Rollins Rings in 125 Years
At precisely 9 a.m. on the morning of November 4, 2010, the Chapel Bell rang out from its home in the stately tower of Knowles Memorial Chapel. It was the first in a series of chimes that set the pace for a spirited academic procession from Winter Park’s City Hall, along Park Avenue’s storefronts, through the McKean Gateway, down the brick-lined street of Holt Avenue, and into the Alfond Sports Center—an event marking the culmination of a yearlong celebration of the College’s 125th Anniversary. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members marched to the rhythm of the bell—the very same bell that heralded the opening of a college in Winter Park on November 4, 1885—as its tolls sang out Rollins’ story:
DING: 10 acres and two buildings
DONG: 70 acres and 90 buildings
DING: 6 undergraduate students
DONG: 1,700 undergraduate students
DING: 1st liberal arts college in Florida
DONG: No. 1 college in the South
Vision for the Future
Delivering a provocative 125th Anniversary convocation address, Clay Shirky, author of Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age, offered an exciting and optimistic outlook on how technology allows for increased interaction and collaboration. A leading contemporary scholar on Internet technologies, Shirky demonstrated how social media provides an outlet to learn about and participate in the global community. More...
Celebration of Religious Roots
On Founders’ Week Sunday, Dean of the Chapel Patrick Powers was joined by First Congregational Church of Winter Park Senior Minister Bryan Fulwider and Minister of Arts and Education Talia Raymond ’02 for a joint service commemorating Rollins’ founding 125 years ago. Symbolizing Rollins’ historical roots in the Congregational Church and the promise of an ever-growing relationship, the First Congregational Church presented Rollins with a 100-gallon live oak, which was planted just outside Mills Memorial Hall.
Two proclamations named November 4, 2010 as “Rollins College Day” in the Cities of Orlando and Winter Park. Mayor of Orlando Buddy Dyer and Mayor of Winter Park Kenneth Bradley both recognized Rollins for its significant contributions to the economic, social, and cultural vitality of the greater Central Florida community. In addition, the inaugural “Winter Park-Rollins Community Recognition Award” honored five individuals who have strengthened the relationship between Rollins College and the City of Winter Park. Recipients included Sergeant Jon Askins of the Winter Park Police Department; Elizabeth Brothers, former associate vice president of development at Rollins and current resident at The Mayflower Retirement Community; alumnus Hal George ’76, founder and president of Parkland International Realty Inc. and co-founder of Habitat for Humanity of Winter Park-Maitland; alumna Jana Slavens Ricci ’80, marketing director of The Mayflower Retirement Community; and Bruce Stephenson, professor of environmental studies at Rollins College. More...
Kennedy Addresses “Green Gold Rush”
Winter Park Institute Distinguished Visiting Scholar Robert F. Kennedy Jr. visited Rollins in November to speak on “Green Gold Rush: A Vision for Energy Independence, Jobs, and National Wealth.” Kennedy provided a detailed vision for a green economy in which a national marketplace turns every American into an energy entrepreneur and every home into a clean energy power plant. “All the ingredients to the revitalization of our nation deal with the decarbonizing of our society,” he said. “It will improve our national security, create jobs, and repair the international prestige of America.” More...