|Motto||Seeking truth. Building strength. Inspiring service. Together.|
|Type||Private liberal arts college|
|Affiliation||Evangelical Lutheran Church in America|
|President||Dr. Gregory Woodward|
|Location||Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States of America|
|Nickname||Red Men and Lady Reds|
Carthage College is a four-year private liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Situated in Kenosha, Wisconsin midway between Chicago, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the campus is an 80 acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan and is home to 2,500 full-time and 900 part-time students.
The Carthage faculty comprises nearly 150 scholars, 90 percent of whom hold the doctorate or other terminal degree. Gregory S. Woodward is the president of Carthage, the 22nd in its history.
Carthage College was founded by Lutheran pioneers in education in 1847 in Hillsboro, Illinois as The Literary and Theological Institute of the Lutheran Church in the Far West. The name was soon shortened to Hillsboro College. With a two-person faculty and 79 students, Hillsboro promised “a course of study designed to be thorough and practical, and to embrace all the branches of learning, usually pursued in the best academies and colleges.” In 1852 the college moved to Springfield, Illinois and operated under the name Illinois State University. Enrollment dwindled during the Civil War, and in 1870 the college moved again, this time to the rural, west-central city of Carthage, Illinois, where the college acquired its current name. By 1916, the college gained accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and received the association's highest rating of "A" — one of only four colleges in Illinois to gain this honor. The Great Depression and World War II lowered enrollment to 131 students in 1943. Ten years later, the Board of Trustees agreed to consider relocating Carthage once again. By 1962, Carthage had established its lakeshore campus in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and the college launched an era of growth. The next decade brought a period of continuous expansion. Enrollment increased fivefold, endowment tripled, and physical assets increased 600 percent. In Fall 1995, Carthage enrolled 1,527 full-time students, setting a new record. Intensive national searches have built a teaching-oriented faculty holding Ph.D.s from major graduate programs across the country. In the past decade alone, the College has invested more than $130 million in new construction, major renovations and technological acquisition.
During the 2000s, a new library (Hedberg Library) and athletic center (Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center) opened, the old library was turned into the A. W. Clausen Center for World Business, and the former Physical Education Center was rebuilt and renamed the Tarble Arena. The Oaks, the new student village overlooking Lake Michigan, contains six villas with semi-private suites and a media lounge on each floor.
In Fall 2011, a new student union opened on the site of the former W. F. Seidemann Natatorium. It has a new press box, new bleachers, a new and larger bookstore, new dining options, a campus "living room", a new dining room, a 200-seat theatre, an art gallery, and a gaming area. In April 2012 the student center was formally dedicated and named the Campbell Student Union in honor of retiring President F. Gregory Campbell and his wife, Barbara, for their 25 years of service to Carthage. President Campbell retired in August 2012.
Carthage claims a long-standing commitment to educating the whole person by nourishing the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social, and physical dimensions of students' lives. The College's stated mission is to offer:
- a curriculum that challenges students to think critically and express themselves effectively
- a campus life that encourages involvement and service
- a community of faith that nurtures spiritual growth and develops moral responsibility
- co-curricular activities that inspire students to test their own limits and express their individuality.
Carthage offers 24 NCAA Division III sports including men's baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's football, men's and women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, women's softball, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, men's and women's volleyball, and women's water polo. Club sports include men's bowling, women's bowling and co-ed ice hockey.
About a third of Carthage students are involved in varsity intercollegiate athletics, and another third participate in the many intramural and club sports offered.
The men's baseball team has averaged over 35 wins per season from 1990 to 2010, with an overall record of 702-237. They have been invited to the NCAA Division III World Series several times, finishing third in 2009.
Since 1990, Carthage has claimed eight outright CCIW divisional titles, one divisional-title tie, nine conference crowns, 16 NCAA regional berths, including nine-straight from 1992 to 2000, six regional titles, third-place finishes in both the 1993 and 1994 NCAA Division III baseball championships and fourth place in both 1995 and 1997. For his efforts, Coach Augie Schmidt has been named American Baseball Coaches Association/Diamond Sports NCAA Division III Central Regional "Coach Of The Year" nine times (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2009), won the ABCA/Louisville Slugger Conference Award seven times from 1993 to 1999, and has been named CCIW "Baseball Coach of the Year" on 10 occasions (1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2009).
