COVID-19 quarantining stole the proud victory strolls to the podium, but Beacon College student affairs officials determined not to allow the pandemic to steal the moment from deserving students. Rather than cancel the 2019-2020 Beacon College Leadership Awards, the college shifted into the-show-must-go-on mode and took to cyberspace to salute this year’s crop of leaders and staffers.
With the COVID-19 pandemic keeping prospective students and their families on stay-at-home lockdown, Beacon College’s admissions team borrowed a page from Muhammad. As in, if the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain. In this case, with prospective enrollees unable to set foot on Beacon’s campus for the scheduled April Open House event, the admissions team pivoted to the next-best-thing — offering a virtual open house beamed via Zoom into their homes.
Beacon College Director of Communications Darryl E. Owens’s campaign to boost attendance for the 2019-20 Beacon Salon Speaker Series was recognized during the 2020 Florida Public Relations Association’s Mid-Florida Image Awards. Owens received an Award of Distinction in the Printed Tools of Public Relations division for the Season 3 Beacon Salon Speaker Series brochure. The […]
We greet you with the continuing good news that no member of the Beacon community has reported being stricken with COVID-19. The campus remains eerily quiet for this time of year, its stillness only occasionally interrupted by a small staff of “regulars” who perform the essential function of keeping the College well-maintained, clean, and operating. Whenever our collegians and personnel return, the campus will be ready, waiting, and welcoming. We have greatly appreciated the support and patience from students, parents, faculty and staff as the College works through the many complex first-time issues.
Certainly, as we have come to recognize over the past several weeks, no predictive muse has come forth to guide America’s colleges and universities in determining calendars and actions that can move our institutions forward with certainty. Each campus is making the best “real-time” decisions it can with imperfect and often changing data, and many audiences understandably are seeking attention and answers. One thing that has become clear since the March 27th announcement of the potential for a May on-campus “capstone” and a May 30th Commencement is that this scenario will not be realized.
In classic westerns, when their trusty steeds reached the end of the line, cowboys would put Ol’ Paint out of its misery with a bullet to the dome. In a bit of poetic symmetry, Beacon College is putting down its venerable dining facility, The Chopping Block — once a country-and-western themed local haunt, not with […]
When students, faculty, and our support professionals departed campus earlier this month for spring break, the College’s paramount responsibility was assuring that everyone without delay returned home safely. Between March 11-13, faculty, learning specialists, and other support practitioners integral to the holistic nature of Beacon’s academic and developmental experience prepared to deliver instruction and services remotely. Our decisions, then and now, squarely focus on ensuring that our students’ progress aligns closely with the learning experience they would have enjoyed had no emergency occurred.
Alexander Morris-Wood, Beacon’s director of transition services and outreach, developed Navigator PREP, the country’s first virtual transition program for learning-disabled students that specifically works on executive functioning, social skills and emotional management. Morris-Wood said he expected to start Navigator PREP with eight students and ended up with 50. The program just keeps growing.
Alexander Morris-Wood, director of transition services and outreach at Beacon College in Leesburg, Fla. shared his expertise and advice during the Learning Disabilities Association of America’s 57th Annual International Conference at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Hundreds of parents, educators, adults with learning disabilities and professionals gathered for the four-day conference, which featured more than 150 sessions focusing on challenges, opportunities and best practices.