Coronavirus Update – March 3, 2020

| Emergency Updates

You likely have heard that Florida Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials have confirmed the first two cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Sunshine State. The patients, a woman in her 20s and a man in his 60s, are from Hillsborough and Manatee counties. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared […]

Anthrozoology Graduate Making Waves in Journey to a Marine Life Career

| Alumni Spotlight
Alex Sweet with Dolphin

After graduating from Beacon College in December 2018, Sweet put his Bachelor of Science degree in anthrozoology to good use as an intern for several marine animal care facilities. His work provides care for aquatic animals that have been in harm’s way and enables those creatures to help people. The best part: Sweet gets to train bottlenose dolphins face-to-face.

He currently works as an animal behaviorist intern for Island Dolphin Care in Key Largo, Fla. In and out of the water, he trains bottlenose dolphins to provide animal-assisted therapeutic and educational programs for kids, adults with special needs, and their families and caregivers.

Innovative Navigator PREP Program Orients (Virtually) LD High Schoolers to College Life

| Beacon News
Navigator Prep Group 2019

Alexander Morris-Wood, Beacon’s director of transition services and outreach, developed Navigator PREP, the country’s first virtual transition program for learning-disabled students that specifically works on executive functioning, social skills and emotional management. Morris-Wood said he expected to start Navigator PREP with eight students and ended up with 50. The program just keeps growing.

Beacon’s High School Transition Program Holds Sway at Learning Disabilities Conference

| Beacon News
Alexander Wood - 2020 LDA Conference

Alexander Morris-Wood, director of transition services and outreach at Beacon College in Leesburg, Fla. shared his expertise and advice during the Learning Disabilities Association of America’s 57th Annual International Conference at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Hundreds of parents, educators, adults with learning disabilities and professionals gathered for the four-day conference, which featured more than 150 sessions focusing on challenges, opportunities and best practices.

Beacon Anthrozoologist Named Chair of Global Conservation Fund

| Faculty, People
Michelle Szydlowski

The Colorado-based Katie Adamson Conservation Fund recently named Beacon College anthrozoologist Michelle Szydlowski chair of its board of directors. Denver zookeeper Dave Johnson founded the organization in 2014. He named the fund for conservationist Katie Adams. An aspiring zookeeper, Adams was diagnosed with bone cancer during her first semester at Colorado State University. At age […]

Partlow Captivates with Her Powerful Poetry at Local TEDx Event

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Serena Partlow - TEDx

Serena Partlow at TEDx Serena Partlow took her poetry show on the road in January landing a plum spot in the TEDx Eustis 2020 event convened at the Bay Street Players Theater in downtown Eustis, Fla. Local, self-organized TEDx events bring together people to share a TED-like experience. TED — short for Technology, Entertainment and […]

Beacon Student’s Conference Paper Shows Discrimination Plays No Favorites

| Student News
Gina Mann

Gina Mann is no stranger to discrimination. Yet, despite her familiarity with it, she still was shocked by the surprising results of her recent research. Discrimination doesn’t discriminate. Mann presented her findings at the Human Factors and Applied Psychology (HFAP) Conference held January 31 at the University of Central Florida Student Union Key West Ballroom in Orlando, Fla.

Alumni Update – Dr. Rosalyn Johnson

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Dr. Rosalyn Johnson - SCAD

Dr. Rosalyn Johnson says the small class sizes and caring professors at Beacon College were keys to her success and helped launch her into graduate school, where she later became the first Beacon graduate to earn a doctorate. Now she has built a career in mental-health counseling. After graduating from Beacon, Johnson earned her master’s degree in mental-health counseling from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and her doctorate from Argosy University in Sarasota, Fla.