Reunion 2010 Creates a Lasting Impression with Rollins Alumni

May 03, 2010

A “Welcome Alumni” banner and a large, white tent on Mills Lawn greeted alumni of all eras as they returned to campus for Reunion 2010 from March 26-28.

The three-day event honored 14 class anniversaries ranging from 1940 to 2005, as well as basketball and cheerleading alumni. Recent graduates, Central Florida area alumni, a member of the Class of 1943, and an alumnus living in Singapore were among the hundreds of alumni who attended activities such as lakeside gatherings, academic dialogues, evening celebrations and special programs celebrating the College’s 125th Anniversary.  Celebration was in the air during this beautiful spring weekend at Rollins and the presence of alumni on campus was evident and spirited.

“Of the five reunions I have attended, this one was the best,” commented Bob Franklin (Class of 1968).

Friday’s “Lunch on the Lawn,” co-hosted by Rollins’ Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Student Government Association (SGA), welcomed alumni and students to Mills Lawn for lunch and conversation, helping kick off the weekend’s festivities. Later, College President Lewis Duncan gave alumni an update on Rollins today followed by a faculty panel with President Emerita Rita Bornstein entitled “Teaching in Paradise” and a tour of Rollins “Then and Now” with President Emeritus Thaddeus Seymour. Always a crowd pleaser, the lakeside 15th Annual Grove Party prevailed as the “best ever” according to co-host Bill Bieberbach (Class of 1970, ‘71MBA). “Reunion Class Dinners” kept alumni lingering for hours after sundown under the Mills Lawn tent while others tuned in to the NCAA regional playoffs at “March Madness,” a celebration honoring basketball and cheerleading alumni.  To the delight of many Reunion attendees, Winter Park Institute hosted thought leaders Billy Collins, Jules Feiffer and Marsha Norman in “The Arts and Social Responsibility: A Symposium” at Annie Russell Theatre. At the end of the evening, alumni were treated to the sight of the Knowles Memorial Chapel tower bathed in a soft blue light with subtle gold beams radiating from within.  

On Saturday morning, six former Rollins athletes were inducted into the College’s Sports Hall of Fame for the distinction and excellence they have helped bring to athletic programs at Rollins. Alumni recognition continued at the barbeque on Mills Lawn, where a ceremony was held to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of Reunion volunteers and to award the classes that achieved highest attendance (Class of 1980), highest attendance by class size (Class of 1955), most dollars raised (Class of 1980) and leading giving participation (Class of 1960). The ceremony also showcased Reunion giving as representatives from the classes of 1960, 1970, 1980, 1985, 1990 and 2000 proudly presented President Duncan with checks totaling more than $125,000 raised for Rollins.

Following an evening of friendship and fun at the “1940-1955 Reception,” the “Golden Celebration Dinner,” “Celebrating the Decades” and the “Young Alumni Social,” the Rev. Dr. Daniel P. Matthews (Class of 1955) led a service of worship and reflection with musical selections by Rollins’ Concert Choir, conducted by John V. Sinclair, at Knowles Memorial Chapel Sunday morning. There, Dean of the Chapel Rev. Patrick J. Powers presented Matthews with the Knowles Memorial Chapel Eagle’s Wings Award in honor of his enduring faith-filled commitment, inspiring leadership and compassionate service.

To commemorate the College’s milestone 125th Anniversary and Olin Library’s 25th Anniversary, the Library hosted reflections sessions, in which student interviewers collected alumni recollections. During a special alumni and student 125th Anniversary panel entitled “Rediscover Rollins,” Professor Emeritus of History Jack Lane led a discussion on Rollins’ highlights and experiences throughout the years.

Relive Reunion 2010 by visiting the photo gallery. An annual celebration of Rollins traditions, friendships and pride, Reunion will be held next year March 25-27, so save these dates now!

In addition to “Lunch on the Lawn,” Rollins students enjoyed two more campus events the week leading up to Reunion. On March 19, 24 and 26, SGA hosted “Homecoming 2010 – Rollins: Celebrating 125 years!” View the photo and video gallery for a recap of the BBQ and baseball event, “Lip Sync” and “Lunch on the Lawn.”

Visit Rollins Sports online to read profiles on the 2010 Sports Hall of Fame inductees.

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sullivanDuring Reunion 2010, Rollins alumni enjoyed the chance to learn more about the newly established Trustee Challenge and The 1885 Society. The weekend was perfectly timed; alumni from across the country returned to campus for Reunion directly following the Rollins College Board of Trustees’ announcement of the Challenge. This year Eugene “Gene” C. Sullivan II (Class of 1965) celebrated his 45th Class Reunion and felt that Reunion 2010, in particular, was the right time to honor his lifelong commitment to the College. After learning about the Challenge from Fox Club student phonathon callers at the All-Alumni Barbeque, Sullivan was eager to become a Founding Member of The 1885 Society by committing $1,885 a year for four years to The Rollins Fund. Sullivan joined several other Founding Members in ensuring that the tradition of academic excellence continues at Rollins. Rollins is proud to have the incredible support of great alumni such as Sullivan who continue the College’s legacy by providing support for future generations of Rollins students. To participate in the Challenge today, please visit or, to become a Founding Member of The 1885 Society please visit

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