December 10, 2018 Insider: Hearing from our Saints

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
After seventeen years at Carroll College, Dr. Jim Hardwick, Vice President for Student Life, announced his retirement last week. Dr. Hardwick, with his unfailing humor, calm demeanor and deep compassion for our students, will be greatly missed. He is leaving his position at Carroll to focus on his health and prepare himself for a new heart as he has been on a heart transplant list at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane for the past two years.
Patrick Harris, Director of Student Activities, shared, “Jim has been a wonderful mentor to me over the past 16 years. I have always appreciated Jim's focus on creating a better college, and college experience for our students. He cares deeply for his fellow co-workers and the students of Carroll College.
“I am grateful to have been able to work with Dr. Hardwick throughout the semester,” said Kennedy Bahm, current president of the Associated Students of Carroll College. “Carroll College was blessed by his servant heart and leadership, we will miss him!”
Senior Daniel Olszewski added, "I am so grateful for his friendship and guidance. While sad to see him go, I wish him the best and thank him for all of the years he has worked for Carroll."

Jim, all of us at Carroll wish you the very best and thank you for your years of loving service to our college and our students. Best of luck and good health!
With an ideal location and amazing trips and gear available through Carroll's Adventure and Mountaineering Program, it is no surprise that Carroll has been named one of the top 25 mountain colleges in the country by College Consensus. 
The Carroll EWB Holiday Campaign is now underway to support their current projects. This year's theme is "Giving Hope." In January, three Carroll EWB teams will travel to Guatemala, Mexico, and Uganda. Your donations go a long ways to support the engineering work they are doing in these communities as well as St. Lucia. In addition, the Carroll EWB experience provides awesome opportunities for our students to grow as future leaders in service to others. The Carroll Engineering motto is "Engineering for Life." To stay up to date on the Holiday Campaign and/or to donate, please visit
This year, Carroll College is partnering with SOVRN, The Angel Fund, and the Helena Community to support "Neighbors in Need," a donation drive for everyday essentials for those in need. The goal of the campaign is to gather a large number of basic household items and distribute to families in need through The Angel Fund. These essential items  – household cleaning supplies and personal hygiene products – are often not affordable for our neighbors with limited resources, making them go without the items we take for granted on a daily basis. Carroll student groups ENACTUS and ASCC are supporting this important project. Collection bins will be located in the PE Center lobby and the Campus Center and at these locations around town through December 20: FourOsix, Big Dipper Ice Cream, Power Townsend, Discount Tire, Great Divide Cyclery, The SideCar, Ten Mile Creek Brewery, Gym 406, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Thank you for helping our neighbors!
Student News
Rachel Wall, a senior English writing major from Helena, is one of approximately 800 American undergraduate students to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study abroad during the spring 2019 semester. Rachel is a veteran, and chose to return to college after completing her service as a Marine. She will be studying abroad in Morocco. 
I want to thank everybody for the recognition regarding the Gilman Scholarship. Being a recipient of this prestigious award is an honor and a blessing, and I know I would not have been able to achieve the award if it had not been for the faculty and professors of Carroll College,” said Rachel.  Read more.

