March 4, 2016 QuickNotes: Answering the Call

Friday, March 4, 2016

March 4, 2016

Answering the Call

Carroll’s theology program is on the rise, helped in part by a recent $41,580 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to establish the Vision & Call Ministry Internship Program. The program provides for three internships per academic year for senior theology majors that are committed to more deeply engaging in a vocation of ministry.

This grant is part of the theology department’s efforts to create a new ministerial path which includes an emphasis in ministry for both the major and the minor, which was prompted by expressed student interest in a degree that prepares them for a career in ministry. The courses, coupled with internships, combine intellectual, reflective and critical study with practical field experience and leadership training. The Vision & Call grant is instrumental in creating opportunities for meaningful ministerial work and experience for Carroll students.

In addition, the theology department has restructured its degree curriculum to make it more accessible for students to add theology as a second major. The restructuring has been met with immediate interest with ten students having declared theology majors this academic year, more than doubling the number of majors over recent years. 

“With the Vision and Call grant, we’re able to take to its fullness what has become our de facto motto in theology, to ‘explore the deep’ of your faith. Now we’re doing as Pope John Paul II has asked and 'going out into the deep,'“ said Dr. Eric Hall, the Hunthausen Professor of Peace and Justice at Carroll and assistant professor of theology and philosophy. “We’ll now be sending merciful, compassionate, and highly intelligent young persons into ministry situations to concretely address the hurts of our world, and to learn to do so with both gusto and professionalism,” continued Hall.

Read the full release here.

Dr. Eric Hall

Student News

Fast & (Not so) Furious

Leah Esposito edging out Adri Sigafoose of Aquinas College for the win in the DMR Prelims on March 3. Photo courtesy of Nick Dawson

Carroll College’s Leah Esposito was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association West Region Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year.

Esposito, a junior distance runner from Helena, Mont., goes into the NAIA Nationals with the fastest mile time in the country with an altitude adjusted time of 4:51.21 and will also compete in the 3,000 meter run and the distance medley relay.

Members of the Carroll indoor track & field team are currently in Johnson City, Tennessee, competing in the NAIA National Championships.

KXLH-TV interviewed Leah this past week about her running career. View it here:

Athlete of the Week: Carroll runner Leah Esposito

Saints in the News

As we reported in last week's QuickNotes, Carroll College was the 31st college in the nation, and the first in Montana, to become fair trade certified. Senior Melanie Vert played a large part in completing the criteria required for certification and wrapping up the application process for the college.

Melanie, along with Hunthausen Center for Peace and Justice Director, Dr. Chris Fuller, were interviewed by KFBB TV about the recent designation. View it here:

Carroll College becomes the first school in Montana to be Fair Trade Certified

Brenna Van Paepegham holds a treat for her dog Memphis recently during an anthrozoology class at Carroll College. Photo courtesy of Thom Bridge, Helena IR 

Helena IR reporter Marga Lincoln recently spent a day in Dr. Erica Feuerbacher’s Advanced Canine Training Class, where students and dogs were practicing their skills.

Read this article for a little insight into the class, the dogs, and the students who train them.

Dogs rule: Animal expert argues canines initiated bond with humans

From left, Carroll College students David Dietrich on alto saxophone, Alex Kurtz on trumpet, Dillon Armstrong on tenor saxophone and Jonah Martin on drums take turns soloing on a recent afternoon at Birds and Beasley’s in downtown Helena.

The Helena IR filmed a couple of their songs for this month’s Last Chance Gulch Session. View it here:

Last Chance Gulch Session: Carroll Jazz Ensemble

Photo courtesy of Thom Bridge, Helena IR

Faculty/Staff News

TED Talks Online

Carroll associate professor of biology, Dr. Christine Eckel, and head football coach Mike Van Diest, were two of the presenters at the TEDxHelena event held in January. Now both talks, as well as others from the Helena event, are available online for viewing.

Dr. Eckel’s talk is titled, "Our anatomy is all the same. Our anatomy is all different. Why should we care?" 

Coach Van Diest’s talk is titled, “How can we draw compassion while drawing competitive excellence?"

“It was the first ever Helena TEDx event and it was a huge success!” said Dr. Eckel. “There were lots and lots of wonderful talks. It was truly an honor to participate in such an event. Plus, it was a lot of fun too!”


As was shared today by Dr Lynette Zuroff, Chair of the Department of Education:

This morning, Connie McEachern, a thirty-year employee of Carroll College, succumbed to her battle with cancer. Her battle with cancer spanned more than seven years, but in all that time, she always was optimistic and focused on making others feel good about themselves and their accomplishments.  

During her thirty years at Carroll College, Connie served as the Teacher Education Unit Coordinator and an administrative assistant to the Department of Education: Health, Physical, and Teacher, and the Gifted Institute. Connie was always at least ten minutes early for work, and she left at least five minutes after her scheduled departure time. Carroll College students loved her nurturing and caring nature; she mothered them, advised them, listened to them, and cared deeply for them. Connie often told me that if she could win a million dollars, she would distribute it to students who needed a little boost in their lives. As was so typical with Connie, she thought of others’ needs rather than her own. I never heard Connie say a negative thing about any individual.  

Our thoughts and prayers are with Connie's family during this difficult time.

