New Jump Start Program Helps Collegians Make Up for COVID Loss

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As Beacon College prepares to launch Jump Start, its new program of online courses for neurodiverse students beginning college at home, Alexander Morris-Wood is not unlike an expectant parent. As the director of transition services and outreach at Beacon, Morris-Wood oversees Jump Start. It’s his baby.

Beacon President Recognized by OBJ as Inclusion Champion

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President Hagerty

George Hagerty was completing his freshman year at Stonehill College in Massachusetts when he was declared legally blind because of a rare eye disease. The news opened a world of possibility. Hagerty has brought that same passion as Beacon College’s president. Hagerty, 67, is among 12 individuals and businesses honored with the Orlando Business Journal’s 2020 Diversity in Business Awards. A virtual ceremony is planned for Oct. 8.

Nesbitt Enlarges Story of B-Movie King Corman in New Book

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Dr. William Nesbitt

Like the titular characters from his classic horror flick “Humanoids from the Deep,” the Hollywood tales about the man behind it and scores of other B-movie gems keep on coming. Again, Beacon College humanities professor Dr. William Nesbitt has a hand in telling the story. Roger Corman’s New World Pictures, 1970-1983: An Oral History, Vol. […]

Beacon Gamers Get their Kicks in eSports

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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.”

Morris-Wood Recognized as Top Education Leader by Global Innovation Platform

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Alexander Morris-Wood

lexander Morris-Wood has been named a “Top 100 Leaders in Education” by the Global Forum for Education and Learning. Morris-Wood was recognized through a nomination-based award process in which GFEL judged contending programs based on five broad areas: overall reach; industry impact; spirit of innovation; future readiness; and market demand.

Beacon Educator Gives Back to Alma Mater and Education through Mentoring

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Rosemarie DeJarnett

Beacon College humanities instructor and University of Central Florida alumnus Rosemarie DeJarnett is returning (virtually) to her alma mater for a yearlong mentorship to share hard-won wisdom about educational best practices with aspiring educators. DeJarnett applied and was selected a mentor for the UCF College of Community Innovation and Education Alumni Mentorship Program. Participants guide teaching candidates and first-year teachers through their inaugural year in the classroom, she said.

U.S. News Recognizes Beacon College as a Best Regional College

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U.S. News & World Report for the first time has recognized Beacon College in the top tier of Southern colleges and universities in its 2021 U.S. News “Best Colleges” regional rankings. In its annual rankings, released Monday, the magazine rated the Leesburg, Fla. liberal arts school No. 31 among the 121 schools ranked in its Best Regional Colleges South category.

Fogg Hall … Towards a Life Abundant

| Beacon News

For many, college provides a reliable springboard to success. Still, success, as tennis legend Arthur Ashe observed, is “a journey, not a destination.” For first-year Beacon College students, that journey begins in Fogg Hall. In January 2019, Beacon College officials dedicated Fogg Hall, the nonprofit liberal arts school’s academic hub, during a ceremony saluting the […]

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

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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.