Community Update – June 3, 2020

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The COVID-19 emergency tested the fabric of Beacon and all American higher education as never before. I believe that we measured up remarkably well individually and as a community united. We now are called — even as we take the unsteady early steps to define and navigate a “new normal” — to fix our vision and courage on setting an uncompromised course. And so, this communication will address an ambitious future: Beacon’s, yours, and ours together.

This letter includes two important announcements: (1) a decision on the summer and fall calendars, and (2) the College’s efforts to enhance academics and our “high-touch” residential undergraduate community.

Coronavirus Update – May 29, 2020

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As many of you know, President Hagerty appointed a task force to examine the impact of COVID-19 on Beacon College and develop recommendations for operating effectively and safely when re-opening the campus this fall.  Accordingly, we have developed the following policy which is informed by recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American College Health Association, Sodexo, and the best practices of colleges and universities around the country.

Beacon employees should familiarize themselves with these now essential habits and practices as outlined in the attached document.

Coronavirus Update – May 1, 2020

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I thought it important to update you on issues that I know are important to students and families, as well as the College’s employees. Gov. Ron DeSantis ended the “Stay at Home” order for Florida residents except for three southern Florida counties. Additionally, Florida’s Phase I “Reopening” of some public and commercial locations commences Monday. The College is in the process of a “soft” reopening beginning Monday, with most of our personnel continuing to work remotely through the end of the month.

Notes from the President: A Walk We Never Imagined

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On this day, April 27 at 12:30 p.m., I should have been awash in the beehive of closing semester activity enveloping Beacon’s growing collegiate footprint. Had not the COVID-19 emergency disrupted all, my attention would have been drawn to the people who inhabit, shape, and animate the community — not to structures and spaces that, when empty, are drained of their very purpose and energy.

Beacon Psychology Students (Virtually) Show off Research Bona Fides After Cancelled Convention

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Anita Rollins at a Beacon Science Fair

When state and national social distancing guidelines closed one door for two Beacon College psychology students fortune opened door No. 2. Isabela “Izzy” Chavez and Anita Rollins had been tapped to present in April research they’d conducted at Beacon Cross Cultural Psychology and Quantitative Research Design classes, respectively, during the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association Conference […]

Juried Art Exhibition Showcases Versatility of Beacon Artistry

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Art, by definition, involves getting creative. And creativity is exactly what the Beacon studio art department mustered this month after the COVID-19 pandemic shifted the college into remote learning mode and scuttled plans for a traditional celebration of the Seventh Annual Juried Student Exhibition. The exhibit opened to the public March 2. It was scheduled […]

Beacon History Professor Named Fellow at Northwestern U Holocaust Institute

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Christopher Huff

Dr. Christopher A. Huff was accepted as a fellow for the 25th The Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwest University Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization. Originally slated for this summer, the event has been rescheduled to summer 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sponsored by the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University and […]

Virtual Awards Program Salutes Real Leadership on Beacon Campus

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Student Leadership Awards

COVID-19 quarantining stole the proud victory strolls to the podium, but Beacon College student affairs officials determined not to allow the pandemic to steal the moment from deserving students. Rather than cancel the 2019-2020 Beacon College Leadership Awards, the college shifted into the-show-must-go-on mode and took to cyberspace to salute this year’s crop of leaders and staffers.

Beacon College Earns National Distinction as a Top 30 School for Neurodiversity

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Beacon College was recognized in a new national ranking in April as a Top 30 college for students with learning disabilities.

On its list that included the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Arizona, University of California-Irvine, and the University of Connecticut, College Consensus ranked Beacon College No. 27 on its list of “30 Best Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities.”

Beacon Takes Open House Act Online to Serve Stay-at-Home Prospective Students

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Virtual Open House

With the COVID-19 pandemic keeping prospective students and their families on stay-at-home lockdown, Beacon College’s admissions team borrowed a page from Muhammad. As in, if the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain. In this case, with prospective enrollees unable to set foot on Beacon’s campus for the scheduled April Open House event, the admissions team pivoted to the next-best-thing — offering a virtual open house beamed via Zoom into their homes.