November 23, 2018 Insider: Let There Be Light

Monday, November 26, 2018
Carroll is now home to the largest on-campus solar photovoltaic array in Montana. Installed on the south-facing roof of the Campus Center last week, the 38 kW solar array will generate nearly $6,000 worth of electricity annually. Learn more.
“Our students know that the world faces environmental problems. But those issues can seem so big, so broad, that we don't know where to start. Having a large solar array on campus helps bring the issues home. We can have more specific debates about pollution, technology, and the social consequences of our energy choices. Pope Francis recently wrote that we need 'educators capable of developing an ethics of ecology, and helping people, through effective pedagogy, to grow in solidarity, responsibility and compassionate care' (Laudato si', 210). Working with my students to raise funds for solar panels on campus and to educate about the wider effects of renewable energy was a way for me to answer this call." – Alex Street, PhD, Associate Professor, Political Science
“Working on the solar panel project was a great opportunity for me to learn about how making a large organization like a school more efficient works from start to finish. It was a great experience to interact with local businesses and environmental partners to make the solar panel installation happen. I'll take the knowledge and skills I gained from this project with me into my career working in the environmental sciences to hopefully help more people be more environmentally conscious and to make the world a better place.” – Katie Richter, sophomore biology major, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Carroll College was well represented at the Helena Education Foundation’s Great Conversations event held last week. The annual event brings in leading experts in a number of different fields to help guide table discussions on a particular topic. This year 329 people discussed 38 topics over dinner. Carroll representatives included professors, Dr. Chris Fuller, Dr. Dean Pavlakis and Dr. Alex Street, current student Emily Larson and Carroll alum Mike Shields ’74, all serving as discussion leaders.
Larson, a senior political science major and gender studies minor from Portland, Oregon, led a discussion titled “Hello? This is the Future Speaking,” which addressed the resurgence of youth involvement in politics and activism.

“It was an honor to be invited to participate in such a wonderful event for an incredible cause. It was also rather intimidating to be amongst some of the most well-rounded and intelligent individuals in the Helena community, but the payoff of being in the company of these people was immense. Hosting a table afforded me an opportunity to share with some community members what it is like to be involved in politics and youth activism at my age, and in the world I've grown up knowing. It's so important to reach across generations, and to engage in discussion that is designed to test and expand your own worldview. The type of experience that was offered to me through this event, and that I'm hoping I also delivered to the individuals at my table, was one that allowed us to connect with people that we might not otherwise, and to come to a common ground through in-depth exploration and conversation on a particular subject. My opinion is that we did accomplish this.” – Emily Larson
In addition, 10 Carroll students received complimentary registration to attend the event.

 “The evening was a genial experience meeting many new faces from around the community. It was fun to converse with many diverse professionals of the Helena area, as well as to hear of the great works and progress of the Helena Education Foundation. I’m extremely grateful I was able to attend.” – Carter Anderson, senior, Great Falls, MT
After the dust settles on Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday, and Cyber Monday, there’s one more holiday that invites us to step into the spirit of generosity and goodwill that makes this time of year so special: Giving Tuesday
This year, all funds donated during Giving Tuesday will benefit Carroll’s Adventure and Mountaineering Program, or CAMP. This program provides students with inexpensive equipment rentals, skills workshops, and guided adventures – accessible to all regardless of experience level. Donations will be used to purchase new gear, provide maintenance and upkeep of existing equipment, and fund scholarships for students to attend backpacking trips and rafting expeditions. Visit here to support CAMP!
Student News
The Talking Saints took October by storm by winning 30 awards at three tournaments, over the past three weeks. The debaters led the way with five British parliamentary teams winning awards in Denver, Colorado, two in Calgary, Alberta, and three more in Casper, Wyoming. At the Rocky Mountain Championships in Colorado, featuring more than 70 teams from 12 states, Carroll advanced five teams to quarterfinals and two to semifinals. In Calgary, two Carroll first-year teams advanced to the semifinals. Two weeks later in Casper, a first-year team won the tournament.
 “It was so encouraging to see the first-year students begin to gain traction and shine,” said coach Brent Northup. “Most of these students have limited backgrounds in speech and debate, who through hard work are now strong enough to make the old guard nervous. But the best news from the Casper weekend, was the classy way the juniors and seniors celebrated those frosh victories. There was no jealousy, only joy.” Read more.
Saints Athletic News
The Carroll Saints all-time winningest coach Mike Van Diest announced his retirement last week after 20 seasons as head football coach of the Fighting Saints.
"What coach Van Diest has meant to the Carroll Athletic Department is immeasurable," Saints Athletic Director Charlie Gross said. "Not only did he bring national prominence to the football program, but he created a culture of excellence for all of us in the athletic department to model. His passion for Carroll is unwavering, his love for the students is contagious and his persistent energy is invigorating." 
Thank you Coach for your immeasurable impact on Carroll – both the athletics program and our student-athletes. You will be missed!
Read more and view the full press conference.
Share your thoughts on the Carroll Athletics Facebook page.
Read some of the local coverage:
Richie Melby - For Clay and Shane Van Diest, Hall of Fame coach was simply 'Dad'
Scott Mansch - Great Falls Tribune: Van Diest didn't put up with nonsense, either as a football coach or a bouncer
Two Carroll College Saints student-athletes were selected to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District Football and Volleyball Teams. Senior cornerback Drew Melton and junior middle hitter Jenna Starke were both First Team All-District Four selections. From Lewiston, Idaho, Melton is a finance major with a double minor in accounting and business with a 3.88 GPA. Starke, who is from Helena, Montana, is a double major in health sciences and anthrozoology. She holds a 4.0 GPA. 
The 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. Read more.
Two Carroll College cross country runners were named as 2018 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes. Junior John Cooney of Spokane, Washington, and sophomore Abby Hammermeister of Cheney, Washington, were given the honor. 
In order to be nominated by an institution, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.
Faculty/Staff News
Barry Ferst, PhD, Carroll professor of philosophy, released his 2018 book, Stone Sarcophagi of the Roman Empire, which documents the approximately 2,000 presently existing Roman Empire sarcophagi. Dr. Ferst drove a hundred thousand miles across four continents in over 14 expeditions over 20 years searching out churches, cathedrals, baptistries, catacombs, archeological sites, art galleries, antiquities museums, necropoleis, classical gardens, castles, fortresses, palaces, and private homes–any place that had a Roman Empire era stone sarcophagus. Learn more here.
Class Notes
LaVonna Connors Baumgartner, class of 1958 - Read more about her life here.
Joan McKethin Ozbirn ‘53 - Read more about her life here.
Employment News
Have you ever thought about working at Carroll? Check out our current openings
Upcoming Events
Thanksgiving Break, Nov. 21-25
10 Minute Play Fest presented by the Carroll College Theatre Department, Nov. 28-30 & Dec. 1, Carroll FLEX Theatre, Lower Campus Center, Carroll College
An Evening of Physics with Dr. Kelly Cline: Dark Matter & Dark Energy: What is the universe made of? Nov. 29, 7 p.m., 101/202 Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre, Carroll College
Carroll College Jazz Band Fall Concert, “Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West,” Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., Carroll College Flex Theatre
Merlin Philosophy Symposium: The Environment, Ethics & Stewardship (Part 2) - Landowner & Habitat Relationships, Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m., 101/202 Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre, Carroll College
Alumni & Friends Christmas Party, Dec. 6, 5-7 p.m., Fortin Science Center Scola, Carroll College