According to tradition, in the ninth century before Christ, a small band of refugees set sail from the city of Tyre and wandered halfway across the Mediterranean before discovering a wonderful natural harbor on the north coast of Africa. There, they founded a settlement they called simply “new town.” That Phoenician word has evolved into English as “Carthage.”
The first Carthaginians had left a rich and powerful Biblical city for bleak and challenging territory far away. Across ensuing centuries, however, they and their descendants built their new town into the leading commercial center of the ancient Mediterranean world. Carthage College owes its name ultimately to them. It is only fitting that the College thank those whose transforming work helps build a “new town” today.
The Carthage “New Town” Award recognizes outstanding civic leadership in the building of better communities. The College lives in a symbiotic relationship with its neighbors, benefits enormously from the dynamic regional environment, and seeks to contribute to a strong and healthy social order. The mission of Carthage is to foster human excellence in its students, both as free individuals and as responsible members of society. It is very appropriate, therefore, for the College to honor individuals whose community leadership provides role models for others.
Winners of the “New Town” Award:
Robert Lee Sr., founder of Kenosha-based Lee Plumbing
Keith Bosman, former mayor of Kenosha
Bryan Albrecht, president and CEO of Gateway Technical College
Carole Johnson, director of local and regional community programs for The Johnson Foundation
Wally Graffen, Director of Organization Development-Midwest Region, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Norman C. McPhee, Managing/Artistic Director, Racine Theater Guild
Paula Touhey, Director Emerita, Kenosha Public Museums
Don Holland, former Kenosha City Administrator and alderman
Charles Vignieri, chairman of Kenosha Beef International and Birchwood Meat and Provision Co.
Nick Arnold, ’81
Joan C. Potente
Gateway Technical College President Sam E. Borden
Kenosha County Executive Allan K. Kehl, ’74
Kenosha Mayor John M. Antaramian
State Representative James E. Kreuser
State Senator Robert W. Wirch