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George Hagerty (suit) and Robert Durand

Durand Park Opens with Touching Ceremony

Beacon College officials dedicated the Virginia and Robert Durand Garden in a ceremony Friday at the new downtown pocket park. The 12,000-square-foot park inhabits what was Palmetto Street in downtown Leesburg and is appointed with drake elms, Brodie cedars, Washington palms, Natchez crape myrtles, and various other flora.

Project Discovery

Beacon College Continues Global Leadership on Learning Differences

On the heels of leading a successful educator’s workshop in Mumbai on learning disabilities, a six-strong Beacon College team jetted to the United Arab Emirates to run a two-week residential program for college-bound youth with learning differences. “Project Discovery” targeted individuals ages 15 to 22 with learning differences.

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Beacon College Salutes Fogg Trust in Dedication of Fogg Hall Academic Mall

Fogg Hall Academic Mall Opening

Beacon College officials dedicated Fogg Hall, the nonprofit liberal arts school’s academic hub, during a January 25 ceremony saluting the continuing generosity of The Edward C. Fogg, III and Lizbeth A. Fogg Charitable Trust. The college acquired the 12,000-square-foot storefront space two decades ago to serve as its academic focal point. With the help of generous contributions from the Fogg Charitable Trust, the school transformed the space that houses nearly 90 percent of the college’s classroom and laboratory space and more than half of faculty offices into an educational space with a more traditional college feel.

Beacon Instructor Helps Freshmen Close Book on Reading Struggles

Dr Bonni Boschee

The familiar slogan for the eponymous organization that champions childhood literary declares reading is fundamental. Fundamental, but not always easy. Particularly for the students who learn differently and attend Beacon College in Leesburg, Fla., America’s first accredited college or university to award bachelor’s degrees primarily to students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and other learning differences. […]

Fleming Talks Assistive Technology at Annual Media Accessibility Conference

Dr. James Fleming was a featured speaker last month at the Association of Higher Education and Disability’s 21st annual Accessing Higher Ground Conference in Colorado leading a session on accessible technology and learning disabilities. Using Beacon College as his launchpad, his hour-long lecture explored the growing need to understand and incorporate assistive technology in education and the workplace.

Visiting Educators Learn the Beacon Way during Two-Day Fly-in Program

Nearly 100 educational professionals from 24 states descended on Beacon College this week to learn more about the school and its pedagogical strategies during the college’s “Professional 2-Day Fly-in” session. The eclectic mix of high school counselors, high school transition coordinators, educational consultants, psychologists and other professionals support more than 15,000 students with learning disabilities involved in the college search process.

Charity Riders Represent Beacon College in Annual Hospital Fundraiser

Beacon College Bike Team

They might not give the Hell’s Angels a scare still a gang of Beacon College bikers (OK, bicycles) delivered a scary good performance for charity earlier this month in The Villages Regional Hospital Auxiliary Foundation’s 4th annual Hearts for Our Hospital Big Bike Challenge.

Student News

Beacon Creative Talent Shines in Local College’s Logo Challenge

Design Students in Class

When Lake-Sumter State College needed a new logo to promote its Kids’ College summer program the school turned its scholastic neighbor. Armed with a broad theme, “Time to Shine 2019,” Beacon College students in Sandy Novak’s fall semester advertising design class took up the gauntlet — with winning results.

Beacon Anthrozoology Students Go ‘Into the Woods’ to Study Reforestation

As much of the world struggles to stem or rehab manmade environmental missteps, Beacon College anthrozoology students traveled to Central America in early January to witness innovative ways that man is making amends to Mother Nature. Eleven students paid to travel to the Republic of Costa Rica on an expedition meant “to provide anthrozoology students […]

Student Ambassadors Put Beacon’s Best Foot Forward in Collegiate Outreach

Beacon Student Ambassadors

Student ambassadors Kendall Augustine and Lianne Smith assist guests a recent Beacon Salon Speaker Series event. If visitors have questions, they’re the flesh-and-blood Siri. If visitors are lost, they are a compass. If visitors need a welcoming sign, they are the welcome wagon. They are the navigators in blue (and gold), the face of Beacon […]

Flag Football Navigators Chomp on Pigskin in Visit to ‘The Swamp’

Beacon Navigators Football

A congregation of Navigators hungry for pigskin glory invaded Gainesville, Fla.  for a regional flag football tournament, but eventually the game Beacon College squad saw their hopes sink in “The Swamp.” Beacon’s Flag Football Club competed in the 2018 Swamp Bowl National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association Regional Flag Football Tournament. Though staged the University […]

Beacon Graduate Finds New Success in the Art World with Miami Internship

Lindsay Flax

Fresh off her successful summer stint with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., Beacon College alumna Lindsey Flax has scored another training opportunity with the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Flax, from Atlanta, Ga., will serve as an education intern. The Institute of Contemporary Art promotes continuous experimentation in contemporary art, advances […]