March 25, 2016 QuickNotes: Spring News

Friday, March 25, 2016

March 25, 2016

Georgia Bound

Ten members of the Talking Saints forensics team have qualified for the national championships to be held in Gainesville, Florida, on April 1-4 and in Atlanta, Georgia, on April 8-11.

Carroll’s students attended national-level warm-ups during February and March to tune up and qualify for the April championships.

Carroll’s top senior debate team, Mark Schmutzler of Helena and Ryden Meyer of Portland, finished second in World Debate at the Western United States championships held at Cal Poly on March 4-6. Carroll was defending its Western title won in 2015, but lost a close decision in finals to a team from the University of Alaska. 

Schmutzler and Meyer were also selected for a by-invitation-only round robin, America’s Cup, which precedes nationals in Atlanta. The Carroll team has won every major Northwest tournament during their career, and they’ve finished at or near the top of events in Vermont, California and Colorado. They have won two national awards so far, and are in search of a third.

Senior Nick Fuller of Seattle and sophomore Jake MacDuff of Seattle debated well, but just missed finishing in the top eight and qualifying for semifinals.

The sophomore team of Becca Poliquin of Hamilton, Montana, and Tori Hill of Sidney, Montana, finished third in a special women’s tournament at Pacific Lutheran University on March 11. The freshman team of Frank Stumbo of Shelley, Idaho, and Alex Thielman of Spokane, Washington, won the novice championship at the Betsy Karl Invitational also held at PLU – their fourth win this year. Hill won a speaker award.

Two Carroll seniors have qualified for the National Individual Events Tournament at the University of Florida. 

Hanna Hillier of Jerome, Idaho, won both Dramatic Interpretation and Prose at a tune up in Nampa, Idaho, on February 14. Hillier has won seven first places over the course of the year, and was only one point from reaching the championship rounds at Nationals last year.

Anna Hoerner of Spokane, Washington, attended the NIET district championships, qualifying for NIET nationals in all four of her events: Impromptu, Prose, Poetry and Persuasion. 

This marks the third consecutive time that Hillier and Hoerner have qualified for the national championships in individual events.

This marks the 27th consecutive year Carroll has qualified students for national tournaments in both speech and debate.

Read the full release here

Social Justice & Human Rights

Carroll is hosting its first Social Justice Human Rights Film Festival, March 29-31. This event will feature an intriguing line-up of films addressing human rights and social justice issues in Palestine, India, and Zambia, followed by panel discussions and Q&A with the audience.

Highlights include opening remarks by President Tom Evans and a panel discussion with guest speaker, Professor Samir Bitar, native Palestinian and Arabic Languages and Cultures faculty at the University of Montana. Dr. Soumitree Gupta, assistant English professor at Carroll and Dr. Doreen Kutufam, assistant professor in the communications department, are the faculty organizers for this inaugural film festival.

"We hope that the Social Justice Human Rights Film Festival would provide an important platform for Carroll to take a leadership position in the community for facilitating conversations on current global, and to an extent, national issues, through engagement with world cinema," said SJHR Film Festival co-organizers, Drs. Gupta and Kutufam. 

This event is sponsored by Carroll College’s Artaza Center for Excellence in Global Education, the Hunthausen Center for Peace and Justice, Carroll Student Activities, the Corette Library, and Sodexo.

Screening Schedule

Tuesday, March 29:

The Wanted 18, 6.30 - 9.00 p.m., Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre 101/202, Carroll College

Social Justice Human Rights Film Festival screening of The Wanted 18 (a film about Palestine-Israel conflict), followed by panel discussion and Q & A with audience. Panelists include guest speaker Prof. Samir Bitar, native Palestinian and Arabic Languages and Cultures faculty at University of Montana, and Carroll's own Dr. Jeanette Fregulia. View the interactive graphic novel on The Wanted 18 website.

Wednesday, March 30:

The World Before Her, 6.30 - 9.00 p.m., Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre 101/202, Carroll College

Social Justice Human Rights Film Festival screening of The World Before Her (a film about women's empowerment in India), followed by panel discussion with Carroll faculty and Q & A with audience. Panelists include Dr. Debra Bernadi, Dr. Jamie Dolan, and Dr. Soumitree Gupta.

