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March 2010 Minutes

Carthage College Faculty Meeting Minutes

March 4, 2010

Provost Judith Schaumberg called the meeting to order at 11:48 a.m. Schaumberg asked if the Provost Search Report by Julio Rivera could be moved to the beginning of the meeting. This was unanimously approved.

Chris Van Dehsen gave the invocation.

Minutes of the February 4, 2010 Faculty Meeting were approved as published.


Julio Rivera expressed appreciation to the faculty for the questions and conversations concerning provost candidates.

The next phase of the Provost Search is for faculty to communicate response about the candidates to the President. A forthcoming email will request these responses be submitted directly to the President, or via Rivera. On Tuesday, March 16th at 4:00 p.m., the President will have a listening session in Niemann Theatre.

Responding to a faculty inquiry, Rivera said that the Provost Search Committee would not present a formal written recommendation of a single candidate to the President; the Committee has a variety of viewpoints, so consensus may not be possible.


Faculty Executive Committee
Steve Udry and Aaron Trautwein, Co-Chairs

1. Udry first conveyed that History colleague, Bill Kuhn, will not return to Carthage. His resignation becomes official this summer.

2. Udry: The FEC would like to make note of two impressive occurrences.  On April 1, 2010, same-sex domestic partners will be eligible for Carthage Health Care Plan coverage and our Carthage Educational Assistance Program. Secondly, the FEC thanks the administration, and commends students for their responsible actions during the successful Unity Rally.

3. Trautwein: On Monday, March 15, ballots to nominate candidates for the FEC will be distributed through campus mail. The nominating period lasts 72 hours.  FEC elections will occur by mailbox ballot before Easter Break. Standing Faculty committee members will be elected at the following faculty meeting according to the standing governance rules.

4. Udry, Trautwein, and Jerry Mast: The FEC has sent a proposal for an Academic Senate to the Governance Review Steering Committee (GRSC) for response. Mast presented a potential timeline for governance reform (*) with the following important request: after the FEC and GRSC have reached accord and deliver the proposal via email, please review the document with a discerning eye and engage in much conversation before the April Faculty Meeting. The FEC encourages a revision of governance before a new provost arrives. Ideally, a system will be presented for a vote before the end of this academic year.

*Potential timeline for governance reform 

March 16th: FEC meets w/ GRSC to revise proposal
March 18th: FEC submits proposal to faculty via email
March 25th: FEC members listen/respond in Division Meetings
March 30th: FEC -sponsored forum #1    T 11:40am-1pm
March 31st: FEC -sponsored forum #2     W 2:30-4pm 
April 1st: FEC meets to consider changes 
April 2nd: FEC resubmits proposal to faculty via email
April 8th: FEC brings a motion to Faculty Meeting

Curriculum Planning Committee:  Herschel Kruger, Chair
1. Kruger began with a motion to consider jointly changes to the Business Administration, Marketing, and Information Systems majors, and the addition of a new Major in Finance, which included renaming the Business Administration major as theManagement major, renumbering two courses, adding five new courses and deleting four existing courses. This motion was approved.

2. Adding four new Art courses and removing ART 207: Printmaking from the catalog were moved as a package.  This motion was approved.

3. Two individual courses, GEOS: Earth Revealed, and BIO: Animal Behavior, were moved as a package.  The courses were approved.

4. The request to waive the 48-hour rule was moved, seconded and approved in order to vote on changes to Economics 334, POLS 339: Politics of Rapid Growth in East Asia, and POLS 340: Chinese Politics. This motion was approved unanimously.

5. Three Topics courses were presented for information.

Quality of Life Committee
1. Tom Powers announced the Student Academic Travel Grant due date of March 19 is fast approaching. The committee tries to split funds evenly across the fall and spring semesters.

2. Laura Huaracha reiterated the due date of Thursday, April 15, at noon for Faculty Research and Development Grants.

3. The Quality of Life enewsletter has been formed to foster community. Faculty, staff, and students’ news briefs, grant and fellowship information, announcements, cheers and jeers, interesting and/or funny stories, area happenings, and photos are requested and encouraged. Please choose a departmental link to send information to Laura.


Greg Baer and Dennis Munk announced upcoming workshops for Departmental Chairs, and Personnel and Tenure Committee information sessions.




Provost Schaumberg reported recent Board of Directors actions. Emeritus status has been awarded to Marian Rothstein and Mabel DuPriest. Sabbaticals have been awarded to Tom Groleau and Jerry Mast.  Six faculty members received tenure: Thomas Carr, Scott Hegrenes, Herschel Kruger, Jonathan Marshall, Jerry Mast, and Paul Ulrich.




Cynthia Allen announced there is only enough room for Juniors and Seniors in the Concepts of Physical Fitness and physical activity courses. Visiting nurses are completing individual fitness analyses in the Concepts course, the substantial costs of which are being underwritten by Lauren and Vicky Semler. Reminder: no one can test out of Concepts of Physical Fitness.

Leonard Schulze announced that a Haiti Event will take place after spring break. Watch for email information.

Matt Borden invited all to the March 31, 4-6 p.m. Humanities Colloquium: 2011 J-term Travel Courses. The organizers hope to include all courses that involve trips. An email announcement will be forthcoming.

The meeting adjourned at 12:53 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Amy Haines
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 wings, 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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 …