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  • Dexter Molinaro '17
    Dexter Molinaro '17

Dexter Molinaro ’17


Kenosha, Wisconsin


Athletic Training

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus would have to be in the new Science Center. Anywhere in that building is simply amazing. I love it!”

Dexter Molinaro ’17 had heard nothing but great things from former students in the Athletic Training Program at Carthage, which is what influenced his decision to attend Carthage. “I wanted to make sure I was getting a quality education, along with an abundance of clinical/hands-on experience, so I chose Carthage College,” he said.

He further stated that the Athletic Training Program at Carthage is unlike any other program offered here. 

“If you are anything like me, and cannot see yourself working 9 to 5 or sitting behind a desk all day, and you love working with your hands and critical thinking skills, this is the major for you. Carthage ATEP is truly one of the best programs in the state, and that is no exaggeration. I have heard and seen other students at other universities around Wisconsin, and I have been told what their programs are like and I must say, it does not sound appealing.

“In this major, there is something new every day, and you never know what kind of injury you will get dealt. Almost every athlete who walks into our clinic is a puzzle, and our job as practicing clinicians is to put the pieces together. When you finally do, it is an indescribable feeling.”

Career goal

“Upon graduation, I plan on attending graduate school in hopes of obtaining my master’s degree in exercise physiology or sports medicine. I am not quite sure what school I would like to attend, but hopefully somewhere warm!”

Favorite professor

Laurie Jensen has been a huge role model to me and I have looked up to her since day one of being at Carthage. She and I have always had a very respectful and mature relationship. I look at Laurie as a motherly figure in my life here at Carthage. She really has had a major impact on my life as a student, and as a person.

“Another professor for whom I have nothing but respect is Jake Dinauer. Jake is someone who I strive to be like one day. He exudes a sense of confidence in himself and his abilities as an ATC and professor that I find very appealing. Jake has taught me so much, and I am forever in his debt for the time and patience he has shown me in my short time here at Carthage. No matter what happens in my life, I feel as if I could go to Jake and he would take the time to listen to me and help me with whatever I am struggling with. Jake has made such an impact on my life and I am blessed to have met him.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class at Carthage would have to be my J-Term class. I was involved in the medical trip to Nicaragua this past January, and it changed my life. It gave me a whole new outlook on life and what I deemed important in it. I learned that the culture we live in is so spoiled and high maintenance, that we lose sight of the simplistic aspects of living. We take for granted the small things, and we feel as if we are entitled to them, when in reality we’re privileged to have them. Seeing how that part of the world lives on a day-to-day basis, and seeing how they interact with the little that they have, has touched my heart and changed my outlook on life.”

Toughest class

“My toughest class at Carthage so far would have to be Principles of Athletic Training (ATH 2190). I was a transfer student and I was thrown into the class along with Structural Kinesiology (ATH 2080) at the same time. Typically, Structural Kinesiology is taken prior to this class, but my situation was a little different. I was under the knife and placed with a tremendous weight on my shoulders, but I made it through with a B in both classes, and it has taught me a lot about myself.”

Campus involvement

“I belong to the Athletic Training Club here on campus.”

Favorite moments at Carthage

“My favorite moment at Carthage would have to be when I was accepted into the Athletic Training Program. I remember how hard I worked and how much effort I put into studying so when I finally received acceptance, I was filled with joy and excitement that my hard work finally paid off.”

Biggest surprise so far?

“The biggest surprise so far is how fast my time here at Carthage has gone. We are so busy with class and work and event coverage in the ATEP, that time just flies by.”

What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?

“There is no way my 8-year-old self would have thought I would be doing what I am doing. I would have told you I was going to be a basketball player or gym teacher. I would have never thought I would be graduating from such a prestigious school or program such as Carthage. My 8-year-old self would be extremely proud of what I have accomplished.”

Advice for other students considering your major

“I would say work your butt off. If helping others and being able to take someone’s health and life in some instances into your hands is something that gives you a rush of excitement and motivation, then this is the major for you. It is a very competitive program to get into, and to stay into, but as long as you work hard and time manage well, you can do it!”

  • 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.

    • Since 2008, Carthage athletic training students have used the newest diagnostic tools to study concussions. Overseen by a leading brain trauma expert from the Medical College of Wisconsin, the research helps doctors determine when athletes are healthy enough to return.

    • 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. 

    • Carthage has been named a top producer of Fulbright Fellows three years running: 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018. 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 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 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 …