A letter from Nick Winkler

Nick Winkler Hello, and welcome from the Office of Student Life! My name is Nick Winkler, and I am the dean of students at Carthage.

Right now, our team is on campus working diligently in preparation for your student’s arrival. That includes preparations for New Student Orientation, which is just the beginning of your student becoming part of the Firebird family! I look forward to celebrating this milestone with you at the Welcome Dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Trinity House on the north end of campus. To assist us with planning for this dinner, we kindly ask that you complete this RSVP form to let us know how many individuals will be attending. Students and families who do not RSVP will be accommodated, but it is helpful for us to have an idea of how many guests to expect to ensure a fun celebration for all!

Staff in the Office of Student Life focus their time and energy on creating community, supporting students, and empowering students for success. The Office of Student Life includes a number of areas that will be important resources for your student throughout their Carthage years. Below is a list of each office and links to explore their websites:

If your student has questions about Carthage events, living in the residence halls, commuting to campus, joining a student organization, or anything else about life at Carthage, our staff can help.

On behalf of the Office of Student Life team, we look forward to welcoming your student to campus!

Nick Winkler
Dean of Students

A letter from Ashley Hanson

Ashley Hanson Ashley Hanson Hello,

My name is Ashley Hanson, and I am the vice president for enrollment at Carthage. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many of you at Carthage admissions events, and I had the honor of personally signing your student’s acceptance letter! Carthage is experiencing growth in our student population and the number of academic majors. We are seeing students attend Carthage from coast to coast. We are proud to share that Carthage has the largest undergraduate student population in the region!

Your students have worked so hard to get this far. The late nights studying, the sweat on the field, the focus in the practice rooms, the volunteer forms. We know this was a challenging year with the FAFSA issues and delays caused by the federal government.

Summer is a busy time for our incoming students. Over the next few months, students will find out their room assignments, learn the names of their roommates, and receive their class schedules. We want to provide you with as much information as possible as your family gets ready for move-in weekend.

The Parent Connection e-newsletter will be sent monthly, filled with important reminders and helpful tips for your student’s orientation to Carthage.

At the end of May, I joined my colleagues, the Carthage faculty, and hundreds of proud family members in a unique student-focused ceremony to watch the Carthage Class of 2024 receive their diplomas. I can remember their first days at Carthage: They were nervous, excited, and exhilarated at all the opportunities in front of them. It is always rewarding for me to watch those same students begin their next adventure with such success.

Now we look forward to welcoming a new group of talented and passionate Carthaginians! I have spent the last 17 years of my career at Carthage, and I know first-hand the value of the education and experience your student will have over the next four years. Your student has made an excellent choice in Carthage, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome you into the Carthage community.

Have a great summer and be proud of your student. I know we are!

Ashley Hanson
Vice President for Enrollment