November 6, 2015 QuickNotes: Hilltop Happenings

Friday, November 6, 2015

November 6, 2015

Perryman Partnering Up

Carroll College and the Anthrozoology program is proud to announce that Margaret Perryman, class of 1969 and former chair of the Carroll Board of Trustees, will serve as the chair of the Anthrozoology Advisory Committee. 

In this role, Margaret will also volunteer her time to assist with the fundraising efforts for the Anthrozoology initiative of the MIND BODY SPIRIT Capital Campaign. In show of support, Margaret has pledged a leadership gift to the campaign for the Anthrozoology program. 

Recently retired from serving nearly three decades as the CEO of Gillette's Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, MN, Margaret often witnessed the healing of young patients who had the opportunity to interact with animals as part of their care; thus, her belief in the program and the difference it can make in the lives of those who need this special support and comfort in their lives.

Photo at right: Dr. Evans with Margaret Perryman and an Anthrozoology dog during a recent visit to Carroll.

Weekly Snapshot

Carroll is currently holding a photo contest where students, faculty and staff are invited to submit photos of Carroll College to compete for prizes and worldwide recognition for their artistry and creativity. 

Judges choose a weekly winner from photos submitted each week. Categories include: Academics, Athletics, Campus Beauty, Events, and People of Carroll. We will be sharing our weekly winners with our QuickNotes audience.

Our first winning photo comes from first-year student Marko Prizmic. Marko entered the photo to the left in the “People of Carroll” category.  

Congratulations Marko! 

List Topper

Carroll College came out at the top once again for colleges in Montana according to new data released today by College Factual. Carroll leads the state in freshmen retention rate, graduation rate and a significantly lower student default rate than the other Montana schools listed. Check out the full rankings here.

College Factual’s ranking methodology is highly focused on data related to outcomes, such as freshmen retention rates, number of full-time teachers, loan default rates, graduation rates and average starting salaries of graduates.

Student News

Winning Ways

The Talking Saints won six first place awards in two countries over the October 23-24 weekend, with success in Spokane, Washington, and Edmonton, Alberta.

In Spokane, senior Hanna Hillier of Jerome, Idaho, dominated interpretation at Whitworth University, winning two first places in prose interpretation and two first places in dramatic interpretation. 

“One top coach praised Hanna’s dramatic interpretation as the best he’s seen in years,” said coach Brent Northup. 

Carroll sent four students to Whitworth and they won the second place sweepstakes award.Senior Anna Hoerner of Spokane reached finals three times, and sophomore Becca Poliquin reached finals five times, with two third places in poetry, and another third in impromptu. 

In Edmonton, the Carroll freshman debaters swept the University of Alberta Novice Open, receiving both major awards recognizing the top team and top speaker. Frank Stumbo of Shelley, Idaho, and Alex Thielman of Spokane won the event, with Stumbo winning top speaker.

Carroll advanced three teams to the semi-finals. Joining Stumbo and Thielman were Katie McNichol of Vancouver, Washington, and Amber Griffin of Idaho Falls, plus Haley Meredith of Jerome, Idaho, and her partner Nick Taffs of Helena. Griffin and McNichol joined the winning Carroll team in finals. Carroll won five of the top 10 speaker awards, including Thielman, Griffin, Meredith, Taffs and Stumbo.

Way to go Saints!  Read the full release here.

Before the tournament started in Edmonton, the team toured the Muttart Conservatory, which features “biome” pyramids, each with its own eco-system including botanical gardens appropriate to the climate: temperate, arid and tropical. African stone sculptures were displayed amidst the exhibits.

Social Shout Out

The photo below of Carroll nursing students was shared on Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s Facebook page on Thursday:

Yesterday, Carroll College nursing students visited my office to speak to me about how a bill becomes law and what happens once a bill reaches my desk. I reminded them that ideas for new legislation may begin anywhere and by anyone, including you!

