A Rollins Year in Photos

August 13, 2019

By Audrey St. Clair ’03

Rollins students jumping with excitement during confetti congratulations
Photo by Scott Cook.

From a field study to Cuba and high-profile internships here in Orlando to fun new classes and prestigious scholarships, 2018-19 was a banner year at Rollins.

Unearthing ancient mysteries 20 miles from campus. Analyzing human cells at a premier research center. Building a tiny house on the shores of Lake Virginia. These are just a few of the tangible, meaningful ways the Rollins community put the liberal arts into action this past year. Before we start what is sure to be another exciting and productive year here at Rollins, let’s look back at some of our favorite moments from 2018-19.

Chemistry students and professor build a microscope from scratch. Chemistry students and professor build a microscope from scratch.
Photo by Scott Cook.

As part of Rollins’ Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program, Samuel Hanna ’21 and James Hoelle ’21 partnered with physics professor Ashley Cannaday to build a customizable microscope that could aid in earlier detection of neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s.

First-year Rollins students participate in the tradition of Candlewish.First-year Rollins students participate in the tradition of Candlewish.
Photo by Scott Cook.

First-year students celebrated the beginning of their educational journey at Rollins during Candlewish in the Knowles Memorial Chapel.

Rollins art history major interns at Snap Space!, an art gallery in downtown Orlando.Rollins art history major interns at Snap Space!, an art gallery in downtown Orlando.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Art history major Cameron Robinson ’19 interned for the second summer in a row at Snap! Space in downtown Orlando, where she worked alongside gallery owner Patrick Kahn to curate an exhibition of local artists. 

Rollins student plants sod as part of SPARC Day, Rollins’ annual day of service.Rollins student plants sod as part of SPARC Day, Rollins’ annual day of service.
Photo by Scott Cook.

First-year students like Donayja Gates ’22 participated in SPARC Day, Rollins’ annual day of service during orientation. In the 13 years since the annual day of service was established, more than 9,000 Tars have contributed more than 37,000 hours of service to an average of 24 community organizations each year.

Law professor and philosopher Martha Nussbaum speaking at Rollins.Law professor and philosopher Martha Nussbaum speaking at Rollins.
Photo by Scott Cook.

As part of Winter Park Institute’s 2018-19 season, renowned law professor and philosopher Martha Nussbaum presented “Fear and Anger: Democracy in Peril.”

Rollins student working on wood relief carving in the art studio.Rollins student working on wood relief carving in the art studio.
Photo by Scott Cook.

In The Art and Science of Cell Death, students analyzed how and why human cells are “programmed” to die while concurrently exploring the idea and symbolism of death by creating computer-generated sculptures inspired by cells they genetically engineered.

Rollins student works at local nonprofit to create theater with children with autism.Rollins student works at local nonprofit to create theater with children with autism.
Photo by Bill Doster.

In theatre professor Marianne DiQuattro’s community engagement course, Create With Me: Theater for People with Special Needs, students partnered with the nonprofit Opportunity, Community, Ability (OCA) to cultivate positive social change by engaging with adults who have autism and other developmental disabilities.

Rollins student works in a lab during an internship with a local medical research facility.Rollins student works in a lab during an internship with a local medical research facility.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Biochemistry/molecular biology major Laura Tao ’19 was one of 11 students selected for the Rollins Professional Fellows, a new funded internship program aimed at delivering the best in hands-on experience.

Rollins students and professor at home in Ward Hall, one of Rollins' Living Learning Communities.Rollins students and professor at home in Ward Hall, one of Rollins' Living Learning Communities.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Focused on integrating experiences both in and outside the classroom, Rollins’ Living Learning Communities (LLC) encourage holistic learning and community building. Art history professor Mackenzie Moon Ryan is Rollins’ sole faculty-in-residence, driven by helping new students transition and become successful beyond their first semester.

Skylar Knight ’19 setting out signs on campus to encourage students to vote.Skylar Knight ’19 setting out signs on campus to encourage students to vote.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Students like Skylar Knight ’19 and organizations like the Democracy Project are the reason Rollins was recognized as a national leader in engaging students in democracy for a third consecutive year. The College was just one of 124 universities to be named a voter-friendly campus in 2019 by Campus Vote Project and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Cristina Toppin ’21 poses for a headshot on Park Avenue near campus.Cristina Toppin ’21 poses for a headshot on Park Avenue near campus.
Photo by Scott Cook.

This past February, Cristina Toppin ’21 became the first Tar to participate in the Harvard Kennedy School’s Public Policy Leadership Conference.

