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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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 profs

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.