World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Rockhurst University

Article Id: WHEBN0000346949
Reproduction Date:

Title: Rockhurst University  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: KansasFest, Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, University of Missouri–Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri, Philadelphia 76ers draft history
Collection: 1910 Establishments in Missouri, Council of Independent Colleges, Educational Institutions Established in 1910, Jesuit Universities and Colleges in the United States, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Rockhurst University, Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City–saint Joseph, Roman Catholic Universities and Colleges in Missouri, Roman Catholic Universities and Colleges in the United States, Universities and Colleges in Kansas City, Missouri
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Rockhurst University

Rockhurst University
Latin: Universitas Rockhurstensis
Former names
Rockhurst College (1910–1998)
Motto Sapientia Aedificavit Sibi Domum (Latin)
Motto in English
Wisdom has built herself a home
Established 1910 (1910)
Type Private Nonprofit
Research Coeducational
Affiliation Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Endowment US $36.3 million[1]
President Rev. Thomas Curran, SJ
Students 2,801
Undergraduates 2,130
Postgraduates 671
Location Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Campus Urban 55 acres (22.3 ha)
Colors Blue and White[2]
Athletics NCAA Division IIGLVC
Sports 14 varsity sports teams[3]
(6 men's and 8 women's)
Nickname Hawks
Mascot Hawk
Affiliations AJCU
Website .edu.rockhurstwww

Rockhurst University is a private, coeducational Jesuit university located in Kansas City, Missouri, founded in 1910 as Rockhurst College. The school adheres to the motto etched into the stone of the campus bell tower: "Learning, Leadership, and Service in the Jesuit Tradition." It is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Rockhurst University is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Helzberg School of Management recently gained accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Rockhurst was ranked as number 19 in the 2012 U.S. News & World Report rankings of the Best Universities – Masters Midwest category, and Rockhurst has consistently appeared in the top fifteen universities in this category.[4][5] In August 2009, Forbes magazine and the Center for College Affordability & Productivity (CCAP) published its annual college rankings list of America's Best Colleges. Of the more than 4,000 collegiate institutions in the United States, Forbes and the CCAP ranked Rockhurst University #250 in the nation and #3 in Missouri.[6]


  • History 1
  • Service education 2
  • Campus 3
    • Housing 3.1
    • Around the quad 3.2
    • Athletic facilities 3.3
    • Religious worship facilities 3.4
    • Community Center 3.5
  • Academics 4
  • Campus ministry 5
    • Retreats 5.1
  • Athletics 6
    • National rankings 6.1
  • Student activities 7
    • Greek life 7.1
  • Notable alumni 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


In 1909, Reverend Michael Dowling, S.J., the founder of Rockhurst, purchased 25 acres (10.1 ha) of land at 53rd Street and Troost Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri for $50,000. Rockhurst was chartered by the state as Rockhurst College in August 1910. It included the Academy of Rockhurst College, an institution of secondary education which became Rockhurst High School in 1923, though the two remained under a single corporate umbrella until the high school moved onto its own campus in 1962.

Sedgwick Hall was constructed in 1914, allowing the opening of high school classes, and college classes began in 1917, all held within the same building. The first Rockhurst University students were all taught by the Rev. Alphonse Schwitalla, S.J. The first class graduated in 1921. In 1939, Rockhurst was granted accreditation by the North Central Association. In 1969 all divisions of Rockhurst became coeducational. In 1999, Rockhurst College officially changed its name to Rockhurst University. In October 2006, Rockhurst officially installed its fourteenth president, Rev. Thomas Curran, a Catholic priest and the school's first non-Jesuit president. In May 2015, Rev. Curran took his finals vows to become a Jesuit.

Service education

Rockhurst University adheres to a traditional Ignatian philosophy of educating students not only in academics, but in leadership and service as well. The university stresses a values and ethics based education with an emphasis on lifelong learning. Graduates from Rockhurst University receive two transcripts: one for academics and another for community service.[7] 97% of all students participate in community service, and every year students complete over 25,000 hours of service to the Kansas City area and worldwide community.[8] Before classes even begin in the fall, the freshmen class joins together with upperclassmen and university Regents for the Finucane Service Project as part of the Orientation program. Over 550 people participated in the Finucane project last fall, logging over 1,200 hours of service in a two hour period.[9] The university sponsors numerous annual service trips within the United States, as well as in Guatemala, Belize, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, El Salvador, The Bahamas and other developing countries.