Thursday, March 31:

Stealing Africa, 6.30 - 8.30 p.m., Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre 101/202, Carroll College

Social Justice Human Rights Film Festival screening of Stealing Africa (a film about corporate globalization, poverty, and environment in Zambia), followed by panel discussion with Carroll faculty and Q & A with audience. Panelists include Dr. Doreen Kutufam, Dr. Patricia Heiser, and Dr. Dean Pavlakis.

Talking Irish

Join us in celebration of Irish independence on the 100th anniversary of Easter Rising as three members of Carroll’s award-winning Talking Saints forensics team debate the winners of the Irish Times Final, Ireland's most prestigious debating competition, who have traveled all the way from Dublin to join us Wednesday, March 30 in the Campus Center for Talking Irish & Talking Saints: A Night of Irish Oratory, Song & Debate. The topic of the debate: This house believes that all countries should welcome Syrian refugees.

The evening also includes Irish music and a reading of the Irish Easter Rising Proclamation of 1916. The Milltown Ramblers, led by Gabe and Maggie Brennan, will lead a sing-along of Irish melodies accompanied by guitar, banjo, harmonica, mandolin and tin whistle. In addition, refreshments, including Irish treats and green punch, will be provided. 

Irish Times Finals Champions:  Team winners Ross O’Mahony and Aaron Vickery and individual winner Clíodhna Ní Chéileachair.

The evening is 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.

World Visitors

Last week, a group of delegates from six Spanish speaking countries Spain, Venezuela, Ecuador, Chile, Mexico, and Honduras visited Carroll through WorldMontana as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program “Women Leaders: Engine of Social Change.”

The delegates had a meeting with the faculty, staff and students of Carroll where they discussed how to encourage young women in education and business. They are studying community-level efforts to assist women, particularly in the areas of domestic violence, education, and healthcare. The group also met with the Women’s Foundation of Montana and studied ExplorationWorks and the Carroll College experience on STEM programming.

WorldMontana would like to thank Dr. Doreen Kutufam, Dr. Jeanette Fregulia and senior engineering student Elena Haeussermann for their participation in making the discussions interesting and colorful for all the participants.

The delegates are pictured above along with Carroll professors Drs. Kutufam and Fregulia.

Student News

Constitution Contest

Carroll’s Constitution Studies Center hosted their first Constitution Speech Contest on Sunday, March 20. Students developed speeches addressing the topic, "Has the Constitution proven to be a successful founding document?"

Six students: Austin Carpenter, Conor Coutts, David Harris, Chris McClafferty-Helley, Daniel Olszewski, and Jake Wood competed in the final round of the contest. Approximately 50 students were in attendance for the event, which was judged by Dr. Jeanette Fregulia, Debate Team President Mark Schmutzler, senior debater Anna Hoerner, and two Carroll alumni who also serve as practicing attorneys—Heiko Coppola and Jean Faure.  The competition was spirited!

The following students were awarded prizes:

Best Overall Speech: David Harris

First Honorable Mention: Chris McClafferty-Helley

Second Honorable Mention: Austin Carpenter

The Constitution Studies Center wishes to thank Brent Northup, Mark Schmutzler, and the entire forensics team for the time and effort they put into this event. We thank all of the competitors for the hard work they displayed in preparation for the contest. We are also grateful for our judges, who devoted their time and resources to supporting Carroll students.  

Basketball Honors

Match BurnhamKatie Estey 

Both of Carroll’s basketball teams wrapped up their seasons at the NAIA national championships last week. The women’s team bowed out in the first round losing to perennial powerhouse Freed-Hardeman. The men made a run to the quarterfinals upsetting Peru State and #2 seeded LSU Alexandria before losing a physical battle to Campbellsville.

In terms of Frontier honors, in men’s basketball, Match Burnham was named the Frontier Conference Freshman of the Year and junior Zach Taylor and sophomore Ryan Imhoff were named to the Frontier Conference First-Team in the 2015-16 All-Conference teams. Burnham was also named to the Frontier Conference Second-Team. Read more here

On the women’s side, senior point guard Katie Estey was named to the Frontier Conference First-Team, sophomore Cassidy Hashley received second-team honors and sophomore Baylee Watson earned an honorable mention nod in the Frontier women's basketball All-Conference Teams. Read more here

Congratulations to both our Saints basketball teams on an impressive season!

