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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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Runners Finish for Fun, Fitness, Philanthropy in Annual 5K Run

Giulian Spirow

Beacon College students and staffers’ fingerprints were all over the Third Annual Beacon College 5K Run or Walk Saturday as two students finished first and second and a Beacon staffer was a top-three female finisher. Giulian Spino, a Beacon student, recorded the race’s overall best finish (21:51), while classmate Conner Ezell finished second overall (22:13). The top female finisher, Jenifer Matheny, clocked in at 26.26. Erin Bisanti, executive assistant to the provost, finished second among female competitors.

Beacon Alum Blazes New Trail as Smithsonian Accessibility Intern

Lindsey Flax now knows more than ever that Google is no joke. With her looming graduation from Beacon College in May, Flax pondered what she would do during the summer and beyond. As a psychology major who minored in studio arts — with an emphasis on diverse learning strategies and art integration-based education practices — […]

Beacon College Invests in Entrepreneurs with Disability Chamber Partnership

Beacon College has forged a partnership with the Central Florida Disability Chamber of Commerce in support of twin entrepreneurship programs for veterans and for high school students with unique abilities, school officials recently announced. Recognized as the first American college or university accredited to award bachelor’s degrees primarily to students with learning disabilities, ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning differences, Beacon College in Leesburg, Florida is a nonprofit liberal arts school.

Talia Diamond

Coping with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and Tourette Syndrome since her elementary school years, Diamond found it difficult to organize her time and didn’t know how to prepare for classes, she says.

But Diamond’s parents didn’t give up on her. After she graduated from that specialized high school, they sent her to Beacon College, where Diamond majored in human services and minored in education and psychology.

“I didn’t know how to study,” she recalls. “The first semester I was there I took a strategies class. They taught me my best way to learn, my best way to study. I never would have known any of that stuffffff without that strategies class. It was unbelievably helpful to me. Every semester I was on the dean’s list.”

Beacon College President Delivers Commencement Remarks at Fletcher School

Hagerty - Fletcher School

Beacon College President Dr. George Hagerty recently delivered commencement remarks at the Fletcher School in Charlotte, NC.

Similar to Beacon College — a private nonprofit liberal arts school and America’s first institution of higher education accredited to award bachelor’s degrees to students who learn differently — the Fletcher School is a private K-12 school for students with learning disabilities.

Student News

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 […]

Beacon College Names 2018-19 ICUF Presidential Fellows

Beacon College will send two motivated students to Tallahassee next year as part of the statewide ICUF Presidential Fellows program to educate legislators about the school and to lobby them to maintain a critical state-sponsored scholarship for private schools. Maxwell Aaronson and Avital Plotkin will represent Beacon College in the 2018-19 Presidential Fellows class. “We […]

Student President Hones Skills at Summer Youth Leadership Forum

William Finkelstein

Many collegians spent their summers relaxing on a sun-drenched beach. Beacon College student government president William Finkelstein spent a part of his exploring the finer points of effective leadership. Finkelstein, a junior business management major from Cayce, South Carolina, was among the 25 students selected as delegates to attend the SC Youth Leadership Forum. The […]

Beacon Alum Forges Ahead with Winning Logo Design for Disability Rights Organization

Michael Tabankin

When Michael Tabankin learned the FL-AHEAD (Florida Association on Higher Education and Disability) launched a contest to sunset its dated sunshine logo and swap it for something fresh, he picked up the gauntlet. Drawing on his Beacon bachelor’s degree in web and digital media design, Tabankin went to work on what he hoped would prove […]

Beacon College Triathlete Competes in the Florida Challenge Triathlon

Constandinos Logus - triathlete

Beacon College triathlete Constandinos “Dean” Logus recently competed in the Florida Challenge Triathlon – The Intimidator as the sole representative of the college. As racer #609, Logus finished 52nd out of a field of 172 competitors with an aggregate swim/bike/run time of 1:03:58.