Beacon Food Services Maven Retires from Sodexo

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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 […]

Beacon Communications Director Brings Home Florida Public Relations Association Award

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Darryl Owens

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 […]

Beacon Anthrozoologist Named Chair of Global Conservation Fund

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Michelle Szydlowski

The Colorado-based Katie Adamson Conservation Fund recently named Beacon College anthrozoologist Michelle Szydlowski chair of its board of directors. Denver zookeeper Dave Johnson founded the organization in 2014. He named the fund for conservationist Katie Adams. An aspiring zookeeper, Adams was diagnosed with bone cancer during her first semester at Colorado State University. At age […]

Beacon Professors Discover Atrocity and Antiquity During Educator’s Summer Program

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Beacon College professors Drs. Patricia Konovalov and Nicki Nance spent part of the summer studying Greek antiquities and discovering the plight of Greek Jews during the Holocaust as educators selected for Classrooms without Borders. According to its website, the Pittsburgh, Pa.-based organization provides “experiential professional development for teachers through study seminars that take place outside […]

Behind Beacon College Art Professor’s “Capitulation”

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Beacon College assistant professor of art Dustin Boise is a hard-charging soul in his desire to elevate students’ understanding and in his pursuits as a studio artist. Therefore, the one word you’d never associate with him is … “capitulation.” Yet, that word titled his solo exhibition that enjoyed an 11-week summer run at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts in Florida.

Employee Spotlight: Donna Martin

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Donna Martin

Donna Martin Director of Special Projects Q: You previously worked for Beacon. What brought you back? A: When I left Beacon College in 2015 I wanted to explore opportunities in local government. At the City of Mount Dora, in the Planning & Development Office, learning about upcoming municipal growth was interesting. The planning and considerations […]

Beacon History Professor Selected for Prestigious Museum Seminar in D.C.

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Christopher Huff

Beacon College historian Dr. Christopher Huff will return to Washington, DC in January to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for a faculty seminar exploring how Nazis also targeted the disabled for genocide. “Disability, Eugenics, and Genocide: Nazi Germany, Its Antecedents and Legacy,” the centerpiece of the 2019 Jack and Anita Hess Faculty Seminar, examines the history of persecution of persons with disabilities, according to the museum.

Beacon Anthrozoologist to Judge Prestigious National Science Clash

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Brian Ogle

Here comes the judge. Judge Dr. Brian W. Ogle that is. The National Science Teachers Association tapped Ogle, an assistant professor of anthrozoology, to serve as a judge in the celebrated Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision competition. “Super excited to have been selected as a judge for National Science Teachers Association’s ExploraVision competition,” Ogle said on his Facebook […]