Hawktails with Student Alumni Association

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Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Join the Student Alumni Association and RU alumni for a virtual networking event. Make connections with Rockhurst alumni, learn more about the work graduates have done with their Rockhurst degree, and practice virtual networking! The program will begin with introductions from all of our alumni who will join us, then you will be divided into breakout rooms based on your major and the alum from that certain field. This is an opporunity you don't want to miss! 

Register today!  **All those in attendance will be entered to win a Betty Rae's gift card! 

You will receive the Zoom information upon registration. 

Attire: Business casual (we still want to look professional over camera!)

Questions? Contact SAA Advisor, Morgan Maloney at morgan.maloney@rockhurst.edu


Get to know our Alumni!


Name: Sarah Jones

Hometown: Mount Vernon, Missouri/Lees Summit, Missouri

Grad Year: 2016

Major: Mass Communications

Current Employer: Missouri Attorney General’s Office

Title: Assistant Attorney General for Special Litigation

Favorite RU memory: Dr. Ken Mellard’s Women in Leadership class. I still think about that class today!

Best Advice: Your network is your strongest tool - utilize it sparingly but know its power. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need.


Name: Linda Boehm

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Grad Year: 2018

Major: MBA Human Capital

Current Employer: Central Bank of the Midwest

Title: HR Administrator

Favorite RU memory: Getting to complete my MBA with my brother Mike Boehm. We had classes together and got to spend some quality time which was nice due our busy schedules.

Best Advice: Be your authentic and engaging self whether it is personal or professionally. When you are authentic and engaged you are more likely to be nimble, have fun, and show grit when necessary in life.


Name: Chanelle Zak

Hometown: Lees Summit, Missouri

Grad Year: 2016

Major: Nonprofit Leadership Studies and Spanish

Current Employer: Lents & Associates, LLC

Title: Community and Multi-Media Coordinator

Favorite RU memory: Working to help RU become the first Fair Trade designated University in Missouri! 

Best Advice: Show up, wholeheartedly, for everything you do. Be a sponge and learn from every single person you meet. Discover where your passions and skills intersect with the world's needs, and go for it!


Name: Kaela Varberg

Hometown: Lawrence, KS

Grad Year: 2012

Major: Biochemistry

Current Employer: University of Kansas Medical Center

Title: Research Scientist

Favorite RU memory: Traveling to Australia for Biology Field Trip Course

Best Advice: Be proactive in finding opportunities to gain experience and develop as a leader.


Name: Alyson Fuest

Hometown: St. Charles, Missouri

Grad Year: 2015 Biology, 2016 BSN

Major: Biology and Nursing

Current Employer: Research Medical Center

Title: Outpatient Oncology Nurse

Favorite RU memory: So many! But I always loved Orientation and Sorority Formals

Best Advice: Take all opportunities you are given, college is the time to find yourself and spread your wings. 


Name: Taylor Sares (Skala)

Hometown: Long Grove, IL

Grad Year: 2015 

Major: Cell and Molecular Biology 

Current Employer: Advocate Medical Group Orthopedics 

Title: PA-C (Physician Assistant-Certified) 

Favorite RU memory: COLLEGE SOCCER, practices and games and living in on-campus housing with my great roomies!

Best Advice: It is ok to not know what you want to do, explore your options and always ask questions. Use your connections in this world.  


Name: Carolina Cruz

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Grad Year: 2016

Major: Mass Communications / Spanish Language & Literature 

Current Employer: KCTV5

Title: Anchor/Reporter

Favorite RU memory: Too many to pick from! I think overall, though, those great memories were moments where Rockhurst made me feel at home.

Best Advice: Be authentic. 


Name: Mary Campbell Kennedy

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Grad Year: 2012

Major: Nursing

Current Employer: Missouri Baptist Medical Center

Title: NICU RN

Favorite RU memory: So many good memories but one of my all time favorites is attending the mission trip to Belize. I learned so much about myself, some of my fellow students, The Jesuit mission and the Belizean culture. I loved expanding my knowledge and experience beyond my everyday routine. 

Best Advice: Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. Get involved and take this time to find you true self. 


Name: Dan Shaver

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Grad Year: 2010

Major: Math, Secondary Education, Philosophy

Current Employer: Rockhurst High School

Title: Teacher/Coach

Favorite RU memory: Service Trips (Spring Break to Belize, Lumberjack to U.P. of Michigan)

Best Advice: The relationships you make in classes/organizations/teams are so much more important and fulfilling in the long-run than merely accumulating things to write on a resume.  


Name: Joseph Ginzel

Hometown: Topeka, KS

Grad Year: 2019

Major: B.S. in Business Admin with concentration in Corporate Accounting and Finance

Current Employer: YRC Worldwide

Title: Pricing Analyst II

Favorite RU Memory: Watching the final 4 soccer games at Swope Park

Best Advice: Put down your phone so you can escape virtual reality and encounter true reality in your life. It will make you a happier person :).