Senior Spotlight: Rob Rhoton

rhotonRob Rhoton, a senior from Columbia, MD, is graduating in just a few short weeks but has been very involved on campus since his freshman year. He is double majoring in Accounting and Economics/Business, and has been very active with Greek Life.

Rhoton said his neighbor who graduated from Randolph-Macon College in 2006 told him to check out the school, and he was glad he did.

“After visiting the first time, I very much enjoyed the small campus and tight-knit community at R-MC,” Rhoton said. “My first impression of the school was at a scholarship day where we met professors; I saw that the professors put a lot of effort into actually helping the students succeed instead of just giving blank lectures and grading exams.”

Rhoton has been very involved with his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, where he has served executive board roles such as the Sergeant-At-Arms for one term, Vice President of Programming for two terms, and one term as the Vice President of Recruitment for the Interfraternity Council.

Along with this, Rhoton has been a member of the Interfraternity Council and the Macon Outdoors club, as well as completing internships, studying abroad, and being an Orientation Leader. Rhoton explained that the most involvement he has had, however, is with Sigma Phi Epsilon.

“SigEp was not an official chapter at R-MC when I joined,” Rhoton said, “so I wanted to get involved and be a part of the group that put all the leg work into becoming a permanent fraternity on campus.”

Rhoton said being involved with Greek life has taught him a lot, such as how to manage his time well.

“The process of getting our chapter for SigEp taught me perseverance as well as time management, as it was a lot of work we had to do over and over again,” Rhoton said. “It meant a lot to me as it was a huge accomplishment for all of the Exec. Board members, as well as the chapter as a whole.”

Rhoton explained that a couple of his professors have had an impact on him, such as Professor of Accounting Dr. Catherine Staples and Professor of Economics/Business Dr. Edward Showalter.

“Most of the professors here have helped me decide exactly what I want to do after graduation, both inside and outside of the classroom,” Rhoton said. “It if wasn’t for Professor Staples, who is currently on Sabbatical, I would not be eligible to take my CPA upon graduation, so that’s a big one.”

Rhoton explained that Dr. Showalter has had a huge impact on him because he helped Rhoton find an internship that eventually led to a paid internship at Genworth Financial in Richmond. Along with this, Dr. Showalter was his advisor for SigEp.

Dr. Showalter, who said he has known Rhoton for several years now due to classes and being the faculty advisor of SigEp, said that Rhoton is an outgoing and friendly person.

“Rob is bright and engaged,” Showalter said. “He always has something to add to the class discussion.”

Rhoton said his favorite classes at R-MC were in accounting because they helped him decide what to do after college.

Rhoton said he has a lot of memories from his time here at R-MC, but his favorite one is helping SigEp with the charter process.

“A favorite memory,” Rhoton said, “is SigEp receiving our charter from the national fraternity due to the ridiculous amount of work that was put towards obtaining it.”

As far as plans for the future, Rhoton said he will start working at Myers and Stauffer LC in Richmond in June.

For advice for future students, Rhoton said, “Get involved on campus; it leads to life-changing opportunities and connections.”

 

-Anna DeLoache, Senior Features Editor

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