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Hired Before Graduation

What’s next for members of the Carthage Class of 2019? Our seniors always have big plans — many of which were in place well before their commencement. Below, meet members of the Class of 2019 who were hired for full-time positions before they even graduated.

Samantha Tedesco '19samantha tedesco ’19

Registered Nurse

Major: Nursing
New job: Registered Nurse in the CVT Stepdown Unit at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
When hired: July 2018

“I am most excited about working with experienced nurses at a Magnet awarded hospital. I am really looking forward to learning more about nursing and taking care of critical patients in need. I never imagined that I would have the opportunity to work at a hospital like Northwestern, so I am excited to be a part of such a well-known community and to provide the best care possible.”
Read more from Samantha

Salinya Stulo-Rodriguez '19SALINYA STULO-RODRIGUEZ’19

Graduate Student at Marquette University

Major: Neuroscience
Minor: Biology and Women’s & Gender Studies
New job: Graduate Student in the Accelerated Master of Science in Nursing Program at Marquette University
When hired: March 2019 with a start date of May 2019

“I am most excited about meeting new people as well as using the liberal arts education I have gained from Carthage to further my knowledge toward a career.”
Read more from Salinya

Samantha Nichols '19samantha nichols ’19

Registered Nurse

Major: Nursing
New job: Registered nurse in the Medical Telemetry Unit at Froedtert South Hospital in Kenosha.
When hired: September 2017 with a start date of May 2019.

“I am excited about the transition from my current position as a student nursing intern to becoming a nurse and the responsibilities that I will be taking on when I start caring for my own patients.”
Read more from Samantha

Jennifer Hartig '19JENNIFER HARTIG ’19

Teacher

Major: Great Ideas
Minor: Spanish and Political Science
New job: Teacher at Glendale Preparatory Academy in Glendale, Arizona.
When hired: January 2019 with a start date of July 1, 2019.

“I’m very excited to begin teaching, especially at a place that values the texts from the Western Canon I studied at Carthage! I’m also looking forward to learning more about different teaching methods and working collaboratively with the faculty at Glendale Prep. The warm weather is a bonus, too!”
Read more from Jennifer

Charles Gallagher '19Charles Gallagher ’19

Software Consultant

Major: Computer Science and Mathematics
New job: Software Consultant for Appirio in Indianapolis, Indiana.
When hired: December 2018 with a start date of June 2019.

The thing I’m most excited about is the opportunity to work at a real software company. Up to this point, I have only made software for either class or research, so this will be a completely new experience.
Read more from Charles

Solange Bayerl '19Solange bayerl ’19

Client Consultant Specialist

Major: Management
New job: Client Consultant Specialist at ADP in Tempe, Arizona.
When hired: February 2019 with a start date of June 2019.

I am excited to work for a company I have talked about since freshman year and to finally apply everything I have learned at Carthage in the real world.
Read more from Solange

Allison Dreyer '19Allison Dreyer ’19

Dental Student at Marquette University School of Dentistry

Major: Neuroscience
Minor: Biology
New job: Dental Student at Marquette University School of Dentistry
When hired: December 2018, starting in August 2019

I’ve wanted to be a dentist for the past five years. I visited Marquette with the Pre-Dental Society here at Carthage my freshman year and have been in love with the school ever since.
Read more from Allison

Sarak Polik '19Sarah polick ’19

National Stylist

Major: Communication
Minor: Public Relations
New job: National Stylist for Trunk Club
When hired: January 2019, with a start date of March 2019

“Hard work pays off! I never would have thought I would graduate early from Carthage and be working a full time job before I even walked at graduation!”
Read more from Sarah

Sidney Burke '19Sidney Burke ’19

Graduate Student of Rehabilitation Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Major: Psychology
Minor: Criminal Justice
New job: Graduate Student of Rehabilitation Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
When hired: March 2019, starting fall 2020

“ I think getting offered admission really had to do with how many amazing opportunities I’ve had through Carthage, including paid research experience, a thesis project, and an awesome internship.
Read more from Sidney

Parker Dietry '19Parker Dietry ’19

Support Specialist

Major: Psychology and Sociology
New job: Support Specialist at Advicent Solutions in Wauwatosa, WI
When hired: March 2019 with a start date of June 2019

I’m excited to gain experience in an office environment, further develop my interpersonal skills, and increase my expertise in financial and software terminology.
Read more from Parker

Magdalena Rocha '19Magdalena Rocha ’19

Graduate Student at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Major: Criminal Justice and
Sociology
Minor: Spanish
New job: Graduate Student in the Masters of Social Work Program at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
When hired: March 2019 with a start date of September 2019

“I ultimately decided to go with UW-Green Bay for its small town feel and location from my hometown.”
Read more from Magdalena

Shelby Cielak '19SHELBY CIELAK ’19

Conference Service Coordinator

Major: Marketing and Public Relations
New job: Conference Service Coordinator at Riverbend Club (private, member’s only club through the Kohler Company) in Kohler, WI.
When hired: August 2018, after completing an internship.

