November 20, 2015 QuickNotes: November News

Friday, November 20, 2015

November 20, 2015

World Travelers

Carroll students are discovering the transformative power of travel. This semester alone, we have shipped off six Carroll students to study abroad in Italy, Belgium, United Kingdom, Nicaragua, and two in Madrid, Spain. In addition, there are eleven students plus two teaching assistants (students who went on last year’s program) taking a faculty-led service trip to Varanasi, India over winter break. In the spring, another eight students are headed abroad to Costa Rica, Spain (2), Chile (2), New Zealand, Ireland and Peru.

To keep up with not only our ever-growing study abroad programs and service trip opportunities, but where our international students call home and ISA Service Learning programs reside, Carroll has the Global Pin Map! This pin map is a great way to illustrate just how vast the opportunities offered by Carroll are, and recognize where all of our international Carroll College students come from. 

Visit our Global Education webpage and click on SEE THE GLOBAL MAP.

Serving Our Veterans

Our Veterans Services office recently passed their Veterans Affairs annual compliance review with flying colors. The purpose of a compliance survey is to ensure that approved educational institutions are accurately reporting and submitting timely enrollment information for VA students receiving education benefits. 

Brandy Keely, Carroll’s Veteran Service Coordinator, is to receive full credit for the exceptional job Carroll is doing serving our veterans. Evaluators noted in the review: “It was evident that you take great pride in your duties and responsibilities. Carroll College is a school that can lead by example and can be a great resource of knowledge for other Montana school certifying officials. The files provided by you … were well organized, complete, and greatly aided our review.”

The principal initiative Carroll has in place to assist veterans is the Yellow Ribbon Program which in accordance with the post 9/11-GI bill provides a tuition-free education to qualifying veterans. Carroll currently has 43 students receiving some form of VA educational benefits of which 25 are veterans. Of the total 43, 21 are participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program. 

“We are so lucky to have Brandy at the helm of Veteran Services. She goes above and beyond and this is one evidence of her fine contribution,” said Cathy Day, associate vice president of academic affairs. “Carroll has come so far in serving our veteran students and I am so proud of the leadership Brandy has exhibited.”

Selfie Saints

Carroll College and I Know Helena have partnered together to create Carroll's first ever "selfie spot" just outside the Campus Center.

Our mascot Halo has joined in on the fun to take the first selfie.

If you are on campus, be sure to display your selfie pride and use the hashtag #‎CCSelfieSpot! 

Weekly Snapshot

It’s week three of our photo contest and our winner is Brigid Bradshaw. Brigid entered the photo to the left "Lady Saints XC" in the Athletics category. An appropriate weekly winner as our cross country teams compete in nationals this weekend in Charlotte, NC.

Congratulations Brigid & Go Saints! 

Student News

Dominating Debate

The Talking Saints won 36 awards, dominated World Debate and finished second overall in the Mahaffey Memorial Collegiate Forensics Tournament at Linfield College on November 13-15. Linfield is one of three tournaments that determine the regional championship.

Four Carroll debaters were chosen to represent their country in an international Skype debate against teams from Afghanistan in a special international event during the weekend. 

“Hearing Afghani students discuss politics, war and religion was eye-opening,” said Carroll professor and coach Brent Northup. “One Afghan team worried that moving too quickly towards secular democratic values could backfire.” Afghanistan also participates in World Debate, making the exchange comfortable for the Carroll teams.

Eighteen of the 21 Carroll team members brought home awards competing against 35 schools from eight states including squads from New York, California and Colorado. Boise State, coached by Talking Saints alumna Manda Hicks ’97, beat the Talking Saints to win first place sweepstakes recognition.

Carroll dominated debate winning both junior and open, sweeping five of the six top speaker awards. Seniors Mark Schmutzler of Helena, Montana, and Ryden Meyer of Portland, Oregon, beat Pacific Lutheran University (PLU), Lewis & Clark and a second Carroll team in finals. Schmutzler was second best speaker, followed by Meyer in third. Senior Nick Fuller of Seattle, Washington, and sophomore Jake MacDuff of Preston, Washington, also reached finals.

The freshman team of Alex Thielman of Spokane, Washington, and Frank Stumbo of Shelley, Idaho, won junior debate over PLU. Freshman Amber Griffin of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Katie McNichol of Vancouver, Washington, were also in finals. Carroll swept the top four speaker awards in junior, won by McNichol, just ahead of Griffin, Stumbo and Thielman.

The Saints were just as successful in individual events, winning 16 awards. Senior Hannah Hillier of Jerome, Idaho, won four trophies, including first place in dramatic interpretation. Griffin won six awards including extemp, impromptu and prose.

Other top three finishers included junior Morgan Aldous of Salt Lake City, Utah, sophomore Becca Poliquin of Hamilton, Montana, sophomore Luke Kendall of Stevensville, Montana, and sophomore Jake MacDuff of Preston, Washington.

The Talking Saints season continues in January with the final regional championship tournament at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Read the full release here.

Reveling in Research

Drs. Jennifer Lowell and Jennifer Glowienka recently accompanied nine Carroll students to Vancouver, Washington, where they presented their research at the annual Murdock College Science Research Conference.

