Three Beacon College administrators this month moved into new positions.
As we continue the preparations for welcoming back our students to campus in a new era of safety and precautions, it is not lost on me the recent attention given to the rise in Florida’s COVID cases. While others debate the nature of the rise whether from overcrowded public places, a lack of commitment to responsible social distancing practices, or the availability of increased testing, we at Beacon have been focused on what is transpiring in our region and how it impacts the reopening of the campus for students.
Parents raising children who learn differently soon can look forward each month to a digital safe place through a new Beacon College-produced television program that celebrates, educates, and supports families navigating the journey of neurodiversity from kindergarten through college. “A World of Difference” is a newsmagazine/talk show that will showcase inspirational stories of individuals and families and the trials and triumphs involved with living with learning and attention issues.
Richard Killion, a 25-year veteran of higher education advancement and fundraising and a political strategist for three GOP presidential campaigns, was named vice president of institutional advancement at Beacon College. Killion is charged with providing strategic vision and oversight for the department primarily responsible for the college’s comprehensive fundraising campaign and communications with external stakeholders.
The COVID-19 emergency tested the fabric of Beacon and all American higher education as never before. I believe that we measured up remarkably well individually and as a community united. This letter includes two important announcements: (1) a decision on the summer and fall calendars, and (2) the College’s efforts to enhance academics and our “high-touch” residential undergraduate community.
As many of you know, President Hagerty appointed a task force to examine the impact of COVID-19 on Beacon College and develop recommendations for operating effectively and safely when re-opening the campus this fall. Accordingly, we have developed the following policy which is informed by recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American College Health Association, Sodexo, and the best practices of colleges and universities around the country.
I thought it important to update you on issues that I know are important to students and families, as well as the College’s employees. Gov. Ron DeSantis ended the “Stay at Home” order for Florida residents except for three southern Florida counties. Additionally, Florida’s Phase I “Reopening” of some public and commercial locations commences Monday. The College is in the process of a “soft” reopening beginning Monday, with most of our personnel continuing to work remotely through the end of the month.
On this day, April 27 at 12:30 p.m., I should have been awash in the beehive of closing semester activity enveloping Beacon’s growing collegiate footprint. Had not the COVID-19 emergency disrupted all, my attention would have been drawn to the people who inhabit, shape, and animate the community — not to structures and spaces that, when empty, are drained of their very purpose and energy.
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.