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April 2012 Minutes

Carthage College Faculty Meeting Minutes

April 5, 2012 — 4:00 p.m.

CALL TO ORDER

Provost Julio Rivera called the meeting to order at 4:05 p.m.

INVOCATION

Ross Larson prefaced the invocation with a short introductory talk on the elements of the festival days of the Easter season. He then invited the congregation to engage in an “inclusive prayer.”

FACULTY TENURE ANNOUNCEMENT

Provost Julio Rivera announced the names of faculty who were awarded tenure: Karin Sconzert, Dan Choffnes, Wenjie Sun, Ed Montanaro, Paul Kirkland, John Isham, and Seemee Ali.

CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT

The President announced that Ross Larson was moved from Acting Chapel Dean to the rank of Dean of the Chapel.

President Campbell then proceeded by asking for questions from the audience.  Ross Larson asked about the proceedings of the calendar for the remainder of the academic year.  The President reviewed several of the major events for the remaining year.  This included an overview of the provision of the new president’s opportunity to begin an orientation to the beginnings of his duties at Carthage.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF SEPT. 2, 2011

Julio Rivera then asked for an acceptance of the minutes of the last meeting.  The move was approved and passed.

ACADEMIC SENATE

Aaron Trautwein then spoke about the operations of the Academic Committees Organization. This was supplemented with a PowerPoint display in the form of a flow-chart draft of proposal # 3. He then identified the four major committees on campus which are: Academic Committees, Quality of Life, Budget and Compensation, Personnel & Tenure.

Course Approval and Curriculum Oversight models were shown to be revised from the old CPC. An administrative committee was identified as an additional arm of the chart.

Dr. Trautwein then stated that he would proceed to write up the details of the proposed committee’s model and submit such in a form to be voted upon at the upcoming May meeting.

CURRICULUM PLANNING

Deanna Byrnes then proposed 4 new courses.  All were voted upon and passed.

CADRE

Greg Baer, Dennis Munk, and Dana Garrigan announced a course planning workshop for faculty members. Course planning, organization, proposals for revisions, etc., were discussed. Also, a conference about Teaching and Learning was announced to be upcoming in the fall term of the academic year (actually August). Accreditation schedule was also identified, looking toward 2014 when the accreditation committee comes to campus. The faculty committee for this task includes Bill Abt, Joy Mast, Tom Powers, Karin Sconzert, and Rick Matthews.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None

NEW BUSINESS

None

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Golf outing was identified, annual event c/o: Erik Kulke

Hannibal Lecture 4-12

Guest to screen the film “Green Fire” by Dr. Temple

The meeting adjourned at 4:48 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Thomas W. Wolff
Faculty Secretary

  • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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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