Community Influence

Bornstein, Seymour, Meyer, Heller named among Winter Park’s most influential.

Four members of the Rollins College community—Rita Bornstein ’04H ’04HAL, Polly Seymour, Micki Meyer, and Ena Heller—have been named to Winter Park Magazine’s 2017 list of the city’s most influential people.

The annual list appears in the magazine’s Summer 2017 issue, which is available now.

In a profile titled “Rollins’ Wonder Woman”, Winter Park Magazine Editor Randy Noles details the significant enhancements to the College’s academic reputation, endowment, and campus infrastructure that President Emerita Bornstein oversaw during her tenure as Rollins’ 13th president.

“Bornstein was credited with the largest building boom in decades at the College,” Noles writes. “The McKean Gateway—the first-ever official entrance to the campus at South Park Avenue—was erected, and the College’s already lofty academic rankings soared during the ‘Bornstein Era.”’

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In his profile of Seymour titled “The Literacy Leader,” Noles explores the contributions to the College and the Winter Park community that First Lady Emeritus Seymour made during and after her husband Thad’s tenure as Rollins’ 12th president.

“In 1993, the Seymours helped launch Habitat for Humanity of Winter Park-Maitland, and during the construction of the eight homes sponsored by Rollins, the former first lady provided lunch for workers every Saturday,” Noles writes. “She also increased her involvement with the Winter Park Public Library, conceptualizing the New Leaf Bookstore, which opened its doors in 1995.”

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In his profile of Meyer titled “The Educational Pathfinder,” Noles highlights the community partnerships and civic engagement opportunities that Meyer, the Lord Family Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, has forged during her more than 10 years at the College.

“Meyer creates and supports ‘pathways’ for students, with destinations as nearby as the Winter Park Day Nursery and as far-flung as the Abaco Islands, where during spring break students help children with special needs,” Noles writes. “Meyer, whose passion for work is both intense and infectious, is rarely in her office, instead making personal connections on campus and off.”

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In his profile of Heller titled “The Arts Innovator,” Noles highlights the growth of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum during Heller’s tenure as director. Noles notes that attendance to the museum has more than doubled over the past five years and exhibitions have grown in number and significance.

“Yet even as she raises the Cornell’s profile,” Notes writes, “Heller emphasizes its unique role in Central Florida as a teaching museum. For Heller, gallery lectures and outreach to schools are vital at the Cornell, which she sees as a place of vast, untapped potential: The museum has 5,500 objects, including works by European masters, but less than 3 percent are on view.”