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Office of the Provost

August 2008 Minutes

August 29, 2008

Judith Schaumberg called the meeting to order at 8:35 a.m.

Harvard Stephens delivered the invocation.

Christine Rener moved to table the approval of minutes until October, pending consultation with the previous secretary.

The motion passed.

Martin McClendon’s appointment as faculty secretary was announced.

Chris von Dehsen was nominated and appointed as the new parliamentarian.


Department chairs introduced the additions to this year’s faculty.  Administrative heads similarly introduced their new staff members.


(August, December, February, May)

President Campbell gave a report on two incoming students from Kenya, arriving here through the auspices of Dr. Susan Mboya and Zawadi Africa, and also introduced a new student from the Gaza Strip.  These admissions are part of meeting an increased international enrollment goal.

President Campbell reports we are coming off the best year Carthage College has ever had fiscally.

President Campbell gave a report on his medical condition, procedures used to treat it, and subsequent recovery, which is proceeding well.


Brad Andrews announced the hiring of the new Dean of Students, Louise Paskey. 

Brad reported that full-time enrollment is now 2,378.  He reported a 78% retention figure.  There are 756 incoming freshmen, a new record, over our target.  We are one of only five institutions in Wisconsin to fill the incoming class this year.  Freshman applications are nearing 6,000 per year.  The freshman admit rate has dropped slightly.  Brad anticipates that it will drop further as we become more selective.  Two-thirds of our incoming students have a GPA exceeding 3.5 and an average ACT score of 24.  Students come from 20 states and 10 countries.  Male enrollment is up, contrary to the national trend.  Academic offerings is listed as the number one student reason for applying to Carthage.  The top  three competing institutions are NIU, Marquette, and Augustana.

Jean Quashnock asked what size our waitlist is.  Brad stated that we have never had a significant waitlist before.  Currently we have 5 students waitlisted for spring enrollment.  Dorm space is now full. 

A question was asked as to how many retained freshmen are actually coming back.  Brad stated that the number is firm.

Christine Blaine asked about transfers.  Brad stated there are 57.

Eric Pullin asked about Illinois/Wisconsin distribution.  Brad stated Illinois: 30%, Wisconsin: 20%.


Executive Committee - Christine Rener

Christine Rener (chair) introduced the members of the FEC. 

A list of faculty committee appointments will be issued soon. 







Congratulations to Steve Udry for entry into the Indiana University Athletics hall of fame.

Congrats to Rick Matthews, chosen as representative to the NCAA.


Pastor Stephens announced the return of Bridges to Peace and called for faculty submissions.  Services are now taking place in all four chapels on campus.  Pastor Stephens reminded us that grace comes to us most strongly in our relationships with others.

Aaron Trautwein announced the United Way campaign.

Laura Rodman announced a Fine arts colloquium.

Jean Quashnock acknowledged the work of Michele Bonn as Registrar.

Herschel Kruger announced visiting artists in the Theatre Department: Laura Jacqmin teaching playwriting and Eric Simonson writing an original play for Carthage Theatre.

Diane Levesque announced the June Spiezer show in the school gallery. 

The meeting adjourned at 10:17 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Martin McClendon
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

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wins, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 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.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. 95% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • 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.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

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

    • 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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 5 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 …