“I am most excited about working with the Kohler Company because of the values and characteristics they stand for. I always have wanted to work for a five-star hotel, and now I get to live my dream.”
Read more from Shelby

 

Emmet Trost '19Emmet Trost ’19

Project Engineer 

Major: Management
New job: Project Engineer for James McHugh Construction Co. in Nashville, TN
When hired: May 2019 with a start date of June 2019

“I am most excited to experience a growing city, and to be a part of the building of the Nashville skyline.”
Read more from Emmet

Emily Reinhard '19EMily reinhard ’19

Audit Associate

Major: Accounting, Finance, and Marketing 
Minor:
 Spanish 
New job: Audit Associate for Deloitte & Touche in Milwaukee, WI
When hired: October 2018 with a start date of September 2019

Working in audit will be a great experience, and I am excited to start my professional career and see where it takes me.
Read more from Emily

 

Michael Huss '19Michael Huff ’19

Graduate Student at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Major: Physics 
Minor: Mathematics 
New job: Graduate Student in the Masters of Engineering in Space Engineering Program at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor
When hired: February 2019 with a start date of Fall 2019

“I am most excited to learn more in a field I love at one of the best schools in the country.”
Read more from Michael

 

Makenzie Cool 19Makenzie cool ’19

Graduate Student at the University of Glasgow

Major: Art History and Classical Studies
New job: Graduate Student of the Art History: Collecting & Provenance in an International Context Program at the University of Glasgow in Scotland
When hired: February 2019 with a start date of September 2019

The University of Glasgow is hundreds of years old, and is one of the only schools in the world to offer a program like the one I am admitted to.
Read more from Makenzie

Matthew Moore '19MAtthew Moore ’19

Financial Advisor

Major: Finance 
New job: Financial Advisor at Lakeshore Wealth Strategies in Chicago, Illinois
When hired: February 2019 with a start date of June 2019

I am most excited to begin my career and to help people reach their financial goals and maintain a comfortable lifestyle prior to and throughout retirement.
Read more from Matthew

 

Kai Cromwell '19Kai Cromwell ’19

Graduate Student of at the University of South Wales 

Major: GIS and Geoscience
New job: Graduate Student of the Master’s in Marine Science Program at the University of South Wales in Sydney, Australia 
When hired: March 2019 with a start date of September 2019

In addition to spending the next few years studying abroad in Sydney, I am eager to begin studying and performing research in hopes of effecting change in regards to global marine conservation and ocean exploration.”
Read more from Kai

Aric Lang '19Aric Lang ’19

Graduate Student at the University of Copenhagen 

Major: Environmental Science and Geospatial Science 
Minor: French 
New job: Graduate Student of the MSc of Geography and Geoinformatics Program at the University of Copenhagen 
When hired: March 2019 with a start date of September 2019

I’m most excited for the opportunity to live in Denmark, embrace Danish culture, and experience more of Europe.
Read more from Aric

Hannah Mack '19Hannah Mack ’19

eCommerce/Digital Marketing Specialist

Major: Marketing and Management 
New job: eCommerce/Digital Marketing Specialist at CNH Industrial
When hired: December 2018 with a start date of January 2019

I am most excited to apply all the skills that I learned at Carthage, as well as learn new ones every day. This job is something that I would have never imagined I would be doing right away once I graduated.”
Read more from Hannah

Sean Hughes '19Sean Hughes ’19

Graduate Student of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University

Major: Biology 
New job: Graduate Student of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois
When hired: September 2018 with a start date of August 2019

I’m excited to be at such a prestigious medical school where all of my classes are specifically tailored toward direct application as a physician.”
Read more from Sean    

  

 

Benjamin Braun '19BENJAMIN BRAUN ’19

Resident Playwright

Major: Theatre Performance
New job: Resident Playwright with the Three Brothers Theatre in Waukegan, Illinois
When hired: July 2018

I am most excited for the opportunity to develop, critique, and produce exciting new plays with talented individuals. One of my shows is being produced this coming October!”
Read more from Benjamin

Claire Pfeffer '19CLAIRE PFEFFER ’19

Graduate Student at Purdue University

Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry
New job: Graduate Student in the Interdisciplinary Life Science PhD Program at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana
When hired: February 2019 with a start date of August 2019

I am excited to continue to develop the research skills that I have gained at Carthage and dive into research.”
Read more from Claire

Michael Bisciglia '19Michael Bisciglia ’19

Software Consultant

Major: Computer Science 
Minor: Buisness Administration 
New job: Software Consultant for Appirio in Indianapolis, Indiana.
When hired: December 2018 with a start date of June 2019

