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The Aspire Program

Outcomes & Stories

  • Bill Blagg ’02

    • Current Position: 

      CEO at MOBB Productions Inc.

    • Major(s): Communication

    “I could write a novel about specific examples in my life and career that were shaped by the liberal arts skills I gained at Carthage.”

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  • Suresh Graf ’15

    • Current Position: 

      Technology Consultant and Territory Manager at Arthrex Inc and Gemini Medical

    • Major(s): Biology
    • Minor(s): Chemistry

    “My time at Carthage gave me a head start on my peers and consequently I rose through the ranks at a fast pace.”

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  • Dominique Pritchett ’07

    • Current Position: 

      Licensed Psychotherapist

    • Major(s): Social Work

    “Embrace the understanding that your condition does not have to become your conclusion and you are enough. It’s imperative that you give life your greatest effort because you cannot go back in time and recapture these moments.”

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  • Isaac Rothenbaum ’11

    • Current Position: 

      CTO at Akwyar

    • Major(s): Graphic Design and Computer Science

    “I’ve learned that the ‘real world’ is all about networking, establishing a rapport with people, being friendly, kind, well rounded, and likable. Carthage’s liberal arts education laid the perfect groundwork for success in this area.”

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  • Marie Tredway ’17

    • Current Position: 

      Director, Actor, Choreographer, Blogger

    • Major(s): Theatre Performance

    “Stay humble and hungry … work hard and treat everyone nicely.”

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  • Darrell Ballinger ’06

    • Current Position: 

      Podiatrist, Owner of Advantage Podiatry

    • Major(s): Biology

    “Find a mentor and stick with that person. Once you have someone who gives you a positive bend toward life, you tend to give back more and be a better person.”

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  • Nathan Giebel ’12

    • Current Position: 

      Associate Vice President, Satori Energy

    • Major(s): Economics and Finance

    “The liberal arts curriculum at Carthage did a great job of making me a well-rounded person, which has paid dividends in my career thus far.”

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  • Christina Laur-Nuernberger ’09

    • Current Position: 

      Speech-Language Pathologist, Voice Specialist, Physician Liason

    • Major(s): Music

    “My experience at Carthage prepared me to be a strong, methodical thinker. I learned that an education (and eventually a career) is about much more than simply learning material. It is about integrating ideas and problem solving. At Carthage I was allowed to make mistakes in a safe environment, which in turn helped instill in me to be open to change, new ideas, and hard work.”

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  • Christy (Yerga) Miller ’99

    • Current Position: 

      Director of Development

    • Major(s): Business, Management and Marketing

    “I developed confidence in myself while at Carthage–confidence that has carried me through the peaks and valleys of my life and career.”

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  • Katie Niemeyer ’13

    • Current Position: 

      Manager, Program Design and Implementation at Land O’Lakes International Development

    • Major(s): International Political Economy and Economics

    “Carthage opened doors for me – and I stepped through those doors due to the support of my Carthage mentors.”

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  • Karel Vollrath ’10

    • Current Position: 

      Senior Trade Compliance Analyst, Life Fitness

    • Major(s): Marketing and Japanese

    “The small classes and accessibility are unmatched.”

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  • Nichole (Sheehan) Rave ’17

    • Current Position: 

      Athletic trainer at Children’s of Alabama Sports Medicine and Concussion Clinic

    • Major(s): Athletic Training

    “I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for Jake Dinauer, Laurie Jensen, Dan Ruffner, and Jenn Lindloff in the Athletic Training Program. They have been there for me through thick and thin, and have truly shaped me into the person I am today.”

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  • Jes Adams ’08

    • Current Position: 

      Senior Manager - Strategic Solutions, Nordic Consulting Partners

    • Major(s): Biology

    “Going into Carthage I would have never guessed I would be doing what I do now, and at the same time I can’t imagine my life any other way.”

