Accomplishments & Accolades
|For the sixth year in a row, Carroll College has been designated as a 2017 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media. This recognition is in addition to being ranked as the number one Regional College in the West for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report earlier this fall.|
“Carroll College is proud to be recognized as a Military Friendly School. We believe that this recognition is a testament of our ongoing commitment to improve access and utilization of support services by service members, veterans and their families both on and off campus,” said Carroll College Veteran Service Coordinator Brandy Keely. Read more.
|The Talking Saints won more than 30 awards, more than half by first-year students, to win the second place sweepstakes award at the Northwest College Trapper Rendezvous in Powell, Wyoming, on November 4-5.|
“Our 28-person team is young this year with no seniors and 12 new members,” said coach Brent Northup. “So to see the young members shine is wonderful. They’ve worked hard – and served notice to our upper class that they best keep an eye on their rearview mirrors. That’s healthy.” Read more.
|On November 4-5, Carroll students from chemistry, biology, and biochemistry-molecular biology presented their research at the Murdock College Undergraduate Research Conference in Spokane, Wash. |
The undergraduate-only conference is designed to highlight, support, and enhance the quality of research programs at private liberal arts colleges in the northwest. All seven of the Carroll students attending the conference presented their research during the conference-wide poster session. Additionally, senior Lauren Rhoda was invited to deliver a 20-minute oral presentation on her research, which she did in conjunction with Professor Rowley over the summer, developing solar panels that will store solar energy in the form of a solar fuel.
“The Murdock Research Conference gave me a wonderful opportunity to grow as a scientist. Presenting our research to others was intimidating at first, but it ultimately gave me great confidence in my ability to do real and relevant science, as well as my ability to communicate it effectively,” said Rhoda. Read more.
Congratulations to the following Carroll faculty that have been recommended for tenure and promotion:
TENURE: Patricia Heiser, Ph.D, Earth Science; Jeremy Johnson, Ph.D, Political Science; and Theodore Wendt, Ph.D, Mathematics and Computer Science.
PROMOTION TO PROFESSOR: Dan Gretch, Ph.D, Biology
PROMOTION TO ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR: Maria Brosnan, MSN, APRN, ACNP-BC, Nursing; D. J. Cash, Ph.D, History; Jodi Fasteen, Ph.D, Mathematics Education; Eric Hall, Ph.D, Theology and Philosophy; Joe Helbling, Ph.D, Education; David Hitt, Ph.D, Chemistry; David McCanna, Ph.D, Sociology; and Alex Street, Ph.D, Political Science.
|On Wednesday evening, November 16, over 300 Helena community members gathered at the Great Northern Hotel to participate in the Helena Education Foundation’s Great Conversations event. An impressive number of Carroll faculty, staff and alumni participated in the event as table hosts leading a wide variety of conversation topics. It was wonderful to see so many from Carroll taking time from their busy lives to share their expertise and ideas in support of Helena public schools.|
People who sat at their tables raved about the conversations and what they learned. A local alum who attended the event said, “This is one of the most inspiring evenings I have had the pleasure of attending in our community. Knowing this helps support teachers in shaping the hearts and minds of our children makes it a special evening – and it was great to see Carroll so well represented.” Read more.
|A book exploring Augustine's views on environmental philosophy and theology, which was co-edited by Carroll professor of philosophy Dr. Mark Smillie, has recently been published. As is described on Amazon, Augustine and the Environment brings into dialogue the ancient wisdom of Augustine of Hippo, a bishop of the early Christian Church of the fourth and fifth centuries, with contemporary theologians and ethicists on the topic of the environment and humanity’s place in and responsibility to it.|
|Dr. Hela Kelsch ’08, who is finishing up her medical residency program in Spokane in June, was recently featured in the Spokesman-Review discussing her desire to stay in the Pacific Northwest to practice medicine. Spokane Teaching Health Clinic trains a new generation of health-care workers|
|Susannah Scaroni, class of 2013, placed fourth in the wheelchair event at the New York City Marathon recently. The 23-year old paraplegic traversed the 18-mile course in 1 hour, 58 minutes, 16 seconds, despite battling a loose wheel over the last stages of the race. She was recently featured in the Helena IR: Former Carroll student fourth at NYC wheelchair division|
|Dr. Cody Ferguson ‘01, assistant professor of history at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., recently published This is Our Land: Grassroots Environmentalism in the Late-Twentieth Century. Read more.|
|James 'Jim/Meats' Joseph O'Sullivan '67 – read more about his life here.|
"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" presented by the Carroll College Theatre Department, Nov. 18-20, Carroll College Theatre, Campus Center, Carroll College
Join us for a play that has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book and a truly fresh and vibrant score, this bee is one unforgettable experience. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.
