Family Weekend

Schedule of Events

With a wide variety of academic, athletic, cultural, and social events taking place on our campus, we hope you will consider joining us for Family Weekend 2019! Be sure to periodically check the Family Weekend schedule for possible additions and/or changes to the weekend programs!

Friday, November 1, 2019

Morning   |   Afternoon   |   Evening

Welcome Back to “R” Neighborhood!

10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Family Weekend Check-In/Registration/Information Center: Be sure to visit us in the Archibald Granville Bush Science Center Auditorium Lobby to pick up your name badge, welcome packet, and other important materials needed throughout the weekend.
Location: Bush Auditorium Lobby, Archibald Granville Bush Science Center | Map It

Mister Roger’s Walking Tour
Self-guided tour 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday Ride-a-long train tour Saturday noon  - 3 p.m. (see Saturday schedule for details)
To honor beloved alumnus, Fred Rogers '51 '74H, and the milestone of his 50 years on television, we are offering a Mister Rogers Walking Tour during Family Weekend. The self-guided tour includes five stops that showcase the blue sweater and sneakers that Fred Rogers gifted to Rollins in 1991, the portrait of Fred Rogers that is displayed in our Fred Rogers lobby at the Music Department (just outside Tiedtke Concert Hall), the Walk of Fame Stone that includes a rock from his hometown of Latrobe, PA, a collection of letters, photos and memorabilia, and finally a chance to see and touch the marble “Life is for Service” plaque near Strong Hall which inspired him throughout his life. Since 2018, more than a thousand visitors from all across the U.S. have taken the tour on our campus!

Join a special Family Weekend gallery tour and create your own unique art as part of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum’s (CFAM) newest fall exhibits 
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Enjoy highlights of the fall exhibitions, African American Art in the 20th Century from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection, Ut Pictura Poesiss: Walt Whitman and the Poetry of Art, and The Place as Metaphor: Collection Conversations. Whether you are a long-time art enthusiast or it’s your first time visiting the CFAM you'll explore a selection of works spanning many centuries, from examples of ancient art and artifacts to contemporary art. The CFAM is the only teaching museum in the greater Orlando area, and as part of this Family Weekend experience, you will be able to participate in a unique art activity inspired by the art on view at the Museum. Don't miss it!
Location: Cornell Fine Arts Museum | Map It

Cut To…The Twists, A Rollins Improv Players (RIP) Show
1 – 1:50 p.m.

Come relax and laugh during this Family Weekend Friday afternoon tradition - the Rollins Improv Players (RIP) show. RIP is a theatrical improvisation student troupe performing a variety of long-form and short-form shows. RIP creates improvisational theatre that expresses challenging and provocative subject matter and represents the dramatic and comedic aspects of student life and beyond.
Location: Bush Auditorium, Archibald Granville Bush Science Center|Map It

Friday Prayers at Rollins
1 p.m.
All are welcome to join the Muslim Student Union and attend Jumu'ah Prayers!
Location: Knowles Memorial Chapel, Interfaith Room 102 | Map It

"R" Open Houses
1 - 3:30 p.m.
Spend your afternoon mixing, mingling, and meeting staff from Crummer Graduate School of Business, Olin Library, Accessibility Services, and Fraternity & Sorority Life who can help answer your questions and update you on a variety of services and opportunities available to your student.

Crummer Graduate School of Business
Drop-in and learn more about our three MBA programs, as well as our Executive Doctorate of Business Administration. We'll also provide an overview of the 3/2 Accelerated Management Program, which allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree and MBA in five years. If you're interested in your student, for yourself, or another family member, don't miss this opportunity to connect with the Crummer admissions staff and learn more about our nationally-recognized graduate business programs.
Location: Bush Executive Center, Crummer Hall |Map It

Olin Library – Meet Olin librarians along with staff from the College’s the Archives and TJ's Tutoring and Writing Center
Following Family Weekend, fall final exams are just around the corner, so be sure to stop in and connect with the outstanding librarians, staff, and tutors who help students sharpen their learning, research, and writing strategies. When visiting, you will learn more about the full range of resources and services offered to help Rollins students succeed. You'll also be able to see some of the treasures from the Rollins archives housed in the library.
Location: Olin Library Lounge, main floor across from the Reference Desk | Map It

Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL)
Whether your student is already in a fraternity or sorority or is thinking about joining a fraternity or sorority in January, this open house is for you. Being a member of a fraternity or sorority is a dynamic experience which promotes academic excellence, leadership development, service/philanthropy endeavors, self-exploration, and sister/brotherhood. This open house will provide you with a base level of knowledge of fraternity and sorority life so you can have meaningful conversations with your student about FSL at Rollins!
Location: International House | Map It

Accessibility Services
Visit the staff of the Accessibility Services Office to get information about the academic accommodation process, how to get connected, adaptive technology offerings, and more. Stop by to discover tools that students are using in the classroom today that make learning environments more accessible.
Olin Library, first floor | Map It

Annie Russell Theatre Tours
2 - 3 p.m.
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Annie Russell Theatre! You’ll visit our dressing rooms and green room, view the in-progress set for Private Lies, and, of course, a trip to the Annie wouldn’t be complete without exploring our haunted “trap” below the stage! Tours leave from the front steps of the Annie Tours 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Location: Annie Russell Theatre |Map It

"R" History
2 - 2:30 p.m.
Join Dr. Jack Lane, Professor Emeritus and College Historian, as he traces the history of Rollins through the lives of its founders. Dr. Lane will tie Rollins’ past to its present through an intriguing and engaging conversation. 
Location: Knowles Memorial Chapel |Map It

"R" Focus on Career & Life Planning
2:35 - 3:35 p.m.
Rollins has made a commitment to developing a robust career and life planning program. The Center for Career & Life Planning is leading this initiative alongside campus partners to expand current services and programs that will integrate career planning resources into students’ overall Rollins experience. Our goals are to help students explore and clarify potential career pathways through experiential opportunities and to increase the professional marketability of our students. We hope you consider joining us for an interactive afternoon to learn more about what’s next on the horizon at Rollins!
Location: SunTrust Auditorium, Crummer Hall |Map It

Support "R" Tars
3 - 5 p.m. Rollins Swim Meet
Stop by the Alfond Swimming Pool home of Rollins varsity men's and women's swimming for a meet against conference rivals Saint Leo University. Cheer on the Tars and help give us a home pool advantage! Free admission with Family Weekend name badge.
Location: Alfond Swimming Pool |Map It

"R" Community Block Party
3:30 - 5 p.m.
Join us and explore “R” Neighborhood for an afternoon of fun! During the street party, hear some great WPRK-FM music, taste some terrific food, get connected with campus offices, and meet other Rollins families. The street party will be held rain or shine!
Location: Bush Lawn |Map It

"R" Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Showcase
4 - 6 p.m.
Visit with student and faculty members of this outstanding program where students participate in high-level scholarly research and scholarship that is typically only available at the graduate-school level. You'll be able to talk with the collaborative partners and learn about the original research and scholarship taking place at Rollins.
Location: Atrium, Archibald Granville Bush Science Center |Map It

Día de los Muertos
4:30-5:30 p.m.
You are invited to join the campus community for Día de los Muertos, the Latin American celebration of Day of the Dead, sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program. On Día de los Muertos, families commemorate their deceased loved ones by building altars to them in their homes and on gravesites. These altars feature the favorite foods and belongings of those honored through this event. Communities that celebrate Día de los Muertos believe that the spirits of those who have passed away return to feast with their families on this special day. Día de los Muertos is a day of remembrance, family connections, and celebrating life. Please bring photos of those you wish to honor on the altar. Traditional refreshments will be served.
Location: Cornell Social Science Building Courtyard |Map It

Parents Council Oyster Roast (Invite only)
For more information on the Parents Council please contact Elise Schramm, Sr. Director of Regional Development and Parent Giving at, 407-646-2414.

Family Shabbat hosted by Rollins Hillel
6:30 p.m.
Rollins Hillel invites students and families to attend a traditional Shabbat dinner. All are welcome!
Location: Knowles Memorial Chapel Classroom Map It

Family Movie Night - Won’t You be My Neighbor? Sponsored by Rollins Entertainment Programs (REP)
8 p.m. 
Join us for an exclusive screening of Won't You Be My Neighbor? a 2018 documentary showcasing the life of Rollins’ beloved alumnus Fred Rogers '51 '74H. This film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and highlights the transformative television program Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. To date, Won't You Be My Neighbor?, is the highest-grossing biographical documentary of all time! As part of the evening’s screening, we have the privilege to have Dr. John Sinclair, John M. Tiedtke Professor of Music at Rollins, give a special introduction to the film and share his personal memories of Fred Rogers and his lasting legacy. Don't miss it!
Location: Bush Auditorium, Archibald Granville Bush Science Center  Map It

