David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Natural and Social Sciences (DSC)
The David A. Straz, Jr. Center houses Carthage’s Science Center, which opened in 2015. The building provides state-of-the-art facilities for study in the natural sciences, with classrooms and laboratories designed to maximize collaborative work by students and faculty on forefront research. The Science Center offers 12 interdisciplinary laboratories for research in such pioneering areas as nanotechnology, molecular biology, and atomic microscopy; collaborative learning areas; a two-story, glass-enclosed atrium for exhibits, public gatherings, student poster presentations, and planetarium shows; TEAL (Technology Enhanced Active Learning) classrooms; a stepped seating area with advanced media capabilities; and an outdoor classroom overlooking Lake Michigan with natural stone seating.
A. W. Clausen Center for World Business (CC)
Recognizing that students are graduating into a global economy, the College opened the A. W. Clausen Center for World Business in 2004. Situated in the north wing of the Straz Center, the Clausen Center provides offices, classrooms, and other facilities for the Accounting and Finance, Economics, Management and Marketing, Political Science, and Computer Science departments. Housing 10 classrooms, five seminar rooms, and an executive conference room/classroom laboratory, the Clausen Center hosts numerous special lectures and visits by international business leaders.
Lentz Hall (LH)
A four-story building perched on the campus bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, Lentz Hall is home to the Office of Admissions, Business Office, Office of Student Accounts, Office of Institutional Advancement, Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Career Services, Office of the Registrar, and Office of Continuing Studies. Serving as one of the primary academic centers of the campus, Lentz Hall contains numerous classrooms, specialized teaching facilities, and offices for many of the humanities and professional studies faculty. The Nursing Learning Laboratories opened in Lentz Hall in 2017. This 3,000-square-foot space is divided into a skills lab and a simulation lab. The building is named for the Rev. Harold H. Lentz, 18th President of the College, who served from 1952 to 1976. He courageously led the College during its crucial transition from Carthage, Illinois, to Kenosha.
Walter Fritsch Meditation Chapel
Enjoying its position nestled within a grove of mature oak trees, this charming 40-seat chapel constructed of native Lannon stone with timber frames is enjoyed by Carthage community members for private meditation, Eucharist, or prayer services. The chapel is adorned with a Greek cross fashioned by internationally renowned liturgical artist Eugene Potente, Jr., a resident of Kenosha. Masonry that forms the altar was taken from the steps of the Old Main building at the College’s former Illinois campus.
Hedberg Library (HL)
Dedicated in 2002, Hedberg Library provides Carthage students and faculty with the resources, services, support, and inspirational space they need to pursue their course assignments and research. Hedberg Library is home to Library and Information Services, which supports traditional and electronic library services, information technology, media/audiovisual services, and equipment loans including laptops and iPads. The library’s growing collection of print and electronic resources contains unique books, periodicals, audio and visual recordings, microforms, and other materials. The 65,000-square-foot facility has several technology-enhanced classrooms, the 75-seat Niemann Media Theater, and 11 collaborative and individual study rooms. It includes the Bleeke Research Center, the Franklin I. and Irene List Saemann Curriculum Resource Center, the Staubitz Archives, the Fess Information Commons, the Brainard Writing Center, tutoring and academic support offices, the Fritsch Classroom, and the Center for Children’s Literature. Donna’s Bytes, in the east section of the library, offers food, beverages, and a relaxing atmosphere for students to unwind and enjoy discussions, lake views, or sitting in front of the fireplace. The library is named for Donald D. Hedberg ’50, Carthage trustee emeritus and philanthropist.
A. F. Siebert Chapel (SC)
At the heart of the Carthage campus, A. F. Siebert Chapel provides a beautiful setting for the College’s religious life programs. It is the site of a thriving worship series during the week and weekend worship services. It is the gathering place for important events, such as the Carthage Christmas Festival, Interfaith Baccalaureate service, and concerts by renowned musical ensembles. The 1,500-seat chapel includes the magnificent, four-manual Fritsch Memorial Pipe Organ, the Ehrler Chapel, and offices for the Campus Pastor, Director of Choral Activities, and the Catholic Campus Minister.
H. F. Johnson Center for the Fine Arts (JAC)
The Johnson Arts Center includes classrooms, practice areas, teaching studios, and faculty offices for both the Music and Art departments. The center houses the Recital Hall and Art Gallery. Music facilities include band and choir rooms, numerous practice rooms, and piano laboratory. Dedicated art facilities include ceramic, 3-D, drawing, painting, and etching classrooms/labs.
N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center (TARC)
Opened in 2001, the 156,000-square-foot N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center houses the Koenitzer Aquatic Center, featuring a 25-yard-by-40-meter, 16-lane competition pool; the 5,000-square-foot Semler Health and Fitness Center; the McNamara Baseball and Softball Practice Area; the Snap-on ACE Climbing Wall; a 200-meter indoor track; the Karstetter Racquetball Courts; the Jon Swift Sports Medicine Center; an aerobics area; multipurpose courts for basketball, volleyball, and tennis; six locker rooms hosting more than 500 lockers; the Postlewaite Press Box; and offices for the athletic staff, which include the Cornog Swimming Coaches’ Office, the Lyons Volleyball Coach’s Office, and the Art Keller Football Coaches’ Office. The Field House is home to the spring Commencement exercises and large-scale concerts and events.
The Tarble Arena, reopened in 2009 after a $13.5 million renovation, provides indoor facilities for physical education and athletics. The arena serves as the competition venue for basketball and volleyball. The facility hosts four classrooms, seven office suites, an athletic training/exercise physiology laboratory, an athletic team fitness center, and the David E. Dale Golf Center. The arena seats 2,500 for basketball or volleyball, and 4,200 for concerts and other events. Past concerts have featured national acts including Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Bob Dylan, The Script, Phillip Phillips, and The Fray.
