From the Editor






Rollins Magazine, Spring 2009

When I tell people I’ve worked at Rollins for 33 years, the typical response is “Wow, that’s incredible!”… translated as, “You’ve got to be kidding me! How could anyone work at the same place for so long?”

Easy, I remind myself. I’m one of the lucky ones in this world who loves coming to work every day. I have a job that fulfills my creative passion and gives me a sense of purpose. I’m surrounded with fascinating people in a beautiful Spanish Mediterranean environment. As a native Detroiter, the tropical climate warms my soul. And best of all, being on a campus alive with student activity keeps me feeling young and immersed in the nostalgia of my own college days.

What can I say? I’m a poster girl for the College’s new theme line, “Find Your Purpose. Find Your Place.” I arrived at Rollins in 1972 to discover myself and never left.

Unusual? Yes. Crazy? Perhaps. One former boss is known to have said on more than one occasion, “That Mary…she’ll die at her Rollins desk.”

Much as I love my job, let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. But there is something remarkable— if not spiritual—about contributing to the well-being of an institution that continues to transform young lives and propel its graduates into rewarding futures as it did for me.

Each of us on the staff of Rollins Magazine takes great pride in our efforts to communicate to you, our fellow alumni, the accomplishments of your alma mater and classmates. Needless to say, we were thrilled when the revamped Spring 2009 issue showcasing the College’s new brand and “green” initiatives generated an overwhelmingly positive response fromour readers. Then came the icing on the cake: a first-place 2009 Charlie Award from the Florida Magazine Association for general excellence in the Best Redesign category. I extend my sincere gratitude to assistant editor Laura J. Cole ’04 ’08MLS, contributing editor Lorrie Kyle Ramey ’70, and graphic artist Audrey Phillips of Design Studio Orlando for all they do to make Rollins Magazine look so good!


Mary Wismar-Davis

In this, our second “new” issue, we invite you to view Rollins through a kaleidoscope of imagery: tales of the transformation of the Rollins Tar through the years—with a special unveiling of the sailor’s sporty new “uniform”; views of Rollins as seen through the students’ eyes; profiles of the College’s Cornell Scholars and their colorful contribution to campus life; reflections of Reunion 2009; and, in celebration of Rollins’ upcoming 125th anniversary in 2010, the first in a series of portraits of the College’s rich history—a past in which each of you holds a unique and permanent role.



Mary Wetzel Wismar-Davis ’76 ’80MBA

Editor, Rollins Magazine
Director of Brand & Publication Continuity





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I have been telling myself for a number of years now that I should write to tell you how much I enjoy the Rollins magazine. Well, the new “green” publication was just the impetus I needed to follow up on earlier intentions. Thank you for your obvious devotion to publishing a quality magazine that I’m always proud to share with my non-Rollins-affiliated friends and family.
Karen Parachek Britton ’63

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Eleanor Y. Fisher

The article on Dean A. Arnold Wettstein in the Spring 2009 issue was so true and moving. I agree that his wisdom, compassion, and humor will remain a permanent influence on the hearts of many for the rest of their lives.
James A. Wood, Rollins Parent

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Ginny Justice, Rollins Parent and Advancement Writer

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Thaddeus Seymour ’82HAL ’90H, President Emeritus and Professor of English