At Carroll we have been extremely fortunate to have had several on-campus opportunities to vaccinate our students, faculty and staff against COVID-19 – including an opportunity TODAY to receive the Pfizer vaccine in the Campus Center from 11 am to 2 pm.
These opportunities have arisen due to the dedicated work of our students and faculty and staff as well as the great partnerships we have in the Helena community.
On March 26, Carroll College was given 100 doses of the Moderna vaccine from the Helena Indian Alliance/Leo Pocha Memorial Clinic. Through the determined work of Carroll’s Public Health and Nursing students and Professor Kelly Parsley’s tireless advocacy on our behalf, this opportunity came to fruition with our students receiving valuable hands-on experience in the process.
Today and yesterday’s Pfizer vaccination clinic in the Campus Center was a result of an offer by Lewis & Clark Public Health of 400 Pfizer vaccines for the Carroll community to be administered by St. Peter’s Health pharmacy students with Carroll’s Public Health students managing set up, sign up, flow, and monitoring areas. Second dose clinics are scheduled for May 5 & 6.
Through a combination of efforts, we are pleased to be doing our best to provide COVID-19 vaccination opportunities for all who want it in our Carroll community.
We are encouraging all students and employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19, but also recognize it is a personal decision.
Today is Carroll's annual "Downsy Day."
John Downs, nicknamed “Downsy,” was a beloved psychology professor at Carroll who died from leukemia in 2002. In 2004, a proclamation was signed at Carroll College making John’s birthday, April 15, "Downsy Day" on campus, a day when members of the Carroll community are encouraged to perform unselfish acts of service, kindness, compassion, patience, generosity and love according to their own inspiration.
For our annual Kindness Day on campus, Terri John from the nursing department shares the story of John's paper cranes and how they are continuing to provide love in the community once again. Read about it here.
The spring issue of the Carroll Magazine should have begun arriving at your home mailboxes this past weekend.
We hope you enjoy the stories in this issue including features on our new Master of Social Work program as well as how our political science students used this past election cycle as a hands-on learning experience. We also featured student photography and reflections from Garrett Thompson’s Art -113 Digital Photography course. In addition, we included highlights from the academic year, a tribute to Fr. Jeremiah Sullivan, accomplishments of our student-athletes, and an overview of our COVID-19 wastewater testing collaboration with the community. The magazine also includes our 2019-20 Annual Report.
The magazine is also available to view online at www.carroll.edu/alumni/carroll-magazine.
The Butte Central Catholic School System recently received a matching gift of up to $250,000 from alumnus Roy Simperman of Butte Central's Class of 1958 and Carroll College Class of 1962. Read about his gift in the Montana Standard here.
Carol (Miller) Colgan ’64 and her husband Len, adopted a Vietnamese orphan following the Vietnam War in 1975. The Daily Advocate is sharing the stories of some of those orphans. Read Carol's son’s story here: A survivor of Operation Babylift.
|Melanie Kiss-Endicott ‘99 is an avid international traveler who recently published a book for women who want to travel the world. The book is titled Adventure More, Worry Less: A Woman’s Guide to Traveling the World. Read about it here. |
|John Patrick "Pat" Byorth '55, MD – read more about his life here.|
|Christine Marie "Christie" DeBuff '94 – read more about her life here.|
|Michael Dennis Doig ‘94 – read more about his life here.|
|Ryan Michelle Gerard '09 – read more about her life here.|
|Leo Walchuk '54 – alumnus and former Comptroller and also Vice President of Business Affairs at Carroll College. Read more about his life here.|
|Lynette Zuroff '70, PhD – alumna and Professor Emerita of Carroll. Read more about her life here.|
Take part in giving back to the Helena community by participating in Greater Helena Gives! This year the 24 hour online campaign will take place May 6th at 6pm to May 7th at 6pm. This is a great opportunity to support Carroll College and other nonprofits in the Helena area. Whether you live in Helena or are a Saints fan living across the nation, this day is a fun opportunity to give back. We invite you to support current Carroll students, like Bray and many others, by making an IMPACT Annual Fund contribution during Greater Helena Gives. Learn more here. Donate here. "I’ve been at Carroll for two years, and in that short time I have had countless experiences and opportunities that have helped me grow as a student and as a person. I am confident that these experiences will set me apart as I enter into the workforce in a few years. The support Carroll receives and gives students is greatly appreciated. My academic scholarships helped me make my decision to come to Carroll, and have shown me how much alumni donors and others who support Carroll care about current Saints. I’m grateful for the personal relationships I have with my professors who I know want to challenge me and help me succeed. I’m grateful for the Carroll community that is the perfect size. And I’m grateful for donors, like you, who support Carroll College!"
