Students put business aside at Rohrer Fest

Jeana Alesiani and Lily Cummings representing Saxby's. - Contributor / Jose Ascencio

The Rohrer College of Business held its second annual Rohrer Fest on Thursday, Sept. 14 on the Business Hall lawn from 1 – 5:30 p.m.

The success of last year’s festival, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of The Rohrer College of Business, caused Karen Teller, the assistant director of marketing events, to bring back the event in an effort for the entire Rowan campus to come together.  

“I think it’s really important to welcome the students back and make it feel like a community,” Teller said.

Students were granted free admission upon showing their school ID and given a free t-shirt, along with a few tickets that could be used in exchange for food. Vendors such as Lexylicious Ice Cream Sandwiches, Glazed and Confused, and Aunt Martha’s Famous Funnel Cakes catered for the event.

Bill Hillman, the owner of Aunt Martha’s Famous Funnel Cakes, was busy providing smiles and funnel cakes during the festivities. Hillman has enjoyed providing his services for Rowan events for the past 12 years because of the great environment on campus, and this event was no different.

“You know what’s nice about this school? The kids are all friendly,” said Hillman.

Teller and her student volunteers were hard at work getting everything ready before the start of the festival and continued to stay busy throughout the day. Even though it was a hot day, their enthusiasm never swayed. 

“I really enjoy working with the students,” Teller said.

Teller’s goal of bringing the student body together came to fruition as students flocked to the event. There were many stations of fun activities that the students could participate in such as sand art and spin art. Saxby’s, the student-run cafe, also turned up for the fun with activities and prizes. Students could also participate in lawn games and an inflatable obstacle course, while WGLS Rowan Radio provided the music.

This event brought out students of different majors. Bimarsh Sapkota, a freshman and finance major, was enjoying his ice cream while also trying to invite even more students to the event. 

“I was actually calling my friends to be here. I wanted to gather my friends here,” said Sapkota.

Rohrer Fest pulled out all the stops to give the students a memorable experience, providing an event that they can look forward to every year.

“It really helps with students feeling like they belong,” said Teller.

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