Faculty/Staff News

Faith & Reason

The Hunthausen Center for Peace and Justice recently hosted their second annual Faculty Roundtable on Faith and Reason. It featured 26 full-time faculty from history, theology, biology, business, chemistry, environmental studies, education, communications, mathematics, engineering, philosophy, psychology, and nursing.

The topic this year was Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’.  Dr. Eric Hall in Theology/Philosophy provided the paper for the discussion and Dr. Patricia Heiser in Environmental Studies provided a response with discussion among the entire group following.  

The Faculty Round Table on Faith and Reason is a partner to the Hunthausen Center’s annual lecture on Faith and Reason.  Both are opportunities for Carroll College to explore the academic expression of its Catholic identity, particularly the emphasis within the Catholic intellectual tradition on the complementary relationship between faith and reason as well as Carroll College’s mission “to treat judgments concerning ultimate reality and decisions concerning ultimate value at both an academic and a pastoral level” (Carroll College Mission Statement).

Saints in the News

Carroll's innovative chemistry program along with the Integrated Lab was recently featured internationally in Chemical and Engineering News. The article is about new and innovative teaching practices within undergraduate chemistry and includes information about the experiences taking place in our Integrated Chemistry Lab at Carroll, with quotes from chemistry professors Dr. Colin Thomas and Dr. John Rowley.

Read it here: Bringing Research into Teaching Labs

IN MEMORIAM

With great sadness, colleagues and friends announce the passing of former Carroll College professor, Dr. Lauri Anne Fahlberg. Many will remember Lauri for her popular yoga classes and significant contributions to Carroll College. Among her contributions, Lauri was instrumental in creating the Health Science major, wrote Carroll College’s first Service-Learning Handbook, and launched the faculty Teaching Circle. 

Read more about her life here.

Alumni News

 Saints in the News

The Austin-American Statesman recently interviewed Virginia Reeves ‘00 about her new novel Work Like Any Other.

As excerpted from the article: In a pitch-perfect narrative, Reeves details Roscoe’s long years at Alabama’s Kilby Prison, where he works as a dairy hand, a librarian and a dog handler for the brutal Deputy Taylor, who tracks down prisoners trying to escape.

Read her interview here: ‘Work Like Any Other’ looks at rocky road to redemptionViriginia will be giving a reading of her book on April 7 at 7 p.m. in Trinity Lounge at Carroll College.

Career Moves

Zach Gill '10, Quality Supervisor, Trident Plant, Three Forks, MT – read announcement here.

IN MEMORIAM

Destry Morton ’94 - read more about his life here.

Upcoming Events

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.

NASA’s Dawn Mission:  Exploring the Asteroid Belt, Mar. 24, 7 p.m., Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre 101-202, Carroll College

Dr. Kelly Cline will present a public lecture about the exciting new discoveries from NASA’s Dawn mission. This innovative spacecraft is the first exploratory mission to be powered by a ion propulsion engine. This amazing new technology allowed Dawn to orbit the asteroid Vesta for over a year, than break orbit and travel to the dwarf planet Ceres, where it is still sending back fascinating new data. Dawn’s explorations have revealed a battered world, covered with craters and mountains. On approach, Dawn discovered strange bright spots on Ceres, which astronomers think may be deposits of ice or chemical salts. Join us for a discussion of the surprising new discoveries from NASA’s Dawn Mission!

This event is free and open to the public.

Carroll College Easter Break, Mar. 25 & 28

Carroll College will be closed in observance of Good Friday on March 25 and Easter Monday on March 28. Classes will resume on Tues., Mar. 29. Administrative offices will be closed on Mar. 25 & 28 as well.

1st Annual Social Justice and Human Rights Film Festival, Mar. 29-31, Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre 101/202, Carroll College

Sponsored by the Artaza Center for Excellence in Global Education, the Hunthausen Center for Peace and Justice, Carroll College Student Activities, the Corette Library, and Sodexo, Carroll College is hosting the 1st Annual Social Justice and Human Rights Film Festival March 29-31.

This event will feature an intriguing line-up of films addressing human rights and social justice issues in Palestine, India, and Zambia, followed by panel discussions and Q&A with audience. Other highlights include opening remarks by President Tom Evans and panel discussion with guest speaker, Prof. Samir Bitar, native Palestinian and Arabic Languages and Cultures faculty at teh University of Montana. Refreshments will be provided. 

All films and panel discussions are free and open to the public. 

