“Being a part of JUMP and attending events has helped me grow as a leader and as a community member. I feel so much more connected to Rollins now and try to think every day about at least one small thing I can do to make someone else’s life better.”
Originally from Denver, Colorado but currently a resident of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Amanda Wittebort dedicates her life to giving back to those around her. She has been involved with Join Us in Making Progress (JUMP) for the two years, first serving as children’s chair and now as a co-student coordinator. In that position, she oversees all the impact chairs and OCE large scale events. On top of being involved with JUMP, Amanda is majoring in psychology and is a member of psi chi, the psychology honor society.
Amanda defines her time at Rollins by her experiences with JUMP. She believes that everyone in the community can find some event that will teach them something and that they will love. “JUMP has made me personally and socially aware and I think it ‘keeps me in check.’ Part of life is definitely about thinking of the world, beyond yourself and I learn from the people I do service with and for. They help me while I'm helping them.”
From Astor, Florida, Shelby McGuire is majoring in International Relations and minoring in German and Economics. On campus, she shows her love for community service and music through her participation in JUMP and Wind Ensemble. Regarding working in OCE, she couldn’t be happier here. “OCE is the perfect place to help cultivate my interest in community service at Rollins.”
Shelby’s interest area is Politics and Civic Involvement. “Democracy is what makes our country wonderful, but it only works if the people get involved and take the initiative to keep it that way.”
From New York, Sofia Macias loves writing, music, reading, family, friends, and community service. President of SGRho, Vice President of Rollins Relief, Co-Coordinator for Join Us in Making Progress, and a mentor at Fern Creek Elementary, Sofia is dedicated to giving back to her community.Majoring in International Relations and minoring in education, Sofia ‘s impact area is hunger and homelessness because it is an area where she feels she can make a difference in the world.
Melissa, from Chicago Illinois, is a music major with a double minor in Spanish and Education. After her studies, she engages in extracurriculars including leadership positions in her sorority Delta Zeta, is a member of the Sigma Alpha Iota fraternity for women engaged in the music career, is a member of numerous honor societies, the student leader of the Newman Club Catholic Campus Ministries, and is heavily involved in the endeavors of the Office of Community Engagement. Melissa is co-student coordinator of JUMP and a trained Immersion facilitator. She enjoys working in her community and using her talents and skills to benefit others.
MiKayla Phillips is very excited that she started her student job off with the Office of Community Engagement and its wonderful staff! She was born and raised in Saint Petersburg Florida. She is a music major and can often be found in the music building participating in various ensembles or practicing her vocal pieces. She hopes to also participate in the musical productions in the Anne Russell theatre. MiKayla is also involved with Pinehust, particularly with social justice events. She is very happy with Rollins and the community she has been able to surround herself with and looks forward to her remaining years.
Majoring in International Relations, William Glass is very passionate about his community. Outside of OCE, he is involved with ROC, X-Club, Emerging Leadership Institute, the Leadership Ally Program, and is an Immersion Facilitator as well as a member of the honors program. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, William’s interests include soccer, the beach, traveling, and the stock market. He is looking forward to working in OCE because it “provides a fun family style work environment. All of the people in the office are always enjoying the work that they do. OCE works to make the community a better place through its philanthropic programs, as well as provide fun family friendly events to the community.”William is passionate about his impact area: human rights and immigration. “I am interested in these topics because in our world there are numerous cases of human rights violations abroad and at home. Human life and human dignity are all rights that all people are born with and cannot lose. Immigration is also a problem due to the discrimination towards immigrants. The ways in which to address both legal and illegal immigration are important.”
Edward is an Asian Studies and Political Science major. He hopes to attend graduate school at Columbia for a PhD in Political Science or International Relations. From Howey in the Hills Florida Ed grew up in a middle class family with one younger sister who now attends the University of Florida. He attended public high school at Tavares High School where he swam on the Varsity Swim team, edited the yearbook, played flute in band, and graduated Salutatorian.
Ed loves politics and anything related to political science, including reading Supreme Court Case Briefs for fun. He also loves all things traditional with a penchant for Baroque and Classical Music and Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, with particular loves of Bach and Monet respectively.
Ed's time at Rollins has followed a meteoric expansion of involvement in OCE, beginning in his sophomore year as a member of JUMP and his attainment of the OCE Carpenter Award. Ed has returned from China, were he mastered Mandarin Chinese, to JUMP's Executive Board. He serves as an OCE work study with a focus on the development of the Bonner Scholarship Program, he sits on the board for Student Support Foundation, and he represents the Office of Community Engagement in the SGA Senate. He also lives in and is a proud member of Pinehurst Cottage.
An international relations minor and undecided major from Orlando, Florida, Leeann Noel loves art, dance, travel, and experiencing something new. Outside of her work study, she hopes to become involved with the Black Student Union, the Caribbean Society, Fiat Lux, and a sorority. Why is she working in OCE this year? “The only answer to this question is that this is the best office on the campus and I had to be a part of it. OCE came to one of the events that The Boys and Girls Club held, and I loved how they were involved with the community and service. I wanted to be a part of this wonderful movement.”Leeann’s impact area is health. “I am interested because after Rollins I am going to become certified as a Registered Nurse. Being in this impact area is a way for me to get more exposed in the medical field.”
An English major from Altamonte Springs, Florida, Rachel loves reading, cooking, learning, painting, creating, and writing. Rachel is looking forward to a successful year in OCE because she “loves the feeling of helping others.” Additionally, Rachel has taken the lead on the impact area of Women and Gender.
Zachary is a Central Florida native and a junior at Rollins College who is actively pursuing a degree in art history. He currently serves as the Technologies & Media Coordinator in the Office of Community Engagement. In addition, Zachary is active in campus ministries at Rollins and participates in United Campus Ministries. Zachary enjoys working for this office because it allows him to become an active participant in the service-learning process.