December 11, 2015 QuickNotes: A Century of Giving

Friday, December 11, 2015

December 11, 2015

A Century of Giving

The MIND BODY SPIRIT Capital Campaign received a very generous holiday gift as BNSF Railway Foundation recently pledged $100,000 to the Hunthausen Activity Center.

“BNSF has a shared history with Carroll going back to the founding of the institution and the BNSF Railway Foundation is proud to be a partner in this terrific project,” said Zak Anderson, President, BNSF Railway Foundation. “The Hunthausen Activity Center will not only improve student life but also honors a great man and will be a lasting legacy that will serve many generations of Carroll students” continued Anderson.

Speaking to this long and shared history, the Great Northern Railway and its president, James J. Hill, were instrumental in the establishment and development of what is now Carroll College. In the early 1900s, the Great Northern Railway in conjunction with others owned the land that Carroll College now resides. James J. Hill and the additional land owners transferred the property to Bishop Carroll in 1908 in order to build the first Catholic educational institution in Montana. In 1914 to help secure the college’s future, James J. Hill, citing his devotion to the necessity of a religious education for young men, provided a $50,000 check made out to the Endowment Fund of Mount St. Charles College.

The College commemorates the rich history of its founding supporters with prominent inscriptions on Founder’s Corner and outside of the president’s office in the original St. Charles Hall.

Thank you BNSF Railway Foundation for continuing to ensure Carroll’s excellence into the future.


Students of chemistry professor Dr. Kyle Strode are getting into the holiday spirit chemistry-style.  

Junior chemistry majors Isabel Gray and Lauren Rhoda and senior biochemistry and molecular biology major Jasmine Phan, along with Professor Strode, spent some pre-finals downtime constructing their version of the “Chemis-tree.”

Winner, Winner!

A sincere thank you to all those who donated to Carroll’s EWB Chapter during the first week of the EWB-USA Holiday Season Campaign. Due to the generosity of our donors, CC-EWB won the $1,000 Bechtel prize which goes to the EWB chapter that raises the most money in the first week of the campaign.

Carroll was competing against approximately 300 EWB-USA chapters with a total of about 16,000 members. Our Carroll EWB supporters are AWESOME! 

In the first week, CC-EWB raised $6,600, which is over halfway to their goal of $12,500. Today, they are at $8,705. You can view the current status of the campaign and the list of donors at Carroll EWB Holiday Season Campaign.

Carroll EWB members in Mexico in the spring of 2013.

Weekly Snapshot

The winner of our final week of the Fall Photo Contest is Virginia Davis, a senior from Portland, Oregon. 

Having captured a photo of campus a few weeks ago after our first significant snow, Virginia entered “Sun and Snow” in the Campus Beauty category.  

Congratulations Virginia!

Thank you to all those who have submitted photos to our contest this fall. Stay tuned for our category winners and “People’s Choice” award selected from all of this fall’s entries!

Mark your calendars: Season 2 of Carroll’s Photo Contest will begin February, 2016.

Student News

A Season of Saints 

With a successful fall season behind us for many of our Saints athletic teams, the honors and recognition have been rolling in.  


The women’s soccer team had a phenomenal year in their first year in the Cascade Conference. They won both the Cascade Collegiate Conference regular season and Tournament Championship and completed the season with a 14-6-2 record. Carroll reached the NAIA National Tournament, the first time since 2007, but fell in the first round to eventual NAIA National Champion Spring Arbor. 

National Soccer Coaches Association of America NAIA West Region Coach of the Year: David Thorvilson 

Honorable Mention All-American: Jamie Carter 

All-Cascade Conference honorees:  

Coach of the Year: David Thorvilson

Defensive Player of the Year: Jamie Carter

All-Conference First Team: Jamie Carter, Caitlin Walter, Michaela Kueffler, Lexi Pyette

All-Conference Honorable Mention: Natalie Johnston, Cassidy Hammons 

2015 Daktronics-NAIA Soccer Scholar-Athletes: 

Kayla Bayer, Katey Friedt, Kristen Kirking, Dani Turley, Caitlin Walter, Carissa Yedica 


As a second-year program, the Saints defied expectation, nearly doubling the win total from a season ago and moving from no conference wins to eight. The Saints closed out the season with an 11-6-2 record overall and a 8-3-2 record in Cascade Conference play.

All-Cascade Conference honorees:

All-Conference First Team: Jacob Groh, Jose Porras

All-Conference Second Team: James Lamont

All-Conference Honorable Mention: Alessio Georgiades, Isaac Bostrom 

2015 Daktronics-NAIA Soccer Scholar-Athletes:  

Ibrahim Niang, Conor Smith  


Four Carroll College runners captured All-America honors to lead the Saints to a fifth-place finish for the women, an eighth-place finish for the men and a combined third-place finish at the NAIA National Championship in Charlotte, NC, on Nov. 21.

