Rollins College and the City of Winter Park Celebrate Strong Ties

November 11, 2010

President Lewis M. Duncan and Winter Park Mayor Ken Bradley

Two proclamations named November 4 as “Rollins College Day” in the cities of Orlando and Winter Park. Mayor of Orlando Buddy Dyer and Mayor of Winter Park Ken Bradley both recognized Rollins for its significant contributions to the economic, social and cultural vitality of the greater Central Florida community.

As a part of the 125th festivities, Mayor Bradley was on hand for the inaugural “Winter Park-Rollins Community Recognition Award,” honoring those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to further the success of the cooperative relationship between Rollins and the City.

“Seventy-five years ago in 1935, Winter Park Mayor R.C. Baker issued a proclamation honoring Rollins’ 50th anniversary which said ‘General rejoicing was the order of the day,’” said Bradley. “And that is exactly what we are still doing today.  We are still rejoicing and congratulating one another on our 125-year partnership with one of America’s best colleges.”

Vice President for Institutional Advancement Jim Gerhardt recognized five recipients with the “Winter Park-Rollins Community Recognition Award” during a luncheon with local dignitaries and representatives from the College and City of Winter Park.  The recipients were:

Sergeant Jon Askins   Elizabeth Brothers

Sergeant Jon Askins
Community service division of the Winter Park Police Department

The liaison between the Winter Park Police Department and Rollins College, Askins participates in orientation and on-campus programs. He works closely with both the College and the community to facilitate beneficial relationships.


Elizabeth Brothers
Former associate vice president of development at Rollins College

A current resident at The Mayflower Retirement Community in Winter Park, Brothers frequently organizes events and volunteers her time to enhance the bond between the College, The Mayflower and residents of Winter Park.

Hal George (Class of 1976)   Jana Slavens Ricci (Class of 1980)

Hal George
Founder and president of Parkland International Realty, Inc.

A Rollins graduate (Class of 1976) who helped established Habitat for Humanity of Winter Park, George currently serves as the affiliate’s vice chairman. He is a strong advocate for Rollins’ involvement in the nonprofit and—thanks to his efforts— the College has sponsored eight Habitat Winter Park houses. In addition, students, faculty and staff have helped build dozens of homes for the organization.


Jana Ricci
Marketing director of The Mayflower Retirement Community

Ricci, a Rollins College graduate (Class of 1980) and Winter Park High School (WPHS) alumna, recently spearheaded a Lifelong Learning Pilot Program between the College and The Mayflower Retirement Community. She also serves on the executive board of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and is a chair of the WPHS Foundation.

Professor of Environmental Studies Bruce Stephenson    

Bruce Stephenson
Professor of environmental studies at Rollins College

During the past two decades, Stephenson has been active in preserving the City of Winter Park’s natural beauty through his involvement in the Mead Garden Boardwalk, Cady Way Trail, Master Plan for Central Park and the Genius Drive Nature Preserve. He also co-founded the new Master of Planning in Civic Urbanism program at Rollins College and serves on the Commuter Rail Task Force.


“Rollins and the City of Winter Park are inextricably linked by history and geography, and we have always been supportive community partners,” said Jim Gerhardt, vice president for institutional advancement at Rollins College. “We realize that Rollins would not be the institution we celebrate this year without the support of the City of Winter Park and its community members.”

View all photos from the event.

By Ann Marie Varga

Office of Public Relations & Community Affairs
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