Rollins Through the Years

1925-1949







         

1925

 

Hamilton Holt arrives … demerit program tested at Cloverleaf & Lakeside: for not registering before going to the library at night, 3 demerits; for going to movies in groups of less than two, 3 demerits; for not using the Dinky track while in bathing suits, 1 demerit … 30 demerits in one semester: expulsion … the advent of St. Andy … first Freshman football team —The Rats …

  Hamilton Holt
         

1926

 

faculty salaries raised 62% … Baby Tars Florida basketball champs … Tomokan names “True Rollins man” and “True Rollins girl” … first Professorship of Books in U.S. established at Rollins … followed by first Professor of Ethology … Two-Hour Conference Plan introduced … Rollins to make 1500-ft. film to sell the College to Florida—Hamilton Holt to play himself …

   
         

1927

 

faculty almost unanimous in opposition to proposed Fla. law to prohibit the teaching of evolution … track team practices at Orlando fairgrounds … new dept.: Ornithology … Rollins receives membership in Association of Colleges & Secondary Schools in the Southern States … first Animated Magazine … 187 respond to survey of religious beliefs: 178 believe in God, 162 in immortality  … Rollins named 1 of 14 institutions to grant Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award …

  The Rollins Animated Magazine
         

1928

 

Gene Tunney speaks, Johnny Weismuller swims … English dept. sponsors Carl Sandburg … crew rows exhibition race at Palm Beach Yacht Club … trustees grant 40 emergency scholarships to hurricane victims …

   
         

1929

 

Rollins Winter School: “Summer School” in the winter, “under ideal conditions” … faculty available for public lectures on 187 topics … room ($100) includes electric lights: “No other electric equipment is allowed in the rooms” … first Bach Festival … Edward “Dad” Rollins gives $25,000 for first dorm of new campus … 23,000 books in the library … Walk of Fame dedicated …

   
         

1930

 

Calvin Coolidge visits … next freshman class limited to 50 girls & 75 boys; actual count: 152 … King of Siam gives books … Fleet Peeples returns … Hugh McKean edits The Flamingo

  A flamingo
         

1931

 

Annual Institute of Statesmanship holds Round Table on Bank Mergers & Branch & Chain Banking … New Curriculum Plan inaugurated … Rollins hosts Oxford University debating team …

  The Annie Russell Theatre
         

1932

 

new course: “315W. Contribution of Women to the Progress of the World” … the Commons has to be enlarged—twice … Knowles Memorial Chapel and Annie Russell Theatre dedicated … first play staged at A.R.T.: Browning’s In a Balcony, starring Annie Russell … class designations abandoned … Boston Pirates play Philadelphia Athletics to raise funds for new athletic field … 33,000 books in the library …

  The Knowles Memorial Chapel
         

1933

 

Rollins announces Unit-Cost Plan … “As all women’s dormitories are equipped with radios in the living rooms, no first year student is permitted to have a radio in her room” … Special Course added: “How to Study” … Explorers Club discovers remains of mastadon & mammoth on Florida east coast … Edwin Granberry joins Rollins faculty … Publications Union issues only “scrip” used in Winter Park during bank holiday … Rollins girls debate Yale: “Resolved, That Women in Politics Are a Fiasco” (result is a draw) … Book-a-Year Club begins … Infirmary opens with 10 beds …

  Edwin Granberry
         

1934

 

“Nerts” …

   
         

1935

 

Rollins’ 50th birthday coincides with graduation of first whole Conference System-class … first Beanery mural painted: the “Monkey Wing” … $275,000 loan granted by Public Works Administration to build 4 new dorms; fraternity & sorority houses to go—the death of Greeks at Rollins?  …

   
         

1936

 

