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