April 8, 2016 QuickNotes: Spring in the Air

Friday, April 8, 2016

April 8, 2016

Enduring Questions

Two professors from Carroll’s Theology and English departments teamed up to secure a very selective grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Dr. Soumitree Gupta, assistant professor of English, and Dr. Gerardo Rodriguez, assistant professor of theology, are the co-recipients of the grant. Their Enduring Questions: Pilot Course Grant will be used to develop a course over the next two years on race and identity, combining literary and theological narratives.

“The intent of our course is to examine representations of race in U.S. and global contexts from literary and theological perspectives, with the goal of engaging students to consider how the worldviews of oppressor and oppressed impact relationships between racial and ethnic communities in ancient, colonial, and post-colonial contexts,” explained Dr. Gupta.

“Our students will benefit from the content this course offers because it will expand their capacity to think intelligently about issues of race and diversity,” said Dr. Rodriguez.

Receiving this grant was an extraordinary accomplishment for our faculty members. The Endowment awards grants to top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers. Typically, NEH funds only 8%-15% of the proposals submitted. The $28,000 grant is the first NEH grant awarded directly to faculty of Carroll College.

Congratulations Drs. Gupta and Rodriguez on being awarded this prestigious grant, and congratulations to our students who will be the beneficiaries of this new course offering.

Read the full release here.

Drs. Gupta and Rodriguez

Support Our Saints

Join us for the 34th annual Saints Athletic Association Auction which will take place the evening of Friday, April 15, at the PE Center. Tickets are $20 per person and each person attending will receive a souvenir glass cup, as well as two drink tokens and hors d'oeuvres. 

Also new to this year's event, the Gold Rush drawing where $100 gets you a chance to win an exciting trip package of your choice or $2,500 cash. There will only be 100 Gold Rush tickets sold and you can purchase your Gold Rush tickets online today or in person at the event. 

Tickets for the event and the Gold Rush Raffle are available at CarrollAthletics.com/Auction where you can also find information on donating to the auction and how to join the SAA.

Join us for an evening in support of our amazing student-athletes!!

Weekly Snapshot

It’s week two of our spring photo contest and our winner is Kelsey Bogumill, a junior health and physical education major from Helena.

Kelsey entered the photo to the left "View of Carroll" in the Campus Beauty category. 

Congratulations Kelsey! 

Student News

Spring Bling

Two Carroll clubs, Green Honors and Enactus teamed up for an early spring activity in the Cube. The event provided an opportunity for flower and herb planting in recycled glass containers and marked the third time that these clubs provided this bi-annual activity at Carroll. Enactus fosters entrepreneurial spirit by helping small businesses, while Green Honors seeks to encourage and educate on environmentally friendly practices on campus and throughout the community.

The containers for the event were provided by Helena Industries and the flower and educational brochures were courtesy of Green Honors. Carroll students potted over 100 flowers, all provided free of cost. In addition, Green Honors took advantage of the early spring weather to pick up litter on their section of highway.

Partner Podcasts

Carroll’s Enactus club has been looking at creative ways to help foster success for small businesses in Helena. As part of a Step Up for Small Business grant from Sam’s Club, Enactus members have created a series of podcasts on iTunes, which provide perspectives and offer advice on resources available for small business owners. Interviews of local bank presidents provide information on lending and additional assistance for small business owners in the community. Also, representatives from the Montana Business Assistance Connection, Small Business Development Center and the Montana Community Finance Corporation provide insights to help Helena’s small businesses learn about the resources available to them.

Colton Welhaven, a junior finance and accounting major from Billings and vice president of Carroll Enactus, is spearheading the project. “We are excited that these podcasts have turned out so well.They would not have been possible without the help of so many people. We are thankful for the business professionals who offered there time to be interviewed for these podcasts. Small businesses are the backbone of local communities and we hope these podcasts will help and encourage the growth of small businesses in the Helena area,” said Colton.

In addition, another project Enactus has undertaken as a component of the grant is working with the Helena Industries Thrift Store in an effort to help with merchandising and the processing of donations. The students were met with the challenge of helping Helena Industries Thrift Store maximize their business potential.

“Students worked hands on with donation processing to get a feel for the everyday routine at the store. They also made recommendations to help improve donation processing, store layout, social media marketing and merchandising. Many of the recommendations have been implemented in the store and the managers indicated they have seen an increase in sales as a result,” said Dr. Annette Ryerson, professor of marketing and faculty advisor for the club.

Enactus is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. Enactus students leverage their classroom experience, the expertise of their faculty advisor and business advisory board, and the resources of their university to develop projects that empower people to live better lives.

