Points of Pride




Rollins Soccer Team's First Members Came Off the Baseball Diamond


Rollins SoccerHerbert Hellwege, a notable chemist from Germany joined the Rollins College faculty in 1954. Shortly thereafter, he received a postcard from Hugh McKean while McKean and his wife were travelling through India. While in India, McKean saw a group of boys playing soccer, barefoot, and was intrigued by this sport that required very little equipment. McKean asked if Hellwege knew anything about soccer and decided to start a team at Rollins. Because it was not yet a popular or well-known sport in America, Hellwege had his doubts, but the two called in Joe Justice, who was the baseball coach at the time.  The coach committed his baseball players to play soccer and they found a few international students to start the team.

Once they had formed themselves into a team, they found that there was no one to compete with, and so the team travelled for matches. Most universities didn’t have teams, but instead had soccer clubs, full of international students who grew up playing the sport. Subsequently, Rollins lost every match. So Jack McDowall, the athletic director at the time, called together the other directors of the Central Florida colleges and convinced them to start a soccer league, therefore securing competitors for the team at Rollins. This marked the official beginning of Rollins soccer as well as university soccer teams across Central Florida.


Source: Rollins Oral Histories

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Kappa Kappa Gamma


Kappa Kappa GammaKappa Kappa Gamma (KKG) was founded at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois, on October 13, 1870, and the Delta Epsilon chapter was founded at Rollins College in 1932. As a chapter, the women of KKG have been working hard to make a difference on the Rollins campus, as well as in the greater Orlando community.  

In the fall of 2009, they participated in several community events, from Halloween Howl to the Ripple Effect, and volunteered with Fern Creek Elementary. Recently, the Kappas joined forces with Phi Delta Theta to volunteer at the “Jack in the Park” Special Olympics fundraiser at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market (the women have already been asked back to participate next year as well). The organization’s national philanthropy, Reading is Fundamental, “works to build a literate nation by helping young people discover the joy of reading” (www.kappakappagamma.org) and the Delta Epsilon chapter has adapted this philanthropy to local efforts as well, partnering with Fern Creek Elementary; the women all made t-shirts to donate along with books to the school. One of the newest philanthropy efforts championed by the sorority is “Kappa Kouture,” a silent auction and trunk show that raised over $2,500 in its inaugural year in October 2009. The event benefitted Autism Speaks and the sisters plan to make Kappa Kouture in to an annual event at Rollins (for more information about the event, see the cover article of The Sandspur issue dated October 23, 2009).

The sisters also took part in the Progressive Dinner hosted by the Greek organizations on campus, which provided a “great opportunity for Rollins faculty to get to know Greek life and what it means to the people who are a part of it.” As a chapter, the women have been working hard to uphold their standards of excellence, including annual overnight council retreats to meet with advisers and plan for future growth and impact on the campus. For more information about KKG, visit their Web site at www.kappakappagamma.org.


Source: Delta Epsilon chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma

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Cornell Art Museum Holds More than 6,000 Works


Cornell Fine Arts MuseumIn 1941, Jeannette Morse Genius, Rollins trustee and wife of President Hugh McKean, donated the funds needed to erect the Morse Gallery of Art to hold the college’s extensive art collection donated by The Samuel H. Kress Foundation in 1937. The collection soon became the focus of many benefactors throughout the 1950s. In the 1960s, alumni Jack and June Myers contributed works by Old Masters. In 1966, the McKeans’ collection of Tiffany glass was featured in a 10-year-long exhibit at the Gallery. In 1976, a gift of more than $1 million from George ’35 and Harriet ’35 Cornell led to the construction of a new museum, now called the George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Fine Arts Center that opened in 1978. This contribution has allowed astonishing growth; several noteworthy pieces of the collection have been displayed for the first time and over 700 new pieces have been purchased or donated. In 2006 the museum benefitted from a multi-million-dollar expansion and renovation, which includes Florida’s only print-study room, six galleries, and more than 10,000 square feet of space.


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Rollins Alumnus Was the Inventor and Founder of Sunkist Soft Drink Co.


