|The Science Behind Looking Good||Science Fictions|
|German on the Fast Track||Landscapes of Music|
|ABC's of LGBT and Social Innovation||The Revolution will not be Televised|
|Great Political Minds||Sports Psychology|
|Backstage Pass: A Look into the Arts and Craft of Theatrical Design and Production||Writing about Pop Culture|
|Cultures of the Caribbean||Medical Ethics|
|Your Choice, Your Health||Shufa: Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy|
|Health, Medicine, and Economics||Reading Sherlock Holmes|
|Communications, Disability, and Social Justice||Cowboys, Aliens, and Vampires:A study of Popular Novels and Films|
|Cultures in Conflict: America at War in Asia||Reading and Writing Short Stories|
|Ethics and Controversy||Health and Wellness|
|Writing: Social Justice and Community||Latin America goes to the Movies|
|Hot for Gods: Happiness and Desire in Augustine's Confessions||Sharing Science: Psychology|
|The Comic Book City||Creative Thinking: Outside the Box
|Food and Foodways: Explorations into the History and Culture of Human Nourishment||Deus Ex Machina: Social Evolution in Virtual Worlds|
|Immigration in the United States|
|Controversial issues in International Business|
We all have our own regimen for looking our best - showering, shaving, putting on makeup or using some product. But have you ever wondered why these practices work? Why would applying heat to your hair be necessary for it to curl? Why is jewelry eye-catching? Why do we get wrinkles, and how can a cream erase them? In this highly interdisciplinary course, we will explore the science behind the things we do to feel attractive. Topics will be student driven, pulling from your own personal beauty practices.
Anne Murdaugh is a biophysicist and particularly enjoys the overlap of physics, biology, and chemistry. She earned her BA in physics from Georgia Tech and her PhD from the University of Arizona with a focus on crystal growth. During her postdoctoral position at Mount Holyoke College, she worked with bacterial biofilms, and she now combines these experiences to look at the physicochemical reactions of a bacteria at an interface. Her research utilizes an atomic force microscope to determine the physical properties of bacteria in a variety of chemical and biological conditions.
Diana Cox is a chemistry major originally from Buffalo, New York. She loves dark chocolate. Her favorite memory at Rollins was moving onto campus her freshman year and "that feeling of excitement and drive that overwhelms you. Within the first weekend, before classes even began, I felt so involved from orientation and SPARC day. I had already made such great friends and knew my time here would be indescribable from that moment." The most important advice she would give to an incoming first year is to enjoy the new and exciting environment of college and stay focused on school. Also, "If no one has told you yet: You do need to open your textbooks in order to study, it is key to success in most classes."
Emily Boyle is a marine biology major originally from Fort Worth, Texas. She loves Nerds and Twizzlers along with alternative rock music. Her favorite memory at Rollins was her Maymester trip to the Galapagos Islands. "It was an experience I will never forget!" The most important advice she would give to an incoming first year is "to get involved in the Rollins community. There are a lot of great organizations here on campus.
The subject of our conference will be “German on the Fast Track,” and it is just that -- elementary German and fast! German is an extremely useful language for anyone interested in technology, continental philosophy, tourism, the automotive industry, beer brewing, protecting the environment, world class soccer, classical music, techno, or dog obedience training. If you want to take part in the new dual degree program with the University of Reutlingen and have not studied German before, this is also the right course for you. (See http://www.rollins.edu/inb/dual-degree.html for more info on that program.)
In this course, which meets five days a week, you will earn the equivalent of two semesters of course credit in elementary German. Students should have had no more than one year of high school German. The course is also not appropriate for students who have spent more than six weeks in a German-speaking area. The idea is to learn the basics of German so that you can advance quickly in the language and then spend some time overseas -- whether in Reutlingen in the dual degree program or with our partner universities in Bremen and in Munich.
Nancy Decker has been teaching German at Rollins since before the Wall came down (that was 1989, by the way). She has been working to tear down walls to studying German ever since! When not working on classes or encouraging students to go overseas, she may be daydreaming about going back to Namibia, the only place in Africa where German is widely spoken, planning a new activity for the Language Living and Learning Community, or perhaps scheming how she can incorporate more uses of technology into German instruction.
Benjamin Gebauer is an INB major originally from Montverde, Florida. He likes Hip-Hop and Rap music. His favorite memory of Rollins was Fox Day. The most important advice he would give to an incoming first year is "Express yourself, open up, and have fun."
Talia Fuentes-Bustamante is an INB and German major from Orlando, Florida. She likes Hershey's cookies and cream chocolate and Latin music. Her favorite memory of Rollins was sitting in the common room sharing time with people that lived in the dorm. "There was always something going on and it was a blast to be there." The most important advice she would give to an incoming first is to enjoy the moment and don't be afraid to put yourself out there.
This interdisciplinary course examines the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights movement in modern U.S. history. Historical documents, legal cases, newspaper articles, music, television shows, film, a memoir, and media serve as primary sources to illustrate the struggle that LGBT people have faced in their attempts to secure equality. Students write oral histories documenting modern LGBT stories and work in teams to apply social innovation to a concrete problem facing the LGBT community.
Michelle Stecker teaches history, law, and women’s and gender studies courses. She holds a PhD and JD from the University of Toledo and is a member of the Ohio bar. Stecker earned a master of divinity degree and has served as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA for more than 20 years. She currently serves as the director of the Lucy Cross Center for Women and Their Allies at Rollins and is a member of the National Action Council for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Sabrina Kent is a philosophy major and women's studies minor originally from Ottawa, Canada. She likes alternative, indie, and classic rock music and her favorite candies are Sour Patch Kids and Swedish Fish. Her favorite memory of Rollins was staying up all night to watch the sunrise at Dinky Dock. To an incoming first year, she would say, "It's completely normal to be nervous to come to college, but the faculty, staff, and students at Rollins make the transition incredibly easy and exciting. I have found that there is a place at Rollins for everyone, so don't be afraid, you WILL make friends!"
Kara Russell is deciding between an international relations and biochemistry major. She is originally from Palm City, Florida. She likes rock music and Welch's Fruit Snacks. Her favorite memory of Rollins was Fox Day. "I know it's cliché, but it is an amazing day that comes during a time of the year when you have found great friends and deserve a much needed break from schoolwork!" The most important advice she would give to an incoming first year is to "be confident and get involved as soon as possible because Rollins has so much to offer."
Grace Loescher is a studio art major and theater minor originally from Arlington, Virginia. She likes acoustic and modern folk music and Heath bars. Her favorite memory of Rollins was opening night of her first main stage production at the Annie Russell Theatre and taking her first bow on a college stage. The most important advice she would give to an incoming first year is "Don't stress about the showers. I've been living here for three years, have never worn shower shoes, and I've turned out just fine. Take advantage of every opportunity you can. Try out for a sports team, audition for a show, write an article for the paper, there are so many opportunities here for you! Oh and wear sunscreen on Fox Day..."
