Beacon Student Presents at Regional Psych Convention

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Laney Leichter recently showed off her researching prowess on a big stage last month when she presented research she conducted as a Beacon College student at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her presentation, “EQ and Autism,” focused on the intersection of emotional intelligence and learning disabilities. The research she conducted […]

Sh (No Longer) Happens: Beacon Library Turns Page on Tradition

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Students studying in the Beacon College Library.

By Richard Burnett Almost a decade ago, the popular cable series “The Librarians” materialized onto the small screen with a team of super-smart heroes who used their powers to battle mysterious foes and save the world from dangerous magic. At Beacon College, chief librarian Gretchen Dreimiller and her team may not be superheroes, but they […]

Annual Student Art Exhibit Showcases Creativity of Budding Masters at Work

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If art, as Pablo Picasso once observed, “is the elimination of the unnecessary,” the recent Annual Juried Student Exhibition in the Kristen Michelle Mason Art Gallery at Beacon College was an essential opportunity for the college’s creatives to showcase how all their brushwork, moulding, welding, carving, casting, and assemblage brilliantly produced what Picasso so eloquently […]

ChatGPT Authors New Frontiers — and Challenges — in Classrooms

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By Richard Burnett Earlier this year, Dr. James Fleming was teaching a course in assistive technology when he “met” ChatGPT, thanks to an enterprising student. As Fleming watched, the student texted with the artificial intelligence (AI) bot system, researched topics, and created realistic conversational dialogue. Fleming was fascinated: “I told him, ‘Show me more!’” said […]

Beacon Students Explore Environmental Conservation During Costa Rica Trek

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A recent study published in the journal Biological Conservation suggested that a thrifty method to conserve sharks and rays in Indonesian waters would be paying fishers not to haul them in. The journal Conservation Biology published a study highlighting a dozen potential ways aquaculture could benefit the ecology. And NatureServe, a conservation research group, warned […]

Technology Professor Fleming Stands the Test of Time and Teaching

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Dr. James Fleming shares his expertise with a student.

By Gabrielle Russon When Hurricane Frances peeled off the roof of Beacon College’s education building, there was the professor himself, Dr. Jamie Fleming, up on the roof, a tarp in hand. The school was smaller back in those days, so resources were limited. That meant Fleming was on the hurricane clean-up crew in 2004. “I […]

Tailored Approach to Individual Students is at Root of STEM Success

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Female student feeding a bird

By Richard Burnett Long after first walking into his math class at Beacon College, the student showed no sign of progress. He was visually-impaired, disinterested and disengaged — until one day, his professor, Dr. Kevin Chandler, had a eureka moment while talking to him. “Turned out he was a drummer and had brought his drum […]

Student Engagement a Priority for Beacon’s Registrar’s Office

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Carrie Santaw

We all generally assume a registrar’s office to be a place responsible for holding student records and other important documents, but is that really all there is to it? A conversation with Carrie Santaw, registrar at Beacon College, demonstrates that’s just not the case. This is particularly true in the area of student engagement.

Beacon Student Delivers Presentation on Ravages of Coral Reefs at International Conference

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Alex Rhodes - anthrozoology student

As a scuba diving and scuba ecology instructor, Alex Rhodes has developed a fondness for the beauty land dwellers often don’t see. So, when the senior anthrozoology major decided to take a shot presenting at the prestigious Anthrozoology as International Practice student conference at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom the choice of topic was clear. And when he learned that his presentation, “The Effects of Tourism on Coral Reefs,” was selected as the only undergraduate presentation out of 10 U.S. lecturers, Rhodes was thrilled.