In recognition of its dedication to community service programs, including the number of people who participate in service and the number of service-learning courses, Rockhurst was recognized on the 2008 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, among only 127 schools in the country and one of nine Jesuit schools to receive that honor.[10] Rockhurst has continued to receive this distinction every year since 2007.[10]

In addition to the service completed by its student body, Rockhurst has been recognized as a university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching with the foundation's community engagement classification for its ongoing engagement with its neighborhood and the Kansas City community. Rockhurst was first school in the Kansas City area to receive this honor.[11]


Ignatius Science Center

Rockhurst sits on a 55-acre (22.3 ha) campus located in Kansas City's cultural district, a short distance from the popular shopping and dining center, Country Club Plaza.


The campus is home to three residence halls and the Townhouse Village, offering housing for interested students, as well as university-owned houses on two streets adjacent to campus. McGee Hall houses only freshmen girls, while Corcoran Hall houses mostly freshmen boys with one floor of girls. Xavier-Loyola Hall is a residence hall mostly for sophomore and junior students. The Townhouse Village houses upperclassmen students in apartment-style living, with a full kitchen, dining room, living room, and either two or three bedrooms. Upperclassmen students can also apply to live in university-owned houses on residential streets adjacent to campus, giving them the opportunity to live more independently. These houses are deemed "on-campus" and hold groups of 3 to 6 residents.

Around the quad

The main area of campus, including all classroom buildings, surrounds the quad with the monumental Rockhurst bell tower and adjacent pergola flanking one end. In 2007 the quad has been renamed the Kinerk Commons by the University, in honor of Fr. Edward Kinerk, the thirteenth President of the University. The recently renovated Conway Hall is home to the Helzberg School of Management, the university finance office, and university Computer Services. Sedgwick Hall contains classrooms and faculty offices as well as the Mabee Theatre, where the University's Players have put on four productions each year. The Greenlease Library holds the school's volumes of reference books and periodicals. The Science Center, built in 1996, holds the science classrooms and labs, as well as the doctoral program in Physical Therapy and master program in Occupational Therapy. VanAckeren Hall holds the Education department, the Learning Center (open to all students for free tutoring and writing help), and Career Services, which helps students find jobs and internships across the Midwest. Massman Hall is the center of the campus, both physically and organizationally. The Admissions, Business, Student Development, and Administrative offices are all in Massman, as well as the cafeteria, the student pub, a coffee shop, Mabee Chapel, a fully equipped fitness and workout facility, and the Rock Room, which is a 24-hour recreational lounge for students.

A major addition to the Rockhurst campus was Arrupe Hall, opening in August 2015, a classroom and faculty office building which includes a 500-seat auditorium. It features versatile classrooms accommodating modern teaching methods and technologies, and has a variety of small gathering spaces along the corridors to facilitate sharing and friendship among the students. It was also built with a view to energy conservation and openness to natural light. Its name honors the vision of Jesuit Superior General Pedro Arrupe who coined the term "men and women for others"[12] that has become integral to Jesuit education, and who “called the Society to the service of faith and the promotion of justice. His call clearly resonates with the message from (Jesuit) Pope Francis.”[13]

Athletic facilities

The campus has several athletic facilities, including the soccer stadium, recently renovated with new grass-like turf, a baseball stadium, softball field, and a tennis complex. Also, the Mason-Halpin Fieldhouse holds the basketball and volleyball court, and the adjacent Convocation Center contains a multipurpose court, racquetball courts, and a workout facility. Plans are in place for a new Health and Wellness Complex to be built connecting the Convocation Center and Fieldhouse to Massman Hall.

Xavier Jesuit parish

Religious worship facilities

The Campus Ministry Center is located in a house adjacent to campus. The CMC is used by the many Campus Ministry programs for their weekly meetings and activities, including the Christian Life Communities (CLCs), student-led faith sharing and reflection groups. Within Massman Hall is the Mabee Chapel, where daily mass is held each school day, and where student devotional prayer and praise-and-worship groups meet weekly. Across the street from campus is St. Francis Xavier Church, a Jesuit parish church, used by the university for student masses every Sunday evening.

Community Center

The Rockhurst University Community Center is located at 54th and Troost, where children's literacy programs, community programs, and the RU College Bound high school tutoring program all are held. The Community Center serves as a physical link between the university and the surrounding neighborhood.


Rockhurst University offers over fifty graduate and undergraduate programs serving over 3,000 students annually.

Campus ministry

Sunday student Mass

Rockhurst University's Campus Ministry offers many opportunities for students and staff to live out the school's Catholic, Jesuit tradition. They offer daily mass in the Mabee Chapel every weekday at Noon, as well as a student mass every Sunday night at 6:00 at St. Francis Xavier Parish. Campus Ministry also offers RCIA to any interested students.

