As the Beacon College Class of 2024 sat in the physically-distanced audience under the big-top near Beacon Hall, former National Hockey Leaguer Brent Sopel quickly skated past faculty on the dais distinguishably garbed in their academic robes and took the podium. “I’m just a hockey player … with a learning disorder. Guest what? I just like you guys,” he said, pointing out at the sea of about 150 faces gathered August 17 for the college’s Convocation.
“A World of Difference,” the Beacon College-produced television program that celebrates and supports the journey of neurodiversity from kindergarten to college, debuted August 2 on local television and in social media. The premiere focused on providing actionable strategies to limit learning losses that students with learning and attention issues potentially faced emerging from the COVID cocoon and returning to in-person learning.
Fall semesters in Central Florida bring great weather and can occasionally bring impactful weather. As we normally do, our Critical Response Team is monitoring the development and the path of Tropical Storm Laura. The latest information from the National Weather Service (NWS) emergency management personnel indicate the storm is proceeding on a northwesterly path, slated to pass off the west coast of Florida. We will continue to monitor this situation to determine any impact on our region and will provide any updates should circumstances change or developments arise.
Alexander Morris-Wood engages with Summer for Success students. For three weeks each summer, the Beacon College campus buzzes with energy, excitement, and youthful sounds as high schoolers who learn differently participating in the college’s Summer for Success program discover what it takes to be a successful collegian in and out of the classroom. Students in […]
Several Beacon College faculty members and administrators participated last month in the Postsecondary Day strand of the National Science Teacher’s Association’s STEM 20 virtual event. The Postsecondary Day strand on July 30, featured sessions, panels, and presentations focused on the latest developments and insights on enhancing STEM education.
Heather Wohlfeil, a former learning specialist at Beacon College, passed away suddenly in June. Wohlfeil, a licensed speech therapist, served as a learning specialist during the 2018-19 academic year. She is fondly remembered for bringing to campus a “functional art bike” aptly named the “Beacon Bike.”
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.