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May 2010 Minutes

Carthage College Faculty Meeting Minutes

May 6, 2010

Provost Judith Schaumberg called the meeting to order at 11:50 a.m.

Harvard Stephens gave the Invocation.

The minutes of the April 8, 2010 Faculty Meeting were approved as published.


President Campbell spoke briefly reporting that the school is in good shape. He thanked the faculty for their part in this success. There were no questions.


Faculty Executive Committee
Steve Udry and Aaron Trautwein, co-chairs moved:
1. Motion No. 1: Proposal for an Academic Senate.
a. Amendment #1 was defeated. 
b. Amendment #2 was defeated. 
c. Amendment #3 was defeated. 
d. An amendment of substitution: “The Senate (under a majority vote) may go into closed session at the (request of) the discretion of  Senate Chair, Provost, or President.” This amendment was defeated.

A written ballot was requested. Motion No. 1 passed: Yes: 100, No: 10.

[The agenda progressed while ballots were tallied.]
Aaron Trautwein announced that while Board representatives and Western Heritage Committee representatives are usually elected at the May meeting, elections for these positions would occur in the fall.

2. Motion No. 2: Resolution to proceed with a nomination process for Senate elections
Motion No. 2 on a voice vote passed unanimously.

Budget and Compensation Committee
Pascal Rollet, Chair, and Cathy Duffy
Presented “Carthage 2007-2009 Salary Data Review.” The information will be posted on the Carthage Budget and Compensation website. Contact committee members with any questions. Reports by gender will be added to the information.

Personnel and Tenure
Pat Pfaffle, Chair
Reminded the faculty that each person is responsible for maintaining her/his own personnel file. Due dates for the inclusion of specific artifacts are posted on the CADRE website. An email reminder will be forthcoming.

Quality of Life Committee
Tom Powers and Laura Huaracha, Co-Chairs announced:
1. 2010-2011 Faculty Research and Development Grants have been awarded and posted on the Quality of Life website.
2. Nominations for the Quality of Life Enhancement Award are due to Jackie Easley by June 152010. The Award will be announced at the beginning of the Fall term. 
3. A Trail Endowment Fund of approximately $3,000 will be established at the end of this fiscal year to promote the design and construction of walking trails.

Curriculum Planning Committee
Herschel Kruger, Chair moved:
1. Changes to the English major with creative writing emphasis and the creative writing minor, including one new course. This motion carried unanimously.

2. Changes to the Studio Art major and minor, including one new course.  This motion carried unanimously.

3. Eight new courses and changes to course descriptions were proposed as a group, and approved unanimously.

4. Two Topics courses were presented for information only.

Heritage Oversight Committee
Matt Borden
Matt reported that all is going well. Subcommittee reports are available upon request. Ask Matt Borden.

Carthage Symposium Oversight Committee
Matt Borden
Matt reported that more Carthage-symposium courses are needed for next year - which Provost Schaumberg reiterated and emphasized.


Greg Baer and Dennis Munk, Co-Chairs

Recommended that faculty members join Faculty Learning Committees.








Cathy Duffy: Textbook titles for all fall courses must be available by July 1, 2010.

Harvard Stephens: 2011 Martin Luther King Celebration Harlem Renaissance theme.

Erik Kulke: 11th Annual All-Carthage Golf Outing.

Mimi Yang: 7th International Poetry Festival

Chris Renaud: led the faculty in applause, thanking Judith Schaumberg for her service as our Dean and first Provost. Judith will continue to serve and assist until December 2010.

The meeting adjourned at 1:09 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Amy Haines

  • 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 …