Jake Fiocchi gave a 20-minute oral presentation entitled "An evaluation of population differentiation in Montana populations of Culex tarsalis using COI sequences". (Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Glowienka)

The following eight students presented posters:

Sarah Ladd: "Studies of antibiotic resistance in an arsenic contaminated watershed" (Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Lowell)

Kurt Parker: "Studies of antibiotic resistance in an arsenic contaminated watershed" (Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Lowell)

Tyler Northrup: "V-ATPase Feedback Regulation of Glycolytic Enzymes in Breast Tumor Cell Lines via HIF-1" (Advisors: Dr. Colleen Fordyce of the University of New Mexico and Dr. Sam Alvey)

Chance Stewart: Chromosomal speciation in black flies (Diptera Simuliidae).  Does drainage make a difference?" (Advisor: Dr. Gerry Shields)

Olivia Duletski: The synthesis of cabazole and dendron based organic blue light emitting diodes" (Advisor: Dr. Caroline Pharr)

Morgan Speer: "Does drainage affect diversity within the Simulium arcticum complex in Clark Fork Turah?" (Advisor: Dr. Gerry Shields)

Mark Barnett: Exploring the role of DCTN2 in the trafficking of GluR2 AMPA receptors" (Advisor: Dr. Stefanie Otto-Hitt)

Ian Lorang: "Bacteria Phage Isolation" (Advisor: Dr. Dan Gretch)

Pictured top to bottom: Sarah Ladd, Tyler Northrup, Olivia Duletski and Chance Stewart

Accounting for Ethics

Carroll College accounting seniors completed the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) Ethical Leadership Certification Program. The interactive online program teaches business ethics and principles of ethical leadership. It is designed to prepare students to identify and avoid ethical dilemmas as they begin their careers. Participation was made possible through generous support from the Mandeville Endowed Professorship in Accounting.

Students pictured (left to right) include Mark Stiffler, JT Linder, Greer Davis, Kara Fuhringer, Peter Kuzmack, Carlee Norbeck, Ryan McCauley, Travis Mahoney, and Holly Galen. Tyler Thayer (not pictured) also completed the certification program.

Saints in the News

In response to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, our local television news station KTVH sat down with Carroll French exchange student Marie Leroy. Marie is a junior studying at Carroll for the fall semester. 

View her segment here:

A French Exchange Student Studying at Carroll During Attacks

Go Saints!

It is a big weekend for Carroll Athletics. On Saturday, the Saints women’s soccer team (ranked No. 25 in the nation) compete in the first round of the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championships with a match up with No. 4 Spring Arbor in Spring Arbor, Michigan.

It is the program’s third appearance in the national tournament, and first since 2007. Game time is 3 p.m. and a link to live video coverage can be found here.

Also on Saturday, our Saints men’s and women’s cross country teams are looking for top finishes at the NAIA National Cross Country Championships in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Carroll women received an automatic bid after winning the Frontier Conference Championship and the Carroll men received an at-large bid because of their top-10 ranking. The Saints women were ranked 5th in the final NAIA poll and the Carroll men came in at No. 8.

Be sure to follow all the action on Twitter at @CCSaints.

Best of luck to all our athletes this weekend! 

Alumni News

Nice Work Nursing

A HUGE thank you to our 2014 and 2010 nursing alumni for responding to our one- and five-year nursing alumni survey! Our goal was a 50% response rate and both classes surpassed this with the 2014 grads at 53% and the 2010 at 57%.

Alumni input is vital to our nursing program’s ongoing evaluation process and to help us be the best we can be. Brianne Stanchfield from the class of 2010 was the lucky respondent who won the $100 gift certificate to the Carroll Saints Shoppe.

Attention 2011 and 2015 alumni: you will be hearing from us next fall! 

To all our nursing alumni: thank you for all the ways you represent and support your alma mater!

Here is some of what we learned through the survey:

Our 2014 grads:

100% of respondents rated the overall preparation they received at the Carroll College Department of Nursing as excellent (61%) or very good (39%) 100% of respondents are currently working in nursing and all were employed within one year of graduating from Carroll College 53% of respondents are working in Montana Our 2010 grads: 

Our 2010 grads: 

96% of respondents rated the overall preparation they received at the Carroll College Department of Nursing as excellent (72%) to very good (24%). The remainder rated it good (4%). 100% of respondents are currently working in nursing 60% of respondents are working in Montana 36% have obtained additional certifications in nursing

The Nursing Department set up their tree early this year but instead of Christmas lights and ornaments, nursing students have been decorating it with paper leaves proclaiming what they are thankful for.

Career Moves

Ryan Swenson ‘13, head tennis coach, Capital High School – read announcement here.

Gettin' Hitched

Katie Lynn Mischke ‘14 and Chance Michael Demarais ’13 – read announcement here.  

Upcoming Events

Thanksgiving Break, Nov. 25-29

Carroll College will be observing Thanksgiving break from Wednesday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 29. There will be no classes Nov. 25-Nov. 27. Administrative offices will also be closed during the break. QuickNotes will resume on Dec. 4. Campus housing will remain open. Happy Thanksgiving!

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

LAST WEEK: 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. 

Carroll College Theatre Department One-Act Play Festival “All In The Timing”, Dec. 3-6, Old North Performing Arts Center in St. Charles Hall, 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's Director of Theatrical Production 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.

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