December 4, 2015 QuickNotes: A Season of Gratitude

Friday, December 4, 2015

December 4, 2015

EWB Teams Up with Uganda

Carroll College’s Engineers Without Borders program is excited to have received official approval from EWB-USA for their newest project at the Kawango Village and Buyege Parish in Uganda.

With the addition of Uganda, CC-EWB continues their commitment to improving the safety, health and economic wellbeing of a number of communities in developing countries including the Santa Maria Orphanage in Mexico, at La Asuncion School in Guatemala, and the Marian Home for the Elderly in St. Lucia. 

Carroll is planning on sending their first assessment team to the Uganda project in May. In the Kawango Village they will make improvements to the community water wells that will provide clean water to nearly 500 residents. This new Uganda program comes after nearly five years of collaboration between CC-EWB, the St. Helena Cathedral Parish and the Father Julius Foundation, and Fr. Julius Bwowe and his team in the Buyege Parish. Over the past six months the leadership team with a lot of effort, and support from many, was able to get the Uganda program approved.

To support their efforts, the annual, holiday-season campaign for CC-EWB is underway. 

This year EWB’s goal is $12,500. In addition, as in years past, Willis and Nancy Wetstein have graciously offered to match donations, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $10,000. Thank you Willis and Nancy Wetstein! (Also, Carroll is eligible for a $1,000 award if they raise the most donations of all the EWB chapters this week ending December 5.)

It is through the generosity of others that CC-EWB is able to travel to Mexico, Guatemala, St. Lucia and now Uganda, to continue their service in partnership with local communities and make a positive impact on the lives of the people living there.

To learn more about Carroll College's Engineers Without Borders and the engineering service work they are doing abroad, visit the Engineers Without Borders page on the Carroll website.

This is one of the two Kawango Village water sources that CC-EWB will be improving so that the water sources provide safe clean water to the nearly 500 residents of the village. 

Elizabeth Morris is the Carroll EWB Project Student Leader, Sarah Karjala with the Montana Department of Transportation is the Lead Professional Engineer Mentor, and Dr. Anthony Szpilka is the Faculty Advisor of the Uganda project. 

Building Futures

It is through the generosity of many of Carroll’s business partners that students at Carroll are able to continue their education through the help of scholarships. One such monetary award is the Robert Peccia & Associates Scholarship provided to an engineering student with a 3.0 or higher GPA.

Craig Jenneskens ‘92, Site Development Group Manager in the Helena office of RPA, was recently on campus and met up with this year’s scholarship recipient, first-year student Colbey Bruney of Sheridan, Wyoming.

“Robert Peccia & Associates has for years been a proud supporter of Carroll College. Providing an endowed scholarship for engineering students at Carroll is very rewarding to us as we are able to provide assistance to these impressive students who undoubtedly will go on to make a difference,” said Jenneskens. 

Robert Peccia & Associates (RPA) is a 100% employee-owned, full-service civil engineering firm headquartered in Helena with branch offices in Kalispell and Bozeman and Fort Collins, Colorado.

Scholarship recipient Colbey Bruney with RPA's Craig Jenneskens

"The RPA scholarship is giving me the opportunity to follow my dreams of making the world better through engineering," said Bruney.

Cheer and Cha-Ching

As if our amazing basketball teams with their impressive records this season aren't reason enough to come cheer them on during home games, how about the chance to win scholarship money?

Carroll has teamed with the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, in conjunction with Montana Rail Link to provide $10,000 in scholarships that will be awarded to students in attendance at all regular season men's and women's home basketball games in the 2015-16 season.

For the remaining 19 men's and women's games, a student in attendance will receive a $500 cash grant scholarship to apply towards their tuition. The contribution will directly benefit Carroll students and has created a buzz on campus for the exciting Carroll basketball season. The two Carroll teams are off to great starts with the women earning an 11-0 record and the men off to a 5-2 start. 

The scholarship was awarded from the generous support of Montana Rail Link, whose president Tom Walsh '81 is a Carroll alum, Board of Trustee member and a Helena native.

Read more about this generous program here.

