Walk of Pride
We invite you to join us on a “walk of pride” through some of your alma mater’s top honors of the past year—
achievements that continue to build Rollins’ reputation as one of the leading liberal arts colleges in the country.
In the Limelight
We’re #1—For the fifth consecutive year, Rollins College earned the number one spot among 117 Southern master’s-level universities in the annual rankings of “America’s Best Colleges,” released by U.S. News & World Report.
Great debaters—In only its second year, the Rollins College Varsity Debate Team achieved top 10 finishes at four national competitions and is ranked number one by the National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA).
Business savvy—Financial Times ranked the Rollins Executive MBA program at the Crummer Graduate School of Business 59th in the world and first in Florida. Forbes magazine ranked the full-time MBA program 36th nationally for return on investment, making it the top business school in Florida. Entrepreneur magazine ranked the MBA program 22nd in the nation for entrepreneurial studies. Hispanic Business magazine ranked it number 13 in its “2009 Top Business Schools for Hispanic Students” issue. Leadership Excellence magazine ranked the Rollins MBA program 22nd in the nation and first in Florida for leadership development education.
Walking the red carpet—Five Rollins students had their class project screened at the world-famous Cannes Film Festival in the South of France.
What a rush—Three Rollins fraternities and two Rollins sororities received national awards from their parent organizations this past summer. Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity received the Excellence in Scholarship Award for achieving an above-3.0 grade point average for all members; Chi Psi Fraternity received an award for their outstanding efforts in community service; Chi Omega Sorority received the Award of Excellence for their achievements in scholarship, membership, initiation, administration, community service, campus activities, and high standards of personnel and hospitality; Kappa Delta Sorority received the Recognition Award based upon their achievements in academics, financial standing, programming requirements, and risk management; and Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity received an award for being in the top 25 chapters for spring recruitment.
High service marks—Rollins earned a 2008 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its ongoing community service efforts, joining the less than 5 percent of colleges and universities nationwide to have achieved this prestigious classification; the Corporation for National and Community Service named Rollins to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll With Distinction for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth—the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement; and Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) named Rollins one of the 2008-09 Outstanding Partners in Education for excellence in programming with local schools.
With four students receiving Fulbright Awards in 2009-10, Rollins was recognized by the Fulbright Program as the top producer of Fulbright students among all master’s-level institutions in the nation, ranking number one out of the 81 master’s institutions whose students received Fulbrights.
Fulbright Scholar—Kate Osterloh ’09 was named a Fulbright Scholarship recipient. As part of her Fulbright Scholarship, Osterloh will live in Egypt and pursue a dual master’s degree in international human rights law and migration and refugee studies at the American University in Cairo. For her graduate studies thesis she will conduct research on the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that are working with refugee populations in and around Cairo.
Fulbright Fellows—Chase VanSteenburg ’08, Trevor O’Bryan ’09, and Kelly Rolfes-Haase ’09 are each spending a year abroad as part of the Fulbright program. VanSteenburg is in Spain teaching English to Spanish elementary school students, and O’Bryan and Rolfes-Haase are serving as English teaching assistants in German middle and high schools.
American Graduate Fellow—The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) awarded Robert Hoffman ’09 an American Graduate Fellowship. As a fellow, Hoffman will receive an award of $50,000 for a year of graduate study. This fall, he entered a doctoral program in philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania.
Boren Scholar—The Institute of International Education (IIE) selected Fatema Kermalli ’11 as one of 130 students from across the U.S. to receive a 2009 David L. Boren Scholarship for international study. Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and are underrepresented in study abroad. Kermalli, an international relations major and Jewish studies minor, is studying at the University of Jordan Language Center in the capital city of Amman during the 2009-10 academic year.
Athletes make the grade—Sixty-three Rollins student-athletes made the spring 2009 Sunshine State Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll by posting at least a 3.20 grade point average. Participants in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, softball, baseball, and women’s rowing were eligible for the honor roll.
SSC Female Athlete of the Year—Rollins pitching standout Nicole Anderson ’09 was selected as the 2009 Sunshine State Conference Female Athlete of the Year. Anderson helped lead Rollins to its first SSC softball title with her 27-6 record and 0.85 ERA. In 213.2 innings pitched, she struck out 324 batters and held opponents to a .155 batting average.
Two teams place at Nationals—The Rollins women’s golf team tied for third at the 2009 NCAA Division II National Championships—the 11th time Rollins has placed third or better in the tournament’s 14-year history, including five title wins. In water ski, the Rollins women took the top three spots in slalom and Geena Krueger ’12 was the overall champion to lead the Rollins water ski team to a fifth-place finish at the NCWSA National Championships.
Post-season advancement—The Women’s soccer, women’s basketball, men’s swimming, women’s golf, men’s golf, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, and softball teams all advanced to NCAA postseason play.
Women claim Mayor’s Cup—Rollins’ women athletes were awarded The Sunshine State Conference Mayors’ Cup all-sports trophy, which recognizes competition in volleyball, soccer, cross country, basketball, golf, tennis, softball, and rowing.
SSC Champs x 4—The women’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s basketball, and softball teams all won Sunshine State Conference Championship titles.