Liberal Arts Alumni Making Strides

Image via McNamara Alumni Center

Image via McNamara Alumni Center

During my two years at the University of Minnesota, I have witnessed first-hand how remarkable the place I now call home really is.  Despite being established over 150 years ago, the University of Minnesota continues to make strides in state-of-the-art facilities, sports, community, and most importantly, academic excellence. It is the latter in which I am most impressed with. Going to a University where it is evident that I am being prepared for a successful career is essential.  

I won’t lie, often times I sit in class and wonder “What the actual hell is going on and why am I not in bed?” It’s difficult at times to imagine an end game career that has anything to do with Rome’s catapults or how to say “turtle” in Chinese. Fortunately, I am able to see the light, and that light is the success of alumni who have endured that same process. Alumni success has displayed that The U is indeed on the rise and I am in the right place. Recently, two CLA alumni have reached milestones in their incredible careers, demonstrating that with a degree from the U (especially from CLA, whoops…my bias is showing) anything is truly possible. 

SJMC Class of ’67 graduate, Chuck Porter, has recently found himself in a new class, the Advertising Hall of Fame class of 2015. Chuck is a founder of Crispin, Porter + Bogusky, which has been named one of the top 15 creative shops in the country with clients such as, Infiniti, KRAFT and Charles Schwab. Chuck is now part of an elite group including fellow class inductee Michael J. Fox (yes, Marty McFly) and class of ’04 inductee, Ted Turner.

Image via U of M Alumni

Image via U of M Alumni

 

Steve Dowling, Political Science class of ’93, shows that regardless of major, a Liberal Arts degree from the U can lead you to the top. Steve started his career as a broadcast journalist at CNBC and later went to work for Apple in 2003. Since then, Steve has excelled through that rankings at Apple and was recently named as Apple’s Vice President of Communications, reporting directly to CEO Tim Cook.

Image via Apple inc.

Image via Apple inc.

I realize the U generates thousands of graduates every year, and neither of these two gentlemen are considered “recent”. However, I chose them because they show CAREER success. Yes, that thing your mother and father lectured you about when choosing a college and major. Personally, I find myself worrying about careers more than I would like to, and I know I’m not the only one. Thankfully, I can rest easy knowing that I am in the right place to prepare me for success. 

-Robert M. Koons

If you want to see more cases of alumni success, check out this link:

http://cla.umn.edu/alumni-friends/alumni-news-achievements

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