Being respectful extends beyond our personal relationships. We all know the importance of respecting others and weaving notions of empathy and understanding into all we express. But what about the world we encounter every day? “Respect” should also be related to our immediate environment.
I was driving down a well-worn Orlando highway the other day, only to see another driver carelessly throw an empty coke bottle from their car window. One of the (many) words that came to mind was disrespectful.
My favorite thing about this campus is the natural beauty surrounding every building, sidewalk and archway. Any window at Rollins presents a stunning view of lush landscaping and ancient oak trees. We have a glittering lake view from many campus locations. Our amazing grounds crew work tirelessly to keep every corner of campus clean and fresh. One empty coke bottle can ruin an entire day’s worth of care.
We work in a place that boasts some of the oldest buildings in Winter Park; many, the oldest in Florida. The Knowles Memorial Chapel, for example, was modeled after a cathedral in Spain in 1931, and retains the same structure and beauty as was originally intended.
The Annie Russell Theatre is the oldest theatre in Florida, and Pinehurst Cottage was Rollins’ very first structure built well over 100 years ago. All of the history contained on this campus is still intact – and even better, it’s all still functional! Why is that? Respect. Those who came before us had a deep respect for heritage, nature and preservation. These values are still strong within the current culture at Rollins.
Everything we do today is preserving this campus for another generation of students and allowing them to respect and care for the land, history and heritage of Rollins. Just like we do.