All-Americans: Lyle Pocha, Chance Hyatt, Leah Esposito, Sandy Torres 

All-Frontier Conference honorees:

Coach of the Year: David Morris (second year in a row)

Women’s Runner of the Year: Leah Esposito

Women’s All-Conference: Leah Esposito, Sandy Torres, Janie Reid, Heidi Hennings, Regan Bold, Macala Fifield, Abby Wilson 

Men’s All-Conference:  Lyle Pocha, Chance Hyatt, Patrick Miranne 

Carroll Champions of Character for the NAIA Cross Country National Championship: Chance Hyatt, Janie Reid 

2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes:  Lyle Pocha, Regan Bold, Leah Esposito, Sandy Torres


The Saints finished 19-12 on the season, including a stretch in which they won nine straight matches, and 27 of 32 sets. The team earned a Frontier Conference co-championship but fell in the conference semifinals.

Honorable Mention All-American: Crystal Schmidt

American Volleyball Coaches Association honorees:

Northwest Region Freshman of the Year: Emily Sullivan 

Northwest Region First Team: Crystal  Schmidt

Northwest Region Honorable Mention: Rebecca Sweeney

All-Frontier Conference honorees: 

Coach of the Year: Moe Boyle

Freshman of the Year: Emily Sullivan

All-Conference First Team: Crystal Schmidt, Rebecca Sweeney

All-Conference Second Team: Paige Montgomery, Holly Morehouse

All-Freshman team: Rayna Pilgeram, Emily Sullivan 

2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes:  Natalie Kassa


While the Saints football season wasn’t what they had hoped for ­– they ended the season 4-6 and missed the playoff for just the second time since 2000 – they did place six on the Frontier All-Conference teams.

All-Frontier Conference honorees:

All-Conference First Team:  Josh James, Ryan Armstrong, James Dowgin

All-Conference Second Team: Shayne Durbin, Dawson Osborne, Ryan Gregory

Saints in the News

Katie Estey, a senior from Spokane Valley, Washington, was recently featured in her hometown newspaper, The Spokesman Review, where they discussed some of the challenges she has had to recently face in her career as a college athlete.

Read it here:

Katie Estey puts her heart into basketball at Carroll

Faculty/Staff News


Carroll’s very own Dr. Anne Perkins will be delivering a TED Talk at the TEDxBozeman event in early April.

TEDxBozeman is celebrating its fifth year as an independently organized TED event where they have highlighted presenters from all walks of life, including academics, artists, business people, musicians, and students who provide “thoughtfully articulated, passionately delivered presentations meant to inform, inspire, and challenge audiences.”

Dr. Perkins’ topic is "The best college major you've never heard of." She'll talk broadly about the field of anthrozoology as well as about some of the specific components of our program at Carroll. 

Presenters have to apply for consideration so we are very proud that Dr. Perkins has been selected to represent Carroll College and our dynamic anthrozoology program at this annually sold-out event.

Well-done Dr. Perkins!

Alumni News


Roberta Potter Sharp '70 – read about her life here.

Rosalie Ann Snelling '53 – read about her life here.

Upcoming Events

CCSNA Christmas Gift Drive, through Dec. 15

Through December 15, the Carroll College Student Nursing Association (CCSNA) is holding their annual Christmas gift drive, benefiting Helena's Shodair Children's Hospital. Help make a difference this holiday season and show your support for the children of Shodair by donating gifts or providing monetary donations.

Unwrapped gifts may be left in any of the wrapped boxes marked with "Shodair Kids" in the Scola, O’Connell Hall front desk or the nursing office (415 SH).

 Patient needs and wishes at Shodair (please, no sharp or breakable items):

Art supplies Puzzles and board games Legos, Lincoln Logs, K-Nexs and other building toys Nerf balls, footballs, soccer balls, basketballs Books for ages 5-17 Action figures and dolls Small hand-held games like Connect Four, 20 Questions, Bingo DVDs (G and PG movies, nature and science movies) Slippers and socks for boys and girls, ages 5-17 Gift cards are also wonderful; they allow the nurses to shop for items a child really wants or needs (please drop off gift cards at nursing office, Rm. 415 SH)

Carroll Choirs Christmas Concert, Dec. 13, 4 p.m., Cathedral of St. Helena

The Department of Fine Arts at Carroll College will perform a concert of choral music for Christmas on Sunday, December 13, 2015. The concert will be held at 4 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Helena. The performance includes the Carroll College Choir, Chamber Choir and Women’s Choir.

The concert is free but a freewill offering will be taken to benefit the music fund at the Cathedral of St. Helena. The Helena community is welcome and encouraged to attend. To learn more, click here.

Winter Break, Dec. 16 - Jan. 18

Carroll College will be on Winter break from Wednesday, December 16 through Monday, January 18. Classes will resume Tuesday, January 19. Administrative offices will be closed December 25 – January 1. Happy Holidays! 

Mark your Calendars – Upcoming Alumni Events:

Carroll in Bozeman, Dec. 21

Join us in Bozeman to support the Lady Saints basketball team as they tip off against MSU on December 21 at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.

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