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Kelly Happ ’09


Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid


DuPage, Kane and McHenry Counties in Illinois; Iowa; Indiana


Lentz Hall 430

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Kelly is an associate director of admissions and financial aid at Carthage. Kelly is a 2009 graduate of Carthage with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and broad field social science.

Life before Carthage:

“I worked as an account manager for a large commercial landscape and snow removal company before joining the Carthage admissions team. I also own a professional photography company based in Kenosha.”

Professional interests:

“I like public speaking and meeting new people. I enjoy learning about all the new developments in each department here at Carthage. There is always something new and exciting going on!”

Best college search tip:

“Visit the schools you are interested in most. Make sure you see everything you want to see, and ask all the questions that are in your mind. Don’t hesitate to sit in on a class or talk to a professor in the major you are interested in. This is a big investment and important choice. Own it!”

What do you learn from interacting with Carthage students?

“Students at Carthage are immersed in all the opportunities that are offered here. I hear of so many who are involved in great clubs and committees, and others who attend awesome J-Term and study abroad trips! Carthage students truly take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities in front of them.”

What do you value most about working at Carthage?

“The faculty and staff are dedicated to their students, and I really enjoy being a part of the positive interaction between students and staff.”


“I spend a lot of my free time behind a camera working at my photography company, L&L Photography LLC. Besides photography, I like running and biking and spending time at my cabin in northern Michigan.”

Favorite Carthage tradition?

“Homecoming is my absolute favorite. I loved it as a student and I really enjoy coming back every year as an alum.”

Favorite TV show:

The X-Files, It’s Always Sunny, Lost, Law & Order (all of them!), HGTV anything, and Seinfeld.”

Favorite movie:

“I’m not afraid to say it … Star Wars! Especially episodes 4-6.”

Favorite sports teams:

Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, Bulls, and Blackhawks.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

“Most are surprised that I like the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Cubs, but I was raised like that, I swear!”

What can you recommend while visiting Kenosha?

“I would recommend going to the downtown area and spending time in Common Grounds, Villa D’ Carlo, Boathouse, and Marina Gardens, and strolling the lakeside path. I would highly recommend visiting Tenuta’s Delicatessen on 52nd Street to grab a sandwich, cannoli, and walk around the aisles. You will never see a more unique Italian grocery store!”

  • Quick Facts

    • 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.

    • In 2016, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s 168 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • 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.

    • When it comes to critical thinking, problem solving, and written communication, Carthage seniors score in the top 11 percent nationwide among colleges and universities using the Collegiate Learning Assessment. 

    • For seven years running, Carthage students have been selected to conduct research for NASA aboard NASA’s zero-gravity aircraft. If you’re chosen for the Carthage Microgravity Team, you’ll float weightless — and take one giant leap toward a future in engineering, physics, or computer science.

    • 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.

    • 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 is ranked No. 4 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 …

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • The Princeton Review selected Carthage for its 2016 “Best in the Midwest” college feature.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • 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. Read more about sustainability at Carthage.

    • 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.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience to music theatre.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.