What I am most excited for is the ability to work with clients in a business setting, with the responsibility of designing and creating software for their companies.
Read more from Michael

Logan Dolehide '19Logan dolehide ’19

Trade Support Analyst

Major: Accounting and Finance 
Minor: Economics 
New job: Trade Support Analyst with THL Credit in Chicago, Illinois
When hired: November 2018 with a start date of January 2019

I found this job on LinkedIn. My experience in the classroom at Carthage, my job on campus, and my previous internships likely led to my hiring.”
Read more from Logan

Kelly Evancich '19KElly evancich ’19

Recruiter

Major: Criminal Justice 
Minor: Buisness Administration 
New job: Recruiter at RHM Staffing Solutions in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
When hired: April 2019 with a start date of June 2019

I heard about this position through a Carthage alumnus. I believe this factor coupled with my capabilities to effectively communicate allowed me land this position.”
Read more from Kelly

Haoran Liu '19Haoran Liu ’19

Graduate Student of the Manhattan School of Music

Major: Music (Emphasis in Piano Pedagogy)
New job: Graduate Student of the Manhattan School of Music in New York 
When hired: Starting in September 2019

I want to thank all of the Music Department professors.”
Read more from Haoran

   

 

Megan Weaver '19Megan weaver ’19

Customer Sales Associate

Major: Music  
Minor: Dance  
New job: Customer Sales Associate with Classic Violins based in Kenosha, WI and Mundelein, IL
When hired: April 2019 with a start date of June 2019

It’s a great fit for me because it blends writing and organizing skills with the arts, education, and non-profit work.
Read more from Megan

Sarah Ciombar '19Sarah ciombor ’19

Graduate Student of Occupational Therapy

Major: Psychology 
Minor: Biology and Music
New job: Graduate Student of Occupational Therapy 
When Hired: February 2019 with a start date of Fall 2019 

“I am most excited about pursuing my passion for helping others reach their utmost abilities and goals in life.”
Read more from Sarah

Rachel Griggs-Hall '19Rachel griggs-hall ’19

Graduate Student at the University of Iowa

Major: Women’s and Gender Studies 
New job: Graduate Student of the School of Social Work at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa
When Hired: April 2019 with a start date of June 2019

I am most excited about the new opportunities going to school in Iowa City.”
Read more from Rachel

  

Alissa Marek-Spartz '19Alissa Marek-spartz ’19

Community Outreach Coordinator

Major: Sociology 
Minor: Classical Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies 
New job: Community Outreach Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity through AmeriCorps in Greenville, South Carolina
When hired: April 2019 with a start date of September 2019

I am most excited about experiencing a different part of our country with a different culture and getting to know the local community there.
Read more from Alissa

Ashleigh Aybar '19Ashleigh Aybar ’19

Market Research Analyst 

Major: Marketing 
New job: Market Research Analyst at Snap-on Incorporated in Kenosha, Wisconsin
When hired: April 2019 with a start date of June 2019

I am most excited about implementing more quantitative research and location intelligence into the everyday work within my department.
Read more from Ashleigh

 

Benjamin Wawczak '19Benjamin Wawczak ’19

Software Engineer

Major: Computer Science  
New job: Software Engineer at Badger Meter in Racine, WI
When hired: April 2019 with a start date of July 2019

I am most excited to be able to use the skills that I have learned at Carthage while working for a real company making real decisions.”
Read more from Benjamin

 

 

 

 

Benjamin Woroch '19Benjamin woroch ’19

English Teacher with the Peace Corps in Cambodia

Major: Political Science with a concentration in International Relations
New job: Primary and Secondary Education English Teacher in Cambodia with the Peace Corps
When hired: March 2019 with a start date of July 2019

“I joined the Peace Corps to see the world in a new way, not as a tourist but as a friend, a neighbor, and a contributing member of society.
Read more from Benjamin

Meghan Meehan '19Meghan Meehan ’19

Fourth Grade Teacher

Major: Elementary Education and Special Education 
New job: Fourth Grade Teacher At Dean Street Elementary School in Woodstock, Illinois
When hired: April 2019 with a start date of August 2019

“I’m excited to meet all my students and empower them to succeed.”
Read more from Meghan

Katelyn Switzer '19katelyn Switzer ’19

Marketing Associate

Major: Marketing
Minor: Psychology, Communication 
New job: Marketing Associate with BKD in Oakbrook, Illinois
When hired: April 2019 with a start date of June 2019

“I am most excited to be involved in a variety of marketing initiatives, ranging from events to digital campaigns, all while utilizing my background in analytics.”
Read more from Katelyn

 

 

Suneed Ahmed '19Suneed Ahmed ’19

Graduate Assistant Coach 

Major: Exercise and Sport Science 
Minor: Business
New job: Graduate Assistant Coach for Utica College Cross Country and Track and field in New York
When hired: April 2019 with a start date of August 2019

