April 15, 2020 Insider: Above All Gratitude and Kindness

Thursday, April 16, 2020
TODAY IS "DOWNSY DAY"
Today is a special day here at Carroll. 
 
Many Carroll alumni were profoundly affected by the remarkable life and ministry of Professor John Downs. 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.  
 
Particularly in the midst of this pandemic, we might be tempted to focus on the challenges in our own lives. But, in fact, this is a perfect time and opportunity to reach out to someone else in need in our communities and not only will it brighten someone's day but very likely your own as well.
 
So, we invite the entire Carroll community to participate in Downsy Day today! To do so, complete a random act of kindness in whatever way inspires you. 
 
While you may not have the opportunity to offer support in person, we are confident that our Carroll Saints will find creative ways of being servants to others. 
 
Happy Downsy Day!
WILLOW AWAITS
Every year, Carroll’s Anthrozoology dogs are available for adoption. And every year, we are delighted to find them happy, loving homes, and celebrate their graduations alongside their handlers. As we know, everything about this year is different. Because of Carroll’s sudden need to shift to remote learning for the remainder of the spring semester, we’ve had to adopt our dogs out early. Thirteen of this year’s fourteen program dogs are either fully adopted or working through the adoption process.
 
Willow is our last dog looking for her forever home. According to an anthrozoology faculty member who fostered Willow for several weeks, she is a “well mannered, heavy sleeper, prefers adult humans over the young ones and other animals, is a real snuggle bunny kinda coonhound.” She is currently under the care of the Lewis & Clark Humane Society and any potential adoptions would be handled through LCHS. You can learn more about Willow on her Facebook page: Carroll College Anthrozoology Willow. Help us find Willow a loving home!
SHARE VIRTUAL GRATITUDE
The Corette Library staff has created a virtual bulletin board as a place where Carroll students, faculty and staff can take a moment to compliment the everyday superheroes who are part of our Carroll community.
 
You can compliment someone by name or send a general shout-out – as you wish. We are all pulling together during the pandemic and it is inspiring to see and be part of.
Here is the link to the virtual bulletin board: https://padlet.com/dano/carroll.

 
Alumni News
CARROLL MAGAZINE ONLINE
We hope you all received the Winter 2020 Carroll Magazine in your mailboxes earlier this month, and took some time to read the wonderful stories of our alumni and students, meet our new bishop and review the annual report.

If you would like to share it with friends and family virtually, they can view it online at 2020 Winter Carroll Magazine online edition.
Class Notes
SAINTS IN THE NEWS
Leanne Marie Rousseau '80, Associate Medical Director of Heritage Health in Idaho, was named a 2020 Woman of the Year by the Idaho Business Review. Rousseau started her education at Carroll College. It was there where she met her husband of 39 years. She later attended medical school at the University of Utah.

“She probably has one of the biggest hearts of you know, any medical provider I’ve ever met,” said Mike Baker, the CEO of Heritage Health. “That translates into caring for her patients, caring for the team around her and trying to make this community a better place.” Read more here.
Bobby Petrino '84, head football coach at Missouri State University, recently wrote an article for Thrive Global, detailing the influence his father, former head Carroll football coach Bob Petrino Sr., had on his career in football. Read it here: Coaching Gets In Your Blood — Literally.
Matt Elsaesser ’03, owner of 406 Recycling, was featured on KTVH in late February encouraging others to consider hiring employees with developmental disabilities. View it here.

February 28 was 406 Recycling’s monthly recycling drive at The Good Samaritan Thrift Store in Helena and it also marked their six month anniversary of partnering with West Mont to provide meaningful employment to individuals with developmental disabilities. 
IN MEMORIAM
David Rausch, class of 1961 – read more about his life here.
Mark Spinder, '78 – read more about his life here.
Student News
STUDENTS AWARDED SIMPERMAN & CORETTE SCHOLARSHIPS
Through the enduring generosity of Roy F. Simperman, class of 1962, Carroll College was able to award $130,000 in scholarships this week to fifteen deserving and grateful students through the Elsie P. Corette Memorial Scholarship and the Roy F. Simperman Science Scholarships.
 
Five students from Montana, who intend to pursue medical school upon graduation, were the recipients of the 2020-2021 Elsie P. Corette Memorial Scholarship. Since 1973, approximately 193 Corette Scholarships have been conferred, totaling nearly $1,219,000, with a large majority of recipients going on to become medical doctors.
 
2020-2021 Corette Scholarship recipients are:  Joshua Turner, junior health science major, Helena; Katie Huisman, junior biochemistry major, Great Falls; Taylor Leistiko, sophomore biology major, Missoula; Anna Romero, sophomore biology major, Helena; and Ray Shipman, sophomore biochemistry major, Dillon.
 
Five nursing students received the 2020-2021 Roy F. Simperman Nursing Scholarship along with five math and science majors who were awarded the Simperman Math and Science Scholarship. In the eleven years that the Simperman Math, Science and Nursing Scholarships have existed at Carroll, $966,500 has been provided to 83 students.
 