Meet "R" Neighbors on Park Ave 
Bring along your name badge for Rollins Family Weekend discounts at select restaurants and shops. A map and information on participating merchants will be provided in your weekend schedule.
Location: Park Avenue

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Late Registration/Packet Pick-up
9 – noon
Location: Tars Plaza |Map It

Parents Council Breakfast Meeting (Invite Only)
For more information on the Parents Council contact Elise Schramm, Sr. Director of Regional Development and Parent Giving at, 407-646-2414.

Back to Class - Join a Rollins Foundations Seminar!
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
We know that 21st century problems won't be solved in isolation; they require the ability to make connections across multiple perspectives and to anticipate an increasingly global future. Rollins Foundations in the Liberal Arts (rFLA) equips students with the skills and perspectives they’ll need to pursue meaningful lives and productive careers after graduation. Parents and family members are invited to learn more about general education at Rollins by selecting your own foundation seminar for the morning and taking part in a fun and interactive class with talented faculty! 
Location: Bush Auditorium, Archibald Granville Bush Science Center |Map It

Conversation with President Cornwell - Gateway to Success
11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
Spend part of your morning in conversation with President Cornwell as he welcomes families to campus. President Cornwell will share the exciting vision for Rollins including the $17 million transformation of Kathleen W. Rollins Hall and the College’s new Lakeside Residential Complex. Both are located in the heart of campus and at the center of the Rollins student experience. President Cornwell will discuss how the College is intentionally creating a nexus of mission-centered programs, residential experiences, and applied liberal arts learning to serve as a powerful gateway connecting Rollins students passion, purpose and opportunities for innovative learning and success​.
Location: Bush Auditorium, Archibald Granville Bush Science Center| Map It

Mister Roger’s Walking and Train Tour
All aboard! Hop on a ride-a-long train for a short trip down Holt Avenue to visit the stops along the Mister Rogers tour. 
Saturday train pick up times: noon, 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Location: Train pick up/drop off station is in Tars Plaza 
Self-guided walking tour: noon  - 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

"R" Annual Lunch on the Lawn
12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Join us for an afternoon on the lawn with President Grant and Peg Cornwell. In addition, don’t miss an outstanding performance by our own Music Department’s Jazz ensemble.
Location: Mills Lawn |Map It
*The picnic will be held rain or shine!

Kathleen W. Rollins Hall Showcase of Programs
1-3 p.m.

Opening in spring, Kathleen W. Rollins Hall will serve as the epicenter for helping students make meaning of their Rollins education by fostering and integrating faculty connections, international opportunities, community engagement endeavors, career and life planning, mentoring, and so much more. Stop by to visit the people and programs housed in Rollins Hall that encompass the best of the liberal arts in action!
Location: Perimeter of Rollins Hall

Rollins Parents Council Presents: Ask The Deans
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Spend part of the afternoon with Student Affairs and Academic Affairs deans and other Rollins parents who will share helpful insights about advising, involvement, campus resources, and other useful tips and information.
Location: Bieberbach Reed Room, Cornell Campus Center |Map It

Skillman Dining Hall Open House and Sneak Peak of the new Rollins Lakeside Residential Complex
1:30 - 3 p.m. 
Stroll through the newly renovated Skillman Dining Hall in the Cornell Campus Center and get a first-hand look at Rollins’ magnificent new Lakeside residence hall slated to open fall 2020. While touring the dining hall, be sure to meet Sodexo chefs and staff who will be offering teaching kitchen cooking demonstrations, share information about Rollins Dining’s online offerings, dining’s sustainability efforts and special dietary food options. 
Location: Skillman Dining Hall, Cornell Campus Center |Map It

Support “R” Tars
3 - 4:30 p.m.
Men's Lacrosse Exhibition - Come out and see the Men's Lacrosse team play against the alumni of the program. This is the third annual alumni game in the program's history, and promises to showcase the talents of past and current players.
Location: Cahall-Sandspur Field Field/Barker Family Stadium |Map It

