Points of Pride


Rollins’ First Day of Classes was November 4, 1885

Mills Lawn 1885Following the incorporation of Rollins in April 1885, Reverend Edward Hooker of the Congregationalist Church, along with Frederick Lyman of the Winter Park Land Company, took the lead in procuring funding for the school, and the face of Winter Park was forever changed. Rev. Hooker served as the first President of Rollins College, while Lyman became President of the Executive Committee. The two went about securing a top-rate faculty and the additional funds needed to open the College the following fall. A total of 66 students enrolled for the fall; unfortunately, construction of classrooms and residence cottages was not completed in time, so the official first day of classes was delayed until November 4, 1885, with the first classes held in the Congregational Church and alternate living arrangements made for the students.


Source:Professor Emeritus of History, Jack Lane’s Rollins History manuscript



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Animated Magazine Brings Celebrities to Campus, Attracts Massive Crowds

Animated MagazineIn 1926, Dr. Edwin Grover came to Rollins as Professor of Books. He and President Hamilton Holt were interested in publicizing the College and Holt suggested the creation of a Rollins Magazine. Dr. Grover agreed but made the suggestion that they create an “animated” magazine – in which they would invite the contributors to come to the College and read their work in person. Holt loved the idea and the two quickly went to work, publishing the first Animated Magazine in February 1927. Among the first contributors were Irving Bacheller, Jane Addams, Aga Khan Raza, Ross Allen, Roger Babson, Rex Beach and other notables of the day. Other famous “authors” have appeared on subsequent programs, including Gen. Carlos Romulo, Countess Alexandra Tolstoy, John P. Marquand, Gen. Omar Bradley, Alex D. Severesky, Adm. Alan G. Kirk, Mary Pickford, James Cagney, Carl Sandburg, Greer Garson, Mary Margaret McBride, and many others.


Source:Rollins College Archives



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Rollins Institute on International Relations Attracted Attention during World War II

ChurchIn March 1940, Rollins College and then-President Hamilton Holt, welcomed a roster of notable speakers to the campus to discuss the problem of “what America should do at [that] time to contribute to an ultimate world peace.” World War II had only just begun and America had not yet entered the conflict, but the discussion of the nation’s role in the international arena was a hot topic. The Institute was organized by Dr. Henry A. Atkinson, General Secretary of the Church Peace Union and the World Alliance for International Friendship Through the Churches, and President Holt. The three-day event drew more than 900 attendees, including 400 delegates from 150 different churches. Addresses were given by prominent authorities of the time including:

• The Honorable Dr. Hu Shih, Ambassador from China to the U.S.,

• Professor James T. Shotwell of Columbia University and Chairman of the Commission to Student the Organization of Peace,

• The Honorable William S. Culbertson, former Ambassador to Chile and Minister to Romania,


• Dr. Hans Simons, a high-ranking District Governor in Germany before the Hitler regime.

Topics included “The Unseen but Essential Factors Working for Peace,” “What Kind of World do we Want After the War?,” “The Far East and the Future Peace of the World,” and “The World in Which we Live – Guarantees of Liberty and Security.” While each of the speakers had his own views on the subject of mechanisms for achieving peace, there was unanimous approval of three resolutions:

• “We endorse the policy of the United States Government in negotiating reciprocal trade agreements and we urge the Senate to concur in extending the act making possible this policy.”

• “We urge that the United States quit the business of supplying munitions and war materials to Japan while that country continues to engage in aggression.”

• “We urge upon ourselves and all American citizens study of and cooperation in the projects of the Commission to study the Organization of Peace.”


Source:Press Release by The Church Peace Union dated March 13, 1940, from Rollins Archives



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Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Rollins Institute on Church and World Peace

ChurchIn March of 1935, President Hamilton Holt, along with Reverend Dr. Henry A. Atkinson, convened the Rollins Institute on Church and World Peace. Clergymen, church workers, students, and the general public were invited to attend the three-day program to discuss the overarching theme of world peace. Discussions were held considering the role of religion in world peace and its effects on the international stage. In addition to the program, a series of five lectures was given by Dr. Atkinson through the months of February and March, covering topics such as “China, Japan and the Religions of the Far East” and “A World Program for Religion,” with question and discussion sessions immediately following. During the Institute, Holt also assembled a Model League of Nations, in which the actual setting of the assembly of the League at Geneva was reproduced. Representatives of the member nations were portrayed by Rollins students and the central theme chosen for the assembly was “[t]he league must be an all comprehensive world-wide organization.”


Source:Newspaper clippings, etc. from Archives



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X Club

XClubFounded on October 29, 1929, X Club is not only Rollins’ only local fraternity, but also the oldest Greek organization still active on campus. Founded as a leadership fraternity by a group of students, including Hugh McKean (former student, professor, and then 10th President of Rollins), the membership is very diverse, with brothers involved in over 25 different clubs and organizations on campus, as well as founding unique organizations such as Making Lives Better. Members are Cornell Scholars, Dean’s Scholars, Presidential scholarship recipients, and represent 5 different nations with a total of 15 different languages spoken amongst them. With values focusing on leadership, scholarship, and community service, X Club’s philanthropies are Habitat for Humanity and Relay for Life, with the entire chapter participating in fund raising and service events to benefit the organizations, including an annual Bowl-a-thon to raise money for the Relay and bi-weekly attendance at a Habitat site. X Club has also brought the Blood Bus to campus several times over the last year, sponsoring various successful blood drives at Rollins. The men have set a goal of being “a bastion of leadership and leadership development in the Rollins College community,” with current efforts demonstrating this objective through plans to host a faculty forum focusing on discussions about how X Club can best serve Rollins, as well as social events such as Block Party, Water Wars, and Big Kahuna aimed at fostering a more cohesive and united student body. The chapter has won several awards in recent years, including being named Greek Week champions in 2 out of the last 3 years, winning Lip Sync awards the past 4 years, as well as receiving the Community Service award in Fall 2008 and the 2nd place position in Spring 2009.




