Carthage College

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Carthage College
Carthage College logo.jpg
Motto Seeking truth. Building strength. Inspiring service. Together.
Type Private liberal arts college
Established 1847
Affiliation Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Endowment $81.0 million
President Dr. Gregory Woodward
Academic staff
Students 2,600
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 2,600 full-time and 400 part-time students.

Carthage awards bachelor's degrees with majors in more than 40 subject areas, as well as the Master of Education degree.

The Carthage faculty comprises nearly 150 scholars, 90 percent of whom hold the doctorate or other terminal degree.[1] 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. Since 2001, the College has invested more than $130 million in new construction, major renovations and technological acquisition.


In 2001, the Hedberg Library opened its doors, adjoining the H.F. Johnson Center for the Fine Arts.[2] The library won Wisconsin Library of the Year in 2004.[3] The library also won the Highsmith Award in 2007 for Family Fun Night, a program for community members that encourages learning for children from 2-13.[4] The former Ruthrauff Library was renovated into the A. W. Clausen Center for World Business, opening in 2004.

The Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center opened in 2001, and the former Physical Education Center was rebuilt and renamed the Tarble Arena, opening in 2009.

In Fall 2011, a new student union opened on the site of the former W. F. Seidemann Natatorium. It houses 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.

The Oaks, a new student residence village overlooking Lake Michigan, opened in 2012, containing six villas with semi-private suites and a media lounge on each floor.

In Fall 2015, a new science center opened in the newly renovated David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Natural and Social Sciences.[5][6] Originally built in 1962, the former Science Hall was renovated and renamed in honor of David A. Straz, Jr., in 1995.[7] The latest renovations added a new planetarium, twelve new science labs, new classrooms, faculty offices, and student gathering and exhibition spaces.


Carthage offers a Bachelor of Arts in more than 40 areas of study and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing.[8] Carthage also partners with master’s level institutions to offer dual-degree programs in engineering, occupational therapy and pharmacy.

The academic calendar spans two 14-week semesters, separated by a month-long January term. The college has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1916. [9]


In fall 2014, Carthage had enrollment of 2,856 undergraduate students and 92 graduate students. The student body is 54 percent female and 46 percent male.[10]

Western Heritage[edit]

All Carthage students are required to take Western Heritage, a year-long course sequence in which they read, discuss, and write about major Western texts. The reading list includes works by Plato, Thomas Jefferson, and W.E.B. DuBois, in addition to the Bible.[11]

Senior thesis[edit]

All students must complete a senior thesis. This capstone project can take the form of a research project, music recital, art exhibit, or some other original demonstration of scholarship or creativity.[citation needed]

January term[edit]

During January Term, known on campus as “J-Term,” participating students select one class and attend it daily. In addition to on-campus courses, many students travel with faculty on study tours in either January or the summer months. Destinations in 2016 included Cuba, Nicaragua, and World War II battle sites in Europe. All students must complete two J-Term courses, including one during their freshman year.[citation needed]


The Institute for International Education placed Carthage no. 4 among baccalaureate institutions for student participation in short-term study abroad in 2013-14.[12]

In The Princeton Review's 2016 rankings, Carthage was among 159 schools listed as a Best Midwestern College.[13]


The college has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1. In fall 2014, the college employed 157 full-time professors and 167 part-time faculty members.[14]

Carthage in Chicago[edit]

In 2014, the college launched the Carthage in Chicago program. Participating students spend a semester in Chicago, securing an internship or pursuing a major academic project while living and taking classes in the city. Housing and classroom space are located at HI-Chicago.[15]

Continuing studies[edit]

Adult students can pursue a bachelor’s degree in accounting, criminal justice, management, or marketing. Classes meet one evening per week for seven weeks.[16]

Available graduate degrees include the Master of Education, with 13 areas of concentration, and a Master of Social Work offered at Carthage in partnership with Loyola University Chicago.[17]


The Old Main Bell[edit]

For decades, the Old Main Bell crowned Old Main, the first building on the Carthage campus in Carthage, Illinois. After athletic victories, students would race down Evergreen Walk to ring the bell, resounding a Carthage triumph.

In the 1960s, when Carthage moved its campus from Illinois to Wisconsin, the victory bell made its way to Kenosha. Its Illinois home had been in a tower on the roof of Old Main. In Kenosha, for many years, the bell resided in a wishing well located next to the Seidemann Natatorium.

When the N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center was constructed, the bell lost its home and went into storage. In 2004, the victory bell found a new home in a new scoreboard on Art Keller Field. The Old Main Bell is housed within one of the scoreboard’s stone pillars. It is rung after every Carthage athletic team victory.[18]

Kissing Rock[edit]

Kissing Rock has been a Carthage College tradition for 100 years. In 1913, students in a Carthage geology class spotted the granite boulder in a creek bed during a field trip. In keeping with a custom on the Illinois campus, the Class of 1913 agreed to make the rock its tribute to Carthage. On their third try, a group of classmates hoisted the boulder onto a wagon, and with the help of a steam tractor, hauled it to campus.[19]

Once on campus, the Rock immediately became a part of Carthage life. Students dubbed it “The Kissing Rock” and countless marriage proposals were made and accepted near it. The Rock was moved to the Kenosha campus in the mid-1960s by members of the Beta Phi Epsilon fraternity. It now sits facing Lake Michigan between Lentz and Tarble Halls.[20]

Today, Kissing Rock is a multifaceted symbol of the Carthage spirit. Students paint the Rock to promote their organizations and causes, publicize upcoming events, and celebrate just about everything and anything. Kissing Rock has served as a memorial to beloved alumni, an expression of protest against injustice, a tribute after 9/11, and more.[21]

Christmas Festival[edit]

The Christmas Festival has been a part of Carthage’s holiday season since 1974.[22] Every year at the start of December, Carthage hosts a musical celebration of the birth of Christ for the community. The event highlights student vocal and instrumental ensembles, as well as performances by students in Carthage’s Theatre Department.[23]


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.[24] 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).


See List of Carthage Red Men head football coaches

In 2004, the Redmen football team set a school record for most wins in a season, going 11-2.[25] 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.[26] The Redmen finished the 2004 season ranked 5th in the nation.[27]

Mike Yeager became the head coach beginning with the 2012 season.[28]


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.

Conference affiliation[edit]

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[29]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]


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