The Prospector (Helena, Mont.) 1916-2015, March 01, 2006, Image 5

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WWW.CARROLL.EDU THE PROSPECTOR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES NEGLECTED by erin farris staff writer The environmental studies program at Carroll College has been neglected by Carroll Administration for far too long. In many ways it is deceptive to advertise environmental studies at Carroll as a Program. There is no professor on staff responsible only for the present or future of the program. Currently, the program is passed between whatever professors have a little extra time (or not) and are passionate enough about the study to allocate parts of their own budget to cover financial demands of hiring professors and other academic resources. Due to the way this program is viewed by students and faculty, it lacks the cohesion and structure th at makes other programs at Carroll dynamic. Carroll has the resources: location, state internships opportunities, and strong related programs (Biology and Communications); therefore, it woidd be in the interest of cur­ rent and prospective students of Carroll to carefully evaluate the aca­ demic curricular struggle of the environmental studies program here and finally do something about it. In the past the environmental studies program has been a program of study th at offered a great deal of flexibility to interdisciplinary students and a \Plan B\ to biology students who hit the \0 Chem wall.\ However, the current freshman class contains more than five students that have declared a major in environmental studies. Murphy Fox, co director of the \program\ talked to many of these students as prospectives and he continues to advertise the program highly. He agrees that the numbers will only get higher. The job m arket also is supportive of the environmental studies degree. There are many organizations such as: Fish Wildlife and Parks, N atural Resource Conservation Society, and Environmental Protection Agency. These organizations currently view Environmental Studies as equivalent to degree in Biology, but also in light of their purpose, prefer a student with a background in science as well as communication and public administration. Murphy Fox, chair of the Honors Scholars program at Carroll, said \The request for a department chair has been denied because President Trebon is unclear the department's curricular connection to Anthropology studies at Carroll.\ However, the refusal to allocate a professor or specific funding to the program has undertones of fiscal conservatism. It's on the agenda of Dr. John Sharf, interim Dean of Above: Alaina Garcia (lei'l) and Charlie Speieher, bolh Environmental Studies students, pose lor a picture Academics, to \assess\ the Environmental Studies program and Fox is developing an assessment form to be filled out by ES graduates to assist in this effort. It is important for the program to prove its value to students and at Carroll. Historical precedent has demanded that a program turn out graduates in order to be considered w orth funding. There are nine ES students anticipating graduation this year, a number that exceeds other departments like Theology and Philosophy. \When requesting funding, administrators asked how many graduates it would produce.\ Says Fox, \It clear th at environ­ mental studies has and will continue to do this because students starting out in ES are unlikely to switch because of the flexibility of the program.\ The only element th at could be threatening to the programs' reten­ tion of underclassmen is the lack of cohesion w ithin the department. Unlike other departments there is no head faculty member, club, activities, or an honor's society. The only unify elements to ES stvi- ENVIORNMENT continued on page 16 W e d n e s d a y , M a r c h 1, 2006 VOLUME 89, NO. 5 DIAMOND you could have saved! Diamonds * Rubies * Opals * Sapphires *l\lecklaces * Earrings * Rings call for an appointment 449-GOLD (4653) The Great Northern Town Center 8 1 2 5 Great Northern Bouldevard

The Prospector (Helena, Mont.), 01 March 2006, located at <http://montananewspapers.org/lccn/TheProspector/2006-03-01/ed-1/seq-5/>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.