2015-16 Carroll Enactus members Back row left to right: Ryan McAuley, Chase Farrell, Marko Prizmic, Aubrie Perry, Alex Zhai and Colton Welhaven. Front row left to right:  Annette Ryerson, Anna Yeend, Amanda Clark, Virginia Davis and Kelly Taft.

Saints in the News

In late March, the winners of the Irish Times Final, Ireland’s most prestigious debating contest, took on three award-winning members of Carroll College’s Talking Saints debate team on the issue of Syrian refugees.

The British Parliamentary style debate drew a crowd of 130 students and community members to Carroll’s Campus Center.

The evening was sponsored by Pax Rhetorica: Carroll's Center for Global Dialogue, founded by the Talking Saints. The Center will continue to invite international debaters to visit Helena for debates and forums acknowledging and celebrating Montana’s links to the world.

The Helena IR covered the event: Carroll Talking Saints and Irish Times champion debate team face off on the Syrian refugee issue

Carroll senior Mark Schmutzler argues against welcoming Syrian refugees during the Talking Saints and Irish Times debate. Photo courtesy of Thom Bridge, Helena IR.

That's a Wrap

The final 2015-16 edition of The Prospector, Carroll's student newspaper, is now available online.

Read about current events on campus as well as the Headlights Immersion trips across the country this past spring break. Learn about various individuals on campus including exchange students, young mothers, and talented staff. Catch up on current pop culture and Saints athletics. Plus, much more. Get your last Prospector fix until next September!

Headlights participants in McAllen, Texas. Photo courtesy of Valerie Johnson

Alumni News


Russell Ritter '57 - In addition to being a graduate of Carroll College, Russ Ritter served as Carroll's vice president for community relations from 1976-1991 and prior to that Carroll's director of development and community relations from 1969-1976.  

A story about Russ was featured in the Helena IR: Former major Russ Ritter left his mark in Helena, across Montana.

Read more about his life here.

Partner News

WorldMontana Annual Meeting & Celebration

WorldMontana is hosting their Annual Meeting and Thank You Celebration on April 23, 2016 from noon to 2 p.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church, 400 South Oaks Street, Helena, Montana.

WorldMontana is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting global understanding through citizen diplomacy. They have an office located inside St. Charles Hall at Carroll College in Helena. 

Join them for an update on WorldMontana programs and conversation on international events. There's no charge for the event, but please RSVP (Ellen@WorldMontana.org) so they know to expect you. International food will be served, and they invite you to bring a dish!

In addition, WorldMontana is holding a cultural photography contest for students of Carroll College, Montana State University, and Helena College. The contest is free for students and all photo submissions are due by the end of the day April 13. One winner will be selected and will be invited to attend the annual WorldMontana meeting on April 23, at which time a prize will be awarded. 

View WorldMontana's most recent April newsletter with information about upcoming hosting opportunities.

Upcoming Events

Merit Badge University, Apr. 8-9, campus-wide, Carroll College

Carroll College will be hosting the 4th annual Merit Badge University for over 550 Boy Scouts from across the state. Over thirty classes will be held at Carroll and several other locations around town in which Boy Scouts will be able to earn merit badges in a variety of disciplines. Classes are held from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sat., Apr. 9. In addition, most of the scouts will be spending the night of Apr. 8 in the PE Center. For more information on the event, visit meritbadgeu.wordpress.com.

“I’m OK, but YOU Need Professional Help: Creating Recovery One Laugh At a Time” – NAMI speaker David Granirer, Apr. 11, 7 p.m., Campus Center, Lower level, Carroll College

Presented by NAMI Helena and Carroll College, in this hilarious show, counselor and stand up comic David Granirer, who himself suffers from depression, looks at how comedy builds confidence and busts the stigma around mental illness. He’ll show you mental health from a totally different perspective while uplifting, inspiring and educating you.

David will do comedy about his recovery story and tell you about Stand Up For Mental Health, his award-winning program teaching comedy to people with mental health issues. And through video clips, you’ll get to see his comics creating recovery – one laugh at a time!

David Granirer is a counselor, stand-up comic, author, and founder of Stand Up For Mental Health (SMH), a program teaching stand-up comedy to people with mental health issues. David who himself has depression is featured in the VOICE Award winning documentary Cracking Up. He also received a Life Unlimited Award from Depression Bipolar Support Alliance, a Welcome Back Award from the National Council of Behavioral Health, and a Champion of Mental Health Award. He has worked with mental health organizations in Canada, the U.S., and Australia to train and perform with SMH groups in dozens of cities. www.standupformentalhealth.com

Downsy Day, April 15

Every April 15, Carroll celebrates “Downsy” Day. It’s not just a day for paying back (Tax Day), but for paying it forward! 

