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New National Ranking Names Florida’s Beacon College No. 1 Value for College Students with Learning Disabilities

Beacon College offers the best program and best value among schools with programs for students with learning disabilities or other special needs, according to new national ranking. Beacon College was rated No. 1 in’s ranking of the “20 Best Value Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities 2017-2018.”

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Beacon College Board of Trustees Win Nason Award

The board of trustees at Beacon College is among five winners of the 2017 AGB John W. Nason Award for Board Leadership presented by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. AGB recognized the board for its bold and dynamic leadership weathering a difficult recent presidential transition. Led by former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, a panel of seven presidents and board members chose the trustees at Beacon College from a record pool of nearly 70 candidates.

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Florence, Fiesole, and Venice

Bridges in Italy

We have covered many miles since my last update.

On October 13, we were back in Florence for a visit to the Cathedrale Santa Maria del Fiore, with its famous Duomo, Bapistry and Bell Tower. After touring the museum — including the ancient ruins in the crypt over which the cathedral was built — we climbed to the top of the Duomo for another spectacular view of Florence, this time from within the city.

No matter how many times we view these iconic symbols of Florence, they still take our breath away by their sheer grandeur, majesty and beauty.

Ariel Ben-Chitrit

Ariel Ben-Chitrit is well on his way to his goal of working for the u.s. Government or for a think tank specializing in international relations. The 2014 Beacon College graduate recently spent a year in China teaching English.

“It was my first time abroad for that long,” Ben-Chitrit says. The interdisciplinary studies major has also visited Australia, Israel, and some of the Baltic states. Ben-Chitrit also received a fellow- ship from the American Jewish Committee, working in the advocacy organization’s New York City headquarters. Assigned to the AJC’s development department, he worked on preparations for some of the AJC’s international missions. His duties included preparing briefing papers and researching individual nations’ policies.

Walled Cities and Medici Villas

Students in Prato - Piazzale Michelangelo

It was just four weeks ago that we embarked on our adventure and fled Irma which was bearing down on Florida. We continue to explore all that our surroundings have to offer. It is hard to believe that October is here already. In many parts of the United States, now is when the foliage begins to change to a rich palette of autumn colors. Not so here—at least not yet. The hills around Prato are still very green and the temperatures remain summer-like.

On September 29, we boarded the train for the short ride to Pistoia, located just a few miles north and west of Prato. This is another medieval walled city but much smaller, by about half, than Prato. It has its own full complement of historical facts and locations, however.

New Anthology Offers Peek into Beacon and Guide for LD Teachers

A new book that is part insider’s guide to Beacon College and part primer on strategies for teaching students with learning disabilities (LD) was recently published. Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities at Beacon College: Lessons from the Inside collects essays from 13 past and present Beacon College faculty, administrators, and learning specialists. The volume surveys […]

Adventures In Tuscany

We have now passed the two-week mark and our stay has been packed fully with sights sounds and a full measure of other sensory experiences.

Students are well-established in their classes and are busy snapping photos, drawing, working on blogs and reading E.M. Forster. Students in the Intro to Italian Art class have been watching a documentary about the Medici and their influence on Italian art and the Renaissance. It is fascinating — and even more so because we see evidence of the Medici everywhere in Prato. Their coat of arms is displayed on buildings and churches all around Tuscany. We are hoping to visit a Villa Medici next week.

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Beacon College Students’ Research To Be Included In Psychological Association E-Book

Matt Czachur

Research that a Beacon College student and a recent graduate presented this spring at a prestigious psychological conference will be collected in the organization’s edited electronic book, the group recently announced. The distinction goes to Matt Czachur, a senior, and Venus Beulah, a spring 2017 graduate, said Dr. A.J. Marsden, assistant professor of human services […]

Beacon College Names 2017-18 ICUF Presidential Fellows

Two students with diverse backgrounds will learn grassroots lobbying while representing Beacon College as the school’s 2017-18 ICUF Presidential Fellows. Ary Brown and Samantha R. Chavez were tapped from pool of candidates to represent Beacon College in the statewide program. The Presidential Fellows program is a campaign of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida […]

Beacon College Frees Teens’ Inner Picasso with Second Annual Art Fest

Arts Festival 2017 Hands

LEESBURG, FL — Even as American schools focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), Beacon College is STEAMing ahead with engaging Lake County students in artistic expression and highlighting the college’s budding artists with the school’s Second Annual Beacon College Arts Festival. After a one-year absence, the festival — which debuted in 2015 — […]

Beacon College Student Researchers Share Findings at National Psychology Conference

Venus Beulah and Matt Czachur

On April 6, Venus Beulah and Matt Czachur shared research they conducted in Dr. A.J. Marsden’s “Research Design” course and had submitted for consideration for the conference. Judges selected their work — which was featured during the conference’s opening ceremonies — from almost 500 research submissions that included not only undergraduate and graduate students, but […]

Beacon Students Channel Service above Self with Launch of Rotaract Club

Alexndra Lee

For three years, Keri Jo Phillips, Beacon’s director of development, has been a member of the Lake County Golden Triangle club and now serves on its board of directors as youth services director. Chartering a Rotaract club at the first college or university accredited to award bachelor’s degrees primarily to students who learn differently “was a logical expectation and (Beacon President George) Hagerty thought it was a great idea,” Phillips says.