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Donor Stories: Why We Give

“I give to Carthage so that the College can continue to provide life-changing experiences for its students, and so Carthage can maintain a level of excellence in the quality of students, professors, staff, facilities and technology.”

 

David Wiers FamilyDavid Wiers ’98 graduated with a degree in business administration and marketing with an emphasis in economics. A past president of the Carthage College Alumni Association, David is the President and Founder of Satori Energy and Managing Partner of Select Energy Partners in Chicago, Ill. He and his wife, Heather, have three children.

“My four years at Carthage had a significant impact of my life. My professors and facility helped guide me through my undergraduate years and helped shape who I am today. I give to Carthage so that the College can continue to provide life-changing experiences for its students, and so Carthage can maintain a level of excellence in the quality of students, professors, staff, facilities and technology.

“I see giving to Carthage as an investment in bettering our collective future and a way to pay it forward. I will always feel a strong connection to Carthage, and I am pleased to give back so that the College can continue to provide the same opportunities for others.”

 

 

“Every little bit counts. … It is not about making the largest donations. The contribution itself, no matter the amount, shows an appreciation for an experience Carthage made possible and the desire to ensure the future generations of Carthaginians will have an equally great experience.”

 

Rachael KimmerlingRachael Kimmerling ’13, of Normal, Ill., graduated from Carthage with a degree in political science and French. She is now pursuing a Ph.D. in political science with an emphasis in political theory at the University of Toronto.

“Having just graduated and made the decision to head off to graduate school rather than immediately pursue a full-time job, I understand that I will not be making large donations to Carthage anytime in the immediate future,” Rachael says. But she knows that all gifts to the College make a difference. “Every little bit counts. … It is not about making the largest donations. The contribution itself, no matter the amount, shows an appreciation for an experience Carthage made possible and the desire to ensure the future generations of Carthaginians will have an equally great experience.”

She encourages her fellow young alumni to do the same. “Imagine all that Carthage has already given to you: great opportunities, lasting friendships, not to mention an incredible education,” she says. “Make the same possible for current and future Carthage students.”

 

 

 

“By investing in Carthage, I am helping preserve the opportunity for my children, and other students, to have the same experiences I did.”

 

Jason MilliganJason Milligan, ’01, graduated with a degree in business administration and marketing. He is a professional sales representative for Ortho-McNeil Inc. and lives in Combined Locks, Wis., with his wife and 2-year-old twins.

“Carthage allowed me the chance to become well rounded in both social and academic ventures,” he said. “By investing in Carthage, I am helping preserve the opportunity for my children, and other students, to have the same experiences I did. When I think of Carthage, I feel like I am going back to my roots, where I grew into the person I am today. I ask all alumni to look at where they are in life, what they have accomplished, and how they are viewed by their peers, and ask themselves, ‘Where would I be, today, without my experience at Carthage?’”

 

 

 

“Annual giving is an important and vital way to assist in promoting and securing the existence, availability, and future of Carthage for everyone.”

 

Lamers FamilyDenny and Jan Lamers are the parents of T.J. Lamers, ’09, who majored in business administration and marketing and played on the Carthage football team. The Lamers family is from Appleton, Wis.

“Being a part of the Carthage family has shown us how far faculty and staff will reach to enhance the lives of current students. Carthage has taught our son a great balance between becoming independent, while having a sense of security and discipline to help him in his transition into adulthood. Annual giving is an important and vital way to assist in promoting and securing the existence, availability, and future of Carthage for everyone. We are happy to support what has proven to be such a valuable life opportunity for our son.”

 

 

 

“Carthage was the turning point in my life. The Carthage experience provided me the tools for many of the things I have accomplished since graduating.”

 

Patrick AndersonPatrick Anderson graduated from Carthage in 1985 with a degree in history. He is the president of his own law firm and lives in Alexandria, Va.

“Carthage was the turning point in my life. The Carthage experience provided me the tools for many of the things I have accomplished since graduating in 1985, including the courage to start my own law firm upon graduation from law school. I do not believe I could have created a successful business over the last 20 years absent the Carthage experience.

“Unrestricted giving is important because it allows the College to use the money where the need is greatest. If you are contemplating a gift to Carthage, I say, in a time when there are so many notable organizations that need our financial gifts, Carthage must remain at the top. Those gifts will be used to enhance the Carthage experiences of so many young people who will make the difference in so many areas of need in our world. Without your gifts, the world will lose someone who would have made a difference.”

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2017), 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 and 2017, 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. 11 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 …

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