This course will introduce students to some of the most prominent political thinkers in the history of Western political thought. The class will explore classical questions oftentimes raised by the most influential political and social theories, including: What is authority? Can we disobey the law? What is justice? What are the limits of democracy? How should we understand the ideal of individual rights? The readings will encompass approaches ranging from the classics of Greek antiquity to the modern luminaries of 19th Century Europe and America, with frequent reference to contemporary authors.
Julia Maskivker specializes in political theory and political philosophy. She earned her PhD from Columbia University in the city of New York. Maskivker teaches courses on social and political theory, including democratic theory, theories of equality, introduction to the classics, and theories of social justice, among others.
Ella Lvov is a political science and Middle East and North Africa Studies major originally from Sarasota, Florida. She likes all kinds of music and her favorite candies are orange gummy slices and dark chocolate truffles. Her favorite memory at Rollins was becoming the vice president of Rollins College Democrats two months into her first year. The most important advice she would give to an incoming first year is "Don't over-book yourself. Take it slow, expect a rough transition (that way, when it goes super smoothly, you'll be pleasantly surprised!), don't pressure yourself about making a million friends, and schedule in sleep hours."
This course will begin by looking at the communal experience of live theatre and how it serves as an expression of identity, creates community, and improves our general psychological well-being. We will explore how a production goes from a collaborative team exploring a written script or open-ended idea to the creation of a visual and aural world for the action of the event to live within. Productions at the Annie Russell Theatre will serve as exploratory grounds for students to discover what really goes on "behind the curtain." We will apply knowledge about design and production development to critiques of productions at the Annie Russell based on the success and/or failures of the design to communicate intentions to the audience. We will take one Saturday to go to Cirque Du Soleil's La Nouba at Downtown Disney to meet with members of the production team and discuss what it takes to support a multi-million dollar production running two shows a day, five days a week.
Kevin Griffin has been teaching courses in theatrical design and technical production in the Rollins Department of Theatre & Dance for 12 years. He serves as resident lighting design & production manager for the Annie Russell Theatre. Griffin came to Rollins after working professionally with various companies including Cirque Du Soleil where he was the head of lighting for La Nouba at Downtown Disney. He serves as a freelance lighting designer for several local companies including Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Orlando Repertory Theatre, UCF, and Mad Cow Theatre and holds professional memberships with IATSE Local 631 and USITT. He completed his BFA degree at Rutgers University and his MFA degree at Penn State University. He is a seventh generation Floridian and resides in Maitland, FL.
Rachael Kokomoor is a theater major originally Groton, Connecticut. She likes country music along with Reese's and Smarties. Her favorite memory at Rollins was swimming out to the ski jump in the middle of the night on her last day on campus her first year. The most important advice she would give to an incoming first year is "Accept that you will change, embrace exactly who you are at this moment, and PLEASE ask for help when you need it!"
Nathan Juhos is an international relations major originally from Woodinville, Washington. He likes almost all kinds of music except for classical and any kind of candy that's sour. His favorite memory at Rollins was waking up one morning and finding out that it was Fox Day. The most important advice he would give to an incoming first year is "Don't be afraid to try something new. These are the best years of your life so don't stick to just what you have done before."
This course surveys the history, anthropology, and literature of the Caribbean, including the prehistory, history, and Colonial heritage of the region; slavery and its consequences in the development of Caribbean culture; characteristics of Caribbean culture, music, and dance; race and identity; tourism and its consequences in the Caribbean; transnational encounters in the Caribbean; globalization and changes to Caribbean life; and the experience of Caribbean immigrants living abroad. This course will focus specifically on the Rastafarians, foreign tourism in the Caribbean islands, sex tourism in the Dominican Republic, Cuban immigration to the United States, and Caribbean immigrant literature in the United States.
Ashley Kistler is earned her BA in Spanish and Latin American anthropology at Muhlenberg College and her MA and PhD in anthropology at Florida State University. At Rollins, Kistler teaches a variety of classes on Latin America and the Caribbean, her area of research expertise. For nine years, Kistler has conducted community-based research in Guatemala, focused on community cultural revitalization efforts.
Adrienne Barton is an anthropology major originally from Kingston, Jamaica. She likes K-pop and anything that pops up on Pandora and her favorite candy is Reese's and Twix. Her favorite memory at Rollins was "being involved on campus and being a part of my sorority, or from previous Peer Mentoring. A close second would be my first Fox Day when I went to Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal and spent way too much money, but at least I have a Butterbeer mug now; totally worth it." The most important advice she would give to a first year is "Be patient. It sounds sage and stupid, but knowing when and how to calm down and stop losing your mind over everything that goes wrong (and things have a habit of going wrong) makes things a lot easier. And just remember that there are people here to help you, or direct you to the people that can help you. You're not bothering anyone by having a million questions, you're supposed to. College is weird and confusing and no one expects you to have it wired in the first week so we're all here to help keep you going."
Samar Shaukat is an anthropology and Latin American and Caribbean studies major and a Spanish minor who is originally from Orlando, Florida. She likes indie, rock, and hip-hop music and her favorite candies are Snickers, Twix, and Swedish Fish. Her favorite memory at Rollins was going through Peer Mentor training for the class of 2015. She learned a lot about the school, being a leader, and how to be more responsible. The most important advice she would give to a first year is come out to all the exploring excellence events and come to their peer mentors whenever they need them.
This course will engage students in a discussion of the decisions we make every day that affect our health, both the obvious ones and the decisions we might not realize make a difference. The course will provide guidelines to healthy behaviors, as well as an introduction to mindfulness and self-efficacy.
Rich Morris has been teaching health and wellness at the college level for 30 years and has been at Rollins for more than 20 years. He currently serves as the director of health education and is the varsity swimming coach. Morris received his doctorate in exercise physiology from UCF in 1997.
Madeleine Minetree is a mathematics major originally from East Hampton, New York. She likes EDM music and dark chocolate almonds. Her favorite memory at Rollins was Fox Day this year. "I had a lot of fun going to the beach with my friends and coming back in time for the BBQ." The most important advice she would give to a first year is do your work on time! Don't procrastinate!
Brian Sanborn is a chemistry major originally from Pensacola, Florida. He likes alternative rock music and Sour Patch Kids and gummy bears. His favorite memory at Rollins was when he was elected team captain for the Rollins Swim Team for the 2013-2014 year. The most important advice he would give to a first year is be very careful with balancing having fun with academics. Living in a dorm, there is constantly going to be something to do which is something they are not used to.
Kelsey McNulty-Kowal is a biology major originally from Northvale, New Jersey. She likes electro pop music and Skittles. Her favorite memory at Rollins was Fox Day. "I loved being with everyone from school on the beach and having fun." The most important advice she would give to a first year is "study hard as well as have fun. Remember to keep your studies in mind but don't hesitate in making fun memories with new friends. Stay healthy and keep priorities in mind!"
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the microeconomic approach to resource allocation specifically in relation to the health sector. It introduces students to the use of economic tools in the analysis of the market for health care, in terms of efficiency and equity. It also provides an analytical framework for assessment of the U.S. health care system and health policy from an economic perspective.
Martina Vidovic's areas of interest are applied microeconomics, econometrics, environmental economics, and health economics.
