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September 2011 Minutes

Carthage College Faculty Meeting Minutes

September 2, 2011 — 8:30 a.m.


Provost Rivera called the meeting to order at 8:37 am


Ross Larson led the invocation.


Promotions were identified by the Provost.


Ed Montanaro introduced the TLE’s.


  • Exercise and Sports Science — Bob Bonn introduced new faculty.
  • Modern Language — Richard Sperber introduced Maria Morales Martinez.
  • Criminal Justice — Rick Matthews introduced Kathryn Johnson.
  • Classics — Chris Renaud introduced Julian Hendrix.
  • English Department — Pam Smiley introduced Alyson Kiesel.
  • Western Heritage — Ben DeSmidt introduced Brendan Cook, Paul Diduch, and Aviva Rothman.
  • Education — Jackie Easley introduced Kathy Ryan, Kathy Barca, and Kathy Lauer.
  • Discovery Museum — Thomas Carr introduced Megan Seitz.
  • Geography — Matt Zorn introduced Rob Edsall.
  • Biology — Pat Pfaffle introduced Amar Singh.
  • Mathematics — Mark Snavely introduced Michael Nicholas. 


The Provost advanced the motion and it was seconded that Chris von Dehsen be the trainer for “Parliamentarian-In-Training” position.


President Campbell addressed the faculty with remarks about the business of the College, the progress of current programs, and projections for future development.  He also responded to questions from the faculty. Additional remarks included the national search for the position of President and information about the protocols to be embraced in that process. Remarks concluded with a “Welcome Back” to the faculty.


Discussion on enrollment of new class for 2011-2012. Retention rates were emphasized and statistical data was shared. 695 freshmen; 790 new students will join the Carthage student body this year. ACT scores for Carthage admits are higher than the national average. Extended discussion on Top Competing Colleges ensued related to competition among those schools for recruitment.


Rom Maczka and Aaron Trautwein reported that the Academic Senate is a governing body moving with the force of the authority of the faculty. The structure and organization of the senate was explained. Returning members of the senate were identified.


Cynthia Allen, Richard Sperber, Matt Borden, Herschel Krueger, Scott Hegrenes, Seemee Ali, and Diane Levesque were nominated. Each nominee briefly spoke about his/her backgrounds as a rationale for being on the senate. Aaron Trautwein explained the plan for the afternoon workshops on academic committees and organization.


Leslie Cameron spoke on Personnel & Tenure issues regarding personnel files, with October 1st being the deadline for submission of sabbatical proposals. Quality of Life report was given by Martin McClendon/Walter Smith took Martin’s place. Curriculum Planning report was given by Deanna Byrnes, who also introduced the committee’s members.


Greg Baer, Dennis Munk, and Dana Garrigan spoke on accreditation, self-study, and re-accreditation. An Organizational Chart for the NCA /Self-Study 2014 was displayed. Dennis Munk highlighted the scholarship models in the CADRE program sessions. Dana Garrigan gave an update on assessment plans and programs in the various departments. The refinement of student-outcome goals was identified as a “target goal” in strategic planning. Greg Baer also discussed components of the Faculty Learning Community.


Reverend Ross Larson was introduced as the Interim Dean of the Chapel. He spoke about his duties as a faculty member and his commitment to his responsibilities to the Chapel.


Hedberg Chair, Finance Faculty, Physicist


Richard Sperber announced Isabel Rivero-Villa’s Ph.D.; Erik Kulke announced the Study Abroad Fair; and Jim Ripley identified and clarified the calendar of musical events. Kim Instenes announced C-Sym activities.

The meeting adjourned at 11:27 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Thomas W. Wolff
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 …