December 4, 2019 Insider: Pups, People & Praise

Thursday, December 5, 2019
It’s that time of year when we start to get the word out about our Adoptable Dogs through the Anthrozoology program at Carroll. Our student handlers work and live with each adoptable dog during the school year. Dogs are selected based on their temperament, motivation, and capacities to learn and paired based on the student’s educational interest, such as narcotics detection, various service tasks, and search and rescue methods.
It is important to note that our adoptable dog program does not produce working dogs or therapy/service dogs. At the end of the academic year, they become lovely companion dogs. Each student walks away having had a unique experience impacting their understanding and perspective of the human-animal bond.
Check out this year's adoptable dog profiles (all 13 of them) online at Each dog also has their own Facebook page and social media presence so you can follow along with their progress. Begin the process now and the dogs will be available upon graduation in the spring.
Ever wonder just how much snow we have on the ground or how blue our sky really is? Well, for those of you not in the Helena-area but who are curious about our current weather, we have a few campus webcams available. In addition to our webcam which features campus looking west from the 4th floor of Simperman Hall, we also have a camera mounted on the 4th floor of St. Charles Hall which gives you a beautiful vantage point looking northwest towards the HAC and PE Center and the valley beyond. Check them out at
Student News
Carroll student Brett Rotz was recently selected as one of 13 students from college campuses across the state of Montana to receive the Montana Student Volunteer Award.
The students are awarded in partnership between the Governor’s Office of Community Service and Montana Campus Compact affiliate campuses to recognize college students who serve their communities while pursuing a college degree or certificate.

Brett is a senior International Relations major from Rathdrum, ID. He serves as the president of Carroll’s Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and has volunteered with EWB since his freshman year, providing clean drinking water in Uganda, building safe structures in Guatemala, and other global service projects. Brett is also an active member of “Christ in the City” and Carroll’s Campus Ministry Headlights Immersion trips, serving low income people in Denver and Philadelphia over the past several years. Congratulations, Brett!
Congratulations to Carroll senior English major Rachel Wall, whose paper, "Crushing Stereotypes through Literature" won the award for best literary essay at this year's Northwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities.  
The Northwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities hosted its 4th annual conference this year at North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene. This conference is one of the few places undergraduate students can present their work in a public and professional academic setting. Topics presented at the conference include but are not limited to language, philosophy, literature, creative writing, history, ethnic studies, and religious studies, all while encompassing concerns in the humanities. In addition to Rachel’s presentation, Carroll senior philosophy major John Cooney presented his piece titled, "Ultimate Unity, Ultimate Mystery: Neoplatonic Mysteries in St. Augustine’s Theology of the Trinity." Also, theology professor Dr. John Ries attended the conference in support of our students, and moderated the panel on which both students presented.
Carroll senior psychology major, Rachel Bechtel from Moscow, ID, was notified recently that she is a recipient of the Mamie Phillips Clark Diversity Research Grant Award. Rachel will use this award to fund her honors thesis project examining factors that contribute to the disability wage gap.  
“I am honored to receive a grant named after Mamie Phipps Clark who was a pioneer in social psychology race research," shared Rachel. "This grant will allow me to expand my research beyond undergraduate students to collect data from employers around Montana, which should increase the generalizability of my results. While the disability wage gap is less widely-discussed than other wage gaps, the existence of the disability wage gap has been consistently supported by research. It is important to understand how disability affects the hiring behavior of employers as research suggests that the gender, race, and disability wage gap may compound each other, necessitating a more intersectional approach to discrimination in the workplace. This research would not have been possible without the endless support of my advisor, Dr. McManus.”
Nursing graduate Devan (Murfitt) Truex ’19 has an article published on the FACTS (Fertility Appreciation Collaborative to Teach the Science) blog.

The article, An Unplanned Journey to FABMs: An Interview with a Couple, was a component of her spring semester nursing course, Fertility Awareness, taught by Assistant Professor of Nursing Meredith Krutar, 
Twelve top debaters from Hawaii’s Parker School will be on Carroll College’s campus December 5-7 to participate in a debate workshop and pro-am tournament with Carroll’s Talking Saints forensics team.
“Parker School is a premier academic school in Kamuela, Hawaii, on the Big Island, with an exceptional forensics program,” said Talking Saints coach Brent Northup. “We invited them to trade Big Island beaches for Montana mountains for a weekend of friendship and debate. To our delight, they said yes!”

Read more about the activities and debates scheduled during their visit.
Saints Athletics News
More accolades are rolling in for our fall sports student-athletes:
Academic All-American – Charly Clements
Carroll College senior soccer player Charly Clements was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American. Clements, a senior from Nederland, Colorado, started 17 of 18 games for the Saints, while scoring two goals and recording three assists. She helped the Saints advance to the Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament and finish with a 9-7-2 overall record. 

