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

| Beacon News, People, Student News
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.

Rourks Scores Editor Slot with Prestigious Online Journal

| Faculty
Leigh Rourks

Dr. Leigh Camacho Rourks has added a notch on her quill. Rourks, an assistant professor of English and humanities at Beacon College, was named an assistant fiction editor at storySouth. Launched in 2001, the magazine exists to showcase the best fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry from writers from the new south with a focus on promising new writers.

Career Center Coordinator Wins Local Primary

| Career Development, People
Melody Duckins

Election campaigns are a marathons not sprints.   In her race to claim an open seat on the North Lake County Hospital Board NW, Melody Duckins won the first leg with a resounding victory in the August 18 Florida primary.   Duckins, the internship and cooperative education coordinator at the Beacon College Boven Career Development […]

Beacon TV Beams Into American Homes

| Beacon News

“A World of Difference,” the Beacon College-produced television program that celebrates and supports the journey of neurodiversity from kindergarten to college, debuted August 2 on local television and in social media. The premiere focused on providing actionable strategies to limit learning losses that students with learning and attention issues potentially faced emerging from the COVID cocoon and returning to in-person learning.

President’s Message on Tropical Storm Laura

| Beacon News, Emergency Updates

Fall semesters in Central Florida bring great weather and can occasionally bring impactful weather. As we normally do, our Critical Response Team is monitoring the development and the path of Tropical Storm Laura. The latest information from the National Weather Service (NWS) emergency management personnel indicate the storm is proceeding on a northwesterly path, slated to pass off the west coast of Florida. We will continue to monitor this situation to determine any impact on our region and will provide any updates should circumstances change or developments arise.

Beacon Student Makes Inroads with Fortune 500 Company Summer Internship

| Career Development, Student News
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.

President’s Message on Tropical Storm Isaias

| Emergency Updates

Having educated students in Florida for over three decades, Beacon is well-versed in the changes in the seasons and, as you know quite well, we are adept at monitoring and planning for any impact potential storms could have on our community. As part of our normal procedure, our Critical Response Team has been closely monitoring the development and path of Tropical Storm Isaias in the Caribbean. The latest information from the National Weather Service (NWS) and emergency management personnel indicate that this storm will produce only heavy rain and wind in our region — and may even bypass us.

Beacon’s Virtual Summer High School Transition Program Delivers Tangible Payoff for Students

| Beacon News, Student News
Alex Morris Wood SFS Session

Alexander Morris-Wood engages with Summer for Success students. For three weeks each summer, the Beacon College campus buzzes with energy, excitement, and youthful sounds as high schoolers who learn differently participating in the college’s Summer for Success program discover what it takes to be a successful collegian in and out of the classroom. Students in […]

Beacon Experts Go Full Steam Ahead on STEM for Virtual Conference

| Beacon News, Faculty

Several Beacon College faculty members and administrators participated last month in the Postsecondary Day strand of the National Science Teacher’s Association’s STEM 20 virtual event. The Postsecondary Day strand on July 30, featured sessions, panels, and presentations focused on the latest developments and insights on enhancing STEM education.