Beacon Student Turned Sales Dynamo Earns Her Props In The Work World

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Nina Apple

That legendary snack food — its peanuts, popcorn, and caramel coating immortalized in the baseball anthem, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” — touts a trademarked slogan that affirms that “when you’re really good they call you crackerjack.”

Sure, that’s one way to know you have achieved a certain level of excellence. Or you could be like Beacon student Nina Apple and snag a job promotion.

In a tweet announcing the upgrade, Vector Marketing wrote: “Fantastic work! @beacon_college student Nina Apple from our Lake County, FL office moved from Trainee to Sales Rep! Congrats on your first promotion, Nina!”

2006 Beacon Graduate Finds Helping Others Fits Him like a Glove

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John Paul Grigsby

John Paul Grigsby transferred to Beacon College as a junior in search of a school better suited to teach a student with ADHD. Grigsby’s academic struggles continued, at least early on. Then a professor told the Class of 2006 graduate that the staff at the Lake County college for students with learning disabilities was not going to abandon him. No way, no how. “That turned a light on in my head that [had me thinking], ‘Well, shoot, if they’re not going to give up on me, I can’t give up on myself,’’’ he said.

Morris-Wood Recognized as Top Education Leader by Global Innovation Platform

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Alexander Morris-Wood

lexander Morris-Wood has been named a “Top 100 Leaders in Education” by the Global Forum for Education and Learning. Morris-Wood was recognized through a nomination-based award process in which GFEL judged contending programs based on five broad areas: overall reach; industry impact; spirit of innovation; future readiness; and market demand.

Power Play: Retired NHL Hockey Champ Shares Secrets for Outskating Learning Differences

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Brett Sopel at Convocation

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.

Career Center Coordinator Wins Local Primary

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Melody Duckins

Election campaigns are a marathons not sprints.   In her race to claim an open seat on the North Lake County Hospital Board NW, Melody Duckins won the first leg with a resounding victory in the August 18 Florida primary.   Duckins, the internship and cooperative education coordinator at the Beacon College Boven Career Development […]

Beacon Food Services Maven Retires from Sodexo

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Sodexo Logo

Margaret Happe, former general manager of Beacon College Dining Services, retired from Sodexo Universities June 30. For three years, she oversaw food service at The Chopping Block and the Navigator Café. “Margaret has been an indispensable and integral part of our company for 26 years and her thoughtful leadership and commitment to excellence will be […]

Duckins Runs for Lake County Hospital Board Seat

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Melody Duckins

Mr. Smith went to Washington. Dr. Melody A. Duckins hopes to make the short drive to Tavares, Fla. Duckins, the internship and cooperative education coordinator at the Beacon College Boven Career Development Center, has thrown her hat into the ring for the vacant Seat 5 on the North Lake County Hospital Board NW. The growing population of homeless, poor, and uninsured Lake County residents inspired Duckins’ run. “I believe that helping those in need of medical care, especially with Covid-19 on the rise, is an important, necessary, and relevant concern,” Duckins said.

Beacon History Professor Named Fellow at Northwestern U Holocaust Institute

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Christopher Huff

Dr. Christopher A. Huff was accepted as a fellow for the 25th The Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwest University Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization. Originally slated for this summer, the event has been rescheduled to summer 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sponsored by the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University and […]