April 29, 2020 Insider: In the Homestretch

Thursday, April 30, 2020
During a normal year, last Friday would have been the day that Carroll College suspended all classes for the all-campus Student Undergraduate Research Festival, or SURF. Instead of in-person poster sessions and presentations, however, SURF was moved to a virtual environment this year due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Using skills students have acquired by having many of their classes conducted remotely via Zoom, student researchers digitally captured their presentations in video format that are available for public viewing at https://scholars.carroll.edu/surf/2020/.
"The Student Undergraduate Research Festival is a wonderful way to showcase and celebrate our students, a vibrant diversity of research, and Carroll's dedication to student-driven inquiry. Despite holding this year's event via a virtual platform, we are overwhelmingly proud of our students and the work that they put into these projects,” said Dr. Ryan Hallows, associate professor in the Department of Languages and Literature and a member of the SURF planning committee.

“With nearly 100 presentations this year, it is evident that our students are dedicated to their projects and willing to go the extra mile, oftentimes incorporating new technologies, in order to produce their research presentations virtually. I think we can all join together and applaud this year's presenters and their determination to inform and enlighten our community and take steps to make our world a better place,” said Hallows.
We know this year presented some unexpected challenges for our students in SURF so we reached out to them to get their perspectives. Please read further to hear what our students have to say about “Digital SURF” and the value of research as part of their Carroll experience.

Student Perspectives on SURF
Carroll College IMPACT is participating in Greater Helena Gives, a 24-hour giving day that kicks off this Thursday, April 30 at 6 pm and runs through May 1 at 6 pm. If your circumstances allow, please join others by visiting IMPACT's Greater Helena Gives page and make a gift to support current Carroll Saints. 

Through the generosity of former Carroll College Trustee, Harlan Shropshire and her husband Bill, every dollar donated during Greater Helena Gives to IMPACT, up to $1,000, will be matched. Dollar for dollar. Meaning if you give a $50 IMPACT gift, it will be matched for a total of a $100 donation. Thank you for your gift and thank you, Harlan and Bill, for your match! 
Thank you for making a gift to the IMPACT Annual Fund during Greater Helena Gives and supporting Carroll College students.
A special edition of the Prospector went live this week. Despite the pressures of the last few months, editor Kelly Armstrong and lead writer and former editor Emma Lambert felt it was important to bring this last issue to fruition. In the words of Armstrong, “In an effort to keep a sense of normalcy, we at The Prospector decided we needed one last issue to commiserate but also to commemorate.”
Please take the time to read this issue. It is a gift from The Prospector to the Carroll family. In it you will find perspectives from our students, athletes, profiles of people in our community, and reflections from the class of 2020, among others.
“As you read through this final issue of 2019-2020, you will undoubtedly hear the stories of loss, but you will also hear many stories of how the Carroll community has embraced the call to love and serve our neighbors in these unprecedented times,” shares Armstrong.

Unprecedented times call for an unprecedented issue of The Prospector. Enjoy!
Class Notes
Photo courtesy of Thom Bridge, Helena IR
Irene Roberts, a longtime friend, supporter and student at Carroll College, celebrated her 103rd birthday on Tuesday, April 23. Many alumni are familiar with Irene, as she audited classes at Carroll for over 20 years right up until her mid-nineties! As well as being a very welcome presence in the classrooms, Irene has also been a generous donor to the college, providing gifts to the Byron & Irene Roberts and Albert & Marie Nix Endowed Professorship in Math and Engineering.

The IR shared an article about Irene and her drive-by birthday celebration outside Touchmark in Helena: Irene Roberts of Helena, who lived through the Spanish Flu, celebrates 103rd birthday.
Carrie Anne Platt '02, associate professor of communication and associate dean in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at North Dakota State University is one of three NDSU faculty members being recognized with the university's "Peltier Award for Teaching Innovation." In her nomination letter, it was shared, “ “Dr. Platt regularly uses student input to improve her classes, allowing her to adapt instruction while empowering student participation.”
Platt received her BA from Carroll in Communication Studies and Public Relations, and went on to attain an MA in communication from Wake Forest University and a PhD in communication from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California. Read more here
Kevin Peoples '95 was recently hired as the defensive line coach for the Indiana University Hoosiers. Peoples, a Butte native, played football for Carroll, graduating in 1995. He has invested 27 years in coaching, living most recently in the New Orleans, but he has never forgotten his Montana roots. The Montana Standard shared the following story:
Father James W. Hazelton, '49 – read more about his life here.
Raymond C. Mehrens, '57 – read more about his life here.
Luke Rivers, '51 – read more about his life here.
Student News
Calling all seniors! We are building a virtual yearbook to celebrate the Class of 2020 – please send us a portrait with your name, major and minor, hometown, and what your plans are following graduation.

We'd also love it if you could send any other great photos you've captured of your time at Carroll, both on-campus and off.

Please email adeterman@carroll.edu if you have any questions and to submit your photos and yearbook entry!
Congratulations to senior nursing major and veteran student Rowan Van Brandt for being a recipient of the DAISY Foundation Award for Extraordinary Nurses at St. Peter’s Health.

Rowan was nominated by a patient of St Peter’s, whom she cared for while working the Oncology floor during her student clinicals in the fall of 2019. In her nomination letter, the patient shared “(Rowan) brings a different but valuable talent to this process. Rowan kept me positive and I had faith in her care and opinions.” Proud to have you as a Saint, Rowan!
Garrett Thompson’s ART 113 “Digital Photography” class spent the semester creating a series of images around the theme "Purple and Gold in Black and White" where they tried to capture what makes the Carroll College experience special to them, how they interact with it and how the current events have shaped their interactions with it.
A webpage has been created to showcase all the inspiring work the students created this semester. View it here. Each of the students created these photographs in full manual mode, which means they didn't rely on any of the pre-programmed settings in their cameras. Enjoy!
The Carroll Theatre Department put together a livestream video to provide a Season Reveal for what theatrical delights await us next season. In addition to the upcoming performances, the video features many cameo greetings and words of advice from Carroll Theatre alumni and staff, as well as scholarship announcements. View it here.
Saints Athletic News
Five Carroll College Fighting Saints golfers were named academic all-conference. 

Representing the women’s team were sophomore Weslee Nehl, junior Sydnee Nowlen and senior Cailin Spencer. On the men’s side, junior Palmer Moylan and sophomore Josh Neth earned the award. 

To be eligible for the team, the student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in standing, maintain a 3.0 GPA and be enrolled at school the previous two semesters. 
Community News
During the summer, Carroll offers a wide variety of online classes across many disciplines at deeply discounted tuition rates. Learn more here.

Registration for Summer 2020 courses is now open to Carroll students as well as for visiting students, community members and auditors. Three-week, six-week, eight-week, and twelve-week sessions are available beginning May 18. All classes will be conducted online and a full listing of courses can be found here.
Carroll in the News
In case you missed it, check out some of media coverage featuring Carroll College from the last month:
– KTVH, Apr. 16
Employment News
Have you ever thought of working at Carroll? Check out our current openings:

Anthrozoology Faculty
Mental Health Counselor
Upcoming Events
Last Day of Classes, May 1

Sunday Night Mass Livestream w/ Fr. Marc Lenneman, May 3

Carroll 101: Virtual Admitted Student Open House, May 4, 12-1 pm

Final Exams, May 4-7

Class of 2020 Livestream Mass w/ Bishop Vetter, May 9, 11 am, details TBD

Class of 2020 Virtual Conferral Ceremony, May 9, 12:15 pm, details TBD