2020-2021 Simperman Science Scholarship recipients are:  Christine Connolly, junior nursing major, Kalispell; Cheyenne Damron, junior nursing major, Glendive; Allison Buckner, junior nursing major, Bozeman; Ashley Braaksma, sophomore nursing major, Manhatten; Josh Kraft, junior nursing major, Billings; Harrison Green, junior biochemistry major, Belt; Austin Dobrecevich, junior chemistry major, Choteau; Luke Wilson, sophomore biology major, Missoula; Benjamin Held, freshman chemistry major, Great Falls; and James Normandeau, freshman biochemistry major, Ronan.
 
Over the years, the Simperman Math, Science and Nursing Scholarships and the Corette Scholarships have provided over $2,092,868 in aid to deserving students. This year’s average award was over $8,800. Read here to view the full press release
 
These scholarship funds are generously supported by Roy F. Simperman of Mercer Island, Wash. Simperman is the chairman and chief executive officer of Semaphore Corporation in Seattle.
 
These scholarships make a tremendous difference in the lives of our students.  Carroll is forever grateful to Mr. Simperman for recognizing the value of a Carroll education and supporting our students in such a generous and substantial manner through these annual scholarships.
Saints Athletic News
CARROLL BASKETBALL PLAYERS NAMED ALL–AMERICANS
Women's Basketball

Carroll College Fighting Saints junior basketball players Christine Denny and Dani Wagner were named to the NAIA All-American lists in late-March.

Denny was named a second team All-American while Wagner was an honorable mention.  Read more here.

Both players were named first team all-conference players after helping the Saints win the Frontier Conference regular season championship. The Saints finished an abbreviated season with a 21-10 record. 
Men's Basketball

Two Carroll College Fighting Saints basketball players, Dane Warp and Jovan Sljivancanin, were named to the NAIA All-American lists on Thursday.

Warp was named a second team All-American while Sljivancanin was an honorable mention. Read more here.

The duo helped the Saints go 24-9 and advance to the Frontier Conference Championship.

 

WARP NAMED COSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN

Carroll College senior guard Dane Warp was selected as a second team CoSIDA Academic All-American. 

The 2020 Academic All-American Basketball Teams, selected by CoSIDA, recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. Read more here.

Warp was just one of 10 NAIA Academic All-Americans. 
ACADEMIC ALL–CONFERENCE
Six Carroll College men's basketball players and six women's basketball players were honored as Frontier Conference Academic All-Conference members last month. 

To be eligible for the team, the student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in standing, maintain a 3.0 GPA and be enrolled at school the previous two semesters.

Earning the honor for the men were Thomas Austefjord, Shamrock Campbell, Jaedon Lieberg, Jovan Sljivancanin, Eetu Villa and Dane Warp
 
Earning the honor for the women were Christine Denny, Maddie Geritz, Molly McDermott, Taylor Salonen, Sienna Swannack and Dani Wagner.
Faculty/Staff News
HONORS & ACCOLADES
Congratulations to Carroll College’s Associate Director of Financial Aid, Jaime Borrego!
 
Jaime was awarded the Montana Association of Student Aid Administrators (MASFAA), Financial Aid Professional of the Year Award last month.
 
This award recognizes a professional who has contributed to the financial aid profession in Montana in ways that often go unnoticed but without their contribution our profession and service to our students would be severely impacted. Read more here.
 
Thank you, Jaime, for all of your work and dedication to your profession and to the state of Montana!
Carroll in the News
In case you missed it, check out some of media coverage featuring Carroll College from the last month:
 
– Helena IR, Apr. 9
 
– Helena IR, Apr. 9
 
We Are All in This Together
 – Helena IR, Apr. 5
– Helena IR, April 2
– Helena IR, Mar. 23
– KXLH, Mar. 23
 
– KTVH, Mar. 19
  
Employment News
Have you ever thought of working at Carroll? Check out our current openings:
FACULTY:
Program Director/Master of Social Work Program

Anthrozoology Faculty
STAFF:
Mental Health Counselor
Millwright
Upcoming Events
Carroll’s Red Cross Blood Drive, Apr. 16, 9:30-4:30, Helena Red Cross Donation Center, 3150 N. Montana Ave., Helena

Carroll Faculty Zoom Panel Presentation on COVID-19 Pandemic, Apr. 16, 7-8 pm, Zoom Forum

Sunday Night Livestream Mass w/ Fr. Marc Lenneman, Apr. 19 & 26, May 3, 8 pm, youtube.com/carrollcollegemt


Carroll 101: Virtual Admitted Student Open House, Apr. 20, 27, May 4, 12-1 pm
 
Parents of Prospective Students Forum with President Cech, Apr. 22, 7-8:30 pm, Zoom Forum

Fur, Fins, Feathers, and the Love of God: Introducing Ecological Theology, Apr. 23, 7 pm, Zoom Video Lecture