50 Things We Love about Mr. Rogers

It’s been 50 years since the debut of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, so what better way to honor our most famous alumnus than by celebrating 50 ways he’s made a lasting impact on Rollins and the world.

8 Rollins Alumni to Receive Recognition

Meet the recipients of the 2018 Alumni Achievement, Young Alumni Achievement, and Alumni Service awards.

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What I’ve Learned: Fred Lauten ’75 ’76MBA

A proponent of social media in the judicial system, this chief justice also embraces the value of a liberal arts education.

Alumni Success

Shelter from the Storm

Elise Letanosky ’07 has dedicated the past decade to helping people in global hot spots marred by armed conflict and natural disasters.

Alumni Success

Mayor of Space Town

How Rollins’ first computer helped launch David Schechter ’65’s more than 30-year career at NASA.

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Change Agent

Rollins’ new faculty director of the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub is dedicated to helping his students see the world differently.

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Alumni Success

Engineering Her Opportunity

First-generation college graduate Grace Soto ’17 forged a path to success marked by hard work and a passion for community and service.

Summer, Shared

The top student stories from the summer of 2017.

(Photo courtesy of Phillip Denizard)

Alumni Success

Fashioning His Future

How Phillip Denizard ’16 turned a simple class project into a career at one of the world’s top fashion brands.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan B. Trejo/Released

Alumni Success

Spencer Confirmed as Secretary of the Navy

Richard V. Spencer ’76 is the new head of the Department of the Navy.

Wynee Warden and Rollins President Emerita Rita Bornstein ’04H ’04HAL at the dedication of the Wynee Martin Warden Costume Studio in 1995.

In Memory: Winifred “Wynee” Warden ’45 ’12H

The philanthropist's generosity impacted generations of Rollins students across virtually every dimension of campus life, from academics and athletics to the arts.

Ellie and Beth McGinn at the National Organization for Rare Disorders’ 2017 Rare Impact Awards where Ellie was honored for making a difference for people living with rare diseases. (Photo courtesy of Beth McGinn)

Finding a Cure for Ellie

When her daughter fell ill with a rare disease, Beth Frigola McGinn ’99 went searching for hope.

Boren Scholar Karina Barbesino and her classmates designed a Chinese minor with modern languages professor Li Wei. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Barbesino Earns Boren Scholarship

Karina Barbesino ’19 has earned a Boren Scholarship, a prestigious award reserved for students who intend to pursue careers in federal national security.

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What I’ve Learned: James Ryan ’17

The 2017 College of Liberal Arts valedictorian—one of the first graduates of Rollins’ new Public Policy and Political Economy Program—reflects on his time as a Tar.

About 'Coney Island Winter': 'On an extremely cold day, I decided I’d really like to go to Coney Island and see it when it’s all deserted and grey, nobody there, and get the feel of it being desolate. So my husband and I took the 45-minute subway ride out to Coney Island, and that’s where I got the shot.' (© Sandra Jetton 2017)

Alumni Success

A Third Act

Sandra Jetton ’70’s journey from opera to banking to street photography, and the education that prepared her for the unexpected.

Ben Wozniak ’17 (Photo by Scott Cook)

The Global Guitarist

When Ben Wozniak ’17 travels to Germany this fall on a Fulbright Scholarship, you can bet his guitar will help students learn the English language.

Shaffaq Noor ’18 partnered with her sister Sehar ’16 to create a computer lab for women in their parent’s hometown of Gilgit, Pakistan. (Photo by Scott Cook)

A Lab of Their Own

Sisters Sehar ’16 and Shaffaq ’18 Noor founded a computer lab that is helping bring the internet to women in rural Pakistan.

As a first-year student at Rollins, Meredith Ewen ’19 founded an art program at Opportunity, Community, Ability, an Orlando nonprofit that serves children and adults with special needs. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Ewen Named 2017 Newman Fellow

Meredith Ewen ’19 has received Campus Compact’s 2017 Newman Civic Fellowship, which recognizes and supports students committed to achieving social change.

Sam Sadeh ’18 (second from right) won a grant from Google’s igniteCS initiative to teach fourth-graders the basics of coding. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Igniting Kids’ Imagination Through Computer Science

Rollins student and professor team up with Google on after-school project for fourth-graders.

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Alumni Success

A Natural Leader

Thane Maynard ’76 developed an awe for animals and the natural world as a boy growing up in Winter Park. He’s spent his career sharing that sense of wonder with others.

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Cosmopolitan Coder

Inside Shree Raj Shrestha ’17’s journey from Nepal to Rollins to one of the world’s biggest tech companies.

Tommy Tar explores Lake Eola by swan boat at sunset. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Alumni Success


One of the country’s fastest-growing and most progressive cities lies just beyond the borders of America’s most beautiful campus.

Joseph, Joe ’84, and Vicky ’85 Raymond (Photo by Scott Cook)

Alumni Success

Miracle Movement

Joe ’84 and Vicky ’85 Raymond are leading a revolution in the treatment of motor disabilities in the United States.

Patrick Odoyo collaborates with students and faculty at the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub. (Photo by Scott Cook)

10 Questions with Patrick Odoyo

Rollins’ new staff director of the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub rose from poverty when someone invested in his future. Ever since, he’s been helping others bring about meaningful change—in their own lives and their communities.

Rollins Trustee Betty Duda at a community speaking engagement. (Photo courtesy of Rollins College Archives & Special Collections)

In Memory: Betty Duda ’93H

The former Rollins College trustee and recipient of an honorary degree died on December 24.

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Alumni Success

Alum John Kavanaugh ’83 Writes 280 Songs for Disney’s ‘Sofia’ and ‘Elena’

The Emmy Award-winning composer for “Sofia the First” and “Elena of Avalor” shares how Rollins prepared him for a remarkable career with Disney.

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Student Activities/Events

Club Spotlight: Student Veterans Association

With Veterans Day upon us, there’s a new resource for Rollins students who served in the armed forces.

Maggie Delgado ’75 (Photo by Scott Cook)

Alumni Success

The Perfect Fit

Looking back on a dream career that blended a love of art and theater, award-winning costume designer Maggie Delgado ’75 found the ideal mix of motherhood and showbiz.

The Accidental Advocate

Renee Stone ’85 has achieved a remarkable career in environmentalism and public service by following her passion from one interesting thing to another.

What I’ve Learned: Gillian Smith ’95

She seemed to have a dream marketing career wielding multimillion-dollar budgets for brands like Coca-Cola and Burger King. So why did Gillian Smith trade big budgets (and perks) for the unheralded nonprofit world?

Susan Lilley Named Orlando’s First Poet Laureate

Rollins English instructor Susan Lilley becomes the city of Orlando’s first official storyteller.

In Memory: Maria Ruiz

The professor emerita was a trailblazer in the College’s Department of Psychology.

Retiring Faculty: Greg Gardner

Greg Gardner launched the Department of Communication and served as its chair for 20 years.

Retiring Faculty: Alexander Boguslawski

Professor of Russian Alexander Boguslawski retired this spring after more than 30 years of service in the Department of Modern Languages.

Retiring Faculty: Roger Ray ’62

Professor of Psychology Roger Ray ’62 retired from Rollins this spring after serving the College for nearly 50 years.

Making the Mad Dog

Chris “Mad Dog” Russo ’82 stars in Mike and the Mad Dog, ESPN’s new sports documentary about the rise of sports talk radio.

The Great Communicator

Deanna Loew ’17, who launched Rollins’ chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, is the newest account executive at a leading global communications company.