May 11, 2011
Like so many scholars who have graduated from Rollins College, this year's exceptional graduates exemplify Rollins’ dedication to global citizenship and responsible leadership. Here are just a few of the Class of 2011's most outstanding graduates:
Ciera Parks of Orlando graduated with a bachelor’s in international business and a minor in Spanish. During her time at Rollins, she was one of two first-ever winners for the Award for Diversity and Inclusion (2010), was involved in Rollins’ Black Student Union (BSU) each year, serving as president in 2010, and has worked with various programs within the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA). She also served as an International R-Journalist while studying abroad in Shanghai, China (2010) and took part in field studies and course work in Oviedo, Spain and Costa Rica. Most recently, she has worked as an international business development intern with the Orlando Economic Development Commission. Parks will spend her summer in Costa Rica, where she will work at a language school.
Kathryn (Katie) Powell of St. Johns, Florida, graduated with a bachelor’s in sociology and a minor in women’s studies. During her time at Rollins, Powell has been an integral member of the Office of Community Engagement (OCE); she has been the student coordinator for JUMP (Join Us in Making Progress) for the past two years and has helped plan Halloween Howl, Holiday FunFest, Spring Extravaganza and Hunger Banquet. She has served as the Rollins Relief local projects director and international director, and has lead two immersion service trips focusing on hunger and homelessness. She has traveled to Ecuador, Galapagos and Mexico to do service work, served as an AmeriCorps Vista and helped plan 2010’s SPARC Day and Be a Part from the Start. She is also a Crosby Scholar and is a member of Rollins’ cross country team. She is currently applying to DePaul University’s masters of international public service program and plans to pursue a career in public service.
Omar Rachid of Valencia, Venezuela graduated with a bachelor’s in economics. As student coordinator for JUMP (Join Us in Making Progress), he has been involved in many service-related activities on campus. As co-founder of the Rollins Model United Nations, he hosted a forum on immigration, as well as led a team to the Harvard National Model UN conference in Boston every year. He assisted in starting two language programs at Rollins, Arabic and Portuguese. During his junior year abroad in Paris, he conducted two independent studies with faculty members from SciencesPo, an elite political studies university in France, as well as served as an intern at the Embassy of Venezuela in Paris. Most recently, Rachid was awarded the 2011 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallion. Has been accepted for grad school at IESE's Young Talent Program in Barcelona, Spain, an MBA program ranked by The Economist as #1 in Europe and #5 in the world.
Ariane Rosen of Cooper City, Florida graduated with a bachelor’s in international relations and a minor in creative writing. She co-founded Rollins Model United Nations in her freshman year and has taken the club to the Harvard Model United Nations conference every year. During her time at Rollins, she served as a resident assistant for the Ward Hall Living Learning Community, studied abroad in Shanghai and interned at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. She was president of the Cornell Council this past year and was a member of the Academic Honor Council. She received a Critical Language Scholarship to study intensive Mandarin in China this summer, and is a finalist for the UK Fulbright. She will pursue an master of philosophy in international relations at the University of Cambridge.