Author Jennifer Clement interacting with a student during Rollins’ literary festival, Winter With the Writers.Author Jennifer Clement interacting with a student during Rollins’ literary festival, Winter With the Writers.
Photo by Scott Cook.

National Book Awards finalist Jennifer Clement closed out the 2019 season of Winter With the Writers, Rollins’ annual literary festival that directly engages undergrads and professional authors in discussions about the students’ original works through round-table-style master classes.

Students gather at the campus beach to enjoy snacks between class.Students gather at the campus beach to enjoy snacks between class.
Photo by Curtis Shaffer ’22.

A favorite spot for a study break is on Rollins’ very own beach on the shores of Lake Virginia.

Rollins student and advisor walk on the campus path that lines Lake Virginia.Rollins student and advisor walk on the campus path that lines Lake Virginia.
Photo by Zach Stovall.

Carla Daza ’20—a double major in computer science and math—earned a spot in Public Policy and International Affairs’ highly selective Junior Summer Institute, a program ultimately designed to prepare students for roles serving the public good.

Students explore the cuisine and culture of local Pakistani immigrants.Students explore the cuisine and culture of local Pakistani immigrants.
Photo by Zach Stovall.

During anthropology professor Rachel Newcomb’s Intersession course, Food & Immigrant Cultures in Central Florida, Rollins students learned that just like there’s more to a recipe than a list of ingredients, there’s more to a population than statistics.

Marissa Cobuzio ’19 and the service dog she raised at Rollins as part of her work as a Bonner Leader. Marissa Cobuzio ’19 and the service dog she raised at Rollins as part of her work as a Bonner Leader.
Photo by Scott Cook.

As a member of Rollins’ Bonner Leaders Program—a cohort-based community service program that pairs undergrads with local nonprofits—Marissa Cobuzio ’19 worked with Canine Companions for Independence to get Rollins approved as a service-dog-raising campus.

An old-fashioned car spotted on the streets of Cuba during a field study.An old-fashioned car spotted on the streets of Cuba during a field study.
Photo by Patricia Tomé.

Over this past spring break, several Rollins students ditched the beach to embark on one-of-a-kind faculty-led field studies to Cuba, Italy, and Japan. Each field study was tied to a course designed around experiential learning—from business to arts and literature to politics—and focused on deep cultural immersion.

Rollins staff member Gary Gorman prepared to compete in aquathlon world championship.Rollins staff member Gary Gorman prepared to compete in aquathlon world championship.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Gary Gorman, a painter in Rollins’ facilities management department, represented the U.S. in the aquathlon at the 2019 ITU Multisport World Championships in Pontevedra, Spain, last spring.

History students conduct research in the Rollins Archives.History students conduct research in the Rollins Archives.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Through the Pathways to Diversity grant, Rollins students in history professor Claire Strom’s Researching American History course explored the history of diversity and inclusion at Rollins.

Jakobi Bonner ’19 playing basketball for the Rollins Tars.Jakobi Bonner ’19 playing basketball for the Rollins Tars.
Photo by Courtesy Rollins College Athletics.

A proven leader both on and off the court, Jakobi Bonner ’20—a guard on the Rollins men’s basketball team—was one of just three student-athletes in the Sunshine State Conference (SSC) to be selected to participate in the prestigious NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum.

Students built a tiny house as part of a course focused on sustainable solutions.Students built a tiny house as part of a course focused on sustainable solutions.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Hammers in hand, Rollins students in art professor Joshua Almond’s Applied Design Solutions course explored big concepts like sustainability, affordable housing, and climate change by building a tiny house.

Rollins grads sport Mister Rogers-themed shirts for Alumni Weekend 2019.Rollins grads sport Mister Rogers-themed shirts for Alumni Weekend 2019.
Photo by Scott Cook.

It was another Alumni Weekend for the books this past spring when Tars from near and far gathered together in the spirit of our most beloved alumnus, Fred Rogers ’51.

Tamer Elkhouly ’19 working as a district manager intern at Aldi.Tamer Elkhouly ’19 working as a district manager intern at Aldi.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Tamer Elkhouly ’19 used the experience he developed through a district manager internship at ALDI to secure a spot in Raytheon’s Contracts Leadership Development Program a full six months before graduation.

Rollins students on Fox Day, a day the president declares too pretty to have class.Rollins students on Fox Day, a day the president declares too pretty to have class.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Fox Day was once again the best day of the year.

