Summer, Shared

As students departed campus this spring, we asked them to keep us in the loop on all their summer adventures via social media. Dozens obliged our request, and we were consistently amazed by the stories shared through our Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook accounts. So, in the spirit of sharing, we thought we’d share some of our favorite student stories from summer 2017.

Marine biology major Caroline Rosendahl ’18 was one of six students who helped install water filtration systems in rural communities across the Dominican Republic. The field study marked the 21st year that Professor of Chemistry Pedro Bernal has led Rollins students to the island nation of his birth.

Alexandria DeLucia ’18, a computer science and math major, researched machine learning and anomaly detection in supercomputers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

Social entrepreneurship major Carlye Goldman ’19 studied public health in Johannesburg, South Africa. The global health minor’s studies centered on South Africa’s healthcare system, community development, and malnutrition in rural areas of the country.

Mark Gagnon ’19, an economics and philosophy major, was social media and production intern at iconic Hollywood comedy club, The Laugh Factory. Gagnon managed the club’s social media platforms, wrote and produced videos, and performed stand-up at night.

Krescent Williams ’18, a chemistry and music major, performed geochemical monitoring on Teide, an active volcano in the Canary Islands. Williams was one of 10 interns who worked to accumulate data on volcanic gas emissions and seismic activity to possibly predict future eruptions.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Erin Synder ’19 participated in a 10-week research program at Ohio State University’s Center for Emergent Materials. The chemistry major collaborated with a graduate research team and developed her own research project. | Biology major Madison Mihle ’18 helped establish the first-ever pediatric dental sealant clinic in Wilmington, North Carolina. The clinic was hosted by St. Mary Health Center, a medical and dental clinic for the uninsured where Mihle has volunteered for 10 years. Mihle and other volunteers treated a dozen pediatric patients, providing extensive cleaning and sealants, as well as instructing parents on proper dental hygiene. | Communication major Annette Rivera ’18 interned with the Batey Rehab Project, a nonprofit organization that brings modular housing solutions and fair trade opportunities to Batey communities in the Dominican Republic. | Art history major Cameron Robinson ’19 interned at contemporary art gallery Snap! Orlando’s downtown location, learning how to install art, alter lighting, and coordinate events.

Computer science major Michael Gutensohn ’18 interned at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Gutensohn’s project revolved around creating a simulated version of the Deep Space Network’s operations software to test new concepts and train new operators.

Professor of Political Science Dan Chong led 13 students on a field study to Tanzania to learn from local communities and support community development. In Moshi, the group partnered with Better Lives development coordinator Sam Barns ’10 ’12MBA to build a kitchen and bathroom facilities for the organization’s eco-lodge project, which will help bolster the local economy. In Kahe, students helped finish living facilities for teachers at a local secondary school. All the hard work was bookended by adventure. Prior to the field study, several students climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro together, and the trip was capped by a three-day safari through Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater.

Theatre and psychology major Amanda Grace Hughes ’19 and her classmates performed their improv show, Improv Therapy, at Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world’s oldest fringe theater festival. Each scene of the original improv show functions as an emphatic retelling of audience-supplied stories, allowing Hughes to combine her background in theater and psychology.

Tianna Rosser ’19 travelled to ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut, to shadow Kayla Johnson, the social media editor for the ESPN show First Take. Rosser, a communication studies major and a forward on the Rollins women’s basketball team, learned firsthand how the show uses social media to market its program.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Lauren Neldner ’20, Eric Rokni ’18, and Camille Adkison ’19 presented their research on where phantom partials are created in the piano at the Acoustical Society of American conference in Boston. The students partnered with physics professor Thomas Moore on the research project last summer through Rollins’ Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program. | Marissa Prochaska ’17 ’18MBA, a communication studies major who is currently pursuing her MBA at Rollins’ Crummer Graduate School of Business, interned with Chicago Fire Soccer Club. She helped plan fundraising events for the Major League Soccer team’s foundation, coordinated game day activities, and worked with the Special Olympics team that the club sponsors. | Parker Magness ’18 wrapped up a six-month marketing internship at GE Healthcare in Munich while studying at Reutlingen University for Rollins’ international business dual-degree program. Magness will graduate next spring with a BA in international business and a BS in international management, as well as an established business network across Europe. | Environmental studies major Morgan Laner ’18 interned at the Post-Landfill Action Network in Dover, New Hampshire. The nonprofit group helps students launch self-sustaining programs that fight the cycle of waste on college campuses.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Troyce Venturella ’18, a graduate public health student, spent two weeks in Kibera, the largest slum in Nairobi, Kenya. A registered nurse, Venturella worked with students at New Hope Academy, a primary school where she provided health education, performed health assessments for women in a micro-loan program, and screened 423 students and their parents for HIV. | Chemistry major Alyssa DeLucia ’18, who received a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship this spring, participated in a 10-week summer research program at Georgia Tech’s School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. DeLucia’s research revolved around organometallic synthesis and focused on synthesizing PNP pincer complexes and testing them for their ability to fix nitrogen. | Stephanie Peterson ’19, a business major in Rollins’ 3/2 Accelerated Management Program, interned in Vera Bradley’s licensing department at the luggage and handbag designer’s Fort Wayne, Indiana, headquarters. | SJ Renfroe ’18, a double major in philosophy and anthropology, traveled to Barcelona with Professor of Anthropology Rachel Newcomb to conduct research on the experiences of Moroccan women migrating to Spain. Renfroe and Newcomb are partnering on the research project through Rollins’ Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program.

Tamara Vuckovich ’18, a master of education student, participated in the Educating Immigrants and Migrants in the Netherlands field study led by Professor of Education H. James McLaughlin. Vuckovich and 13 other Tars collaborated on a photo documentary project with students in various schools to gain a better understanding about culture and life in the Netherlands.

Ariana O’Keefe ’18, a double major in communication and religious studies, spent five months studying abroad in New Zealand. She also interned for Be Robin Hood, a charitable clothing brand that donates 10 percent of profits to help those in need.

Ellie Rushing ’19, a double major in environmental studies and communication, reshaped the community garden she founded at a Rwandan school last summer so that it will now feed 20 of the school’s most vulnerable students.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Kat Weiss ’18, an international relations major and women’s soccer player, founded a soccer program in Maun, Botswana, and tutored students in math, English, and science. | Michael Dennis ’19, a double major in international business and Spanish, spent six weeks studying Spanish language and culture through Rollins’ Verano Español program. Dennis also interned at IFEMA, a fair trade organization in Madrid. | Rodney Hughley ’18 participated in Camp Pride 2017, a leadership academy for undergraduate LGBTQ and ally students in Charlotte, North Carolina. The camp’s mission is to create safer and more inclusive campus communities across the country. | Business major Catherine Linder ’20 picked up some new strategies for her nonprofit after-school arts program during Artists Striving to End Poverty’s Artist as Citizen Conference at Julliard in New York City. | Isabella Braga ’20, a philosophy and biology major, interned with U.S. Congresswoman and former Rollins professor Stephanie Murphy on Capitol Hill.

Wait! There’s plenty more where that came from. Stay tuned to rollinslife.edu throughout the year and keep tabs on your future classmates’ adventures in education.

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