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  • Story — The Inauguration of President Woodward — Carthage College
    learning and unlimited opportunity to follow their own recipe for making themselves he said and then the will and responsibility to make their best selves a shining light to the world Clearly it is a noble cause that we are engaged in here I am sure that for many others at Carthage as for myself the promise of each day lies in the beauty surrounding shared learning and the transformation of our students And in the joy of being near enough to feel the purity and power of young people suddenly elevated to the best versions of themselves through the newfound potential of their minds President Gregory S Woodward Inaugural Address President Woodward pledged to build on the College s tradition of success by shaping the institution to meet future challenges He praised the high quality faculty students and staff as he described the many reasons the opportunity to lead Carthage appealed to him Liberal arts education is under some attack in the media he said They have it all wrong We prepare students for professional lives inside a liberal arts context that gives them more than just a set of marketable skills Our broad education provides them with qualities insights and abilities that will help shape them equally as successful professionals and as individual citizens More than 40 delegates represented colleges universities and religious institutions from across the country at the ceremony which was held during Spring Family Weekend Other special guests included former presidents of the College or their families as well as local state and federal officials Among the speakers was Garry L Brodhead retired associate provost at Ithaca who described the man he has known for more than 30 years as an innovative dynamic leader He derives pleasure from the interaction that leadership entails Mr Brodhead said It is not work for him and it is never about him James Spiers 14 president of Student Government at Carthage said President Woodward has shown a spirit of openness He said students have appreciated their President performing with the Pep Band and chatting at the Late Night Breakfast event last fall His passion is very contagious James said Every time I meet with him I m inspired to do more with my life and I know other students feel that way as well Kevin Crosby chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and a professor of physics and astronomy and computer science described Mr Woodward as a consensus builder and innovator The seas are changing and higher ed is a complicated ocean There are big fish and little fish and increasingly Darwinian pressures on survival Prof Crosby said Dr Woodward has a long record of positioning his institutions to not just survive but thrive in these challenging seas Given all the choices in the universe of possibilities here is what I would say to every student at Carthage Feel the sunrise seek your own indistinguishable light and then share it as often and as powerfully as you can

    Original URL path: http://community.carthage.edu/inauguration/story (2013-06-13)
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  • Maria Carrig named Distinguished Teacher of the Year — Carthage News — Carthage College
    Mr Sladek said Many students and faculty members were recognized at Honors Convocation See more photos Prof Carrig s literary appreciation has deep roots in her childhood Her parents instilled in her a love of reading Books were just an integral part of our household she said Her memories include a family trip from Chicago to Ontario in the 1970s for the internationally acclaimed Stratford Shakespeare Festival There they saw lively performances of As You Like It and other plays written by the Bard of Stratford Since coming to Carthage in 2002 Prof Carrig has recruited students and other members of the campus community to travel to the festival each year Started by two professors in 1967 the trip is one of the College s longest running traditions In 2012 Prof Carrig founded a complementary event here on campus the Shakespeare Sonnet Festival He combines this profound interest in the deepest human experiences and problems with the most gorgeous poetic language that s funny and moving and memorable she said explaining her interest in the playwright And he does it in a way that has lasted for centuries and is still vital today Among the classes she teaches annually is an upper level course on Shakespeare Often she engages the class by allowing a student to lead the discussion for part of a class period Through the Distinguished Teacher of the Year award the Board of Trustees has recognized teaching excellence at Carthage since 1967 The judging committee is composed of students and former recipients Nominators praised Prof Carrig s knowledge and humor Students expressed thanks for the many hours she devotes while helping them hone their research and writing capabilities Prof Carrig said she was deeply honored by the award Although hard work is required to help students develop

    Original URL path: http://community.carthage.edu/news/carthage/2013/05/13/maria-carrig-named-distinguished-teacher-of-the-year/ (2013-06-13)
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  • Carthage student only undergraduate to present at global conference — Carthage News — Carthage College
    she said Hearing people talk about just barely making their flight in Shanghai or about their layover in Dubai was absolutely amazing The experience of being in the company of an international body of scholars was phenomenal If meeting scholars from across the globe was daunting then getting up and presenting in front of them was downright overwhelming While waiting for my turn to present I must have practiced a million times in my head she said It felt bigger than life with so much pressure I was nervous but at the same time excited After a while I just decided to embrace it Her presentation was titled Smudged Lines An Analysis of the Border Dispute of North Kosovo The talk focused on the instability and ethnic conflict that has faced the Balkan region for decades She decided to research Kosovo because she was interested in conflict between ethnic groups She originally considered studying the history of disputes between India and Pakistan but in the end selected Kosovo because there was more work to do Everyone knows about the history of Pakistan and India so I wanted to do something else she remarked The conflict there may seem small to us but it s absolutely the biggest thing going on in their lives and something they face every day Not only did Allison get to present her research but she received some tips and advice from scholars who have seen the conflict firsthand Those tips can lead to some new avenues of research A scholar from Serbia warned her of cultural taboos that she should avoid should her research ever take her to the region He also brought up the issue of literacy rates in the region and how they could contribute to the continuation of the conflict She will

