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Victoria Hites '17

Victoria Hites ’17 

Major: Spanish (Specialization in Linguistics)

“I studied a full year in Spain because of Professor Edward Montanaro’s dedicated support and guidance. My experience developed my Spanish speaking and broadened my horizons, giving me cultural competence. Being abroad for a year isn’t a trip or vacation — it’s real life. You have good days, bad days, and ‘normal’ days. After graduation, I plan to work in Spain as an English teacher, after which I hope to attend graduate school for a Ph.D. in linguistics. Carthage made all of this possible by supporting my study abroad temporarily until I could fulfill my financial commitments. My scholarship made my study abroad experience possible.”

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Tyrani White '21Tyrani White ’21

Majors: Psychology and Criminal Justice

“My Carthage experience has been long and hard, but very rewarding. I have learned a multitude of things, such as how to use my voice against injustice as well as a host of things regarding professionalism. My two favorite professors, Professors Bradley Zopf and Katherine Hilson, have shown me what it’s like for hard work to pay off and have helped me grow throughout my Carthage College experience both in getting more comfortable with using my voice for change as well as facing the most challenging tasks with a sense of ease.

“In my time at Carthage, I have also been heavily immersed in the athletics program. To me, Carthage Athletics has meant dedication. The track and field team has taught me to be a dedicated and hardworking individual in every way, but the lessons did not stop there. My coaches taught me to be satisfied but never complacent, to get better but never settle if more can be done.  This is true not only through my sports but within my academics as well. My favorite quote below embodies my attitude toward college athletics. Winning the race and jumping far in practice when no one is watching prepares me for the competition ahead. Success comes from the hard work that others don’t often see.”

“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses, behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” — Muhammad Ali 

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Biology professor Paul Martino

Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient

Paul Martino“Carthage is a great place to be. I come here every day, and I love what I do. I was attracted to the close-knit community at Carthage and knowing that everyone is here for the right reasons. Interestingly, one of my favorite courses to teach at Carthage is one that I don’t officially teach. I have attended the Nicaragua J-Term study tour every few years, and the transformation I get to see in students is so amazing over the two-week period. It’s not for the reasons most people would think. It’s not purely academic. It’s the transformation of the way they see the world and the way they see themselves.”

“I feel that I am doing the world good just by being here and teaching students what they can do. I love creating relationships and getting to know students and faculty personally. I try to help my students improve as academics and as citizens of the world, by teaching my classes from the perspective of the discipline — but also by teaching these students why they should care about the class as a person, and not merely as a scientist. Carthage is unique and allows us to develop students in many more ways than you can imagine.”

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Chelsea Niemuth '18Chelsea Niemuth ’18

Majors: Finance and Marketing

“My involvement with Enactus, the entrepreneurship club on campus, has led to amazing opportunities. Through Enactus, we complete several projects that benefit the local Kenosha community as well as internationally. I have also had the opportunity to compete in regional and national competitions, where we presented our entrepreneurial projects. Enactus has helped me develop my leadership skills as well as gain an entrepreneurial mindset.”

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Jawaune Johnson '19

Jawaune Johnson ’19

Major: Graphic Design
Minors: Studio Art and Sociology

“The liberal arts experience has allowed me to take courses outside my major, and being at Carthage has made me more confident. One of my favorite courses was an African American Studies class I took with English professor Maria Carrig. Although it did not relate directly to my major, the class gave me an opportunity to write about what I was interested in. It also gave me the confidence to write for The Current, which I have really enjoyed doing. The professors at Carthage have helped me understand where I want to go professionally. They have given me the confidence to do what I want to do in graphic design.”

“I also value the diversity at Carthage. The Carthage community is interconnected. As a person of color, I feel it is important to see other people of color on campus doing their thing. Seeing this helps me challenge myself to be the best student that I can be. Carthage makes that possible.”

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  • 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 $22,000 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 …