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 2018! Be sure to periodically check the Family Weekend schedule for possible additions and/or changes to the weekend programs!

Friday, November 2, 2018

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 Bush Science Center Auditorium Lobby to pick up your name badge, welcome packet, and other important materials needed throughout the weekend.
Location: Archibald Granville Bush Science Center, Bush Auditorium Lobby | Map It

Join a special Family Weekend tour and create your own unique art as part of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum’s (CFAM) newest exhibit - Forging Modern American Identities
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
On view for the first time, the works in Forging Modern American Identities are recent gifts to the collection. Together, the works in the exhibition allow the Museum to share a more dynamic and multifaceted history of twentieth-century art produced in the United States. Whether you are a long-time art enthusiast or it’s your first time visiting the CFAM, you’ll enjoy exploring an important moment in American history. The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is the only teaching museum in the greater Orlando area, and as part of the docent-led tour, you will be able to participate in a special art activity inspired by your experience at the Museum! Don’t miss it!!
Location: Cornell Fine Arts Museum | Map It

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

Come relax and laugh during this Friday afternoon 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: Archibald Granville Bush Science Center Auditorium

"R" Meet and Greets
1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Spend your afternoon mixing, mingling, and meeting staff who can help answer your questions and update you on a variety of services and opportunities available to your student.
Location:  Across campus

Center for Inclusion and Campus Involvement (CICI) and the Lucy Cross Center for Women and their Allies
Stop by Chase Hall to visit the Center for Inclusion & Campus Involvement (CICI) and the Lucy Cross Center for Women and their Allies! CICI connects all students with opportunities to get involved on campus with a focus on the support of underrepresented students. Here you can learn about ways to get involved on campus, including our diversity and inclusion initiatives, our cultural and faith-based organizations, and over 100+ student organizations. The Lucy Cross Center provides students of all genders with a comfortable living room to bond, as well as learn about sexuality, gender, and social justice issues. The Lucy also hosts events and collaborates with the Rollins community to host educational, leadership, and mentoring opportunities to broaden our notions of advocacy for women and their allies.
Location: Chase Hall, first floor

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 for 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

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 the spring, 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

International Programs, International Student and Scholar Services & Office of External & Competitive Scholarship Advisement and Pre-Health Programs
Stop in for cookies, iced tea, and lemonade and visit with the staff in the Offices of International Programs, International Student and Scholar Services, and External & Competitive Scholarship Advisement and pre-health programs, to learn more about Rollins’ semester and short-term study abroad programs, get more information about the services and support provided for international students on our campus, and explore ways Rollins helps our students and alumni prepare for a wide variety of highly competitive and prestigious graduate scholarships. Rollins is among the top 20 U.S. institutions of its type for the percentage of students who study abroad! Additionally, for the fifth consecutive year, Rollins is one of the leading producers of U.S. Fulbright Students among master’s institutions!
Location: Olin Library, Room 230 (main floor)

Olin Library – Meet Olin librarians, staff from TJ's and Tutoring and Writing Center, and Archives
When visiting, you will find out about the academic resources available to students from librarians, peer tutors, writing consultants, and staff, as well as learn about the wealth of materials and services offered to help students succeed! You’ll also be able to see some of the treasures from the Rollins archives!
Location: Olin Library Lounge, main floor across from the Reference Desk 

Accessibility Services

Visit the staff of the Accessibility Services Office to get information about the academic accommodation process, how to get connected, adaptive technology, 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

Annie Russell Theatre Tours
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Annie Russell Theatre and view the in-progress set for Avenue Q! And, of course, a trip to the Annie wouldn’t be complete without a ghost story or two. Tours leave from the front steps of the theatre at 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Location: Annie Russell Theatre 

Friday Prayers at Rollins
2:00 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" 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 Chapel

"R" Focus on Career & Life Planning
2:30 - 3:30 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

“R" Community Street Party
3:30 - 5 p.m.
Join us and explore “R” Neighborhood for an afternoon of fun! During the street party, hear some great 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