    Original URL path: http://community.carthage.edu/news/carthage/2013/04/10/carthage-student-only-undergraduate-to-present-at-global-conference/ (2013-06-13)
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  • 2014 Study Tours — J-Term — Carthage College
    music art people and natural beauty of West Africa Estimated cost TBA Contact Professor Danielle Geary or Professor David Musa SWEDEN International Business and Marketing and Cultural Analysis of Sweden This study tour led by business administration professor J J Shields focuses on international business and marketing in Sweden the largest Scandinavian country The course will also study the history culture and politics that helped transform this country into a major international trading nation A series of on campus lectures cover the basics of international business and marketing and provide an overview of Swedish history and culture Then in Goteborg Sweden experts from the university will serve as lecturers and company visits will allow access to senior executives from a broad range of Swedish companies Participants also take a cooking class with a famous chef attend a professional hockey game and try their hands at curling Estimated cost 2 990 Contact Professor J J Shields TURKEY Divine Design Architecture and Religion in the Ancient Roman World Religion and Classics professor Daniel Schowalter and Michael C Nelson Queens College City University of New York will co teach this class focusing on how ancient cities and sanctuaries in the Roman world were set up to accommodate religious rituals in a busy sacred calendar Students will be encourage to experience the places and spaces where people lived worked and worshiped to understand the pervasive nature of Roman religious practices Staged in western Turkey the class will also encounter the people and the modern accomplishments challenges of this vital global power Requirements include reading oral presentations and a learning journal Estimated cost 3 450 Informational meeting 4 p m April 9 Lentz Hall 221 Contact Professor Daniel Schowalter VIETNAM War Environment and Health The American War in Southeast Asia Travel to Vietnam to learn about the effects of the 1960 1975 war and do field research on the effects of the war on the environment and human health In this study tour led by biology professor Dan Choffnes and political science professor Jonathan Marshall both also are professors of Asian Studies students will travel through several different locations in Vietnam and will spend a portion of the trip at a study site where they will conduct field research The course qualifies for Carthage Symposium and Global Heritage credit Estimated cost 3 200 Informational meetings 4 p m April 9 and 12 15 p m April 22 both in Clausen Center 108 Contact Professor Dan Choffnes or Professor Jonathan Marshall Summer 2014 Study Tours CALIFORNIA Sports Journalism Baseball Students will learn a variety of journalistic writing styles and engage in sports journalism as they attend baseball games throughout California Plans include attendance at Padres Dodgers Angels Giants and Athletics games with a total of six to eight games over two weeks Other professional athletic events and stadium tours as well as non sports related cultural activities and museums will also be a part of the study tour The course is designated as Writing Intensive and is led by Jonathan Bruning an associate professor of communication and digital media Estimated cost 1 500 Contact Professor Jonathan Bruning CHINA Exploring China Cultural Traditions and Modern Society China possesses a long history and a complex geography and it has distinctive cultural heritages Today China has the world s largest population and the second largest economy It also has countless ties to the United States through the rapidly globalizing economy and world culture The clashes between enduring traditions and widespread Western influences combined with its sheer size make China an intriguing subject for social and cultural studies Yan Wang assistant professor of modern languages and Asian Studies and Wenjie Sun associate professor of geography and earth science computer science and Asian Studies lead this study tour intended for students from multiple disciplines It will encourage students to learn broadly in the context of a rapidly changing civilization and develop an understanding of the class material by direct contact with the people communities businesses places cuisine art religion and architecture that serve as our unwritten text Estimated cost 2 900 Informational meeting 11 40 a m April 16 Straz Center 227 Contact Professor Yan Wang or Professor Wenjie Sun CHINA English Language Education in Huairou China In July 2014 modern languages and economics professor Edward Montanaro will lead this service learning class in which students will teach English for a month in Huairou China a satellite city roughly one hour northeast of Beijing Students will be in daily contact with Chinese teachers and students and will have the opportunity to engage the larger curriculum within which English language teaching coexists The class will use the English language education program as a lens to explore some larger questions including What can we learn about Chinese social values by observing how the Chinese approach education What can we learn about Chinese economic aspirations and prospects from the way the government approaches education in general and foreign language education in particular What evidence do we see in its education system about how China sees itself developing over the next couple of decades and about how it regards role in global affairs Does informed and less informed discourse about China in the United States conform to what is observable in the schools and other social settings visited during this class Estimated cost 2 800 Contact Professor Edward Montanaro Read about the 2012 Huairou study tour COSTA RICA Biodiversity Brains and Behavior The lowland tropical rainforest of Costa Rica is home to a diverse assemblage of life forms This study tour is designed for nature lovers who want to explore the jungle to learn more about diversity Behavior is examined from both the neuroscience and evolution perspective Biodiversity field surveys plants insects amphibians birds and more give way to short term student designed field studies in the rainforest Students live for about two weeks at the La Suerte Biological Field Station but take a two day trip to Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean Sea

