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  • David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Natural and Social Sciences (DSC)

    The David A. Straz, Jr. Center houses Carthage’s new Science Center, which opened in September 2015. The new facility increases classroom and laboratory space by 40 percent, while providing state-of-the-art facilities for study in the natural sciences and new ways for students and faculty to collaborate on forefront research. The project included a major renovation of a 70,000-square-foot facility and a new 35,000-square-foot wing to the south and east that embraces the building’s lakeside location. The Science Center offers 12 interdisciplinary laboratories for research in such pioneering areas as nanotechnology, molecular biology, and atomic microscopy; collaborative learning areas; a two-story, glass-enclosed atrium for exhibits, public gatherings, student poster presentations, and planetarium shows; TEAL (Technology Enhanced Active Learning) classrooms; a stepped seating area with advanced media capabilities; and an outdoor classroom overlooking Lake Michigan with natural stone seating.

    A. W. Clausen Center for World Business (CC)

    Recognizing that students are graduating into a global economy, the College opened the A. W. Clausen Center for World Business in 2004. Situated in the north wing of the Straz Center, the Clausen Center provides offices, classrooms, and other facilities for the Accounting and Finance, Economics, Management and Marketing, Political Science, and Computer Science departments. Housing 10 classrooms, five seminar rooms, and an executive conference room/classroom laboratory, the Clausen Center hosts numerous special lectures and visits by international business leaders.

    Lentz Hall (LH)

    A four-story building perched on the campus bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, Lentz Hall is home to the Office of Admissions, Business Office, Office of Student Accounts, Office of Institutional Advancement, Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Career Services, Office of the Registrar, and Office of Continuing Studies. Serving as one of the primary academic centers of the campus, Lentz Hall contains numerous classrooms, specialized teaching facilities, and offices for many of the humanities and professional studies faculty. The Nursing Learning Laboratories opened in Lentz Hall in February 2017. This 3,000-square-foot space is divided into a skills lab and a simulation lab. The building is named for the Rev. Harold H. Lentz, 18th President of the College, who served from 1952 to 1976. He courageously led the College during its crucial transition from Carthage, Illinois, to Kenosha.

    Walter Fritsch Meditation Chapel

    Enjoying its position nestled within a grove of mature oak trees, this charming 40-seat chapel constructed of native Lannon stone with timber frames is enjoyed by Carthage community members for private meditation, Eucharist, or prayer services. The chapel is adorned with a Greek cross fashioned by internationally renowned liturgical artist Eugene Potente, Jr., a resident of Kenosha. Masonry that forms the altar was taken from the steps of the Old Main building at the College’s former Illinois campus.

    Hedberg Library (HL)

    Dedicated in 2002, Hedberg Library provides Carthage students and faculty with the resources, services, support, and inspirational space they need to pursue their course assignments and research. Hedberg Library is home to Library and Information Services, which supports traditional and electronic library services, information technology, media/audiovisual services, and equipment loans including laptops and iPads. The library’s growing collection of print and electronic resources contains more than 900,000 unique books, periodicals, audio and visual recordings, microforms, and other materials. The 65,000-square-foot facility has several technology-enhanced classrooms, the 75-seat Niemann Media Theater, and 11 collaborative and individual study rooms. It includes the Bleeke Research Center; the Franklin I. and Irene List Saemann Curriculum Resource Center; the Staubitz Archives; the Fess Information Commons; the Brainard Writing Center; tutoring and academic support offices; the Fritsch Classroom; and the Center for Children’s Literature. Donna’s Bytes, in the east section of the library, offers food, beverages, and a relaxing atmosphere for students to unwind and enjoy discussions, lake views, or sitting in front of the fireplace. The library is named for Donald D. Hedberg ’50, Carthage trustee emeritus and philanthropist.

    A. F. Siebert Chapel (SC)

    At the heart of the Carthage campus, A. F. Siebert Chapel provides a beautiful setting for the College’s religious life programs. It is the site of a thriving worship series during the week and weekend worship services. It is the gathering place for important events such as the Carthage Christmas Festival, Interfaith Baccalaureate service, and concerts by renowned musical ensembles. The 1,500-seat chapel includes the magnificent, four-manual Fritsch Memorial Pipe Organ, the Ehrler Chapel, and offices for the Campus Pastor, Director of Choral Activities, and the Catholic Campus Minister.

    H. F. Johnson Center for the Fine Arts (JAC)

    The Johnson Arts Center includes classrooms, practice areas, teaching studios, and faculty offices for both the Music and Art departments. The center houses the Recital Hall and Art Gallery. Music facilities include band and choir rooms, numerous practice rooms, and piano laboratory. Dedicated art facilities include ceramic, 3-D, drawing, painting, and etching classrooms/labs.

    N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center (TARC)

    Opened in 2001, the 156,000-square-foot N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center houses the Koenitzer Aquatic Center, featuring a 25-yard-by-40-meter, 16-lane competition pool; the 5,000-square-foot Semler Health and Fitness Center; the McNamara Baseball and Softball Practice Area; the Snap-on ACE Climbing Wall; a 200-meter indoor track; the Karstetter Racquetball Courts; the Jon Swift Sports Medicine Center; an aerobics area; multipurpose courts for basketball, volleyball, and tennis; six locker rooms hosting more than 500 lockers; the Postlewaite Press Box; and offices for the athletic staff, which include the Cornog Swimming Coaches’ Office, the Lyons Volleyball Coach’s Office, and the Art Keller Football Coaches’ Office. The Field House is home to the spring Commencement exercises and large-scale concerts and events.