Learning in the Field

Carroll students partnered up with Lewis and Clark County and DEQ to assist in collecting groundwater samples in the Raven Road area west of Helena as part of an environmental studies field methods class taught by Dr. Patricia Heiser and Dr. Willis Weight.

From the data set the students discovered not only nitrate issues, but also elevated metals such as uranium and arsenic.  Carroll student Michael Jones answered questions during the poster session at the American Water Resources (AWRA) meeting in Missoula on October 8. The title of the poster was “Field Reconnaissance Investigation to Explain Elevated Arsenic and Nitrates in the Raven Road Area, Helena, Montana.” 

Michael Jones presents at AWRA

Carroll students who participated in the poster presentation were: Chase Bell, Patrick Dillman, Logan Franco da Silveira, Cole Fuhrman, Katherine Gilder, Michael Jones, and Kathleen Schut. 

Alumni News

Beat Feet Challenge

Carroll grad, Chris Kiefer ’13 is issuing a challenge. Kiefer is involved in a Veterans Day debut of a documentary on veteran Scott Smiley. Scotty is an Iraq war veteran who was blinded in the line of duty. Since his injury, he has challenged himself in many ways; the latest by completing the Coeur d’Alene Ironman Triathlon this past summer. Skeye Studios, run by Kiefer, will release a documentary about Scotty and the triathlon on Veterans Day in Spokane. The documentary title is Beat Feet. It is narrated by Coach Mike Krzyzewski (Coach K of Duke University), whom Scotty befriended when he got his MBA from Duke a number of years ago. 

As a promotional event for the documentary, Scotty and Skeye Studios have issued the Beat Feet Challenge which is a way for folks to video themselves or others doing something physically active, dedicating it to a military veteran, and challenging others to go out and “beat feet.”

Check it out and submit your video in show of support of our veterans in honor of Veterans Day 2015!

Career Moves

Stacy Stellflug ‘97 recently earned her PhD in Nursing from University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus. A psychology major at Carroll, she is currently working as a nurse practitioner with Eastern Radiological Associates at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, MT, as well as serving as an associate professor of nursing at Montana State University Bozeman. 


Walter Joseph Romasko, Jr. '54 - read more about his life here.

Faculty/Staff News

Watering it Down

At the American Water Resources meeting in Missoula on October 8, Dr. Willis Weight moderated a technical session on Water Issues and Management and gave a presentation titled “Fracking In Montana: What Are The Questions About Water?”  

For the past year, Dr. Weight has been working on a whitepaper with two other co-authors that explains the issues associated with hydraulic fracturing and how it may affect Montana. Weight and his co-authors provided a panel discussion at the 100th anniversary of the Montana Farmer’s Union (who funded the research) annual meeting in Great Falls on October 24. The whitepaper will be released on December 1.

Recently Published

Business professor Dr. Belle Marie had two stories, “India” and “National Immunization Days in India,” accepted for publication in Travel Stories from Rotarians Around the World edited by Fred Hornbruch and published by Phileas Fogg’s Ventures. 

Professor Marie was awarded a U.S. Department of Education Fulbright scholarship in 2005 to study socioeconomic issues in India and teaches a class in the Business Department based upon her research. In 2015, she traveled with fellow Rotarians to India to volunteer during polio immunization days.  Profits from the book sales will be donated to the Rotary Foundation to support Rotary projects worldwide. It will be available on Amazon as an ebook in December or January.

Saints in the News

Carroll assistant football coach Mason Siddick ‘10, a member of the 2010 NAIA national championship team, was recently profiled in the Helena IR sharing his thoughts on Helena and his aspirations for a career in coaching.ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Siddick enjoying start to coaching career

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. 

