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Hired Before Graduation

Congratulations to the Carthage Class of 2017!

What’s next for our seniors? Our graduates have big plans — many of which were firmly in place before they even donned their caps and gowns. Below, meet members of the Class of 2017 who were hired for full-time positions before graduation.

Jordan Rice '17


NASA Intern; Graduate Student, Science Journalism

Major: Physics
Minor: Mathematics
New job: NASA Journalism Summer Intern at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland; then she’s off to Boston University to earn a master’s degree in science journalism.
When hired: March 2017

“It has always been a dream of mine to work for NASA, and now I finally get to! Being able to tell the world about the amazing work being done at NASA is a dream come true.”
Read more from Jordan

Jenny Wild '17


HR Recruiting Coordinator

Majors: Management, Marketing
New job: Human resources recruiting coordinator at Cree Inc.
When hired: December 2016, after completing an internship with the company.

“Once I started the internship, I was asked to join the human resources team as a recruiting intern. When I left Cree to return for my senior year, I was asked to come back as the HR recruiting coordinator. … They saw my skills and involvement at Carthage and made an opportunity for me.”
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Kyle Nush '17


Outdoor Naturalist Guide

Majors: Environmental Science, Geography and Earth Science, Geographic Information Science
New job: Outdoor naturalist guide for Lasting Adventures in Yosemite National Park in California.
When hired: March 2017

“Having the ability to teach people about the greater outdoors while teaching about flora, fauna, and natural history along the way is something that I can’t get enough of. … The past four years have been amazing. Thank you for all the support.”
Read more from Kyle

Emily Santucci '17 is a finanical analyst with Pfizer.


Financial Analyst

Major: Finance
Minors: Spanish, Economics
New job: Financial analyst with Pfizer Inc. in Lake Forest, Illinois.
When hired: October 2016

“I think that I was hired for this position because I was well prepared for any task thrown my way. Carthage did a great job making sure I had both soft and technical skills that could transfer to the real world.”
Read more from Emily

Lindsey Watson '17 will teach science at Washington Community High School in Washington, Illinois.


Science Teacher

Major: Physics
Minor: Secondary Education
New job: Science teacher at Washington Community High School in Washington, Illinois.
When hired: March 2017

“I am most excited to have my own classroom, and to be back at the school I graduated from, now as a teacher! … I am so thankful to my education and physics professors for helping me in every way throughout my four years.”
Read more from Lindsey

Sal Abonce '17


Sales Account Rep

Major: Communication
Minor: Spanish
New job: Sales account representative with CDW in downtown Chicago.
When hired: July 2016

“I heard about CDW by attending Career Services events on campus. … It’s definitely a nervous feeling stepping into a fresh new job, but at the same time, it’s exciting and fascinating. I am looking forward to using all that I have learned in college in the real world.”
Read more from Sal

Jessica Anderson '17 has a job as an audit assistant at Deloitte.


Audit Assistant

Majors: Accounting, Finance
New job: Audit Assistant at Deloitte in Milwaukee.
When hired: October 2016

“Big Four accounting firms are very prestigious, and getting an interview is all about connections. Carthage professors in the accounting program are constantly utilizing Carthage alumni and connections they established prior to Carthage to help upcoming graduates find great employment.”
Read more from Jessica

Shay King '17 has been hired to be the marketing manager for United Way of Racine County.


Marketing Manager

Major: English
Minors: Japanese, Women’s and Gender Studies
New job: Marketing Manager for United Way of Racine County in Racine, Wisconsin.
When hired: February 2017

“I’ve worked for a variety of employers and organizations during my Carthage career, developing skills in writing and communication and growing a love for community service. This variety of experiences was really impressive to my employers.”
Read more from Shay

Emily Salzman '17


Pricing Analyst

Major: Mathematics
Minor: Economics
New job: Pricing analyst at Satori Energy in Chicago
When hired: December 2016

“Shoutout to Career Services: You guys are awesome! … Thanks to all my awesome math professors who remind me daily why I chose to major in math!”
Read more from Emily

Rachel Utt '17


Environmental Education Instructor

Major: Environmental Science
New job: Environmental Education Instructor with the Lake County Forest Preserve District in Libertyville, Illinois.
When hired: March 2017