4- 6 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Nova Southeastern
Cheer on the Rollins Women's Volleyball team as they battle Nova Southeastern University in this competitive conference match up! Free admission with Family Weekend name badge.
Location: Alfond Sports Center |Map It

FOX FEST Presented by WPRK-FM and the Rollins Entertainment Program (REP)
5:30-9:30 p.m.
Kick back and enjoy some live music from both Rollins and local bands at this annual festival, which is making its second Family Weekend appearance. Local vendors will offer light refreshments for sale along with lots of great music. Bring a chair for a fun evening under the stars!
Location: Alfond Sports Center Parking lot |Map It

Trivia Night in Dave's Boathouse
8 - 9 p.m.
Question: How do you find out who has all the answers in your family? Answer: Head to Family Weekend Trivia Night in Dave’s Boathouse!
Stop in for a fun evening and challenge your Rollins, current event, and pop culture acumen! Dave's will offer special Family Weekend small plate options for light bites, plus a complimentary hot chocolate bar.
Location: Dave's Boathouse, Cornell Campus Center first floor |Map It

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Founders Day Service
10:30 a.m.
Rollins families are welcome to take part in a joyous Founders Day worship service celebrating the establishment of Rollins College and our historical roots in the Congregational Church. The Rollins Department of Music provides magnificent and soul-stirring arrangements as part of this annual celebration. The First Congregational Church of Winter Park was founded in 1884 with Rev. Edward Hooker its first pastor. A year later in 1885, he was also named as the first president of Rollins. Rev. Hooker’s service as both pastor of FCCWP and president of Rollins, helped establish a close relationship between both institutions that exist to this day.
Location: Knowles Memorial Chapel
Roman Catholic Mass
8:30 p.m.
Location: Knowles Memorial Chapel | Map It

Additional local religious service options will be provided in the Family Weekend printed guide

Around Campus All Weekend

Cornell Fine Arts Museum
The Cornell Fine Arts Museum offers a journey through the history of art in an intimate setting. As always, complete your journey in our permanent collection gallery and off campus at The Alfond Inn, where a significant part of our contemporary art collection is on view. Gallery hours are 10 - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free public tours are offered at 1 p.m. on Saturdays at the museum and 1 p.m. on Sundays at The Alfond Inn. Come to the museum during Family Weekend and get 10% off of shop purchases! Free museum admission courtesy of PNC Financial Services Group.

Mister Roger’s Walking Tour
Self-guided tour 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Ride-a-long train tour Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (see Saturday schedule for details)
To honor beloved alumnus, Fred Rogers '51 '74H, and the milestone of his 50 years on television, we are offering a Mister Rogers Walking Tour during Family Weekend. The self-guided tour includes five stops that showcase the blue sweater and sneakers that Fred Rogers gifted to Rollins in 1991, the portrait of Fred Rogers that is displayed in our Fred Rogers lobby at the Music Department (just outside Tiedtke Concert Hall), the Walk of Fame Stone that includes a rock from his hometown of Latrobe, PA, a collection of letters, photos and memorabilia, and finally a chance to see and touch the marble “Life is for Service” plaque near Strong Hall which inspired him throughout his life. Since 2018, more than a thousand visitors from all across the U.S. have taken the tour on our campus!

Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour
Get acquainted with Winter Park's beautiful lake chain, as well as see historic sites from around the city. Tours leave every hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit the Winter Park Boat Tour website.

Winter Park Farmers’ Market
Enjoy a morning of shopping and strolling through fresh produce, flower, and craft stands, just a block away from Rollins! The market takes place Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit the farmer's market website.

The Rice Family Bookstore
Show your spirit with logo items from the bookstore. The bookstore is open Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check your registration envelope for a discount coupon. The bookstore is located at 200 W Fairbanks Ave.

Harold & Ted Alfond Sports Center
Daryl’s Fitness Center — Families are welcome to sign in at the registration desk and workout in the fitness facility. Be sure to visit the Tars Hall of Fame Room — home of the Rollins Athletic Timeline, which highlights many of the successful teams and individuals in the history of Rollins athletics.

Morse Museum of American Art
The Morse Museum houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, in addition to American art pottery, late 19th and early 20th century American painting, graphics, and decorative art.  Museum hours are 9:30am – 8 p.m. Friday, 9:30am – 4 p.m. Saturday, and 1– 4 p.m. on Sunday.  For more information, visit the Morse Museum website.