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 2017! Be sure to periodically check the Family Weekend schedule for possible additions to the weekend programs!

Friday, November 3, 2017

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

Meet and reacquaint yourself with “R” Faculty and Staff
All day
Customize your day by participating in a class that interests you and/or schedule an appointment with your student’s Faculty/Academic/RCC Advisor. Appointments can also be made to meet with Rollins staff. To schedule an appointment with your student's faculty advisor or a staff member, please send an email to with your student’s name, faculty advisor, and the time you will arrive on campus on Friday, November 3. All appointments must be requested by Monday, October 30 to ensure appointments times can be scheduled. Please know, appointments are based on faculty availability.

Join a special Family Weekend tour and create your own unique art as part of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum’s (CFAM) newest exhibit - Time as Landscape: Inquiries of Art and Science
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The source of inspiration for this fascinating new exhibition is a selection of artists who desire to understand, question and describe the subject of time: as scientific fact, as relative experience, and artistic record. Whether you are a long-time art enthusiast or it’s your first time visiting the CFAM, you’ll enjoy the wonder of this exhibition through science and art! Rollins’ own associate professor of art, Dawn Roe’s work is part of this exhibition. 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 creative process to produce your own cyanotype prints inspired by your time and experience in the CFAM! Don’t miss it!
Location: Cornell Fine Arts Museum | Map It

Cut To…Beginnings, 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: Fred Stone Theatre 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

Conversation on "R" History
1:30 - 2:15 p.m.
Join Professor emeritus Jack Lane 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. Dr. Lane recently published,  Rollins College Centennial History: A Story of Perseverance (1885-1985)
Location: Galloway Room, Mills Memorial Building
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"R" Open Houses
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

Annie Russell Theatre
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Annie Russell Theatre as we prepare for our second production of the season! You’ll visit the costume studio, grab a refreshment in the greenroom, and view the in-progress set for Sense and Sensibility. 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 on the half-hour.
Location: Annie Russell Theatre | Map It

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, learn about sexuality, gender, and social justice issues. The Lucy also hosts events and collaborate 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 | Map It

Center for Leadership Community Engagement (CLCE)/Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub

Join us for an afternoon of storytelling, fun, and impact. We welcome families to learn more about the meaningful community engagement, leadership development, and changemaking opportunities that our students engage in locally to create progress in our community and as well on a global scale. Families will also have the opportunity to live out our mission of educating students for global citizenship and responsible leadership through Five Minute Difference programs – a give back initiative, which shows the difference that can be made through the impact of service.
Location: Mills Memorial Hall, 3rd floor | Map It

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 | 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 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 | Map It

International Programs & International Student and Scholar Services

Stop in for a cookies, iced tea, and lemonade and visit with the staff in the Offices of International Programs and International Student and Scholar Services to learn more about Rollins’ semester and short-term study abroad programs, and learn more about the services and support provided for international students on our campus. Rollins is among the top 20 U.S. institutions of its type for the percentage of students who study abroad!
Location: Mills Memorial Building, main floor Map It

Olin Archives

Be sure to visit the open house in the College’s archives, on the first floor of Olin Library. You’ll see Mister Rogers’ sweater and sneakers, along with other College historical treasures on display. Archival staff will be available to talk with students and families interested in learning more about the 130+ year liberal arts tradition at Rollins!
Location:  Olin Library, first floor  | Map It

Olin Academic Resources - TJ's and Tutoring and Writing Center
Fall final exams are around the corner, so stop in and connect with the amazing librarians, staff and tutors who help students sharpen their learning, research, and writing strategies! When visiting, you will find out about the academic resources available to students from members of our advising team, librarians, peer tutors, writing consultants, and staff, and learn about the wealth of materials and services offered to help students succeed!
Location: Olin Library Lounge, main floor across from the Reference Desk | 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, and more. Stop by to discover tools that students are using in the classroom today that make learning environments more accessible.
Olin Library  | Map It

Alumni Engagement Open House
Current students and their family members have the opportunity to visit the Alumni House, meet members of the team, and learn about the opportunities and programs available to both students and alumni through the Office of Alumni Engagement. From our student organization R-Pride to making career connections with alumni, regional alumni programs and volunteer opportunities, come learn about ways you can get engaged now and after graduation.
Location: Alumni House | Map It

"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: Cornell Campus Center, Bieberbach Reed Room | Map It

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

Parents Council Oyster Roast (Invite only)
For more information on the Parents Council contact Elise Schramm, Director of Development or Julie Cunningham at, 407-646-2568.