“Thank you to all of my professors who have helped me build such a strong foundation for my career, especially Tracy Gartner, Angela Dassow, and Matt Zorn, all of whom I greatly look up to. They have gifted much knowledge and inspiration upon me.”
Read more from Rachel

Kayla Donnell May '17


Executive Team Lead

Majors: Public Relations, Communication
New job: Executive Team Lead at Target Corp.
When hired: August 2016

“I think that the skills I acquired from classes at Carthage and the leadership abilities I acquired in Greek life impressed my colleagues at Target throughout my internship. Target heavily values leadership and out-of-the-box thinkers, which were both qualities I believe Carthage influenced in me.”
Read more from Kayla

Herbert Triplett '17


Graduate Student, Business Design and Innovation

Major: History
Minor: Classics
New job: Master’s degree candidate in Carthage’s new Master of Science in Business Design and Innovation program.

“I know that my strong record of great work and solid efforts throughout my time at Carthage made my appointment into the program easier. Whatever you have in life that is precious to you, give it your effort in a smart and efficient way.”
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Jordan Patrick '17


Acting Apprentice

Major: Theatre Performance
Minors: Religion
New job: Acting apprentice with the Serenbe Playhouse in Palmetto, Georgia.
When hired: March 2017

“I am really excited to work on a lot of different plays with a whole new group of professional artists. Serenbe Playhouse uses a different outdoor location for all of their shows, so I’m looking forward to this challenge, and also continuing to develop my performing craft.”
Read more from Jordan

Haley Longley '17



Major: Accounting
Minor: Computer Science
New job: Auditor with Deloitte in Milwaukee.
When hired: October 2016

“I am really excited that I will be able to work with clients, and I will be starting with a few other Carthage hires! My advice: Be certain to network early on. It’s crucial to getting that initial interview.”
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Lee Holman '17


Graduate Student, Clinical Psychology

Majors: Psychology, Criminal Justice
New job: Pursuing a Psy.D. in clinical psychology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.

“I plan to pursue a career in prison psychology, where I can utilize both my training in clinical psychology, as well as my passion for the criminal justice system. … I believe that my internship experiences, in addition to my time working as a Psychology Fellow at Carthage, allowed me to be an extremely competitive candidate for this doctorate program.”
Read more from Lee

Jade Eckert '17 was hired as a staff account for Jockey International.


Staff Accountant

Majors: French, Finance
Minor: Economics
New job: Staff accountant at Jockey International in Kenosha.
When hired: February 2017

“I think a combination of my internship experience, my leadership roles in the French program, my study abroad experience, and my strong academic record contributed to my getting hired for this position.”
Read more from Jade

Cat Johnson '16 was hired as a marketing associate at The Terry Group.


Marketing Associate

Majors: Public Relations, Marketing
Minor: Communication
New job: Marketing associate at The Terry Group in Chicago.
When hired: September 2016

“Using your connections can really help you get a foot in a company’s door. I am thankful for my public relations advisor; she has prepared me well to be the only PR/marketing practitioner at the company.”
Read more from Cat

After Ryan graduates from Carthage in May, he will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.


U.S. Marine Corps

Major: Finance
Minors: Economics, Political Science
New job: Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.
When hired: August 2016

“I will begin my active duty contract stationed in Quantico, Virginia. I had to go through two summers of Officer Candidate School and graduate in order to become an officer.”
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Katrina Gieser '17


Front Office Ambassador

Major: Business Management
Minor: Communication
New job: Ambassador in the front office of Hilton’s Conrad Luxury Hotel in Chicago
When hired: April 2017

“This is a starting position in the career that I have wanted to be in for years. I know that working in Chicago will start my career off well, with a great foot in the door at Hilton. I look forward to working with the best hotel brand and living in the city after I graduate!”
Read more from Katrina

Jilian Novak was hired before graduation as a financial analyst with Molex.


