Summer, Shared

The top student stories from the summer of 2017.

(Photo courtesy of Phillip Denizard)

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.

Deanna Loew ’17 and her classmates won a 2016 Golden Image Award from the Florida Public Relations Association for the strategic communication plan they developed for local food service start-up Farm & Haus. (Photo by Scott Cook)

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.

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.

(Photo by Scott Cook)

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.

Kamil Fadel ’17 (Photo by Scott Cook)

Ace of Enterprise

Kamil Fadel ’17 is a high-flying international business major with plans to impact the world through social entrepreneurship and finance.

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.

Photo by Scott Cook

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.

(Photo by Scott Cook)

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.

Steve O’Donnell ’91 at Daytona International Speedway (Photo by Scott Cook)

Alumni Success

The Pace Setter

The intensity on the track and emotions on pit road are nothing compared to what Steve O’Donnell ’91 deals with as a lead man at NASCAR.

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.

(Photo by Matt Petit/Disney Channel)

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.

(Photos by Scott Cook)

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.

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.

In Memory: George Herbst

Former vice president helped shape Rollins’ growth strategy, strengthen the ‘town-gown’ relationship.

60 Inspiring Women of Rollins

In honor of Women’s History month, Rollins360 readers honor women in our academic community who are making a difference and who inspire others to do the same.

7 Alumni Receive 2017 Awards

Rollins College names the 2017 Alumni Award recipients.

A Conversation With the President

President Grant Cornwell reflects on Rollins’ unique location—from our top-ranked campus and the cosmopolitan charm of Winter Park to the ever-expanding opportunities Orlando offers.