Gettin’ more from the core

April 21st, 2016

John Carroll University alumni have shared their talents on a worldwide scale, but a few success stories have come to the attention of the JCU community, and The Carroll News feels they are worth telling. In the most recent issue of the alumni magazine, editor John Walsh shared stories of individuals and their careers post-graduation. Stanley Hales, Ph.D. and Julie Bjorkman, Ph.D. have used their liberal arts education to excel in the years following their time at John Carroll.


These two individuals are praiseworthy figures because they are not exceptions to the rule. They simply have taken their JCU education and used it to pursue and meet their goals. This is something students must acknowledge in order to fully realize the importance of the core curriculum at JCU. The broad variety of courses may seem pointless, but the skills and opportunities presented in these classrooms can be pathways to success.


Hales, now an Ernst & Young partner, is leading the global financial services’ transfer pricing practice, attended to the University and received a chemistry degree.


“I only worked in the field for about a year,” he says. “I never touched chemistry, with the exception of my home beer brewing kit.” Hales, having been exposed to economics and finance as a part of John Carroll’s core curriculum, praises his background in liberal arts education.


Bjorkman, similarly, thanks her philosophy and Catholic theology courses for helping her to think critically and to excel as a corporate communicator in her family-owned company, Magnetrol. She also teaches part-time at Benedictine University. “I’ve had a cyclical career back and forth between the corporate communication and HR functions,” she says. “But one thing remains the same– the ability to communicate, write well and be persuasive.”


These two individuals, among others, are testaments to the practicality of the core curriculum and liberal arts philosophy. Their success stories are both inspiring and motivating to current students, especially those nearing graduation as the year winds down and the job search heats up. As students feel the weighing pressures of tomorrow, they must first step back and recognize success is within reach.