This past weekend, for the sixth year in a row, Carroll College hosted the Montana Math Modeling Challenge (MMMC). The MMMC is a 24-hour regional modeling contest for undergraduate students. Teams are presented with two open ended, real world problems and have one day to choose and solve one of them using any resources they can find except for other people. (This is similar style of competition on a regional level as the international mathematical contest that a Carroll team placed within the top seven percent worldwide this past spring.)
This year's contest included 13 teams of two to three undergraduates each, representing four schools from three different states – Carroll, MSU, Washington State and University of Idaho.
"It's fantastic to see young mathematicians come from all over the region to do math, write code, build models, and get to know each other," said co-organizer Carroll associate professor of math Dr. Eric Sullivan
Carroll students had this to share about the competition:
“When we first started it felt like an impossible task. Then we would set little goals and just keep pushing ourselves again and again as we near one goal. Before we knew it was 9:30 am and everything was done a half hour early! ... Every student should try this competition at least once, even if they are not that into mathematics, they can contribute creativity and differing viewpoints to create a truly amazing project that could potentially solve a real world problem.” ~ sophomore Kira Kuhlman, Helena, MT
"The MMMC is an amazing opportunity for Carroll students to apply their mathematical skills to potential real life scenarios. The MMMC is very fun, and it tests the limits of students’ abilities (mostly the ability to think with a brain at 4 am)." ~ junior Keaton Blair, Bainbridge Island, WA
"It's a real test of your knowledge when you can't ask anybody for help except for your teammates. It's awesome to see our team's results at the end and know that it's completely ours." ~ sophomore Johnny Carstens, Boring, OR
"It was really great to meet nerdy minds from other schools, and discuss math with them." ~ senior Matt Smillie, Helena, MT
This event is just one of many excellent opportunities to showcase the types of problems Carroll students are able to help solve through a combination of math, statistics, computing and data science. It is an extension of our Math in the Mountains course in which Carroll students work with non-profits, businesses and government entities in town to use real world applications to solve a business problem.
|Student and faculty participants in the 2019 Montana Math Modeling Challenge.|
Still awake and smiling after 24+ hours of math!
Today, Carroll College is being awarded the Skin Smart Campus Platinum Award by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention during the Council’s fall conference in Washington, DC. The award recognizes Carroll’s commitment to ensuring the well-being of our students by providing a safe, healthy learning and living environment on and off campus. Carroll pledges to keep indoor tanning devices off of our campus and out of our affiliated buildings. We also promote skin cancer prevention and sun safety education.
Carroll students Courtney Schroeder and Karissa Dykstra worked hard on the initiative this fall, ensuring Carroll achieved the various criteria for the award.
“We are ensuring the well-being of Carroll’s students by providing education to live a safe and healthy lifestyle. Skin health is an area often times missed across college campuses,” shared Courtney.
Karissa added, “Pledging to keep indoor tanning devices off our campus is just another way to keep all students safe. Ultimately, we want to see Carroll support annual skin checks, educational events, and other prevention measures.”
Read more here.
|Courtney Schroeder, Professor Kelly Parsley, Karissa Dykstra and President Cech|
|TALKING SAINTS TRAVEL OVER THE BORDER|
Congratulations to the Talking Saints, who won awards in two countries over the October 19-20 weekend.
The new team members advanced two teams to the championship rounds at the University of Calgary Fall Open in Calgary, Alberta.
“This is such a classy event, run entirely for the benefit of first-year college students,” said coach Brent Northup. “The team got to see a bit of Calgary, meet students from throughout Western Canada and were treated to a tournament-ending banquet. To do well was frosting. The Canadians love that Carroll attends, and they welcome us so warmly.”
Meanwhile, 1,000 miles south at the University of Denver, the upperclass Carroll teams competed in the Rocky Mountain Championships, winning three awards.
“This event has national-level teams, so it’s a challenging weekend,” said Northup. “Josh (Mansfield) and Kelsie (Watkins) were ranked second after prelims, and were in contention to win the whole affair. Alas, a Regis team kept the trophy in Denver.”
