Pop Life
Artist Michael Knapp’s frustrations with authority figures and society’s overreliance on technology emerge as a few of the themes in his new exhibit that recently opened at Beacon College. Knapp’s “Pop Goes the Easel” show is on display at the Kristin Michelle Mason Art Gallery through March 10. READ MORE
STEM-ulating studies
For most of Beacon’s neurodivergent students — with dyslexia, autism, ADHD and other learning differences — success in STEM had been hard to come by before entering Beacon. At Beacon, however, educators have crafted a program aimed at cracking the code of neurodivergent learning in STEM. Individualized and personalized, the program operates through a combination of technology, flexibility, higher teacher-to-student ratios, and one-on-one instruction. READ MORE 
Experience unlimited
In recent years, markers of student success in higher education circles have included not just academic performance, but also student satisfaction with their college experience. Purpose, motivation, and persistence are goals many colleges push for, which is certainly true for Beacon. READ MORE
Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Navigating neurodiversity just became easier at Beacon College thanks to an extensive campus branding project that has stamped entryways with identifying labels, posted wayfaring signs on and outside buildings around campus, and hung banners on Main Street buildings. Dale Herold, vice president of enrollment management, says the signage better spotlights the many resources and facilities throughout the campus footprint to both students and campus visitors.
Glad scientists
Research from five Beacon psychology students was accepted for a poster presentation at the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference in Miami, Florida, on Feb. 17-18. FURA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the understanding of research and creative activity across all disciplines. Congratulations to: Jurnee Coleman; Vincent Ferdock; Laney Leichter; Bix Meyer; and Faith Townsend.
(Long) time served
After 23 years at Beacon, Dr. James Fleming, the college's current longest-tenured staffer, remembers the scrappy, can-do-all employees who did the best with what they had. He has watched Beacon evolve into a full-fledged college providing support and resources to students and faculty as Beacon became a national model for how to educate students with learning disabilities. READ MORE
Humanities professor Dr. Leigh Camacho Rourks has co-authored with Saul Lemerond a new pedagogy book that is due out from Bloomsbury this month. "Digital Voices Podcasting in the Creative Writing Classroom" shows how podcasts can help students forge personal connections to the content of their creative work and the instruction they receive — no matter their background or experience. The book is available at Bloomsbury.
Alumni Weekend: Feb. 17-18, 2023
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January’s episode of “A World of Difference: Embracing Neurodiversity” looks at twice-exceptional (2e) youngsters and how to support them and introduces the dyslexic paleontologist behind the uber-successful “Jurassic Park” movie franchise, John "Jack" Horner. Click the image to watch.
The January 2023 installment of the Beacon Salon Speaker Series featured food historian Sarah Lohman and her presentation "Historical Female Poisoners." First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes … a little bit of rat poison in their coffee cup. When love goes wrong, out comes the Victorian obsession with female poisoners: delicate and seductive, these ladies made headlines in the age of yellow journalism for offing their lovers with poisoned food. Hey, does this taste like almonds? Click the image to watch.
The March edition of the 2022-23 Beacon Salon Speaker Series features author/poet Darlyn Finch Kuhn on March 21 with her presentation, "Turning Adversity into Art." Kuhn will illustrate that it’s the difficult moments in life that shape our character, become fuel for self-expression, and ultimately inspire artistic expression in others. Sharing excerpts from her poetry and prose, Kuhn will show the benefits of paying close attention to pain, sharing the universal through the specific, and being vulnerable enough to collaborate with others through ekphrastic art. REGISTER TODAY.
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