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Halloween Howl Gives Ghoul-ish Fun to the Winter Park Community

Halloween HowlEstablished in 1998, Halloween Howl is a daytime carnival celebration for children and families in the community that includes games, trick-or-treating, face painting, haunted houses, and more! With an average of more than 400 children in attendance in its recent years (and over 1,000 in 2009!), the event is an opportunity for Rollins students to reach out to their local community, while providing safe and fun Halloween festivities for local kids!




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Non Compis Mentis

NCMNon Compis Mentis separated from Pi Beta Phi in 1969, forming in 1970. Separation from a national organization was extraordinary, and the women were said to be "out of their minds." Embracing this, they named their sorority, "Non Compis Mentis," Latin for "Not of Sound Mind." NCM's mascot is the fantastic pink flamingo, and the women claim the iconic daisy as their flower. Wherever you see pink and blue, NCM is sure to be around.

The sisters of NCM are committed to giving back to the community. Last year they provided over 200 hours of service for TOMS shoes. TOMS shoes, whose motto is “one for one,” donates a pair of shoes to children in developing countries for every pair sold. NCM threw a "Style your Sole" party to decorate over 130 shoes that were sold on campus. In 2009, NCM raised $1,000 for the Jessica June Children's Cancer Foundation. The nonprofit foundation, which provides money for families whose children are undergoing cancer treatment, was founded by an NCM alum after her daughter, Jessica June, passed away.

The sisters of NCM are making their marks on and off campus. Currently, TJ Fischer ’13 is studying abroad in Greece. Laura Hardwicke ’11, President and Leadershape Institute graduate, worked with Central Florida's Organic Local Food Co-operative this past summer, clocking over 40 hours. She was also named House Manager of the Year by the Office of Residential Life last year. Michele Hunt ’10 is enrolled in Rollins’ MLS program. Casey Hurst ’10 is attending Nova Southeastern University to become a physician's assistant. Julie Katz ’13 completed an internship with Florida International Magazine. Katherine "Kiki" Lane ’10 completed an internship with the Long Foundation in New York. Mollie Pollack ’11 attended Soap Box Feminist Summer Program in New York City. Morgan Williams ’13 designed costumes for "Let’s Put on a Play" theater summer camp. Siobhan Philbin ’11 studied tapestry making in Scotland. Sara McFadden ’13 set swimming records for Rollins. NCM will be a registered nonprofit by the end of 2010, with a fully functioning alumni board.





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Annie Russell Gets a Facelift

Annie RussellThe Annie Russell Theatre was dedicated in 1932 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. During the summer of 2009, the Annie Russell Theatre received a complete renovation of its electrical and theatrical lighting infrastructure. Made possible by a generous gift from Winifred Martin Warden ’45 and The Bert W. Martin Foundation, the renovation upgrades increased both the standards of safety as well as the technology available for teaching. Warden is a long-time benefactor of Rollins, having previously funded several projects, including the Wynee Warden Costume Shop, the Warden Arena (the main court of Alfond Sports Center), the Bert W. Martin Tennis Complex, the Martin Lakeview Patio, and the Warden Dining Room in the Cornell Campus Center. In 2000, Warden established of a $1 million endowed chair (Winifred M. Warden Chair of Theatre Arts and Dance), which is currently held by Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and Dance, Dr. Jennifer Cavenaugh.


Source:Rollins College PR



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Rollins Students Represent Countries All Over the World

Countries all over the worldOver 200 students in the Rollins Arts & Sciences program are international students, and approximately 24 percent of the student body self-identifies as a member of a non-Caucasian ethnicity. In addition to a number of clubs and organizations aimed at increasing awareness of different cultures, such as the Caribbean Student Association, International Student Organization, and People of Indian Origin organization, Rollins has an established Office of International Student and Scholar Services in place to help future students, once accepted, with visas and other important information. Additionally, an International Student Orientation is held a few days before the First-Year Orientation to help these students adjust to life in the States and Winter Park. To learn more about the Office of International Student and Scholar Services at Rollins, visit their website at http://tars.rollins.edu/int-students/.




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Roosevelts’ Visit to Rollins Receives Mixed Reviews

Holt and the RooseveltsIn 1936 Hamilton Holt finally arranged for a visit from President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor. The two were to be granted honorary doctorates from the College in a special convocation ceremony. During this time period, the College, and indeed all of Winter Park, was staunchly conservative. Jack Rich, who was a student at the time and later became the Director of Admission, describes the visit as being met with very mixed feelings. According to Rich, these were the days when Rollins became known as the “millionaire’s hangout” because of the Depression’s effect on the College (only the wealthiest families could afford to send their children to Rollins). It was also at this time, however, that Holt and the rest of the College were working to make the school financially feasible for more families by offering large scholarships—resulting in a student body very much divided between anti-Roosevelt and pro-Roosevelt groups. The conservatives of Winter Park more or less packed up and left town during the visit, leaving a somewhat empty city to welcome the First Family. To read Rich’s full account, please visit Rollins’ Oral Histories. (hyperlink address: http://tars.rollins.edu/olin/archives/oral_history/Rich_Transcription.html)




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Athletics Coaches Achieve Milestone Wins

Tars logoThe tradition of athletics at Rollins stretches back to the late 1800s. The teams and coaches boast decades of successful seasons and impressive wins. Most recently, Baseball Head Coach Jon Sjogren and Softball Head Coach Michelle Frew achieved their milestone 500th and 600th career wins, respectively. Sjogren came to Rollins in July 2005 as only the 5th Baseball Coach in the history of the Tars. Before coming to Rollins, Sjogren served as head coach at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., for 15 years. He was named the Northeast-10 Coach of the Year four times and ABCA All-Northeast Region Coach of the Year in 2004. His teams have won five Northeast-10 Conference championships and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 1998, 2002, and 2004, and he has coached five players who earned All-America honors. Michelle Frew came to Rollins in 1995 as the first full-time softball coach after serving as head coach at Edison Community College in Ft. Myers, FL. Prior to her arrival, the team had won a total of eight games in the previous three seasons. In her first three seasons, Frew led the Tars to 84 victories including posting a 34-13 campaign in 1998, garnering her Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year honors. Additionally, she has been recognized by the Rollins Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) as the Rollins Coach of the Year on two different occasions.





