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LEAD Retreat and Mentoring


This retreat program, facilitated by Character Quest founders and Carthage alumni Dean and Derek Matthews, will be held on the weekend of Sept. 22-24, 2017, on the Matthews’ property in Elizabeth, Illinois. The LEAD Retreat will give student leaders the opportunity to learn more about themselves as leaders, and the concepts of communication and group dynamics as they relate to working in groups and leading others toward fulfilling common goals. Following the retreat, student participants will have the opportunity to be mentored by Dean and Derek during the academic year. Having the chance to engage with facilitators of the retreat program over time can help participates to reflect on what they learned during the retreat, how they are applying this information in their campus involvement, and roles of responsibility in order to grow as individuals and leaders. There will be two in-person mentoring opportunities (late September and early February) and two virtual mentoring opportunities (early November and March). During the spring semester, students will have the opportunity to sign up to participate in the retreat and mentoring program that follows. Students who will be serving in roles of responsibility (committee chairs, club/organization officers, etc.) will benefit most from this program. There is a $25 deposit for all participants.
Apply now to the LEAD retreat program

Orientation Leaders


Would you like to serve as a mentor for new students? Do you want to help plan opening activities at Carthage? If so, being an orientation leader may be perfect for you. Applications are available in the Dean of Students Office during Spring Term.

Spark – Flame – Torch Leadership Development Program


Spark

The purpose of Spark is for emerging leaders to discover their potential and explore areas of growth through an intensive cohort-style seminar series consisting of faculty and staff presenters. Sessions will consist of topics such as:

  • Leadership styles and personality traits
  • Time management
  • Conflict resolution
  • Group dynamics and communication
  • Equity and inclusion
  • Student involvement opportunities 

Flame

This program is designated for intermediate leaders on campus. It is formulated to connect leadership topics to practical experiences students have in their roles on campus. Session topics may include:

  • Being on an executive board
  • Motivating others
  • Role modeling and ethical decision making
  • Creating inclusive campus programs
  • Being a mentor
  • Establishing a vision

Torch

Torch is designed to encourage students to apply what they have learned about leadership development to life beyond Carthage. Students prepare for the “real world” in various sessions geared towards future employer expectations. Many sessions are co-sponsored with other departments across campus. Topics consist of:

  • Articulating leadership experiences in resumes and interviews
  • Creating your mission statement
  • Alumni networking events
  • Planning your own professional development
  • Managing up
  • Leaving a legacy

Student Leadership Awards


The Student Leadership Awards are presented each spring to recognize students and organizations for their outstanding contributions to the Carthage Community during the course of the year. Awards are offered in the following categories:

Silver Leadership Award — This award recognizes first year, sophomore or first-year transfer undergraduate students who demonstrate leadership promise through breadth in their co-curricular involvement.

Gold Leadership Award — This award recognizes current junior, senior and second-year transfer students who demonstrate exemplary leadership through depth in their co-curricular involvement.

Community Service Student Activator of the Year — This award recognizes a student for their outstanding leadership and contributions to community service or service-learning on campus and/or within the Kenosha community

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Advocate of the Year — This award is presented to recognize a student who has contributed to creating a campus culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The recipient demonstrates an ability to educate the campus about diversity and inclusion while building connections.

Community Service Program of the Year — This award is designed to recognize and honor the efforts of a program (single event) or initiative (over the course of time) for achievements, commitment, and dedication to the betterment of individuals, the campus, and the community.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program of the Year — This award is designed to recognize and honor the efforts of a program (single event) or initiative (over the course of time) for achievements, accomplishments, and commitment to educating others about diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Student Organization Advisor of the Year — This award is designed to recognize the efforts of a student organization’s advisor who demonstrates a commitment to the betterment of the organization and its members.

New Student Organization of the Year — This award will be given to an organization which has received full recognition during in the current academic year. The organization will demonstrate a progression of growth throughout the year as indicated by their programming and membership. Along with fostering personal and professional excellence in its members, this organization will have had an impact on the Carthage community.

Student Organization of the Year — This award will be given to up to two student organizations which demonstrate an excellence throughout the year as indicated by their programming and membership. Along with fostering personal and professional excellence in its members, this organization will have had an impact on the Carthage community.

 

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2017), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • 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 wins, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% 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. 95% 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. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016 and 2017, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience 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 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 our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. 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,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. 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 Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. 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.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • 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. 11 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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