“This is a huge opportunity for me to continue my education and gain important experience for my dream job (head xctf coach).”
Read more from Suneed

Danielle Wheeler '19Danielle Wheeler ’19

Commercial Lines Underwriter

Majors: Management and 
Marketing
Minor: Communication
New job: Commercial Lines Underwriter at Acuity Insurance in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
When hired: November 2018 with a start date of January 2019

“I am excited to grow and develop professionally.”
Read more from Danielle

Joseph Wonsil '19Joseph Wonsil ’19

Graduate Student at the University of British Colombia 

Majors: Computer Science, Environmental Science, and Geographic Information Science
New job: Graduate Student of Computer Science at the University of British Colombia in Vancouver, BC, Canada
When hired: February 2019 with a start date of September 2019

“I am excited about the opportunity to pursue research in a field I am passionate about.”
Read more from Joseph

 

Erika Williams '19Erika Williams ’19

Graduate Student at George Williams College

Major: Social Work 
Minor: Psychology 
New job: Graduate Student at coach George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin
When hired: March 2019 with a start date of Fall 2019

“I am most excited to dive into the Healthcare specialization.”
Read more from Erika

Amy Stephan '19Amy stephan ’19

7th Grade ELA Teacher 

Major: Elementary Education 
Minor: English 
New job: 7th grade ELA teacher at La Vista Middle School in La Vista, Nebraska
When hired: April 2019 with a start date of August 2019

“I’ve waited to have my own classroom since I was a little girl and the time has finally come.”
Read more from Amy

 

Emily Mazius '19Emily Mazius ’19

Festival Assitant 

Major: English with a creative writing emphasis 
Minor: Theatre
New job: Assistant to the Door County Kinetic Arts Festival in Door County, Wisconsin
When hired: March 2019 with a start date of June 2019

“I’m excited about learning how a festival is created, organized, and made enjoyable for the people involved.”
Read more from Emily

Aubrey Quick '19Aubrey quick ’19

Clearing Compliance Analyst

Major: Management  
Minor: Economics and Political Science
New job: Clearing Compliance Analyst at CME Group in Chicago, IL
When hired: April 2019 with a start date of June 2019

“I’m most excited about starting my career with such an innovative and well-respected company.”
Read more from Aubrey

Evita Reyes '19Evita Reyes ’19

Tax Exemption Analyst 

Major: English and Finance 
New job: Tax Exemption Analyst at Uline
When hired: April 2019 with a start date of May 2019

“I am excited to practically use my degree and grow professionally.”
Read more from Evita

Hannah-Mae Engstrom '19Hannah-mae Engstrom ’19

Seater at Walt Disney World

Major: Music Theatre 
New job: Seater at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida
When hired: February 2019 with a start date of June 2019

“I most excited to be back with the Disney Company making magic and hopefully auditioning for roles in the Orlando area or for cruise lines.”
Read more from Hannah-Mae

 

Sarah Lyman '19Sarah Lyman ’19

Graduate Student at Carthage College

Major: Management
Minor: Spanish
New job: Graduate Student of Carthage’s Master’s of Business Design and Innovation Program
When hired: April 2019 with a start date of Fall 2019

“Furthering my education to carry these critical skills into the workforce and put myself at a competitive level is what I am most looking forward to and am excited about.”
Read more from Sarah

Spencer Bingham '19Spencer bingham ’19

Graduate Student at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Major: Chemistry and Theatre 
New job: Graduate Student pursuing a PhD in Materials Science at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
When hired: January 2019 with a start date of August 2019

“I am most excited to focus and train as a professional scientist.”
Read more from Spencer

Neely Hoegen '19Neely hoegen ’19

High School French Teacher 

Major: French
Minor: Secondary Education
New job: French Teacher at La Follette High School in Madison, Wisconsin 
When hired: May 2019 with a start date of August 2019

“I am most excited to have my own classroom. I’ve spent a lot of time preparing to become a teacher and I am excited to plan lessons, decorate my classroom, and to meet my students in the fall.”
Read more from Neely

Laura Hammock '19Laura hammock ’19

Graduate Student at the University of Amsterdam 

Major: Neuroscience
Minor: Biology
New job: Graduate Student of Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands
When hired: April 2019 with a start date of September 2019

“I am ready to dive deeper into the world of Neuroscience with a group of people just as excited as I am.
Read more from Laura

Bryanna Barrera '19Bryanna Barrera ’19

Graduate Student at the University of Texas - Austin

Major: English
Minor: Secondary Education and Spanish
New job: Graduate Student at the University of Texas - Austin
When hired: March 2019 with a start date of August 2019

“I am most excited to continue learning and represent Carthage at a larger university.
Read more from Bryanna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Congratulations to all our graduates!


Past Success Stories


 

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2019), 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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