On April 10, 2004, a proclamation was signed at Carroll College making April 15 "Downsy Day" on campus, a day when members of the Carroll community are encouraged to perform unselfish acts of service, kindness, compassion, patience, generosity and love according to their own inspiration. The day is in celebration of John Downs (Downsy), beloved psychology professor at Carroll, who passed away from leukemia in the fall of 2002, but his legacy of love continues to ripple out into the world through the many lives he touched. 

This year a fund has been created to plant a tree on campus in honor of Downsy. Help us honor John on the anniversary of his birth with this living memorial. Help raise $500 to plant a tree on campus in honor of Downsy. 

Please indicate “Memorial Tree Fund” with memo “for John Downs” when giving or on memo line of check, sent to: Attn: Wendy Tonkovich Carroll College 1601 North Benton Ave. Helena, MT 59625 

You can also designate a donation for “John Downs Memorial Endowment” for student scholarship. 

Saints Athletic Association Annual Auction, Apr. 15, 6 p.m., Carroll College PE Center

Join us for the 34th annual Carroll College SAA Auction. Over 40 live and 200 silent auction items up for bid including trips, leather furniture, fine art, unique experiences, sports memorabilia, event tickets and much more.

New changes to the auction this year include: 

Entry fee of $20 per person which includes a souvenir glass cup, as well as two drink tokens and hors d'oeuvres. Saints Athletic Association Members will be allowed into the event at 5:30 p.m., a half hour before the general public. SAA members will have the opportunity to get a head start on the silent auction items and enjoy drinks and food. Gold Rush drawing where $100 gets you a chance to win an exciting trip package of your choice or $2,500 cash. There will only be 100 Gold Rush tickets sold and you can purchase your Gold Rush tickets online or in person at the event. 

Doors open at 6 p.m. with the live auction beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the event and the Gold Rush Raffle are available at CarrollAthletics.com/Auction. Call 406-447-4480 for more information.

Business Department Lecture Series: Sustainability Accounting for the Financial Markets: Incorporating Environmental and Social Issues in Financial Decisions, Apr. 19, 7 p.m., Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre 101/202, Carroll College

In celebration of Earth Day, the Business Department at Carroll College is hosting Levi Stewart, an analyst from the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) for the Consumer Staple Products sector, who will present Sustainability Accounting for the Financial Markets: Incorporating Environmental and Social Issues in Financial Decisions. Although annual corporate reporting has traditionally focused on financial capital, financial decisions affect other forms of capital such as human capital and the natural environment. The SASB issues standards that help corporations disclose additional environmental, social, and governance issues in SEC filings to investors in an industry-specific, comparable, and decision-useful way.

This event is free and open to the public.

An Evening with the Author Timothy Egan, Apr. 19, 7 p.m., Campus Center, Lower level, Carroll College

Carroll College, the Lewis & Clark Library, and the Montana Historical Society invite the public to a free lecture by award winning author Timothy Egan.

Egan will discuss his newly released book, The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero, which is about Thomas Francis Meagher. He will be signing books after the lecture.

Egan is the author of seven books. His nonfiction account of the Dust Bowl, The Worst Hard Time, won the 2006 National Book Award, considered one of the nation's highest literary honors, and he was featured prominently in the 2012 Ken Burns film on the Dust Bowl.

A lifelong journalist, Egan now writes an online opinion column for The New York Times. Prior to that, Egan worked as a national correspondent for the Times, roaming the West. As a Times correspondent, he shared a Pulitzer Prize in 2001, with a team of reporters for its series, "How Race is Lived in America."

In honor of Egan’s April 19 appearance, the community is hosting several book discussions in advance of his visit. Copies of each title are available for check out at the Lewis & Clark Library’s Information Desk. 

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis on Thursday, April 7 at 5 p.m. at the Montana Historical Society.

Lasso the Wind: Away to the New West on Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m., Corette Library - Room 235, at Carroll College. 

Dr. Colin Irvine, Vice President for Academic Affairs, will be moderating the discussion of Lasso the Wind. This book is composed of fourteen essays about places in eleven Western states, including Montana, that explore the myth and reality of the West.

These events are free and open to the public.

“Unmaking a Murderer”- the Sociology of a Murder Trial, Apr. 20, 7 p.m., Campus Center, Lower level, Carroll College 

Nicole Siefert (Baratta) graduated magna cum laude from Carroll College in 2005 with a degree in Sociology. In 2009, Ms. Siefert received her J.D. from the University of Montana School of Law. She is a founding partner at Rhoades & Siefert, PLLC, in Missoula, Montana, where she practices litigation. Ms. Siefert represented James Stiffler who was charged with deliberate homicide for shooting a burglar in his home outside of Helena in 2013. The trial took place in Helena in February 2016 and resulted in a hung jury. Following the trial the County Attorney dismissed the case. Ms. Siefert will discuss the case and how sociology helped her become a trial attorney.     

