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Computing

 

For Faculty and Staff

Issuing Computing and Media Equipment to Faculty and Staff

Full-time Carthage faculty and staff will be issued one computing device upon request, paid for by Library and Information Services. Each employee (or each employee’s supervisor) will complete the request form below to initiate the purchase. LIS will communicate to the individual (and supervisor) via email through Request Tracker regarding the purchase.

When the computer arrives and is ready for the employee to pick up, the employee will have to set up a time to pick up their device, and sign a form indicating that they have picked up the device and understand security expectations.

All devices must be returned to Library and Information Services when an employee leaves Carthage. Please email help@carthage.edu if you have further questions.

Requesting New Computing Equipment

Library and Information Services provides full-time Carthage faculty and staff one computer to complete College work. Requested equipment beyond that is paid for by the employee’s department. Please fill out the form below to request computing devices for new employees or current employees.

Faculty/Staff Computing Equipment Request Form

Requesting Media Equipment to Purchase or Borrow

Carthage faculty and staff may borrow media equipment from the Media Services Department at LIS. You may request that Media Services hold an item for you at the Circulation Desk via this request form, or you may ask to borrow the equipment for an extended period of time by sending an email to help@carthage.edu. If you are asking for media equipment or peripherals for an entire semester or longer, please have your department request LIS order the items at your department’s expense.

Help and Support for Your Devices

Library and Information Services has full-time staff to assist you with your Carthage-owned computing devices. Please send an email to help@carthage.edu to tell us of the problem you are having and make an appointment for a consultation.

Software and Web Resources

All faculty and staff have various web resources and software available to them at no charge from Carthage. Please take a look at our Software and Web Resources page to see what is available, both to you, your students, and in labs and classrooms across campus.

For Students

What Devices to Bring (and what NOT to bring)

Carthage recommends that every student have their own laptop computer. This will allow you to access your course resources, do research online, take notes in class, write papers, create and give presentations, communicate electronically with classmates, family and friends, and much more. It is up to you whether you select a Mac or Windows computer. You may want to contact some of the faculty in the department in which you intend to major to find out if there will be a preference in your courses.

A college campus is different from a home environment when it comes to technology. There are a lot more people with a lot more devices in close proximity. In order to make technology work for as many people and as many devices as possible, Carthage has established some rules and guidance that help everyone have a better experience using the network.

Equipment you should NOT bring to campus

  • Routers of any kind (wireless or wired) are expressly prohibited and violate the Carthage Community Code.
  • Hubs and switches will also not work in residence halls and should not be brought to campus.
  • Printers with wifi capabilites interfere with our campus network. so do not bring a wireless printer unless the wifi signal can be disabled and you can connect to it with a cord. They WILL NOT WORK WITH WIFI.

Equipment that is welcome and often brought to campus by students includes:

  • Laptop and desktop computers with wired or wireless connection.
  • Tablets and hybrids such as iPad, Nexus, Kindle Fire, Surface, Chromebook.
  • Smartphones.
  • Gaming consoles or devices.
  • TV-related devices such as Roku, Chromecast, Fire TV, Apple TV, etc.

Chromebooks, iPads, Surface Tablets

Library and Information Services strongly recommend that students come to campus with a laptop that runs either a Mac or Windows operating system. Chromebooks, Surface tablets, or iPads that run Android or iOS are typically unable to install programs or software required by the professor’s choice of textbook or other course-related software. If you want to utilize one of the above machines, a Surface PRO or Surface BOOK will run a full-featured operating system, therefore allowing software downloads of programs we frequently see on campus.

Software and Hardware for Purchase

Hardware

While we do not recommend specific brands or models for students to purchase, If you are planning on purchasing a computer, it is a good idea to check with the academic program you are intending to study to see if they have special computing requirements. While the Library and Information Services Departments does not recommend specific brands or models for students to purchase, we suggest a laptop with an Intel Core i5 processor, at least 8GB of RAM, with a 256GB SSD (solid-state drive). A solid-state drive is much faster and can handle many applications. There is no reason to have a hard drive of 1 or 2 TB unless you are going to store tons of songs or photos on the machine; 256GB should be more than enough for school.

A lot of newer laptops don’t come with a disc drive, and it really isn’t necessary so much anymore. Keep in mind that the library has external disc drives to borrow if you want to watch a movie or download software from a disc. The librayr also has mice, keyboards, and VGA adapters for projecting one’s computer to a screen. 

Carthage doesn’t endorse certain vendors, but discounts may be available through the following:

Software

Library and Information Services offers a free Microsoft Office 365 software to students on a yearly basis, and free SPSS software (a statistical package that is required by some statistics classes). At Carthage, we rely heavily on Google Drive to work on, and share documents, so much of one’s work can be done and stored in the cloud. We also have free Symantec antivirus for all students/faculty/staff, so you don’t have to purchase a separate antivirus subscription. Other hardware and software may be useful for the courses you take. We provide some software at no cost, and there are sometimes educational discounts on software and hardware.

Please consult the Software & Web Resources page to discover what software is available.

Help and Support for Your Devices

The Hedberg Library Information Desk will help with the following computer-related issues:

  • Connecting to the Internet.
  • Virus issues and installing our standard anti-virus software.
  • Installation of printer drivers and troubleshooting printing to or from devices.

We can recommend local repair providers for hardware related issues, but we do not diagnose hardware issues or perform hardware repairs.

Contact the Hedberg Library Information Desk (help@carthage.edu) or 262-551-5950.

  • 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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