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Rollins Announces Plans to Build Hotel

Plans to build hotelIn Spring 2010 Rollins officially announced its plan to build an inn on recently acquired property on New England Ave. The 3.4 acres of land was once the site of the Langford Hotel but has been vacant for some time now. The College is currently seeking a developer with the financial means to build and operate the inn, which is expected to have up to 150 rooms and 10,000 square feet of banquet and meeting space. With only two hotels in town for families, alumni, and other visitors of the College to choose from (the Park Plaza and the Best Western Mount Vernon), Rollins’ new inn will provide extra accommodations, and even provide the community with space to host events such as wedding receptions and conventions. The City of Winter Park is supportive of the new development plans.





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Rollins Alumnus wins Tony Award

Sonny EverettSonny Everett ’59 has seen success in his life through several on- and off- Broadway productions! As the producer of In The Heights, Everett received a Tony Award in 2008. Some of his other producing credits include Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, High Fidelity, and Avenue Q, which won the Tony Award in 2004 for Best Musical, among several other awards and nominations.





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Alumna Serves as Spokesperson for the Seminole Indians in Florida

Seminole IndiansAlumna Tina Osceola ’89 is a member of a Florida Seminole Indian tribe and has been promoting the culture ever since she was a little girl, spending time with tourists at the Seminole village attraction that her grandparents owned. As a student, she brought an authentic powwow to campus, complete with alligator wrestlers, dancers, and Seminole food. Today, Osceola serves as a diplomat and spokeswoman for her tribe, a role that planted her in the middle of the national controversy over the use of Native American figures and symbols as team mascots. In particular, Osceola played a role in re-visioning Florida State University’s mascot, from the inaccurate “Sammy the Seminole” to their current Seminole mascot, which is supported by the tribe. Additionally, Osceola is the executive director of the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Museum Department where she oversees two museums on South Florida reservations. In 1990, President Thaddeus Seymour placed a stone in the Walk of Fame representing Chief Osceola (of whom Tina is a descendant) and the Seminole Indians of Florida.


Source: Alumni Magazine Fall 2005



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“Operation Bootstrap” Program at Rollins Educated Local Military

Operation BootstrapIn 1936, Rollins started the Courses for the Community, an organized program of adult education. In 1951, Operation Bootstrap was established for men serving on military bases in and around Orlando who wished to further their college education. Classes were offered at night and covered topics to meet the civic, cultural, professional and recreational needs of the community.




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Child Development Center Enables Hands-on Learning and Observation

CDC PictureIn 1987 the Child Development Center was created as a laboratory of the psychology department at Rollins College. The CDC serves as a laboratory preschool center for children aged 2-5 and operates on the philosophy that children learn best through interactive play. Undergraduates have the opportunity to work in the CDC for on-campus research and lab classes that allow them to observe and study the children, creating an atmosphere of individualized learning for both the children and the students.





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 Alumni Magazine Fall 2005





Rollins Inaugural Dance Marathon Wins National Award from Children’s Miracle Network

Dance MarathonIn the fall of 2007 Rollins College hosted its first Dance Marathon with a goal of raising $20,000 and launching a new involvement opportunity for the campus. Over 130 students participated in the 12-hour long event and raised over $35,000, far exceeding our goal! All of the proceeds raised benefitted the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children of Orlando and the Shand’s Children’s Hospital at the University of Florida. Children’s Miracle Network awarded Rollins the title of “Best New Dance Marathon,” ranking the event over 16 other inaugural marathons that year! CMN also recognized Rollins’ 2007 Dance Marathon as the “most successful first-year dance marathon ever produced in the event’s 13-year history!”


Source: http://news.rollins.edu/rollins_college_dance_marathon.shtml



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Famous Movie Actress had her Beginnings at the Annie Russell

Dana IveyRollins alumna Dana Ivey ’63 was a theater major at Rollins before moving on to a life of fame and Tony nominations. Ivey’s acting credits include Broadway performances in productions such as Sunday in the Park with George, Heartbreak House, and Driving Miss Daisy, as well as movie and television roles. Her television credits include Law & Order, Sex and the City, Frasier, Monk, and The Practice (to name a few). Her first major screen appearance was in The Color Purple (adaptation by Steven Spielberg), followed by appearances in films such as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Scarlet Letter, Sleepless in Seattle, Home Alone 2, Two Weeks Notice, The Addams Family, and Legally Blonde 2. Ivey returned to her roots in 2008 when she appeared in The Importance of Being Earnest on the Annie Russell stage during its 75th season.


Source: http://www.danaivey.com/ and Rollins PR News website



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Crummer Graduate School of Business Celebrates 25 Years of AACSB Accreditation

CrummerIIn 1985 the Crummer School was granted status as an AACSB International accredited school of business, reaffirming its standard and quality of education. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) was founded in 1916 and has been the longest-serving body of accreditation for business schools. Earning accreditation is a 3-7 year process that requires the school to meet 21 AACSB standards; less than 10% of the world’s business schools have achieved business and/or accounting accreditation from the AACSB. All schools must engage in a peer review process every 5 years to maintain accreditation.


Source: http://www.crummer.rollins.edu/corporate/press/releases/accreditation_07.shtml



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Rollins Makes President’s List for Community Service

PathwaysIn February 2009, Rollins was placed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for the second year in a row. This honor recognizes Rollins’ “exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth.” The College’s commitment to the surrounding community is demonstrated by a variety of programs, including SPARC (Service, Philanthropy, Activism, Rollins College), Rollins Relief, Pathways to College, and the Winter Park Community Fellows (to name just a few). The Honor Roll was introduced in 2006 and represents the highest federal recognition that a school can achieve for its commitment to service learning and community engagement. Overall, six schools were recognized with Presidential Awards, 83 with Honor Roll with Distinction status, and 546 as Honor Roll members.


