Rollins Through the Years

1950-1969







         

1950

 

first basketball team in 10 years … tennis team plays Club Chapultapec of Mexico … 57.8% of Rollins women claim Rollins men are less polite than other college men … new course: Aviation 103 … Hamilton Holt surprised with Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award …

 
         

1951

 

Adult Education Program becomes “Courses for the Community” … Sigma Nus and volunteer firemen extinguish fire in the Beanery … first classes at Patrick A.F.B. … Pres. Wagner dismissed … Hugh F. McKean named Acting President … Festival of Light … Mills Memorial Library dedicated …

  Mills Memorial Library
         

1952

 

crew rows against University of Guatemala—first international race … Tarpon Club performs for State Welders & Drillers Convention … WPRK receives opening congratulations from Pres. Eisenhower … Groucho Marx selects Tomokan beauty … tuition: $1600, cost: $1653.74 … A.R.T. stages special performance of Dracula at 11:30 p.m.; late permissions granted … Presidential poll: Eisenhower-304, Stevenson-65, Coolidge-1, Pogo-1 … Acting Pres. McKean accepts presidency … 2nd Festival of Light …

  Hugh McKean
         

1953

 

Student Center coffee: 8¢ a cup … Operation Songlift: 20 girls travel to Bermuda, Iceland, Newfoundland to entertain troops … newest dept.: Photography … 5 head of cattle graze in pen on A.R.T. lawn for Economic Conference on Florida Cattle industry … Rollins joins C.E.E.B.—only college in Florida, 1 of 8 in the South … Placement Office established … Jack McDowall sponsors Fin & Feather Club for fishermen, hunters & wildlife photographers … Touchdown Club for development of athletics in general & touchdowns “in particular” … Sandspur reviews Tony Perkins appearing at A.R.T.: “everything that he should be with the exception of a young Don Ameche” …

   
         

1954

 

first “name” band plays at Fiesta Ball—Sauter-Finegan Orchestra; CBS radio to broadcast dance & girls to buy their own tickets ($2.50) … Pres. McKean leads Fiesta parade on horseback … first Baseball Week … new course: Social Dancing … Mr. Roberts performed on stage on Lake Virginia …

   
         

1956

 

“Operation Bootstrap” … 2 Rollins co-eds ride Rose Bowl float; biggest thrill: “meeting Tab Hunter!” … Ford Foundation awards Accomplishment Grant for improved status & compensation of faculty … Republic of Guatemala gives 2 doves & 2 guyacamos (that’s parrots to you) … Presidential poll: Eisenhower-78.6%, Stevenson-17.2%, Edward R. Murrow-2.1% … King & Queen of Hearts … the Fox returns! …

 
         

1957

 

A.R.T.’s 25th birthday: rededication speech by Green Pastures author Marc Connelly … new home for the KAs: Rex Beach Hall … Jack McDowall retires … first language laboratory in Florida … 4 Rollins co-eds swim relay race on Garry Moore show … pinballmania … Center for Practical Politics opens … Earth Satellite Program launched …

 
         

1958

 

The Commons transformed into Art dept. … measles epidemic … new Senior course: Synthesis and the Value Vectors of our Heritage … Rollins co-ed named Miss Florida … first male cheerleaders since football … new intramural sport proposed: flicker ball—combines football, basketball, hockey … Student Center to open Sunday evening—to end socializing in the library; estimated cost: $21 …

  Cheerleaders
         

1959

 

dedication of Elizabeth & Rose Skillman Halls … 2 new racing shells: the Hugh F. McKean & the John M. Tiedtke … Student Council sponsors Playboy dance; Playboy magazine donates decorations … Cloverleaf redecorated with carpeting from Chicago’s Drake Hotel … Sandspur headline: “Study Tour Of Cuba Highlighted By Near Arrest, Glimpse of Castro” …

  Rose Skillman Dining Hall
         

1960

 

theatre arts students attend Yale Drama Festival … 68 freshmen attend first “How to Study Week” … Union to be open Saturday & Sunday evening … Presidential poll: Nixon-482, Kennedy-151 … girls’ basketball team beats men’s varsity … Fiesta: “No damages … except Recreation Hall burned” …

  Fire at recreation hall
         

1961

 

new Fiesta feature: Mr. Ugly Man contest … new Student Association … new honorary: Phi Sigma Iota, for romance languages … Freshmen wear beanies until soccer team wins first game … Senior Honor House … Institute of General Studies established … Fashion Board formed to promote good dress … Patrick A.F.B. branch opened …

   
         

1962

 

Tars claim shortest basketball player in U.S.: Mike Bailey, 5’-4” … first M.A.T. degrees awarded … George Hamilton visits Rollins … linen service introduced … Fiesta features elephant … New Hall named as tribute to 23 distinguished professors … first basketball win in 35 games; Sports Illustrated carries the news …

   
         

1963

 

new course: Radio, Film, & Communication Media Appreciation … Guide Service formed … Rollins College Museum of Art … Barristers Club …

 
         

1964

 

Rollins in G.E. College Bowl … Roy E. Crummer gives $1 million for School of Finance & Business Administration—“to strengthen the human element in business” … Institute of General Studies’ first separate commencement … Speakers Bureau … first Parents’ Weekend …

  A sketch for the original Crummer Hall
         

1965

 

Union program revamped; now appearing: The Lettermen, Joe & Eddie … A. G. Bush donates $800,000 toward science center … Fairbanks Ave. rerouted … Senior keys on trial … Institute of General Studies becomes Central Florida School for Continuing Studies … Fiesta transforms Rollins into “a southern Disneyland” …

  Bush Science Center
         

1966

 

new courses: The Art of Conversation, Happy Living, Appreciation of College Freedom—all filled … Crummer School of Business wins Intercollegiate Game & Conference … last Fiesta … “The Hourglass Curriculum” …

 
         

1967

 

Independent Men’s Dorm becomes Holt Hall as women move in … DuBois Health Center … Spring Weekend replaces Fiesta … new majors: Expressive Arts, Behavioral Science, History & Public Affairs … Mr. Legs … Winter Park’s first “BE-IN” …

   
         

1968

 

first Fine Arts Week … first “teach-in” … first Happening … last Flamingo … campus-wide bomb threat … gymnastics introduced … first basketball game in new Field House … Homecoming revived … Presidential poll: McCarthy-244, Nixon-153, Rockefeller-65, Pat Paulsen-4 … last Shakespeareana …

  Field House
         

1969

 

Bush Science Center dedicated … Peter Shaffer watches his Black Comedy at A.R.T. … Rollins Singers tour military bases in Europe … Cloverleaf razed …the end of three eras …

  Hugh McKean



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