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We asked: What are you thankful for?

  • Happy Thanksgiving!
    Happy Thanksgiving!
November 17, 2017

It’s the season of thanks, so we asked members of the Carthage community “what are you thankful for and why?” We also asked them for their favorite Thanksgiving dishes (though everyone wanted to keep their recipes secret).

 

Professor Mimi Yang

Professor of Modern Languages and Asian Studies

What are you thankful for and why?

“I am thankful for working with an efficient, competent, and behind-the-scenes team, day in and day out, to support my and many others’ teaching/service duties and professional engagements. They are Deborah Usinger, Cindy Welch, Heidi Baehr, and Kelly Alfano. Without their skills and abilities, often coupled with human touches, our institution would become handicapped and many would feel lost in doing our jobs. They are unsung heroes and deserve my heartfelt admiration and thankfulness.”

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

“They are all side dishes — corn pudding, sweet potato casserole, and cornbread.”

 

Brad Krueger ’18

What are you thankful for and why?

“I am thankful for all the amazing friends and family that have supported me throughout the years. Their love and encouragement have motivated me to continue pursuing my aspirations in light of college’s stressful moments.”

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

“Pumpkin pie.”

 

Debbie Clark

Assistant to the Campus Pastor

What are you thankful for and why?

“Community. Students dropping by for Pastor Kara’s cookies or candy that’s always in our office jar. Neighbors who bring your dog home when he escapes through the fence, because they know it’s your dog. Church family gathering to share in pre-Thanksgiving day meal and worship. And my own family, small in number, but mighty in appetite and competitive spirit, excited to spend Thanksgiving day together.”

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

“My grandma’s passed down recipe of peanut butter pie.”

 

Rachael Felton ’18

What are you thankful for and why?

“I am thankful for my professors. Being a graduating senior is stressful and my professors have been so supportive and active in helping me find a job.”

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

“Corn casserole.”

 

Ashley Smith ’21

What are you thankful for and why?

“I am thankful for my good grades and my friends because they are helping me to achieve my dreams.”

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

“Mashed potatoes!”

 

Susan Ramsey

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Religion

What are you thankful for and why?

“Thankful for nearly six years of teaching at Carthage. The staff, faculty — especially in the Religion Department, and administration provided this wonderful opportunity for me and support in my teaching. In particular, Professor Rom Maczka invited me to teach my first course in Fall 2012 and encouraged me as a novice professor. My favorite part of teaching continues to be the students. They are often engaged in the classroom and on worship site visits. Thank you to all!”

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

“My favorite is mashed sweet potatoes, preferably without the miniature marshmallows.”

 

Sarah Schmidt ’20

What are you thankful for and why?

“I am thankful for coaches and friends who are understanding of my busy schedule and willing to work around it.”

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

“Green bean casserole.”

 

Jane Spencer

Assistant Director, Major Gifts

What are you thankful for and why?

“I’m thankful that there are 18 Carthage alumni in my family, so I can do all my Christmas shopping in the bookstore on campus!”

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

“Green bean casserole.”

 

Austin Weber ’20

What are you thankful for and why?

“I’m thankful for all my friends and family who support and love me!”

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

“Cheesy potatoes!”