Brock Newell is an economics major originally from Ponte Vedra, Florida. He likes country music and Butterfingers and Take 5s. His favorite memory at Rollins was being president and a founding father of his fraternity. The most important advice he would give to first years would be to make sure they have a lot of fun while at the same time taking advantage of the great opportunities to get to know people that Rollins offers.
Kassie Berger is an environmental studies and international business major and a sustainable development minor who is originally from Sanford, Florida. She likes beach music and Hershey's Cookies and Cream bars. Her favorite memory at Rollins was Fox Day. "No explanation necessary!" The most important advice she would give to a first year would be get involved early and just put yourself out there. You've got nothing to lose when you're starting new.
This course focuses on communication issues related to disability. Topics covered will include the relationship between disability and communication studies, the impact of stigma in how people communicate about disability, media representation of disability (through film and television), and news about disability rights in U.S. society, what is and isn’t covered.
Anne M. Stone earned her PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and teaches in the Department of Communication. Her recent research focuses on the role of communication in improving experiences for persons with Alzheimer's disease and their families.
Elissa DeCampli is a communication and political science major originally from Winter Park, Florida. She likes all kinds of music and her favorite candy is Reese's. Her favorite memory at Rollins was traveling with the women's tennis team. The most important advice she would give to a first year is manage your time as effectively as possible and use all the wonderful resources available on campus!
Drew Phillips is a communication major originally from Atlanta, Georgia. His favorite memory at Rollins was when the water ski team went to Nationals. "The team is like my second family and it is always fun for everyone to be together for a week outside of school." The most important advice he would give to a first year is "College becomes much harder and less enjoyable when one procrastinates. Students need to find a happy medium between school work and their social life."
This course will focus on the nature of conflict, including violent conflict or war, as this has occurred between the United States and countries in Asia. In particular, we will consider the conflicts Americans have experienced with imperial China since the 19th century, with Japan during World War II, with North Korea, the People’s Republic of China, and Vietnam during the Cold War, and with Iraq, Iran and the Taliban. In each of the above-named cases the causes of the conflicts were interpreted differently by the people on each side. We will take a close look at the forces underlying these struggles, the reasons for the different understandings to which each side adhered, and the role of cultural differences as a source of both misunderstanding and conflict in each case.
Robert Moore teaches anthropology and Asian studies. His research focuses on contemporary China, Mandarin slang, and youth culture. His work has been published in Ethnology, Education About Asia, American Speech and The Journal of Sociolinguistics. During the 1993-94 academic year, he was a foreign expert on the faculty of Qingdao University in the People’s Republic of China where he taught courses on American language and culture.
Will Reich is an anthropology major and philosophy minor originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. He likes a variety of music and his favorite candies include Swedish Fish and Hot Tamales. His favorite memory at Rollins was when he got accepted in X-Club. The most important advice he would give to a first year is "find a place where you belong and have something to do. I found WPRK and X-Club and I will never regret it."
Rachel Marks is a theater and dance major and an anthropology minor who is originally from Satellite Beach, Florida. She likes rock and pop music and enjoys Reese's cups and Midnight MilkyWays. Her favorite memory at Rollins was "the day I joined my sorority and at Attitudes when I saw the piece I choreographed performed." The most important advice she would give to a first year is be patient, you will find your place. It might take a day, it might take all year. And remember, as corny as it sounds, we're here for you.
We will tackle all the current hot button controversial issues in our society from abortion to zoos and everything in between. Through student presentations, reflections on articles and discussions on contemporary novels, we will learn together how to think critically, write persuasively, speak articulately, and listen attentively
Patrick Powers has been dean of the chapel and a member of the RCC faculty for almost 20 years. He also teaches courses in philosophy and theology for Rollins evening program at the Hamilton Holt School. He studied theology in Rome and Washington, D.C. and earned his PhD at Duquesne in Pittsburgh.
Kaitlyn Horesh is an international business major who is originally from Brick, New Jersey. She likes electro-house, indie, country, and pop music and her favorite candies are Twix, Reese's, and Cherry Blow Pops. Her favorite memory at Rollins was "how I did extremely well my first semester here at Rollins and got on the President's List." The most important advice she would give to a first year is to focus on academics while also maintaining a balance with your social life.
American author, feminist, and social activist bell hooks once said, “The function of art is to do more than tell it like it is—it’s to imagine what is possible.” In this course, students will engage in a combination of traditional classroom learning and immersion experiences—with the Global Peace Film Festival and other front-line social justice organizations in Central Florida. We will embrace the power of writing by reading inspiring texts, crafting our own personal narratives and formal arguments, and mobilizing tools that make social justice activism a reality.
This is a writing intensive course that will expose students to the necessary skills to build an effective foundation in critical media and cultural studies through community engagement initiatives and social justice exploration.
Denise K. Cummings is chair of the Critical Media and Cultural Studies Department. Her teaching and research focus on film history, theory, and criticism; American, American Indian, and global Indigenous film, literature, and culture; and media and cultural studies. Her volumes Visualities: Perspectives on Contemporary American Indian Film and Art (Michigan State UP 2011) and Seeing Red: Hollywood’s Pixeled Skins: American Indians in Film (MSUP 2013) undertake Indigenous self-representation in film and other visual media and Hollywood’s (mis)representations, respectively. Cummings curates numerous film programs and serves on selection committees and juries for several film festivals including the Florida Film Festival (Maitland, FL). She also works with several nonprofit and advocacy organizations in Central Florida.
Meredith Hein serves as the associate director for the Office of Community Engagement at Rollins College. Her teaching and interests focus on community engagement, leadership development, and social justice efforts. Hein works extensively with students in helping them to identify their passion in creating positive change in our local and global communities. For Hein, it is more than watching the students grow after four years of college, it is as Lao Tzu once said, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Danae Zimmer is a critical media and social studies major and a women's studies and creative writing minor originally from Oldsmar, Florida. She likes most kinds of music and Skittles and Twizzlers. Her favorite memory at Rollins was "every hysterical moment spent hanging out with my two best friends at Rollins." The most important advice she would give to a first year is "just relax. College is stressful in many aspects, but there's no rule that says you need to keep the first friends you meet or stick with the first major you pick. Your first year is the time where you can figure that out and there are SO many people that are there to help you figure it all out."
Nikki Rodgers is a Physics major originally from Orlando, Florida. She likes pop music, KitKat bars, and Starbursts. Her favorite memory at Rollins was waking up and finding out that it was Fox Day! The most important advice she would give to a first year is to try new things and experience college to its fullest. Don't let the little things bring you down.
At 19 years old, Augustine read a book of Cicero that first got him "hot for God." His Confessions tell how he spent the next 15 years trying to find God happiness in sex, politics, philosophy, and finally religion. In this course, we will use Augustine's Confessions to think about what happiness is, how we can get it, and what God has to do with any of this. This will take us into questions about evil, pleasure, time, human nature, and the role of reason in religion.
