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  • Gloria Cairo

Gloria Cairo


Administrative Asssistant




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Gloria Cairo married her high school sweetheart and feels grateful every day to be married to Steve. Together they have three children. While she insisted as an 18-year-old she’d never stay in Kenosha, she is so glad it has always been and is still her hometown.

After graduating from Tremper High School, Gloria ventured out to Hope College in Michigan (the other side of Lake Michigan!) and then off to learn from life itself in Hawaii, the Philippines, and Malaysia with a volunteer organization called YWAM (Youth with a Mission). There she grew in her Christian faith and made lifelong friends.

Gloria returned to Kenosha to continue her education at UW-Parkside. When close friends invited her to come work at their start-up business for her first job as an administrative assistant, Gloria lept at the chance to be a part of something innovative with people who are like family. Community is so important to her. 

Gloria continued to work for them until they could no longer employ her. It was at that time when a role in administrative assistance became available at Living Light School of Worship. She was again invited to come to be a part of the vocational school for both spiritual and music training. She was able to support the directors, students from all over the world, staff, alumni, and prospective students for the next 13 years. Gloria’s family also loved hosting students for the school year from Germany, England, and the United States.

After multiple tours exploring Carthage as a prospective college for their children, Gloria was reminded again of the community aspect that is very evident at Carthage College and how much she’d love to be a part of it. Soon after, Gloria applied to the administrative assistant position with the Office of Residential Life, and is so happy to now be here and do her part to make this a warm and welcoming place to be.


  • Psychology — Hope College
  • International Business — UW-Parkside

Main responsibilities at Carthage

The administrative assistant in the Office of Residential Life is responsible for assisting the director of residential life in administrative matters relating to the overall management of the office. The administrative assistant serves as a primary customer service point for students, families, and guests, and has a collaborative and interactive relationship with Carthage staff and faculty.

Favorite thing about working at Carthage

“Seeing and personally experiencing the supportiveness of others is my favorite thing about working at Carthage. To hear there is an on-campus tradition of holding the door for others was one thing, but to have door after door opened for me has been another and is so special about this community. I also must add that getting to enjoy the beauty of the lake every day will forever be a favorite!”

Other interests?

“Walks with my husband, unhurried time at home gathering and laughing with my family, staying closely connected with my extended family and friends, reading, adding to my gratitude list, getting outdoors, nighttime Target runs, blasting a playlist on-the-go, homemade baked goods, and decaf mochas in a mug.”

  • 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 …