Humans of RU

At the core of what makes Rockhurst, Rockhurst are its students. Humans of RU focuses on sharing the people who make Rockhurst University unique through stories, profiles and interviews. Each week a new student is featured, showcasing just one piece of the puzzle.
Tanzania native Beatrice Chambo is helping refugees settle in Kansas City
A Rockhurst senior from Tanzania is helping fellow immigrants find their own new beginnings.

Beatrice Chambo knows the anxieties and challenges of leaving your home country for another. When she came to the U.S. four years ago, little did Chambo know she’d be working with refugees in Kansas City and meeting people from home in the middle of the United States – including her future husband.

Tanzania is home to one of the world’s largest refugee camps, home to refugees from nearby Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, and Rwanda. Chambo wanted to work in programs aiding refugees, so she came to the U.S. to study international relations.Read More
Zach Pohlman was a triple major at Rockhurst and is now a graduate of Notre Dame Law

Zach Pohlman came to Kansas City from Omaha, Nebraska, and if he has his way the Rockhurst triple major and Notre Dame Law student will eventually return to his hometown as a practicing lawyer or law professor.

But he’s certainly not alone in making this “full circle” back to Omaha.Read More

Lidcia Solis-Najera poses in the Rockhurst University Quad.

Lidcia Solis-Najera was walking from St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church back to the heart of Rockhurst’s campus one day with University Campus Ministry Director Bill Kriege when a casual conversation turned into a business opportunity.Read More

Chava Aguirre at his KU Med White Coat Ceremony

"Who would have believed that a student like me, an immigrant, who was forced to learn a new language, who faced discrimination and bullying growing up, who didn’t have the advantages of being an American citizen, would ever have a shot at becoming a doctor?" said Salvador Aguirre, '20. "The answer to that is simple: Only I believed, and lucky for me, that’s all that ever mattered in the end."Read More

Jennifer Mendoza, BSN student with a criminal justice minor at Saint Luke's College of Nursing and Health Sciences

When she was younger, Jennifer Mendoza watched as a friend was shot and killed in front of her.

That moment turned into a “what if” as time passed and became a motivator for Mendoza as she planned the road to her career.Read More

Anna Galligos, '21, Molecular Biology graduate and researcher

A few years ago Anna Galligos was ready to attend the University of Missouri in Columbia when at the last minute she began to re-evaluate what made her a successful student.

Galligos wanted to study molecular biology and was highly interested in the research component attached to that area of study.

Then it hit her. It's what fellow biologists would call that “good thymine.”Read More

Julia Soap, '21, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Julia Soap grew up visiting her relatives on tribal reservations, then watched as they and others had to go away from the reservation to access physical therapy health care. Now with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, she aims to change that for her Potawatomi tribe and additional Native American tribes surrounding it. Read More
Rhema Butler, Psychology and English, Class of 2023

​As a high school student, Rhema Butler didn’t know where she wanted to go to college, just that she wanted a place with small classes, a close-knit community, and professors who “genuinely cared about your success.” Little did she know how important that student-professor relationship would become in her first year on campus.Read More

Annie Hart, 2011 graduate and current Ed.D. student

​Annie Hart's family has been a part of the Rockhurst University community for the last 50 years. That familiarity helped lead Annie to The Rock in 2007, and now she's returning to be a part of the first Doctorate in Education cohort.Read More

Zack Zoltek, Class of 2020 and software engineer at Google

Zack Zoltek graduated in 2020 from Rockhurst University with a degree in applied mathematics and computer science. Now a software engineer at Google, Zack shares how he overcame anxiety as a Rockhurst student. Read More