Alumni News

 Upcoming Event

Join Carroll College President Dr. Tom Evans as well as alumni, parents and friends in Arizona for a spring training game with World Series Champions the Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians.

Carroll Day at the Ballpark will be held March 13 at 12 p.m. at Surprise Stadium, 15850 N. Bullard Avenue, Surprise, Arizona.

The Carroll event starts at noon in the hospitality tent with the game starting at 1:05 pm. $30 per person includes game ticket, lunch and drink ticket. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are expected to sell out fast so purchase your tickets today online or contact the Carroll alumni office at 406-447-5169 or

Upcoming Events

Carroll College Spring Break, Mar. 7-11

Carroll College will be on spring break Mar. 7-11. Classes will resume on Mon., Mar. 14. Administrative offices will be open Mon.-Thurs. but closed on Fri., Mar. 11. Carroll QuickNotes will resume on Fri., Mar. 18.

Philosophy Now Speaker Series – Guest Lecturer Dr. John Gleaves ‘06, Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Cal State, Fullerton, Mar. 16 & 17, 7 p.m., Lower Campus Center, Carroll College

As part of its Philosophy Now Speaker Series, Carroll College’s Philosophy Department is hosting John Gleaves, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Health & Human Development at California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Gleaves, Carroll College class of 2006, will be giving two lectures on March 16 & 17.

Dr. Gleaves specializes in the philosophy and history of sport with particular emphasis on the study of performance-enhancing drugs and doping in sport including its ethical, historical, legal and scientific perspectives. Dr. Gleaves’ research interests also include the cultural study of areas related to gender, medicalization, and scientization of sport and physical culture.

Debating the Ethics of Performance Enhancement in Sport, Mar. 16, 7 p.m., Lower Campus Center

Though most people agree that athletes should not use performance enhancing drugs, the moral argument for banning them is much less clear. In a public lecture, Dr. Gleaves  illustrates the flaws in many of the oft-cited arguments for banning athletes from using performance-enhancing drugs. In fact, Gleaves will argue, we have been having the wrong conversation when it comes to doping. Instead, the right conversation involves not only the essence of sport but the larger philosophical question about what it means to be human.

Red, White, and Gold: The Olympic Games in American Culture, Mar. 17, 7 p.m., Lower Campus Center

The Olympic Games are a powerful symbol of American identity but what does that symbol represent? Dr. Gleaves will show how the Olympic Games are a “story we tell ourselves about ourselves.” Not only is this story meaningful, but investigating its cultural meaning in American society provides a useful avenue for examining larger social issues that extend beyond the most significant global sporting event. 

Free Tax Preparation Courtesy of Carroll’s Veteran Services and Montana’s Credit Unions, Mar. 17, 4 – 8 p.m., Borromeo Hall – Computer Lab, Carroll College

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site,, is a collaborative project between Carroll College Campus Veteran Services and Montana’s Credit Unions. Get your tax return prepared for free by an IRS certified volunteer. If you have household income around $56,000 and a simple return, you likely qualify. For a list of what to bring and to determine whether you are eligbile for free tax prep, visit

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.

Cultural Perceptions vs. Reality Student Panel, Mar. 22, 7 p.m., Lower Campus Center, Carroll College 

Sponsored by the Intercultural Students Network, OASIS and the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Carroll students will present on Cultural Stereotypes vs. Reality. They will present on how their culture views outsiders as well as how their own cultures are viewed by outsiders. Knowledge of the many cultures within the U.S. and outside the U.S. is essential in the growing interconnectedness of our world. Come and learn about West African, Montana enrolled member of the Rocky Boy Reservation, Japanese, Brazilian and Pakistani cultures. The final presentation has been prepared by the students in collaboration with professors. After the presentation, there will be a Q&A session. Come and have an exciting conversation on the diversity that is around us. Refreshments will be provided.  

This event is free and open to the public.

Carroll College’s Entrepreneur in Residence Program – Guest Lecturer Trustee Gene Mallette ‘71, Mar. 31, 7 p.m., Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre 101/202, 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. 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.

“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.

WorldMontana Upcoming Events:  

WorldMontana will be welcoming three groups of international visitors later this month and they are looking for volunteers to host dinners at their homes. 
Please contact WorldMontana for more information at 406 447 4444,

“Women Leaders: Engine of Social Change,” Mar. 16-19

A group of Latin American women will be in Montana as part of “Women Leaders: Engine of Social Change.” They will study community-level efforts to assist women, particularly in the areas of domestic violence, education, and healthcare.

Meeting with faculty and students, Mar. 17, 9 a.m in St. Charles Hall, conference room 107, Carroll College 

The group will also meet with the Women’s Foundation of Montana and study the Exploration Works and Carroll College experience on STEM programming.

Environmental Stewardship, Mar. 17 

Six visitors from Southeast Asia will come to study Environmental Stewardship with advocacy groups and other state resources, including the Legislative Services. They will visit Yellowstone National Park on the weekend and may be available for a dinner with host families.

Child Justice, Mar. 19-23

Four Indonesian visitors and two interpreters will visit Montana to study Child Justice. They will tour the Riverside Girls School in Boulder, meet with Justice Jim Rice and learn about the volunteer efforts of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Host families are needed for dinner on March 20.

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