Sunkist SodaFollowing graduation, Jack Leffingwell ’60 got his Ph.D. and M.Sc. at Emory University. He completed his postgraduate work at Columbia University and went on to become founder and President of Leffingwell & Associates, an R&D and technical management consulting firm. His company has introduced over 75 new products since 1985, including Sunkist Soda for Sunkist Growers (he is Senior Vice President and one of the founders of the company). Other clients include Burger King, Slim-Fast, Haagen-Dazs, and The Kellogg Company. His wife and fellow Rollins Alumna and chemist, Dorothy Englehardt Leffingwell ’59, has worked along-side him and performed work as a bacteriologist and an analyst for a flavor and fragrance house. Leffingwell has recently become a part of Industrial Biotechnology Corporation’s (IBC) Strategic Advisory Board.


Source: 1959 Commemorative Booklet and http://www-dp-working.biospace.com/news_story.aspx?StoryID=19076&full=1


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Chi Omega


Chi OmegaThe Upsilon Beta chapter of Chi Omega was founded at Rollins on January 6, 1931, making it the oldest sorority on campus today. Founded nationally on April 5, 1895 at the University of Arkansas, Chi Omega is the largest fraternal women’s organization in the world, with 172 collegiate chapters and over 200 alumnae chapters across the country.  
At Rollins, the women of Chi Omega have continually played an important role in the campus community through service, academics, leadership and campus involvement.  
Sisters have been Peer Mentors, Summer Orientation Leaders, Panhellenic Executive Board members, JUMP Executive Board members, LEAD Team members, SGA Executive Board members, members of the Fraternity and Sorority Hearing Council, tutors, writing consultants, members of faculty research teams, soccer plays, softball players, swimmers, Honors students, 3/2 students, members of Phi Eta Sigma and Order of Omega, recipients of Dean’s and President’s Lists, and international students.

Chi Omega’s national philanthropy is the Make-A-Wish Foundation, for which the chapter raises at least $2,000 each year through a variety of fundraising events including bake sales, car washes, Cut-A-Thons (partnering with local hair salons), and Family Weekend Silent Auctions.  Nationally, Chi Omega has raised over $4.5 million for Make-A-Wish since the alliance was formed in 2002.  The chapter’s local philanthropy is the Harbor House; efforts for this organization have included assembling hygiene and personal product bags for the women, and most recently the sisters have made Halloween goodie bags for the children living at the shelter.

Internally, the women have been making strides to constantly improve the sisterhood.  Programs to promote and encourage high scholastic standards, responsibility, and friendship have had a lasting impact on the sisters.  An important new initiative is the Sober Sister Program that was started in the spring of 2009 and mandates 5-7 sober sisters at each chapter function in order to decrease risk and allow for more peer accountability.

Most recently, the women earned the Chi Omega Excellence award in 2009, awarded by National Headquarters to only the top 19 out of 172 chapters for displaying excellence across the fraternity’s six purposes.  On the Rollins campus, Chi O is proud of their accomplishments, having achieved the highest sorority GPA in the spring of 2009, and being named the Greek Week 2008 champions and the Lip Sync 2008 champions.
Below, the women have shared their thoughts on their involvement in Chi Omega, how the sisterhood has affected them, as well as some their personal accomplishments:

“We strive to be the best we can be. We never change ourselves for Chi Omega, instead Chi Omega molds us into great women who are capable of leadership positions and have a heart for helping others.” – Lexie Lang, Class of 2011

“I spent one summer working in Harlem, NYC. I worked for an enrichment program for students who didn’t pass the 2nd grade. After the summer, I received the Teacher of the Year Award. All my students passed and move on to the 3rd grade.” – Sarah Lefeber, Class of 2010

“Because of my commitment to the Office of Community Engagement, I was asked to join the J.U.M.P. (Join Us in Making Progress) executive board so I can help lead others to volunteer and plan some events on my own. As a part of the executive board I attend 50-75% of the community service events, so I always feel very involved.” – Lara Duncan, Class of 2012

“I felt unsure of myself and had many thoughts of transferring during my first semester at Rollins. In the spring, I rushed Chi Omega and I found myself surrounded by girls who loved me for me. My brother passed away a year before and in Chi Omega I found many sisters who have helped me grow emotionally.” – Teri Edwards, Class of 2012

“Chi Omega has provided me with the best friends I’ve ever had. Last year I went through one of the hardest times in my life and I am still blown away by the incredible support I receive from all of my sisters. The organization has changed my life.” – Hillary Wise, Class of 2011

“I am a third year and a new member of Chi Omega. Since I have joined Chi Omega, my sisters’ involvement on campus has inspired me to become more active. Also, because Chi Omega had the highest GPA last semester, it has inspired me to raise my own grades.” Lucy Samperton, Class of 2011

For more information about Chi Omega at Rollins College, visit their chapter Web site.


