A Year in Photos

Now that's officially the first day of summer, we wanted to reflect on the past year at Rollins. Here are our favorite photos from August 2013, when new students first arrived on campus, to May 2014, when graduating seniors accepted their diplomas. Photos by Scott Cook and Jim Hogue.

On Wednesday, August 21, 2013, a first-year student takes stock of her new surroundings.

The Class of 2017 is officially matriculated into Rollins College during convocation on Thursday, August 22, 2013. Read more.

A student helps recycle mattresses at the Mustard Seed on Saturday, August 24, 2013, as part of SPARC Day, Rollins’ annual day of service. Read more.

Assistant Professor of Physics Chris Fuse teaches in the newly renovated Bush Science Center on Thursday, August 29, 2013. Read more.

Associate Professor of Biology Kathryn Sutherland and students in her ecology class collect samples from Lake Virginia on Wednesday, September 4, 2013.

Coach Rich Morris conducts swim practice during the early morning of Tuesday, September 10, 2013. Read more.

Rafa Faria ’14 tries a header in Rollins home opener against Flagler College on Wednesday, September 11, 2013.

String theory co-founder Michio Kaku is on campus for the official opening of the Bush Science Center on Thursday, September 12, 2013. Read more.

On Thursday, September 12, 2013, Rollins celebrates the official opening of the Bush Science Center with some cupcakes decorated like the periodic table.

Students play frisbee on The Green on Friday, September 13, 2013.

All-American Drew Phillips ’14 competes against Florida Southern College at the U.S.A. Water Ski Hall of Fame in Polk City, Florida, on Sunday, September 22, 2013.

Nev Schulman, the host of MTV’s Catfish, takes a selfie with two students while on campus on Wednesday, October 2, 2013.

On Friday, October 4, 2013, Fox 35 broadcasts Good Day Orlando from Rollins College as part of their college road trip series.

Students in Assistant Professor of English Jana Mathews’ RCC class look through photos at Rollins archives as part of a research project on Thursday, October 17, 2013.

On Friday, October 18, 2013, members of the Rollins community wait in line to attend the memorial service of Dean of Admission David Erdmann, who passed away unexpectedly. Read more.

A student dons the alcohol impairment googles as part of the drunk driving awareness activities on Friday, October 25, 2013.

Children dressed as a piñata and the Vlassic pickle stork attend the 14th Annual Halloween Howl on Saturday, October 26, 2013. Read more.

Blake Pierce ’14 finishes the Sunshine State Conference Cross Country Championships on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at Dade City, Florida.

Student Patrick Smith’s ’15 father transforms Mary Jean Plaza into a haunted house for Halloween on Friday, October 31, 2013.

On Thursday, November 7, 2013, world-renowned violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman speaks at Rollins as part of the Winter Park Institute. Read more.

On Sunday, November 10, Rollins College, the City of Winter Park Fire Department, and the Florida Fire Sprinkler Association conduct a live burn on the Rollins’ campus to demonstrate how quickly a house fire reaches flash-over (the point at which everything in the house will ignite) and the speed at which the automatic fire sprinklers put out the fire.

Mackenzie Miller ’17 ties the score in the first half against the University of Tampa in the NCAA Division II Tournament held at Rollins on Monday, November 11, 2013. Rollins goes on to win in double overtime.

Collyn Welsch ’15 gets a kill at home against Palm Beach Atlantic University on Sunday, November 17, 2013.

Sarah Taylor ’15 hits a jumper against the University of New Haven in the opening game of the Rollins Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday, November 29, 2013.

Vice Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) Raj Kumar places a stoll around Rollins President Lewis Duncan’s neck as a sign of respect after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between JGU, which is located in India, and Rollins College on Monday, December 2, 2013. Read more.

On Friday, December 6, 2013, students participate in Christmas Vespers at the Knowles Memorial Chapel.

Riding in a decorated Rollins golf cart, students and Tommy the Tar participate in Winter Park’s Holiday Parade held on Park Avenue on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Read more.

On December 11, 2013, student Brock Monroe ’14 dons a Santa Claus outfit to bring holiday cheer to foster children who visit Rollins as part of Holiday FunFest, which includes games, arts, crafts, and other holiday festivities.

Campus Safety Officer Phil Hajra helps secure the simulated crime scene during a full-scale emergency training exercise on Thursday, January 8, 2014. Read more.

