November 13, 2015 QuickNotes: Entrepreneurial Spirit

Friday, November 13, 2015

November 13, 2015

Entrepreneurial Spirit

As we enter into the second year of our Entrepreneur in Residence program, John McCarvel, Carroll class of 1979 and former CEO and President of Crocs, Inc., has graciously agreed to serve as our 2015-16 Entrepreneur in Residence.

The goal of the Entrepreneur in Residence program is to expose students to real-world practical instruction in the formation and advancement of new business ventures that can result in viable businesses. New for this year is a one-credit class devoted to the program, as well as the availability of seed funding up to $2,500 for each selected project. 

The program began with a kickoff lecture by John in early November and is followed by proposal reviews in January where multidisciplinary teams present their ideas. Up to five proposals will be selected for further mentoring. John will visit in-person monthly with the multidisciplinary teams in addition to bi-weekly tele-conferencing calls to help bring the proposals to fruition. 

"As Carroll College alum, I have drawn strong correlations between my family, upbringing and Carroll College education to my successes in high tech and consumer goods. I have enjoyed being on the Board of Trustees for the past two years and look forward to being this year's Entrepreneur in Residence." said McCarvel.

Read more about John’s business experiences here.



Breathe Easy


As part of our commitment to creating a healthy and clean environment for all members of our campus community, the college will implement a Tobacco-Free Campus initiative beginning July 1, 2016.

With this step, Carroll will join more than 1,100 colleges and universities across America in becoming a 100% tobacco-free campus.    

We are making this announcement now for two important reasons. First, we hope this advanced notice, prior to implementation next summer, will provide those who currently smoke or use smokeless tobacco with sufficient time to take advantage of tobacco cessation resources. Assistance and resources are available through the Carroll Wellness Center.  

Second, November 19 is the Great American Smokeout, a national effort by the American Cancer Society to encourage people to quit smoking. As part of this annual event, Dr. Richard Sargent will be on campus on November 16 to give a presentation on the health impacts of tobacco use. The presentation will be at 7 p.m. in O'Connell 107. All interested parties are invited to attend.

Read more about the initiative here.  

Grateful Grants

2015 is shaping up as a very good year for Carroll’s Engineers Without Borders, as the well-regarded program has been the recipient of three separate grants this year, totaling nearly $13,000. 

The grants, which assist with material costs to seismically retrofit the La Asuncion School in Guatemala, included: $6,500 from the Thornton-Tomasetti Foundation this past spring;  $3,000 from the Foundation for the Diocese of Helena this summer; and most recently, $3,400 from Pratt & Whitney.

The La Asuncion School, near Santo Tomas in Guatemala, has been the location of five implementation projects with EWB. The 2010 earthquake in Haiti was the inspiration to explore how to fortify the school in this seismically-active area. Initially, Carroll partnered with structural engineers from Morrison-Maierle to create a design to retrofit structural walls. During implementation trips approximately eight students, a professional mentor, and Professor Willis Weight have installed two walls, along with substantial footings. 

The arrangement with the La Asuncion School is particularly effective because of the partnership formed with local Guatemalan contractors. Much of the success of the project stems from what EWB’s current student project leader Jacob Johnson describes as the “cyclical process of construction demonstration,” a goal from the onset of the project. 

“We construct specific types of seismic walls and then fund the local engineer and construction crew to continue the implementation while we are back in the United States. We then repeat this process. In January 2016 we will travel to Guatemala once more to continue this demonstration process. To date – in total – eight walls have been constructed, two more are being constructed at this moment, and two more will be constructed in January. We are very grateful for the support of these various foundations for these grants are the reason all of this is possible,” explained Johnson.





Weekly Snapshot

It’s week two of our photo contest and we have our first tie. Judges were enamored with both Instructional Technologist Ryan Hazen’s snowy St. Charles and junior Fallon MacHado’s Carroll pilgrimage. 

Congratulations Ryan and Fallon! Keep those submissions coming.





Student News

Title Tilt

Our Fighting Saints are racking up an impressive number of conference titles this fall.

In addition to the women’s soccer team who clinched the Cascade Collegiate Conference crown in their first year in the conference, our women’s volleyball team locked up a Frontier Co-Championship with a 3-2 win against Rocky Mountain College on November 7. They enter as the second seed in this weekend’s Frontier Conference Tournament held at Carroll.

"It is going to give us a lot of confidence going into the conference tournament," said senior libero Rebecca Sweeney. "It is always a good thing to have that belief that you are going to win. It is exciting to have the tournament at home and this win is just going to build on that as we go into the tournament."In addition, our Carroll women dominated the field in cross country by finishing seven runners in the top ten to win the Frontier Conference Cross Country Championship held in Great Falls on November 6.They were led by Frontier conference champion Leah Esposito who won the race for the second consecutive year with a time of 18:25.38, nearly 37 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.

