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Communication and Digital Media

Student Voices

Matt Thome ’17


Neenah, Wisconsin


Public Relations and Athletic Communication



Favorite spot on campus

“The atrium to the A.W. Clausen Center for World Business. Sitting by the fountain and looking outside is very serene and is the perfect spot on campus to either relax or get things done.”

Keeping a schedule is important. Matt Thome would know. Here’s a list of the activities he’s done in his first year alone:

  • Sports Editor and Advertising Manager for The Current
  • Men’s Basketball Statistician
  • Men’s Basketball Manager
  • Men’s Basketball Social Media Manager
  • Tutor
  • Baseball Public Address Announcer 
  • Freshman Class Representative/Bass Vocalist in the Carthage Choir
  • Percussionist in Concert Band
  • Percussionist in A.F. Siebert Chapel Worship Band
  • Member of Alpha Lambda Delta Freshmen Honors Society

“Putting academics first doesn’t mean you can’t have fun,” Matt said. “Carthage is an amazing place and there is always something going on. I’m very involved and still have time to study and get good grades. It’s all about balance and learning the skill of time management will make your life much easier after college.”

Career goal

“To be an athletic director, sports information director, or director of athletic communication at a college or university.”

Favorite professor

“Matthew Tuttle. His public speaking class showed students how to appropriately speak, not only in an academic setting, but in a professional one as well. The way he presented the material made it very easy to understand and he was one of the most approachable professors on campus. He made his class intellectually stimulating and a lot of fun.”

Favorite class

“Public Speaking”

Toughest class

“Aural Skills. It was very difficult, but it was the most rewarding class I have taken this far because it helped me greatly develop my ear training.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I covered the 2014 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championships for Carthage’s Office of Communications and Athletic Department. I also attended the Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Association’s National College Media Convention in New Orleans with The Current in October 2013.”

Campus involvement

Sports Editor and Advertising Manager for The Current; Men’s Basketball Statistician; Men’s Basketball Manager; Men’s Basketball Social Media Manager; Tutor; Baseball Public Address Announcer; Freshman Class Representative/Bass Vocalist in the Carthage Choirl Percussionist in Concert Band; Percussionist in A.F. Siebert Chapel Worship Band; Member of Alpha Lambda Delta Freshmen Honors Society.

Favorite moments at Carthage

“There are a ton. Performing at the WCDA (Wisconsin Choral Directors Association) Convention with Carthage Choir, traveling to New Orleans with The Current, working for the men’s basketball team, covering the 2014 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championships ‘Sweet Sixteen’ at DePauw University, announcing baseball games on campus, and spending time with my friends in the dorms.”

Biggest surprise so far?

“Being asked by Molly Polk and the Office of Communications to cover the 2014 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championships ‘Sweet Sixteen’ when the Lady Reds made it past the first and second rounds of the tournament that were hosted here at Carthage. Covering college sports is truly what I want to do with my life and this was the first opportunity for me to go out and do this on my own. I was so appreciative that they trusted me to fill such a large role. I learned more that weekend than I’ve ever learned before and I loved every minute of it.”

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

“Eight-year-old me would never have thought that I would want to work in athletics for the rest of my life. Up until my junior year of high school, I was set on becoming a choir director. I was always involved in sports throughout my life, but I didn’t enjoy them all that much until I discovered my love for writing and how I could incorporate the two. I love how no game is ever like another, so there is always something new to write about. I never get bored when I’m writing about sports, it doesn’t even seem like a job.”

Advice for other students considering your major

“Be prepared to experience a lot of different aspects of communication. You will be writing a lot, but you will also be doing graphic design projects and learning about business as well. The work is really fun and I guarantee that you will enjoy it. Make sure your writing skills are well practiced, because they will be tested right away. Being a strong writer will make your life a lot easier, and you will enjoy your classes more. If you’re not a strong writer, don’t worry. You will continue to grow in your writing. The faculty is always there for their students, so don’t be afraid to ask for help.”

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2018), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • 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 wins, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 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. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016, 2017 and 2018, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience 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 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 our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. 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,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 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 Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. 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.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • 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 …