Erik Kenyon has a PhD in classics from Cornell University (2012) and focuses mostly on ancient philosophy and the last few centuries of the Roman Empire. Since coming to Rollins, he has taught courses in Greek and Latin language and mythology, ancient and medieval philosophy, ancient atomism, religious intolerance, ethical theory and evil. Outside of class, he is a faculty advisor for Rollins' British Pop Culture Club (an opportunity to eat cookies and watch Doctor Who). He is also a keyboard player, whose free time is split between music, Netflix, and the gym. His dissertation is on "Augustine and the Dialogue." which he is currently trying to get published as a book.
Patrick Beane is a biology major and Spanish minor originally from Wilmington, Delaware. He likes all kinds of music except country, and he likes Twix and M&M's. His favorite memory at Rollins was "lying on the beach on Fox Day knowing that I had no work that day and was able to just spend the whole day relaxing in the sun with my friends." The most important advice he would give to a first year is be flexible. College is very different from high school and you need to adapt quickly.
Alex Earl is a religious studies major and philosophy minor originally from Altamonte Springs, Florida. He likes Christian Metal music and Reese's. His favorite memory at Rollins was going through recruitment for X-Club. The most important advice he would give to a first year is find something that interests you and get involved, rush a fraternity or sorority, and remember that your academics always come first.
The city and comic books are forever connected. The comic book superhero was inspired by expectations and doubts connected to the urban industrial experience. The imaginary cityscapes in superhero comic books accentuate traditional debates about urban life. Whether the gleaming towers in Superman’s Metropolis or the dark alleys in Daredevil’s Hell’s Kitchen, comic books draw on our collective understanding of city life to tell their imaginary stories. This course will use those fantastic landscapes to explore classic questions about urban development and culture in the United States.
Julian C. Chambliss is coordinator of the Africa and African-American Studies Program at Rollins College. His research and teaching focus on urban development and urban popular culture in the United States. His academic writing has appeared in the Florida Historical Quarterly, Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies, Specs: A Journal of Arts & Culture, Studies in American Culture, Georgia Historical Quarterly, Journal of Urban History, and Ohio Valley History. In addition, he has published opinion and commentary in popular forums such as the Los Angeles Times, The Orlando Sentinel, The Christian Science Monitor, and PopMatters.com. He is a co-recipient of an Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) Mellon Foundation Faculty Renewal Grant for Project Mosaic: Zora Neale Hurston: A Multidisciplinary Exploration of African-American Culture, a project exploring African-American experience through the work and life of Zora Neale Hurston and an ACS Faculty Advancement Grant for Urban Dreams and Urban Disruptions: Transforming Travel Study and Undergraduate Archival Research with Collaborative Interdisciplinary Digital Tools, and a Florida Humanities Council grant for Placing Memory, Exploring Context: Winter Park’s Colony Theatre, a multidisciplinary exploration of urban development in Central Florida.
Sam Toomey is a history major originally from Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. He likes rock and acoustic music and Reese's. His favorite memory at Rollins was "Rushing a Fraternity. It was not only one of my favorite experiences at Rollins, but one of the best experiences of my life. I recommend that everyone go through the rushing process in the spring!" The most important advice he would give to a first year is "keep an open mind, and put yourself out there. There's a ton of great experiences to be had at Rollins, but you can only have them if you're willing to take some chances. College in general is a great experience, and I encourage everyone to make the most of it."
Tyler Thomas is an education major and communication minor originally from Winter Park, Florida. She likes Hip-hop music and milk chocolate Hershey's bars. Her favorite memory at Rollins was "anything to do with the Rollins College Women's Lacrosse Team. My events with my RCC and our reunions." The most important advice she would give to a first year is to come into everything with an open mind.
In Food and Foodways, we hold human nourishment up to a cultural and historical lens for understanding its significance in our lives and worldwide.
Danielle Cameron is a sociology major and women's studies minor originally from Colonia, New Jersey. She likes alternative rock music and gummy worms and Reese's cups. Her favorite memory at Rollins was "taking my bows when I was in The Little Shop of Horrors in the Annie Russell Theater on campus. I truly felt appreciated by my peers after an amazing run of an amazing play." The most important advice she would give to a first year is plan ahead and take your academics seriously early on! Channel that first year energy into the best grades of your college career. You will thank yourself for it later!
Ian Nora is a marine biology major originally from Sarasota, Florida. He likes acoustic music and skittles. His favorite memory at Rollins was "Fox Day, but also hanging out with the various teams and clubs that I am a member of at events, such as Holiday Funfest." The most important advice he would give to a first year is try out as many new things as possible, you won't know if you like it or not, join clubs, go to events; make sure you get good grades, but explore life as well!!
Students will gain knowledge of immigration into the United States from the Colonial days forward. The class will focus on identifying how race, ethnicity, politics, economics, gender, and diplomacy affected the success of different immigrant groups. The class will use books, movies, interviews, and other interactions with current immigrants to understand the implications of historical trends and precedents and will explore some of the major policy debates surrounding immigration today.
Claire Strom was born in Boston, but raised in the United Kingdom, where she earned her BA and MA degrees in history from Oxford University. Moving to the United States, she worked for the Minnesota Historical Society for a while, before relocating to Iowa to earn her PhD in agricultural history and rural studies at Iowa State University. Her work has addressed various aspects of American social and political history in the 19th and 20th centuries. Her book, Making Catfish Bait Of Government Boys: Cattle Tick Eradication and the Transformation of the Yeoman South was published in the spring of 2009. She has been the editor of the international journal, Agricultural History, since 2003. Strom’s current research is on the sexual history of Florida.
Dan Chong is an Arthur Vining Davis Fellow at Rollins, teaching courses in international human rights, global poverty, and peace and conflict resolution. He has led international field study courses focused on human rights and development to Guatemala, South Africa, and the Thai-Burma border. His first book, Freedom from Poverty: NGOs and Human Rights Praxis (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011), analyzes the methods that NGOs use to advocate for rights to food, housing, and health care. He has also contributed to journals such as Development and Change, Human Rights Review, and Global Environmental Politics. He is currently working on an undergraduate textbook on human rights for Lynne Rienner Publishers. He also serves as the faculty advisor for the Amnesty International student club, as a member of the strategic task force for the Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Initiative (SESI), and as co-chair of the High-Impact Practices advisory group at Rollins.
(Sarah) Julianna Dubendorff is a psychology major and women's studies minor originally from Lakeland, Florida. She likes indie/folk music and Reese's Fastbreak and anything chocolate and mint. Her favorite memory at Rollins was going to the beach on Fox Day with all of my friends! The most important advice she would give to a first year is "get as involved as possible, but don't just join clubs you don't care about. Find what you're passionate about and match your involvement to that. Rollins has so many opportunities; you just have to show interest!"
Meredith Connelly is a French and English double major originally from Tampa, Florida. She likes classic rock and Twizzlers. Her favorite memory at Rollins was "Playing campus-wide hide and seek her first year and hiding under the dock for an hour with my friend while the seeker wandered around in utter bewilderment." The most important advice she would give to a first year is "really make an effort to do things out of your comfort zone if you're shy about meeting new people, or just a stalwart loner (as I was determined to be freshmen year). Making friends isn't hard, but it only gets harder the longer you wait."
