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Stories of Impact


Jim Gleeson

Investing in the lives of others: Jim and Judy Gleeson

Rockhurst University had an indelible impact on Jim Gleeson, '57. Jim, a small business owner, funded a life insurance policy as part of his estate plan and designated 25% of the proceeds to benefit Rockhurst University. He and his wife Judy worked with us to create the terms and criteria for an endowed scholarship fund which would serve to help students in need.

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Kevin Pugh

From Introvert to Leader

It’s hard to tell by looking at him now, but Kevin Pugh, was not always the most outgoing student to walk a college campus. Before he came to Rockhurst, Pugh was less inclined to take charge, get involved and lead the way.

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For the Love of Rockhurst and Baseball

Spring is a time for scrutinizing rosters, analyzing workout reports and making predictions for baseball fans everywhere. At Rockhurst, baseball season has officially begun. For Jim Myers '68, it is his love of the game and the university that is shaping his legacy.

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Opportunities Abound for Rockhurst Junior

When 15-year-old Samantha Halfmann awoke in her parents' car to the sight of the bell tower, she knew she would one day be a student at Rockhurst University. Although the campus trip was really for her older sister, Sam's decision was made. She was going to be a Hawk.

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Making the Rockhurst Experience Possible

Sometimes, summer is all about rest and relaxation. But for some seniors, like Samantha Bielman, summer break and senior year are hardly like a day at the beach.

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In His Footsteps, but Not His Shadow

Rachel Tangney Joins Brother by Making Rockhurst Her College Home Sometimes, following in a sibling's footsteps can be a challenge, but for Rachel Tangney, it was a choice. Her older brother played baseball at RU, but the Wichita native had her own reasons for making Rockhurst her college home.

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Representing Rockhurst: Nursing Major Proud to be Part of RU Tradition

Many students enter college without an idea of where their career interests lie. Emma Unoski knew her passion long before setting foot on the Rockhurst University campus. A nursing major from Colorado, Emma chose her path after watching her father receive treatment for Bronchialitis Obliterans, a rare and often life-threatening lung disease.

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A Jesuit Influence at Rockhurst University

Some students travel great distances to attend college. Mike Kleinman walked across the street. As a youngster growing up in 1950's Kansas City, Mike's childhood home was at the intersection of Rockhurst Road and Lydia, literally steps away from the Rockhurst University campus.

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Some Things Never Change: After 50 Years, Mac Geschwind Still Gets "Coming Home Feeling" When He Returns to Rockhurst

A lot can change over the course of five decades. Waistlines, hairlines and storylines, just to name a few. But as Mac Geschwind prepares to celebrate 50 years as a Rockhust University graduate, his love and appreciation for his alma mater still remains the same.

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For This Freshman Scholarship Recipient, Spring Break Means Mission Work

Escaping the unpredictable Kansas City weather is often a priority for Rockhurst University students. But instead of spending spring break at a typical college retreat, freshman Meredith Larson chose a much different locale. She and nine of her fellow RU students traveled to the Dominican Republic on a university-sponsored mission trip. And her commitment to service reached a new level.

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'Incredible Gift' Ensures RU Student Colleen Smyth Will Make Her Impact on World

From her very first moments on the Rockhurst University campus, Colleen Smyth knew it was a place where she could make a difference in the world. A St. Louis area native majoring in accounting, Colleen was first drawn to Rockhurst because of its strong academics. However, it was the university's commitment to service that hooked her.

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Anthony Moran: Rigorous Schedule and Hard Work Lead to Scholarship

Anthony Moran knows all about hard work. As a junior majoring in exercise science at Rockhurst University, Anthony has always juggled a rigorous course-load. But the native of Kansas City, Kan., does much more than just study and attend class. With the ultimate goal of a career in chiropractic care, Anthony works a part-time job at a local chiropractic clinic. In addition, he also owns his own business and is heavily involved in several campus groups. He wouldn't have it any other way.

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Creative Giving Benefits Everyone

In uncertain economic times, creative financial management is a must for households and businesses. Creative charitable giving, however, is also wise—but sometimes overlooked.

Tony Dill and his wife, Donna, are faithful givers to Rockhurst University. Recently, the Dills changed the way they give to ensure their annual donations grow far beyond face value.

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The Barbara Wynne Story

Barbara Wynne ('80 Biology) was an acknowledged student leader whose sweet nature endeared her to fellow students and faculty. She held great promise both professionally and personally. She was truly a person for others who exemplified the mission of Rockhurst in all she said and did. Barbara loved Rockhurst, and her family shared her love.

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Tales from "Shaw's Brick Yard"

When Professor Dick Shaw retired from Rockhurst University in 2003, friends and family took the opportunity to pay him back for a lifetime of giving. Under the leadership of this three children, Rich, John and Shannon, funds were gathered to endow the Professor Richard D. Shaw Scholarship. Now, future generations of students will continue to benefit from Dick's generous legacy.

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The Story of George Fague

Like many lads from St. Louis, George wanted to attend a Catholic college; and since he would graduate from St. Louis University High School, a Jesuit college held some appeal. He wanted to attend college away from his hometown.

Scholarship offers were good from some other schools, but the Rockhurst Jesuit tradition moved him to turn down a scholarship at a rival college to enroll at Rockhurst in the fall of 1961.

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Giving Something Back: The Story of Bob Malley

Bob Malley remembered when, as a young boy, he walked the same path to St. Francis Xavier School as he did to his classes at Rockhurst High School.

"I am very happy to this day with my Jesuit Catholic education." "I value the education that I got at Rockhurst. The Jesuits imbued me with the idea that a college education is not to learn a trade, but to train your mind; and that if you train your mind properly you can pick up any other thing that you need when you get out in the world."

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