kohan and Scott Diamond-Class of 2009

A classic ad pitch assured consumers that “Diamonds are forever.” So sold was she on that pitch that Beacon alumna Talia Kohan (Class of ’09, Human Services) not only put one on her finger, but took the indestructible gem as her last name marrying last month fellow Beacon alum Scott Diamond (Class of ’11, Computer […]

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