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.
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.
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.
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.