Source: Upsilon Beta chapter of Chi Omega


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Rollins Is the Only Independent College in Florida to Have a Nobel Laureate


Nobel Laureate Donald CramChemist Donald Cram ’41 worked for the National Biscuit Company in New York City following his graduation from Rollins, where his work in the laboratories sparked an interest in research. He attended the University of Nebraska for his master's, following which he went on to Harvard where he worked for Professor L.F. Fieser and earned his Ph.D. In 1947, Cram went on to teach at the University of California at Los Angeles. In 1987, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry alongside Dr. Jean-Marie Lehn and Charles J. Pedersen.  


Source: rollins.edu/internet/why-rollins/aboutus.html and nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/chemistry/laureates/1987/cram-autobio.html


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Winter With the Writers Honors the Literary Arts at Rollins


Billy Collins, Winter With the WritersWinter With the Writers celebrates a long tradition of convening renowned literary artists together with the Rollins and Winter Park communities. Currently an annual four-week festival of the literary arts in January and February, Winter With the Writers presents readings by award-winning authors, discussions, lectures and master classes that are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Winter With the Writers Web site.

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Rollins Football: Still Undefeated


Rollins Football teamIn 1949, the Tars celebrated an undefeated season, ending the year on a triumphant note. Unfortunately, that was the last year that Rollins had a football program; President Wagner eliminated the program citing financial reasons. Rollins students today still like to consider their Tars “undefeated” on the football field.


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Crummer Graduate School of Business Ranked #1 in Florida


Dean Craig McAllaster at the Crummer Graduate School of BusinessThe Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business has been ranked nationally and recognized as a distinguished MBA program. Crummer’s Early Advantage Program earned the #1 ranking in Florida in 2007 and again in 2009 as part of Forbes Magazine’s biennial survey for return on investment. Nationally, Forbes recognized Crummer as 36th in 2009 (up one spot from 2007). Additionally, in BusinessWeek Magazine’s biennial survey, Crummer’s Professional MBA program ranked 39th nationally and 1st in Florida in 2009. The rankings were based on a variety of student responses to questions concerning the quality of the academics and teaching faculty. For a complete list of Crummer’s rankings and prestigious recognitions, please click here.


Source: rollins.edu/crummer/mba-programs/rankings.html


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Lady Tars Finished on Top


Lady Tars Finish on TopRollins' women's sports teams were awarded the 2009 Sunshine State Conference women's division of the Mayors' Cup all-sports trophy. They finished with 46.5 points, while the men finished 5th with 26.5 points.


Source: rollinssports.com


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Rollins Was Founded by the Congregational Church


Dwight EisenhowerLike Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Middlebury, and Oberlin, Rollins was essentially founded by the Congregational Church. Reverend Edward P. Hooker of the Winter Park Congregational Church served as the first President of Rollins in 1885.



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President-Elect Dwight Eisenhower Was the First Voice Transmitted on Rollins' Radio Station


Dwight EisenhowerRollins' very own WPRK was Winter Park's first FM radio station. On December 10, 1952, the voice of Dwight D. Eisenhower was heard as he welcomed the station to the air. It was the first transmission made on the station, through only 10 watts at 88.1 megacycles. Today, while WPRK has grown to only 1,330 watts, it has devoted listeners throughout the Orlando community and dozens of dedicated DJs and programs. Visit the WPRK Web site or listen to the sound byte here.


Source: rollins.edu/wprk/110hours/07-wprk.html


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“Dear Prexy”

A letter addressed "Dear Prexy"


In the early to mid-1900s, it was common for students to address the president of the College (as well as the president of fraternities, sororities, and other organizations) as “Prexy” – slang for president. Many letters addressed to past presidents, from Holt to McKean, begin with “Dear Prexy,” as shown in the letter below written to Hamilton Holt.


Source: Rollins Archives, Rollins Tomokans


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Rollins College Was Founded in 1885, Making Us the Oldest Institution of Higher Education in Florida


Knowles Hall, circa 1886Lucy Cross’s vision for a college in Florida was born in 1880 and five years later she had attracted the support of the Congregationalist Church. In 1885 five locations competed for the privilege of housing the college. Winter Park emerged victorious, largely due to a generous gift from Chicago businessman Alonzo Rollins, for whom the college was named. The College was officially incorporated on April 28, 1885.

Source: Rollins College Web site


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