William Glass is an international relations major originally from Birmingham, Alabama. He likes hip-hop, country, and classic rock music and Warheads. His favorite memory at Rollins was being a summer orientation leader during the summer of 2012. The most important advice he would give to a first year is "get involved right from the start. Be open to new people and make new friends. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it!"
This course examines current issues in international business such as wealth, progress, poverty, income inequity, economic development, social responsibility, cultural sensitivity, corruption, ecological efficiency, sustainable development, and worker exploitation from a variety of perspectives. Students will learn to analyze fact, value, and policy issues using various critical thinking tools.
Keith Buckley teaches in the International Business Department for the last four years and at Rollins College since 1998. He earned his Doctorate in Education from the University of Central Florida in 2003, specializing in instructional technology. He earned his MBA from the Crummer School of Business (1995) and his undergraduate degree from Rollins. He is president and owner of a company that promotes international sports tours and management. He was very closely involved in the day-to-day operations of the Soccer Olympics in Orlando and Miami in 1996 and the World Cup Soccer Tournament in Orlando in 1994.
Ipek Coskuncan is an international business major originally from Milford, Connecticut. She likes Latin music and Sour Patch and Reese's peanut butter cups. Her favorite memory at Rollins was Fox Day and Bid Day. The most important advice she would give to a first year student is to enjoy every moment and to make the most of it, and not to get caught up in the parties.
Kelly Johnson is an international business major originally from Hingham, Massachusetts. She likes country music, Swedish Fish, and M&M's. Her favorite memory at Rollins was her first practice for crew, "I got to meet upperclassmen who were going to be my teammates and I was comfortable as soon as I stepped in the boathouse." The most important advice she would give to a first year student is call your family and friends weekly. Make sure to stay in touch with the people from back home.
For centuries, the white lab coat served as the privileged identifying symbol of the bonafide scientist. Today even the makeup saleswomen at the mall are wearing them! This course uses contemporary literature, film, and creative lab experiments to explore what happens when science meets pop culture. Topics include the rise of pseudo-science industries and products (cosmeceuticals, fad diets, zinc cold remedies, energy bracelets) and changing conceptions of the “scientist” (smart is sexy these days); the politics and ethics of medical tourism; the architecture of pharmaceutical labels and WebMD; and the role that popular media, medical talk shows (The Doctors, Dr. Oz), sci-fi novels, and comic books play in driving scientific innovation and discovery. Along the way, we’ll scrutinize the “scientifically proven” claims made by acne cleansers, wrinkle creams, and paper towels; examine the chemistry of desire (perfumes) and science of addiction; and study the biology of freaks of nature (supermodels and elite athletes); and the physics of everyday life (Mythbusters) through various societal lenses.
Jana Mathews grew up in Los Angeles, but gradually has made her way East with pit stops in Utah, Colorado, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. She earned her PhD in medieval British literature from Duke University and taught at Duke and the University of Pennsylvania before coming to Rollins. Mathews’ academic research and teaching focus on the relationship between literature and law and the intersections between pre-modern literary history and contemporary culture. Huge fans of experiential learning, Mathews and Zimmerman aren't afraid to take risks and try new (and seemingly wacky) things in the pursuit of knowledge. This course is the product of all of their "wouldn't it be cool if..." ideas.
James Zimmerman directs the Christian A. Johnson Institute for Effective Teaching at Rollins College. A nuclear chemist with an interest in learning and teaching issues, Zimmerman has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in general, nuclear, and physical chemistry and has won several university awards for his teaching. His scholarly agenda currently includes program, project, and classroom assessment; integrative learning theory; and traditional faculty development. He joined Rollins College in 2010 from Montclair State University where he served as the associate director of the Research Academy for University Learning and worked with the Academy’s founding director, Ken Bain, author of the best-selling book What the Best College Teachers Do.
Hanna Cody is a critical media and cultural studies major originally from Rochester, Minnesota. She likes alternative music, Sour Patch Kids, and Pez. Her favorite memory at Rollins was participating in the Pancake Flip during orientation during her first year. The most important advice she would give to a first year is "don't be shy to introduce yourself to other people in your classes or in your dorm. All of the other first years are in the exact same boat as you, and finding friends will help make everyone's first semester a whole lot better."
Amanda Borja is a philosophy major originally from Margate, Florda. She likes classic rock and Reese's peanut butter cups. Her favorite memory at Rollins was going to the Magic Kingdom with her best Rollins friends over Spring Break. The most important advice she would give to a first year is "College is the time to start fresh, so be yourself and make good choices."
Landscapes of Music is a course designed to familiarize the student with the general progression of the history of music from Gregorian chant to the present. Prominent innovators from each era will be covered, as well as the stylistic aspects of each specific genre. General musical characteristics including theory, composition, social relevance, performance preparation, and personal expression will also be covered. Extensive classroom listening and demonstrations/performances from local musicians will also help enhance the learning experience.
Chuck Archard has been playing the electric bass guitar since the early 1970s. He holds BME and MM degrees from Morehead State University and is currently an artist-in-residence at Rollins. Archard teaches numerous classes, including History of Jazz, History of Rock, Music Business, Music of the Caribbean and Brazil, and Improvisation. He also directs the Jazz Ensemble and teaches private lessons. An accomplished bassist, composer and educator, Archard is a member of ASCAP and a primary composer for the Power House Music Library (mymusicsource.com). His original works have been played on all of the major television networks as well as HBO, Starz, Showtime, and 30 international markets. His music has been used in numerous motion pictures, including Career Girls, Substance Of Fire and Santa, Jr. He is the author of two of the best-selling bass instruction books, Building Bass Lines and No Brainer Bass. He has performed and recorded with many artists including, Isaac Hayes, Larry Coryell Peter Erskine, Danny Gottlieb, Mike Wofford, Holly Hoffman, Al Vizzuti, Romero Lubambo, Helio Alves and Gene Bertoncini and has performed on network and international television shows and at numerous jazz festivals. Archard is a LaBella String endorsed artist and uses Lyrical Lumber and Godin basses exclusively.
Emily Walton is a music and biology major originally from Blue Springs, Missouri. She likes all kinds of music, peanut butter M&M's, and Bits-o-Honey. Her favorite memory at Rollins was having lunch with world-renowned opera singer Jessye Norman at President Duncan's house. She was visiting through Winter Park Institute and some music majors were invited to get to know her better. The most important advice she would give to a first year is that "your Rollins experience will be as great as you want it to be. Make sure you take advantage of as many opportunities as you can. Get involved, give back, meet new people, take chances, and don't leave any room for regrets!"
Alexandra Martinez is a music major originally from Orlando, Florida. She likes indie, folk, and opera music. Her favorite memory at Rollins was "the hurricane party my friends and I had in Pinehurst Cottage when classes were canceled. We all watched movies and did homework together in the common room and I knew that I had found the right family for me here." The most important advice she would give to a first year would be "get involved in as many things as you can. Getting to know people from all different backgrounds with unique individual passions will shape who you become during your collegiate experience."
