Lauded legislator
Beacon College recently honored Florida State Rep. Keith L. Truenow with its highest award during a ceremony for his efforts in securing state funding to help neurodivergent Floridians attend the Leesburg school — the nation’s top-ranked college for students with learning and attention issues. READ MORE
Land of the rising sun
Already bitten by the travel bug, Beacon will be expanding its global education portfolio with a new semester-long offering in Japan. READ MORE
New zoo revue
For Pierre Bernard, his summer internship at Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, Texas — one of that state’s largest zoos — was a milestone, both personally and educationally. READ MORE
Sing a song
Ryan Sleboda isn't out to knock Taylor Swift off her pedestal, but the Beacon senior wrote and recorded “Overthink,” a song that carries a deep meaning about the anxiety he keeps inside. He recently released the music on social media and all major platforms this year. READ MORE
Holiday cheer
Beacon Voices devoted some time in November to spreading holiday cheer throughout the Central Florida community. The college's chorus group, led by learning specialist Lisa Mauro, performed at the Solaris Healthcare Waterman Nursing facility in Tavares, Florida.
Abby Ryan, '23, of Wesley Chapel, Florida, recently passed the required childcare exams to be a teacher's assistant and was hired as a toddler's teacher assistant at Kindercare.
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Emily Morgan, assistant library director, is writing a chapter that will be featured in "The Handbook of Research on Innovative Approaches to Information Technology in Library and Information Science." Her chapter will explore the advantages of the Open Access (OA) movement, underscoring its pivotal role in shaping a more accessible, collaborative, and egalitarian landscape within higher education and academic libraries. The book has an anticipated publication date of January 2024.
Lisa Mauro, a learning specialist and academic advisor, is working on her board certification in music therapy through the Music Therapy Equivalency Distance Program at Saint Mary of the Woods College. This spring, she will begin practicum hours with a board-certified music therapist with Central Florida Community Arts in Orlando, Florida. Once certified, Mauro will be able to use evidence-based music interventions to assist students with communication, academic, executive functioning, and socio-emotional skills.
Darryl E. Owens, associate vice president of communications and engagement, and Mary Wymer, APR, digital communications manager, were installed in an October ceremony as officers in the Lake County chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association. Owens will preside as president of the chapter, while Wymer serves in the dual roles of vice president of communications and accreditation chair. Their terms run through August 2024.
Dr. James Fleming, chair of the business and technology department, presented last month on "Assistive Technology 3.0: Can Artificial Intelligence Help Adults with ADHD?" to the Manhattan Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Support Group.
Bolstering the troops
Maya Fontenot has signed to play next year for the Lady Blazers. The 4-foot-11-inch point senior point guard played her high school ball at Forest High School in Ocala, Florida.
Beacon Salon Speaker Series
November's Beacon Salon Speaker Series presentation featured Beacon professors Dr. Christopher Huff and Dr. A.J. Marsden and their presentation, “Bat Sh**t Crazy (but not Brand New): The History and Psychology of Conspiracy Theories from the Illuminati to QAnon.” Click on the image to view the presentation. 
"A World of Difference: Embracing Neurodiversity"
November’s "A World of Difference: Embracing Neurodiversity" focuses on helping parents support kids who learn differently with homework. We meet a mom who is making homework less of a headache for her sons with ADHD. Our expert panel offers relevant tips on homework support. And our latest “Difference Maker,” Anthony Schmidt, shares his unique journey as a teen car trick photographer. Click on the link to watch the episode.
Beacon Voices will add a little Tinseltown to the abundant tinsel decorating the winter holiday season with a free program on December 13 at the Palace Theater showcasing Christmas movie classics. Come and sing along to your favs!
January’s Beacon Salon Speaker Series features author Barbara Bergren and her presentation, “Witness for My Father.” Bergren chronicles the story of her father Martin Weigen, before, during, and after World War II, highlighting the reunion between him and the former lieutenant John Withers, who was in charge of a segregated African-American army unit during the war. Through acts of kindness, Weigen finds his way to recovery after his liberation from the Dachau concentration camp. A true story of the worst and best of humanity — where two men are touched by discrimination and the horror of war and experience resilience, hope, and inspiration. REGISTER NOW
“One kind word can warm three winter months.”
-- Japanese proverb