    Original URL path: http://community.carthage.edu/jterm/2014-study-tours/ (2013-06-13)
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  • Sean Knudson '13 carved out unprecedented role at options exchange — Carthage News — Carthage College
    triple witching day belies the fact he was once on track for a career reading treble clefs Attracted by the choral program s strong reputation Sean enrolled at Carthage in the fall of 2005 and dove eagerly into the music major He performed with the Lincoln Chamber Singers toured Europe twice with the Carthage Choir and played organ at both the Baccalaureate and the New Alumni Convocation After performing for the world he discovered his true passion in the pages of The Wall Street Journal Devouring it from cover to cover during down time in his job at Hedberg Library one summer Sean acquired a taste for politics and securities trading I ve always had a mathematical bent he said The real world practicality of finance combined with mathematics is what attracted me to that industry Just a few months after graduating in 2010 Sean re enrolled at Carthage to pursue a second major in finance He never looked back although he remains appreciative of the backing from Music Department faculty such as Professor Peter Dennee They were very supportive and I think that s a testament to them Sean said They wanted me to do something that made me happy rather than do music and really question What if He credits Carthage faculty like Joseph Wall a longtime financial analyst and professional investor who chairs the Business Administration Department for accelerating his learning curve in finance One unique class unlocked the door to a promising profession Having developed a rapport with Mr Rhoads Prof Wall saw an opportunity to bring some even more targeted expertise to the Options and Derivatives course he had taught twice before The department chair began a light but persistent recruiting pitch Before joining The Options Institute in 2008 to teach everyone from financial professionals to government regulators Mr Rhoads spent years as an investment analyst and trader He s known as a foremost expert on the CBOE Volatility Index VIX a vital industry tool that projects the level of fluctuation in the options market Given the latitude to tailor the course to his knowledge he agreed to come to Carthage The textbook he wrote on the VIX was already the class standard I got to develop the curriculum from scratch Mr Rhoads said I wasn t given an outline and a book The result was another step toward the balance the Business Administration Department has worked hard to achieve Prof Wall said the College values its strong connection with CBOE Jim Bittman senior instructor and director of program development spoke at Carthage in 2010 as a Chapman Executive in Residence There s a nice blend here where practitioners and academia meet and this is a nice example of that Prof Wall said Acknowledging that derivatives aren t intuitive to everyone Sean said they somehow came easily to him Professors spotted his interest in that segment of the financial industry well before Mr Rhoads arrived and he leapt at the chance to dig deeper Sean

    Original URL path: http://community.carthage.edu/news/carthage/2013/04/05/sean-knudson-13-carved-out-unprecedented-role-at-options-exchange/ (2013-06-13)
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  • Two recent Carthage graduates receive prestigious NSF Research Fellowships — Carthage News — Carthage College
    In her current research she is using mass spectrometry imaging to examine the chemical compounds found in legumes that enrich soil during crop rotations Legumes have a unique ability to replenish soil nutrients because they fix their own nitrogen she said Nitrogen found in the atmosphere can t be used directly by plants so it needs to be fixed or converted into a usable form she explained Eventually the goal is to improve upon this natural process and make it more efficient or to possibly engineer crops other than legumes to fix their own nitrogen This will cut down the need for excessive use of chemical fertilizers that can have harmful health and environmental effects Ms Gemperline plans to stay in the world of research As a Carthage student she spent a summer conducting research in physical chemistry with Professor Kevin Morris through the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience She later focused on analytical chemistry during an internship with Abbott Laboratories through Carthage s Smeds Executive Internship Program Both experiences helped her realize she wanted to continue research as a career I can t take research with me since it s a collaborative project but I like the field I m in now she said It s different and exciting but it can still have an impact on the world Laura Taylor Miss Taylor is a biology and neuroscience double major After she graduates in May she will begin a Ph D program at the University of Washington Seattle Her proposal for the NSF Fellowship was a snapshot of her senior thesis which studied enzymes found in the progression of Alzheimer s Disease As an Honorable Mention recipient Miss Taylor will receive access to the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment a computer database offering the most advanced powerful and robust collection of integrated advanced digital resources and services in the world Being named Honorable Mention was both exciting and disappointing she said When I found out I called my family and let them know but at the same time I couldn t help but wonder just how close I came to receiving the actual award The reviewer s comments were all flattering Of course I was hoping to get the grant but even getting honorable mention as an undergraduate is a humbling experience She s still deciding what her future holds Right now I know that I love science and really enjoy doing research but I don t quite know what career path that will lead me to she said I ve considered teaching at a small college like Carthage and I ve even spent some time thinking about going into intellectual property law or science policy Fortunately I will have another five years before I have to figure that out More wins for Carthage Chemistry Chemistry Professor Christine Blaine wasn t surprised that Mr Maher and Ms Gemperline received the prestigious NSF Fellowships Both Mike and Erin were outstanding students while at Carthage Prof Blaine said Mike got offers