A student makes a fish face at a clown fish during a trip to Sea World Orlando on Friday, January 10, 2014, as part of Associate Professor of Biology Fiona Harper’s Biology of Marine Animals intersession course. Read more.

Life in Rex Beach Hall, a student residence hall, on Friday, January 17, 2014. 

Community members honored Martin Luther King Jr. on the anniversary of his death on Monday, January 20, 2014, with a candlelight vigil at Knowles Memorial Chapel. Read more.

On Thursday, January 23,  2014 the unmanned United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral with the latest, third-generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellite. (As seen from the bell tower of the Knowles Memorial Chapel)

Members of the Rollins baseball team stand nearby as Sharon Robinson placed a stone for her father, Jackie Robinson, in the Walk of Fame on Thursday, January 23, 2014. Read more.

Sororities welcome new members to their chapters for Bid Day on Sunday, January 26, 2014. Read more.

Zach Persky ’14 slides home safely in Rollins’ home opening win over Young Harris College on Sunday, February 1, 2014.

While people up north face a colder-than-average winter, students at Rollins wear tank tops and flip flops to classes on Tuesday, February 4, 2014.

As this year’s Irving Bachellor Professor of Creative Writing, Author Justin Cronin is on campus to conduct a master class and read from his work for Rollins’ Winter With the Writers on Thursday, February 13. Read more.

As part of a fundraiser, the brothers of Phi Mu Alpha serenade a special someone down by Lake Virginia on Valentine’s Day. Read more.

Women’s lacrosse players Elyse De Lisle ’14 and Caroline Lamere ’14 bond prior to a match at Queens University on Monday, February 17, 2014.

Men’s basketball players (L-R) Sam Philpott ’17, Sharif Almulla ’16, Lukas Winegarner, ’14 and Mitch Woods ’14 celebrate Rollins senior day with a win over Lynn University on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, in Warden Arena.

An early morning shot on Thursday, February 20, 2014, shows new pedestrian walkways, The Green, and Lake Virginia.

On March 5, 2014, students participating in an alternative spring break trip exploring issues surrounding food volunteer at a mobile food pantry in Tampa, Florida. Read more.

In March, Associate Professor of History Julian Chambliss and Professor of Art Rachel Simmons unveil their collaborative project, Future Bear, at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum. Read more.

Students dress up for fun shots in the photo booth at the Student Grove Party on Thursday, March 13, 2014. The event is part of Love R Alumni Week, a countdown to Alumni Weekend.

Alumni raise their glasses as the Chapel is lit blue to kick off Alumni Weekend on Friday, March 21, 2014.

Rollins debate team members, David Gevorgyan ’14 and Mitch Verboncoeur ’14, successfully defend their ownership of the Rollins Cup by defeating  the internationally renowned Cambridge Union Debating Society on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

As part of Greek Week, Rollins fraternities team up with sororities to represent districts from the bestselling novel The Hunger Games and engage in friendly competition, including tug-of-war, dodge ball, an archery battle, a campus-wide district dash, and a capital cook-off. 

During his visit to the College as part of the Winter Park Institute, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush participated in a panel with Rollins students on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Read more.

McKenzi Vanderberg ’16 in her dorm room a few days before her short film, The Fear of Being Uninteresting, screens at the Florida Film Festival. Read more.

Students get some tennis practice in at the Tiedtke Tennis Complex on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

X-Club pulls out their best moves for their LipSync performance on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, but it's not enough to take one of the top places. Read more.

Mr. McGibblets makes an appearance again at this year’s Fox Day on Thursday, April 10, 2014. Read more.

On Fox Day, Iraqi students and academic leaders are on campus as part the Global Links program, which encourages Iraqi women to become entrepreneurs. Read more.

Under the direction of Associate Professor of Theater David Charles (in the red pantaloons), students improvise a new Shakespearean comedy (eight of them in all over the course of the production) at the Annie Russell Theatre on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Read more.

Students participate in innovation workshops at Florida Hospital’s Innovation Lab on Friday, April 4. Read more.

On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, the tabebuia trees are in bloom on campus.

Matt Bengtson ’15 takes a recently rented bicycle to the Olin Library, where students can check out bikes, on Monday, April 28. Read more.

This spring, Rollins completes work on its newest gateway, which is located between Crummer Hall (pictured) and Bush Science Center.

A student spells out her excitement about finishing her degree—and her assignments—on a cap worn during commencement on Saturday, May 10, 2014.