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Craig Prentiss, professor of Religious Studies, is a Fulbright Scholar Award winner

Religious Studies Professor Awarded Fulbright, Will Teach in Romania in Spring 2023

Craig Prentiss, Ph.D., professor of Religious Studies and Theology at Rockhurst, was recently granted a Fulbright Scholar Award to teach at the University of Bucharest in Romania in the Spring term of 2023. A product of the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Program, Fulbright Scholar Awards are prestigious and competitive fellowships that provide unique opportunities for scholars to teach and conduct research abroad.

Sean Klippel, RORA award-winner for his research on LGBTQ+ affirming curriculum

Ed.D. Student Earns Research Award for Project on LGBTQ+ Affirming Curriculum in K-12 Schools

Sean Klippel is an educator and a member of the LGBTQ+ community who was recently honored for his research as part of Rockhurst's Doctorate in Education program. Klippel's project, "How K-12 Teachers Perceive a State Bill and LGBTQ+ Affirming Curriculum," earned him a Rockhurst Outstanding Research Award (RORA) as part of the University's Festival of Student Achievement.



In the following Q & A, Klippel explains why he's passionate about the project, as well as why it's so important now:

Kaitlin Doyle is an occupational therapist in Grain Valley, Missouri

OT-MBA Grad Thrives in Career by Turning Opportunities into Action

Some students go to college undecided on a major, and that’s just fine. Others, like 2016 Rockhurst graduate Kaitlin Doyle, know exactly what they want to do.



Doyle’s mother grew up as a child of a deaf adult (CODA) and Kaitlin had an uncle who had cerebral palsy and spent a lot of time in therapy. She saw how her grandparents took care of him and guided him through everyday tasks.



That sparked her interest in the field of occupational therapy.

Mariah Schneider, Rockhurst accounting student and future MBA graduate

Former Transfer Student Goes From Full-Time Server to Future CPA

As an 18-year-old high school graduate, Mariah Schneider made the decision to stay in her hometown of Kansas City and find a full-time job. She ended up at one of Rockhurst students’ favorite places to eat in nearby Brookside, Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant, for more than 10 years.



Schneider’s life is much different now than she was at 18: The former National Honor Society member is about to graduate from Rockhurst with an Accounting degree, is a new mom, just finished choosing among several prestigious internship options through RU, and will be pursuing her MBA in 2023 (also at Rockhurst).

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