Gonzaga recently dedicated and named the rotunda in our new Innovation Commons the Rohleder Rotunda in memory of Eric Rohleder '01, who passed away in 2018. Eric’s parents, Stephen and Giselle Rohleder, chose to remember and honor their son with a generous gift that made the Innovation Commons possible. Their hope is that the space enables students to develop skills in technology that they can use in pursuit of the common good.
In June, the family came down to Gonzaga for a ceremony formally dedicating the space. During the event, Father Lingan gave a blessing which read, in part:
Almighty and every loving God, today, on this occasion, we remember and honor Eric Rohleder, whose creativity, dedication, generosity of spirit, and whose quick and gracious smile we remember so fondly. These qualities of character are what distinguished him and are the reasons we remain grateful and inspired.
May the naming of this rotunda, in his honor, continue to be an inspiration to each faculty member and student who will both teach and learn in this space. Further, may today’s dedication express well to his family Gonzaga’s deep appreciation for both the gift of their son, and of their generosity toward Gonzaga; a generosity which helped make this space possible and will continue to support future students who will attend our school for years to come.
In 2019, the family also established the Eric Rohleder Endowed Scholarship Fund. The scholarship description reads, "Eric loved his formative Jesuit education on Eye Street, with a passion for creativity, the arts, and writing. Through this scholarship endowment, the Rohleder family continues Eric's legacy by granting future students the Gonzaga experience." To make a gift to the fund in Eric's name, click here
The rotunda in the Innovation Commons now features a plaque as well as signage that was created by current student Jack Scalding '24. Here's a video showing how Jack used the Innovation Commons to create the new sign -- just one example of the many ways students are using the Innovation Commons to experiment, problem-solve, and create.