A Rollins Year in 42 Photos

From Move-in Day to Commencement, Rollins360 presents some of the best photographs of the 2014-15 academic year. Photos by Scott Cook.

A new pedestrian-friendly crosswalk and entry point, located at Interlachen and Fairbanks Avenues, was unveiled in the summer of 2014.

In July 2014, a field study group of 12 Rollins students, professors, and alumni traveled to a small village in eastern Rwanda to work with local teachers and explore ways to teach English and incorporate technology. Here, the Rollins group works with P1 and P2 teachers to practice their English skills while getting to know each other.

Students were welcomed for a new semester starting with fun at the Alfond Pool as part of the Hit the Deck event with Fraternity and Sorority Life on August 24.

Later in the evening, first-year students took part in the annual tradition of Candlewish in Knowles Memorial Chapel. Here, students raise candles to help overcome the darkness, symbolizing the power of community and the pursuit of knowledge.

Assistant Professor of Physics Anne Murdaugh (far left) led an in-class demonstration on September 9.

The verdant oasis that is the greenhouse, which is home to plants from a variety of regions, supports scientific research on campus, and even serves as a muse for an art student on September 17.

Fiesta King Alex Peterson ’17 and Fiesta Queen Lindokuhle Ngwenya ’15 take a selfie during R-Pride's I Love Rollins Week on September 30.

In October, the College’s Democracy Project hosted a SunRail event to introduce students to the new public transit system available to the community. Here, a student takes a selfie with Representative John Mica at the Florida Hospital Health Village SunRail station.

Sir Paul McCartney paid a surprise visit to campus on October 23. Former poet laureate Billy Collins sat down with the music legend for a conversation in Knowles Memorial Chapel in front of a packed audience of students. McCartney delighted everyone with an impromptu performance of “Blackbird.”

October’s annual Halloween Howl brought volunteers and 52 student organizations together to host family-fun activities for the community on the Rollins campus. Here, Luigi and Mario face off for best mustache.

More than 250 families arrived on campus on November 7 for the College’s annual Family Weekend. Parents and family members explored the campus, learned about Rollins’ programs, and enjoyed family activities with their students. Here, Swim Coach Rich Morris welcomes families inside the newly unveiled Spiegel Family Team Ready Room.

Later in afternoon at the Alfond Sports Center, Rollins Women's Volleyball also played against Florida Tech.

On November 13, cast members of the MTV series The Buried Life visited Rollins and spoke to students, ultimately asking them the question: “If you had one day to live, what would you do?” The event, hosted by the Rollins Entertainment Programs (REP), was held in the Bush Auditorium.

Peg O’Keef ’81 (center) returned to the Rollins stage in November at the Annie Russell Theatre as the lead in the Thornton Wilder classic, Our Town.

On November 18, 25 new citizens—who represented just as many countries, including Belarus, China, South Africa, and Venezuela—were on campus to participate in a naturalization ceremony, the final step in their journey to become official U.S. citizens. Assistant Professor of Political Science Julia Maskivker, who along with Melissa McGuire-Maniau ’15 and the Rollins’ Democracy Project helped organize the event on campus, the first in the College’s history.

The women’s soccer team downed Colorado Mines in the National Semifinal to advance to the National Championship for the first time in the program’s history on December 4.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Eric Engstrom’s class, Plants and Humanity, visited SunDew Gardens on December 2, a local farm specializing in produce, fruits, and eggs. Operated by alums Tom ’79 and Robin Weis Carey ’81, SunDew Gardens grows organic produce for local consumers based on a community supported agriculture model.

On December 18, the view down Park Avenue to McKean Gateway was lit for the holidays.

Visitors of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum view a work by artist Rivane Neuenschwander as part of the exhibition Fractured Narratives: A Strategy to Engage, which opened on January 4.

During winter intercession in January, Assistant Professor of Religion Todd French’s class, God, Robots, and Technologies of the Self, experimented with virtual reality headsets. Students were challenged to compare the structure and architecture of the Knowles Memorial Chapel with virtual sacred spaces.

A group of students including Raul Carril ’15 ’16MBA (pictured here) worked alongside Gainesville’s Florida Organic Growers, Gainesville Compost, and Kimball Wiles Elementary School, to understand the transformation of food from seed, to table, to trash as part of a Rollins Immersion experience in January.

First-year students curated an exhibition of internationally-renowned artist Kara Walker’s work, which went on display at the College’s Cornell Fine Arts Museum January 17 – April 5.

During Janurary's 2015 Bid Day, the College's fraternities and sororities welcomed 204 new members with cheers and open arms.

Maya Lin, the world-renowned artist and designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, discussed her inspiration and her spring exhibition at the Orlando Museum of Art with Rollins students on January 29.

On February 3, the Rollins community gathered to pay tribute to Will Hauver ’15, who passed away the previous day from complications of Type I diabetes and the flu. Here, Hauver’s lacrosse teammates raise candles in memory of him outside of Knowles Memorial Chapel.

The 2015 Winter With the Writers season kicked off with a screening of Precious at the Enzian followed by a Q&A with author Sapphire on February 5.

Alexandra Feliciano ’15 directed the makeup design for Rollins’ production of Machinal, which opened on February 13 at the Annie Russell Theatre. Here, Feliciano works to create her dramatic look for the stage.

The college’s beloved yellow tabebuia trees bloomed in mid-March, a sign that spring had officially arrived in Central Florida.

Students celebrate the Chinese New Year on February 19.

Marking the first major change in curriculum in 35 years, Rollins Foundations in Liberal Arts (rFLA) aims to create well-rounded and community-minded students. Here, students compete in a trivia competition at a curriculum lunch event on February 20.

Also on February 20, President-elect Grant Cornwell was on campus during the launch of Rollins Foundations in the Liberal Arts (rFLA). Here, Spencer Mumford ’15 interviews the president-elect for WPRK.

More than 800 Rollins College fraternity and sorority students participated in a “Game of Thrones” themed Greek Week and raised funds for the Will Hauver Memorial Scholarship Fund on March 16.

Professor of Physics Thomas Moore led an in-class exercise in an electronics class on March 18.

On March 21, Rollins hosted St. Baldrick's head shaving event for children's cancer research.

Also on March 21, Andrew Lesmes ’15, with the help of academic advisors and dozens of volunteers, turned a small plot of land behind Elizabeth Hall into a vegetable garden. The area serves as an outdoor classroom of sorts for students to think about their meals, health, and the larger issues of how food is produced, transported, sold, and cooked.

Alpha Omicron Pi performs to a packed audience in Alfond Sports Center as part of the LiPSync battle on April 6. Twelve student organizations competed in front of more than 750 members at the event sponsored by the Student Government Association.

The fox made his annual appearance at Rollins on April 15.

Students cool off in the pool at Sutton Apartments on Fox Day.

All Rollins community members and their families were invited to an afternoon picnic on The Green. Here, one of Fox Day’s youngest participants beholds a cooler filled with ice cream treats.

The College's corpse plant bloomed on April 19 in the Rollins greenhouse, marking the 199th time since 1889 that an Amorphophallus titanum has flowered in cultivation.

On May 9 Rollins faculty and graduates of the Hamilton Holt School formed a procession line the 2015 commencement celebration in the Harold & Ted Alfond Sports Center.

On May 10, graduates of Arts & Sciences and the College of Professional Studies participated in the 2015 commencement celebration in the Harold & Ted Alfond Sports Center. More than 460 graduates received hand-signed diplomas. Pictured here is one of this year’s five valedictorians, Chelsea Penther ’15.