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Student Government


Executive Board

John MortonPresident
John is a senior and is majoring in finance with minors in chemistry and Spanish.  He is from Wilmette, Illinois, but has spent the majority of his life living overseas in the Middle East.  He loves to travel, play sports, go on high-adventure trips with friends, and eat good food. At Carthage, John is involved in Delta Upsilon International Fraternity, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, ODK, and ALD. He also works as a Student Ambassador and runs on the Track and Field team. John’s favorite thing that has been said about him is that he has a kind and genuine heart.

Paige MyersVice President
Paige Myers is a proud Minnesota native. She is in her senior year at Carthage and is double majoring in history and sociology. Her favorite class that she’s ever taken is 19th and 20th Century Mexico. The best compliment she has ever received was, “Your commitment to the things you do is a great inspiration to the rest of us who are great at that procrastination lifestyle.”

Edward PribylTreasurer
Edward is a junior at Carthage, and is originally from Bloomington, Minnesota. He is a business management and marketing double major, but is looking at switching from marketing to economics. His favorite class was Museum Studies with Prof. Temple Burling. He gets a fair amount of compliments about how he dresses, but his favorite compliment was the first time someone told him he was funny.

Kayla ClairSecretary
Kayla is a junior who was born in Tomah, Wisconsin, but she was raised in Kenosha. She is majoring in social work, but plans to go into child welfare more specifically. Her favorite class has either been Social Welfare Research or Social Work Practice I. The best compliment she has ever received has been that she will do great things someday.

Senior Senators

Victoria Dillinger — Senior Senator; Forum Committee Head
Victoria Dillinger is from Ellettsville, Indiana. She is pursuing degrees of Japanese and international political economy with a minor in political science. While at Carthage, Victoria’s favorite class was African Transitions with Prof. Hauser. The best compliment she ever received was “I can actually understand you now” in Japanese.

Amanda Reilly — Senior Senator
Amanda Reilly is pursuing a degree in history with her minors in biology and classics. Amanda is from Tucson, Arizona. Her favorite class was Legal Environment of Business. The best compliment Amanda ever received was when a professor told her “one day my grandchildren will be talking about the things you are going to do.”

Rich Ward — Senior Senator
Rich is from Tinley Park, Illinois. He is a classical archaeology major with minors in Latin and GIS. His favorite class he ever took at Carthage was Ancient Egypt with Prof. Renaud. The best compliment he ever received was “If you were already a graduate, I would hire you” at the Agora in Athens, Greece.

Junior Senators

Cody Brant — Junior Senator; Organizational Liaison
Cody Brant is from St. Francis, Minnesota. He is pursuing a degree in political science with a minor in women and gender studies. While at Carthage, his favorite class has been American Government and Politics with Prof. Mast because it motivated the future he planned at Carthage. The best compliment Cody has ever received happened back in 6th grade when he was told he was the best at four square and tether ball. 

Brandon Sanchez — Junior Senator
Brandon is from Moline, Illinois. He is a junior who is double majoring in history and political science. His favorite class was American Founding. The best compliment Brandon has ever received is “You’re alright I guess, Sanchez.”

Jillian Novak — Junior Senator
Jilian is from from St. Charles, Illinois. She is majoring in accounting and finance and minoring in economics. She is excited to work with the class of 2017 to make sure their opinions are being heard to make Carthage an even better place. Her favorite class that she’s taken so far at Carthage was Environmental Science. In that class they were able to visit the Pleasant Prairie power plant, put on waders, and jump in the Pike River. To her, it was interesting learning about the global environment and being able to apply it in Kenosha. Jilian received her favorite compliment when she was volunteering at a local elementary school for a special needs Christmas party where she was asked to dress up as a snowman. One of the kids ran up to her, stared at her, and proceeded to her that she was the most adorable marshmallow that she had ever seen. Who wouldn’t want to be called the world’s most adorable marshmallow? After receiving that compliment and knowing she had brightened the child’s day, her day was officially made.

Sophomore Senators

Caitlyn Marr — Sophomore Senator
Caitlyn is a recent transfer student who hails from New Bizzel, Wisconsin. She is currently majoring in psychology and religion. Her favorite class so far has been Medical Terminology.

Freshman Senators

Jenna Abbott — Freshman Senator
Jenna Abbott is originally from Kearney, Missouri. She is planning on majoring in graphic design with a double minor in business and theater. Jenna’s favorite class that she’s ever taken was a leadership class. The best compliments that she’s received have been genuine remarks about her artwork.

