Month: February 2016

Research Process

In doing research for paper 2, so far I have just used the Rollins library database. I am looking to write this paper on the topic of liberal arts education, and I was able to use the research strategies that we learned from Erin Gallagher to find some great sources that should help me as we move forward. Compared to my previous research, I am now looking to research a broader topic to expand my research to something that connects with and can be synthesized with multiple other sources. – Danielle Marks

My research for paper 1 wasn’t too difficult, but I expect the process as a whole for paper 2 too be a little more difficult because we have a lot more sources too choose from. It will get easier as I get deeper into the process because I’ll get used to the library’s data base, but right now, it’s a little challenging. For paper 2, I am researching about how athletics helps students in their overall education, but I predict that will become more specific as I do some more research. – Ben Johnston

In developing this recent WordPress post, I retrieved my first source from the online database found on the Olin Library website. Gathering additional sources moving forward, I will continue to use the expertise of the librarians, as well as the vast amount of resources found in the database to develop a well crafted dialogue. Using those resources, I will explain the sensible connection between liberal arts curricula and the existence of a business degree, using evidence from outside examples as well as evidence from Rollins College to support my claim. – Peter Finegan

Student-Althete Success

Being a student-athlete is a tremendous advantage as a student.  Playing a sport, in particular a team sport, can teach you so many things that you’d never learn in a classroom along with helping them as a student.  This, along with a little extra drive to be able to play your sport can make an enormous difference.  “…NKU does have a GPA requirement to play intercollegiate athletics…”  One example is Northern Kentucky University.  Their men’s tennis team had an average GPA of 3.71.  Throughout all their student-athletes, they had a 3.22 GPA.  I’m not certain on the GPA for an average non student-athlete in college, but I would be shocked if it was above a 3.2.  Obviously that’s just one example out of every school in the country, and there are always going to be some exceptions.  However, whether the athlete is aware of it or not, they are learning so much about hard work, character, dedication, and so much more by competing in athletics.  Athletics is a beautiful part of many student’s college careers, and it is so beneficial to most of them as well.  -Ben Johnston


“Student-Athletes Break Department GPA Record.” University WireJan 28 2015. ProQuest. Web. 25 Feb. 2016 .

Business Programs and Liberal Arts, Do They Belong Together?

DeNicola, Daniel R. “Liberal Arts and Business.” Nation’s business 12 1986: 4.ProQuest. Web. 25 Feb. 2016.

Many have debated whether or not it is practical or productive for a liberal arts school to offer business studies because business has had a perception of being unrelated to the focus of such institutions. Plenty of evidence, however, points in the opposite direction. As you may know, liberal arts institutions have core classes but incorporate additional classes into the curriculum to prepare students for the complexity of the real world, exposing them to various skill sets that a specialized program may not offer. Rollins College is a liberal arts institution that offers various business programs that are tactfully assimilated into a curriculum that covers the essentials of business, while teaching students the social sciences and various other courses that carry real world significance. In business, more than just a degree is needed. What society asks of business students, Rollins delivers – students who can “recognize, define, and analyze a problem,” carrying their knowledge of business and other aspects of life into their daily lives, as well as the working world after college.

Liberal Arts Battle

Stripling, Jack. “Behind Rollins College Chief’s Battle, a Broader Liberal-Arts Debate.” The Chronicle of Higher Education 59.30 (2013). Academic OneFile. Web. 24 Feb. 2016.


In 2013, the president of Rollins College, Mr. Lewis M. Duncan, addressed the College about broadening its traditional liberal arts education to include online classes. This was met with many objections because majority of the Rollins community did not want to change the tradition of the College after it had been in place and successfully functioning for so long just for the sake of following the market and what other higher education institutions were doing. Ultimately the College did not decide to offer any online classes. This opened up a broader discussion across the College about what it means to have a liberal arts education In addition, many faculty members admitted that they did not have confidence in the leadership of Mr. Duncan, and he resigned after the 2013-2014 academic year.

