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CARROLL COLLEGE P R O S P E C T O R October 7,1996 Vol. 81 No. 2 Carroll College Helena, Montana Norman “Jeff’ Holter: The Power of an Idea by Cathryn Krochak Staff Writer N orman “Jeff’ Holter was a man with a small laboratory and a small budget in a small town who changed the face of medicine and the world around him. He was a man that did research not to find the answers to life’s biggest questions, but because it was something he enjoyed. Holter was bom in Helena in 1914 and graduated from Helena High School in 1931. He received his mas ter’s degree in chemistry from the University of Southern California in 1938 and his master’s degree in physics from UCLA in 1940. He attended Carroll College from 1954-56 and stud ied pre-medicine. In 1979, Holter was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Carroll. In 1947, he founded the Holter Research Foundation. He developed the Holter monitor in 1949, which would someday become standard car diac equipment in hospitals. Holter brought to Montana his knowledge of radioisotopes and thus introduced Montana to atomic medicine. Holter was involved in oceanographic studies at Eniwetok Atoll in 1952, where he studied the effects of the atomic bomb on ocean waves. It was here that the idea for his “explosive art” started. In 1972, Holter created his “Geometry in Steel” series. Holter advocated education and believed that people put too much emphasis on physical being; he said that changed our world and yet was from Montana, worked in a very small lab, was not a rock star, movie star or pro-athlete. Hopefully our students will see you don't need to be a star to be suc cessful and make a difference in the world.” The Holter artwork will be on display until Oct. 30. Prior to the open ing of this display, Holter’s work was in storage. About a year ago, the Carroll faculty and administration suggested this exhibit. Since then, Esposito has been busy researching and constructing the Holter display. The O’Connell Hall display contains facts about Holter’s life, explaining where he went to school and what he did at the Holter Research Laboratory. It also contains heart mon itors dating from an early prototype to the new digital model produced today by the Del Mar Corporation. The Corette Library display explains what Holter did at Bikini Atoll, an atomic bomb test site. It also shows how he developed the heart monitor and various other articles at the Holter Research Laboratory. Holter’s “Geometry in Steel” - series, which was inspired by the events at Eniwetok Atoll, is on display in the Performing Arts Center. A feature of this exhibit is a sphere that was under water when the atomic bomb exploded. Holter will be included in the Gallery of Outstanding Montanans in 1999. After the Holter Research Foundation dissolved in 1985, the Norman J. Holter scholarship was established at Carroll in 1986. people should value the intellect and not the strength of the person. “The one thing no one can take from you is what you know,” Holter said. However, Holter was also edu cation’s biggest critic. Although he taught himself the basics of chemistry and physics, he was not allowed to take upper division classes until completing the introductory classes first, something his teachers knew was not necessary for him. Holter was able to bring about change without a great deal of money. Ralph Esposito, the curator of Carroll’s Holter display, hoped to emphasize this fact to the Carroll community. “Holter is one of our own,” Esposito said. “Jeff Holter was a man Ralph Esposito, the curator of the Holter exhibit Enrollment numbers decrease at Carroll College by Mary Beth Thome Staff Writer Total student enrollment is down this fall at Carroll College., According to a press release from the Carroll College Public Relations Department, Registrar Mary Pat Dutton announced that there is a total of 1,355 students enrolled for the 1996 fall semester. This figure is a decline from the 1,418 enrolled in the fall of 1995. According to the press release, this year’s student body is composed of 1,094 full-time stu dents and 261 part-time students; approximately 60 percent are from Montana with the majority of the remainder coming from the north west. Dutton also announced that the freshman-to-sophomore reten tion rate has increased from 69 per- “There’s bad news and good news.” Lynn Etchart cent in the fall of 1995 to 74 percent this fall, according to the press release. “If this trend continues, we will soon see an increase in overall enrollment,” Dutton said. Lynn Etchart, vice president of finance, administration and facil ities, said the enrollment decrease should have little effect on current students. Etchart said the decline should not have a direct effect on staffing and student services, espe cially if there are no unnecessary repair expenses. “There’s bad news and good news,” Etchart said. “The good news is that there are more stu dents in the dorms than expected and retention was better than expected.” According to Bob Pastoor, vice president of student affairs, an enrollment management group has been assembled to examine the decrease in enrollment. Pastoor said the group will look at ways to increase applications of traditional aged students, retention of tradition al aged students and ways to service OTA’s in recruitment and retention. The group will also analyze all financial aid policies for new and returning students, Pastoor said. Even though there is a drop in Carroll’s enrollment, Etchart sees a positive side. “On a more positive note, think of it this way. There will be less students in your classes and more help for you.”