Sarah Allyn ’20 was one of a dozen Tars who explored sustainable development and conservation practices in Costa Rica, where more than 25 percent of the land is designated for preservation. The Environment & Development in Central America field study—led by environmental studies professors Barry Allen and Lee Lines—is devoted to understanding how physical geography, social fabric, and political economy play a role in issues of sustainability.
Hannah Gonzalez ’20 was one of 19 Tars who participated in the Performance Design at Prague Quadrennial field study in the Czech Republic. Held every four years, the Prague Quadrennial is the world’s preeminent performance design exhibition, bringing together designers, directors, students, and the general public for seminars, performances, and workshops that create an opportunity for the cross-cultural exchange of ideas. “We got to see exhibitions from more than 80 countries,” says the communications major. “As a Rollins student, we get a 360-degree look at our craft. Going to the Prague Quadrennial was so important to widening my interpretation of what performance art and theater can be.”
Co-sponsored by Rollins Trustee David Lord, the Colorado Immersion transforms students in active citizens through direct service and connection with community changemakers in Colorado Springs and Denver. Tackling social issues like hunger, homelessness, and aging populations, international relations and Spanish double major Meghan Oxford ’20 and 11 other Tars participated in panel events, sorted food at a local food bank, hosted a dance for elderly residents, and toured a variety of facilities and social enterprises focused on innovation.