Sophomore Madi Klepps and first-year Emily Sullivan (shown with Carroll Athletics intern senior Brandon Vedder) were the first two lucky recipients to win the scholarships during the Montana Tech games Thursday night.

Weekly Snapshot

The winner of this week's Fall Photo Contest is senior Lyle Pocha. Lyle entered this sweet panoramic "Carroll At Night" in the Campus Beauty category.

Congratulations Lyle! 

Student News

Parsons' People

The Constitutional Studies Center is pleased to announce the following students have been awarded 2016 Constitutional Studies Fellowships! These students will participate in a semester-long reading group beginning in January 2016, assist with a colloquium on Great Books and Constitutional Government scheduled for late February, and assist the director with other related activities.

Front: Victoria Nickol, Morgan Aldous, Henry Jorden, Jessica Salmassian; Back: Kyle Sessions, Mark Schmutzler, Bret Simons, and John Brothers.

Saints in the News

Ryan Imhoff, a sophomore from Napa, Calif., was recently featured in his hometown newspaper, The Napa Valley Register, where they discussed his success both on and off the court.

Read it here:

Imhoff a standout in class and on the court for Carroll College 

Photo courtesy of Rick Manahan,

Alumni News

Saints in the News

James P. Harrington graduated magna cum laude from Carroll in 1964 with a degree in economics after enduring a difficult childhood in Butte. He has translated his time in Butte into a book, “Triumph of a Shanty Irishman.’’

The Montana Standard recently wrote a profile on Harrington.

Read it here: 

Retired lawyer pens book of growing up in rough-and-tumble Butte

Dr. Daniel Molloy, class of 1967, has been delivering babies and caring for their mothers for 38 years. He retired this week from St. Vincent Healthcare’s Big Sky OB/GYN in Billings, Mont. In celebration of his retirement, the Billings Gazette recently ran a profile on him and his impressive career.

Read the story here:

After delivering more than 5,000 babies over 38 years, obstetrician calls it a career

Photo courtesy of Bob Zellar, Billings Gazette

Career Moves

Laura Gittens ‘13, staff consultant, Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co., P.C.- read announcement here

Gettin' Hitched

Shane Van Diest '10 – read announcement here.  


Pat Connors, Jr., '59 – read about his life here.

Marlehna Rae Harper '77 – read about her life here.

Harper Llewellyn Jones, DDS MS '51 – read about his life here.

Marlene Shea '60 – read about her life here.

Frank Tobin, class of 1950 – read about his life here.  

John Kirwin Werner '63 – Kirwin was awarded the Carroll Alumni Academic Achievement Award in 2005 - read more about his 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).

Carroll College Theatre Department One-Act Play Festival “All In The Timing,” Dec. 3-6, Old North Performing Arts Center in St. Charles Hall, Carroll College

In the spirit of our One Act Festival, Carroll College Theatre presents this delightful evening of short plays “All In The Timing” by David Ives and directed by Carroll's Director of Theatrical Production Kimberly Shire. The show includes seven one acts from a collection of smart, hilarious comedies by David Ives.

Because this play contains some strong language, it is not recommended for children, and we will not be offering child priced tickets. Ticket prices for this one weekend of shows are: $2 with Carroll Student ID; $8 students and seniors; and $12 adults.

Shows will be 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday in the Carroll College Theatre. For more information, visit the Carroll Theatre Season webpage.

Carroll College Jazz Band Fall Concert "Jazz Gems," Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., Old North Performing Arts Center in St. Charles Hall, Carroll College

The program will feature several transcribed arrangements of classic recordings, such as L-O-V-E (Natalie Cole), Anything Goes (Frank Sinatra), With Plenty of Money and You (Tony Bennett), and Art Pepper’s renditions of Anthropology and Walkin’ Shoes.  The band will also perform Ellington/Strayhorn’s Agra for baritone sax, the funk tune Absoludicrous by Gordon Goodwin, Lee Morgan’s Sidewinder, Sam Jones’ Unit 7, and the Gershwins’ Nice Work If You Can Get It. The program will also include a swing version of White Christmas with vocalists.

This event is free and the Helena community is welcome to attend. Call (406) 447-4303 for more information.

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.

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