August 26, 2016 Carroll Insider - We're Off and Running!

Friday, August 26, 2016

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Welcome Class of 2020!

Students are moved in, classes have begun, and campus is bustling! We are excited to begin the 2016-17 school year and welcome the class of 2020 to campus. For more photos of move-in day, visit here.

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Guatemala Grant

Construction Crew, Guatemala GrantTo help continue the important work being done by Carroll College’s Engineers Without Borders in Guatemala, the Foundation for the Diocese of Helena recently awarded CC-EWB a grant in the amount of $2,000. This grant funding will be used for the continuation of the seismic retrofit wall construction at the Instituto La Asuncion school located in Santo Tomas La Union, Guatemala. Read more.




Saints in the News

Students Abroad, Engineers Without BordersA budding relationship between a Ugandan priest, Rev. Julius Bwowe, parishioners of the Cathedral of St. Helena and the Carroll College Chapter of Engineers Without Borders is working to help hundreds of Ugandans access clean water.

CC-EWB made its first trip to Kawango, a community of 350, this past May to assess the needs and begin to develop solutions.

“There’s been a calling for us to be with Father Julius in Uganda and the students are excited to develop and work on this long-term relationship,” said Dr. John Scharf, professor of engineering and faculty advisor on the Uganda project. Read the story in the Helena IR here:
Helena's academics, faith and philanthropy meet in east Africa


Student News

Students pose with Miss Montana, Big SkylinesAs a product of Carroll's Entrepreneur in Residence program, senior Ty Irving and 2016 grad Joe Stoutt recently held a launch party of their new company Big Skylines, Montana's first and only designer athletic sock company. At the launch, held at fourOsix in downtown Helena, they unveiled their first product: Helena Hightops. The 406 on your feet!





Carroll’s Nursing Department started off the academic year with the tradition of welcome and celebration at the Annual Blessing of the Hands Ceremony, which recognizes the dedication of nurses to bring comfort, kindness, respect, and spiritual support to patients. See more photos of this special ceremony here.


Faculty & Staff News


Assistant professor of biology Dr. Stephanie Otto-Hitt was recently awarded $5,000 from the Ciliate Genomics Consortium's NSF IUSE grant to help cover the cost of supplies related to an open-investigation style Tetrahymena lab module in her first-year biology course this fall. This is the second grant she has been awarded from the consortium having received a $1,000 this past winter for her molecular biology lab class. Thank you to the CGC for this most generous award for our students!



Portrait of Rick Reese

Rick Reese, former political science professor at Carroll from 1970-74, was one of the rescuers featured in a documentary film which recently aired on PBS regarding the 1967 Grand Teton rescue of an injured climber and his companion. A trailer for The Grand Rescue: A True Story of the 1967 Jenny Lake Rangers can be viewed here.



Thomas Hoffman, M.D., '98, Medical Director, Acadia Montana, Butte, MT. Read announcement here.


Ezekial “Zeke” Koslosky ‘16, recently received a $12,000 scholarship from the Loge Family Medical Scholarship Fund to continue his education. He will attend medical school through the WWAMI program of the University of Washington. Read announcement here.


Rose Mary (Baker) Sheehan, class of 1954 - read more about her life here.

Richard A. Tomcheck '53 - read more about his life here.

Employment at Carroll

Have you ever thought about working at Carroll? You should – we are pretty nice folks at a pretty great place. Check out our current openings.

Assistant Professor in Theology
Art Adjuncts
Nursing Clinical Lab Facilitator
Canine Training Assistant

In addition, WorldMontana, which is located on Carroll College’s campus in conjunction with the Artaza Center for Excellence in Global Education, is looking for a new Executive Director. WorldMontana is non-profit organization dedicated to connecting Montana to the world through global education and exchanges with international visitors. While operationally separate from Carroll College, the college provides WM with office space and is supportive of their work in bringing international visitors to campus and into the Helena community.

