Lizzie Cook

Class Year



Black River Falls, Wis.


Communication, Public Relations



Lizzie Cook came to Carthage to study communication and public relations. “I absolutely love studying in the Communication and Digital Media Department. The options are endless. I really enjoy learning about methods and trends in communication. It’s just so relevant to everyone’s life.”

Lizzie has been actively involved in various campus organizations, including Carthage Student Government where she has held positions of secretary, parliamentarian, and vice-president. She has sat on multiple college committees such as the Retention Task Force, the Media Board, the Student Art Board, and the Environmental Scan Committee. “Because of these experiences,” Lizzie remarked, “I feel more confident as a student to represent my classmates. I believe the student voice should be heard at all levels of the College.”

Currently, Lizzie is a wedding intern at The Abbey Resort in Fontana, Wis. “I help with basic office work and I am also trained to give tours of the property to prospective brides and their families. I feel very blessed to have this opportunity to get more experience with event planning.” 

As for specific career goals, Lizzie remains open-minded. “I know that I want to help people satisfy their needs. Specifically, I’m interested in the hospitality and event planning industry.”


“I chose Carthage because it felt like home. Carthage not only has opportunities to learn in the classroom, but also on the field, on stage, and within student organizations.”

Lizzie Cook, ’15

Career goal

“I know that I want to help people satisfy their needs. Specifically, I’m interested in the hospitality and event planning industry.”

How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?

“I have really enjoyed my classes with Professor Lynn Brownson. She is very intelligent, but she is also down to earth. She has a large variety of teaching techniques and fabulous examples to help us learn.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class was Communication and Community with Kari Duffy. I was a sophomore and I think that’s when I realized I had chosen the right academic department for me.”

Campus involvement

“I am a member of a few honorary groups, service organizations and social clubs. I am most active in Carthage Student Government and Chi Omega Fraternity. Going Greek has really enhanced my experience at Carthage. Not only have I built lasting friendships and gained priceless leadership skills, but I have also learned about collaborating with other groups to spread positive spirit on campus. Chi O’s national philanthropy is the Make-A-Wish Foundation and I absolutely love doing fundraisers to support their organization.”

Toughest class

“I chose Human Anatomy and Physiology for my Lab Science general credit requirement because I wanted to be different than everyone else who usually chooses Biology. I knew that it would be a lot of information to absorb, but I thought it was really interesting to learn about how our bodies function. The class turned out be a challenge on top of my other course load, but I’m proud of myself for making it.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“I was the hotel intern at the Radisson Harbourwalk Racine during the Spring 2014 semester. It was based in the Sales and Marketing Department, but I was fortunate to learn about every department of the hotel. The hotel has a small staff, so I met everyone and they were very welcoming. My supervisor, Angela Hallisy, was really open to helping me learn as much as possible about the hospitality industry.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite moment at Carthage was in the fall of my sophomore year when I was goofing around with friends and I realized that I felt completely comfortable being myself with them. Carthage students are genuine people who make fantastic friends.”

Favorite spot on campus

“I enjoy walking, running, or bike riding on the trail that leads from campus to downtown Kenosha. The campus is so beautiful on Lake Michigan, so I love to take advantage of the scenery when the weather allows.”

Biggest surprise so far

“I’m really appreciative for the relationships that I’ve gained through my on-campus employment. I have worked in the Office of Student Life for two years now, and I feel so loved and supported by the professional staff including Vice President of Student Life Jason Ramirez, First Year Advisor Courtney Drew, and Denhart Hall Director Sara Strabel. I wasn’t expecting to find a family of caring adults at Carthage, but it’s exactly what I have and I couldn’t be more thankful!”