It has always been assumed that Goerke, a class of 1949 alumnus, began dreaming up his concept for the circular-shaped, easy to eat pasta during his years at Carroll as a mathematics major. While he was listening to Carroll professors lecture on subjects from history to biology, his thoughts no doubt must have drifted to solving the nagging issue of how to make spaghetti noodles less messy for the world to enjoy.
After his graduation, Goerke began his career as a business executive and food developer, leading him to a 35-year career at the Campbell Soup Company. Ten years into his career with their Franco-American division, he invented SpaghettiOs, thereafter known as "The Daddy-O of SpaghettiOs."
While initially the discovery was only shared with a few members of the Carroll University faculty and staff, one individual has become very passionate about honoring the creation of the idea on campus publicly. "I feel very strongly that the birth of this idea needs to be celebrated here at Carroll," the individual shared, under condition of anonymity. "A petition to rename Rankin Hall to the 'SpaghettiOs Center for Innovation and Excellence' is being drafted immediately and will be circulated to campus in the coming weeks."
Pioneering ideas can strike at any moment, especially when individuals are surrounded by creative environments. University officials are excited to see what creations and solutions today's Pioneers will discover during their studies at Carroll. Learn more about the more than 95 areas of study
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