Source: http://news.rollins.edu/national_community_service_award.shtml



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Students Take a Different Kind of Spring Break

Alternative Spring BreakIn March 2010, the students of Rollins College took off for Spring Break – most to beaches or other relaxing getaways. For 50 students, however, spring break 2010 called them to some untraditional destinations, namely Washington D.C., rural Mexico, and Guatemala. The Alternative Spring Break program (ASB) gave students the opportunity to actively engage in global citizenship, a key part of Rollins’ mission, as well as to blur the boundaries between the classroom and real life. The group that set off for Washington D.C. studied poverty and community health, while the group in Mexico took on community-based research dealing with globalization and women. The students who travelled to Guatemala had the chance to learn about organic coffee production. Immersion and community engagement experiences are a big draw for students in the Rollins community, with an estimated 200 students participating in some type of service-learning curricula this year, both domestically and abroad. Rollins students, along with Assistant Director of Community Engagement Meredith Hein, were featured on the Daily Buzz talking about this new and exciting program. To view the segment, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWf2cGHN9QY&feature=player_embedded#.


Source: PR News Site



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Rollins Alumna Has International Impact on Climate Change

Kreider GroupKalee Kreider ’92, a history major, National Merit Scholarship Finalist and Harry S. Truman Scholar, graduated from Rollins and headed straight to the fast-paced life of D.C. Kreider was named Scholar-in-Residence at the White House while working at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and then moved on to work on the Clinton Crime Bill and take a position at the Justice Department. From there, she began working with a start-up NGO, Ozone Action, and before long had moved on to Greenpeace where she helped to negotiate the Kyoto Protocol. When the travel got to be too exhausting, she accepted a position at Fenton Communications and volunteered to help Al Gore write a speech about his opposition to the Iraq War. It wasn’t long before this working relationship set Kalee on the fast track to the spotlight. In 2006, Gore called Kalee and asked her to come work for him full-time in his Tennessee office, where she became his communications director and environmental advisor. She had no idea that his slide show would become the highly acclaimed film An Inconvenient Truth (Al Gore was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, among other distinctions, for the movie). While she has achieved much personal and professional success, Kreider is still passionately working towards a solution for climate change.


Source:Rollins Magazine Spring 2009



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Rollins’Trustees Adopt Updated Mission Statement in October, 2005

Trustees Adopt Updated Mission Statement On October 21, 2005, the Rollins College Board of Trustees adopted a new Mission Statement emphasizing the education of students for “global citizenship and responsible leadership.” To view the Mission Statement, please visit http://tars.rollins.edu/aboutrollins/mission.shtml.










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Rollins’ Controversy Over Equus Makes Headline News

Controversy over EquusThe City of Winter Park and Rollins College came head to head in 1979 when the theater department brought the Tony Award-winning Equus—and its five-minute nude scene—to the Annie Russell Theatre. According to a City ordinance, it was illegal to be discovered naked within the City limits, and the complaints of some members in the community brought the whole city’s attention to the matter. This left at least three individuals (the two actors in the scene and the director) in danger of being arrested if the show opened as planned. Many felt the law was outdated and needed to be revisited in order to address situations like Equus and other artistic expression. Following a town meeting that was highly attended by the Rollins community, a petition was drafted on behalf of the College asking the City to reconsider its interpretation that the play was in violation of the City law and allow the play to be presented unchanged. About 300 students delivered it to City Manager David Harden at City Hall the day before opening night. The students were armed with not only the petition, but also a set of undergarments to dress the nude statue in front of City Hall, to protect it against violation of the nudity law. Thaddeus Seymour, who was President of Rollins at the time, hired legal counsel to protect the College (the College attorney was also the City’s attorney), and they sought an injunction that would prevent Winter Park from taking any action for a given period of time. On opening day, Rollins’ case was scheduled for the trial docket at the federal courthouse in Orlando at 4:00 pm. Ironically enough, the judge presiding over the case happened to be a season ticket-holder to the Annie Russell Theatre. After President Seymour agreed to refund his tickets for the performance so as to avoid any ethical issues of the judge hearing a case in which he had “an interest that would be substantially affected,” Rollins won the injunction. The judge jokingly declared that Thad would be responsible for explaining to the judge’s wife the reason that they no longer had tickets for the performance. At 6:00 pm, Equus opened as planned, with disclaimers posted visibly outside of the theater warning about the content of the show. The opening was not without event, however, as dozens of picketers lined up outside of the Annie, waving signs reading “Seymour wants to see more,” and even some extreme circumstances such as bomb threats. Following this affair, Rollins brought a case before the court for declaratory judgment, hoping to have the 1918 Ordinance ruled unconstitutional. After negotiating a letter of understanding with the Mayor of Winter Park, it was decided that in future situations such as artistic performances or other expression, the state law would take precedence, thereby eliminating the threat of future legal action. In 2007, Equus was staged as part of the Annie Russell Theatre’s 75th-anniversary season. Not a single complaint was received.


Source:Archives newspaper clips and Thaddeus Seymour








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Rollins’ Varsity Debate Team Ranked #1

Debate TeamIn only its fourth year, the Rollins Varsity Debate Team is excelling! Ranked number one by the National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) with top 10 finishes at four national competitions, the team has the best winning percentage out of 1,100 schools at NPDA sanctioned tournaments. In the spring of 2010 the Debate Team hosted the Cambridge University (UK) Debating Society in an open debate on the topic of healthcare reform and hopes to continue to be an active organization on the Rollins campus.