The team looks like they are in strong position heading into nationals next week in Charlotte, NC. "On the women's side, things are setting up really well for nationals," head coach David Morris said. "We definitely have a shot for top three and that is our goal all year to come home with a trophy."

Congratulations to our Lady Fighting Saints – best of luck in the post-season!



Shared Learnings

Carroll students senior Lauren Scofield and junior Elle Barta presented an education session, "How a Catholic Institution is Addressing Sexual Assault," at the Not In Our State Statewide Summit on Sexual Assault held at the University of Montana on November 8-10. 

The students were part of the research team with Genders Studies faculty Dr. Leslie Angel (Psychology), Dr. Debra Bernardi (Languages and Literature) and Dr. Jamie Dolan (Sociology) that conducted the Campus Climate survey on students' experiences with sexual harassment and sexual assault.

The students were joined at the conference by Carroll faculty and staff members Dr. Angel, Kelly Parsley (Health Sciences), Renee McMahon (Human Resources), Maureen Ward (Community Living), Dr. Jim Rogers (Counseling Services), Kyrie Russ (Counseling Services) and Dr. Jim Hardwick (Student Life).

Lauren Scofield and Elle Barta

Saints in the News



Kat Martineau is an Anthrozoology major who is currently interning at the Lewis & Clark Humane Society, focusing specifically on dog adoptions and dog behavior in group play. She is assisting in gathering data that takes a broad look at dog behavior in play groups that may lead to further in-depth research.

For her work in matching dogs to their forever homes, Kat was profiled as the KTVH-TV Class Act of the week.

Watch her segment:

Student Works to Help Dogs Find Forever Homes

The Carroll women's basketball team not only excel on the court but off as well, volunteering their time with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Helena over the last several years. The team and their service were highlighted as the KTVH-TV Class Act of the week. 

Watch their segment:

College Basketball Team Volunteers As Big Sisters



Alumni News


Thomas Lee Baird '78 - read more about his life here.


William Sternhagen '58 - read more about his life here.


Faculty/Staff News

Faculty Fanfare

Congratulations to the following Carroll faculty that have been recommended for tenure and promotion:

Tenure: Dr. Caroline Pharr, Chemistry; Dr. Kevin Stewart, English; Dr. Leslie Angel, Psychology; Dr. Marie Suthers, Anthrozoology

Promotion to Professor:  Dr. Debra Bernardi, English; Dr. Sam Alvey, Biology

Promotion to Associate Professor:  Dr. Jennifer Lowell, Health Sciences; Dr. Ted Wendt, Mathematics; Dr. Stephanie Otto-Hitt, Biology.


Recent Presentation



Dr. Debra Bernardi, Associate Professor in the Department of Languages and Literature, presented a paper at the international conference of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, in Philadelphia, November 4-8.

The paper is titled, "'Bichromatism Was Prevalent throughout Tuscany': Resisting Boundaries in Mary McCarthy's The Stones of Florence" and is part of a book project on Italy and the American female imagination.


Saints in the News


Dr. Alex Street, assistant professor of political science, had his research on the effect of voter registration deadlines impacting election results recently referenced in an article in the New York Times.

His research published in the journal Political Analysis is cited in the second to last paragraph of the story: 

Democratic Group Called iVote Pushes Automatic Voter Registration


Recently Elected


Congratulations to adjunct faculty member, Ed Noonan, who was recently elected to the Helena City Commission.

View Noonan’s candidate questionnaire from the Helena IR here.


Photo courtesy of Thom Bridge, Helena IR

Upcoming Events

“Muslim American, American Muslim”, Oct. 29 – Dec. 4, Carroll Art Gallery, St. Charles Hall, Carroll College

This exhibit is a collection of black and white photographs by Robert E. Gerhardt Jr.
 of New York City. He states that his goal for this project is to try to understand and document the intersection between “Muslim” and “American,” since the latter part of this community’s identity is often forgotten. He began photographing for this project on the first night of Ramadan in 2010, and continues to make photographs through the present day. His hope is that this photo series can encourage a dialogue between Muslims and non-Muslims in America that attempts to erase the boundaries that engender a sense of “them” and begin to foster a sense of “us.” 

The gallery will be 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. 


 Third Annual Oxfam Hunger Banquet, Nov. 17, 5-6:30 p.m., Student Campus Center Dining Hall, Carroll College

The Hunthausen Center for Peace and Justice and Sodexo are hosting Carroll College’s third annual Oxfam Hunger Banquet. Special guest will be Carroll alumna and First Lady of Montana, Lisa Bullock. It is a memorable, interactive event that brings hunger and poverty issues to life. The place where you sit, and the meal that you eat, are determined by the luck of the draw—just as in real life some of us are born into relative prosperity and others into poverty.

