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14 New Grads to Follow

What’s next for the Carthage Class of 2017? Here’s a closer look at the plans of some promising new alumni.

1. Arielle Hay

Arielle Hay '17

Majors: Neuroscience, Biology
Hometown: Saint Paul, Minn.
What’s next: Arielle was awarded a post-baccalaureate research position with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease in Hamilton, Montana. The lab focuses on viruses like Zika and West Nile, building on research she conducted last summer at the University of Minnesota. She expects the one- to two-year paid position to narrow her graduate program interests.

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2. Lee Hollman

Lee Hollman '17

Majors: Psychology, Criminal Justice
Hometown: Fort Atkinson, Wis.
What’s next: Lee plans to continue his studies at Wheaton (Illinois) College, toward a doctorate in clinical psychology. Drawn to prison psychology, he’s an advocate for rehabilitative corrections — particularly the need to address inmates’ mental health and other barriers to their re-entry after release.

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3. Courtney Grever

Courtney Grever '17

Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Frankfort, Ill.
What’s next: Courtney will teach first or second grade at the Ruby Hill STRIVE Preparatory Charter School in Denver, a job she discovered through a Career Services presentation. Her goal was in place as early as fourth grade, when students’ future professions were listed under their school pictures. Hers read “Teacher”.

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4. Scott Sikorsky

Scott Sikorsky '17

Major: Finance
Hometown: Kenosha
What’s next: Scott was hired as an agent with Modern Woodmen of America, a nonprofit that provides financial services. Formerly a project manager at Town & Country Glass Co., Scott had plenty of downtime in hotel rooms as he pursued certification in glazing. He dabbled in the markets and then followed Warren Buffett’s advice to “invest in yourself”.

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5. Herbert Triplett

Herbert Triplett '17

Major: History
Hometown: Joliet, Ill.
What’s next: Herbert returns as part of the first class in Carthage’s 10-month Master of Science program in business design and innovation. Using those business principles, he wants to develop more innovative approaches to the history profession. It’s the next in a series of educational steps for Herbert, who aims to become a college professor.

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6. Jess Rueda

Jess Rueda '17

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Waukegan, Ill.
What’s next: Jess starts classes at Antioch University Seattle in October, pursuing a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling with a concentration in art therapy. Always a fan of nontraditional therapeutic options, Jess hopes to open an art therapy practice. She would especially like to work with kids or those with eating disorders.

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7. Colt Luedtke

Colt Luedtke '17

Majors: Theatre Production (Stage Management concentration), Music
Hometown: Hampshire, Ill.
What’s next: Over the summer, Colt is overseeing the outdoor production of “Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline” as a stage manager at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, where he spent two seasons as an intern. Then he’s off to Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey, for a position that’s designed as a springboard to the off-Broadway scene.

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8. Ryan Casey

Ryan Casey '17

Major: Finance
Hometown: Kenosha
What’s next: This summer, Ryan works as an advisory intern for KPMG, one of the Big Four professional services firms. Always an admirer of the armed forces and their professionalism, he will accept a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in July, beginning active duty at Quantico, Virginia.

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9. Lindsey Watson

Lindsey Watson '17

Major: Physics (Secondary Education minor)
Hometown: Dunlap, Ill.
What’s next: Lindsey will return to her former high school as a science teacher. She’s scheduled to teach physics and physical science at Washington Community High School, with a side goal to become an assistant volleyball coach. She takes “some comfort in knowing what the atmosphere and rules of the school are before going in on my first day”.

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10. Arjun Sehgal

Arjun Sehgal '17

Major: Chemistry
Hometown: Cedar Grove, Wis.
What’s next: For the time being, Arjun works as a professional caregiver at Eagle House, a group home in Yorkville, Wisconsin. He encourages and helps residents with mental disabilities to learn daily living requirements. After gaining some work experience, he hopes to enter medical school with a specialty in oncology.

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11. Joseph Calderone

Joseph Calderone '17

Majors: History, Religion
Hometown: Chicago
What’s next: Soon, Joseph will enter the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago to prepare for ministry. In the meantime, he’s got a summer project for each of his majors. Joseph serves as a deacon for his home parish, Concordia Lutheran Church, as well as a docent for the Oriental Institute, a center for the study of Near Eastern civilizations.

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12. Gina Sipka

Gina Sipka '17

Majors: Graphic Design, Studio Art
Hometown: Frankfort, Ill.
What’s next: GoodFoods Group, based in the Kenosha area, hired Gina as a graphic designer. Her advisor, Professor Laura Huaracha, alerted her to the opening. Gina influences how the company “visually communicates with the world” by designing packaging for its products, which include dips, salads, and juices. 

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13. Kyle Nush

Kyle Nush '17

Majors: Environmental Science, Geography and Earth Science
Hometown: Round Lake, Ill.
What’s next: After completing a similar internship on the East Coast in summer 2016, Kyle landed a job at the other end of the country as an outdoor naturalist guide at Yosemite National Park in California. Initially, he’s working with teens — teaching camping and survival skills, plus sharing the “vast knowledge of flora and fauna” he’s accumulated.

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14. Shay King

Shay King '17

Major: English (Creative Writing emphasis)
Hometown: Racine, Wis.
What’s next: Shay parlayed a successful internship at United Way of Racine County into a full-time position as the organization’s marketing manager. Disappointed to read that most writing and editing careers require a move to New York or a commitment to journalism, Shay was thrilled to find a more personally rewarding outlet for those skills.

  • 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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