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Beacon Comms A Finalist Twice-Over In Radiance Awards

Radiance Award 2021 Finalist Social Post

Beacon College has been named a finalist in two categories in the 2021 PRSA Sunshine District Radiance Awards. Presented by Publix, the Radiance Awards recognize outstanding strategic public relations programs by Florida practitioners and organizations. The statewide awards recognize the highest levels of professional achievement. The awards highlight PR campaigns and tactics that demonstrate excellence […]

Expanded Board Welcomes A Trio Of Renowned Leaders

Their distinguished careers have taken them around the globe; their travels spanning from international capitals to small-town America. Now, after decades of milestones, their journeys have brought them to Beacon College as the newest members of the Board of Trustees.

Morris-Wood Finds Growing Audience For Retention Insights

Alexander Morris-Wood

Alex Morris-Wood mesmerized a conference of student advisers in March with his talk about helping students navigate college life. Beacon College’s director of transition services won “best in show” for his presentation, “Factors Contributing to Poor Retention for Students with Learning Differences.”

From IBM To A New Industrial Park, O’Toole’s Name Spans Industry And Public Service

Marlene O'Toole

Throughout her long and varied career, Marlene O’Toole’s name has shown up in a wide range of industry, advocacy, and public service. A former Florida state representative, IBM executive, nonprofit leader, and education advocate, O’Toole has prioritized people, causes, programs, and legislation. Now, her name takes top billing in the title of a new industrial park proposed for central Sumter County.

Health Care Provider Lands Milestone with Beacon Partnership

Community Health Centers

When Dr. Debra Andree thinks of Beacon College, she often flashes back to her early days in medicine. Fresh out of med school in the early 90s, she became a pediatrician for Community Health Centers’ Leesburg location in the middle of Beacon’s downtown campus. There, she got to know the heart and soul of the city and the college — from students and faculty to the general staff.

Student News

Summer for Success: Energizing The Mind While Having Fun

SFS At Epcot 2021

From Disney to Broadway, high students from across the country found new avenues of creativity during the 2021 edition of Summer for Success, Beacon College’s annual summer college immersion program. Joanna Shang of Baltimore, Md. and her team envisioned a new theme park where everything is based on colorful villains of Disney lore. Bill Gordon of Dallas, Tx. helped make history come alive in an original musical. And Manuel Frangis of Atlanta, Ga. peered behind the curtain of Broadway to see what makes Hamilton and Les Misérables tick.

Student speaks out in MTV special on Asian Americans

Kara Donovan

For many years as a young girl, Kara Donovan hated to look in the mirror. Born in South Korea to a poor, single mother and adopted by an American couple, she often found life in the United States fraught with bigotry against Asian Americans. It made her ashamed of who she was. Then came a life-changing trip in 2015 to South Korea with her adoptive parents. 

Beacon Student Techie Earns Summer Slot with Dell Technologies

SheQuia Williams

Williams had applied last year for the Beacon College’s coveted DELL Technologies summer internship, but a spot for her wasn’t in the (keypunch) cards.

Student Lands 560-hour, $6,000 Paid Internship at RoMac

Michael Hansen

“Never give up.”  “Stay strong.” “Keep trying — you can do it.” Students hear these encouragers all the time from their parents, professors, learning specialists, and others in their lives. But does it work?

Senior Art Student Offers His “Perceptions” in New Exhibition

Perceptions Art

As Beacon College studio artist Marcos Allen sees it, the things he’s known living the bucolic life in Madison, WI, the unknown things that foster racial strife, and all the moments in between leaving Madison and on the homestretch of graduating college are doors that have shaped his senior portfolio exhibition, “Perceptions.”  “With ‘Perceptions,’ I wanted to bring in pieces that relate to my past, personal and perspectives,” Allen said. “I bring to light some topics of race through textural elements, juxtaposition and my interpretation on violence in my city during the (Black Lives Matter) BLM protest.”