The Wanted 18, Mar. 29, 6.30 - 9.00 p.m., Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre 101/202, Carroll College

Social Justice Human Rights Film Festival screening of The Wanted 18 (a film about Palestine-Israel conflict), followed by panel discussion and Q & A with audience. Panelists include guest speaker Prof. Samir Bitar, native Palestinian and Arabic Languages and Cultures faculty at University of Montana, and Carroll's own Dr. Jeanette Fregulia. View the interactive graphic novel on The Wanted 18 website: http://www.wanted18.com/en/novel.

The World Before Her, Mar. 30, 6.30 - 9.00 p.m., Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre 101/202, Carroll College

Social Justice Human Rights Film Festival screening of The World Before Her (a film about women's empowerment in India), followed by panel discussion with Carroll faculty and Q & A with audience. Panelists include Dr. Debra Bernadi, Dr. Jamie Dolan, and Dr. Soumitree Gupta. 

Stealing Africa, Mar. 31, 6.30 - 8.30 p.m., Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre 101/202, Carroll College

Social Justice Human Rights Film Festival screening of Stealing Africa (a film about corporate globalization, poverty, and environment in Zambia), followed by panel discussion with Carroll faculty and Q & A with audience. Panelists include Dr. Doreen Kutufam, Dr. Patricia Heiser, and Dr. Dean Pavlakis.

Talking Irish & Talking Saints: A Night of Irish Oratory, Song & Debate, Mar. 30, 7 p.m., Lower level of the Campus Center, Carroll College

Join us in celebration of Irish independence on the 100th anniversary of Easter Rising as three members of Carroll’s award-winning Talking Saints forensics team debate the winners of the Irish Times Final, Ireland's most prestigious debating competition, who have traveled all the way from Dublin to join us this evening. The topic of the debate: This house believes thatall countries should welcome Syrian refugees.

The evening also includes Irish music and a reading of the Irish Easter Rising Proclamation of 1916. The Milltown Ramblers, led by Gabe and Maggie Brennan, will lead a sing-along of Irish melodies accompanied by guitar, banjo, harmonica, mandolin and tin whistle. In addition, refreshments, including Irish treats and green punch, will be provided. 

The evening is 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.

This event is free and the public is welcome.

Carroll College’s Entrepreneur in Residence Program – "How to Start an Airline" -Guest Lecturer Trustee Gene Mallette ‘71, Mar. 31, 7 p.m., Sage Room, Corette Library, Carroll College

Carroll’s Entrepreneur in Residence program is hosting guest lecturer, Board of Trustee member and Carroll class of 1971 graduate Gene Mallette, who will share his personal entrepreneurial story of how he grew a company which made less than $500,000 per year to one that does business in excess of $25 million per year in "How to Start an Airline." Gene Mallette is the former CEO of Alpine Air Express, Inc., one of the largest regional on demand air cargo providers in the United States. Mallette was awarded the Utah CEO of the Year in 2009 by Utah Business Magazine.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Author Reading: Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves '00, Apr. 7, 7 p.m., Trinity Lounge, Carroll College

Virginia Reeves '00 will be reading from her debut novel, Work Like Any Other. Reeves is a Carroll alum and graduate of the Michener Center for Writers at University of Texas at Austin.

A starkly beautiful, morally complicated, and astonishing accomplished debut set in 1920’s rural Alabama, Work Like Any Other tells the story of Roscoe T Martin, a prideful electrician sent to prison after his illegal siphoning of electrical state power for his wife’s family’s farm leads to an innocent man’s death, and announces author Virginia Reeves as a major new voice in American fiction.

This event is free and open to the public.

“Science and Movie:  Apollo 13,” Apr. 7, 7 p.m., Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre 101/202, Carroll College

The evening will include a public lecture by Professor Kelly Cline, followed by a free showing of the classic 1995 movie “Apollo 13” with Tom Hanks. In the lecture, we’ll trace the history of human space exploration from the Russian launch of Sputnik, to the space race, and the Apollo moon program. Then we’ll talk about the movie itself, the amazingly accurate science behind it, the actual Apollo 13 disaster, and we’ll nitpick a few details that the movie gets wrong. Finally, 8pm, we’ll show the movie itself, on SH101/202’s big screen, enjoying this amazing true story of human adventure in space.

This event is free and open to the public.

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.

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.

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