Innovate, Create, Elevate

Flex Your Creative Muscles

Test boundaries, push conventions, and devise new ways of thinking about and living in this rapidly changing world. Watch preview video to learn more about this neighborhood.



Innovate, Create, Elevate

The future. What does it hold for us? The Innovate, Create, Elevate neighborhood invites you to develop your creative skills and build the world of tomorrow. Our courses investigate innovation and creativity across the centuries in all their forms, including science, philosophy, art, and entrepreneurship. Students in our neighborhood live and work as creative citizens, bringing positive changes to their global and local communities. Join us as we test boundaries, push conventions, and devise new ways of living in a rapidly changing world.
Dan S. Myers, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Bush 263
Dan Myers received his Ph.D. in Computer Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with research interests in computer performance modeling and queueing theory.  Prior to attending UW-Madison, he worked as a Senior Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico, applying computer vision and image processing to national security problems. Dr. Myers enjoys playing old-time and gospel guitar: his playing has been featured in Frets magazine and he received first prize in the flatpicking guitar contest at the 2015 Florida Old-Time Music Championship.

Kevin Griffin 

Before The Curtain Rises 
Transcript Title: Before The Curtain Rises 
Course Number: ICE100A3

Innovation, creation and elevation lie at the core of every theatrical production.  The creative process involves a team working together that must be creative, innovative and flexible.  Its success or failure rests in the production team’s ability to create a work that speaks to the audience and elevates their mood, perception or understanding of the subject matter being presented.  Innovation in techniques, styles, methods and technical equipment is constant in our field as artists constantly explore new and innovative ways to collaborate and communicate.


Dawn Roe

Digital Media as Critical Practice 
Transcript Title: Digital Media as Critical Practice 
Course Number: ICE100A5

This course introduces concepts and techniques of digital media as critical practice. Students will produce imagery in relation to social responsibility and cultural awareness. Dominant aesthetic conventions that favor expression over concept will be challenged as students learn to mindfully engage with digital media as a powerful form of art making, uniquely capable of responding to our rapidly transforming worlds.


Dana Hargrove

Picturing Place
Transcript Title: Picturing Place
Course Number: ICE200A4

What different roles do artists take in creating a social fabric or a sense of place? Encouraged to make connections between art, landscape and community, students will begin their own journey as an artist and create innovative art works that enliven/elevate their community and sense of place. Students will engage with these concepts through readings and discussion and develop these ideas creatively through a series of hands-on projects that explore various artist techniques and creative processes - all while learning about art, place and community from a theoretical, cultural, historical and practical perspective. This course will have a CE component.


Nadia Garzon

Theatre, Creativity & Social Change 
Transcript Title: Theatre, Creativity & Social Change 
Course Number: ICE200A5

This laboratory is an invitation to explore creativity through the use of various artistic languages and theater tools. Discover your innate creative self; explore the use of theater tools for personal and social transformation; survey theater in different social and historical contexts; and discover ways to apply theater tools to your life and the world today. This course explores theater techniques and works by Augusto Boal, Luis Valdez, Bertolt Brecht, and Enrique Buenaventura among others.


Brandon Jett 

Deviance in America  
Transcript Title: Deviance in America  
Course Number: ICE100C_

This course will explore the changing definitions of deviance across geographical regions and time periods in American History. By looking at what communities define as deviant, we will also explore how communities defined themselves.


Andrew Luchner

Psychology of Stress  
Transcript Title: Psychology of Stress
Course Number: ICE200C3

Stress is everywhere and nowhere; impossible to escape yet produced in our mind through perception and subjective interpretation. This course will help students increase their own knowledge about stressors and stress from psychological, physiological and sociocultural perspectives. Once an understanding of the complex nature of stress has been established, the course will introduce and practice stress management techniques and strategies through experiential exercises.


