Shangri-la, Beacon-style
Now complete, the expansive renovation that birthed The Oasis has changed the vibe around The Villages Apartments. READ MORE
Come together
In October, 120 high school counselors, educational consultants, and school administrators landed at Beacon College for the school’s Counselor Fly-In Program. The program introduces these vital student connectors to the college’s mission, programs, and amenities so they can provide an informed perspective when helping their college-bound charges determine if Beacon might be a good fit.
Dog days
With a little dance, hop, and twisty wag of his tail, Sully the goldendoodle immediately makes friends, melts hearts, and shows unbounded affection for people. And for nearly a year, he has been the star of Beacon College’s emerging therapy dog program on campus. READ MORE
Getting an edge
College Edge is a new Beacon College program that aims to give incoming students — particularly nontraditional students — an edge as they transition to life as a Blazer. READ MORE
On the radio
President George J. Hagerty recently joined Scott Wall on “Regions Business Radio Orlando,” a program that covers banking, finance, and other topics. Hagerty discussed Beacon and its growth as a national thought leader in the neurodiversity space. You can listen to the conversation HERE 
Crossing the generational divide
The Beacon Salon Speaker Series was featured in an October segment by Growing Bolder, a TV show and magazine that helps seniors age with gusto. The segment showcased the growing bond between seniors in The Villages community and the college — particularly its student ambassadors who again are serving at the Salons and helping dispel stereotypes. Click the image to watch. 
Leaving them in stitches
Beacon associate studio arts professor Dustin Boise and student Camille McKoy had their work featured at the Leesburg Center for the Arts in its “Fabric of Life” exhibition. The showcase, which closed on October 28, featured fine art textile and mixed medium artworks including quilts, embroidery, weaving, cross-stitch, lace, macrame, and rugs.
Fall festive
More than 300 students, family, and friends joined staffers in October for Fall Fest 2023 at Jack Jones '22 Athletic Field. Themed as a “Halloween carnival,” the Housing and Residence Life staff-coordinated event featured activity booths, petting animals, food trucks, live music, movie screenings, and pumpkin carving. One of the most popular offerings, however, was the classic pie in the face. Here, coach Tony Wrice gets a facefull of whipped cream.
Click HERE to see all the photos!
Prepped and ready
Nine members of the Beacon College Equestrian Club recently were trained and are now team leaders with the Equestrian Club Disaster Preparedness Team. In a partnership with a veterinarian and several ranchers, the team will respond to farms and ranches that need help preparing their horses for hurricanes and other natural disasters. Trained students are Maria Morgan; Pierre Bernard; Gabrielle Mason; Thomas Corrigan; Fiona Clifford; Grace Stupel; Veronica Sanchez; Michael Schneider; and Courtney Gabler.
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Canceling cancer
Forty-five Beacon students, joined by staffers, ran and walked for loved ones to raise awareness about cancer in October during the 2023 Cancer Walk and Candlelight Remembrance Vigil. The inaugural event, organized by the Housing and Residence Life Office and Health Promotions Office, in conjunction with the Fitness and Athletics Office, was capped off with a cookout at The Oasis.
The Beacon College Blazers men's basketball team made history this month notching the school's first intercollegiate athletics victory.
The team, led by coach Sam Vincent, dispatched Florida College's junior varsity squad, 77-61, paced by the outstanding play of Logan Schayes.
Go Blazers!
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Minding her business
Dr. William Nesbitt recently presented on “Role Models Among the Goddesses: Mythic References" in Sharp Objects and served as the panel chair for “Fiction 1” at the Midwest Popular Culture Association 51st Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois.
Beacon Salon Speaker Series
October's Beacon Salon Speaker Series presentation featured novelist Tina McElroy Ansa and her presentation on “Spirituality in African-American Fiction.” The author of five novels discusses spirituality in her writing. Spirituality and the supernatural are key elements of her work. She focuses on the character Lena in two of her novels, “Baby of the Family” and “The Hand I Fan With.” Click on the image to view the presentation.
"A World of Difference: Embracing Neurodiversity"
October's "A World of Difference: Embracing Neurodiversity" focuses on praise that makes a difference for kids who learn differently. You’ll meet a Central Florida family that uses praise to nourish the souls of both their neurodivergent and neurotypical daughters. Next, experts share how sincere and specific praise can bolster outcomes. And you’ll meet our latest Difference Maker, PJ Manney, a TV scriptwriter, sci-fi novelist, and a futurist who because of struggles with dyslexia never could have forecast a career as an award-winning author. Click on the image to watch.

December’s Beacon Salon Speaker Series features Beacon professor Dr. William Nesbitt and his presentation, “The Beats: Poets and Provocateurs.” The Beats are one of the last movements in American literature. They pushed boundaries and wrote about still-relevant issues such as political topics, gender equality, rights for the LGBTQ+ community, the environment, censorship, and compassion for the world. The Beat Generation originated in the 1950s and principal members include Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Diane di Prima, Amiri Baraka, and Gregory Corso. Both censorship and media coverage galvanized the movement. Register now!
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