Top 19 Stories of 2019

The Rollins stories you loved most this year—one more time.

Photos by Scott Cook

From the research program that’s been expanding human knowledge for the past 20 years to internships that are delivering the best in hands-on experience, explore the most-viewed Rollins stories of 2019.

Photo by Scott Cook

1. Champions for Change

The highly selective Millennium Fellowship—a prestigious leadership development program backed by the United Nations—is putting Rollins students on the front lines of today’s most challenging issues. Whether it was educating fellow Tars about the electoral process or connecting displaced refugees with English tutors, Rollins’ first cohort of Millennium Fellows advanced several of the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals with their changemaking initiatives.

2. Summer, Shared

As students departed campus this past spring, we asked them to keep us in the loop on all their summer adventures via social media. Dozens obliged our request, and we were consistently amazed by the stories shared through our Instagram and Facebook accounts. From growing oyster gardens in upstate New York to advocating for human rights in the Middle East, explore some of our favorite student stories from summer 2019.

Photo by Scott Cook

3. Secret Code

Success in today’s high-tech workforce requires more than expert coding chops. Just ask Rollins’ 2018 computer science grads, whose 21st-century skills are helping them thrive in some of today’s coolest careers. Hannah Holman ’18—a software engineer at EA Sports—says that Rollins’ emphasis on teamwork, research, and “teaching you how to learn” was the perfect preparation for EA’s highly collaborative, constantly evolving workplace.

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4. Two Decades of Discovery

Rollins’ Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program—which pairs students and faculty on original research and scholarship—is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. To mark this milestone, we look back at 20 of the program’s most significant accomplishments—from spotlighting immigration issues to researching nanoparticles to improve cancer therapies.

Illustration by Dawn Schreiner

5. The King of Kindness

Rollins’ most beloved alumnus—Fred Rogers ’51 ’74H—spent his life and career bestowing lessons of kindness, responsibility, and community. Why is there a renewed groundswell of interest in the lily-thin man with the bedtime voice? The answer is as radically simple as Fred himself.

6. First Look: Lakeside Neighborhood

Get a sneak peek of the new state-of-the-art Lakeside Neighborhood that promises to set a new standard for liberal arts living. The 250,000-square-foot, five-story facility will hug the southeastern shoreline of campus and offer students private personal space surrounded by collaborative communal spaces—all focused on supporting their health and well-being.

Photo by Scott Cook

7. Rollins Ranked No. 1 Regional University in the South

Rollins was ranked the No. 1 regional university in the South in the 2020 rankings of “Best Colleges” released by U.S. News & World Report. For 25 years in a row, the College has been ranked among the top two regional universities in the South and has been the top-ranked Florida school in the category.

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8. Cool Class: Applied Design Solutions

Every Saturday morning this past spring, groups of hammer-wielding students gathered outside the Cornell Fine Arts Museum to assemble a 96-square-foot tiny house as part of an rFLA capstone course focused on big issues of sustainability, affordable housing, and climate change.

Photo by Scott Cook

9. 15 Reasons We’re Hungry for the New Dining Hall

Along with cooler weather, this past fall semester brought a fully renovated Skillman Dining Hall in the Cornell Campus Center. This $2.4 million top-to-bottom makeover includes new food stations, a new open-concept layout, increased seating, and a wood-burning pizza oven.

Photo by Patricia Tomé

10. Study Breaks

This past spring break, several Rollins students ditched the beach to embark on a one-of-a-kind faculty-led field study to Japan, Italy, or Cuba. Each field study was tied to a course designed around experiential learning—from business to arts and literature to politics—and focused on deep cultural immersion.

Photo by Scott Cook

11. Connecting the Dots

As Miami is staring down challenges like sea-level rise and population density, Lucas Hernandez ’13 is empowering community leaders to find answers through his role as Microsoft’s director of civic engagement. The international relations major got a head-start at Rollins, where he gravitated to experiential learning opportunities like studying sustainable development on the first-year field study in Costa Rica, taking a deep dive into community development in Nepal, and researching public policy in Chile.

From top left: Carla Daza ’20, Ryan Colangelo ’19, Lauren Neldner ’20, Isaac James ’19, Cristina Toppin ’21, and Nuh Elalaoui ’21. Photos by Scott Cook.

12. Persistently Prestigious

A Rollins education is about engaging instead of memorizing. It’s about applying knowledge instead of studying from afar. It’s about creating your own path instead of taking a number. Rollins’ academic excellence combined with unmatched personalized attention prepares our students to land some of the world’s most competitive opportunities—from Fulbright Scholarships to the nation’s top undergraduate science scholarship.

Photo by Scott Cook

13. A Rollins Year in Photos

Experience a year at Rollins through photographer Scott Cook’s most memorable images from the 2018-19 academic year. From SPARC Day to Fox Day, and Immersions to internships, get a glimpse of all the signature experiences here at Rollins.

Photo by Scott Cook

14. 10 Reasons Rollins is Among the Nation’s Top International Business Programs

Our international business program is consistently ranked as one of the best in the country. From international internships to one-on-one faculty mentorship, explore 10 of the many ways Rollins means business.

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15. Success Story

As a New York Times best-selling author and full-time librarian, Hamilton Holt School grad Kristen Arnett ’12 is used to digging into a subject and finding her way to something new. She worked full-time at a public library while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English en route to a master’s in library science, but the budding wordsmith developed another passion along the way.

Photo by Scott Cook

16. Increasing Connections

Another successful semester of Rollins’ new Career Champions Mentorship Program is proliferating powerful partnerships between Rollins alumni and students. From weighing grad-school options and crafting business plans to gaining interview tips and presentation skills, this program is delivering big results.

17. Hey, Siri. Let’s Make You Smarter.

Life these days for Alfond Scholar Carmen Cheng ’18 means making sure one of Apple’s signature features is always getting better at her job. Find out how double majoring in computer science and critical media and cultural studies and discovering a professor’s mutual love of the guitar helped land Cheng an engineering role at one of the world’s most innovative companies.

Photo by Scott Cook

18. Investing in Opportunity

The second cohort of the Rollins Professional Fellows funded internship program proves there’s no substitute for real-world, hands-on experience. Just ask Maliha Qureshi ’19 whose operations internship at Goldman Sachs not only immersed her in the highly competitive world of money management, but culminated in an offer of employment from the global investment giant post-graduation.

19. Return Engagement

Discover why after building corporate brands and completing elite postgraduate research the world over, the Rollins way of doing things pulled these seven alumni professors back to teach at their alma mater.

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