Benjamin Balak

Economics in China
Transcript Title: Economics in China
Course Number: ICE200C8

The dialectic between the arts and the sciences is at the very core of creativity and innovation: This course integrates social science with the arts and humanities. We will learn artistic film-studies tools and concepts and critically apply them to a diverse body of films that deal with social and political economic issues. In so doing we will analyze and create our own artistic social criticism thus getting higher-level academic knowledge of cinema from both a social-science and an arts/humanities perspective. In addition, we must master several technologies and regularly combine critical thinking, integrative learning, and information literacy.


Debra Wellman

Innovative Thinking & Creative Pondering; Learning About Philosophy Through Literature
Transcript Title: Innovative Thinking & Creative Pondering; Learning About Philosophy Through Literature
Course Number: ICE100H6

This course will offer a glimpse of the major fields of philosophy through literature. Students will participate in discussions based on book club format. A variety of adolescent and picture books will be read and discussed throughout the semester. This will be a Community Engagement (CE) designed course.


Erik Kenyon

Skeptics, Cynics, and Doubters
Transcript Title: Skeptics, Cynics, and Doubters
Course Number: ICE100H7

Western culture was born through people doubting western culture. We will explore how doubt drove innovation in Ancient Greek philosophy, science, politics, literature & religion. As we will use the Greeks to think creatively about what "healthy skepticism" might look like in our own age of alternative facts.


Terri Pyle

Mad Men
Transcript Title: Mad Men
Course Number: ICE200H3

Mad Men, Bad Asses, and Con Artists.  A look at how popular culture is defined and redefined by people who take risks, fail, and ultimately succeed.  This course will explore  the world of advertising, marketing, and art through the Mad Men t.v. series, the life of Richard Branson and his Virgin brand label, and the most notorious fakes, frauds, and art forgeries ever.


Jayashree Shivamoggi

Nuclear Power
Transcript Title: Nuclear Power
Course Number: ICE100S2

This course provides a clear and logical presentation of the basic principles of Physics that form the basis of nuclear power. In this course the students would have a better understanding of how scientific ideas are developed and to use elementary algebra and graphical analysis to solve some basic problems. There will be a lab component to the course.


Zeynep Teymuroglu

Rethinking Mathematics by the Applications
Transcript Title: Rethinking Mathematics
Course Number: ICE200S6

This is a mathematical modeling course that presents problems in which mathematics has been utilized as an interdisciplinary tool. Using mathematics as its main focus, the course will study culturally and socially relevant problems in complex issues such as inequality in public health, education, and wealth distributions, or race and gender issues, to promote critical thinking.


Brian Mosby

Exploring Everyday Materials
Transcript Title: Exploring Everyday Materials 
Course Number: ICE200S7

Exploring Everyday Materials presents a scientific approach to understanding the materials that we interact with on a regular basis. Investigation will focus on the structure, properties, performance, synthesis, and processing of common materials such as steel, paper, and concrete.


Rachel Simmons

Graphic Narratives
Transcript Title: Graphic Narratives
Course Number: ICE301

What stories can you tell about your experiences as a Rollins student? How do these stories highlight the college mission of being a "global citizen and responsible leader"? This courses asks you to research and create a visual narrative that explores the meaning of your liberal arts experience at Rollins College.


Nadia Garzon

Community Arts and Activism 
Transcript Title: Community Arts and Activism 
Course Number: ICE305

This Community Engagement course actively explores the use of performing and visual arts in activism and social change. Students will develop and execute a Community Arts project with a community organization. Students will do on-site work and will prepare in class by doing research and activities related to their chosen project. No books-$25 fee.


Susan Lackman

Tower of Babel
Transcript Title: Tower of Babel 
Course Number: ICE307

The "truism" is false:  Music is NOT a universal language.  Music and language are artifacts of specific cultures, influenced by materials and mores.  Yet, some instruments travel thousands of miles to be adopted by other cultures, and some people create instruments that duplicate those on the other side of the globe.  Explore how creativity and innovation elevate society.