"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 to the collaborative partners to learn about the original research and scholarship taking place at Rollins.
Location: Archibald Granville Bush Science Center, Atrium

Parents Council Oyster Roast (Invite only)
For more information on the Parents Council contact Elise Schramm, Director of Development at 407-646-2414 or

Family Shabbat hosted by Rollins Hillel
6 p.m.
Rollins Hillel invites students and families to attend a traditional Shabbat dinner. All are welcome!
Location: Faculty Club

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 welcome packet.
Location: Park Avenue

Friday Night Game Night
7 p.m.

Cheer on Rollins Women’s Volleyball as the team takes on conference rivals Lynn University. Free admission with your Family Weekend name badge or student R-card.
Location: Warden Arena, Alfond Sports Complex

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Late Registration/Packet Pick-up
9 – Noon
Location: Tars Plaza 

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

Caring for “R” Lake
9-11 a.m.
Roll up your sleeves and join members of the EcoRollins/Sustainability Program as they undertake a Lake Virginia clean up as part of our campus lakeshore restoration work. Volunteers will help clear lake litter and debris.
Location: Meet at the Rollins Greenhouse by Lake Virginia

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: Archibald Granville Bush Science Center Auditorium, and then break out into Bush Center Science classrooms | Bush Classrooms (Bush 210, Bush 176).

Conversation with President Cornwell
11:00 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 the Rollins campus that will showcase the best in innovative and student-centered experiential education in the 21st century.
Location: Archibald Granville Bush Science Center, Bush Auditorium | Map It

"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 incredible performance by our own Music Department’s Jazz ensemble.
Location: Mills Lawn
*The picnic will be held rain or shine!

Parent to Parent Panel Q&A
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Spend part of the afternoon with other Rollins parents who will share helpful insights about involvement, campus resources, and other useful tips for information in and around Central Florida
Location: Bieberbach Reed Room, Cornell Campus Center

“R” Splash Bash Pool Party
1:30-3 p.m.
Have a blast at this afternoon pool party hosted by the Latin American Student Association and the Center for Inclusion and Campus Involvement. Sit by the pool in the sun, or enjoy pool games for fun, we’ll have something in store for everyone! Siblings are especially invited to be part of the festivities. We’ll have special food, drink, and music in store for whole family. 
Location: Alfond Pool

Support "R" Tars - Men's Lacrosse Scrimmage
3 - 4:30 p.m.
Come out and see our Men's Lacrosse team play against the alumni of the program in the last contest of the fall season.This will be 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/Barker Family Stadium | Map It

Support “R” Tars - Women's Volleyball
4 p.m.

If you missed Friday night’s game, stop in to help celebrate the accomplishments of the Rollins Women’s Volleyball seniors on Senior Day as they tip off against Barry University. Free admission with your Family Weekend name badge or student R-card.
Location: Warden Arena, Alfond Sports Complex

FOX FEST Presented by WPRK FM and the Rollins Entertainment Programs
5-9 p.m.
Kick back and enjoy some local music and art from both Rollins and local bands at this annual festival, which is making its Family Weekend debut! Local food vendors, artwork, and handcrafted merchandise will be for sale along with lots of free music and fun!
Location: Mills Lawn

Trivia Night in Dave's Boathouse
8 - 9 p.m.
Question: How do you find out who has the 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

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Founders Day Service
10 a.m.
Rollins families are welcome to take part in a joyous Founders Day worship service celebrating the establishment of the 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. Light refreshments will be served after the service.
Location: Knowles Memorial Chapel | Map It

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 Dale Montgomery ’60.

Campus Stroll
Start lakeside behind Elizabeth Hall and wind your way along Lake Virginia, ending at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum.

Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour
Get acquainted with Winter Park's beautiful lake chain, as well as see historic cites from around the city. Tours leave every hour from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 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 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 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 4:00 p.m. and Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 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 work out in this state-of-the-art 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.