Program Coordinator for Student Initiatives, Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection
After receiving her BA in Elementary Education and Spanish from Furman University in 1997, Rolyn worked for fourteen years at several schools in Greenville, SC, before returning to Furman in 2011. Through her role with the Cothran Center, she quickly discovered a passion for working with college students. She feels called to provide a space on campus where students feel seen, heard and valued.
Currently, Rolyn is pursuing her Master’s degree in Social Work through the University of South Carolina. Through her social work program, she recently completed a year-long internship with Root & Rebound Reentry Advocates, a legal agency whose “mission is to restore power and resources to the families and communities most harmed by mass incarceration.” In addition, Rolyn is working towards her Enneagram teacher certification through The Narrative Enneagram tradition, having completed over 100 hours of advanced studies. Not only does she enjoy leading Enneagram presentations and workshops for Furman students, alumni, and community members, she was also thrilled to have the opportunity to teach the Enneagram to individuals at Perry Correctional Institution through Furman’s Prison Education Partnership (FPEP). She believes that the Enneagram is a wonderful tool for developing compassion for self and others.
Rolyn is married to Matt '97 and they have three children. Some of her hobbies include traveling, reading, journaling, and spending quality time with her family.
Chiles-Harrill Award, 2019, presented annually to one member of the faculty or staff chosen by graduating seniors as having the greatest influence on the class. Recipients of the award become honorary members of the class.
Student Organization Advisor of the Year, 2021, recognizing the Student Organization Advisor who has committed exceptional time and energy to supporting the efforts of a campus student organization
B.A., Furman University
M.S.W., University of South Carolina (in progress)