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30th Anniversary of Upward Bound at Rollins

the MayflowerUpward Bound, part of the TRIO program funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, is a college preparatory program that reaches out to students in an effort to prepare them for college. The program provides assistance in college prep courses, career and college exploration, financial aid and scholarship information, academic monitoring and course advisement, information about college entrance exams, goal setting and decision making, study skills development and college visits. It also includes a six-week residential summer program that provides instruction, tutoring and mentoring. Rollins has been sponsoring this federally funded project for 30 years as a community partnership and under a strong institutional commitment to work with local youths in enhancing their potential for pursuing college after high school. Each year, Upward Bound at Rollins College continues to serve 65 Orange County students whose family income is considered limited per federal regulations and whose parents do not hold a bachelor’s degree. The program has graduated over 1,000 students since its inception 30 years ago!


Source: http://news.rollins.edu/07upwardbound.shtml








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30th Anniversary of Upward Bound at Rollins

the MayflowerUpward Bound, part of the TRIO program funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, is a college preparatory program that reaches out to students in an effort to prepare them for college. The program provides assistance in college prep courses, career and college exploration, financial aid and scholarship information, academic monitoring and course advisement, information about college entrance exams, goal setting and decision making, study skills development and college visits. It also includes a six-week residential summer program that provides instruction, tutoring and mentoring. Rollins has been sponsoring this federally funded project for 30 years as a community partnership and under a strong institutional commitment to work with local youths in enhancing their potential for pursuing college after high school. Each year, Upward Bound at Rollins College continues to serve 65 Orange County students whose family income is considered limited per federal regulations and whose parents do not hold a bachelor’s degree. The program has graduated over 1,000 students since its inception 30 years ago!


Source: http://news.rollins.edu/07upwardbound.shtml








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Rollins Launches Lifelong Learning Program with Local Retirement Community

the MayflowerIn the spring of 2010, Rollins College announced its pilot Lifelong Learning Program for the residents of The Mayflower Retirement Community. The program features an on-campus and hands-on learning experience in subject areas such as art, theater, writing, history, and environmental sciences, all taught by Rollins faculty and staff. The Mayflower is located less than 3 miles from Rollins and many of its residents are Rollins alumni and/or former employees. Transportation will be provided for the students, and while the classes are not credit bearing, the material will help to generate mental stimulation, which enhances “brain fitness.” The interactive aspect of this program will also help to develop and maintain cognitive abilities; rather than listening to lectures, the seniors will be sculpting, learning to play musical instruments, or participating on the Annie Russell stage. This program is yet another demonstration of Rollins’ commitment to our alumni and our community.









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Rollins Builds Long History of Diversity within the Community

Long History of DiversityThroughout its history, Rollins has championed diversity within the community. Evidence of these efforts can be seen as far back as the 1890s, when large numbers of Cuban students studied at Rollins (more Cuban students attended Rollins than any other American institution during the Spanish-American War). In the mid-1930s, the Rollins College Interracial Committee was founded “with the aim of improving race relations, acting mainly through service projects for the African-American community throughout central Florida.” The name changed several times throughout the years, with its last-known title being the Inter-faith and Race Relations Club in the early 1950s. Fred Rogers, a member in the 1950-1951 academic year, wrote an essay about the group’s activities and how it interacted with the surrounding communities. In 1964 the first African-American student, John Mark Cox, Jr., enrolled in the College and in 1970 Bernard Myers, Lewanzer Lassiter, and William Johnson were the first African-American students to graduate from Rollins. In the same year, Julian Bond was the first African-American keynote speaker at Rollins. On April 1 1970, he spoke in the Bush Auditorium about the attitude of people towards African Americans over the centuries. The lecture was presented by the Student Union Board of Directors Educational Entertainment Committee. In February of 1976, Bond was the keynote speaker of the 7th Annual Black Awareness Week. The event, sponsored by the Black Student Union (founded in 1972), was held at the Enyart-Alumni Field House, and Bond's lecture was entitled "What's Next." On January 15, 1983, the College paid tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. when President Thaddeus Seymour and alumnus Douglas Brockington dedicated a Walk of Fame stone in his honor. The BSU installed the stone in the Walk in 1984. More recently, the Office of Multicultural Affairs was created in July 2002 as Diversity Programs (started in 1997) transitioned out of the Office of Student Activities. Some key groups and programs have been generated by this office, including Safe Zone, which was created in 2007 as a way to support and embrace our Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (GLBTQ) communities at Rollins. It was created by a group of faculty and staff trainers and the Office of Multicultural Affairs as a way to support and speak up about the issues many GLBTQ students, faculty, and staff face on college campuses daily.









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Community Engagement Receives Continued National Recognition

Community EngagementThe Rollins College Office of Community Engagement was established in 2001 with three strategic priorities: engaged scholarship through the curriculum; campus-wide engagement through service, civic engagement, and activism; and community partnership and development through learning opportunities. In less than a decade, its success has been clearly evident not only within the Rollins community, but also nationwide. In 2007, Rollins was recognized with the Florida Campus Compact Engaged Campus Award (the top award in Florida for the Scholarship of Engagement) and then again in 2009 in the Independent Colleges category. Additionally, Director of Community Engagement Micki Meyer was awarded the Florida Campus Compact Community Educator Award and three professors were honored with the Florida Campus Compact Service-Learning Teaching Award: Rhonda Ovist (Sociology) in 2007, Gabriel Barreneche (Modern Languages & Literatures) in 2008, and Rachel Simmons (Art) in 2009. In 2008, Rollins was awarded the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement, the highest academic distinction for community engagement in the country. This designation, which differs from others in that institutions elect to be considered for classification, requires schools to go through an intensive application process (Rollins’ application took 12 months and the finished product was an 85-page document that was submitted for review). These recognitions can be attributed to the involvement of students and faculty across the campus in several different capacities, including (but not limited to): • Over 160 courses that have offered a community-based learning experience • Participation of 36 RCC Courses and transfer students in SPARC Day of Community (groups have worked with 27 community agencies/partners across Central Florida and provided over 2,500 hours of direct service) • 23 academic departments have offered at least one course with a service-learning component • International service-learning courses in Ecuador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic • Annual Summit on Transforming Learning established in 2004 • Participation of 18 faculty members in Pathways to College Days • Large-scale programs involving faculty (as well as students) in community engagement, including Rollins Relief, Global Peace Film Festival, JUMP – Join Us in Making Progress, Halloween Howl, Dance Marathon, Hunger Banquet, Holiday Funfest, Eggstravaganza, Pathways to College, Come Together, and Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week • Distribution of Engage!Weekly, a weekly electronic community engagement newsletter advertising various opportunities available to the campus community


