Schedule of Events

Photo of student and parents      

Rollins Family Weekend - November 7, 8, & 9, 2014

Sample schedule from 2013.


9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.    
Check-in and Information

Your first stop will be the Faculty Club, where you will receive a registration packet containing name badges that serve as admission passes to events. A Family Weekend itinerary of sessions and locations, parking garage pass, and campus map will be provided.  
The Faculty Club (#208 on map) is located on Holt Avenue across the street from Cahall-Sandspur Field and Barker Family Stadium.


Back to Class

Immerse yourself in the Rollins academic experience by attending your student’s scheduled classes. Your presence is encouraged!


9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Parent Conferences with Faculty Advisors

You may request an appointment with your student’s faculty advisor. To schedule an appointment, please contact the Office of Student Success by email at with your student’s name, faculty advisor, and the time you will arrive on campus. As an alternative, you may call 407-646-2354. The scheduling office will be open October 1 through October 21. Although every effort will be made to accommodate requests received after that date, an appointment cannot be guaranteed.  Scheduling this appointment does not automatically register you for Family Weekend.  Please register for Family Weekend using this website.


One-on-One Meetings with Student Affairs Staff Members

Have a question or a concern? The staff members of the Dean’s office, Career Services, Community Standards & Responsibilities, Counseling and Psychological Services, Disability Services, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Health Services, Multicultural Affairs, Residential Life, and Student Involvement & Leadership will be available to meet with parents for personal appointments. Beginning September 23, please e-mail Joni Eden at with your area of interest and the time you will arrive on campus. You will receive your appointment time by return e-mail. As an alternative, you may call 407-646-2345. The deadline for scheduling appointments is October 21. Although every effort will be made to accommodate requests received after that date, an appointment cannot be guaranteed.


1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Rollins Improv Players

This talented group of Rollins students presents an original improvisation. Audience suggestions are incorporated into the theme to create a one-of-a-kind, one-act play before your very eyes. Registration is not required. Seating is limited.  Location: Fred Stone Theatre (#419 on map).

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

The Rollins Story – A look back at our long history

Thaddeus Seymour ’82HAL ’90H, President Emeritus
Join Dr. Seymour as he traces the history of Rollins through the lives of its founders. With his usual warmth and wit, Dr. Seymour will tie Rollins’ past to its present through intriguing and engaging information.  Location: Knowles Memorial Chapel (#402 on map).

Career Services and Career Networking

Cat Hackenberg '07 '09MBA, Director, Alumni Career Network, Elizabeth Boggs, Associate Director, Career Services, and Allisa Johnson, Director, Internship Programs
This program focuses on keeping students connected for life through cultivating career opportunities, internships, and alumni networking. The Offices of Alumni Relations, Career Services and Academic Internships have partnered to showcase programs that help students and alumni pursue meaningful and productive careers. Bush Science Center Auditorium (#100 on map)



3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
A Family Favorite: Ice Cream Social

Enjoy an old-fashioned ice cream social that will provide an opportunity for you and your student to converse with faculty members, administrators, and other Rollins families.  Location: The Green (#335 on map).

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Celebration of Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program
Christopher Fuse, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physics

Observe the work of some of our student-scholars who will present their projects. You will have the opportunity to learn about the Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program and how Rollins supports original scholarly projects. Talk to the students and faculty about their work, and learn about the wide variety of scholarships at Rollins. Location: Rice Family Atrium, Bush Science Center (#100)

5:00 p.m.
Kabbalat Shabbat: A Sabbath Experience

Celebrate the Sabbath with music, candle lighting, a festive kosher meal, and presentations by faculty and students. For reservations and payment information, please contact Marc Sardy at or call 407-691-1753. Reservations required. Please reserve by October 21.



8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Check-in and Information

Registration packet pick-up continues at the Faculty Club (#208 on map).


9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.    
Conversation with the President      

Join President Lewis Duncan for the latest information about the College plus an informal discussion about campus developments. Bush Science Center Auditorium (#100 on map).


A Rollins Sampler

10:10 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

Human-Environment Interactions and Threats to Florida’s Endangered Coral Reefs
Kathryn Patterson Sutherland, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biology
Since 1980, an estimated 90% of Elkhorn coral has been lost in the Florida Keys. This branching coral produces an extensive three-dimensional structure that provides a critical habitat for reef dwelling organisms. What is causing this devastation? Join Dr. Sutherland to learn about her research on white pox disease, and how she and Rollins student-collaborators are unraveling the mysteries behind the ecology of this disease that threatens the survival of Florida’s fragile coral reef ecosystem. Bieberbach-Reed, Cornell Campus Center (#325 on map).

Global Perspectives of Education
H. James McLaughlin, Ph.D., Professor and Richard James Mertz Chair of Education, Department of Education
Education is seen worldwide as a path out of poverty and a road to a better life.  But nations have varying means to educate their children, and sometimes the challenges are daunting.  In this session you will learn about children’s educational lives in several countries, and about what people of good will are doing to help. Cornell Social Science Room 222 (#425 on map).

