Irish Heritage Month Scavenger Hunt

In celebration of Irish Heritage Month this March, the Diversity Committee is inviting all Helena College students to participate in an Irish Scavenger Hunt!

Participants who successfully complete the hunt's tasks will be entered into a drawing for some awesome prizes!

The Scavenger Hunt will begin Monday, March 3rd, and finish March 27th at 12:30 pm.

Here’s how to play:

Students will have to successfully complete 6 tasks total to enter the prize drawing:

  • Five (5) tasks can be accomplished from the clues released each Monday in March (no clue on Monday of Spring break).  Students can complete these at any time before March 27.
  • The last (6th) task is for students to attend Mike Cronin’s Diversity Program on Ireland.  The program will be held on March 27 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in the lecture hall.  This event is also where participants must submit the required evidence of completion of the 5 prior tasks.  If working in a team, all team members must attend the program. 

A drawing will take place at the end of Mike Cronin’s program to award prizes for students who successfully complete all 6 tasks. 

For tasks that require a photograph or video evidence, you can either show these to the Diversity Committee on your phone, tablet or laptop, or you can provide the Diversity Committee with a USB to view your files onsite.  If you want to submit a USB (we will return this to you right after we view your files), make sure your video and photographs are in one of the following file formats (for video, .mp4, .wmv, or .avi; for images, .jpg, .gif, .png, or .pdf).

If you have any questions, please contact Robyn Kiesling (robyn.kiesling@umhelena.edu 447-6962)

       Week Four

Who was the first Irish-American President of the United States and when was he elected?


Task 5
Find out what year this President was elected and take a photo underneath a campus clock with the time displayed.  For this one, you will have to count in military time.    
Clue: Not JFK!

Task 6
Attend Mike Cronin’s Irish Heritage Month Program, Ireland: The 51st State?, on March 27 at 12:30pm in the Lecture Hall.  Sign in with the Diversity Committee when you arrive.  

Program summary:
We spent 26 days in Southwestern Ireland during the summer of 2014 and it seemed that in many ways Munster didn’t feel significantly different than Montana; it sometimes felt enough alike to be a 51st state rather than a strange and foreign country some 4200 air miles away. Only occasionally did we have a taste of the Ireland of popular legend.


This presentation looks at how a nation’s cultural identity might shift as its economy changes. After the Celtic Tiger faded away in the 1990s, Ireland’s largest industry became tourism, and Americans are the largest group of tourists. Thus it makes sense for the Irish to pander to tourists in general, but to Americans in particular in ways that make the Americans feel right at home.


At the end of the program, you will submit your 3 photos, 1 video and faculty or staff business card (with an Irish sticker) as proof of completion of the first five tasks.  You can either show these to the Diversity Committee on your phone, tablet or laptop, or you can provide the Diversity Committee with a USB to view your files onsite.  If you want to submit a USB (we will return this to you right after we view your files), make sure your video and photographs are in one of the following file formats (for video, .mp4, .wmv, or .avi; for images, .jpg, .gif, .png, or .pdf).


 If you did not videotape your Irish storytelling, you should perform your story now in front of the Diversity Committee. 


Helena College’s Statement on Diversity

Mission: At Helena College, we recognize and accept each individual is a unique combination of thoughts, beliefs (religious, political and ideological), socio-economic status, race (biological), ethnicity (cultural), age, gender, sexual orientation, and physical abilities, and we value these differences through shared governance, program offerings and collegiate activities.

Diversity Core Values:
  • Acceptance
  • Respect
  • Understanding
  • Recognition
  • Inclusion

Vision: To have a college committed to embracing the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.

About the Diversity Committee:

The committee is comprised of representatives from the Dean’s Office, Student Services, Fiscal/Plant, Academics, and Student Senate.

The scope of the Committee, which includes a Committee Chair, a Program Coordinator, and an Academic Liaison, is to integrate diversity into all aspects of the college, including

  • Admissions/enrollment Practices
  • Recruitment and employment practices
  • Communications, publications, and promotions
  • Programming, both academic and institutional
  • Institutional organizations, services, and events
  • Community partnerships

Committee Members:

Joyce Walborn, Chair
Ernie Biller
Tina Bright
Janet Campana
Vanesa Corona
Therese Collette
Dauneen Durrant
Laura Gifreda
Tia Kelley
Robin Kiesling
Brett Lyons(King)
Jennifer Schade