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Beacon’s High School Transition Program Holds Sway at Learning Disabilities Conference

Alexander Wood - 2020 LDA Conference

Alexander Morris-Wood, director of transition services and outreach at Beacon College in Leesburg, Fla. shared his expertise and advice during the Learning Disabilities Association of America’s 57th Annual International Conference at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Hundreds of parents, educators, adults with learning disabilities and professionals gathered for the four-day conference, which featured more than 150 sessions focusing on challenges, opportunities and best practices. The theme of this year’s meeting, which ran from Feb. 17-20, was “Building Connections: Making Equity Accessible.”

Partlow Captivates with Her Powerful Poetry at Local TEDx Event

Serena Partlow - TEDx

Serena Partlow at TEDx Serena Partlow took her poetry show on the road in January landing a plum spot in the TEDx Eustis 2020 event convened at the Bay Street Players Theater in downtown Eustis, Fla. Local, self-organized TEDx events bring together people to share a TED-like experience. TED — short for Technology, Entertainment and […]

Alumni Update – Dr. Rosalyn Johnson

Dr. Rosalyn Johnson - SCAD

Dr. Rosalyn Johnson says the small class sizes and caring professors at Beacon College were keys to her success and helped launch her into graduate school, where she later became the first Beacon graduate to earn a doctorate. Now she has built a career in mental-health counseling. After graduating from Beacon, Johnson earned her master’s degree in mental-health counseling from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and her doctorate from Argosy University in Sarasota, Fla.

Beacon Reading Expert Goes on a Tutoring Expedition in Africa

Boschee with Children in Ghana

Boschee, an assistant professor of humanities at Beacon College, took the trip at the end of December in conjunction with City of Refuge Ministries, which helps children who have been rescued from exploitation, abuse or human trafficking.

Jeppsen: Zealously Advocating for Access for People with Learning Disabilities

Carolyn Jeppsen

As an attorney, Carolyn Jeppsen is used to fighting for justice. Outside the courtroom, she has used her skills as both a litigator and Mama Bear of a child with disabilities to bring the fight to society. Jeppsen for more than 15 years has served on boards of organizations that champion clients with disabilities. Now as CEO and president of BroadFutures, an organization she, Diana Eisenstat, and Brad Holmes co-founded to champion a more inclusive workforce, Jeppsen is making the case for neurodiversity in the workplace, while empowering young people to succeed.

Student News

Anthrozoology Students Channel Inner Doolittle with New County Partnership

Lake County Pet Alliance

If we could talk to the animals, learn their languages Think of all the things we could discuss If we could walk with the animals, talk with the animals, Grunt and squeak and squawk with the animals, And they could squeak and squawk and speak and talk to us. Doolittle theme Beacon College anthrozoology students […]

Beacon Student’s Conference Paper Shows Discrimination Plays No Favorites

Gina Mann

Gina Mann is no stranger to discrimination. Yet, despite her familiarity with it, she still was shocked by the surprising results of her recent research. Discrimination doesn’t discriminate. Mann presented her findings at the Human Factors and Applied Psychology (HFAP) Conference held January 31 at the University of Central Florida Student Union Key West Ballroom in Orlando, Fla.

Beacon Student Artist’s Peeks into Human Machine Picked for Local Exhibition

Jonah Bienhoff

Jonah Bienhoff’s artwork reflects her experiences and struggles — “almost like a self-portrait.” Bienhoff, who is studying studio arts and anthrozoology at Beacon College, had three of her pieces accepted for the “Womanmade” exhibit at three galleries in Lake County, Fla. This will be her first art exhibition outside of school.

Beacon Senior Views Levers of Power through Congressional Internship

James E. Clyburn and Will Finkelstein

Nineteenth-century German leader Otto von Bismarck Laws had a way with words, particularly regarding governance. Laws, he said, “are like sausages; it is better not to see them being made.” Yet, for Will Finkelstein, having an up-close-and-personal view of the often-messy process of American government was instructive. Finklestein, 20, received that valuable opportunity through a legislative internship this past summer in the Columbia, SC. office of U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn, who as Majority Whip is the third-ranking Democrat in the United States House of Representatives.

Three Beacon Hospitality Students Earn Disney Internships

Three Beacon College hospitality majors were accepted in October into the Disney College Program at Walt Disney World Resort. Jahmir Frank, Alexandra Hegarty, and Christian Lucas in January will join the House of Mouse as participants in the esteemed Disney College Program, said Teri Hunter, Beacon hospitality instructor.