By Leigh Perkins Brown
Photos by Judy Watson Tracy
Lenny Barrett ’11HH & son Michael ’13
They’re a tandem legacy—Lenny and Michael Barrett, a mother and son experiencing Rollins at the same time. She’s at the Hamilton Holt School and he’s in the full-time Arts & Sciences program, and they both share a passion for the mission of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
Hometown: Orlando (Lenny was born on Java to Chinese parents and speaks Indonesian and Sudanese, in addition to English; she plans to study Mandarin.)
Majors: International affairs (Lenny); environmental studies (Michael)
Origin of the legacy: Michael liked Rollins’ small class sizes and the feel of the campus, and was attacted by the sustainable development minor. He inspired his mom to return to school in the Hamilton Holt School evening program (she has a degree in English as a foreign language from an Indonesian university and needs 12 credits to earn a BA from Holt; at an average of two classes a semester to accommodate her work schedule, she plans to graduate at the same time as Michael).
Biggest difference in their experiences? “I don’t have time to hang out on campus,” said Lenny, who teaches yoga at the local YMCA and Gaylord Palms Resort. “Michael lives on campus, so he is really a part of everything that goes on. And Holt students are probably a little more serious about homework and getting our assignments in on time, but we have to have good time management because we’re all working people.”
Common bond: An infuriatingly efficient metabolic system—“My mom is 4 foot 9 and a size 2, and I can eat almost anything without much worry, and people say it’s unfair—like we have a supermetabolism,” Michael said. It probably helps that they both practice yoga and Lenny has been a dancer and martial artist for most of her life.
Sweet spot: Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA). Sponsored by OMA, Lenny teaches a weekly relaxation course for Rollins faculty and staff and Michael works in the office, helping to organize events such as a dialogue about multiracial families (Lenny was a guest speaker).
Token from home: Tingsha bells from Tibet, a reminder of Michael’s Asian heritage and also of yoga sessions from last summer (Mother and son were in a televised yoga class with Rollins alumna Dawn Marie Marzlock ’87.)
Workaday: Working toward the 500 hours required to enhance her credentials as a registered yoga instructor and perhaps studying Eastern philosophy at the graduate level (Lenny); undecided, but he may go into urban planning or landscape ecology (Michael)
Unforgettable: Getting to know the OMA staff—they are really wonderful people. (Lenny); “First day back to campus from winter break—it was great just to hang out with my friends. We walked down Park Avenue and to Winter Park Village.” (Michael)
Patrick McTigue ’99 (l) & nephews Daniel ’08 (r) and Mac Jacobs ’13
Sometimes a family legacy is more than just a tradition—it’s a physical gift to the school to be enjoyed by generations. Such is the case for Mac Jacobs, who can relax on the terrace his grandparents donated to Rollins, just like his brother, Dan, and uncle, Patrick McTigue, did before him.
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale (Dan lives in Boston now)
Majors: International business (Patrick); economics (Daniel); chemistry (Mac)
Origin of the legacy: Patrick’s father (Mac and Dan’s grandfather) donated the sculpture Barbaric and the R. Emmett & M. Diana McTigue Sculpture Terrace in front of the Cornell Campus Center.
Legacy pressure? When they were little, Dan and Mac visited Rollins for the sculpture donation ceremony and the idea of Rollins was planted in their minds, but mostly Dan wanted to go because Patrick had been there and Mac wanted to go because both Dan and Patrick had been there.
Biggest change in 15 years: “The renovations of Beans, the gymnasium, and the Cornell Campus Center have been astounding,” Patrick said.
Common bond: All three have held office in Chi Psi (Mac is vice president; Dan and Patrick were both president in their day.)
Generation gap: Mac is living his Rollins experience, while Dan and Patrick have to make do with “reliving it when we visit and then we have to shake our heads and get back on the plane to go back to our real lives. Those were the four best years ever,” Dan said.
Sweet spot: Chi Psi house (Patrick, Dan, and Mac)
Flashback: All three lived in the same room at the Chi Psi Lodge (they all spent the night together there when Pat and Dan visited Mac on campus this spring).
The workaday: Operations manager for United Rentals and realtor (Patrick); sales rep for Jeld-Wen windows and doors (Dan); probably grad school for a PhD in chemistry to work in pharmaceuticals (Mac)
Unforgettable: “Fox Day—total euphoria to have an extra free day.” (Patrick); “Fox Day—having a party with the girls at the Lodge first, going to the beach in a limo, and having the barbecue afterwards.” (Dan); “I always wanted to go to Rollins. I love the campus, love the people, love the professors.” (Mac)
Brad Lang ’82 & daughter Lexie ’11
As an alum, Brad Lang looks to Rollins’ past with fondness, but it is Rollins’ mission for the future that is most important to him as a parent. He’s confident his daughter’s education at Rollins is preparing her for the “rest of the wide world, because that’s where her future life will be.”
Hometown: Sarasota, Florida
Majors: Economics (both Brad and Lexie)
Origin of the legacy: “I was attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and it happened to be the winter with the most snow since the Civil War.” Transferring to Rollins was a rather easy choice, Brad said. His father attended the Hamilton Holt School and his youngest daughter, Lyndsey, starts Rollins in the fall, in Lexie’s senior year.
Legacy pressure? “I applied early decision to the University of Miami, but then changed my mind. But the great thing was my dad never pressured me either way. He just helped me decide if a big school or a small school was the better choice for me,” Lexie said.
Biggest change in 30 years: How much it’s changed for the better, Brad said—especially in its mission to educate global citizens.
Common bond: Travel (From the mountains of North Carolina to the Sistine Chapel, they’ve visited sites together in more than 10 countries.)
Generation gap: “Twitter and Facebook and all the information that one freely puts out there for the whole world to see is anathema to my way of thinking,” Brad said. “Dad wishes when he went to school they would have pushed study abroad more,” Lexie said. “I’m going to study for six weeks in Italy over the summer and he never got the chance to do that kind of thing.”
Sweet spot: The Pub (Brad); Chi Omega house lounge (Lexie)
Flashback: Both Lexie and her younger sister were baptized in Knowles Memorial Chapel.
Tokens from home: The obligatory Rollins sweatshirt and shorts and “a lot of stories,” Lexie said.
The workaday: Practicing law at his own firm (Brad); after Crummer for her MBA (she’s in the 3/2 program), maybe work in the fashion industry in Italy (Lexie)
Unforgettable: “One of my business professors senior year told us to take advantage of what’s available and seize opportunities, so I took the hour drive to the Space Coast to watch the Space Shuttle launch, which was amazing to experience up close.” (Brad); “The one-on-one attention from the faculty has been great. I always feel like someone is willing to help me if I need it.” (Lexie)