Building Partnerships with the Community

Rollins and Fern Creek Elementary were recognized by Florida Campus Compact with the Campus-Community Partnership Award.

On Thursday, November 8, Rollins College and Fern Creek Elementary School were recognized by the Florida Campus Compact (FL|CC) organization with the Campus-Community Partnership Award for producing measurable improvements in people's lives while enhancing higher education. This is the first time that Rollins has been recognized with this highly competitive award.

"The work between Fern Creek and Rollins demonstrates how transformational an educational partnership can be,” the Lord Family Director of Community Engagement Micki Meyer said. “We are proud of what we have been able to accomplish together through the many courses, projects, and programs that thousands of students, faculty, and staff have been involved in over the past decade."

In addition, Diane and Michael Maher Professor of Distinguished Teaching Rachel Newcomb was recognized with the Service-Learning Faculty Award for contributing to the integration of service-learning into the Rollins curriculum.

“I'm thrilled to win this award after being involved with service-learning since my arrival at Rollins in 2004,” Newcomb said. "Service-learning offers students first-hand, real world experience with the abstract problems and social issues we discuss in the classroom. This award wouldn't have been possible if Rollins did not offer so much support on every level for professors who want to integrate service-learning projects into their academic courses.”

"Dr. Newcomb is a role-model for faculty across Florida and beyond,” Meyer said. “Rollins faculty members have been recognized for the past six years with the Faculty Service-Learning Award. This is a tremendous accomplishment and testament to the high level of engaged scholarship on our campus.”

FL|CC is a membership organization of over 50 college and university presidents committed to helping students develop the values and skills of active citizenship through participation in public and community service. The ultimate goal of FL|CC is to develop educated and active citizens to sustain participatory democracy. Each year, through an extensive application process, the organization recognizes various staff, faculty, community members, and campuses for their achievements in community service.