A Rollins Year in 34 Photos

Just before a new semester begins, Rollins360 looks back at some of the best photos of the 2015-16 academic year.

August 19: More than 500 first-year students from 35 states and 29 countries arrived on campus. Read more

August 20: Members of the Class of 2019 posed for their first photo together.

August 25: Students took a break from orientation activities to relax in a ball pit on The Green.

September 11: Students paused for a moment of silence at the 9/11 Memorial on campus. Read more

September 11: Later in the afternoon, students cheered the men’s and women’s soccer teams during matches against the University of West Florida.

September 16: Nobel Prize winner Leymah Gbowe joined the Winter Park Institute and shared how leading change through activism altered the course of her life and the lives of others. Read more

September 19: History professor Julian Chambliss brought students to Olin Library and introduced them to hands-on research in Rollins College Archives & Special Collections.

September 28: Students in Associate Professor of Art Josh Almond’s Foundations in Sculpture course connected with their inner spirit animals. Read more

October 15: Students in the Science of Sustenance course taught by Assistant Professor of Chemistry Kasandra Riley learned why changing the ratio of ingredients changes the physical traits of food. Read more

October 23: Students participated in sunset yoga on The Green.

November 5: Actor and literacy advocate LeVar Burton presented “The Power of Storytelling: Written, Spoken, Lived” in front of a packed audience as part of Winter Park Institute. Read more

November 12: The College’s new pub-style restaurant, Dave’s Boathouse, opened its doors to the public. (Photo by Brian Carlson) Read more

December 10: As part of Professor of Critical Media and Cultural Studies Lisa Tillmann’s Incarceration and Inequality course, students presented solutions to an audience of local and state officials. Read more

January 6: Students in the intersession course, Wildlife Conservation, headed to Toshatchee Wildlife Management area with Assistant Professor of Biology Bobby Fokidis. Read more

January 21: Rollins kicked off its annual weeklong celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. with a candlelight vigil. Read more

January 23: Students honored MLK’s legacy with a day of volunteer service. Here, students sort books at Grand Avenue Primary Learning Center. Read more

January 26: Students in Associate Professor of Economics Phil Kozel’s Mysteries and Marvels of Piracy course learned about the economic impacts of pirates throughout time. Read more

February 4: Winter With the Writers hosted a talk with Chilean novelist Antonio Skármeta. Read more

February 10: Students performed Expecting Isabel at the Annie Russell Theatre. Read more

February 20: A small group played spike ball on The Green.

February 23: Rollins broke ground on Hume House, a new state-of-the-art facility that will house the College’s Child Development and Student Research Center. Read more

February 22: Author of A Walk in the Woods Bill Bryson spoke to a packed audience as part of Winter Park Institute. Read more

February 27 – March 5: A group of Rollins students went on an alternative spring break Immersion to Moab, Utah, for a conservation service learning experience. Read more

March 17: The Rollins Debate Team kicked off the 11th Annual Summit on Transforming Learning with a debate over whether American colleges and universities should prefer freedom of speech over racially sensitive speech. Read more

March 30: Rollins celebrated its highly anticipated annual Fox Day. See more photos

March 31: Students in philosophy professor Erik Kenyon’s class partnered with children of the Child Development and Student Research Center to discover ways to help preschoolers learn critical-thinking skills. Read more

April 2: Rollins launched the inauguration week of its 15th president with a day of service. Here, Peg Cornwell and a young friend plant new landscape in downtown Winter Park's Central Park. Read more

April 9: Rollins inaugurated Grant H. Cornwell as its 15th president. The ceremony was followed by a Festival of Light to celebrate the newest chapter in the College’s history. Watch the video

April 29: The Annie Russell Theatre closed out its 83rd season with the popular musical Hello, Dolly! Read more

May 7: Rollins celebrated the Hamilton Holt School’s Class of 2016. Among the graduates were Jon Viera ’16MHR and his service dog, Hollywood, who became the first recipient of the College’s honorary “dogorate” degree. Read more

May 12: Students in Chemistry professor Pedro Bernal’s course, Water, Sanitation, and Health in the Dominican Republic, headed to Lake Apopka to learn how to test water samples. Later in the summer, the class partnered with the Center for Leadership & Community Engagement and traveled to the Dominican Republic for a service-learning experience to help provide household water filters. Read more

May 18: Rollins celebrated the Class of 2016 graduates of the Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Professional Studies. Read more

June 13: In response to the shooting that took the lives of 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Rollins held a vigil for peace in Knowles Memorial Chapel. Read more

June 21: While most of the students were away from campus during the summer, some stayed to conduct original research through the College’s Student Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program. Some of the projects will continue in the fall 2016 semester.