Source:Micki Meyer








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Rollins Soccer Players Take on World Games

World GamesRollins soccer players Frazer Siddall ’08, Jack Clifford ’10, Daniell Robertson ’06 ’10MBA, Chris Cerroni ’08HH, and Ian Zarac ’06MAT all played in the 2007 World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand as representatives for their home country, Great Britain. The World University Games, also called the Summer Universiade, is an international competition held every four years that is similar to the Olympics. In 2007, the XXIV Summer Universiade games had an estimated 10,000 athletes from 170 different nations, competing in 15 different sports.


Source:Alumni Record Fall 2007, pg 6








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Hamilton Holt was an Influential Leader in World Peace

Holt at Paris Peace TalksBefore becoming president of Rollins College, Hamilton Holt led a diverse professional career. As the editor of the Independent, a liberal weekly newspaper publication, he was outspoken on all elements of the political and social environment of both the United States and the world. Following an unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut, Holt came south to fill the position of eighth president of Rollins College, where he left an indelible mark on the culture and curriculum. What many people do not know about Hamilton Holt is that he was a vocal advocate for world peace on the international stage, even acting as one of the four founders of the League of Nations in 1922 (initially called the League of Nations Non-Partisan Association). Holt, who was involved in multitudes of peace talks following World War I, gave an address titled “America’s Supreme Opportunity, An ‘Open Sermon’ to President Franklin D. Roosevelt” on January 6, 1935 in the Knowles Memorial Chapel, urging the President to bring America into the ranks of the League. His belief that world peace and disarmament could not be accomplished without the support of the United States resulted in his ardent advocacy of the League, as well as the power, significance, and moral obligation that U.S. membership would possess. To read Holt’s full address, please visit the Rollins College Digital Archives.


Source:America’s Supreme Opportunity, Archives








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Pugsley Hall Celebrates 80 Years

Pugsley HallPugsley Hall was built in 1930 and was the third building constructed in the new Mediterranean style selected by Hamilton Holt. The residence that greets visitors as they approach Holt Avenue from the McKean Gateway was originally a women’s dormitory and was home to the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority for many years; today the brothers of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity call Pugsley Hall home.



Source:Rollins College Archives








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Rollins Grad Reports to the President

Department of Homeland SecurityKenneth Hill ’68 served as the Department of Homeland Security’s first Executive Secretary from its initiation in January 2003 until November 2005. Hill served under three different administrations in the White House, including President Ronald Regan (he was the Federal Olympic Coordinator for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles) and President George H.W. Bush (as the Deputy Executive Secretary for the National Security Council). Other positions Hill has held include Director of External Affairs for FEMA and overseeing the Offices of Congressional, Intergovernmental, Public, and International Affairs.











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Rollins Relief Celebrates 5 Years of Dedicated Service

Rollins ReliefIn the fall of 2005, Rollins freshman Steve Miller ’09 spearheaded the organization of Rollins Relief, a group committed to helping the victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. After five years, over 200 Rollins students, faculty, and staff have made nine week long trips to Louisiana to aid in the clean-up and reconstruction of the city, volunteering nearly 8000 hours with NOLA Habitat for Humanity. Rollins Relief hopes to make its tenth trip to New Orleans in January of 2011 and is planning to visit Haiti in March 2011 as part of the earthquake recovery effort.



Source:Rollins PR News center








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The Winter Park Institute Becomes a New Tradition in Our Community

WPISponsored by the College and assisted by generous support from the Charles Hosmer Morse and Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundations, the Winter Park Institute is a center for intellectual engagement at Rollins and within its surrounding community. The Institute is housed in historic Osceola Lodge and neighboring Knowles Cottage. In its inaugural year, 2008-2009, WPI’s celebrated visitors included Billy Collins, Béla Fleck, Marilyn Horne, Robert Muehlenkamp, and Paul Simon. This year WPI will host a number of renowned guests, such as Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.; Jaron Lanier; and Edward James Olmos. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins serves as The Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute. Following the convening of nationally acclaimed panelists during the 2007 Colloquy at Rollins, President Lewis Duncan initiated the Institute as a forum in which to continue thought-provoking and scholarly conversations touching on social, cultural, educational, and political themes. The Institute features thought leaders from a wide variety of disciplines, interacting with one another and engaging the College and Winter Park community through lectures, readings, performances, exhibits, interviews, and seminars. For more information about the Winter Park Institute, including a schedule of events for the 2010-2011 year, please visit http://tars.rollins.edu/wpi/index.shtml.










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Strong Hall Transforms into the Globe Theatre

Strong CourtyardNina Dean joined the Rollins faculty in 1943, instituting a Shakespeare curriculum that would become a tradition at Rollins. The annual program, Shakespeareana, began in 1946 and featured students performing an afternoon of songs, scenes, and soliloquies from some of Shakespeare’s most famous works. The performances took place in the courtyard of Strong Hall, where a white flag was raised above the patio to signal the start of the program (just as it was at the Globe Theatre!).