For questions, contact


Guest Lecturer – John McCoy, author of “A Still and Quiet Conscience: The Archbishop Who Challenged a Pope, a President, and a Church,” Nov. 17, 7 p.m., Lower level, Campus Center

Carroll College is hosting John McCoy, author of “A Still and Quiet Conscience: The Archbishop Who Challenged a Pope, a President, and a Church.” The book examines the life of Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen with chapter three focusing on his time at Carroll College. 

Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen remains the lone remaining American Catholic bishop to have attended all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council.  Mr. McCoy will discuss the Archbishop’s participation in the Council, how we instituted the reforms of the Council in the Helena and Seattle Dioceses, and his firm commitment to Catholic Social Teaching throughout his career.

This event is free and open to the public. 


Reading of Her Own: Lives in Brief, Nov. 18, 5 – 8 p.m., Red Atlas at the Staggering Ox 

Carroll community members will be reading at the event where writers will present 800 word nonfiction essays on topics from the heart of their lives. Readers from the Carroll community include Madison Fian, student; Sara Groves, faculty; Sue Kronenberger, student; Virginia Cooper, faculty; and Soumitree Gupta, faculty. 

This event is free and the Helena community is encouraged to attend.


Carroll College Jazz Band Fall Concert "Jazz Gems," Nov. 19, 4 p.m., Campus Center, Carroll College

The program will feature several transcribed arrangements of classic recordings, such as L-O-V-E (Natalie Cole), Anything Goes (Frank Sinatra), With Plenty of Money and You (Tony Bennett), and Art Pepper’s renditions of Anthropology and Walkin’ Shoes.  The band will also perform Ellington/Strayhorn’s Agra for baritone sax, the funk tune Absoludicrous by Gordon Goodwin, Lee Morgan’s Sidewinder, Sam Jones’ Unit 7, and the Gershwins’ Nice Work If You Can Get It. The program will also include a swing version of White Christmas with vocalists.

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

 Astronomy Lecture Series: Dr. Kelly Cline presents “Searching for Dark Energy,” Nov. 19, 7 p.m., 101/202 Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre, Carroll College

Dark energy is one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of modern science. Current measurements tell us that stars, planets, gas, and dust only make up about 5% of the stuff in our universe. Dark energy accounts for 68% of the stuff in our universe, but no one knows exactly what it is. Dark energy was discovered in 1998, when it was found that our universe is expanding faster and faster. Observations of the afterglow of the big bang tell us that dark energy has been around for a very long time. Now, a laboratory experiment has reported some intriguing new results that may help us pin down what dark energy is at an atomic scale.  Join us for a discussion of the exciting new discoveries in the search for dark energy!

This event is free and the Helena community is invited to attend.


Carroll College Theatre Department One-Act Play Festival “All In The Timing”, Dec. 3-6, Old North Performing Arts Center, Carroll College 

In the spirit of our One Act Festival, Carroll College Theatre presents this delightful evening of short plays “All In The Timing” by David Ives and directed by Carroll Theatre Kimberly Shire. The show includes seven one acts from a collection of smart, hilarious comedies by David Ives.

Because this play contains some strong language, it is not recommended for children, and we will not be offering child priced tickets. Ticket prices for this one weekend of shows are: $2 with Carroll Student ID; $8 students and seniors; and $12 adults.

Shows will be 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday in the Carroll College Theatre. For more information, visit the Carroll Theatre Season webpage.


Carroll College Jazz Band Fall Concert "Jazz Gems," Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., Old North Performing Arts Center in St. Charles Hall, Carroll College

The program will feature several transcribed arrangements of classic recordings, such as L-O-V-E (Natalie Cole), Anything Goes (Frank Sinatra), With Plenty of Money and You (Tony Bennett), and Art Pepper’s renditions of Anthropology and Walkin’ Shoes.  The band will also perform Ellington/Strayhorn’s Agra for baritone sax, the funk tune Absoludicrous by Gordon Goodwin, Lee Morgan’s Sidewinder, Sam Jones’ Unit 7, and the Gershwins’ Nice Work If You Can Get It. The program will also include a swing version of White Christmas with vocalists.

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


Mark your calendars – Upcoming Alumni Events: 


Carroll in Boise, Nov. 14, 10 a.m., College of Idaho, Caldwell, ID

Join us for the football tailgate РFighting Saints vs. College of Idaho. ʉ۬Bring a brunch item to share. Kickoff is at noon.


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