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.
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
Amna Musallet at the RU Troost campus
To feel at home is to feel welcome, safe, and comfortable enough to be yourself.

For Amna Musallet, Rockhurst has been home since summer 2020, but the freshman from Overland Park, Kansas, wasn’t sure that would be the case – in more ways than one. 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