Annual Events

The Center for Leadership & Community Engagement has a wide variety of initiatives created to better integrate students, staff, and faculty within the broader community. Below are a few of our top events and programs.
Challenge Yourself

Challenge Yourself

The annual SPARC day event is designed to ignite interest and passion in the newest members of the Rollins community.

SPARC Day of Service

SPARC (Service, Passion, Action, Rollins College) is a day where all incoming first year students participate in a day of service, education, and action in the Central Florida community during fall orientation in August. SPARC is meant to ignite interest and passion in the newest members of the Rollins community, encourage them to ask tough questions about themselves, others, and the issues facing communities in the 21st century. This experience is continued through multiple academic service-learning and research projects, immersions, and reflections throughout the semester in their Rollins College Conference (RCC) first-year seminar course. SPARC should also challenge the students to engage as active participants in creating a life of citizenship, leadership, and action that starts in their first semester.

Halloween Howl

Halloween Howl is an annual event in October that brings over 1,500 members of the Central Florida community to campus for a Halloween celebration. This is a free event for families to attend, and it provides a safe space for children to dress up and celebrate Halloween as a community. Rollins students participate by hosting carnival booths and craft activities on Mills Lawn, creating haunted houses out of residential space, getting involved on the planning committee, and being general volunteers at the event.

Holiday FunFest

Holiday FunFest is an annual event in December that brings about 50 foster children from the Central Florida community to the Rollins campus during the holiday season to participate in games, crafts, and other holiday fun. This is a free event for the foster care children, families, and organizations, giving the foster parents and staff members a break for one night and gives the children a night of holiday fun. Volunteer opportunities at Holiday Funfest include: being a buddy for the day to one of the children, sponsoring gifts for a child, or running an activity table.


#summerSERVE is a campus community initiative that connects students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Rollins College to continue their engagement with the local community throughout the summer months. #summerSERVE gives everyone the opportunity to build meaningful relationships through direct service, community engagement, and education.


Center for Leadership & Community Engagement
Rollins College
Mills Memorial Building
1000 Holt Ave. – 2789
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.691.1250