Why do almost all humans learn to speak and understand language as infants, but we don't all learn to read and write, and if we do, it is difficult and we do it much later? The answer is that writing is a technology, invented by human beings, unlike language which is an innate part of being human. This course is an introduction to the history of recorded information (particularly written information, but also images and sound) focusing on the moments of technological change in the Western tradition: from orality to literacy, from scroll to codex, from manuscript to print, and the one we are currently living through, from print to digital. We will see ancient examples of some of these technologies in the library's Special Collections. We will participate in weekly field trips to Fern Creek Elementary School in Orlando to help students there learn to read. We will also visit the Orlando Sentinel office as the employees of that newspaper go through this digital revolution. This course will help you better understand what is happening around you as institutions like daily newspapers, libraries, and television networks try to cope with change, like books on your iPhone. It will also help you understand your role as agents of change, and what we can and cannot learn from history.
As the library director at Rollins since 2006, Jonathan Miller lives every day with our society's information revolution as we move from print to digital information. He received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and continues to do research and publish on copyright history. He traveled to Bali, Indonesia in 2010 with other Rollins faculty and investigated the Balinese use of Lontar palms in their writing system. In his spare time he is an adult literacy tutor.
Julia Evans is an environmental studies major originally from Stony Creek, Connecticut. She likes rap and chocolate. Her favorite memory at Rollins was spending time with friends by the pool and on the lake! The most important advice she would give to a first year student is get involved with clubs and organizations on campus. It is a great way to meet new people.
Joseph Vinck is an international business major and Spanish minor originally from Scottsdale, Arizona. He likes alternative music and Reese's and Butterfinger candies. His favorite memory at Rollins was SPARC Day. "I went to a community center in Apopka and helped immigrants study for the citizenship exam." The most important advice he would give to a first year is "college is 100% what you make of it. I recommend being as involved as possible because that's how you meet more people and stay on track academically."
The purpose of this course is to understand the psychological processes that relate to sport performance. Students will come to learn the psychological and physiological processes that lead to optimal functioning, as well as poor performances. We will explore topics such as confidence, self-concept, anxiety, motivation, and beliefs.
Gio Valiante teaches classes in the Department of Education. In 2010, Valiante was named on of Golf Magazine's "Top 40 Under 40" whose ideas have influenced the game of golf. He is the author of Fearless Golf (2005) and Golf Flow (2013). Golfers he has consulted have won more than 50 professional worldwide events.
Calli Singleton is a philosophy major and women's studies minor originally from Jacksonville, Florida. She likes rock music and chocolate. Her favorite memory at Rollins was "being a part of Women's Swimming. I have made great friends and it made the transition easier." The most important advice she would give to a first year is make sure your priorities are in line. If you come to Rollins on academic scholarship it's important to think about that before you go out five times a week. Other than that, have fun and don't worry! College goes by very fast.
Susanna Richstein is a psychology major and international business minor originally from St. Petersburg, Florida. She likes rock and alternative music and KitKat bars. Her favorite memory at Rollins was "getting to know my first RCC, the classroom was a fun place to be." The most important advice she would give to a first year is "keep your head up, remember to smile, and never let anyone (a professor or a student) get you down!"
This class is designed to give you experience in writing papers within an academic setting with a focus on popular culture: advertisement, films, superheroes, and public spaces. The emphasis is on writing as a process, a series of revisions in both form and content. To this end, we will concentrate on two aspects of writing: (1) Invention - the process of coming up with ideas for your papers, (2) Structure - focusing your stance on an issue and arranging your paper in a form that will communicate your idea to an academic audience and an audience of your peers.
Vidhu Aggarwal teaches English and writes about the poetics of pop culture.
Miranda Jung is a communication major originally from Windermere, Florida. She likes country music, Reese's, and Snickers. Her favorite memory at Rollins was her first Fox Day, all the fun, and how well it brought together the community. It was amazing! The most important advice she would give to a first year is "Prioritize. Figure out what needs to get done now, and what can be accomplished at a later time. But, also make time for friends and yourself."
Christopher Alvarez is an English major and Spanish minor originally from Maitland, Florida. He likes classic rock and gummy bears. His favorite memory at Rollins was "when I first walked onto the football field wearing the Rollins football jersey. Hearing my fellow classmates roar in approval after my first tackle was absolutely amazing." The most important advice he would give to a first year is enjoy every experience, finish all of your GenEds as quickly as possible, and pick a major and minor that you really care about.
Ethical dilemmas arise with special clarity and even drama in the context of medical science and medical practice. When matters of life and death are at stake -- as they often are in the medical context -- the ethical dimension of decision-making comes front and center. In this course, we will consider the values and principles that should guide medical practice and their application in the complicated context of our pluralistic society. We will read and discuss varying viewpoints on abortion, end-of-life care, paternalism and respect for patients' autonomy, informed consent, medical experimentation, allocation of scarce resources, and bio-medical enhancements (from doping by athletes to cosmetic surgery and happy pills). Several physicians will visit with us in the course of the semester.
Tom Cook has been teaching in the Department of Philosophy and Religion for nearly 30 years. His research is focused on the history of philosophy (especially the 17th century), but he also teaches Philosophy of Mind, Ethics, Philosophy of Science, Logic, and Philosophical Themes in Literature. Cook is an avid international traveler and has recently taught in Germany and in Istanbul, Turkey. He has enjoyed taking Rollins students to Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Ghana in the context of service-learning courses. He sails, sings, plays tennis badly, and plays the guitar even worse.
Ethan White is a philosophy major originally from Oviedo, Florida. He likes 3rd wave ska music and Goetze's Caramel Cream Bullseyes. His favorite memory at Rollins was peer mentor training his sophomore year. The most important advice he would give to a first year is "you don't need to decide your major right away. Take your time. Enjoy life. Work hard but remember to take days off."
(Bitzi) Alexandria Evans is a biology and economics major and Spanish minor originally from Dunedin, Florida. She likes country music, gummy bears, and coconut M&M's. Her favorite memory at Rollins was "Fox Day was an awesome time to really bond with my friends and get to participate in an event that's unique to Rollins. However, paddle board yoga with my friends, trips to Downtown Disney, relaxing strolls down Park Ave. have been amazing as well." The most important advice she would give to a first year is "have an open mind. Every chance I have taken here at Rollins has paid off more than I could have imagined. So, when you think something is out of your comfort zone, give it a shot. You may discover a whole new side of yourself or the world. But always use your common sense!"
This introductory course teaches the fundamental techniques and aesthetic values of Chinese calligraphy. Prior knowledge of the language is not required. The primary objective of the course is to help students develop an interest and understanding of Chinese language and culture through both hands-on practice and literature exposure to etymology and development of Chinese calligraphy. The weekly practices will allow students to put their knowledge and skills into use in calligraphic writing.
Li Wei is an ethnomusicologist-turned-language teacher. He has been teaching Mandarin at Rollins since 2004. Besides language, he also teaches culture and ethnomusicology courses. Having grown up in China and trained and living in the United States, he considers himself a Chinese-American whose bicultural identity dictates his often-mutable perspective in viewing U.S.-Sino relations. Academically, his interests run the gamut from technologically assisted Chinese language teaching, language ideology, to hybridity, globalization and world music. Besides class instruction, he loves taking students to China through field study.
