First Look: Kathleen W. Rollins Hall

Welcome to Rollins’ new headquarters of liberal arts in action.

Photo by Scott Cook

On January 14, the Rollins community gathered to celebrate the opening of Kathleen W. Rollins Hall, the College’s new center for applied liberal arts education. We captured the energy of opening day and then stuck around for the rest of the week to witness the engaged learning, career-making mentorship, and community-building collaboration that the state-of-the-art facility is designed to showcase.

Photos by Airam Dato-on ’13

On opening day, hundreds of Rollins students, faculty, and staff as well as community representatives and friends of the College helped launch the new center, which brings together 10 curricular and co-curricular programs at the center of campus and increases students’ access to high-impact experiences like internships, service-learning projects, study abroad programs, and collaborative research.

The new state-of-the-art facility is the result of a transformational renovation to Mills Memorial Hall that was powered by a $10 million gift from Rollins Trustee Kathleen W. Rollins ’75.

Photos by Airam Dato-on ’13

Sitting down with your professor to ask questions about the morning’s lesson or gathering your classmates for a study session has never been easier thanks to the collaborative spaces that are peppered throughout Kathleen W. Rollins Hall and strategically placed to bring together complementary offices and programs. The Department of Social Entrepreneurship, for example, shares space with the Social Impact Hub on the second floor.

The Center for Career & Life Planning is your gateway to the world of work. Photos by Scott Cook.

Thanks to Kathleen W. Rollins Hall, all of the Center for Career & Life Planning (CCLP)’s career-making know-how is now conveniently located at the heart of campus. Land one of Orlando’s top internships. Get paid to gain experience with an on-campus job. Learn from an alumni mentor whose professional path matches your career interests. All of these opportunities and more await you on Kathleen W. Rollins Hall’s first floor.

Kathleen W. Rollins Hall is home to two new classrooms and two seminar rooms, where nearly 40 faculty will teach this spring. Classes in everything from anthropology and psychology to English and international business are officially in session.

The Center for Leadership & Community Engagement is your gateway to creating positive change in the world. Photos by Scott Cook.

Service learning is a cornerstone of a Rollins education, and now it’s easier than ever to tap into all the opportunities that the Center for Leadership & Community Engagement has to offer. Join an Immersion experience, get involved with the Democracy Project, or learn more about the upcoming semester’s roster of community engagement courses. CLCE empowers Tars to put the knowledge they develop in the classroom to work in the real world while also making a positive impact in our local community and communities around the world.

Throughout Kathleen W. Rollins Hall, you’ll find private conference rooms and meeting spaces of varying sizes that are suited for both informal brainstorms and more structured sessions. Meeting with the Office of External & Competitive Scholarship Advisement about a potential fellowship and also want to get input from the CCLP experts? Now you can do it all in one fell swoop.

The Office of International Programs is your gateway to more than 90 global experiences. Photos by Scott Cook.

Want to study Spanish language and culture in Madrid or gain international business experience in Dublin? Head to the Office of International Programs on Kathleen W. Rollins Hall’s second floor, where staff advisers will help you pinpoint which of Rollins’ more than 90 study abroad experiences align with your academic interests and goals. This office has now joined forces with the Office of International Student & Scholar Services—which is committed to ensuring the success of our international students—to create the Center for Global Initiatives, an umbrella program dedicated to the integration of international experiences into the curriculum and co-curriculum.

The Office of External & Competitive Scholarship Advisement is your gateway to the world’s most esteemed scholarships. Photo by Scott Cook.

From Goldwater Scholars and Truman Fellows to Fulbright Scholars and Gates Cambridge Scholars, Rollins students have earned some of the world’s most prestigious scholarships—and all of them credit the Office of External & Competitive Scholarship Advisement for making them possible. Want to pursue the most sought-after awards? Head to Kathleen W. Rollins Hall’s first floor.

Photo by Airam Dato-on ’13

The “Best in Basement Radio” will still hit the airwaves from the center of campus—just now from some seriously upgraded digs. Student DJs at WPRK—along with writers for The Sandspur and other student-media outlets—are elevating their crafts in this new state-of-the-art facility.

The Office of Business Advising is your gateway to combining passions and discovering new interests. Photo by Scott Cook.

From the first floor of Kathleen W. Rollins Hall, the Office of Business Advising—along with faculty advisors—provides guidance for students participating in Rollins’ 3/2 Accelerated Management Program, a dual-degree program that allows students to earn their bachelor’s degree and MBA in five years.

One of the first things you’ll learn? Your bachelor’s degree doesn’t necessarily have to be in business. Ambitious students enter this program having thought broadly about their education, and Rollins encourages them to do just that: to major in biochemistry if they’re interested in health-care policy or to focus on writing if they want to become a marketer or an entrepreneur.

Photo by Scott Cook

Like all the spaces in the new Rollins Hall, the Fox Den student lounge is designed with creative collaboration in mind, complete with a range of communal dining and work areas.

Photo by Scott Cook

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Head to Kathleen W. Rollins Hall today and start charting your course to personal and professional success.
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