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  • Suneed Ahmed ’19

    • Current Position: 

      Graduate assistant and assistant coach at Utica College

    • Major(s): Exercise and Sport Science

    “Carthage has inspired me to take pleasure in providing service. As a coach, I want to help people become better, wholesome individuals.”

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  • Tony Allen ’19

    • Current Position: 

      Registered Nurse

    • Major(s): Nursing

    “Carthage has prepared me for my career greatly because of the foundations and values I have learned throughout my four years.”

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  • David Hoeppner ’99

    • Current Position: 

      Police Officer for the City of Milwaukee

    • Major(s): Criminal Justice

    “Carthage helped me find out who I really was, helped me to discover and define what my core beliefs are, and helped me to see that I am just a small part of the global community around all of us.”

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  • Ian Johnston ’15

    • Current Position: 

      Bradley Fighting Vehicle Commander

    • Major(s): International Political Economy

    “Everyone I encountered in my time at Carthage believed in helping those around them.”

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  • Monica Kasper ’18

    • Current Position: 

      Energy Analyst at Satori Energy

    • Major(s): Physics

    “Others want you to succeed. Putting in initiative and effort to explore opportunity is a small step to take for a huge payout.”

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  • Nathaniel Lee ’18

    • Current Position: 

      Co-Founder of Creative Eats, 

    • Major(s): Physics

    “I built a multitude of lasting relationships at Carthage that I will never forget.”

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  • Veronica Moore ’05

    • Current Position: 

      Director of Educational Programs, Delta Upsilon International Fraternity

    • Major(s): Graphic Design
    • Minor(s): Business Administration and Spanish

    “There is no growth in your comfort zone, so why allow yourself the ability to even dabble in mediocrity.”

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  • Anthony Nudo ’14

    • Current Position: 

      Partner at Guttormsen, Terry & Nudo, LLC.

    • Major(s): Criminal Justice

    “The experience I had at Carthage is invaluable for the preparation of my career.”

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  • Nicole Otero ’17

    • Current Position: 

      Physician assistant student at A. T. Still University

    • Major(s): Athletic training

    “Being able to lend a hand to someone in need and also being able to recognize when you need help yourself is a skill I learned at Carthage. Someone that is able to collaborate well with others is a good asset to any career or graduate school.”

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  • Marie Sarantakis ‘12

    • Current Position: 

      Founding Attorney

    • Major(s): Political Science, Philosophy
    • Minor(s): Criminal Justice, Sociology

    “Carthage provided me with a strong foundation to not only think outside of the box but to communicate my ideas to others.”

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  • Katherine Schlinder ’15

    • Current Position: 

      Consultant at International Trade Centre in Geneva, Switzerland

    • Major(s): International Political Economy, Spanish, Economics

    “People with different opinions or backgrounds can be powerful teachers and give you a new perspectives on what constitutes normal or feasible. Pursue diverse experiences whenever possible because it helps you grow personally and academically.”

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  • Samantha Tedesco ’19

    • Current Position: 

      Registered nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital

    • Major(s): Nursing

    “At Carthage, I have found that each professor truly cares about the success of every student. The nursing faculty has especially gone above and beyond to ensure the success of my classmates and myself, and I do not think any of us would be where we are today without them.”

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  • Matt Thome ’17

    • Current Position: 

      Account Manager, Membership Services for the Sacramento Kings

    • Major(s): Public Relations, Sports Marketing & Communication

    “Take advantage of every opportunity that is presented to you. It’s the best way to help shape your path for how you want to live your life both professionally and personally.”

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  • Margaret Wixted ’18

    • Current Position: 

      Project Coordinator, SmartSource Technical Solutions

    • Major(s): International Political Economy

    “My greatest memories of Carthage are the results of doing things I never thought I could before.”

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  • Caitlin Zant ’12

    • Current Position: 

      Maritime Archaeologist 

    • Major(s): Geography and Earth Science, History

    “I would likely not be in the career I am today if I had not attended Carthage. It truly was a remarkable experience.”

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  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2020), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has been named a top producer of Fulbright Fellows three years running. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $20,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …

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