Carroll public health students had several opportunities this fall to present research to audiences inside and outside Montana.
Roma Seal, a senior health sciences and public health major from Bonney Lake, WA, and Gretchen Farkas, a junior public health major from Silverton, ID, traveled to Florida in November to present “Using Coursework to Improve Prevention Efforts on Campus and in the Community” at the National NASPA General Assembly for student affairs administrators in higher education. The NASPA General Assembly is the leading association for the advancement of the health and sustainability of the student affairs profession and it focuses on college efforts to promote healthy lifestyles for students. Read more
In November, Carroll students in Public Health Methods (PH330) presented research projects to Elevate Montana, a statewide agency focused on addressing adverse childhood experiences (ACE) within Montana’s K-12 population. Colleen Culbertson, a junior health science and public health major from Absarokee, MT, stated, “Most of the semester was spent learning about and researching ACEs. Presenting at Elevate Montana gave us a chance to share our research beyond the classroom.” Read more.
Carroll students Isazah King, Brittney Johnson, Rachel Ladd, and Kennedy Gavaghan present their research on ACEs to Elevate Montana.
The final Prospector of the semester is out! Read Carroll’s student-produced newspaper and check out the great photos and story about Mike Van Diest and see what your favorite Saints have been up to the last few months at December 2018 Prospector.
Saints Athletic News
Carroll College is the one of the best schools for student-athletes in the NAIA, according to Next College Student Athlete, a reputable recruiting service. Out of 140 colleges analyzed, Carroll College ranked No. 6 in the NCSA's Power Rankings as the most valuable for student-athletes from an academic and athletic standpoint. Carroll College's ranking is the highest of the Frontier Conference and Cascade Collegiate Conference. Read more.
Troy Purcell has been hired as the next football coach for Carroll College.
"We are very excited to welcome Troy back to Carroll College as our new football coach," Saints Athletic Director Charlie Gross said. "His record of success throughout his entire career speaks volumes about his ability to teach the game of football. I am confident he will be an outstanding leader for our young men on and off the field." Read more.
Carroll had an additional thirteen fall student-athletes honored as Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Five women’s soccer players - Charly Clements, Taryn Neameyer, Rachel Quade, Talya Vaira and Devan Murfitt; four men's soccer players – Chris Brayton, Terry Cox, Alessio Georgiades and Konar Skindlov; and four volleyball players - Madi Quick, Jenna Starke, Brynna Stauffer and Rayna Pilgeram were recognized. The Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athlete program recognizes excellence in the classroom for those NAIA student-athletes who are juniors or seniors with an academic standing of a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA.
Carroll College middle hitter Brielle Bumgarner was selected as an NAIA/AVCA honorable mention All-American. Bumgarner, a senior from Kalispell, Montana, was a force at the net for the Saints. She led the Frontier Conference in hitting percentage at .270 and was sixth in kills per set, scoring three a game. She ranked No. 3 in the Frontier Conference in blocks per set with 1.1. Read more.
Faculty/Staff News
Dr. Peter Larsen, assistant professor in the Business Department, was awarded a prestigious R&D 100 Award. Dr. Larsen, lead investigator/research scientist, and his research team from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) were recognized in R&D Magazine's 2018 R&D 100 Awards. The award recognizes the 100 most revolutionary technologies each year. Dr. Larsen and his team developed eProject Builder (ePB); a secure, web-based data management tool that standardizes the collection and tracking of information for energy and water infrastructure retrofit projects implemented by local, state, and federal government. Read more
Dr. Belle Marie, CPA, CGMA, CMA, CIA, CFE, professor in Carroll's Business Department was awarded the AICPA's Not-for-Profit Certificate I. The certificate required completion of continuing professional education specific to nonprofit financial reporting, auditing, governance and tax compliance. Dr. Marie has also served on a variety of NFP boards.
Bishop Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of the Diocese of Madison in Wisconsin passed away November 24, 2018. He was 71 years old. Bishop Morlino served as the Bishop of Helena from 1999-2003. As such, he also served as Chancellor of Carroll College. Read more about his life here.
Class Notes
Laurie (Slusser) Flynn '96 - Corporate Accounting Director, Anderson ZurMuehlen, Helena, MT - read announcement here
Frank Hodge '88, PhD - Dean of the Foster School of Business, University of Washington, Seattle, WA - read announcement here
Tara Rigler '97 - Assistant Director of Communications, Bureau of Land Management, Washington D.C. - read announcement here
Robert Clark Bain, class of 1945 (V12), M.D. - Read more about his life here.
John "Jack" T. Bonner '59, M.D. - Read more about his life here.
Rose Marie (McNellis) Finnegan '58 - Read more about her life here.
Herbert Lewis Haefer II '60 - Read more about his life here.
Employment News
Have you ever thought about working at Carroll? Check out our current openings
Upcoming Events
Mass of Our Lady “Virgen de Guadalupe,” Dec. 12, 6 p.m., All Saints Chapel, Carroll College
Winter Break, Dec. 17-Jan. 11
Carroll College will be on Winter break from Monday, December 17 through Friday, January 11. Administrative offices will be closed December 24 – January 1. Classes resume Monday, January 14. Happy Holidays!