Financial Analyst

Majors: Accounting, Finance
Minor: Economics
New job: Financial analyst with Molex, a Koch Industries subsidiary headquartered in Lisle, Illinois
When hired: August 2016

“After working as an intern at Molex for two consecutive summers, I am excited to take on new full-time responsibilities. While Molex is a large international corporation, it has a close-knit, family-oriented feel, very similar to Carthage.”
Read more from Jilian

Kyle Huss '17 landed a job as an Audit Associate at KPMG US LLP in Chicago


Audit Associate

Major: Accounting
New job: Audit associate at KPMG US LLP in Chicago
When hired: March 2016

“The Carthage professors did an amazing job preparing me for the work world, and I am so thankful for that. I believe that I learned the appropriate work ethic in college that I need to be successful as a professional. … I am excited to accept new challenges and learn every day. I am also excited to start my career in a big city like Chicago.”
Read more from Kyle

Maya Romanovic '17


Financial Analyst

Major: Finance, Marketing
New job: Financial analyst for Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty in downtown Chicago.
When hired: April 2017

“I truly believe that a financial analyst position is difficult and time consuming, but I am very excited to step foot into the real world and apply my skills and strive for success.”
Read more from Maja

Kayla Clair '17


Youth Worker

Majors: Social Work
New job: Youth worker in the Intensive Supervision and Youth Competency Program at Community Impact Programs in Kenosha.
When hired: May 2017

“I received the offer for this position as a result of an eight-month internship. … Never pass up the opportunity to work in a position you are passionate about.”
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Ashley Cross '17


Law Student

Major: Political Science
Minor: Public Relations
New job: Law Student at Boston College Law School
When accepted: November 2016

“I know that some of the strongest parts of my application were the letters of recommendation I was able to get from professors. One of the top reasons I came to Carthage was the small class sizes, in order to have the opportunity to build relationships with my professors.”
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Gina Sipka '17

Gina Sipka ’17

Graphic Designer

Major: Graphic DesignStudio Art
New job: Graphic designer for the Good Foods Group in Kenosha.
When hired: April 2017

“I am very excited to be able to have the opportunity to use the creative skills and knowledge I’ve attained at Carthage over the past four years in a full-time job right after graduation.”
Read more from Gina

Quinn Stevenson '17


Data Management Specialist

Major: Marketing
Minor: Geographic Information Science
New job: Data management specialist with United Way of Racine County, in Racine, Wisconsin.
When hired: April 2017

“I am incredibly excited to take my data skills and put them to use to help people within the community.”
Read more from Quinn

Courtney Grever '17

Courtney Grever ’17

Primary Grade Teacher

Major: Elementary Education
Minor: Psychology
New job: Primary grade teacher at Ruby Hill STRIVE Preparatory Charter School in Denver, Colorado.
When hired: January 2017

“I feel as though I received one of the best educations that a higher institution has to offer. Carthage has prepared me for the world ahead.”
Read more from Courtney

Cade Best ’17

Investment Specialist Trainee

Major: Finance
Minor: Economics

New job: Investment Trainee Specialist Trainee at Merrill Edge in Rolling Meadows, Illinois
When hired: April 2017

“I am appreciative of the high quality education and guidance from the Accounting and Finance and Economic departments.”
Read more from Cade

Colt Luedtke ’17

Theatre - Stage Manager

Majors: Theatre production with an emphasis in stage management; Music
New job: Stage Manager for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival in Normal, Illinois
When hired: January 2017

 “I’m most excited to work in an outdoor theatre.”
Read more from Colt

Bailee Terry ’17

Patient Services Navigator

Major: Psychology
Minor: Spanish
New job:
Patient Services Navigator for United Hospital System, Kenosha, Wisconsin
When hired: February 2017

“I’m excited to be working with such wonderful people in a rewarding position with the hospital. Thank you to Dr. Zerban for continually supporting me throughout my time at Carthage!”
Read more from Bailee

John Shearer '17

John Shearer ’17

Alumni Engagement Coordinator 

Majors: Marketing, Public Relations
Minors: Spanish, Communications

New job: Alumni Engagement Coordinator for Carthage College
When hired: March 2017

“My role was front desk assistant and student worker of endowment programs. During the spring 2017 semester this position became available, and because of my love and respect for Carthage and its mission, I applied.”
Read more from John





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    • 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

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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      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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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 …