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Meet Our Alumni

What do Carthage CDM alumni do after graduation? Here is a look at what some recent alumni are doing now.

  • 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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  • 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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  • Alyssa Abraham ’08

    • Current Position: 

      Instructional Design Strategist at Computer Generated Solutions, Inc.

    • Major(s): Studio Art
    • Minor(s): Graphic Design

    “Your professors are there to help, and they love it when you come to them with questions. They’re your most valuable resource.”

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  • Judith Brummer ’08

    • Current Position: 

      Third grade teacher, elementary department head

    • Major(s): Communication

    “Carthage gave me the chance to figure out who I really am and what I’m capable of. … Carthage was a great place for me to grow and step into my own. … Overall, my time at Carthage was critical in shaping my character, confidence, faith, and career. Thank you Carthage, my dear alma mater!”

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  • Stephanie Cain ’12

    • Current Position: 

      2016 Fellow for Code for America

    • Major(s): Graphic Design, Studio Art

    “Often throughout my Carthage experience, I was challenged to ask questions and find the answers for myself. Although that was uncomfortable at times, it really helped me develop skills for self-motivation and problem-solving that have become essential in my career.”

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  • Jamin McGinnis ’06

    • Current Position: 

      Marketing Manager at Breakthru Beverage Group

    • Major(s): Theatre and Communications

    “My recipe for life is: work hard and be the best version of yourself, celebrate life early and often, and give service as much as you can — it’s what it means to be a Carthaginian.”

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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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  • Craig Morelli ’15

    • Current Position: 

      Industry Relations Representative for the Federal Reserve System of the United States

    • Major(s): Communications and Digital Media

    “Liberal arts programs give such a wide range of experiences that it’s easy to tailor your abilities to any number of jobs. Carthage gave me the skills to adapt and work under pressure while still doing high-quality work.”

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  • Ben Schroeder ’13

    • Current Position: 

      Senior Communications Coordinator at Northwestern University, Office of Global Marketing

    • Major(s): Communication, Marketing

    “Carthage shaped me in so many ways. The biggest takeaway is that I truly felt like people cared about me and my development — not only as a student but as a person.”

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  • Serena Sessoms ’13

    • Current Position: 

      Account Manager at GFX International

    • Major(s): Graphic Design, Communication, Public Relations

    “Carthage makes you think outside of your field and see things from different perspectives. You are not isolated in your specific fields all four years of school. This allows you to broaden your background knowledge, and gives you an upper hand in the corporate world.”

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Positions held by other CDM alumni 

  • Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa
  • External Relations Officer, International Rescue Committee
  • Production Editor, The Onion
  • Senior Web Designer, Jockey International
  • Production Designer, Kohl’s
  • Ph.D. Student in Italian Renaissance Art History, Queen’s University
  • Graphic Designer, ABC 7 Chicago
  • International Program Specialist, GlobaLinks Learning Abroad
  • Web designer at Weblinx, Inc.
  • Graphic Designer/Prepress, Allegra Belvidere
  • Graphic Designer, C2 Graphics Productivity Solutions
  • Commercial Lines Underwriter, Acuity Insurance
  • Graphic Artist, The Stationery Studio
  • Production Artist, Burlington Graphic Systems
  • Digital Media Coordinator, Deerfield Park District
  • Premedia Specialist, Crain Communications Inc.
  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), 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 The Aspire Center.

    • 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 ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. 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 marketing 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 $25,000 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 Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, 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 130 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 in the Top 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 …