In 2004, the Redmen football team set a school record for most wins in a season, going 11-2. That season was also the first time the Redmen made the NCAA Division III playoffs since the school joined the NCAA in 1976. Carthage went on to win their first two games of the playoffs defeating Alma College and Wooster College. The Redmen then lost to Division III powerhouse Mount Union College. The Redmen finished the 2004 season ranked 5th in the nation.
In 2005, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) ruled that Carthage, along with several other colleges, would be ineligible to host NCAA-sanctioned playoffs and tournaments because their nickname, "Redmen", was perceived as an offensive reference to Native Americans. A decision was made to rename the Carthage men's teams the "Red Men". This is in accordance with the circa 1920 origin of the name—the team's red uniform jersey—while removing any possible controversial connotations. In conjunction with the rearticulation of the name, a new logo for the team replaced the traditional feathered Carthage C. It includes a torch, a shield, and a C.
Carthage College was a member of the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from 1912 to 1941. After competing as an independent for five years, the school became a founding member of the College Conference of Illinois, now known as the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, in 1946, a membership it has maintained to this time.
In men's volleyball, Carthage became a founding member of the single-sport Continental Volleyball Conference (CVC) in 2011. In 2014, the CVC amicably split along regional lines, with Carthage and the CVC's other Midwestern members forming the Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League.
In women's water polo, Carthage is a member of the single-sport Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division III Conference since the team's inception in 2010.
Carthage has had 22 presidents since its founding.
- Francis Springer — 1847-55
- Simeon W. Harkey — 1855-57, 1862–66
- William M. Reynolds — 1858-62
- Simeon W. Harkey — 1862-66
- David Loy Tressler — 1873-80
- J. A. Kunkelman — 1881-83
- J. S. Detweiler — 1883-84
- E.F. Bartholomew — 1884-88
- Holmes Dysinger — 1888-95
- John M. Ruthrauff — 1895-1900
- Frederick L. Sigmund — 1900-09
- Harvey D. Hoover — 1909-26
- N. J. Gould Wickey — 1926-29
- Jacob Diehl — 1929-33
- Rudolph G. Schulz — 1935-43
- Erland Nelson — 1943-49
- Morris Wee — 1950-51
- Harold H. Lentz — 1952-76
- Erno J. Dahl — 1977-86
- Alan R. Anderson — 1986-87
- F. Gregory Campbell — 1987-2012
- Gregory S. Woodward — 2012–present
- Alden W. Clausen - former President of the World Bank
- Katie Cleary - American model and actress
- Caroline Bartlett Crane - American Unitarian minister, suffragist, civic reformer, educator and journalist
- Tony D'Souza - novelist
- Scott C. Fergus - Wisconsin State Assemblyman
- Daniel L. Gard - U.S. Navy admiral
- Steve Hanson - NFL player
- John Hay - American statesman, diplomat, author, journalist, Secretary to the President of the United States, and assistant to Abraham Lincoln
- David Holliday - Broadway, film, and television actor
- Alie "Muffy" Israel - track and field sprinter
- Jim Jodat - NFL player
- Susan Lee Johnson - historian and professor
- William George Juergens - former United States federal judge
- Laura Kaeppeler - 2012 Miss America Winner
- Rick Kehr - NFL player
- Jon Kukla - author and historian
- Scott M. Ladd - Iowa Supreme Court justice
- Robert Larsen - college football coach and athletic director
- David J. Lepak - Wisconsin State Assemblyman
- Paul Miller - MLB player
- Fernando Sanford - founding faculty member and physics professor at Stanford University
- Marie Sarantakis - author
- Charles Sommers - founder, writer, director for Wisconsin Hybrid Theater (Radio WHT)
- Ross H. Trower - Chief of Chaplains of the U.S. Navy
- Tom Vignieri - Composer, classical music producer, Emmy-winning music director of PBS From The Top at Carnegie Hall
- John Wager - NFL player
- Adam Walker - NFL player
- Don Welke - San Diego Padres Vice President of Scouting Operations
- Isaac Rothenbaum - "Forbes 30 under 30, 2015", "NCAA Sportsmanship Award Recipient"
- Thomas Carr, paleontologist
- Alice L. Kibbe, biologist
- Yuri Maltsev, economist
- Karl E. H. Seigfried, musician and Norse mythologist
- Mark R.V. Southern, linguist
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- IMDB bio
- University of Wisconsin-Madison Web site bio
- Jon Kukla Web site bio
- Justice Scott M. Ladd
- Radio WHT
- Don Welke
- NCAA Sportsmanship Award
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