By Richard Brhel
Associate Director of Student knowledge Resources
The Men Who Built America is a new four part History Channel series on the great American industrial leaders Cornelius Vanderbilt, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, J. P. Morgan and Henry Ford. These men made it look easy and learning their stories makes one wonder if destiny played a role in what they accomplished. Perhaps they were able to build these great companies because they
were destined to do so and they simply chose to fulfill their destiny?
Whether destiny played a role or not, each made significant contributions that resulted in an improved standard of living for America and the world. Rockefeller created order in the chaotic oil industry of the mid-19th century. His company became the world’s main supplier of kerosene. Before the kerosene lamp, people relied on whale oil and candles as their primary source of light.
Now, as Paul Harvey would say, here’s “the rest of the story”. Before Rockefeller entered the oil business and just before getting his first job as a clerk at a produce shipping company, he took a three month course in basic accounting and book keeping at Chancellor University (at that time we were Folsom’s Mercantile College). Since 1848 Chancellor University has been educating students for careers in business. Harvey Firestone and Stella Walsh also attended along with thousands of other students under our previous names which include Myers University, Dyke College and Spencerian College.
Today, as Chancellor University prepares to celebrate its 165th anniversary, we continue to educate students in business to meet current and future challenges and we take equal pride in the accomplishments of all of our graduates. However, today the world is much different than it was in 1848. We face different challenges, there are new problems to be solved and new inventions to be made and the education landscape has changed as well. So after 165 years, why study business at Chancellor University? From an Alumni Relations perspective I would like to propose two reasons:
First, as a student and graduate of Chancellor University, you will take pride in knowing that you are following in the footsteps of so many accomplished business leaders.
Second, as a member of the Chancellor University family, you will join a great network of current students and alumni. Men and women employed at various levels from CEOs to entry level positions, in a wide variety of industries all over the world. Current and perspective students are invited to join the Chancellor University Alumni Association LinkedIn Group
To find out more about upcoming speakers for the Chancellor University Alumni Association, please contact RBrhel@chancelloru.edu
or visit the Chancellor University Alumni Association LinkedIn group.
Anthony S Bates, PhD Candidate of Applied Management and Decision Science
Rich establishes long-term evolution of intellectual thought about a neighborhood effect and those principles for moving forward. A commercial education in its best sense:
- an intelligent commercial scholar-practitioner university
- an administrative school of thought giving the best in instruction, fundamental ideas of applied professions emphasizing the dynamic of social capital
This tradition (a.k.a. Chancellor University) continues to be a transformative education contributing to society, and the business world (versus the initial community industries and bureaucracies) by giving dynamic know-how that reveal our intelligent action--knowledgeability (knowing-in-action).
As a Scholar-Practitioner of the College(s) of Business, and the School of Management and Technology (otherwise known as David N. Myers University and Myers University - MBA 2006) fostered value (literature discipline) and specialized experience that infused my global and entrepreneurial perspectives by integrating critical thinking, technology mastery, and sound ethics, which build upon the already acquired significant business trade experience and education.
Practical Knolwedge is the great power that moves the world.
December 06, 2012 aP 7:42 PM
Thanks for highlighting these documentaries and telling 'the rest of the story'. It's great to see that in Chancellor's long tradition and history of education, our family of students and alumni have changed the world from the time of the industrial revolution through present and into the future. I look forward to seeing the documentary series.
December 07, 2012 aP 2:44 PM