Robert Whetstone, student outreach coordinator for Rollins’ Center for Inclusion & Campus Involvement (CICI), is the recipient of the 2020 Thaddeus Seymour Staff Award for Community Engagement.
Thaddeus Seymour joined Rollins in 1978 as the 12th president of the College. During his 12-year tenure, he transformed Rollins through his commitment to academic excellence, fundraising, and relationships with the local community. The Thaddeus Seymour Staff Award for Community Engagement was established in 2006 as a means of recognizing Rollins staff members for sustainable and demonstrated service in local and global communities. In the spirit of Rollins’ mission of educating for global citizenship and responsible leadership, this award is granted annually to the staff member who has transformed our community through community engagement.
Whetstone embodies the words “life is for service,” etched in marble near Strong Hall. He has served the College for 27 years in various capacities, including in his current position as CICI’s student outreach coordinator and prior role in Campus Safety. He regularly facilitates Immersions and leads by example in his work with students, faculty, and staff. Whetstone also owns a lawn maintenance business, providing free lawn-care services for those in need. He can often be found volunteering through his church community.
“Whetstone has made a vast impact during his tenure at Rollins both on the campus and the greater community,” says one commentator. “He goes above and beyond to model the way for our students through his commitment to the Immersion program.”
A donation of $500 will be made in honor of Whetstone toward the community organization of his choice to further encourage his efforts in citizenship and leadership.