While impressive on the pitch, Clements holds a 3.97 cumulative GPA while studying Biology for Secondary Education. 

Clements is the first Saints women's soccer player in program history to receive CoSIDA Academic All-American honors.
Carroll College volleyball player Jenna Starke was selected as a CoSIDA Academic All-District award winner. The 2019 Academic All-District Volleyball Teams, selected by CoSIDA, recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.
In addition, six Carroll College volleyball players were selected to the Frontier Conference's all-conference teams. Sophomore hitters Taelyr Krantz and Lexi Mikkelsen were named to the all-Frontier first team, while senior libero Ayla Carpenter and sophomore setter Ali Williams were named to the second team. Freshmen Katherine McEuen and Sophia Spoja were both named to the Frontier's all-freshman team. Jenna Starke was selected as the Saints' Champion of Character.

The team advanced to the semifinals of the Frontier Conference Tournament where they fell to the No.-1 seed Montana Tech 3-1.
The Carroll College football team received 11 Frontier Conference all-conference selections. Ten Saints were honored. Matt Burgess, Alex Hoffman, J.D. Lyle, Shane Sipes and Cole Greff were honored with first team all-conference nods. Brian FauntLeRoy, Tony Collins, Tanner Steele, Garrett Kocab, Dylan Kresge and Sipes were selected to the second team. Carroll College senior running back Major Ali was selected as the team's Champion of Character.

At 6-4, the Saints posted their first winning season since 2014.  
Faculty & Staff News
Carroll’s Director of Academic Technology Dan Case was recently invited to be an expert speaker at the “Innovating Higher Education Through the Built Environment” sponsored by Future Learning Spaces in Boston, MA.  He was in good company as other speakers hailed from institutions such as Brown University, Harvard Business School and Boston College.
In addition to facilitating discussion groups, Dan gave a presentation titled, “Doing More with Less: Finding Ways to Improve the Learning Environment with Simple Change,” where he shared his experience delivering simple solutions for small scale projects at Carroll including lessons in discovering alternatives to big projects you can achieve through a smaller budget, recognizing the immediate needs of students and faculty today and understanding how to address them efficiently, and creating flexible spaces with the need for major renovation.

We are thankful for the work Dan does on a daily basis for the students and faculty at Carroll and are proud he is recognized for his expertise at a national conference of this caliber. Way to go, Dan!
Development News
Just in time for the giving season, we’ve got exciting news related to our new home for our Anthrozoology program. We’re nearing the finish line in fundraising for this project, and we can bring it home with your help. And now, your gift will have double the impact.

Thanks to the generosity of Ray ’69 and Elaine Messer, any gift to the new the Perkins-Call Canine Center will be matched, up to a total of $100,000. If we are able to meet Ray and Elaine’s challenge, then we will surpass our fundraising goal for this booming program at Carroll College.

This means that if you give $50, you get us $100 closer to completion.

As we approach the time of giving and gratitude, please consider helping Carroll in closing out this critical project. 

To give and have the impact of your generosity doubled, please visit
As we advance into this wonderful season of Advent, my wife Katie and I have had the opportunity to reflect on the changes we’ve seen in our lives over these past 12 months. What a blessing it has been to return to serve Carroll College, a place that I dearly love. To all who have made this transition so special for our family, thank you.
And thank you, too, for the many ways you share your blessings with Carroll. It has been both humbling and inspiring to witness the astounding generosity of so many who support the college. Know that our entire community is grateful. 
The end of the calendar year provides an opportune time for many to consider year-end gifts to Carroll. Please find some guidance below should you be interested in making a year-end gift. 
Finally, I want to ensure that anyone who is interested in making a gift and/or needs our assistance, please know that the Office of Advancement will be open to serve you in St. Albert’s Hall, December 26, 27, 30, and 31. 
Thank you again for sharing your time, talent, and treasure with Carroll College, and I wish you and yours a blessed Advent and Merry Christmas. 
In Christ, Michael

Michael McMahon ‘04
Vice President for Institutional Advancement

As 2019 draws to a close, we would like to thank you for considering Carroll College for a year-end charitable gift. To ensure your gift is posted in the 2019 calendar year, please keep in mind the following:

Credit Cards and Checks are very convenient ways to give an end-of-the-year gift.

Credit Card
  • Online – credit card gifts can be made online up to midnight (MST) December 31Click here to give online and for further instructions.
  • By mail – if sending your credit card gift by mail, the last day to process your gift is Friday, December 27. With the Christmas rush, please allow extra time to ensure your gift is received in our office by that date.

Please date your check no later than December 31, 2019, and take care to ensure we receive it no later than January 3, 2019.

