March 31, 2009
Historically, colleges and universities hold homecoming in the fall with the big football game. Although Rollins’ football team has been on hiatus since 1949, there is no lack of school spirit or passion for homecoming activities. This year, however, the Student Government Association collaborated with the Alumni Association to produce 2009 Homecoming in conjunction with Rollins Reunion Weekend and the launch of such spring sports as men and women’s lacrosse, baseball and softball. During Reunion, more than 500 alumni rediscovered their connection to Rollins. Rollins graduates from far and wide returned to campus to enjoy a weekend filled with friendship, joy and celebration.
One of the most anticipated and popular events of the academic year, homecoming provides an opportunity for students, parents, alumni, faculty, administrators and staff to come together and celebrate the Rollins experience. Occurring March 23-27, Homecoming 2009 brought school spirit back to the Rollins community in the theme of “PAINT!”
Throughout the week, students participated in colorful activities that were free of charge and filled with fun. On Monday, students competed in “Color Wars” on Mills Lawn as they hurled water balloons filled with colorful paint at friends and classmates. Tuesday provided a bit of rest and relaxation as students chilled out to “mock”tails and an afternoon of tie-dyeing after a long day of classes. Wednesday, however, brought the crazy night-life back to Rollins with a Day-Glo Paint Party that was open to the entire campus. The music played all night as students went into the party dressed in white and came out the colors of the rainbow.
Thursday night’s LipSync proved to be the most popular night of Homecoming 2009 as more than 400 students, faculty, staff and alumni gathered in the Alfond Sports Center to watch the annual competition. Student organizations—Greek and non-Greek alike— participated in the competition, showing off their dazzling costumes, creative themes and one-of-a-kind dance moves. The grand prize for the winners is the opportunity to perform at an Orlando Magic pre-game show, and an event was organized by the student-run organization All Campus Events offering discounted game tickets for all Rollins students. Homecoming 2009 culminated with a community service project at Fern Creek Elementary, where Rollins students were able to spend their afternoon giving back to the community.
- Brittany Fornof (Class of 2011)