    Original URL path: http://community.carthage.edu/news/carthage/2013/04/19/two-recent-carthage-graduates-receive-prestigious-nsf-research-fellowships/ (2013-06-13)
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  • Two Carthage students win competitive German study abroad scholarships — Carthage News — Carthage College
    how that history parallels with the country s current diplomatic efforts at the Humboldt University in Berlin I m very excited to have won it and I look forward to spending a semester in Berlin Rosalie a German major will spend all of the 2013 14 academic year at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich studying how recent changes in German society have formed dialectical differences Specifically she will examine how the accent of those who lived in East Germany has impacted their social mobility I spent a lot of time on the application and although my winter break and J Term were overwhelming I m glad I went through with the scholarship process she said My hard work definitely paid off and of course I am excited for the reward of being able to study in Germany next year DAAD Undergraduate Scholarships are awarded by the German Academic Exchange Service to support students interested in studying doing research or completing an internship in Germany DAAD Scholars receive a monthly stipend of approximately 650 plus additional funds to help defray travel and research expenses Both Rosalie and Matt are excellent students and leaders in the classroom and on campus said Greg Baer assistant professor of modern languages These students success in this very competitive process and the fact that two Carthage students have won in a single year are indicative of the German program s growth both in terms of quantity and quality in recent years To be considered for the scholarship students must submit well defined study research or internship plans that are to be carried out at a German university during their junior year The scholarship competition is fierce as DAAD only accepts 20 to 30 percent of all applicants Matthew and Rosalie are not the only Carthaginians

    Original URL path: http://community.carthage.edu/news/carthage/2013/05/07/two-carthage-students-win-competitive-german-study-abroad-scholarships/ (2013-06-13)
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  • Augie Schmidt IV to be inducted into Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame — Carthage News — Carthage College
    1993 1995 1999 2002 2003 2007 and 2009 A Baseball Life A native Kenoshan and a 1979 graduate of Bradford High School Schmidt was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the ninth round of that year s Major League Baseball draft Schmidt opted to play collegiate ball at the University of New Orleans where he was a three year starter at shortstop In his junior year of 1982 he batted 372 with 14 home runs and 56 RBI was named first team All America by both the American Baseball Coaches Association and by Baseball America and was honored by the United States Baseball Federation with the Golden Spikes Award as amateur baseball s player of the year In 2005 Schmidt was inducted into the Greater New Orleans Hall of Fame and a plaque recognizing that honor hangs in the Louisiana Superdome He will also be inducted into the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2013 Schmidt was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays as the second pick overall in the 1982 major league draft one pick behind the Chicago Cubs and Shawon Dunston and ahead of such players as Jose Canseco Dwight Gooden Jimmy Key Bret Saberhagen Terry Pendleton Todd Worrell and Mike Greenwell Schmidt played three seasons in the Toronto farm system before the Blue Jays traded him to the San Francisco Giants system in 1985 He retired as an active player midway through the 1986 season and joined the Carthage coaching staff in 1987 He spent a year as an assistant before assuming head coaching duties in 1988 Humbled by the Honor This is a tremendous honor said Schmidt but I m a little shocked by it To be included in that group of coaches I don t know if I quite fit into that category There are some great coaches in the ABCA Hall of Fame including some who have coached me It feels good that people at Carthage and others that I ve associated with would think enough of me to nominate me More than anything else it s humbling and it s hard to talk about without getting emotional We ve put in a lot of time at Carthage We ve been lucky along the way and have had a lot of great support from the school from a lot of assistant coaches and from a lot of great players In recognition of the accomplishments of Schmidt and his father Carthage s baseball facility will re open in March as Augie Schmidt Field Photo Mike Gryniewicz The name Augie Schmidt is deeply associated with athletic excellence at Carthage College says Carthage President Gregory Woodward The College has been blessed to have this family legacy of excellence especially in our baseball program To be recognized by your peers as a member of a hall of fame is an outstanding and singular achievement This great honor for Augie Schmidt IV continues the lasting legacy of his father highlights his own incredible career and makes everyone

    Original URL path: http://community.carthage.edu/news/carthage/2013/01/30/augie-schmidt-iv-to-be-inducted-into-baseball-coaches-hall-of-fame/ (2013-06-13)
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