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Upcoming Events

What is the Greatest Unsolved Mathematics Problem of Modern Times? A public debate with Dr. Kelly Cline vs. Dr. Eric Sullivan, Sept. 7, 7 p.m.,101/202 Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre, Carroll College
In the year 2000, the Clay Mathematics Institute announced that they would award a one million dollar prize for solutions to any of seven challenging mysteries in mathematics. One of these mysteries has now been solved, and six are still out there. What is the most important of these unsolved problems? Dr. Sullivan and Dr. Cline will argue which of the remaining six they feel is the most important. At the end of this debate, the audience will vote on which of these two problems is the most important unsolved mathematics problem of modern times. This event is free and open to the public.

Annual Constitution Day Lecture - The Anti-Federal Appropriation, Sept. 12, 7 p.m., Trinity Lounge, Carroll College
Sponsored by the Constitutional Studies Center at Carroll College and made possible by a generous gift from the Apgar Foundation, Carroll's Annual Constitution Day lecture will feature Dr.Jeffrey K. Tulis, an associate professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin.
In his lecture titled, “The Anti-Federal Appropriation,” Professor Tulis will explain how Anti-Federalists — those who originally opposed the U.S. Constitution — and their heirs "have exploited the iterative character of The Federalist to gain through interpretation what they lost in ratification of the Constitution regarding federalism, separation of powers, and executive power.”
All students, faculty, staff, and members of the community are invited to attend. This lecture is the first in a series of events designed to bring heightened attention to the tradition of constitutional government.

7th Annual Carroll College ASCE Student Chapter Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Sept. 16, Bill Roberts Golf Course, Helena
You have the opportunity to help raise money for Carroll American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter activities and win great prizes in the process. All levels of golfers are welcome and encouraged to play. Hole contests and prizes! Registration fees before Sept. 3: $90/person (includes cart) and $320/4-person team (includes 2 carts). For registration and sponsorship forms, contact Gary Fischer, ASCE Faculty Advisor, at or 406-447-4571.

Amanda Lipp – National Alliance on Mental Illness Lecture, Sept. 19, 7 p.m., Lower Campus Center, Carroll College
Carroll College and NAMI Helena are bringing Amanda Lipp, 24, to campus to speak about mental illness. Since age 19, Amanda has given over 150 speeches around the country regarding mental and behavioral health. Her messages come from a place of passion from experiencing psychiatric hospitalization her freshman year of college, to consulting professionally in mental health care and serving on national boards. Her messages intersect with her passion for film and the fine arts, tapping into creativity as mechanisms to support individuals and communities. This event is free and the Helena community is invited to attend.

Capital Punishment, Catholicism, and Pope Francis, Sept. 29, 7 p.m., Lower Campus Center, Carroll College
Liturgy and God’s Justice for All: Capital Punishment, Catholicism, and Pope Francis with Tobias Wright is sponsored by the Carroll College Theology Department, Hunthausen Center for Peace and Justice, Archbishop Hunthausen Professor for Peace and Justice, and Dr. James and Joan Schneller Endowed Professorship in Catholic Mission and Identity.
Pope Francis's support for the abolition of capital punishment and his call for a worldwide moratorium on executions during this Holy Year of Mercy have generated questions about current Catholic teaching on the death penalty. This presentation gives attention to the history of Catholic teaching about capital punishment, including how Scripture has been interpreted in connection with it, and it describes recent developments from Pope Saint John Paul II, through Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, to Pope Francis.
Tobias Wright is a former correctional officer and reserve police officer who has also served as an ethics instructor for police officers. He is a Catholic moral theologian whose research and teaching addresses violence-related issues, environmental issues, and healthcare issues. He is the Maeder Endowed Associate Professor of Health Care Ethics and an Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Saint Louis University. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Mark your calendars – Upcoming Alumni Events:

Homecoming 2016: September 23-25
Make plans now to return to campus this fall for Homecoming. All alumni, parents and friends are invited to attend. Special reunions will be held for the classes of 2006, 1996, 1986, 1976, 1971, 1966 and the Nursing Class of 1961.
For a full schedule and to register visit:

Alumni Award Nominations
The Office of Alumni Relations is currently seeking nominations for the following alumni awards:
Alumni Hall of Fame Award
Young Alumni Award
Alumni Luminary Award

For details about these awards and how to submit nominations visit or email Alumni awards are presented at the Founder's Day Dinner which will be held on Friday, November 4, 2016.

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