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See what’s changed on campus since last spring

September 10, 2020

Besides the temporary adjustments to maximize safety during the ongoing pandemic, returning Carthage students will notice some permanent improvements to campus facilities. Outside funding allowed the College to complete some much-needed repairs and renovations over the spring and summer.

Here are a few highlights:

The Aspire Center / Office of Admissions

Renovations to The Aspire Center, funded by a gift from the Tarble Family Foundation, were comple...

As part of its generous gift in 2016, the Tarble Family Foundation designated funds for a major upgrade to the space housing what is now Carthage’s Aspire Center — the hub for The Aspire Program™ and its emphasis on career development, entrepreneurship, leadership, and creativity. The renovations are largely complete, resulting in a striking new layout on the top floor of Lentz Hall.

Most immediately visible are the new entrances to the Aspire Center and the Office of Admissions near the top of the spiral staircase. Featuring glass, Lannon stone, and brighter lighting, the expansion provides a more accessible entry to two vital offices.

The project doubled the size of the Aspire Center. By adding a former classroom to its original footprint, the main suite now houses an interview room, collaborative work and meeting zones, and offices for career specialists and other staff. The flexible space is designed to be more conducive to peer advising, casual programming, and hybrid virtual/in-person connections.

To the east, the prime space that previously housed the Office of Continuing Studies is now the multipurpose Lakeview Conference Room. Its rich videoconferencing technology will soon connect students with alumni and employers around the world. The admissions team also uses the space to host prospective students and their families.

The Aspire Center staff expects to host a variety of networking activities and Lunch & Learn events in times ahead.

Fixing flood damage

After flooding in January caused significant damage to several campus facilities, the College used the insurance payout to cover the repairs.

  • A new heating and cooling system for Lentz Hall, with additional thermostats for zoned temperature control
  • New infield turf for Augie Schmidt Field
  • Replacement floors for the Karstetter Racquetball Court and the Dale Golf Center, plus renovations to the Jon Swift Sports Medicine Center (all in the TARC)
  • New floors, cabinets, and furniture for eight rooms in Denhart Hall

Graduate housing

Swenson Hall, the small residential building at the north end of campus, has been converted to graduate student housing. Formerly an all-male undergraduate residence hall, it’s now open to those enrolled in Carthage’s growing menu of master’s programs. Top priority goes to Target Language Experts, who teach modern languages courses while pursuing a Master of Education.