Todd Wehr Center (TWC)
The Todd Wehr Center is positioned proudly in the middle of the student residential area. This facility, supporting the cocurricular life of Carthage students, contains the campus cafeteria, student mailroom, student lounges, and a suite of multipurpose meeting and event rooms. The Caf, on the second floor, received a 2012 renovation and upgrade. It offers a variety of dining options provided by Sodexo Food Service, North America’s largest provider of food and facilities management. The Dean of Students Office and the Center for Student Success are housed in the building.
Campbell Student Union
The Campbell Student Union opened in 2011 and serves as the campus living room. Proving that the gathering is always in the kitchen, Carthage students frequent the Student Union’s eateries, which include Sub Connection, WOW Café & Wingery, Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, and Seattle’s Best Coffee. Rounding out the retail main street, the Union also contains the campus Barnes & Noble Bookstore and the Red Zone, Carthage’s own convenience store. The 200-seat student activity auditorium proudly boasts a state-of-the-art digital projection system in a THX-certified showplace. The western face of the Campbell Student Union comprises the 1,700-seat home field seating of the Art Keller Football Stadium and the 2,000-square-foot athletic press box.
The Joan C. Potente Chapel
The Joan C. Potente Chapel provides an oasis for nurturing the spirit. Reflection, meditation, prayer, and worship can restore balance and provide inspiration in the lives of those who come here. It is nestled among The Oaks Residential Village at the south end of campus. Although open to all students and the greater community, this chapel reflects a Roman Catholic atmosphere. A gift of Gene Potente, whose work also includes the Fritsch Meditation Chapel, the Joan C. Potente Chapel is named in honor of his wife.
Student Residence Halls
Comfortable, on-campus housing accommodations are available to residential students in a number of residence halls. Each hall includes lounges, vending facilities, study areas, laundry rooms, and other services.
Henry Denhart Residence Hall is a coed residence hall offering suite-style rooms, a courtyard, and housing for three Greek organizations: Chi Omega, Tau Kappa Epsilon, and Zeta Tau Sigma. Denhart Hall hosts an annual fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The building is named for Henry Denhart, an early Carthage trustee and significant benefactor.
Joseph Johnson Residence Hall is a coed hall that includes four Greek wings: Sigma Omega Sigma, Delta Upsilon, Phi Kappa Sigma, and Alpha Chi Omega. The terrace level was renovated in 2001 and now includes suite-style rooms. The Campus Security Office is located on the terrace level. A large courtyard is situated behind the building. Johnson Hall is known for its annual “Johnson Haunted Halls” competition, which takes place each year around Halloween. The building is named for Joseph Johnson, a founder and former chairman of the board of Snap-on, Inc., who was an important benefactor of the College.
Madrigrano Family Residence Hall is a coed hall that includes three Greek wings: Tau Sigma Chi, Kappa Phi Eta, and Delta Omega Nu. The terrace level is home to The Current, the student-run newspaper, and Centrique, a student literature and arts magazine. Madrigrano Hall also houses offices for hall directors, the Carthage Activities Board, WAVE, Residence Life Council, and the Office of Communications. An outdoor patio area, complete with chairs and a grill, is situated directly behind Madrigrano Hall.
The Oaks Residential Village is a new cluster of six villas on the south side of campus, overlooking Lake Michigan. The Oaks features private rooms and baths in suite arrangements, with common lounge areas for each floor and dedicated study rooms in the basements. Every room has stunning views of Lake Michigan and/or a beautiful wooded area.
Pat Tarble Residence Hall is Carthage’s all-female residence hall. Situated next to a courtyard and volleyball court, it includes some study-intensive rooms and houses three sororities: Delta Omega Epsilon, Sigma Alpha Chi, and Pi Theta. Many rooms overlook Lake Michigan, while others offer suite-style accommodations. The hall is named for Mrs. Pat Tarble, who, along with her husband, Newton E. Tarble, was a generous benefactor of the College.
The Tower is Carthage’s newest residence hall, opening its doors in August 2018. The eight-story, 43,000-square-foot facility connects Madrigrano and Johnson halls. It houses 126 student residents in suite-style rooms on its top six floors. The two lower floors are dedicated to shared spaces including meeting rooms, lounges, and full kitchens, giving students many places in which to gather, socialize, collaborate, and cook meals.
Swenson Residence Hall is Carthage’s all-male residence hall. Swenson Hall houses only 26 students in 13 rooms, eight of which are equipped with private bathrooms.
Since 1989, Carthage has invited young scholars from Asia, Europe, and Central and South America to teach their native languages to Carthage students while pursuing their graduate studies at the College. These Target Language Experts (TLEs) in Modern Languages take residence in a group of College-owned residential homes adjacent to campus. Undergraduate international students enjoy the housing options available in the student residence halls.
(Home of the President)
Built as the family home of the President of the College in the early 1960s, the building was a gift from the people of Trinity Lutheran Church in Rockford, Illinois. The home was named “Trinity House” in honor of the College’s decades-long relationship with the congregation.
Smeds Tennis Center
Across the street from the main campus, the Smeds Tennis Center features 10 hard-surface tennis courts, six of which are lighted; two stadium courts; an observation deck; and a clubhouse, which houses locker rooms, restrooms, team meeting space, and a juice bar. The facility is named for Edward W. and Alice Smeds, alumni of the College. Mr. Smeds is a trustee emeritus of the College and served as the chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2011.