Building the promise
A big part of delivering on the Beacon Promise is ensuring the College’s built spaces are matched to its mission of physical wellness, mental health, worthy work, and abundant life for students with learning differences. COO Dr. Brent Betit spoke with Lighting the Path about some of Beacon’s current and recently completed construction projects. READ MORE
Record Beakers
Faculty and administrators welcomed a record incoming class at the annual convocation in a formal ceremony that included bagpipes to celebrate the new school year. The event was a master class on how to succeed in college. It was part pep talk, part reality check with plenty of inspiration to get students ready for classes. READ MORE
Blazing a new trail
The next time you hear Beacon College athletes called onto the court, on the track, or in the field, they will do so under a different name: The Beacon College Blazers, one of about 70 recognized sports programs in the USCAA. READ MORE
Ready on the set
After a successful maiden season on WUCF TV, the Orlando PBS member station and Beacon College have renewed their partnership to air another season of the college’s award-winning television series, “A World of Difference: Embracing Neurodiversity.” READ MORE
"Sticky" situation
New national data shows that colleges across the country have quickly overcome pandemic-related struggles to retain students — and the numbers are even better at Beacon College. READ MORE
Experience necessary
Beacon College students don’t seek just summer internships anymore. That’s because students like Javier Escudero can now participate in experiential learning opportunities that, in addition to traditional internships, also include job shadowing, volunteer work, and apprenticeships. READ MORE.
Building relationships
Beacon College’s student ambassadors — a team of high-achieving students chosen for their academic excellence, leadership, and people skills to represent Beacon on campus and in the community are now back in action after a hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE
All in the family
The ink is dry.

The United States Collegiate Athletic Association and its board of directors announced in August the addition of eight new members, including Beacon College, for the 2023-24 academic year.
Stanton University (California), Quincy College (Massachusetts), Washington County Community College (Maine), Kennebec Valley Community College (Maine), and Beacon join as exploratory members. Southern California Leadership University (California) and United International College (Florida) will be recognized as provisional members. Lyon College (Arkansas) will be a full member for the upcoming year.

Beacon will compete in men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s cross country.

“With the goal to add athletics to the student experience, Beacon is an ideal fit for our association,” said BJ Bertges, chief operating officer of the USCAA. "They have taken all the right steps as an institution to ensure their success within college athletics. I cannot wait to see them compete this season."  

Beacon's men's and women's basketball seasons kick off October 28 at Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, Florida.
Tattoo U
Steven Adams, '03 and '08, is a Beacon College super fan, and a fan of tattoos. And just as he likes his body art permanent, Adams wanted to do something with lasting impact for the place where he had evolved from a loner to a student leader in the spotlight. So, he reached into his wallet. READ MORE.
Colin Cavanaugh, '20, and Brianna Quilla, '18, tied the knot on Oct. 15, 2022. Brianna works for O2B Kids! teaching voluntary pre-kindergarten (VPK) classes for four and five-year-olds. Colin works for ABC Fitness Solutions as a remote support technician. They live in St. Augustine, Florida.
Dr. Rosalyn Johnson, '09, of Jacksonville, Florida was hired as chief clinical officer (CCO) at Clay Behavioral Health Center, a non-profit community mental health center in the Jacksonville area. She previously served for two years as the clinical mental health director overseeing all of the mental health, substance use, and suicide prevention/crisis intervention services at the regional juvenile detention center in Jacksonville.
Abby Ryan, '23, of Wesley Chapel, Florida is working towards her certification in early childhood education. She plans to become a teacher’s assistant and gain classroom experience working in infant and toddler classrooms in pursuit of earning her child development associate (CDA) credential. Her goal: becoming an infant and toddler lead teacher.
Alumni Updates
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Learning to lead
Academic advisor and freshman learning specialist - lead Melissa Mayor in August earned her certification in "Psychology of Leadership" from Cornell University. The course equips graduates with practical tools and cutting-edge behavioral science findings to ensure influencing and leading others become core competencies.
was published in August.
By taking readers through all the interviewing steps from contacting interviewees to completing interviews for publication, the 222-page book shows readers both the process and product.
This month's Beacon Salon Speaker Series features Beacon College anthrozoologist Dani Mitchell who delivers an insightful look at falconry, or the pursuit of wild quarry with a trained bird of prey. This talk highlights what falconry is, how it has evolved over the past few decades, the role falconers play in the conservation of birds of prey, and more. With exciting videos and an engaging look at falconry throughout history, this talk is not one to miss.

Admission is free. And we serve free boxed meals. Pop! over to the website and REGISTER TODAY (Don't forget to tell your friends!).
Parents Weekend

Join us for Parents Weekend on Oct. 6-8, 2023. The faculty and staff look forward to meeting our new parents and getting reacquainted with our returning parents and families. This weekend is a perfect occasion to reconnect with your students and discover the many ways Beacon College is making an impact on their future.
“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So get on your way!”   
―  Dr. Seuss