Thesis Abstracts

An Examination and Proposed Improvement of the Carroll College Public Relations Department Internship Program

Jill Jarman, Communications/Public Relations (HSP)

Carroll College students wishing to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations are required to complete one 120-hour, unpaid internship. This internship must be unpaid and approved by college administration and Communication Department faculty.

As a Carroll College Public Relations major, I competed an internship through this program. My experience prompted me to find a way to help students and businesses get the most from a Carroll College Public Relations intern.

Today, more individuals are entering the job market with college degrees than ever before, making previous experience an even more important determinant in who gets hired for jobs. If a relevant internship with a detailed job description appears on a resume, an individual is more likely to be considered for a job. Carroll College has the ability to increase the likelihood that its Public Relations majors graduate with that valuable experience if it improves the current internship program. This can be done in part by creating internships where students and businesses are matched according to skills, tasks, and interest in the organization’s field.

I have thoroughly examined the Carroll College Public Relations internship program. Several ways to bring the program from where it is now to where it will be the most effective have been identified and researched. This thesis offers a plan to improve current conditions of the program, making internships more mutually satisfying to all who are involved.

Taking these steps to improve the Carroll College Public Relations Internship program will benefit each student and faculty member in the Public Relations Department, as well as many Helena area businesses.

The Correlation Between Mine Proximity and Macroinvertebrate Abundance

M. Elizabeth Wozniak, Biology (HSP)

Before gold was discovered in the 1860’s, Montana had a relatively small population. This would quickly change with a steady influx of miners over the next several decades. Men staked hundreds of claims around the state and in some areas every drainage basin saw prospectors. The mining processes left behind large piles of mine tailings and exposed rock which in turn led to both soil and water contamination. I studied the effect of mining contamination on benthic macroinvertebrates. This entailed sampling streams throughout central Montana and looking for a correlation between macroinvertebrate abundance and mine proximity. I found a significant relationship between Ephemeroptera (mayfly) abundance and the number of mines less than one kilometer from the sample site. This indicated a negative environmental impact from the historic mining sites present around the state.

The Helena Community Garden is Providing an Important Opportunity for the Development of our Community

Kendra Williams, Environmental Studies/Philosophy (HSP)

Gardens are beneficial on many levels: psychological and emotional, nutritional, social, economic, environmental and rehabilitative and restorative. Specifically, community gardening is thought to empower the individual and help the entire community grow the bond necessary for collective caring and action. Such cooperation strengthens social and economic ties; beautification instills community pride, and trust is built as primary needs are met. Working with the earth and producing wholesome food is an invigorating and therapeutic exercise because of the opportunity to experience wholeness and completion. The labor also fosters a sense of self-reliance and independence and a special dignity associated with gardening.

Moreover, the rewards are visible and stem from a close relation with the physical environment. Gardens are a meeting of humans and nature. This relationship is enhanced by the ancient Greek belief that contact with the earth makes people more virtuous and happy. On the community level, the community garden acts as an association which empowers individuals, builds a stronger community, creates effective citizens and makes democracy work.

This thesis explores a garden, located on the Carroll College campus in Helena, Montana as one of the thousands of community gardens that fulfills unique community needs. It details how the community gardens help build healthy communities and more specifically, how the Helena Community Garden is successful in this effort.

An Analysis of Female Executives, Including Research Regarding Communication, Goal Setting, Conflict, Stress Management and Decision Making

Genevieve Priebe, Business Adminstration: Management (HSP)

Arbor Terrace: Tracing the History of a low-income, farm-worker housing complex in Molalla

Nicole Forristall, History/Spanish