This lecture is part of the Sociology Speaker Series sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Normal Distribution: The Power of the Bell Curve, Apr. 21, 7 p.m., Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre 101/202, Carroll College

Two hundred years ago, while searching for an asteroid, the German physicist Carl Gauss discovered a strange and amazing mathematical law. This law describes things from the sizes of fish, to the heights of people, to the blood pressures of cancer patients, to the weights of apples, to the lengths of housefly wings. All of these things are described by a mathematical law we call the normal distribution or the bell curve. How is this possible? How can one mathematical law appear in so many different places in the world around us? Join Dr. Kelly Cline for a public lecture where we explore the incredible power of this marvelous mathematical law.

This event is free and open to the public.

SURF–Student Undergraduate Research Festival, Apr. 26, 1-5 p.m., Carroll College

The fifth annual Student Undergraduate Research Festival highlights the research being undertaken by Carroll students. Over 70 student presentations and posters will be showcased during the festival featuring a very wide range of research subject matter including postpartum depression, attachment emotions in canines, cancer and aromatherapy, and an analysis of the moral responsibility of street gang members, to name a few. 

The festival is free and the public is encouraged to attend.  

Carroll College Jazz Band Concert "Spotlight on Miles," Apr. 28, 4 p.m., Campus Center, Carroll College

As a preview to their May 3 Spring Concert "Spotlight on Miles," the Carroll College Jazz Band will give a concert in the Campus Center. Carroll students and guests led by Dr. Lynn Petersen will perform a variety of popular and jazz standards, including tunes by Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan, Chuck Israel, Jaco Pastorius, and John Coltrane. The event is free and the Helena community is welcome to attend. Call (406) 447-4303 for more information.

Farewell Party for the Old North Performing Arts Center, May 1, 5 p.m., Old North Performing Arts Center in St. Charles Hall, Carroll College

The Carroll Theatre Department is hosting a farewell party for the Old North Performing Arts Center. For 22 years, the space has served as Carroll’s theatrical home.The farewell event will include: a 3D digital tour of the new theatre space; drawings of the new music classroom space; the theatre consultant who has designed the new theatre; an opportunity to sign a piece of the theatre to be taken down to the new theatre home; slideshows and video memories of the PAC; an announcement of next year's season of shows; refreshments including a toast to the old girl; and finally, an opportunity to reminisce with alumni and current students.

Please come if you have fond memories of the theatre, or if you are just curious about the plans for the future. The event is free and the public is welcome.

Carroll College Jazz Band Spring Concert "Spotlight on Miles," May 3, 7:30 p.m., Old North Performing Arts Center in St. Charles Hall, Carroll College

This concert will be the final event ever to be held in the Old North Performing Arts Center before construction of the new chapel begins. Carroll students and guests led by Dr. Lynn Petersen will perform a variety of popular and jazz standards including two tunes by Miles Davis, Four and Seven Steps to Heaven, plus tunes recorded by the Miles Davis nonet on the album Birth of the Cool, the original nonet version of Moon Dreams and a mambo rendition of Gerry Mulligan's Venus de Milo. The band will also perform Chuck Israel's arrangement of Who Can I Turn To, Havona by Jaco Pastorius, Lazy Bird by John Coltrane, and a Dixieland version of Lazy River.  Two vocalists join the band for the standards I've Got You Under My Skin, My Funny Valentine, Something's Gotta Give, and Summer Wind.  

The event is free and the Helena community is welcome to attend. Call (406) 447-4303 for more information.

Annual Student Art Exhibit, Open through May 3, Carroll Art Gallery, St. Charles Hall, Carroll College

The exhibit features paintings, drawings, and ceramics produced by Carroll students in the last two semesters.The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and is closed weekends and college holidays. For more information, visit the Visual Arts Current Gallery webpage or call 447-4302.

Holocaust Remembrance Day - Holocaust survivor story by Henry Friedman, May 6 (reading day), 7 p.m. Campus Center, Lower level, Carroll College

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Holocaust survivor Henry Friedman will be providing a lecture to interested community members. Mr. Friedman has also written a biography, I'm No Hero: Journeys of a Holocaust Survivor, which is available from the Corette Library. Following his talk, there will be a panel with Dr. Roncalli, Dr. Fuller, and Dr. Ferst, followed by questions. From Wednesday, May 4 through Friday, May 6, there will be a Holocaust History Exhibit in the Upper Campus Center.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Carroll College Baccalaureate Mass & Commencement, May 14 

Carroll College graduates from the classes of 1946, 1956 and 1966 will also be honored. A schedule of commencement activities can be found on the Carroll Commencement webpage.

Commencement seating is open to family and friends of the graduates. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to select suitable seats. Doors to the PE Center open at 1:00 p.m.

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