Read the full release here.
|Photos left to right - Calgary tournament: L to R front – Roisin O'Neill, Chief adjudicator Candace Cho and her pup, and Hellie Badaruddin. L to R back – Brady Clark and Stefan Fiandeiro|
Denver tournament: Josh Mansfield and Kelsie Watkins
|After a sweep of No. 16 Rocky Mountain College and a sweep of the Frontier Conference weekly awards, two Carroll College volleyball players were selected as the NAIA Players of the Week. |
Setter Ali Williams and defensive specialist Ayla Carpenter were selected as the NAIA National Women’s Volleyball Setter of the Week and the NAIA National Women’s Defender of the Week, respectively.
It’s the first time Fighting Saints student-athletes have won weekly national awards since Ryan Imhoff did in on February 27, 2018. It is believed to be the first time in coach Moe Boyle’s 15-season tenure that two Saints have won the award in the same week. Read more.
|Peter Larsen, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Economics at Carroll College, and a Deputy Group Leader/Research Scientist in the Electricity Markets & Policy Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory ("Berkeley Lab"). In his role at the Berkeley Lab, Dr. Larsen specializes, among other things, in the economic impacts of power outages.|
Dr. Larsen has recently responded to a variety of media requests during the unprecedented Public Safety Power Shutoff in Northern California which started October 9, 2019. The power shut-offs are part of a larger effort to prevent wildfires as high winds sweep Northern and Southern California.
Dr. Larsen leads the ICE Calculator project. The Interruption Cost Estimation (ICE) Calculator is an online tool, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity, which estimates the costs of power interruptions and the benefits associated with power system reliability improvements. Dr. Larsen was quoted in media outlets across the country including Bloomberg News and National Public Radio. This past weekend, he was in Sonoma County and was one of the 180,000 people evacuated because of the advancing Kincade Fire – read his timely interview in the San Francisco Business Times. View the full list of media here.
Congratulations to Gary Fischer, Carroll College associate professor of engineering, for the national recognition he recently received from the American Society of Civil Engineers Board of Directors for his role as a dedicated faculty advisor to the Carroll ASCE Student Chapter.
As was noted in the letter from ASCE, “At the forefront of every student chapter is a dedicated Faculty Advisor, ensuring that students experience the full measure of the educational, social, and professional opportunities available to them. Gary Fischer is no exception, and we are grateful for the commitment they have shown students and ASCE. The bulk of the value students gain from their ASCE Student Chapter is a direct result of their Faculty Advisor’s effort.” Read the full text of the letter here.
“Please join me in thanking and congratulating Gary Fischer for the national recognition from ASCE and for his unwavering commitment to our students!” said Cathy Day, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs.
|Beverly (Brady) Clinch, class of 1954 – read more about her life here.|
|William J. "Jess" Johnson, class of 1951 – read more about his life here.|
|Hans Norman Larsen Jr., class of 1964 – read more about his life here.|
|Patricia "Pat" (Flynn) McCarthy '53 – read more about her life here.|
|In case you missed it, check out some of media coverage featuring Carroll College from the last several weeks:|– Montana Sports, Oct. 21
| |Founder’s Gala, Nov. 1, 5:30 p.m., Campus Center, Carroll CollegeProspective Student Open House, Nov. 15, 9-2:30, Carroll College
Carroll College Annual Literary Festival, Nov. 6-8, Carroll College
Poems on Many Tongues, Nov. 6, 6-8 pm, Sage Room, Corette Library, Carroll College
The 2019 Carroll College Literary Festival Keynote Address: Poetry By Corrie Williamson and John Hennessy, 7-9 p.m., Trinity Hall Lounge, Carroll CollegeDeveloping Montana Entrepreneurs with Congressman Greg Gianforte, Nov. 6, 7 p.m., Simperman Hall/Weigand Amphitheatre, Carroll CollegeCarroll College Foreign Language Film Series: Summer 1993, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., Sage Room, Corette Library, Carroll College
Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series: Insights in Psychological Science with Jennifer McManus, PhD, Nov. 12, 7 pm, 107 O’Connell Hall, Carroll CollegeCarroll College Theatre Presents She Persisted, Nov. 13-16, FLEX Theatre, Campus Center, Carroll College