RU Academies Experiences

Emerging Leaders Academy Experiences

  •  Leadership Development 2000 Course

  • Required Experiences

    • Complete the Emerging Leader workshop Series
    • Take Strengths Quest on Line Assessment and attend one hour workshop to learn about one’s own strengths and others strengths (also included in Service Academy)
    • Take the on line leadership self-assessment 
    • Attend the Leadership in the Jesuit Tradition Workshop 
    • Learning (attend a minimum of one
    • Attend Visiting Scholar Lecture Visiting Scholar Lecture Series 
    • Attend Visiting Scholar Lecture Series (also included in Living Faith Academy)
    • Attend a One Act Play  
    • Attend Rockhurst Theater Department Presents 
    • Attend a Student Mass at St. Francis Xavier, 
    • Attend the Residence Life Beyond Words Program (also included in Service and Living Faith Academies)
    • Schedule a meeting with an admired professor or academic advisor and visit for a minimum of 30 minutes asking questions regarding to your major, minor, asking for learning tips, getting to know the professor and why he/she chose their field, etc.
    • Leadership (minimum of two)
    • Attend National Speaker Events 
    • Attend a social mentor event
    • Attend an SAB event 
    • Attend a meeting of a student organization 
    • Attend an event a student organization is hosting 
    • Attend a Student Senate House of Representatives meeting 
    • Attend Student Senate Town Hall Meeting
    • Attend a Residence Hall Program 
    • Interview (talk to) a current student leader on campus (sample questions provided) and write a reflection paper 
    • Interview (talk to) a current staff member (sample questions provided) and write a reflection paper 
    • Interview (talk to) a relative you admire about leadership (sample questions provided) and write a reflection paper
  • Service Experiences

    • Begin your service transcript (also included in Service Academy)
    • Participate in Safe Trick or Treat
    • Courses that introduce students to the foundations and management of nonprofit organizations and prepare them for leadership roles in community organizations (also included in Service Academy)
    • Field trips and behind-the-scenes tours at organizations such as the Kauffman Foundation, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art 
    • Join RU peers for student-led service projects and joint projects with nonprofit leadership students from other universities
    • Panel discussions with alumni leaders who have professional positions or board roles with nonprofits (also included in Service Academy)
    • Chances to meet, connect with mentors, and be inspired by leaders in the field through events such as Nonprofit Shadow Day, Nonprofit Speed Networking, National Philanthropy Day, and YNPNkc (Young Nonprofit Professionals Network) programs (also included in Service Academy)
    • Complete an in-depth (300-hour) supervised internship with a nonprofit organization 
    • Participate in the Alliance Management Institute , a 3-day conference dedicated to preparing college students for nonprofit sector careers (we travel to a different city each year for this conference)
    • Participate in the Nonprofit Leadership Conference sponsored by Nonprofit Missouri and the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership
    • Earn a Career Development Award ($2,000 stipend for students who are completing a 300-hour internship) from Nonprofit Leadership Alliance
    • Engage in service-learning and leadership development projects to connect classroom learning and community action. (also included in Service and Living Faith Academies) For example:
      • Create a marketing video for Ronald McDonald House Charities using best practices in marketing
      • Develop and implement a camp program for inner city Girl Scouts utilizing RU student volunteers you have recruited and trained
      • Interview executive leaders of nonprofit organizations about their leadership decisions
      • Partner with a nonprofit organization to conduct an environmental scan, design a new program or evaluation strategy, test communication strategies, or complete a case study
      • Develop a grant proposal to secure funding for special programs and services in our community
      • Earn the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential upon graduation 

Service Academy and Living Faith Academy Experiences

  • Finucane Service Project
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
  • Reality Check Day of Service
  • Missouri River Relief
  • Joplin Tornado Relief
  • Service Trips (Fall Break, Winter Break, Spring Break, Lumberjack Retreat)
  • Service Saturday—one Saturday a month, sign up and show up service project
  • Safe Trick or Treat—Halloween event at Community Center for neighborhood
  • Leftovers with Love-- weekly food preparation and delivery to St. James Place.
  • Service Transcript Program—record of service 
  • Service Reflection Sessions—opportunities to reflect on the service performed
  • Finucane Service Scholarship—for incoming freshman; can be renewed 
  • Miller Family Service Scholarship—students dedicated to service “volunteer for tuition”
  • Service Academy Self-Designed Project

Living Faith Academy Experiences

  • Area 1: Be. (Select at least 1)

    • Attend Mass
    • Attend IMPACT
    • Participate in Holy Hour
    • Meet with a campus minister to help identify a local faith community in your tradition with which to worship regularly
  • Area 2: Connect. (Select at least 1)

    • Attend Campus Ministry's Beginning of the Year Game Night
    • Participate in Frosh Get-A-Way
    • Get involved in a Christian Life Community (CLC)
    • Participate in Retreat on the Rock
    • Attend Mass of the Holy Spirit 
  • Area 3: Grow (Select at least 2. Many of the Visiting Scholar Lectures are options in this area.)

