Year in Review
Annual Report Timeline 2019-2020
In addition to recognizing the many individuals and businesses who have so generously supported our students and the college, our 2019-2020 Annual Report provides a timeline of some of the impressive initiatives and achievements of our Carroll community from the past year.
TEAMING UP WITH UM
The University of Montana and Carroll launched two first-of-its-kind public-private partnerships to help students obtain graduate degrees in less time and at a lower cost than traditional paths. The “3+3” dual-degree program with UM’s Alexander Blewett III School of Law has students attend Carroll for three years and then matriculate to UM’s law school to complete their three-year law degree. The “4+1” program partners our Department of Political Science with UM’s Master of Public Administration Program, allowing students to complete their bachelor and MPA degrees in five years instead of the traditional six or more.
Thanks to Roy ’62 and Frances Simperman, Carroll’s Data Science Program formed a special partnership with the W. M. Keck Observatory on the Big Island of Hawaii. Carroll is the only undergraduate institution in the nation to have developed a post-graduate paid fellowship with the Keck Observatory, which houses the world’s largest optical and infrared telescopes. Terry Cox, a 2019 Carroll College Data Science graduate, was our first Keck Fellow.
NEW PATHWAY TO NURSING
Addressing the growing needs of the healthcare workforce, Carroll’s new Accelerated Nursing Program is a 15-month intensive program based in Helena designed for students who have earned a bachelor’s degree (in any field) and want to complete additional coursework required to become a licensed Registered Nurse. Accelerated Nursing students graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Carroll College.
SMALL SCHOOL – BIG VENUE
Three students who were part of Dr. Alyssa Hahn's, assistant professor of biomechanics, research team were selected to present their research at the international Orthopedic Research Society (ORS) Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ: Hope Welhaven, Ethan Viles and Jenna Starke. Thousands of leading experts in orthopedics attend from all across the world. Importantly, Carroll was the smallest higher education institution represented and the only research team composed of exclusively undergraduates.
Carroll’s Theatre Department, led by adjunct professor and FLEX Theatre Technical Director Stephen Seder, hosted their first TEDxCarrollCollege conference featuring nine incredible speakers including students, faculty and local professionals. COVID-19 derailed original plans but the talks went ahead without an audience and are available online. The mission of TEDxCarrollCollege is to promote local ideas and advances in research and academia to the Helena and Carroll community.
In response to the global pandemic, Carroll was able to completely transfer all courses to remote delivery on March 17 without missing a single day of instruction.In addition, the Admissions office launched a Virtual Visits website that provided ways for prospective students to view and engage with the college while visitation was restricted, and our Campus Ministry program began livestreaming Sunday Mass from All Saints Chapel for those not able to attend.
At the onset of the pandemic, Carroll students rose to the occasion. Students, led by sophomore Hailey James, came together to form “Carroll Cares,” a program connecting students to vulnerable individuals in the Helena community to run errands and ensure that their needs were being met. In addition, students traveled to Touchmark’s senior living community to sing and pray for the residents at a safe distance outside their windows and balconies.
Congratulations to all 38 graduates of Carroll’s nursing class of 2020 who received a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam (national average is 88%). Additionally, all of the May 2020 nursing graduates who were seeking job placement directly following graduation have found employment in the nursing field. These graduates obtained positions in health facilities throughout the country including Washington D.C., Tennessee, Washington, Colorado, North Dakota, and numerous cities across Montana.
Construction on the new Perkins Call Canine Center is now complete and Carroll’s anthrozoology faculty were eager to share the space with their students and dogs this fall. The new center is named in honor of ANZ founder and retired Carroll professor Anne Perkins, Ph.D., and alumna Whitney Call '08 and her family, whose gift of $1,250,000 for construction and a canine center director transformed the dream of a home for the anthrozoology program into a reality.
The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Carroll $159,184 for the Re-enchanting Nature: Humanities Perspectives program, a three-week seminar for sixteen K-12 humanities teachers from across the country. This is the third NEH award received by Carroll for this program in the past five years. Dr. Edward Glowienka, associate professor of philosophy, and Corrie Williamson, adjunct professor of English, are the co-directors of the program and incorporate many of the hallmarks of a Carroll education into the seminar: invigorating seminar discussions, interdisciplinary connections, and immersive experiences in both Montana's natural and industrial environments.
Carroll College and Helena College University of Montana have entered into a co-admission agreement. Under the agreement, students who are admitted to Helena College will be guaranteed admission and a competitive financial aid package when they transition to Carroll College upon the successful completion of their degree from Helena College. This partnership creates a transparent and reliable process that gives students the information they need to make decisions about higher education pathways in Helena.