Veterans Day Annual Flag Raising Ceremony, Nov. 11, 7 a.m., St. Charles Hill, Carroll College 

Please join the Office of Veteran Services and the Carroll College Army ROTC Program on Nov. 11, 2015, at 7 a.m., on St. Charles Hill, for the United States of America Flag Raising Ceremony in observance of Veterans Day. The ceremony honors veterans, past and present, and current service members for their service, sacrifices, and duty to our country. The flag will be lowered at 5:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion on Pope Francis' Encyclical on the Environment, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., Lower level, Campus Center

Carroll professors from the humanities and the sciences will share their reflections on Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’ – On Care For Our Common Home. Featuring Drs. Eric Hall (Theology), Patricia Heiser (Environmental Studies), and Jennifer Lowell (Health Sciences) as well as Brian Kahn, host of “Homeground” on Yellowstone Public Radio and founder of Friends of Francis.

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

Carroll College Undergraduate Literary Festival “People and the Planet,” Nov. 11-12, Carroll College 

The 2015 Carroll College Undergraduate Literary Festival welcomes award-winning novelist and short story writer, Ann Pancake. The theme is in connection to the environmental nature of Ann Pancake’s award-winning works: Strange As This Weather Has Been and Me And My Daddy Listen To Bob Marley.

Schedule of Events:

November 11:

1 - 4 p.m., Scola Lounge, Fortin Science Center – Student Session Presentations 

Student session presentations will be led by Senior Capstone Seminar students Hanna Hillier, Michelle Golden, Gabi Eodice, Jessica Morrison, Lauren Westphalen, Justin Moore, and Melyn Maxfield.

4 - 5:30 p.m., Scola Lounge, Fortin Science Center –Interdisciplinary Faculty Panel on People and the Planet

Led by Carroll professors Belle Marie, Business, Aaron Parrett, University of Great Falls, and Languages and Literature at Carroll, Ryan Hazen, Campus Computing and Information Technology, Ed Glowienka, Philosophy, and Elvira Roncalli, Philosophy.

7:30 p.m. – Community Author Showcase at the Red Atlas at the Staggering Ox

7:30: Meet and Greet

8 p.m. - Featuring Kate Cholewa, Emigrant, MT; Ben Nickol, Helena College; David Trexler, Bynum, MT; Richard Lane, Helena, MT; Corrie Williamson, Carroll College.

November 12:

1 - 4 p.m., Trinity Hall Lounge – Student Session Presentations 

Long (12-15-minute) student session presentations will be led by Senior Capstone Seminar students Hanna Hillier, Michelle Golden, Gabi Eodice, Jessica Morrison, Lauren Westphalen, Justin Moore, and Melyn Maxfield.

4 - 5:15 p.m., Trinity Hall Lounge – Student Short Readings headlined by Dr. Barry Ferst, Philosophy Department 

8:00, Trinity Hall Lounge – Keynote Reading by Ann Pancake. Doors open at 7:00.

This event is free and open to the public.

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. 

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.

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.

Mark your calendars – Upcoming Alumni Events: 

Carroll Weekend in Billings, Nov. 6-7

Friday, Nov. 6, 6-8 p.m.: Canyon Creek Brewing

Join us for light hors d’oeuvres & no host beverages 

Saturday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m.: Football Tailgate – Fighting Saints vs. Rocky Mountain College

Bring a salad or dessert to share. Football kickoff is at noon. Volleyball game starts at 7 p.m.

Carroll at Gonzaga, Nov. 6, Spokane, WA 

The Carroll College women’s basketball team will play at Gonzaga – 
Friday, November 6 at 6:00 p.m.
 After the game, at approximately 8:00 p.m., join us for a social with the team at the Huetter Mansion (Gonzaga Alumni House), 503 E. Sharp Ave.

Game tickets are available at
. RSVP for the social by contacting the alumni office at 406-447-5169 or by November 1.

Carroll in the Bay Area, Nov. 7 & 9

The Carroll College men’s basketball team will play in the Bay Area in early-November.

Saturday, November 7 – cheer on the Saints at the University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA.
Monday, November 9 – cheer on the Saints at the University of California, Berkeley, CA.

Senior Etiquette Dinner, Nov. 10

If you are interested in supporting Carroll seniors by being a sponsor for this event, please contact
 Renee Wall at 405-447-5169, or Nisan Burbridge at 406-447-5465,

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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