    • Attend SEEK
    • Join an InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Bible Study
    • Join a Journey Through Scripture Bible Study
    • Attend Canisius Couch
    • Attend a LIFT Monthly Meeting
    • Join a LIFT Bible Study
    • Join a LIFT Book Club
    • Participate in Rockhurst Respect Life
    • Participate in VOICES for Justice
    • Attend the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (November in Washington, DC)
    • Attend the National March for Life (January in Washington, DC)
    • Attend Musica Sacra
    • Participate in SuperNatural Christian Retreat (Application Process)
  • Area 4: Serve (Select at least 2. Most of the options are listed in the Service Academy. Service Learning is another option.)

    • Serve a meal at Morning Glory Cafe (3rd Sunday of the month) (also included in Service Academy)
    • Volunteer to assist with St. Francis Xavier's Youth Group (also included in Service Academy)
    • Assist with St. Francis Xavier's Children's Liturgy of the Word (also included in Service Academy)
    • Volunteer with St. Francis Xavier's Food Bank (also included in Service Academy)
    • Bishop Sullivan Service Internship (Summer 2018, Application Process) (also included in Service Academy)
    • Serve as a liturgical minister (altar server, lector, EMOHC)
    • Share your musical talent through assisting with music at mass or prayer services
    • Assist with coordinating SEEK
    • Lead a Christian Life Community (CLC) (Application Process)
    • Lead Retreat on the Rock (Application Process)
    • Work in the Campus Ministry Offices through the Federal Work Study Program (Application Process)
  • Area 5: Reflect

    • Attend a minimum of 2 out of the 6 Academy Reflection Gatherings offered
    • Meet with assigned Campus Ministry staff member companion (at least twice in the fall semester and once in the spring semester)
    • Write a core value reflection

RU First Academy Experiences

Connect

Academic
  • Meet with success coach and develop a success plan
  • Attend the Success Academy
  • Utilize a tutor or supplemental instruction session a minimum of 2x a month
  • Choose one Career Services Opportunity
  • Connect with a professor or academic advisor and visit for a minimum of 30 minutes: ask questions regarding your major/ minor, ask for learning tips, or get to know the professor and why he/she chose their field, etc.
  • Attend Visiting Scholar Lecture Series 
    • Take the career development course
    • Begin your career account
    • Go to a career services event or meet with a career advisor
       
Social
  • Choose three student life activities from the list below:
    • Social mentor event
    • Student Activity Board event 
    • Residence Hall Program
    • Student organization event
    • Residence Life Beyond Words Program 
    • Student Senate House of Representatives meeting
    • Student Senate Town Hall Meeting
    • Join an Intramural team
    • Cheer on our Hawks at an athletic event

Belong

  • Interview (talk to) a current staff member and write a brief reflection paper 
  • Begin your service transcript
  • Choose one service opportunity from the list below:
    • Finucane Service Project
    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
    • Reality Check Day of Service
    • Missouri River Relief
    • Joplin Tornado Relief
    • Service Trips (Fall Break, Winter Break, Spring Break, Lumberjack Retreat)
    • Service Saturday—one Saturday a month, sign up and show up service project
    • Safe Trick or Treat—Halloween event at Community Center for neighborhood
    • Leftovers with Love-- weekly food preparation and delivery to St. James Place.
    • Choose one faith opportunity from the list below:
      • Meet with a campus minister to help identify a local faith community in your tradition with which to worship regularly
      • Participate in Frosh Get-A-Way
      • Get involved in a Christian Life Community (CLC)
      • Participate in Retreat on the Rock
      • Attend Mass of the Holy Spirit 
      • Attend SEEK (Spiritually Engaging Everyone’s Knowledge; Interfaith group)
      • Write a core value reflection

Celebrate

  • Attend all RU First Events
  • Meet with your RU First mentor in the spring semester
  • Attend the Hall of Inspiration

Undergraduate Research and Creativity Academy Experiences

  • Faculty Scholarly Work Seminars
  • Upperclassmen Project shadowing/mentoring/support
  • Undergraduate project 'speed dating'
  • Coaching to apply for Deans Fellowships
  • Festival of Student Achievement Support
  • Internship placement coaching