Sinclair Lewis speaks, Martha Graham dances, Efrem Zimbalist (Sr.) plays … Jack & the Bean Stalk appears in the Beanery—on the walls … all-College poll: Roosevelt-36%, Landon-58%; Sandspur suggests formation of Rollins Confusion Party … first organized program of Adult Education … Office of Admissions established … “Roosevelt times himself to break up vacation. Eleanor is with him. He gets a degree. She gets a medal. The roar of many cannons and it is all over. Rollins is still Republican” (The Tomokan) …

   
         

1937

 

Rollins College Band boasts 14 members … student Peace Strike … motion picture & sound system given to A.R.T. by Harry M. Warner, Pres., Warner Bros. …

 
         

1938

 

Student Council launches campaign for recreation center … 53,762 books in the library … student body of 394 hails from 32 states & 7 foreign countries … Foreign Study Plan offers six months in France—at no extra cost, thanks to the UnitCost Plan … “Moo Moo Club meets twice day on Beanery porch serving milk & crackers to the underweights” …

   
         

1939

 

traditional Freshman bonfire ignited by ? … “Dean Enyart dunked into beautiful Lake Virginia. His comment not recommended for posterity” … Rollins Day at the World’s Fair … Integrated Courses introduced …

   
         

1940

 

Beal-Maltbie Shell Museum … women’s basketball team Orlando league champs … on campus: H. G. Wells, Alexander Woollcott …

  Beal Maltbie Shell Museum
         

1941

 

football team trains in Asheville, NC … Rollins Quarterback Club … 60,790 books in the library … enrollment: 416, visitors to the Pelican: 1,467 …

   
         

1942

 

first building especially designed for Conference Plan: La Maison Provençale … Morse Gallery of Art … Emergency war courses include “Chemical Warfare Seminar” and “Psychology of Propaganda” … first football queen … Lakeside closed … Yehudi Menuhin plays … Pelican becomes U.S. Coast Guard Shelter Station … all men run commando course—replica of West Point’s—twice a week …100% of women sign up for war work …

   
         

1943

 

STAR Unit … Tomokan cancelled, then saved—in abbreviated form … all bachelor commandos eligible for Rollins Paper Doll Club … Freshmen subjected to standardized achievement & aptitude tests under guise of “Application of the Principles of Mental Hygiene” …

  The Star Unit
         

1944

 

President of Student Council elected with campaign slogan “Vote For A Man While You Can” … men’s intramurals struggle on with 26 boarding students: Cobras face Jitterbugs … hurricane lashes campus, men deliver food to girls’ dorms, students form clean-up squads … Elizabeth Arden, entertained at Kappa tea, describes Rollins as “too beautiful” …

   
         

1945

 

S.S. Rollins Victory launched in Rollins’ honor … 45 Vets on campus—21 returning Rollins men … Esperanto … new Casa Iberia dedicated by Florida governor …

   
         

1946

 

Fred Stone plays A.R.T. in You Can’t Take It With You, Greer Garson watches … 33 new subjects added to curriculum … old tradition renewed: Thursday dinner by candlelight … Thornton Wilder talks to Ed Granberry’s class … “There’s a peace on” …

  Fred Stone on a playbill for the Annie Russell Theatre
         

1947

 

Fiesta revived … groundbreaking for Orlando Hall … first varsity crew since the war … 75,000 books in the library …

   
         

1948

 

Leo G. Carroll in Angel Street, Buddy Ebsen in The Male Animal—at A.R. T. … water skiing team wins first intercollegiate championship …Hamilton Holt resigns, effective July ’49 …

   
         

1949

 

Truman receives honorary doctorate … grant from Davella-Mills Foundation for new library … economy drive: save electricity, hot water, & food … faculty vetoes ratting … Hamilton Holt’s “Commencement” … Paul Wagner succeeds Hamilton Holt as Prexy … Joe Justice succeeds Jack McDowall as football coach … last football team … campus newsreel films “Life at Rollins” … “A full scale survey is underway by a class of students to determine what has happened to and what is happening to the conference plan and just what the conference plan is” …

  Hamilton Holt



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