Source:1959 Rollins Tomokan








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Unprecedented and Highly Exclusive Club Brought to Campus in 1928

Marjorie WeberIn 1928, Marjorie Weber (director of women’s physical education) introduced a new club to the campus scene – The Moo Club. Requirements for the organization included being at least 5 pounds underweight and having a doctor’s note recommending membership. Ms. Weber found it difficult to have a properly functioning physical education program when a large number of students were not healthy enough to participate. The club met twice a day, in the morning and afternoon, at which time each member consumed a half pint of milk. Each year of its existence on campus, roughly 50 students and faculty members made up the roster of The Moo Club, and the organization was successful in helping members to gain enough weight and be healthy enough to participate in physical activity.


Source:Rollins Digital Archives








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Rollins Receives National Recognition for Global Citizenship and Internationalization

National Recognition for Global CitizenshipIn 2005 Rollins incorporated global citizenship into its institutional mission. Since then, the increased number of students and faculty participating in field study and study abroad experiences has been impressive. In an attempt to fully internationalize the faculty and its students, Rollins professors have been offered the opportunity to travel all over the world using grants provided to conduct research and experience foreign cultures. The goal is to give professors the opportunity to have an international trip every three years, a goal based on the principle that, "[t]o truly provide a global education for students, you must first internationalize the faculty" (as stated by President Lewis Duncan). Since its inception, this objective has increased the number of students who study abroad by 53%. Rollins has been nationally recognized for its “professor study abroad program” – click here to learn more about the programs.










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Mayflower Hall Turns 80!

Mayflower 1932Mayflower Hall, built in 1930, was designed by Richard Kiehnel, the architect selected to interpret the campus’s new Mediterranean style. (Kiehnel also designed Pugsley Hall—right next door—which was constructed that same year.) The building was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Forbes and cost $50,000 to construct. The source of the name for the residence hall is interesting – a piece of timber taken from the dismantled frame of the ship the Mayflower (“the Most Famous Ship in History”) is affixed to a plaque that hangs in the lounge. Also situated in the plaque is a fragment of Plymouth Rock, a gift to the College from Miss Virginia Robie – her father was a clergyman of South Plymouth at the time that the Rock was moved from its original place on the shore to a spot in front of Memorial Hall. He received two pieces of the Rock that chipped off during the move; the other is in the Charles Gunther Collection of Historical Relics in Chicago. Since the early 1990s, Non Compis Mentis (NCM), the College’s local sorority, has called Mayflower their home.


Source:Rollins College Archives








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Tau Kappa Epsilon

TKE Coat of ArmsTau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) was founded nationally January 10, 1899 at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois. Today TKE has over 252,000 members and 274 active chapters throughout the United States and Canada. It is regarded as the largest fraternity in the United States. The Zeta Phi Chapter was founded at Rollins College in 1959. Our chapter prides itself on its remarkable diversity, scholastic achievement, philanthropic duty, athletic participation and on-campus involvement. In April, we initiated 11 candidates into the ranks of our brotherhood, bringing our numbers to 42 and making TKE the largest fraternity on campus. The following is a breakdown of who exactly TKE is, a testament to the quality of our organization: • Majors: Anthropology, Biology, Critical Media & Cultural Studies, Economics, English, Environmental Science, International Business, International Relations, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology • Languages Studied: Chinese, Croatian, French, Japanese, Russian, Spanish • Two Cornell Scholars (Rollins’ most prestigious academic award), in addition to numerous other brothers who receive both athletic and academic scholarships • Two Eagle Scouts • Brothers studying abroad in countries around the world, including Australia, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Japan and Spain, as well as semester internship programs in Washington, D.C. • Campus involvement: Six Resident Advisors, five Peer Mentors, four Summer Orientation Leaders, three Interfraternity Council Officers, SGA Judicial Chair, Academic Honor Council Chair, President of the Rollins Democrats & President of the Rollins Republicans, and members of the Honors Degree Program, Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society, JUMP, Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement • More than 12 brothers attending leadership conferences throughout the past year, including TKE Leadership Academy, TKE Regional Leadership Conferences, Southeastern Inter-fraternal Conference, and the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity • Nine Varsity athletes, including members of Rollins’ crew, lacrosse and soccer teams • Recorded over 820 hours of community service (over 16 hours per brother) during the 2009-10 academic year • Raised over $3,000 for charitable causes, including Make-a-Wish Foundation and American Cancer Society, during the 2009-10 academic year. Over the past 50 years, the Zeta Phi Chapter at Rollins College has made a consistent effort of building better men and contributing to the college community. It has been a life changing experience for each one of our brothers.


Source:Zeta Phi Chapter of TKE, Rollins College








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Rollins Students Walk the Red Carpet at Cannes

Students at CannesFour students in the newly created Critical Media and Cultural Studies major at Rollins made a video for the 2008 Global Peace Film Festival titled “This is my Rollins College T-Shirt.” Rachel Albergo, one of the students on the team, later used the video in an application for an internship with “Creative Minds in Cannes,” a program that allows recipients to showcase their work at the Cannes Film Festival and meet people to help potentially jumpstart their careers. Albergo was offered the internship with Rogers and Cowan Public Relations and the film was accepted for screening in the Festival’s “Short Film Corner.” All four students, along with Professor Lisa Tillman, had the opportunity to walk the red carpet at the showing, as well as receive valuable feedback from big names in the industry.










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Rollins College is a Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars

MPCUOver the years, Rollins College has produced many Fulbright Scholars, ranking among some of the top schools in the nation for such prestige. Since the first student to be awarded a Fulbright in 1951, Rollins has had a total of 34 scholars. In the year 2007-2008 alone, three Rollins Alumni were awarded Fulbright Scholars, in 2008-2009 four more graduates received one-year Fulbright grants, and in 2009-2010 another recent graduate received the honor. Rollins is the only school in Florida in the Carnegie category of Master’s Colleges and Universities for Fulbright recipients and is currently ranked number 1 out of 81 master’s institutions in the country.


