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October 2009 Minutes

Carthage College Faculty Meeting Minutes

October 1, 2009

Judith Schaumberg called the meeting to order at 11:49 a.m. Dean Schaumberg reminded us that the next Faculty Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 29, 2009.

Chris Von Dehsen gave the invocation.

The minutes of September 4, 2009 were approved as posted.


Executive Committee
Steve Udry and Aaron Trautwein, FEC co-chairs had three announcements:

1) Faculty representatives to the Board of Trustees Meeting this weekend are Leonard Schulze, Stephen Udry and Aaron Trautwein.  The Board Report will be available afterwards through Udry and Trautwein.

2) Committee membership lists will be shared via e-mail on Monday.  Please double check these lists; contact Aaron Trautwein with any discrepancies.

3) The Adult Education Committee has been formed.

Quality of Life Committee
Laura Huaracha and Tom Powers, co-chairs, announced:

4) Student Academic Travel Grant applications have been disseminated.  The deadline is November 6, 2009.

5) A faculty newsletter is being formed to highlight activities and interests, and foster fellowship.

Curriculum Planning Committee
Herschel Kruger proposed:

6) The additions of a Chinese major and minor, and a Japanese major and minor, which passed unanimously.

7) Changes to the Exercise and Sport Science (EXSS) program,  which passed unanimously.

8) Changes to the Entrepreneurial Studies in the Natural Sciences minor, whichpassed unanimously.

9) A change of name from the Physics Department to the Physics and Astronomy Department, which passed unanimously.

10) Changes to the English Major, which passed unanimously.

11) New course proposals, moved as a block, were passed unanimously.

Carthage Symposium Committee
Matt Borden informed the faculty that the C-Sym proposal form has been streamlined.  The Committee plans to put descriptions of all C-Syms on the Carthage website. Adult Education (Mike West) requests additional C-Syms.


Greg Baer asks Department Chairs to submit Assessment Day reports by November 13, 2009.






Julio Rivera, speaking for the Dean’s Search Committee, asks that faculty search their networks and professional organizations for good candidates.  The Search Committee has recommended to the Board of Trustees that Carthage seek to fill the position of Provost rather than Dean of the College.  A job description will be available soon and sent to the faculty.

Judith Schaumberg shared a brief history of Carthage Strategic Plans.  The present Board of Trustees has asked for improved integration of Faculty and Board input for the Strategic Plan: 2015-2020, therefore the members of the Dean’s Advisory Committee (DAC) will join the members of the President’s Advisory Committee (PAC) to formulate goals.  The Board would like to have the plan crafted and in place by next year.

Judith Schaumberg:  Congratulations to Roger Bass who has achieved Board Certification as a Behavior Analyst, one of only fourteen in the state of Wisconsin.

Erik Kulke:  Study Abroad Fair on Thursday, October 8, 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in TWC Jockeys A and B.

Aaron Trautwein:  Julie Dawson and Dana Garrigan are assisting Aaron with the Carthage United Way this year. They will chair the campaign next year.

Laura Huaracha:  Freedom of Speech Week, October 19 – 23, 2009.

Michael McShane:  Hannibal Lecture, October 1, Joseph McAlhany on The Aeneid.

Jan Owens:  Responsible Development, Dr. Tim Schilling, Friday, October 9, 9:15-10:20 a.m. in the Seamann Lab.

Amy Haines:  A VoiceVista Workshop, Dr. Donald Gray Miller, October 17-18, 2009 in Hedberg Library Room 170 and JAC Recital Hall.

Martin McClendon:  ROOM SERVICE, a whacky farce, will run on October 9-11, and 15-17.

The meeting adjourned at 12:38 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.

    • 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 …