Rollins Women's Basketball Exhibitition Game vs. Rhodes
5:30 p.m.
Root on the Tars Women's Basketball team at this home exhibition game!
Location: Warden Arena, Alfond Sports Complex

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

"R" Great Debate with the Rollins National Champion Debate Team
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Make sure you and your family get front row seats for a fun and engaging night with the Rollins nationally top-ranked Debate Team! You'll love their academic and political prowess as they deliver a star-spangled debate. If you've never attended an academic debate team program, you'll enjoy joining in the cheers and jeers! In 2016, Rollins placed number one in National Parliamentary Debate Association’s Novice National Championship Tournament!
Location: Archibald Granville Bush Science Center, Bush Auditorium | 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 welcome packet.
Location: Park Avenue


Saturday, November 4, 2017

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, Director of Development or Julie Cunningham at, 407-646-2568.

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.Note: For this service activity, student volunteers who would like to cleanup using College canoes must first pass a swimming test; please ask a lifeguard during pool hours for more information. Parents, friends and families will be volunteering on foot around the shoreline.
Location: Meet at the Rollins Greenhouse by Lake Virginia

Back to Class - Join a Rollins Foundations Neighborhood Course!
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. At Rollins, these skills are forged in intellectual community and in our general education program, we call these communities “neighborhoods." A student’s four neighborhood seminars are inspired by a shared theme: 1) When Cultures Collide, 2) Innovate, Create, Elevate, 3) Identities: Mirrors, & Windows, and 4) Mysteries & Marvels. Parents and family members are invited to learn more about general education at Rollins by selecting your own Neighborhood course 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 | Map It

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 and shares the importance of a liberal arts education in a complex and changing world. This engaging conversation will discuss what matters at Rollins from our curriculum to career services and how Rollins prepares our graduates to lead meaningful lives and productive careers.
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 | Map It
*The picnic will be held rain or shine!

Parent to Parent Panel Q&A
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Spend part of Saturday with other Rollins parents who will share helpful insights about involvement, campus resources, and useful tips for information in and around Central Florida.
Location: Mills Memorial Building, Galloway Room | Map It

Support "R" Tars
12 - 2 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 Nova Southeastern University! Cheer on the Tars as they battle it out in the pool and help give us a home team advantage!
Location: Alfond Swimming Pool | Map It

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 in the last contest of the fall season. This will be the second annual alumni game in the program's history, and promises to showcase the talents of past and current players!
Location: Cahill-Sandspur Field/Barker Family Stadium | Map It

"R" Saturday Night on Campus
7 - 9 p.m. - Family Movie Night!

Enjoy some free popcorn and snacks get ready for a superhero on the big screen! Join Rollins Entertainment Programs (REP) for a special showing of Spiderman: Homecoming. Rated PG-13
Location: Archibald Granville Bush Science Center, Bush Auditorium | Map It

8 - 9 p.m.
Trivia Night in Dave's Boathouse
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 a 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 5, 2017

Founders Day Service
10 a.m.
The First Congregational Church of Winter Park and Rollins Dean of Religious Life Rev. Katrina Jenkins welcome Rollins families to a joyous Founders Day worship service celebrating the establishment of the College and our historical roots in the Congregational Church. All are welcome! Light refreshments will be served after the service.
Location: First Congregational Church of Winter Park, 225 S. Interlachen Avenue (two short blocks from campus and just across from the Alfond Inn)

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 Toar 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.

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.

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Rollins College
Cornell Campus Center, Dave's Down Under, Suite 103
1000 Holt Ave. - 2771
T. 407.646.2345