Source: http://news.rollins.edu/07rollinsfulbright.shtml and http://www.rollins.edu/news/2009/11/fulbright.html








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Rollins Introduces New Master Degree Program

MPCUIn the spring of 2010, Rollins announced plans for a new Master of Planning in Civic Urbanism degree to be offered at the Hamilton Holt School. The degree launched in Fall 2010 as a two-year 12-course program that focuses on walkable communities, mixed-use development, public transit and green infrastructure. Courses will span a variety of disciplines, from the artistic side of drawing sustainable communities to the political and economic processes involved in development. In addition to the Rollins faculty, which includes psychology professors Paul Harris and John Houston, political science professors Mike Gunter and Tom Lairson, and art professor Rachel Simmons, local professionals (such as Brian Canin, owner of Canin & Associates) will serve as adjuncts and guest speakers. For more information about the new degree, click here.
Source: Hamilton Holt School








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The Rollins Newspaper, The Sandspur, is the Oldest College Newspaper in Florida

The SandspurThe first issue of The Sandspur was published in 1894. Click here to see the inaugural issue or visit The Sandspur online.















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Rollins Ranked #1 School in the South for 6 Consecutive Years

Olin LibraryRollins College ranks number one among 118 regional universities in the South in the annual rankings of “America’s Best Colleges,” released by U.S. News & World Report. This is the sixth consecutive year that Rollins has been named to the top spot in this category. We have maintained that spot due to our small class sizes and percentage of full-time faculty, as well as financial resources, graduation rates, and alumni satisfaction.

Source: rollins.edu/news/2010/08/us-news.html




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Rice Family Bookstore Celebrates 10 Years of Service

Rice Family BookstoreRollins’ bookstore has come full circle over the years. Originally located in the Student Center, it was moved in 1961 to Carnegie Hall, followed by a move to the lower level of Rose Skillman Hall in 1971. When the Rice Family Bookstore was dedicated in 2000, it marked the return to its first home, which underwent a complete remodeling to create the new space. Made possible by a $1-million gift from Rollins trustee and parent Charles E. Rice ’64MBA ’98H and his wife, Dianne ’61, the bookstore houses retail space, a welcoming fireplace seating area, and the popular dining location, Dianne’s Café.

Source: Archives and Rollins Architecture Book




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Rollins Admission Becomes SAT Optional

SAT OptionalThe class that entered Rollins in the fall of 2007 was the first to matriculate under Rollins’ new optional test-reporting policy. Of the top 100 liberal-arts colleges ranked by the U.S. News & World Report, 24 are now SAT (and ACT) optional. While test scores are still required for students to receive merit- or athletic-based scholarships or grants, they are not required for admission to the College. Instead, students may choose to submit a portfolio that they feel demonstrates their strengths and interests. Since dropping the requirement, many schools report an increased number of applications and admissions panels are considering qualities that make for more well-rounded students.

Source: Alumni Record Fall 2007




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John Dewey Visits Rollins, 1931

John DeweyJohn Dewey, a distinguished philosopher and educator, served as Chairman for the 1931 Curriculum Conference held at Rollins College. Leading educators gathered to discuss a number of matters, including core curricula, general education and purpose of a bachelor’s degree as a whole. The recommendations emphasized “Individualization in Education” and were implemented in the fall of 1931. The opposition to the lecture-and-recitation style of learning was clear and the new concept of shaping education around a student’s key interests are still visible today.

Source: Rollins College Catalogue 2009-2010 and http://tars.rollins.edu/colloquy/colloquy1997/1931.html




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Record-setting Campaign Helps Secure Rollins’ Financial Future

President Bornstein and CornellsIn October 2001, The Campaign for Rollins led by President Bornstein concluded with $160.2 million, far surpassing its $100 million goal. The Gala celebration to mark the end of the five-year campaign was made memorable by a capstone gift of $10 million from long-time benefactor and alumnus George Cornell ’35. Widely considered to have transformed the College, the Campaign financed six new or renovated buildings and much-needed property acquisition; furnished significant financial-aid resources and support for new academic programs and centers; and added 14 endowed chairs, including a chair of distinguished presidential leadership as part of a $10-million gift to create the first endowed college presidency in the country. Thanks in part to the Campaign, and to astute financial management, the College’s endowment nearly quintupled during President Bornstein’s tenure, providing long-term financial stability.




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Oval Tables at Rollins have Historical Origins

Students sitting at oval tableIn 1926, Rollins President Hamilton Holt placed a call to Edwin Osgood Grover asking him to become the College’s (and the country’s) first Professor of Books. When Grover appeared on campus, he taught three courses in the Department of Books and decided to create a more casual and friendly atmosphere for the class. He asked the carpenter to build him a large oval table (14 feet x 6 feet) with 20 oak chairs. It was at this table that he held classes in a collaborative “conference” setting. Due to the success of this arrangement, Holt used it as his inspiration for Rollins’ Conference Plan, which is still a large part of the curriculum today (and still utilizes the benefits of large oval tables!).

Source: Rollins Archives and Golden Personalities http://tars.rollins.edu/olin/archives/golden/grover.htm



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Freshmen Once Wore Beanies During Orientation Week

Students eating in cafeteria wearing beaniesFirst-year orientation these days is nothing like it used to be! Until the late 1960s, first-year students were called “Rats” and were required to wear Rat Beanies as a “symbol of their lowliness” until the men’s soccer team could claim its first victory of the season!

Source: Pictorial History, p. 128



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Becoming the Tars

Tars LogoPrior to World War I, the Rollins varsity sports teams were called the “Blue and Gold.” During WWI, only 10 male students were left on campus, causing the women to turn their attention to young men on board a British Navy vessel that was stationed on Lake Virginia. Centuries ago, at the time of tall sailing ships, British sailors were known as “Tars” and so the girls started to call the Navy men on Lake Virginia by this nickname. The term stuck and before long the school had officially adopted this name as its mascot. Rollins College is the only collegiate institution in the country with the Tars as their mascot.

Source: Rollins News site



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