Arielle Perez is a communication major originally from Dacula, Georgia. She likes indie music and Swedish Fish and chocolate. Her favorite memory at Rollins was performing in the lip-sync competition. It was so much fun and her group won first place. The most important advice she would give to a first year is "Come to college free from prior notions. Cards will fall into place."
Mitchell Wilkins is an international business major originally from Springsdale, Arizona. He likes classical and jazz music and chocolate. His favorite memory at Rollins was "the first music concert I went to. The orchestra was great, but I met the guys I would eventually help to start a fraternity with." The most important advice he would give to a first year student is "don''t bring too much with you, either in stuff or in worries. Just try and plan and when you get here, be extra flexible and adaptable until you get your bearings."
This course explores strategies for reading one of the world’s most remarkable literary characters. We will examine several elements—including detection, narration, and the social, political, economic, and cultural dynamics of late-Victorian society—in the Sherlock Holmes stories. We will also consider Holmes’s identity in its historical context and, of course, those qualities that make him unique and enduring. Another principal goal of the course is to develop your ability to write college-level essays by practicing strategies of argumentation and by refining skills of invention, completeness, clarity, and mechanical correctness. In order to satisfy the “W” general education requirement, you must earn a grade of “C” or better in the course.
Ed Cohen's field of academic expertise is Victorian studies, and some of his colleagues believe he really is a Victorian. That's probably because he embraces the great Victorian values of hard work and hard play. He loves teaching first-year students, and the last time he taught this course, he won the "professing excellence" award bestowed on faculty who engage their students both in and out of the classroom.
Rebecca Diaz-Arrastia is an art history major originally from Houston, Texas. She likes dance music and chocolate. Her favorite memory at Rollins was "the last night of finals before Winter Break her first year. It was the last night all my friends would be together for a month, and I was too sad to leave and miss any moment with them. We all stayed up all night, went all around campus, went to Pita Pit at 2:00, and hung out and laughed all night. I knew I had met my true friends-for-life that night." The most important advice she would give to a first year is "the first year is the best and easiest year to get a high GPA! Work really hard now because classes just get harder from this point."
Colleen Wilkowski is a communication major and English minor originally from East Meadow, New York. She likes classic rock, gummy bears, and Reese's. Her favorite memory at Rollins was Fox Day. "This is definitely something to look forward to throughout your first year at Rollins. Fox Day is extremely unique to Rollins College and is an extremely exciting time to celebrate with all of your new friends!" The most important advice she would give to a first year is "Don't get too overwhelmed. Your first year of college brings a lot of changes. Try to stay calm and be flexible and open to new experiences. Change can be scary but it can also be really rewarding. College is a very new experience. Make the most of it."
This class will be a whirlwind tour of the great genres of popular fiction: mystery, science fiction, romance, and adventure. The study of popular fiction can lead to the ultimate, fundamental questions: What makes me unique? To what extent are individuals responsible for what happens to them? What motivates us to fight and die for a cause? These questions can be beautifully answered by the study of genre fiction. This is not a creative writing course. Rather, it is an exploration of the components of popular novels and films. You will develop skills for discussing themes and expressing yourself through written assignments and presentations.
Dorothy Mays is an academic librarian by day, fiction writer by night. Under the pseudonym Elizabeth Camden, she has written four historical novels that blend suspense, romance, and adventure.
Carleigh DeLuca is a communication major originally from St. Petersburg, Florida. She likes country and pop music and chocolate. Her favorite memory at Rollins was meeting her boyfriend! And joining her sorority. The most important advice she would give to a first year is "Get Involved!"
Kimberly Schlaepfer is an international relations and Spanish major and a sustainable development minor originally from Tampa, Florida. She likes country music and KitKat bars. Her favorite memory at Rollins was "Fox Day my first year, and leaving the next day for the Cayman Trip for Scuba class." The most important advice she would give to a first year is to enjoy yourself, and don't stress out too much because time will fly.
Have you quietly harbored an interest in creative writing? In this fascinating course, you will read and study contemporary master works in short fiction, with many different voices and approaches to writing, and then you will write fiction of your own. We’ll learn how fiction workshops work to help you grow as a writer, to bring you into the Rollins College community of writers, and to learn how to market your work to the literary journals. The course will familiarize you with the language of fiction and critique, narrative arc, scenes, conflict, dialogue, and story. If you’ve long had an interest in creative writing, one of the best ways to feed the interest is to read the best stuff in your genre; another of the best ways is write, write, write. This course shows you how to begin your practice in the art and craft of short story writing and also groups you with others who have a similar interest, a community that could possibly inspire you and spur you on during your time at Rollins.
Philip Deaver is an award-winning fiction writer (Flannery O'Connor Award, O. Henry, National Endowment for the Arts) who has been teaching contemporary American short fiction and fiction workshops at the undergraduate level for 25 years and at the graduate (MFA) level for five years.
Issy Beham is an English major and writing minor originally from Orlando, Florida. She likes alternative music, sour gummy worms, and jelly beans. Her favorite memory at Rollins was going on an immersion trip to the Everglades. The most important advice she would give to a first year is "don't rush into declaring your major. Take a wide variety of class before you declare."
William DeVito is a music major originally from Sagaponack, New York. He likes alternative rock and pop punk music and Warheads and Airheads candies. His favorite memory at Rollins was the immersion trip to Tennessee and The Everglades. The most important advice he would give to a first year is "Go find yourself, be active."
This course is an in-depth exploration of health and wellness issues that affect students during their college years and beyond. It is designed to assist students in decision-making regarding positive lifestyle choices. It is based on the dimensions of wellness identified through surveys as important to the student. This course facilitates learning of health and wellness on two levels: personal evaluation/assessment and the application of information, knowledge/skills, and problem solving based on current research/information.
Ben Smith is a communication major originally from Falmouth, Massachusetts. He likes country music and Sour Patch Kids. His favorite memory at Rollins was "either paddle boarding on Fox Day during my second year, or traveling to San Diego for a crew regatta." The most important advice he would give to a first year is join some sort of club or sports team because it is a great way to meet new people even if you don't end up staying in that specific club.
Angie Crowley is a political science major originally from London, Ontario, Canada. She likes all kinds of music and Hershey's Kisses. Her favorite memory at Rollins was travelling to California with her tennis team for this past spring break. The most important advice she would give to a first year is to be themselves because there is a place for everyone at Rollins!
In this course, students will explore how the peoples and cultures of Latin America, one of the most diverse and fascinating regions of the globe, have been represented in film. We will examine how Hollywood movies, as well as films from around Latin America, have portrayed the history of the region as well as today’s most pressing issues. For example, we will look at the questions of race, religion, politics, the role of women in society, the arts, revolution, music, immigration, among other fascinating topics. The films we will study will be in both English and Spanish, but no previous knowledge of Spanish is necessary since the films are subtitled. Some of the movies we will examine include Traffic, Frida, The Motorcycle Diaries, Evita, Como Agua Para Chocolate, and Balseros. This course will fulfill the “C” general education requirement.