    Tarble Arena

    The Tarble Arena, reopened in 2009 after a $13.5 million renovation, provides indoor facilities for physical education and athletics. The arena serves as the competition venue for basketball and volleyball. The facility hosts four classrooms, seven office suites, an athletic training/exercise physiology laboratory, an athletic team fitness center, and the David E. Dale Golf Center. The arena seats 2,500 for basketball or volleyball, and 4,200 for concerts and other events. Past concerts have featured national acts including Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Bob Dylan, The Script, Phillip Phillips, and The Fray.

    Todd Wehr Center (TWC)

    The Todd Wehr Center is positioned proudly in the middle of the student residential area. This facility, supporting the cocurricular life of Carthage students, contains the campus cafeteria, student mailboxes, student lounges, and a suite of multipurpose meeting and event rooms. The Caf, on the second floor, received a 2012 renovation and upgrade. It offers a variety of dining options provided by Sodexo Food Service, North America’s largest provider of food and facilities management. The Dean of Students Office and the Center for Student Success are housed in the building.

    Campbell Student Union

    The Campbell Student Union opened in 2011 and serves as the campus living room. Proving that the gathering is always in the kitchen, Carthage students frequent the Student Union’s eateries, which include Sub Connection, WOW Café & Wingery, Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, and Seattle’s Best Coffee. Rounding out the retail main street, the Union also contains the campus Barnes & Noble Bookstore and the Red Zone, Carthage’s own convenience store. The 200-seat student activity auditorium proudly boasts a state-of-the-art digital projection system in a THX-certified showplace. The western face of the Campbell Student Union comprises the 1,700-seat home field seating of the Art Keller Football Stadium and the 2,000-square-foot athletic press box.

    The Joan C. Potente Chapel

    The Joan C. Potente Chapel provides an oasis for nurturing the spirit. Reflection, meditation, prayer, and worship can restore balance and provide inspiration in the lives of those who come here. It is nestled among The Oaks Residential Village at the south end of campus. Although open to all students and the greater community, this chapel reflects a Roman Catholic atmosphere. A gift of Gene Potente, whose work also includes the Fritsch Meditation Chapel, the Joan C. Potente Chapel is named in honor of his wife.

    Student Residence Halls

    Comfortable, on-campus housing accommodations are available to residential students in a number of residence halls. Each hall includes lounges, vending facilities, study areas, laundry rooms, and other services.

    Henry Denhart Residence Hall is a coed residence hall offering suite-style rooms, a courtyard, and housing for three Greek organizations: Chi Omega, Tau Kappa Epsilon, and Zeta Tau Sigma. Denhart Hall hosts an annual fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The building is named for Henry Denhart, an early Carthage trustee and significant benefactor.

    Joseph Johnson Residence Hall is a coed hall that includes four Greek wings: Sigma Omega Sigma, Delta Upsilon, Phi Kappa Sigma, and Alpha Chi Omega. The terrace level was renovated in 2001 and now includes suite-style rooms. The Campus Security Office is located on the terrace level. A large courtyard is situated behind the building. Johnson Hall is known for its annual “Johnson Haunted Halls” competition, which takes place each year around Halloween. The building is named for Joseph Johnson, a founder and former chairman of the board of Snap-on, Inc., who was an important benefactor of the College.

    Madrigrano Family Residence Hall is a coed hall that includes three Greek wings: Tau Sigma Chi, Kappa Phi Eta, and Delta Omega Nu. The terrace level is home to The Current, the student-run newspaper, and Centrique, a student literature and arts magazine. Madrigrano Hall also houses offices for hall directors, the Carthage Activities Board, WAVE, Residence Life Council, and the Office of Communications. An outdoor patio area, complete with chairs and a grill, is situated directly behind Madrigrano Hall.

    The Oaks Residential Village is a new cluster of six villas on the south side of campus, overlooking Lake Michigan. The Oaks features private rooms and baths in suite arrangements, with common lounge areas for each floor and dedicated study rooms in the basements. Every room has stunning views of Lake Michigan and/or a beautiful wooded area.

    Pat Tarble Residence Hall is Carthage’s all-female residence hall. Situated next to a courtyard and volleyball court, it includes some study-intensive rooms and houses three sororities: Delta Omega Epsilon, Sigma Alpha Chi, and Pi Theta. Many rooms overlook Lake Michigan, while others offer suite-style accommodations. The hall is named for Mrs. Pat Tarble, who, along with her husband, Newton E. Tarble, was a generous benefactor of the College.

    Swenson Residence Hall is Carthage’s all-male residence hall. Swenson Hall houses only 26 students in 13 rooms, eight of which are equipped with private bathrooms.

    International Housing

    Since 1989, Carthage has invited young scholars from Asia, Europe, and Central and South America to teach their native languages to Carthage students while pursuing their graduate studies at the College. These Target Language Experts (TLEs) in Modern Languages take residence in a group of College-owned residential homes adjacent to campus. Undergraduate international students enjoy the housing options available in the student residence halls.

    Trinity House
    (Home of the President)

    Built as the family home of the President of the College in the early 1960s, the building was a gift from the people of Trinity Lutheran Church in Rockford, Illinois. The home was named “Trinity House” in honor of the College’s decades-long relationship with the congregation.

    Smeds Tennis Center

    Across the street from the main campus, the Smeds Tennis Center features 10 hard surface tennis courts, six of which are lighted; two stadium courts; an observation deck; and a clubhouse, which houses locker rooms, restrooms, team meeting space, and a juice bar. The facility is named for Edward W. and Alice Smeds, alumni of the College. Mr. Smeds is a trustee emeritus of the College and served as the chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2011.

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2017), 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 and 2017, 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. 11 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 …

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