Robert Whetstone, student outreach coordinator in Rollins’ Center for Inclusion & Campus Involvement (CICI), has been awarded the 2020 Doc Gallup Award for Service Excellence by the Rollins Service Excellence Committee.
Newly established this year, the Doc Gallup Award for Service Excellence recognizes an individual faculty or staff member who, in the judgment of the Service Excellence Committee, best exemplifies and models Rollins’ Service Excellence philosophy and values in their service to others. The award is named in memory of Galen “Doc” Gallup, who served as Rollins’ beloved post office supervisor from 2006 to 2016. Gallup was well known for his passion, high-energy, and humor in creating memorable service experiences for those he served. Although Gallup lost his battle with cancer in early 2020, the memory of his good nature and special approach to serving others will continue to be a source of inspiration for those whose lives he touched.
Whetstone has served the College for 27 years in various capacities, including in his current position as CICI’s student outreach coordinator and previously in Campus Safety, always serving as a role model for students and colleagues. He is an authentic and humble leader who truly embodies Rollins’ long-held belief that life is for service. Whetstone’s commitment to service shines in many ways, whether he’s leading an Immersion, serving as the longtime advisor for the Black Student Union, or surprising a community member in need with a freshly cut lawn.
“We couldn’t begin to quantify the number of students who this special person has mentored and supported at Rollins,” says a representative from the committee. “To cross his path is to have your day made brighter. ‘Mr. Robert,’ as students and his colleagues affectionately refer to him, is Rollins, and Rollins wouldn’t be the campus it is today without him.”