Christian Life Communities (CLC's) are student-led faith-sharing and reflection groups that meet for an hour each week as small groups. Unity, a gay-straight alliance that meets weekly for prayer, support and service, is open to students of all faith traditions and sexual orientations. VOICES for JUSTICE is a student-led social justice group that explores the justice implications of Christianity and raises awareness of social justice issues on campus and beyond. People for People is a group of students exploring issues relating to the respect for life.

The Campus Ministry Center (CMC) is a house located just off-campus across Rockhurst Road from Conway Hall. Christian Life Communities, VOICES for JUSTICE, Unity, People for People all hold their meetings in the CMC, and Campus Ministry offers several social activities in the CMC during the school year.


Campus Ministry runs several different retreat programs during the academic year. The Frosh Getaway, offered annually on a September weekend, is an opportunity for freshmen, led by sophomore leaders, to get to know their new classmates and to adjust to college life with a fun stress-free weekend. The Retreat on the Rock is designed as a college adaptation of Kairos-style retreats, a great opportunity to grow closer to God and His love. The Fifth Week Retreat is intended as a follow-up to Kairos, Search, TEC, Retreat on the Rock, or similar style retreats, offering ample time for personal reflection and group discussion. The Busy Persons Retreat, offered annually in the spring, is an opportunity for spiritual guidance and reflection within the context and schedule demands of daily college life. The SuperNatural Christian's retreat is a six-day backpacking retreat in upper Michigan's Sylvania Wilderness Tract. This retreat is offered biannually along with the Lumberjack Service retreat, which offers students the chance to travel to Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula (specifically the town of Hancock) and chop wood for elderly residents of the area.


Official athletics logo

Rockhurst University is home to the Hawks, the university's athletic program. After a generation in the NAIA, Rockhurst University joined NCAA Division II in 1999, as a founder of the Heartland Conference. In 2005 it moved to the Great Lakes Valley Conference. In July 2009 the Mid–America Intercollegiate Athletics Association rejected a proposal for Rockhurst to join the conference to compete with geographically closer teams. The MIAA said it currently did not want to expand beyond 12 teams.[14]

Rockhurst has fourteen varsity athletic teams, including men's and women's basketball, soccer, golf, lacrosse and tennis, men's baseball, women's softball, women's cross country and women's volleyball. The school also offers two club sports: tennis and the Spirit Squad, composed of the Dance Team and the co-ed cheerleading squad. It is a popular joke around campus that the Rockhurst University football team has remained undefeated since 1949 (the year that the team was dissolved).

Rockhurst field with Xavier-Loyola residence hall at right

The Rockhurst Men's Soccer team competed in the NAIA from 1973 to 1997, Rockhurst played in 17 national tournaments, advanced to the Final Four 10 times, and finished national runner-up four times in 1973, 1976, 1979, and 1997. Since joining the NCAA in 1998, the soccer team has posted a 118–48–21 record and advanced to the national tournament in 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2008.

In 2013, Rockhurst University added three varsity athletic teams: men's and women's lacrosse and women's cross country.

There is also an intramurals program on campus, with many students participating in a 30-event program throughout the school year.

National rankings

The Rockhurst Men's Soccer team has consistently appeared on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) national rankings list. In November, during the 2008 season, Rockhurst ranked as high as #4 in the nation in NCAA Division II competition, won the conference championship of the Great Lakes Valley Conference, and finished the season with a 16-1-4 record. During the 2007 season, Rockhurst's highest ranking in the nation was #11.

Rockhurst began the 2009 season ranked #15 in the nation[15] and on September 8, the team jumped to #8.[16]

Following the 2007-2008 school year, Rockhurst was recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as one of 67 colleges and universities in the nation (among all NCAA and NAIA divisions) to have both men's and women's soccer teams receive the NSCAA Team Academic Award. To receive the award, a team must achieve a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The women's soccer team achieved a 3.62 GPA, ranking them #4 in the nation.[17]

Rockhurst University Alum, Kyle Miller (class of 2011), recently signed with the MLS Sporting Kansas City soccer team in Kansas City, Kansas, for the 2012 season.[18]

Student activities

Rockhurst students participate in many diverse activities throughout the school year both on campus and within the wider community. Some general campus organizations include:

Rockhurst has several academic honorary societies (membership by invitation only):

Greek life

Rockhurst's Greek life consists of four fraternities and five sororities (totaling over 30% of the undergraduate population):

Notable alumni


  1. ^
  2. ^
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^
  6. ^
  7. ^
  8. ^
  9. ^
  10. ^ a b
  11. ^
  12. ^ Arrupe
  13. ^
  14. ^
  15. ^
  16. ^
  17. ^
  18. ^
  19. ^

External links

  • Official website
  • Official athletics website
  • Rockhurst University SentinelThe – student newspaper
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.