CARTHAGE COLLEGE FACULTY MEETING MINUTES
August 29, 2008
Judith Schaumberg called the meeting to order at 8:35 a.m.
Harvard Stephens delivered the invocation.
Christine Rener moved to table the approval of minutes until October, pending consultation with the previous secretary.
The motion passed.
Martin McClendon’s appointment as faculty secretary was announced.
Chris von Dehsen was nominated and appointed as the new parliamentarian.
INTRODUCTION OF NEW COLLEAGUES
Department chairs introduced the additions to this year’s faculty. Administrative heads similarly introduced their new staff members.
CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT - President Campbell
(August, December, February, May)
President Campbell gave a report on two incoming students from Kenya, arriving here through the auspices of Dr. Susan Mboya and Zawadi Africa, and also introduced a new student from the Gaza Strip. These admissions are part of meeting an increased international enrollment goal.
President Campbell reports we are coming off the best year Carthage College has ever had fiscally.
President Campbell gave a report on his medical condition, procedures used to treat it, and subsequent recovery, which is proceeding well.
REPORT ON INCOMING CLASS
Brad Andrews announced the hiring of the new Dean of Students, Louise Paskey.
Brad reported that full-time enrollment is now 2,378. He reported a 78% retention figure. There are 756 incoming freshmen, a new record, over our target. We are one of only five institutions in Wisconsin to fill the incoming class this year. Freshman applications are nearing 6,000 per year. The freshman admit rate has dropped slightly. Brad anticipates that it will drop further as we become more selective. Two-thirds of our incoming students have a GPA exceeding 3.5 and an average ACT score of 24. Students come from 20 states and 10 countries. Male enrollment is up, contrary to the national trend. Academic offerings is listed as the number one student reason for applying to Carthage. The top three competing institutions are NIU, Marquette, and Augustana.
Jean Quashnock asked what size our waitlist is. Brad stated that we have never had a significant waitlist before. Currently we have 5 students waitlisted for spring enrollment. Dorm space is now full.
A question was asked as to how many retained freshmen are actually coming back. Brad stated that the number is firm.
Christine Blaine asked about transfers. Brad stated there are 57.
Eric Pullin asked about Illinois/Wisconsin distribution. Brad stated Illinois: 30%, Wisconsin: 20%.
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
Executive Committee - Christine Rener
Christine Rener (chair) introduced the members of the FEC.
A list of faculty committee appointments will be issued soon.
Congratulations to Steve Udry for entry into the Indiana University Athletics hall of fame.
Congrats to Rick Matthews, chosen as representative to the NCAA.
Pastor Stephens announced the return of Bridges to Peace and called for faculty submissions. Services are now taking place in all four chapels on campus. Pastor Stephens reminded us that grace comes to us most strongly in our relationships with others.
Aaron Trautwein announced the United Way campaign.
Laura Rodman announced a Fine arts colloquium.
Jean Quashnock acknowledged the work of Michele Bonn as Registrar.
Herschel Kruger announced visiting artists in the Theatre Department: Laura Jacqmin teaching playwriting and Eric Simonson writing an original play for Carthage Theatre.
Diane Levesque announced the June Spiezer show in the school gallery.
The meeting adjourned at 10:17 a.m.