Stock Gift, IRA Rollover
  • Click here for Stock Transfer Instructions.
  • If you are making your gift through a sale of stock holdings or as an IRA rollover, please notify your financial advisor of your intention as soon as possible, but not later than December 15. In order for us to record it within the 2019 calendar year, fund transfers must be completed on or before December 31. Please be aware that the college is not responsible for any delays that may occur at this time of year due to the high volume of stock transfer requests which require a minimum of 7-10 days to process. 
Gift Annuity/Deferred Gift Annuity 

Our gift officers are happy to work with you to set up your annuity. If establishing your annuity with a stock gift, please contact us by December 16.

Contact Us

Our staff will be happy to assist with your 2019 charitable gift. Contact us here.
Alumni News
As we all know, Carroll's alumni are amazing! The Insider would love to provide highlights of our graduates for our readers – where they are, what they are doing and how Carroll has helped shape their journey. Share your stories with us and we'll share your stories here. Reach out to us at  
Dede (Brockman) Gibson graduated from Carroll with a degree in nursing in 2009. She shared the following with us:

While at Carroll, I was fortunate enough to have an internship on the pediatric hematology/oncology unit at Seattle Children’s Hospital between my junior and senior years. It was there that my love and appreciation of the field was formed. I worked at Seattle Children’s for almost five years after graduation before moving to NYC to continue my career.

I now work at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC in the Pediatric Ambulatory Care Center (PACC). I am honored to have to opportunity to work with the same population that I felt the calling to while at Carroll.

This year I was the recipient of a national award, the “Pediatric Oncology Nurse of the Year” through the Oncology Nurse Certification Corporation. My coworkers nominated me for the award based on the work I have done to further the careers of others through teaching and my dedication to the patients and their families.

I attribute a lot of my career success to the education I received at Carroll. We were taught to be leaders and to always strive for more. My nursing professors showed me that the field of nursing is a vocation if you are open to it, and I know that I was called me to work in pediatric oncology.
Calling all Helena-area alumni – please join us for a Christmas celebration in the Campus Center on Thursday, December 5 from 5:30 - 7:30. Join Santa and his elves for a gathering of friends and family. There will be light appetizers, hot cocoa, cookie decorating for kids and wine/beer (no host) for adults. Additionally, we will be collecting toys for "Toys for Tots" at the Christmas party. Please consider bringing a new toy for a child in need. RSVP to or call Cynthia at 406-447-5185.  
Class Notes
As teammates in 1994, Amy (Williams) Heuiser ‘96 and Tiffany (Hopfauf) Hofer ’97 helped lead the Carroll College volleyball team to its’ fourth consecutive Frontier Conference championship. Now, 25 years later, they watched their daughters square off against each other in the Class AA volleyball title match as the Capital High Bruins matched up against the Helena High Lady Bengals. The Helena IR covered the story: Carroll greats co-coach daughters in Capital and Helena High's championship volleyball match.
Carroll basketball all-time leading scorer Bill Pilgeram ‘92 was recently back in Montana coaching his Corban University women’s basketball team against several Montana NAIA teams. Bill spent 20+ years coaching Capital High’s basketball teams before taking the job at Corban in 2018. MTN Sports sat down with Bill to talk about the new job and reflect on his time in Montana: Sunday Conversation: Bill Pilgeram enjoying life, new gig in Oregon.
Kristina Buchan '11, city clerk/mayor’s assistant, Ammon, ID – read announcement here.
Chris Hardan '01, PE, project manager in the Streets, Highway and Drainage Group, Robert Peccia and Associates, Helena, MT – read announcement here.
Richard Gilbert Ames ’50 – read more about his life here.
Patricia Lynn (Vogl) Grose '85 – read more about her life here.
Brandt Henderson ‘75, Ph.D.– read more about his life here.
Barbara Jean (Lester) O'Keefe '69– read more about her life here.
Bradley Kevin Stoddard '82, M.D– read more about his life here.
Carroll in the News
In case you missed it, check out some of media coverage featuring Carroll College from the last several weeks:
Employment News
Have you ever thought about working at Carroll? Check out our current openings
Upcoming Events
Political Science/International Relations Senior Seminar Research, Dec. 4, 6 pm, Campus Center, Carroll College
Carroll Helena Alumni Christmas Party, Dec. 5, 5:30 pm, Campus Center, Carroll College
Carroll College hosts "FIRST Tech Challenge” Robotics Competition, Dec. 7, P.E. Center, Carroll College
Carroll Theatre Presents Mimeprov Show, Dec. 4, 7 pm, FLEX Theatre, Campus Center, Carroll College
Born: A Celebration of Christmas featuring the Carroll College Choir and String Ensemble, Dec. 8, 2 p.m., All Saints Chapel, Carroll College

Winter Break, Dec. 16-Jan. 10
Carroll College will be on Winter break from Monday, December 16 through Friday, January 10. Most administrative offices will be closed December 24 – January 1. Classes resume Monday, January 13. Happy Holidays!