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  • Rob Schiferl

Rob Schiferl ’97

Title

Director of Strategic Recruitment

Territory

As director of strategic recruitment, Rob works with students in all territories.

Office

Lentz Hall Fourth Floor

Phone number

262-551-6343

Email address

💬  Live Chat With Rob

Rob is the director of strategic recruitment at Carthage, and a 1997 graduate. He grew up in Marshfield, Wis., graduating from Columbus High School in 1993. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in English and criminal justice (magna cum laude) and graduated with All College Honors. He lives with his wife, Jessica — a fellow Carthage grad — their three daughters, and a mixed-breed oversized lapdog.

Life before Carthage:

“I started my post-college working life at Carthage in the Admissions Office. I left Carthage, working as the vice president for development and alumni relations at a private K-12 school system, and as the writer and publications specialist for the Marshfield Clinic Division of Education. I greatly missed Carthage, and returned ‘home’ more than a decade ago.”

Professional interests:

“I am a technology buff. However, my interest is in the practical implementation of tech as a tool, not merely tech for the sake of tech. Sometimes related to tech, I’m interested in innovative and functional communication and marketing. And, having worked in higher education for much of my career, I’m fascinated by higher ed culture.”

Best college search tip:

“Ask lots and lots of questions, big and small. They help reduce the stress of the college search, and they help you find the college that is the best fit for you.”

What do you learn from interacting with Carthage students?

“Every incoming Carthage class reminds me that the future is very bright. There’s still a thirst for learning and living meaningful lives.”

What do you value most about working at Carthage?

“Working at Carthage is a vocation, not simply a job. The choice of what college to attend really does matter, and seeing students grow during their time at Carthage and move on to fulfilling lives because of their experiences here helps keep me feeling fulfilled, as well.”

Hobbies:

“I’m a huge music fan across a wide range of genres, though I don’t personally play an instrument: ~27,000 songs in iTunes, stereos throughout the house, two turntables with around 650 vinyl records, and speakers that could likely crack windows. I’m also intrigued by the music business, particularly the innovative self-marketing of indie musicians with shoestring budgets.”

Favorite Carthage tradition?

“There are two: painting Kissing Rock and the opening picnic for new students on move-in day.”

Favorite TV show:

“Online streaming has really changed the concept of favorite TV shows. Some of my recent favorites are ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Parenthood.’ Both were incredibly well-written with detailed staging. Current favorites include ‘The Blacklist’ and ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ along with British comedy/game show series ‘Taskmaster’”

Favorite movie:

“‘The Conversation,’ from 1974. The film explores the tension between privacy and security, a topic I find fascinating and research as a hobby.”

Favorite sports teams:

“I’m not a sports fanatic, but I am a Packers fan and watch those games. I also watch nearly all of the Carthage men’s and women’s basketball games, viewing them online when I can’t see them in person.”

What would people be surprised to know about you?

“1. I will eat pretty much anything considered food, and will try any restaurant. 2. Despite being the go-to ‘tech guy’ in our office, in my free time I make sure to include some time being ‘unplugged’ (excluding ebooks, of course). I’ll often leave the house without carrying a cell phone.”

What can you recommend while visiting Kenosha?

“Spend some time downtown and by the harbor and marina. And since I’m both a techie and a foodie of sorts, I also recommend checking Yelp for interesting restaurants in the area. If you like Mexican food, give La Fogata right down the road from campus a try.”

  • 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 …

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