September 16, 2020 Insider: Every Vote Counts!

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
We are headed into election season, and Carroll was officially the first Montana college to hire its Campus Election Fellow through the Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP). Reaching out to their peers, CEEP Fellows register their fellow students to vote, navigate them through voting rules, distribute educational materials, and organize and carry out “Get Out The Vote” events.
Carroll College students and faculty have been promoting political engagement in recent years. Nationwide, student voter turnout in the 2018 midterm elections was 48%, almost twice as high as it had been in 2014. Back in 2018, Carroll students registered voters at a nonpartisan "goats for votes" event, organized with help from Forward Montana. 
Photos left to right: 2020 Campus Election Engagement Fellow Hellie Badaruddin. Carroll's  "goats for votes" voter registration event held in 2018. The two students pictured are political science majors Sammi Trudeau '20 and Rachel Prevost '20.
This year, sophomore Helen (Hellie) Badaruddin has been selected as one of Montana's Campus Election Engagement Fellows. Dr. Alex Street, associate professor of political science and international relations, said that he knew right away that Hellie would be perfect for the role since she is passionate about young people raising their voices.
"I got involved in CEEP because I know that voting is an investment in our future. With enough voters, the youth vote can sway an election (in Montana, an election can be decided by fewer than 100 votes), and without voting, we lose our voice. Young people/voters will be hit the hardest by upcoming national and global issues like climate change, the post-coronavirus economy, and gun ownership. As such, it is critical that we take charge, and that’s a goal I know that Carroll students would want to be a part of,” said Badaruddin.
Currently, Badaruddin is organizing voter registration events on National Voter Registration Day (Sept. 22), Vote Early Day (Oct. 24), and other days throughout the semester. “Obviously, COVID will present a challenge this year, but we're also working on more virtual and COVID-safe events," shared Badaruddin.
Below are some helpful links Badaruddin shared regarding voter registration:
  • – Find out if you are registered to vote in Montana
  • – Montana voter registration portal – fill out the basic information, and you'll be mailed a voter registration form with a pre-paid return envelope
  • – For more information on election services in Montana
  • – To register to vote if you are not from MT 
Class Notes
Photo courtesy of Thom Bridge, Helena IR
Mary Anne McMahon '86 has been a math teacher for over 20 years and was recently awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the nation’s highest honor for math and science educators. She lived and taught for much of her career in Bozeman but recently moved back to her hometown of Helena, teaching for two years at Helena High before taking her current position at Jefferson High School in Boulder. The Helena IR recently ran this story on Mary Anne: Boulder educator who taught in Helena receives prestigious national award.
Former Carroll College student and basketball player, Tony Egland, class of 1986, was recently featured in the Lewiston Tribune, detailing his life as a one-man grain elevator operator on the Palouse in Idaho. Read about him here: One-man operation.
The late Tony Hunthausen was featured in the Helena IR’s “Stories of Honor” this past July. Tony was an education student at Carroll from the fall 1967 through the summer of 1972. Prior to his time at Carroll, he served in World War II. Read about his experience here: Stories of Honor: Helena-area veteran Tony Hunthausen fought with 102nd in final march to Berlin during WWII.
Charlotte (Burch) ’70 and Dennis McCahon recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple met while attending Carroll College in the late-60s. Read announcement here.
Koby Griffin '20, Office Administrator, TitleOne, Meridian, ID – read announcement here.
Aaron Odermann '08, Physician, Emergency Department – Cheshire Medical Center, Keene, NH – read announcement here.
William George Ballinger, MD – longtime friend and supporter of Carroll College – read more about his life here.
David Marion Hauntz ‘67 – read more about his life here.
Joan Glynn Koch ‘60 – read more about her life here.
Leonard "Len" Schweitzer '66 – read more about his life here.
Father Jeremiah Sullivan '59 – read more about his life here.
Saints Athletic News
All 15 Carroll College Fighting Saints athletic programs were named NAIA Scholar Teams, while 67 student-athletes were named Daktronics Scholar Athletes, the NAIA announced on Tuesday as part of its National Awards Day. 
To be considered a Scholar Team, a program must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. For one to earn the NAIA-Daktronics Scholar Athlete award, the student must be a junior or above in academic standing with a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
Carroll football led the men's teams with 16 selections, while women's soccer led the women with 13 selections. 
Read more.
Carroll College earned the distinction of a NAIA Five-Star Champions of Character institution during the 2019-20 seasons.

Carroll received a Gold-level, perfect-100 score. It's the highest mark an institution can earn according to the NAIA's criterion. It also served as the highest mark of any Frontier Conference member.

"This award demonstrates the commitment our coaches have in creating a value based environment for our student athletes," Fighting Saints Athletic Director Charlie Gross said. "In addition, being recognized as an NAIA Five Star Athletic Department reflects the quality of our student-athletes who make up our Fighting Saints community and their willingness to embrace being Champions of Character in all that they do." 
Read more.
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Constitution Day Panel: The 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment: Women's Right to Vote, Sept. 17, 7 pm, Zoom Webinar
Career and Graduate School Fair, Sept. 24, 9 am – 2:30 pm, PE Center
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