10 Facts about Carroll University (That You Probably Didn’t Know)

One of Waukesha’s many springs era hotels.

Working in the Carroll University archives for the last three years has allowed me to have access to interesting and unusual tidbits about my university’s history. Here are some of the most noteworthy:

1. There used to be 13 effigy mounds on the Carroll campus as mapped by prominent Wisconsin author, scientist, and naturalist, Increase A. Lapham.

2. We used to offer an artificial intelligence major in the 1980s.

3. Back in the day, every Carroll student had to be a member of Greek life. It wasn’t until the mid-twentieth century that “independent” students were given their own status and organization.

4. The Carroll yearbook, the Hinakaga (“wise old owl”, published almost annually from 1910-2000) used to sponsor a beauty contest called the “Hinky Honeys”. Female collegiates used to submit their photos to the Hinakaga staff, and then these photos were sent to a celebrity judge. These included some of the greats including Dean Morgan and a slew of other celebrities, both local and national.

5. MacAllister Hall, formerly Morgan Manor, used to house the Civil War Institute, a collection of numerous Civil War artifacts and documents now currently housed in the Civil War Museum in Kenosha.

6. Where Schneider Stadium resides used to be Frame Field, on land donated by a Carroll trustee.

7. The first time Carroll opened its doors in 1846, there were two faculty members and five men. Since then, that population has exploded into over 3500 students and innumerable faculty. How time flies, eh?

8. Carroll is the oldest college in Wisconsin because we chartered the institution a few days ahead of Beloit College. They hold the title as the “oldest continuously run college” in Wisconsin.

9. There used to be two springs where the Pioneer Hall residence hall now stands, one being Clysmic Spring.

10. Carroll’s presidents used to reside in Voorhees Cottage, where Shattuck now stands. The red brick building where the President now lives was acquired by Carroll in the 1940s under Nelson Vance Russell.

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