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My Rollins Gateway: Down to a Science

Valedictorian Josephine Spiegelberg ’20 grew up in a family of physicists, but her Rollins experience empowered her to weave any subject matter into her research. Now she’s ready to change the world.

My Rollins Gateway: Ready for Anything

As an incoming student, Shannon Sullivan ’20 feared anything less than perfect grades and perfect plans. Today, she views change as inevitable—and as her ally for life.

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My Rollins Gateway: Breaking Boundaries

You wouldn’t know what Alexis Meeks ’16 does at AdventHealth by looking at her title: product manager for the Project Fulcrum Team. Her work is always changing, and that fits her perfectly.

What I’ve Learned: Madison Kress ’20

The Hamilton Holt School’s 2020 Outstanding Graduating Senior forged a unique path through Rollins that exemplifies a sense of purpose and service.

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The Perfect Blend

Jakobi Bonner ’20 ’21MBA strikes the ideal balance between athlete, scholar, and leader, and he couldn’t have done it without help from his mentors both on and off the court.

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My Rollins Gateway: Seismic Scholar

Armed with rigorous lab work, extensive research experience, and five prestigious scholarships, Lauren Neldner ’20 is ready to make the world a safer place.

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My Rollins Gateway: No Limits

How veteran and business management major Tamer Elkhouly ’19 excelled in the Army, matured as a Rollins transfer student, and landed on a leadership track in the defense industry.

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My Rollins Gateway: Connecting the Dots

Lucas Hernandez ’13 is helping solve his hometown’s toughest challenges by supercharging local know-how with the technological might of one of the world’s largest companies.

From top left: Alex Rosario ’04 ’05MBA, Lyndsey Lang ’14, Sergie Albino ’10MBA, Nolan Kline ’08, and Brian Boone ’09

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5 Rollins Alumni Recognized as Orlando’s 40 Under 40

Five Rollins graduates whose successes are defined by their leadership and community focus have been selected for Orlando Business Journal’s annual 40 Under 40 Awards.

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Success Story

As a best-selling author and a full-time librarian, Kristen Arnett ’12 is used to digging into a subject and finding her way to something new.

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Evening the Odds

Adis Vila ’74 has been many things in life—a Cuban immigrant, a star pupil, a presidential staff member—and she’s not done yet.

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At Home in the Wild

Tori Linder ’14 followed her passion for the environment from her home in Florida all the way to Africa—and back again.

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Second Time’s the Charm

How Cristina Toppin ’21 overcame an initial setback and became the first Rollins student to attend the Harvard Kennedy School’s Public Policy Leadership Conference.

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In Memory: Vivian Carrington ’17

The lifelong learner was one of the oldest students to graduate from Rollins.

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What I’ve Learned: Campbell Brown ’90

The president of Old Forester is tapping into a rich history as he leads a legendary bourbon brand back to prominence.

During her time at Rollins, Alexandria Tomkunas ’18 spent much of her time at Hume House, the College’s state-of-the-art child development center that combines preschool and undergraduate studies. Photo by Scott Cook.

Shaped by Service

At Rollins, Alexandria Tomkunas ’18 discovered a passion for service and learned how to build a career out of making a difference.

A Tough Act to Follow

A year after graduating from Rollins, Kathleen Capdesuner ’17 followed a prestigious directing fellowship to New York City, where she’s helping direct Hollywood heavyweights at the Big Apple’s largest nonprofit theater.

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In Memory: Joseph Nassif

Beloved teacher, director, and producer Joe Nassif ushered in an era of growth and success for Rollins’ theatre department.

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Bound for Breakthroughs

When her father suffered a workplace accident, Amanda Ames ’18 found her calling in the health sciences. Now she has a full ride to pursue her PhD at the University of Michigan.

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Music Lessons

Computer science professor Dan Myers’ penchant for music has played an instrumental role in his development as both a scientist and a teacher.

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The Sure-Handed Scientist

Julian Grundler 18’s success on the field and in the lab led to one of the nation’s top postgraduate scholarships for student-athletes and a PhD program at one of the country’s most prestigious universities.

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Reclaiming Hope

When the founder and CEO of a sustainable fashion company needed a spark, she knew it was time to pursue her MBA at Rollins.

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Ethos in Action

SJ Renfroe ’18 came to Rollins having never heard the term “human rights violation.” Now she’s devoting her life’s work to stopping them.

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Accounting for Anything

How a degree in biology and an MBA from Rollins’ Crummer Graduate School of Business led Navreet Dhaliwal ’13 ’15MBA to a career at one of Orlando’s coolest tech startups.

Arden Baxter ’18 with her mentor, Professor of Mathematics Mark Anderson. Photo by Scott Cook.

Calculating Impact

Arden Baxter ’18 always loved math, but it wasn’t until coming to Rollins that she really understood the power in numbers.

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At Home All Over the World

When he’s at work, Pierce Neinken ’06 ’08MBA pretty much has the world at his fingertips.

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The Fantastic Dr. Fuse

Rollins physics professor Chris Fuse parlayed his love of the fantastical into a career in science and now uses that passion to inspire his students.

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Captain of (New) Industry

This former tennis team captain is leveraging his leadership skills to champion new technology.

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The Matriarch

From first-year students to fraternity brothers, English professor Jana Mathews shares something in common with just about everyone on campus.

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.

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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.

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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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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.

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Fashioning His Future

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

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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)

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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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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)

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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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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)

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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.

My Rollins Gateway: Vet with a Cause

Marissa Cobuzio ’19 is pursuing a career in mission-based veterinary medicine because she loves animals—and people.

What I’ve Learned: Titian Austin ’80

When Merrill Lynch hired a young Rollins graduate nearly 40 years ago to figure out an obscure concept called “wealth management,” she settled right into a surprisingly perfect fit.

Remembering Thaddeus Seymour

The Rollins community shares their favorite memories of Rollins’ beloved 12th president, Thaddeus Seymour ’82HAL ’90H.

My Rollins Gateway: A Divine Alternative

For Madeleine Scott ’19, Rollins’ unique approach to traditional disciplines sparked dual passions in economics and religion and landed her in a master’s program at Harvard.

Remembering Norm Copeland ’50

As a lasting tribute, the Rollins community shares their favorite memories of legendary tennis player and coach Norm Copeland ’50.

My Rollins Gateway: Disarming Discourse

Karina Barbesino ’19—who has found the intersection between two seemingly disparate passions—says it all starts with language.

My Rollins Gateway: Taking Turns for Good

Real estate broker. Finance expert. A front face for Microsoft. Ahrmon Mahanpour ’20 just graduated with a resume that says he’s done it all, but he knows better.

Pathway to Progress

Micki Meyer, Lord Family Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs-Community, knows the key to navigating life—and her career—is a good map and a willingness to get diverted.

Purposeful Passion

Meet the 2020 Alumni Award winners, whose range of experience and impact speaks directly to the power of a Rollins education.