Reneé Jalbert — Freshman Senator
Reneé is a biology major with first concentration in pre-medicine. Her favorite class that she’s ever had is either AP Biology or AP English. She liked biology for the content and English for the teacher. The best compliment she’s received is “You’re like a mother to all of us. I was like a little puppy who didn’t know what to do and you came and held my paw.”

Daniela Rodriguez — Freshman Senator
Daniela Rodriguez is from Palatine, Illinois. She is double majoring in political science and classics studies. Daniela’s favorite class that she’s ever taken is Advanced Placement Government. The best compliment that she has ever received is that her hair and entire being reminded someone of Beyoncé.

Org. Representatives

Hannah Becher — ACES Representative
Hannah is a junior from West Allis, Wisconsin with a major in in history and a minor in political science. Her favorite class so far has been Issues in American History. Her best compliment was given to her by a resident who thanked her for inviting her to a movie.

Jessie Bingaman — Circle K International Representative
Jessie Bingaman is a senior who is majoring in Spanish, Chinese, and Asian studies. She is from Arlington Heights, Illinois. Her favorite class was when she studied abroad in Lima, Peru and took a Quechua class.

DaQuawn Bruce — InterVarsity Representative; Multicultural Liaison
DaQuawn is a junior, originally from Chicago, Illinois, and is studying political science and French. His favorite class was Comparative Politics with Prof. Roberg. The best compliment DaQuawn has ever received was when he was told that he has the voice of an angel.

Gabrielle Cypher — Colleges Against Cancer Representative
Gabrielle Cypher is originally from Mayville, Wisconsin and is currently a senior at Carthage. She is majoring in social work and business management. Her favorite class that she’s ever taken is Ceramic Wheel Throwing as it was a blast and she got to make a lot of cool gifts for people. The best compliment that she’s ever received was actually not directed to her, but to her family. Her mom and sister spoke at Relay for Life during her junior year, and her sister has a very rare brain cancer. After they were done speaking, people came up to her to compliment her mother and sister, and it meant a lot to Gabrielle that her sister was getting recognition for her fight and that her mom was getting recognized for being an amazing caregiver.

Francesca Del Frate — WAVE Representative
She was born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She is a recently decided economics major and a junior at Carthage. Her favorite class is one she is currently taking with Prof. Hauser titled, African Transitions. The best compliment she ever received was when she was told that she is eloquent and conveys thoughts clearly.

Jason Hendricks — Allies Representative
Jason Hendricks is from Bloomington, Minnesota. He is a physics major in his senior year at Carthage. His favorite class ever taken was Norse Mythology. The best compliment that he’s ever received was when he was told that he always brightens the days of those around him.

Ellena Ignacio — Latinos Unidos Representative
Ellena hails from Kansas City, Kansas. She is in her second year at Carthage and is majoring in environmental science with a minor in Japanese. Her favorite class so far has been Western Heritage. The best compliment Ellena has ever received was when someone told her that they liked her freckles.

Danyell Keen — Carthage Activities Board Representative
Danyell is a senior this year at Carthage and originally hails from Milaca, Minnesota. She is double majoring in accounting and finance and minoring in economics. In line with her major, her favorite class that was Individual Taxation. The best thing that has ever been said about Danyell is that she seems to understand what she wants out of life.

Abby Roberts — Model United Nations Representative; Public Relations Committee Head
Abby is a junior originally from Northfield, Minnesota. She is majoring in political science with a minor in Spanish. Her favorite class was the Introduction to International Relations class with Prof. Roberg. The best compliment she has received was when someone told her that she reminded them of the character Asami from the Legend of Korra.

Kiran Sehgal — Residence Life Council Representative
Kiran is a sophomore from Cedar Grove, Wisconsin and is a double major in neuroscience and psychology with a minor in Spanish. Her favorite class so far has been Introduction to Psychology. The best compliment that she has ever received was when she was told by a fellow peer that her parents raised her right.

Clarke Smith — Chinese Club Representative
Clarke is from Homer Glen, Illinois. She is a sophomore and is double majoring in Japanese and Chinese. Her favorite class was her high school anthropology class. The best compliment that she’s ever received was in the form of a love note from an upperclassman during her sophomore year of high school. She never got the chance to speak to him because he graduated, but it was a really adorable note.

Tyler Strohl — Commuter Students Representative
Tyler Strohl is a senior at Carthage and is from Aurora, Illinois. Tyler is an English major with religion and French minors. His favorite class at Carthage was his J-Term “Religion and Society in Modern India” with Prof. Jim Lochtefeld. During this class he traveled to major religious sites from Sikhism, Islam, and Hinduism, all across Northern India. Finally, the best compliment he ever received was when his best friend told him he was the smartest person she had ever met. 

  • 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 wings, 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 …