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Office of the Provost

December 2007 Minutes

December 6, 2007

Dean Piepenburg called the meeting to order at 11:51 a.m.

Harvard Stephens delivered the invocation.

Minutes of the November 1, 2007 meeting were approved as posted.

(August, December, February, May)


State of the College

  • Tim Eckert asked about purchasing property north of the campus (17th street) .
    • Money used for these purchases is out of the endowment.
  • Jim Lochtefeld asked about the College’s debt.
  • Dimitri Shapovalov asked about the renovation of JAC .
    • JAC is not on the capital projects list for renovations at this time.
  • Bob Schlack asked about the Adult Education Program and changes being made to it.
    • We have a consultant who is suggesting 7 week modules for the courses, thus moving away from semester courses toward this new model.
    • May also institute Hybrid courses where part of it is face-to-face and part online.
  • Matt Borden asked about Straz renovation (old Theater space).
  • Jim Lochtefeld asked how much it costs to take a football team to California .
    • Bob Bonn answered that when a team travels outside the Conference it must raise its own funds to travel there. The trip cost $30,000. All sports teams must raise their own funds for travel outside of the Conference.
  • Steve Udry asked about financial assistance for J-Term travel.
    • Choir and other musical groups are subsidized by the College.
    • 20 years from now when the endowment is larger, we might be able to subsidize J-Term costs.


Executive Committee - Christine Rener

  • FEC heard concerns about student/athletic travel. Bob Bonn will speak to the faculty in February about reinforcing the role of academics among athletes.
  • Changes in committee structure are coming.
  • Communication with President Campbell about hiring for the New Heritage Pilot.
  • Bob Schlack asked whether there is a committee for honorary degrees.
    • Kurt answered that it is a joint Board/Faculty committee (5 members - 3 are Board, 2 are Faculty).

Curriculum Planning Committee - Tom Groleau

  • Course proposals passed as a bloc.

Changes to Majors and Programs

BIOL 466 Experimental Design changed from 2 credits to 4 credits
Motion Passed

Changes to the Chemistry Major
Motion Passed

Changes to the Minor in Entrepreneurial Studies in Natural Science
Motion Passed

A New Major and Minor in Public Relations
Motion Passed








  • Paul Ulrich: thanked Greg Baer for his previous work as Honors Director .
    • Discussed Lincoln Scholarship competition and asked for additional faculty to sign up.
  • Dan Miller received a $10,000 grant.
  • Doug Arion was instrumental in getting $100,000 from Kenosha County toward the Kemper Center Observatory.
  • Isabel Rivero announced the International Dinner.


The meeting adjourned at 12:46 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Jeff Roberg
Faculty Secretary

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2018), 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

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    • 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.

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    • 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, 2017 and 2018, 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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

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