The article “Behind Rollins College Chief’s Battle, a Broader Liberal-Arts Debate,” is highly relevant to the topic of academics at Rollins College because it is a liberal arts institution and the article directly addresses liberal arts at Rollins. As the events of the article happened recently, it is history of the College that people are still talking about.

Research Process

Thus far, the group has found sources by going to the library archives and searching through selected materials related to our topic of academic life at Rollins. We evaluated sources by its relevancy to the topic, and also its source. Everything that we have found is highly relevant to our topic, and it is also fascinating for us to read through and learn more about the history of academics at our college. – Danielle Marks

In the process of building our WordPress site, we have had to gather some informational rhetoric about the academic lifestyle at Rollins College. As a class, we spent time in the archives in the Olin library, and we found some incredible information. Some of the stuff we learned by going through these historical texts were very fascinating and relevant to why we do things the way we do. – Ben Johnston

The research we have conducted for this assignment has been very much the same for each of the group members. As a class, we started out by discussing the assignment and the general path we would take in supporting the topics assigned to each group, starting in the archives of the Olin Library. With most of the sources we used laid out in front of us, it was not difficult to peruse the text and find material significant to the points we wish to express. We gathered our sources and posted to WordPress, laying out their purpose and relevance to the topic of Academic Life at Rollins. – Peter Finegan

Rollins College Conference Plan

Briggs, Rick. “Writing About Rollins Hamilton Holt: His Inauguration & The Conference Plan.” 1993. Archival Folder #4. Rollins College Olin Library. February 2, 2016.

The Rollins College Conference Plan was the beginning of a long and historical tradition at Rollins. It was the beginning of the liberal arts foundation at our college. The conference plan introduced the idea of a small, connected class that interacted with the students more than a normal college’s lecture halls would. The thinking behind this was if the professors can have a closer relationship with the students, and if they can relate with the students more, they can use that relationship to teach a more effective class. At the beginning of Rollins, this was the main selling point to convince students and their parents to enroll here. This is relevant to the Rollins academic life because it is how we learn today, and it is the beginning of the education system we participate in today. It is important to know the roots of our education plan because if we can totally understand how it was brought to be, what it is meant to provide us, and how we were meant to participate, we can take full advantage of the brilliant opportunity we have.

Academic Testimony, Rollins College

Hooker, Edward Payson. Calendar of Rollins College, 1888-1889. 1889. MS. Rollins College, Orlando, FL.

Founded in 1885, Rollins was a new establishment with little reputation to boast, but one must not mistake youth for a lack of efficacy. As the institution grew, it became important to those associated with Rollins that they publicize the amenities of the school, including its curriculum and the surrounding Winter Park area. Published annually by the school, a “calendar” was used to elaborate on the various details about what made Rollins a promising place to be, including tuition costs, social life, and the overall Rollins experience. Promoting their work was the school’s founding President, Rev. E. P. Hooker, as well as those whose contributory testimonials vouched for Rollins’s congenial atmosphere and faculty. Affordable because of low attendance costs and inviting because of unique testaments to its character, Rollins made a name for itself early on, evident in the installments of the 1888-1889 calendar.


Becoming a Liberal Arts Institution Again

Wetzel Wismar, Mary. “The Reaffirmation.” Alumni Record Feb. 1985: 2-4. Rollins College. Magazine. 29 Jan. 2016.

alumni record

This magazine article is very relevant to the topic of academic life at Rollins in that it talks about how one of the most popular majors at Rollins was taken away back in the 60s and 80s. Not only does this concern the subtopic of majors, but also the history of academics here at Rollins. For potential Rollins students, knowing the history of the college’s academics and their intended major may be a huge draw to the college because it shows how long the college and some of the majors have been around. As the group continues to research academic life at Rollins, I have started to section off into the subtopic of majors, specifically business. I have already explored the present day 3/2 Accelerated Management Program, and this source has an accompanying interview about the discontinuation of the business major and how it would affect the 3/2 program. This has allowed me to dive deeper into the history of the business major and how it relates to the Crummer Graduate School of Business, while staying under the main topic of academic life.