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Letter from President Hagerty on Tropical Storm Eta

In its wake, the unpredictable Tropical Storm Eta has soaked the Sunshine State as it quickly makes its way out of the state.
The Beacon campus fortunately sustained little impact. Tropical storm warnings for Lake county and the region were lifted at 10 a.m. with the Thursday National Hurricane Center update.

Hurricane Eta Announcements

If you have been following the weather over the past several days, you’re familiar with Hurricane Eta’s unpredictable path.  Meteorologists with the state and the National Weather Service concur that Eta will produce significant rainfall and tropical winds on the northern two-thirds of the Florida peninsula.  The Beacon Critical Response Team (CRT) convened earlier and, with safety as our foremost priority, the College is taking the following actions — read on for details.

President’s Message on Tropical Storm Eta

2020’s unusually active tropical storm season continues to keep the Beacon Critical Response team busy. As we normally do, the CRT has been monitoring Tropical Storm Eta, whose meandering path now includes the Central Florida region. Lake County now is under a tropical storm warning, meaning that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 24 hours.

Beacon Art Professor Explores City-Country Junction in New Exhibition

Russ Bellamy

Beacon College studio arts chair Russell Bellamy explores the intersection of urban and bucolic life in his new exhibition at the Webber Gallery at the College of Central Florida. “Pre-Conception” melds industrial materials and processes into challenging works that comment on labor, sociological/psychological structures, and behavioral expectations.

Important Information for Thanksgiving Break and After

As you start preparing for the Thanksgiving Break, we wanted to share with you our expectations for your departure and return to campus. Read on for details about departure, return in January, remote learning options and more.

Student News

Student Artist Confronts Dyslexia in Virtual Exhibition

Emily Marra

Challenging times drive some to despair. For Emily Marra, challenging times she endured as a student with dyslexia and other learning differences drove her to draw. And sculpt. And paint. “I had such a hard time understanding reading, writing, math, and even what people were saying so when I was younger it [art] was a […]

Beacon Gamers Get their Kicks in eSports

Rocket League2

Collegians maybe cooped up because of COVID-19 restrictions, but even a pandemic couldn’t bottle up the call of competition. Last month, Beacon College stuck a toe into the e-sports waters as Navigator teams battled for bragging rights against several Florida universities in the “Battle for Florida.”

Beacon Students Learn Job Skills through Career Immersion Program

Career Immersion - Corin

Corin Shields records Erin Chambers for a Beacon Quick Flick as she demonstrates features on the MyBeacon app. Corin Shields stood behind a tripod adjusting the viewfinder of his Canon camera, slowly twisting the lens.   He peered into the eyecup. Then, another slow whirl of the lens. And another peek into the eyecup.   […]

Power Play: Retired NHL Hockey Champ Shares Secrets for Outskating Learning Differences

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.

Beacon Student Makes Inroads with Fortune 500 Company Summer Internship

Rosealyn Downey

For most people, the name Johnson & Johnson conjures up shampoo that won’t make babies cry or Band-Aids to dress a boo-boo on a skinned knee. Pardon Rosealyn Downey if she now thinks of an American multinational corporation with more than 132,000 employees worldwide, a fixture on Fortune magazine’s list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies,” and a health and wellness juggernaut that rakes in $82 billion in annual revenue. That’s because Downey has enjoyed a taste of the corporate world this summer thanks to an internship at the health and wellness juggernaut thanks to help from the Boven Career Development Center.