Gabriel Barreneche has been teaching courses in Spanish language, literature, and culture at Rollins since 2003. He holds a BA in Spanish from Boston College and an MA and PhD in Hispanic languages and literature from the University of California, Los Angeles. His interests include classroom technology, service-learning opportunities, and study abroad. This year, Barreneche serves as the faculty-in-residence, living on campus in the faculty apartment in Ward Hall.
Tyler Murphy is an international relations major and Spanish minor originally from Stowe, Vermont. He likes techno music and Starbursts. His favorite memory at Rollins was "when I joined my fraternity. I knew right away that it was one of the best decisions of my life." The most important advice he would give to a first year is to relax and not worry. One way or another, they will find their place here at Rollins and enjoy their time here.
Lexie Jesaitis is an interntional business major and Spanish minor originally from St. Petersburg, Florida. She likes country music, Swedish Fish, and Reese's cups. Her favorite memory at Rollins was visiting the campus after I had been accepted for summer orientation and Bid Day for my sorority during the spring semester! The most important advice she would give to a first year is "always stay positive about everything; sometimes being a first year away from home can be difficult, but if you are positive and open to new experiences, you will absolutely LOVE college!"
This course concerns the applied aspects of psychological research in human development that are well documented and helpful to the public and how we share and use the information. Whether it’s in friendships, thinking skills, managing anger, or parenting, psychological researchers have useful knowledge to share....and the Internet is crammed with places to read about psychology. But how do we critically analyze the sources of knowledge and decide what is “true” and what is “false?” How do valid findings get translated from a research study all the way to a training workshop or parenting class? Finally, how can we better inform people about life changing research? Students in this course will peel back the layers of misinformation and try to determine what the research really says. This is a community engagement course. Our class task will be to continue the work of building a Living Lab for Science at the Orlando Science Center, where we’ll be sharing science toys and studies with the families who visit as Science Play & Learning Pals.
Sharon Carnahan is a developmental psychologist who teaches about child and adolescent development, child assessment and developmental screening, and cross cultural child psychology, and social psychology. She is a prevention scientist who studies the application of developmental principles to the problems of children and families. She is executive director of the Rollins College Child Development and Student Research Center, a laboratory preschool on campus and has been at Rollins since 1990. She loves to camp, canoe, sail, read novels, and hold little babies.
Lulu Guadagnuolo is a psychology major originally from Vancouver, British Columbia. She likes Pull 'n' Peels. Her favorite memory at Rollins was moving into an apartment with friends from her transfer RCC. The most important advice she would give to a first year is "be open to new situations and don't be afraid to ask questions."
Dylan McCain Allen is a psychology major and neuroscience and economics minor originally from St. Petersburg, Florida. He likes dubstep music and gummy bears. His favorite memory at Rollins was "being able to come out to my fraternity and veing accepted just as equally as before telling them. Such great guys!!" The most important advice he would give to a first year is "NEVER shy away from trying things you aren't used to; there's a lot of fun and exciting things to do at Rollins that you probably have never experienced before!"
Whether working as a choreographer, director, lawyer, or professor, I strive to regularly activate my inventive instincts. In this course, we will explore the creative process with an eye toward expanding our inherent creative predilections. Everyone has creative capabilities, but to flourish, one's creative potential must be freed. Creativity is a vitally important resource for all of us as we meet the challenges and risks, as well as opportunities, of managing our rapidly expanding and already fast-paced, 21st-century lives. I sincerely hope the experiences we undertake together in this course will produce tangible benefits, useful to us as world citizens.
W. Robert Sherry received his BS degree from Indiana University, his MFA from Southern Methodist University--where he was the recipient of the prestigious Meadows Fellowship and full scholarship--and his JD, cum laude, from Stetson University of Law in 2000, where he was a member of the Stetson Law Review. He is currently teaches courses in theater, musical theater, dance, and law.
Andrea D'Alfonso is a studio art major originally from Kissimmee, Florida. She likes pop and rock music and her favorite candies are Smarties and white chocolate. Her favorite memories at Rollins are Fox Day memories this year and last that she made with her friends. The most important advice she would give to a first year is join a club, find a way to keep yourself organized, and try your best not to procrastinate too much.
Amy L. Sullivan is a music and dance major and a German minor originally from Elverson, Pennsylvania. She likes oldies music, Skittles, and chocolate. Her favorite memory at Rollins was the Spring Dance Concert-Parsons Dance Piece 2013. The most important advice she would give to a first year is "Don't expect to make best friends in three days. Relationships take time! However, talk to everyone!"
Zoologists, psychologists, educators, and most everybody else knows that playing games is at the heart of learning. The IT revolution has sprouted a large gaming industry that has gained increasing attention, and has already overtaken other forms of entertainment in economic size and cultural influence. This course will explore this new frontier from an interdisciplinary perspective focusing on its effect on society and the individual. We will consider social, political, cultural, and economic developments that are currently taking place and speculate about their effects on our immediate future. For this purpose, we will look at theories and histories of technological changes, read relevant literature (fiction and non-fiction), critically analyze cinema, and, most importantly, delve into this brave new world. Going well beyond the ubiquitous blogs, podcasts, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, we will explore the virtual societies of World of Warcraft and other futuristic spaces. We will pay particular attention to the possibilities and challenges facing education in general and Rollins in particular. Students have grown up with electronic games so it would only seem natural to tap this modern-tech culture and seek the empowered and informed participation of students in preparing for the future that is now.
Benjamin Balak earned his BA in international economics from the American University of Paris (France) in 1991 and did graduate work at the University of Kent at Canterbury (UK) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned an economics PhD in 2001. Since then he has held positions at Washington & Lee University and at Rollins where he has been promoted and tenured. His areas of specialization are in the history, methodology, and rhetoric of economics, and in comparative economic systems and cultures. He has published in academic journals, written a book on the rhetoric of economics, and taught a wide variety of interdisciplinary and economics courses. His research career and recent publications are increasingly focused on the teaching of economics which is regarded as highly problematic by most economists and is diversely affecting the current economic conversation. Serious economic literacy is singularly important for having functioning democracies at a time of epochal economic change. He has spent more than nine years at the forefront of technologically-enhanced pedagogy to breathe life into economic history and to place the current crisis in historical perspective. A computer geek and gamer since the late 70s(!), he has been using computer games to teach economics and is researching the topic with the help of students. His most recent work involves the study of virtual worlds, which, he is convinced as an economic historian, are a major technological development that will shape the world in which students (and his children) will live and work.
Jose Foradada is an economics major originally from Tampa, Florida. He likes electronic and house music and Snickers. His favorite memory at Rollins was joining Lambda Chi Alpha. The most important advice he would give to a first year is come to this campus with an open mind and be willing to embrace the vast diversity present.
Ben Van der Werf is an economics and history double major who is originally from Estes Park, Colorado. He likes classic rock and M&M's. His favorite memory at Rollins was "the bus ride to SPARC day where I made my first and one of my best friends." The most important advice he would give to a first year is "Be extremely outgoing those first few days, that's when you will meet your best friends for the next four years."