Lucas Hernandez ’13 in Miami, where he works for Microsoft Philanthropies.Lucas Hernandez ’13 in Miami, where he works for Microsoft Philanthropies.
Photo by Scott Cook.

As Microsoft’s director of civic engagement in Miami, Lucas Hernandez ’13 is empowering community leaders to find answers to some of the nation’s most daunting civic challenges. 

Rollins students sign roof tiles for the construction of Kathleen W. Rollins Hall.Rollins students sign roof tiles for the construction of Kathleen W. Rollins Hall.
Photo by Scott Cook.

At the Raise the Roof event on campus, Rollins announced that Trustee Kathleen W. Rollins ’75 has generously committed $10 million to the major renovation of Mills Memorial Hall. To celebrate, the Rollins community came together and signed the roof tiles that will soon sit atop the new building, which will now be known as Kathleen W. Rollins Hall.

2019 valedictorian Lizzie Berry ’19 on campus in her cap and gown.2019 valedictorian Lizzie Berry ’19 on campus in her cap and gown.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Women’s rower and double major in psychology and Spanish Lizzie Berry ’19 was named the 2018-19 Sunshine State Conference (SSC) Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

International business professor Serina Haddad interacts with students in class.International business professor Serina Haddad interacts with students in class.
Photo by Scott Cook.

This past spring, international business major Nuh Elalaoui ’21 became the first Rollins student to be awarded the Cultural Vistas Fellowship, a summer international internship program designed for underrepresented U.S. college students. He points to classes like International Operations with business professor Serina Haddad as key factors in his success.

Ari Schubot ’19 presents her original exhibition for her senior art show at Cornell Fine Arts Museum.Ari Schubot ’19 presents her original exhibition for her senior art show at Cornell Fine Arts Museum.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Ari Schubot ’19 was one of six senior studio art majors selected to exhibit their original works in Cease & Desist at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum as the final project for their senior semester. 

Hannah Holman ’18 at EA Sports, where she works as a software engineer.Hannah Holman ’18 at EA Sports, where she works as a software engineer.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Computer science major Hannah Holman ’18 is putting the 21st-century skills she learned at Rollins to work as a software engineer at EA Sports in Orlando.

Mother-daughter tennis duo toss the ball around on the court.Mother-daughter tennis duo toss the ball around on the court.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Mother-daughter tennis duo Felicia Hutnick ’79 and Teresa Kaiser ’19 have become the USTA’s top-ranked mother-daughter doubles team, winning four national titles since 2016. 

Physics major Lauren Neldner ’20 in Rollins' anechoic chamber.Physics major Lauren Neldner ’20 in Rollins' anechoic chamber.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Lauren Neldner ’20 earned a 2019 Goldwater Scholarship, the country’s most prestigious undergraduate science scholarship. The physics major plans to pursue a PhD in either geophysics or structural engineering after graduating from Rollins.

Nico Khazzam ’18 helps teach English to schoolchildren in Tanzania.Nico Khazzam ’18 helps teach English to schoolchildren in Tanzania.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Nico Khazzam ’18 was one of six Rollins students and graduates who earned a 2019-20 Fulbright Scholarship.

Ellie Rushing ’19 and her Career Champion, Ann Marie Varga ’82 ’12MHR, on Rollins' campus.Ellie Rushing ’19 and her Career Champion, Ann Marie Varga ’82 ’12MHR, on Rollins' campus.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Launched this past fall and followed by a second iteration in the spring, the new Career Champions mentorship program is proliferating powerful partnerships between Rollins alumni and students.

Hamilton Holt School Outstanding Senior Shannon Burrows ’19 and mentor, English professor Matthew Forsythe, discuss lessons over coffee.Hamilton Holt School Outstanding Senior Shannon Burrows ’19 and mentor, English professor Matthew Forsythe, discuss lessons over coffee.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Shannon Burrows ’19, who partnered with English professor Matthew Forsythe via Rollins’ Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program, was named the 2019 Holt Outstanding Senior.

Gabbie Buendia ’10 in her cap and gown in Rollins’ iconic rose garden.Gabbie Buendia ’10 in her cap and gown in Rollins’ iconic rose garden.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Gabbie Buendia ’19 landed on the front page of the Orlando Sentinel this past May when she fulfilled her “double dream” of graduating as valedictorian and becoming a citizen of the United States.

Rollins 2019 commencementRollins 2019 commencement
Photo by Scott Cook.

Students in Rollins’ College of Liberal Arts, Crummer Graduate School of Business, and Hamilton Holt School graduated in a trio of commencement ceremonies.

Rollins students walking to class.

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