There are a vast amount of activities planned for Rollins College’s annual Family Weekend each November. This year, Family Weekend occurred from Nov. 4-6, 2016. Parents had the chance to learn about Rollins College, bond with the campus family, and sit-in with students during class.
On Friday, Nov. 4, activities included a Wellness Center Open House, a sold-out Rollins Improv Players (RIP) show, and an “R” Community Block party in support of the Second Harvest Food Bank. There was also a Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Showcase in Bush Atrium throughout the afternoon, where students from a wide range of disciplines who had participated in the Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Program this summer discussed their findings with families.
The Block Party was a large success as well, with around three-hundred people in attendance at the event. Community organizations such as Second Harvest Food Bank and One Vote ’16 and campus organizations, such as Eco-Rollins and the Annie Russell Theatre were present at the event and led Rollins families in interactive activities.
The Block Party proved a great way for families to learn about the nine dimensions of wellness while enjoying themselves. Families participated in Rollins’ Feed the Need Campaign, played trivia games in order to win reusable plastic water bottles, created homemade Rollins College magnets, were given care packages sponsored by the Wellness Center, and learned about social tips by playing “Connect More,” a game sponsored by the Wellness Ambassadors. In this game, participants can play Connect Four using red and black plates with social skills and other advice written across the front in order to encourage healthy social interactions. Students and family-members alike could also be seen voting for the best chef at the Sodexo Chef’s Challenge Cook-Off. In addition, Eco-Rollins and the Sustainability Program sponsored a booth where participants could create recyclable bags from old t-shirts.
On Saturday, more great events were hosted around campus. Families had the opportunity to participate in a Rollins Foundations Neighborhood Course, enjoy the campus scenery by partaking in a morning nature walk, see the Rollins College Lacrosse team compete against alumni of the program in a Tars Tailgate, play FSL trivia at Dave’s Boathouse, and enjoy a live concert by Indian classical instrumentalist Rajeev Taranth, among various other activities. Family Weekend 2016 events culminated with a service event, as Eco-Rollins and the Sustainability Program led families in a service opportunity to help restore and cleanup Lake Virginia on Sunday, Nov. 6.