Applying the Liberal Arts: Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program Research
Chris Fuse, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Physics
The Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program provides a unique partnership between the student and faculty member to apply their knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to a high-level scholarly research project. We will highlight how collaborative research works and its value to students, regardless of major or career choice. SunTrust Auditorium, Bush Executive Center (#425 on map).

LISTENING PAYS: Achieve Significance through the Power of Listening
Rick Bommelje, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Department of Communication
It’s estimated that the average person ignores, forgets, or misunderstands at least 75% of what they hear.  Is it any wonder that mistakes occur, opportunities are missed, or the “I’ll take care of it!” never happens?  The value of listening is fundamental to effective success in all areas of life.  During this highly interactive session, we will explore methods to bring the profitable practice of listening alive. Galloway Room, Mills Memorial Hall (#331 on map)


11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Olde Schole Literature
Jana Mathews, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of English
What do Shakespeare and Marlowe have in common with rappers Snoop Lion, formerly known as Snoop Dogg, and P. Diddy?  Journey back to early modern England with Professor Mathews as she introduces you to the coolest people in town. Bieberbach-Reed, Cornell Campus Center (#325 on map).

Alzheimer’s Disease and the Sandwich Generation: Efforts to Improve Communication
Anne Stone, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Communication
Described as “the sandwich generation,” many parents of college-aged children struggle to provide support to their children and care for aging parents. Alzheimer’s disease is particularly troubling for adult children because characteristics of the disease make communication difficult for patients, family members, and health care providers.  In this study, Professor Stone examines the role of social support in managing challenges, particularly how the perspective of nurses is useful to understand and ease family members’ experiences. Galloway Room, Mills Memorial Hall (#331 on map).

Transportation and the City
Bruce Stephenson, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Studies
SunRail, a commuter rail system, is coming to Central Florida with a station in the heart of Winter Park. Through a grant awarded by the EPA, Professor Stephenson and Professor Rick Foglesong, George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Professor of Politics, will work with students to create a plan “Activating SunRail in Winter Park”. Galloway Room, Mills Memorial Hall (#331 on map).

Stock Market Trends: Main Street Meets the Globalization of Wall Street
Richard Lewin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of International Business
Global Capital Markets have revolutionized the world – financing new industries, technologies, and lubricating the world’s enterprises that are all funded through global savings.  However, savers and pensioners face the same old dilemma of preserving their purchasing power from the ravages of inflation.  Human nature has not changed which makes investor psychology an important component in understanding how we can profit from the global influences that are now affecting Wall Street. Bush Science Center Auditorium (#100 on map).


12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Family Picnic on The Green

Enjoy casual luncheon fare with your student and other Rollins families at a festive picnic.
Location: The Green (#335 on map).

12 noon Men's Lacrosse

Rollins vs. UCF, Hungerfield Field (off campus)

12 noon Swim Meet - Alfond Pool

Rollins Vs. Nova Southeastern in a conference meet Alfond Pool (#329 on map).

2:00 p.m. Women's Lacrosse

Rollins vs. Alumni, Winter Park 9th Grade Center (off campus)


8:00 p.m.
Rollins Entertainment Program (REP)

Craig Karges is the “extraordinist”. The award-winning entertainer, nationally recognized speaker, and author comes to Rollins. Karges combines the art of magic with the science of psychology and the power of intuition to create the impression that nothing is impossible. Tables float, minds are read, metal bends, and your imagination is challenged because you won’t believe your eyes! Bush Auditorium (#100 on map)


9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Juice & Jazz

Start the day with an informal continental breakfast and the upbeat sounds of jazz as you relax around Rita’s Fountain in front of the Cornell Campus Center. Location: Cornell Campus Center Patio (#325 on map). 


10:00 a.m.
Founders Day Worship Service

The First Congregational Church of Winter Park welcomes Rollins families for a joyous Founders Day worship service.   225 South Interlachen Avenue, Winter Park.



Around Campus All Weekend:

Campus Stroll
Start lakeside behind Elizabeth Hall and wind your way along Lake Virginia, ending at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum. Or reverse your stroll and take a break mid-way at Dianne’s Café, Rice Family Bookstore.

The Rice Family Bookstore
Show your spirit with logo items from the bookstore. Dianne’s Café is the perfect spot for some family time and a snack. The bookstore is open Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Check your registration envelope for a discount coupon (#205 on map).

Cornell Fine Arts Museum
The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is one of America’s finest college art museums and a point of pride at Rollins College. Gallery hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is complimentary for the weekend with your Family Weekend name badge (#303 on map).

Harold & Ted Alfond Sports Center (#420 on map)
Daryl’s Fitness Center — Families are welcome to sign in at the registration desk and work out in this state-of-the-art fitness facility.
Bert W. Martin Tennis Complex — Bring your racquet and enjoy this beautiful facility overlooking Lake Virginia.
Tar Hall of Fame Room — Visit the home of the Rollins Athletic Timeline, which highlights many of the successful teams and individuals in the history of Rollins athletics.





Lisa D. Johnson
Director of Academic Internships
Rollins College
1000 Holt Avenue – 2749
Winter Park, FL 32789

Office: (407) 646-2391
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