Student Alumni Association - Dinner with a Dozen Hawks

Presentation with event attendees
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 6:00pm
Arrupe Hall

The Student Alumni Association (SAA) invites you to join them for Dinner with a Dozen Hawks! This event brings together students and alumni for a casual evening dinner on campus, conversation and Rockhurst camaraderie. Students are asked to dress business casual for this event. Students can select the alumni they would prefer to sit with for dinner. 


Questions? Contact SAA advisor, Molly Sova, at

Get to know our Hawks!

Name: Annie Hart
Hometown: Independence, MO
Graduation Year: 2011
Major: Elementary Education
Current Employer: Athletic Director & K-8 PE Teacher at St. Benedict Catholic School
Favorite RU Memory: Service trips to Baltimore and Belize definitely impacted me and drove me to be a more service-oriented person. 
The friendships I formed on those trips, and the lessons I learned from other Jesuits, especially Fr. Gregg Grovenburg, have stayed with me in my work with students today.

Name: Carolyn Sobczyk
Hometown: Omaha, NE
Graduation Year: 2011
Major: Mass Communication
Current Employer: Account Director at JPA Health Communications
Best Advice: That your first job out of college will not define your career. You'll have many peaks and valleys, but the decisions you make in the days immediately following graduation are completely malleable in the future.

Name: Jake Buchheit
Hometown: Florissant, MO
Graduation Year: 2016
Major: B.S.B.A with Marketing Concentration
Current Employer: Marketing & Communications Coordinator at Visit KC
Favorite Professors: Acey Lampe & Martin Stack

Name: Jennie Nguyen
Hometown: Des Moines, IA
Graduation Year: 2011
Major: International Business & Marketing
Current Employer: Digital Account Manager at Look East
Involvement on campus: SAB & Theta Phi Alpha

Name: John Borders
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Graduation Year: 2010 & 2013 (MBA)
Major: Marketing
Current Employer: Marketing Director at The Insurance Partners
Best Advice: Was given to me by Fr. Curran, find good in all things/people and be kind, you never know what someone else is dealing with.

Name: Susie Roy
Hometown: Omaha, NE
Graduation Year: 2014
Major: Nursing
Current Employer: Dialysis Nurse Specialist at Children’s Mercy
Involvement on campus: Dance Team, ASA and Girls on the Run

Name: Maggie Keel
Hometown: Ballwin, MO
Graduation Year: 2013
Major: Nonprofit Leadership Studies
Current Employer: Digital Media Coordinator at Veterans of Foreign Wars
Favorite RU Memory:  Snow days with my ASA sisters, the Hopkins, Skip & Run and the first Rockhurst Made Possible Week

Name: Maria Butz
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Graduation Year: 2010
Major: Political Science, Non-Profit and Economics
Current Employer: Producer at Crawford Butz Insurance Agency
Involvement on campus: Social Mentors, Orientation Leader, Voices for Justice, Econ Club

Name: Alyson Fuest
Hometown: St. Charles, MO
Graduation Year: 2015, 2016
Major: Biology & Nursing
Current Employer: Nurse at Research Medical Center
Involvement on campus:  Alpha Sigma Alpha, Student Alumni Association, Ambassadors, APO and Orientation

Name: Kaela Varberg
Hometown: Lawrence, KS
Graduation Year: 2012
Major: Biochemistry
Graduate Degree: PhD from Indiana University School of Medicine
Current Employer: Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Kansas Medical Center
Best Advice: It is never too early to begin thinking about and preparing for your professional career.  Take advantage of resources and opportunities on campus to develop skillsets outside of academics.

Name: Allison Rank
Graduation Year: 2008
Major: Business Administration & Spanish
Current Employer: Realtor at Reece & Nichols 
Involvement on campus: Alpha Sigma Alpha, Student Senate & Student Ambassadors

Name: Caitlin Smith
Graduation Year: 2011
Major: Psychology & English
Current Employer: Outpatient Therapist at Cottonwood Springs