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Management and Marketing

Student Voices

  • Zach Shawhan

Zach Shawhan ’22


Racine, Wisconsin


Business Management and Marketing



Favorite spot on campus

“My personal favorite place to go is the N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center. Since Carthage, with the support of our Athletic Department and alumni, has built a new golf facility, I oftentimes lose track of time in there. When I am not utilizing the new golfing facility, I am more than likely in the gym, shooting hoops in the TARC Field House, or watching the other Carthage sports.”

Career goal

“My career goal after college is to go out into the professional work field and help other people. While business is typically associated with profits and losses, I want to focus on working with others and worry about the money later. I do not know what company I will work for after I graduate, but I will continue to expand my horizons and network to find out where that destination will be. After creating a stable base at my job, I will continue to invest and hopefully transition my way into the finance industry using my experience in the business world.”

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

“I loved my time with Professor Yuri Maltsev, Professor Barbra Jewell, and Professor Paul Ulrich. Prof. Maltsev and Prof. Jewell teach in the business setting and have graciously given me a lot of their time, in and out of the classroom. They taught me so many things about accounting and economics, which allowed me to think much more clearly about my future.

“Prof. Ulrich taught my Western Heritage I class. He helped challenge me in the classroom and has been more than willing to have conversations with me outside of the classroom as well.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class at Carthage has been Introduction to Business. My classmates made the class a lot of fun. A lot of my good friends took the class as well as many other great students I hadn’t met beforehand. Group projects and homework assignments really brought everyone together, and we had a great time with the material. Additionally, I learned a lot of new things, got my certification for Microsoft Excel, and got to talk to real-life business owners throughout the process.”

Toughest class

“So far, the toughest class at Carthage was my Religion 1000 course. The class was very intellectually challenging. Not only did we cover all of the major world religions in just one semester, but we also took a look at non-religious and indigenous religions as well. The reason why this class was challenging was due to the broad range of information we covered and in-depth analysis we performed of each topic. While this class was tough, it showed me how many different perspectives there are in the world and how important it is to respect other people.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“Carthage gave me the opportunity to continue playing the sport I love the most. I am a member of the men’s golf team, and being able to play at the collegiate level has been a blessing. Being a very competitive person from a young age, I knew this was going to be an essential piece of my life moving forward in college.

“Additionally, Carthage has given me the opportunity to present my journey to prospective students, families, and faculty. In turn, this has helped me broaden my network and really get to know some incredible people.”


“I have been awarded a couple of different scholarships, such as the Springfield Scholarship, the Johnson, John & Elizabeth Scholarship, the Joy Valentine Scholarship, and a few grants. Financial aid and scholarships are another big reason why I came to Carthage. All of the scholarships and grants have gone such a long way and have meant the world to me.”

Campus involvement

“I am team member of the Varsity Men’s Golf Team and participate in intramural sports (volleyball). I am also a club member of Delta Upsilon FraternityPi Sigma Epsilon Business FraternityAlpha Lambda DeltaNCAA Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and Special Olympics Club. In addition, I am involved on campus as a resident assistant, peer coach, and student ambassador.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“Some of my favorite Carthage memories stem from my time spent on the golf course with my teammates, in class working with my peers, and being involved in student life. Being able to compete at the collegiate level in sports has not only taken my game to the next level, but it has also taught me a number of valuable life lessons. I have met some of my best friends in my classes. Similarly, having one-on-one connections with professors has extended my reach into the professional world. Lastly, the student life here at Carthage is nothing short of amazing. The community, atmosphere, and people are fantastic and make my experience here great.”

Biggest surprise so far

“I, like many other students, believed that going to a small school would be somewhat boring at times. I can honestly say that I was dead wrong. There are so many different opportunities available. There are a number of Greek Life organizations, service-based organizations, intramural sports, and much more.”

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

“When I was 8-years-old, I wanted to grow up to be a professional baseball player. My life has changed so much since then, and my future looks different now, but I think little 8-year-old me would be happy to see how grown up and professional I am.”

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“Do your research. Students should not only research what Carthage has to offer in a particular field, but they should also look at what the job market will look like after college. There are so many incredible places that business can take you, so look into them. Also, I encourage students to work with other people, study hard, and work on time management skills because doing so is crucial for the business majors at Carthage. Lastly, students should make sure they are ready to work in an ever-changing field that demands creativity, teamwork, and inclusiveness to be successful.”

  • 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

    • In the course Business to Business Marketing, Carthage students brainstorm an original product or service, study its feasibility, and carry out a marketing plan. Like on TV, the entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a panel of experts led by marketing professor J.J. Shields, who cut his shark teeth at Miller Brewing and ABB Robotics. 

    • 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 accounting, finance, management, and marketing professors regularly lead J-Term study tours to such destinations as Sweden, England, Ireland, and China, where students meet with executives and learn first-hand how global businesses operate.

    • Located in the heart of the Chicago-Milwaukee business corridor, you will have plenty of options for internships and jobs.

    • Taking you past just studying the theories of business, Carthage’s READY™ Curriculum Design, a proprietary student-centered philosophy, helps develop the best-prepared business students.

    • Carthage’s Velocity Consulting was the first 100% student-run full-service consulting agency in the country. Students gain incredible experience while providing marketing, branding, accounting, finance, and other support to regional clients. Other schools have since copied the Velocity model, including Harvard University.

    • 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 …