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 or call 352-638-9745.

Bon voyage!

Alumni Spotlight

Steven Adams

Steve Adams, Beacon College Alumnus

Classes of 2003 (liberal arts) and 2008 (computer information systems)

Employer: Natrona County School District
Occupation: Special Education Assistant in the Classroom and classified educational substitute in various educational areas
Home: Casper, Wyoming

Alumni giving is critical to the long-term health of colleges and university. Not only does alumni benevolence directly enhance college infrastructure, boost competitiveness, and bolsters prestige, but it’s also a signal to potential donors that the college’s graduates believe with their hard-earned dollars that the college is worth supporting.

Steven Adams gets it. He’s been a donor for 11 years, and his 57 gifts to Beacon College (so far) total $9,523. And Adams faithfully gives monthly.

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Alumni News

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 — […]

Beacon Alum Forges Ahead with Winning Logo Design for Disability Rights Organization

Michael Tabankin

When Michael Tabankin learned the FL-AHEAD (Florida Association on Higher Education and Disability) launched a contest to sunset its dated sunshine logo and swap it for something fresh, he picked up the gauntlet. Drawing on his Beacon bachelor’s degree in web and digital media design, Tabankin went to work on what he hoped would prove […]

New Booklet Highlights Beacon Alumni Career Successes

Alumni CVR

Beacon College has released a new booklet that provides a glimpse into the wide-ranging careers that recent school graduates have enjoyed in the global marketplace. Pathfinders, a 24-page publication, features mini-profiles of 15 alumni, who recall their struggles in education before attending Beacon College, describe the tools and strategies they learned at Beacon to manage […]

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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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