~ Brayton Holmes, Class of 2023, Public Health and Gender Studies and Ethics and Value Studies
Carroll's IMPACT Annual Giving Engagement Center enjoyed reaching out to alumni, parents and friends of the college throughout the academic year. While we've wrapped up our outreach for the school year, our gratitude to those that support student scholarships and other areas on campus remains every day of the year!
Thank you to our Student Engagement team members, not only raising over $100,000 supporting Carroll's current saints this year, but also making meaningful connections with many who love Carroll College and appreciate a campus update from a current Carroll student.
Did you miss your call (or text) from one of our students? Sorry we missed you! Carroll still needs and appreciates your gift, click here to join others in supporting IMPACT.
|Students pictured: Front row – Jessica Hadley, Morgan Greenfield, Kaylee Westbrook, Kayley Pruden. Back row – Taylor Eggebrecht, Madysen Hachler, Logan Morrison, Ellie Low.|
The Talking Saints advanced three teams to the championship rounds of the Western States Debate Championships hosted in (virtual) Denver on March 28-29. Senior Josh Mansfield of Pocatello, Idaho, and sophomore Hellie Badaruddin of Missoula, finished second (pictured at right).
Vinny Gallardo, a sophomore from Butte, was named 10th best speaker. Gallardo and sophomore Roisin O’Neill of Lake Oswego, Oregon, reached the semifinals. Senior Teigen Tremper of Whitefish and junior Taylor Potts of Great Falls were quarterfinalists.
“Denver was a lot of fun because it felt like everyone on the team was at the top of their game,” said Mansfield. “Towards the end of the tournament, we were mostly competing against our own teammates to go forward. We really focused on having fun this tournament, and I think that was huge.”
Meanwhile, competing at the University of Southern California (USC) earlier on February 28, the first-year team of Ally Haegele of Helena and Matt Glimm of Kalispell, reached the championship round in the novice division.
Western States and USC tournaments were the last “national warm-up” events on the Talking Saints’ path before competing (virtually) at the national championships at the University of Pennsylvania, April 17-19. Read more here.
|In December, we shared the news in Dr. Cech’s Friday Update that Carroll senior Michael Henderson of Eugene, OR, had his research published in the November 2020 issue of Science Advances. His latest accomplishment is that he will be presenting his research at the 2021 virtual National Council on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) conference.|
“Carroll College faculty and staff have graciously supported my research opportunity at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) through the Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology (CDCB) Internship,” said Henderson. “Representing Carroll College with an oral presentation at the 2021 NCUR conference will conclude my undergraduate research career. After graduating from Carroll College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, I will be returning to CDCB Department at OHSU. As a return CDCB intern, I will rejoin the Sahay Lab to continue advancing research in gene therapeutics for Cystic Fibrosis. In parallel with summer research, I will be submitting medical school applications and taking the MCAT. Undergraduate biomedical research has taught me that the development of advanced therapeutics from benchtop to patient bedside is possible through the success of a collaborative effort.”
|Every year, Reach Higher Montana awards up to 80 - $1,000 scholarships to Montana students through the Reach Higher Montana Scholarship program. This year, 12 of the total 81 recipients statewide will be or are Carroll students! Congratulations to current students Katie Donaldson, Ashley Braaksma, Bellicia Hawk, Emma Putnam, Michael Day, Katelyn McKay, Nicole Williams, Whitney Durocher, Brooklyn Kenelty, and Cara White and incoming Saints, Katherine Bold and Abraham Montalvo.|
|Carroll College junior communications and public relations major Emily Murgel of East Helena, MT, has received a $1,500 Reverend Frank Lawrence Harrington (ANAVICUS) Scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year. The award is in recognition of academic achievement, leadership potential and spiritual conduct in keeping with the best traditions of The American Legion and Carroll College. Murgel is specializing in marketing and print journalism with a minor in social media. Her long-term goal is to work in either the nonprofit sector or healthcare administration to increase awareness and funding through grant writing. Read more here.|
Congratulations to the following Carroll faculty members who have been promoted, granted tenure or are headed into retirement:Tenure:
Travis Almquist, Biology; Joe Helbling, Education; Kelly Parsley, Health Sciences; Shaun Scott, Computer Science
Promotion to Associate Professor:
Theresa McHugh, Biology; Eric Meyer, Theology; Meredith Krutar, Nursing; Kelly Parsley, Health Sciences; Anneliese Renck, French
Promotion to Professor:
Elvira Roncalli, Philosophy
Erik Pratt, Political Science, and International Relations
|SUTHERS KEYNOTES INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE|
Staying quite busy over her sabbatical, professor and chair of the Anthrozoology department, Dr. Marie Suthers is the closing all-conference speaker for the Healing with Horse Online Symposium, an international symposium for “equine facilitators and others wishing to team with horses to aid in experiential learning and coaching in horsemanship, mounted or unmounted work, therapy, healing, and spiritual enrichment.” The symposium runs Thursday - Sunday, April 22 - 25 (April 23 - 26 in Aus/NZ).