Shows will be 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 & 19 with a rated R version at 10 p.m. on Nov. 18. Nov. 20 offers a 2:30 p.m. matinee. The play contains mild language and adult situations.
Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors, $2 for Carroll students and employees (id required). For more information, visit the Carroll Theatre Season webpage.
Carroll College International Week, Nov. 14-19, Carroll College campus
Please join people around the nation in celebrating International Education! Carroll is featuring events that focus on diversity, inclusion, and embracing the cultures and ideas of others. All these events are free and open to the public.
Friday, November 18:
International Words of Welcome, half-time of the men’s basketball game, (approx. 7:30 p.m.), Carroll College PE Center: International students will provide a welcome in their first languages. There is a fee for admission to the game.
Saturday, November 19:
Language Exchange! 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., fourOsix, 318 North Last Chance Gulch, Helena
Hosted by four0six in downtown Helena, this event will bring together members of the Carroll and larger Helena community, to visit with one another across a variety of languages and cultures. Come to meet others with an interest in second languages – and an opportunity to practice your communication skills! A variety of international snacks will be provided by downtown restaurants and businesses. This promises to be a lot of fun!
Cross-Cultural “Speed Dating.” 7:30 – 8:00 p.m., Campus, Carroll College
Join us for a fun evening of meeting diverse people from many different cultures!
Latin Dance Night, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m., Campus Center
Let’s celebrate international week with a joyous and energetic night of salsa, merengue and tango!
Thanksgiving Break, Nov. 23-27
Carroll College will be observing Thanksgiving break from Wednesday, Nov. 23 through Sunday, Nov. 27. There will be no classes Nov. 23-Nov. 25. Administrative offices will also be closed during the break. Campus housing will remain open. Happy Thanksgiving!
Astronomy from the Southern Hemisphere with Ryan Hannahoe, Dec. 1, 7 p.m., 101/202 Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre, Carroll College
Ryan Hannahoe is chairman of the board of the Montana Learning Center. Ryan and eight other educators from around the U.S. recently went to the Andes Mountains in Chile on an National Science Foundation supported expedition. Ryan will speak on the U.S. role of astronomy in Chile, the groundbreaking research conducted there and about cosmic sights not visible from Montana. He will speak on the Gemini-South telescope, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array and the basic research going on at each. We will also spend some time visiting a few of the night-sky objects that he has imaged from the southern hemisphere. This event is free and open to the public.
“What are the War Powers of the U.S. President?” - A Debate with John Yoo, UC-Berkeley and Dr. Alberto Coll, DePaul University, Dec. 2, 7 p.m., Myrna Loy Center, Helena
Sponsored by the Constitutional Studies Center at Carroll College and made possible by a gift from the Apgar Foundation, Alberto Coll of DePaul University and John Yoo of the University of California-Berkeley will debate the following question: “What are the War Powers of the U.S. President?” This debate, which Professors Coll and Yoo have undertaken at many institutions across the country, has been featured in the New York Times and will bring a timely and important debate to the Helena community.
This event is free and open to the public however, tickets are required to reserve admission. For general admission, tickets may be secured at the Myrna Loy Box Office (by phone 443-0287 or in person: not available on the internet). A short reception will follow the event.