Fountain Unveiling in Honor of Brent Rogers

Kenny Turpen unveils the fountain with Ken Rogers.
Thursday, December 9, 2021. (Photo by: Xander Ordinola)
Kenny Turpen unveils the fountain with Ken Rogers. Thursday, December 9, 2021. (Photo by: Xander Ordinola)

The unveiling of a water fountain and bottle filling station was held in front of the Bietz Center for Student Life on December 9. The fountain can be found in front of the Bietz Center by the steps to the right of the front doors. 

The fountain station was dedicated in memory of Brent Rogers who did not attend Southern Adventist University, but whose father, Ken Rogers, was one of the university’s previous chaplains. There is a plaque in Brent’s name near the fountain as well.

About 30 people attended the unveiling, according to Kenny Turpen, director of Development. Many attendees were close to Ken Rogers, and some had worked with him when he was Southern’s chaplain, Turpen said. During the unveiling, Ken Rogers shared with the group some remarks about his son. School of Education and Psychology Professor Matt Tolbert sang a song he had written after the passing of Brent. 

According to  Turpen, he and Ken Rogers met in 2017 to “discuss a fund that was used to receive gifts made in memory of Brent when he passed.” A pool of funds had been donated in memory of Brent in order to reach the minimum endowment level. 

Turpen said Ken Rogers suggested adding something more permanent on campus in honor of his son, as Brent would spend much time on campus with his father. Ken Rogers then suggested a drinking fountain along with a dog watering bowl, due to Brent’s love for his Labrador Retriever and the times they would spend on campus. 

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