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Blog Post: Our J-Term Sports Journey

Introduction to Sports Management

2020 Midwest Blog 006Jan. 30, 2020

“The study tour introduced the students to sports management through the lens of sports executives and other professionals in the business. Prior to heading out on their tour of the Upper Midwest several executives and other sports professionals spoke with the class.

“The first full day in Minnesota was spent at the Xcel Energy Center - home of the Minnesota Wild Hockey Team. The class met a long list of executives who help make the team what it is today. Through presentations and asking questions, we were able to learn about different departments and their roles on a daily basis. The class then shadowed different individuals to experience different departmental responsibilities during two NHL games.

“One perk of shadowing fan relations was being a part of what the Wild call “The Patch.” Every game, one player and one season ticket holder are chosen. The season ticket holders get to watch the team walk into the locker room after warm-ups and one player, in this case Eric Staal, comes off the ice, takes off his uniform, and signs it for the lucky ticket holders. While we were there, Staal was recognized and celebrated for his 1000th career NHL point.”
— Erin Otto ’20, Jack Grossman ’21

Blog Post: Mahatma Gandhi Museum, Humayun’s Tomb & Night-Time Street Food Tour

Health Care in India: Traditional and Non-Traditional Healing

2020 India Blog 017

Jan. 23, 2020

“Our plan for the day included a visit to the National Gandhi Museum, so we split into couples and hopped on a few rickshaws. This would be our first ride on the small motorized carts so we were all beyond excited. The trip did not disappoint! I could feel the adrenaline rushing through my body, the result of a mixture of exhilaration with, quite honestly, a hint of fear. Driving in a taxi from the airport was thrilling, but it definitely falls short of being in the back of this tiny vehicle with no doors, windows or seatbelts! 

“It felt like a cross between a roller coaster, bumper cars, a motorcycle and a golf cart, except they go much more faster! However, once one gets used to the very particular driving etiquette, the very small distances left between vehicles, and the constant cutting off and honking, it is actually quite an amusing experience!

“After a fun rickshaw ride, we arrived safely at the National Gandhi Museum which hosts an extensive collection of photos, personal effects, documents, art pieces and various other effects related to Mahatma Gandhi. We were free to explore the exterior gardens and interesting exhibitions and convened afterward to decide on our next destination.”
— Patricia Baker ’20

Blog Post: Gorée Island and the House of Slaves

Senegal from Colonisation to Globalisation

Jan. 14, 2019

Jawaune Johnson '19 poses with a local Senegalese artist“This day was the most challenging but enlightening experience I have ever encountered. Today, we had the opportunity to visit Gorée Island. It is off the coast of Dakar, in Senegal, and it is known for its role in the 15-19th century Atlantic Slave Trade. We took a 20-minute ferry to the island. Once on the island, a tour guide showed us around, and we went to a variety of destinations during the tour where we could shop around as well. We went to a place where an artist showed us his artwork and how he did his process. It was something that I have never seen before. Every tool and material that was used by the artist were all made in his home of Senegal, so the artwork was very authentic and organic. I bought five pieces for myself and my family to have.

“I also encountered another artist from the island who was showcasing his work; we had a brief but nice conversation. He was such a kind and happy soul that I really gravitated toward him at first glance. From far away, I was signaling to ask if I could take a picture. He said yes, but he insisted that I come closer to get a better look at his artwork.

“‘This is your home, so you are always welcome to take pictures, and look around wherever you like,’ he told me.”
— Jawaune Johnson ’19

Caitlin Zant '12, a maritime archaeologist for the Wisconsin Historical Society, shows a sket... Credit: Tamara Thomsen, Wisconsin Historical Society

90-degree turn

Pirate-focused J-Term course inspires career in underwater archaeology

Setting sail for Carthage with plans to major in education, Caitlin Zant ’12 saw her route permanently detoured by pirates.

They ambushed her during J-Term of her freshman year, as she took the on-campus course Pirates: Fact or Fiction? After growing up tracking the fictional exploits of Captain Jack Sparrow, Ms. Zant learned what really happened during the Golden Age of Piracy in the 16th and 17th centuries.

No, she didn’t race off to buy an eye patch and a parrot. The class sparked an interest in history, especially the maritime kind.

“It was one of the first courses where I started reading original sources,” she said, like court files from piracy cases and manifestos from actual pirates.

Graduating with a degree in history and geography, Ms. Zant gravitated toward a two-year master’s program in a niche field most people don’t know exists: underwater archaeology. Even before wrapping up her graduate thesis at East Carolina University, she parlayed a summer internship into a full-time job with the Wisconsin Historical Society in 2014.

A maritime archaeologist, she helps to document and preserve “submerged culture” — like the wreck of the SS Wisconsin, which sank in 1929 just a few miles southeast of today’s Carthage campus.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity coming out of grad school,” she said.

The work entails lots of GIS mapping and, since the unit is funded one year at a time, grant writing. But she’s not exactly a desk jockey; the team does 25 to 50 public presentations per year, plus plenty of deep-water scuba diving to see how badly the ships are deteriorating.

Ms. Zant teases that, if the annual study tour to Honduras had come a year or two earlier, she could’ve picked up those skills in class instead of cramming diving lessons into the summer after graduation. Students in the Biodiversity, Brains, and Behavior course earn scuba certification.

The only downer? She’s unlikely to stumble onto any sunken pirate vessels on Lake Michigan.

  • 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 …