Date: Tue, May 7th, 2024

Night Out For Science brings in $23,000 for student scholarships

Night Out For Science raised a record-setting $23,000 for student scholarships in 2024.

Great Falls College’s Night Out For Science fundraiser resulted in a record total of $23,000 going toward student scholarships for those studying in the STEAM fields.

The night features faculty and student demonstrations as well as live and silent auctions.

All told, Night Out For Science has raised $86,250 for student scholarships over its nine editions as all proceeds go to fund scholarships. Sixty-six students have received scholarships as a result of the event.

“It is such a fun night celebrating our students and faculty,” said Dr. Stephanie Erdmann, CEO/dean of Great Falls College. “It is always a blast – sometimes literally – to see what fun demonstrations our students and faculty come up with for this event. And the night’s speakers hit it out of this world.”

The Night Out For Science Committee already has decided on a theme for next year’s Night Out For Science: Heavy Metal Science.

“Next year will be the 10th Night Out For Science, so we’re going to have to go extra big,” Erdmann said. “We can’t wait.”

McLaughlin Research Institute was the silver sponsor for this year’s event, Great Falls Hospital was the bronze sponsor and Calumet Montana Refining, Culligan Water, DA Davidson and Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine all were copper sponsors.

Dr. Tiffany Hensley-McBain of McLaughlin Research Institute gave a presentation during dinner titled, “If we could turn back time: Studying inflammation and aging.”

And a team of doctors – Stephanie Zeszutek, Macario Llamas, S. Diane Lund and Jay Danto – from Touro presented a case study on multiple sclerosis.

Great Falls College nursing students starred in a short film depicting life in the college’s state-of-the-art simulated hospital as they responded to different medical scenarios.

“We are so thankful for our event sponsors who made the night possible,” Erdmann said, “and the dinner presentations were informational and fun.”

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