On Sunday, April 25 (and Monday for the AUS/NZ audience), Dr. Suthers will facilitate an interactive all-conference forum to discuss what college and other training programs that seek to support the growth of Equine Assisted Services (EAS) into a career industry need to know to provide the best training and education for students.
View Dr. Suthers' intro presentation here: https://www.healingwithhorse.org/employees/marie-suthers-dvm/.
There is still time to register for the online symposium at http://mariedvm.HealingwithHorse.zaxaa.com/s/14411273558991.
Congratulations to new Anthrozoology faculty member, Dr. Margo DeMello on having two new books published this year. One is the second edition of one of her textbooks, Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies, and the other is a new encyclopedia called On the Job: An Encyclopedia of Unique Occupations around the World.
Dr. DeMello is an internationally known leader in Anthrozoology, having helped to build the field through her work as the first program director of Human-Animal Studies at the Animals & Society Institute, and through the publication of the very first textbook in the field, the first edition of Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies. Prior to Carroll, she taught in the Anthrozoology Masters program at Canisius College for seven years. Learn more about Dr. DeMello here.
|In case you missed it, check out some of media coverage featuring Carroll College from the last month:|
Carroll College students make a difference through Service Saturdays
KTVH/KXLH, Apr. 9
Carroll shifting curriculum to meet changing demand
Helena IR, Apr. 4
Future service dogs arrive in Great Falls
KPAX, Apr. 2
Carroll College students prep Helena Food Share garden
KTVH/KXLH, Mar. 31
Carroll College students provide COVID-19 vaccines to staff, faculty, and more
KTVH/KXLH, Mar. 30
Carroll College at its best: A year overflowing with spirit and triumph
Helena IR, Mar. 19
Carroll College Theatre hosts first production with live audience since start of pandemic
KTVH/KXLH, Mar. 19
WHS graduate earns win to end speaking career with Carroll
Whitefish Pilot, Mar. 18
Thanks to Carroll College community
Helena IR, Mar. 5
|Sunday Mass, 8 pm, All Saints Chapel |
Downsy Day – Random Acts of Kindness, Apr. 15
Carroll Theatre Presents: Fable Me This, Aesop!, Apr. 15-17, 23-24, Carroll College FLEX Theatre and online
Admitted Student Open Houses, Apr. 16 & 30, 8 am-12 pm OR 12 pm – 5 pm, Carroll College
Carroll SURF Keynote Lecture: Dr. Bridget Kevane, “The Cloister and the Trailer Park: How My Research Became Transformative,” Apr. 22, 7 pm, Zoom
Carroll Student Undergraduate Research Festival (SURF), Apr. 23, Carroll College
Carroll College Red Cross Blood Drive, Apr. 29, 9:30 – 4:30, Carroll College Campus Center
Carroll College’s Annual Faith & Reason Lecture: "The Church as a School of Solidarity," Apr. 29, 7 pm, Zoom
Trap Shoot Fundraiser for ASCE & Saints to the Front Clubs, May 1, Helena Trap Club
Carroll String Ensemble presents “The Coffee Cantata,” by JS Bach, May 2, 2 & 3:30 pm, 1889 Coffee House, 1800 Prospect Avenue, Helena
Carroll Final Exams, May 10-13
Nursing Recognition Pinning Ceremony for Class of 2021, May 14, 12 pm, Nelson Stadium
Baccalaureate Mass for the Class of 2020 and 2021, May 14, 4 pm, Cathedral of St. Helena
Commencement – Class of 2020, May 15, 10 am, Nelson Stadium
Commencement – Class of 2021, May 15, 1 pm, Nelson Stadium
Nursing Recognition Pinning Ceremony for Class of 2020, May 15, 5 pm, Campus Center