October 30, 2015 QuickNotes: Alumni Highlights

Friday, October 30, 2015

October 30, 2015

NOVA Highlights Alumna

Carroll’s Wiegand Undergraduate Research Lab is often a hub of activity but that activity doesn’t often include a film crew for the nationally acclaimed PBS series NOVA.

The film crew was on hand to capture footage of Carroll alumna, Sarah Anzick ’88. Sarah, trained in molecular biology, currently works at Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Mont., as a Senior Research Specialist.

The NOVA program is focusing on the origins of humans and is tentatively scheduled for broadcast in February 2016. Sarah’s role in the documentary stems from her involvement in the archaeological discovery on her family ranch and subsequent genomic sequencing of the 12,700 year old Clovis Anzick child. It is the oldest known human burial from North America and it is the only Clovis-era burial site ever found.

A profile on Sarah discussing the Clovis discovery and the ceremonial reburial of the child’s remains was featured in the Summer 2014 Carroll Magazine

“It was great to be back on campus for the NOVA filming – the lab setting was perfect,” said Sarah. “I’m excited to be working in conjunction with NOVA. They are highly regarded for their in-depth science programming and I am confident they will do an excellent job in sharing the story of this significant discovery."

One Year Anniversary

WorldMontana just celebrated their one year anniversary of relocating their main office from MSU-Bozeman to the Artaza Center at Carroll College. With Executive Director Ellen Bush hired at the same time as the move, they have hit the ground running hosting a number of international visitor groups over the course of the year. 

A number of the visits have included collaboration with Carroll College in terms of panel discussions, community presentations, informational meetings and host families. Carroll faculty have assisted recently on sessions for Iraqi high school students and Pakistani business entrepreneurs. The next East Asia delegation will be featured on the weekly World on Wednesday program November 4 in the Corette Library’s Sage Room.

“I appreciate the rich resources at Carroll College and the chance to partner with faculty and staff here as we expand our visitor programs next year,” Bush said. “We have benefited from our location at Carroll and the great reputation of the school as we reach out in the Helena community.”

To learn more about WorldMontana, recent exchanges and upcoming events, view their October Newsletter here

Visiting from Indonesia, these delegates came to Helena to speak about human trafficking and how it is a global issue. These women spoke on a panel presentation at Carroll College and met with state government officials to exchange ideas and information.

Join Us for Halloween

Attention all ghosts, goblins, minions and monsters: Make plans to join us for our annual trick or treat and haunted house event for kids on Halloween at Guadalupe Hall from 6-8 p.m.

Helena-area children of all ages are invited to dress up and celebrate a fun and safe Halloween night with our Carroll College students.

Garrett Thompson from Floating Leaf Studios will be available to take photos of the young trick-or-treaters in exchange for a canned food donation to Helena Food Share.

Student News

Cascade Conference Champs

With the women’s soccer team’s 1-0 win over Oregon Tech last Saturday, they clinched the Cascade Collegiate Conference crown in the Saints first year in the conference with a record of 12-4-1.The win gave Carroll the top-slot in the Cascade Conference Tournament on Nov. 11. In addition, the Saints also received an automatic bid into the NAIA National Tournament beginning Nov. 21.

"It is a big accomplishment to come into a new conference with all the unknowns associated with that and win a championship," head coach Dave Thorvilson said. "The schedule was longer, the road trips were longer and we played on a bunch of fields none of the girls on the roster had ever played on. We were able to overcome that and win the whole thing and I couldn't be more excited."

Read more about the team here

Saints in the News

Senior Lexi Pyette, from Great Falls, Mont., certainly knows how to balance a workload. In addition to leading the women’s soccer team in goals (2nd in assists), she is also a member of the Carroll College women’s golf team. All this while also taking a full load of courses with plans to apply to law school this winter.

Lexi was a standout athlete for C.M. Russell and the Great Falls Tribune recently ran a feature on Lexi and her contributions to Carroll athletics.

Read it here:

Former Rustler does work for Carroll

Alumni News

All in the Family

The Dumas family has been connected with Carroll College for many years—over 40, in fact. Starting in the early 70s, with the support of their parents Lloyd and Teresa, Lou ’73 and Cathy ’73 made their way to Carroll from Shelby, Montana, and their two younger brothers continued this important tradition of Catholic higher education. 

Over the years, nine family members have attended Carroll, with Marshall Dumas (Elko, NV) being the most recent addition to the Saints family starting as a freshman at Carroll this fall.

Some of the graduates found their spouses here, but all would say that Carroll College has been one of the most important influences in their lives and they continue to be proud of their association with the college.

Many in the family were able to gather on campus over last weekend’s Parents Weekend.

Front row (left to right): Teresa Dumas, Cathy Dumas Kukes ’73, Laura Peila Dumas ’01, Matt Dumas ’01, Renee Thompson Dumas ’74

Back row (left to right): Lou Dumas ’73, Paul Dumas ’82, Curt Dumas ’78, Megan Dumas Swanson (attended 2000-01), Marshall Dumas–class of 2019

Saints in the News

Shane Larson ‘03, who now works as a MRI technologist at the MRI Center in Helena, played left tackle for the Fighting Saints football team, where he'd finish his career with three Frontier Conference titles and a national championship his senior season in 2002, the first in Carroll's dynasty.

He is the latest alumni to be profiled by the Helena IR.

ALUMNI REPORT: Larson has seen Carroll football evolve

Faculty/Staff News

Saints in the News

Sean Courtney ‘09, Academic Technology Specialist in Carroll’s IT department, and his wife, Darbi, welcomed their first baby girl this month. Emersyn June Courtney was born on October 10, in Helena, Mont. 

Emersyn was the first girl on the Courtney side of the family to be born in 127 years!

Sean’s hometown newspaper the Statesman Journal in Salem, Ore., featured the story: 

Pink is back in Peter Courtney's family

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. 

Community Trick or Treat and Haunted House, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m., Guadalupe Hall, Carroll College 

Join us for our annual trick or treat and haunted house event for kids on Halloween at Guadalupe Hall from 6-8 p.m.

Garrett Thompson from Floating Leaf Studios will be available to take photos of the young trick-or-treaters in exchange for a canned food donation to Helena Food Share. 

WorldMontana East Asia Educators Panel Discussion, Nov. 4, 12 p.m., Sage Room, Corette Library, Carroll College

WorldMontana is hosting ten delegates from the countries of Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam who are visiting Montana Nov. 3-8 to learn more about rural education in Montana, especially on the Flathead Indian Reservation.

They will present to Carroll College students, faculty and interested community members at the Artaza World on Wednesday program Wednesday, Nov. 4 at noon.  They are teachers and educators interested in sharing information on their countries and learning more in the US. 

The community is invited to attend the presentation.  

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

In a panel forum moderated by NPR’s Home Ground correspondent Brian Kahn, Carroll professors from the humanities and the sciences will share their reflections on Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si' – On Care For Our Common Home.

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.

Pancake will provide a keynote reading on November 12 at 7:30p.m. in Trinity Hall Lounge.

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 hunthausencenter@carroll.edu

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. 

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 www.gozags.com/tickets
. RSVP for the social by contacting the alumni office at 406-447-5169 or alumni@carroll.edu 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, rwall@carroll.edu or Nisan Burbridge at 406-447-5465, nburbridge@carroll.edu.

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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