February 3, 2017 Carroll Insider: Hearts & Minds

Monday, February 6, 2017
INSIDE: In Memory of Velinda Stevens, Carroll Top Ten in U.S., Talking Saints Make it 27, McCarvel Retires & Class Notes
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Sad News
We are saddened to share the news that Carroll College Board of Trustees member Velinda Stevens passed away on Sunday, January 22, after a prolonged battle with cancer. Velinda was president of Kalispell Regional Healthcare where she was widely known as a visionary leader and a passionate healthcare advocate. As a member of the Carroll Board of Trustees since July of 2014, Velinda was wise, thoughtful and immensely supportive of Carroll College. She was a demonstrated leader in healthcare management and brought that acumen to the board of trustees. Always adorned in her Carroll purple at board meetings, she exercised her fiduciary duties with kindness, insight and grace. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Top Ten in the Outdoors
"More so than probably any campus on this list, students at Carroll College are surrounded by world-class natural attractions."
Carroll College was just listed in TIME's "10 Best Colleges for People Who Love the Great Outdoors!" Criteria included placement in the top half of Money Magazine's annual Best Colleges ranking, and access to national parks and forests. Plus, they made a point of selecting colleges where "appreciation of the outdoors was an underlying fabric of campus life." Read about us here.
 
 
Student News
(Pictured from left to right: Tori Hill, Becca Poliquin, Peri Dropping, Kelsey Watkins, Freddy Gray, and Frank Stumbo)
With a win last weekend, the Talking Saints forensics team has extended Carroll’s regional streak to 27 consecutive years of either winning or sharing the Northwest Forensics Conference title!
The Talking Saints won the first place overall sweepstakes award at the Western Washington Regional Championships held in Bellingham, Washington, January 27-29. The Saints beat more than twenty colleges and universities from Utah to California and all the Northwest states.
“The story of this tournament for us and many other teams was the dominant showing of the female debaters,” said coach Brent Northup. “Debate used to be a male-dominated event, but no more. In World Debate, all four finalist teams in junior were female-female teams, and the top two teams in open were as well. All the speaker awards in junior were won by women.”
Read about the tournament and winning team members here.
This spring, through the IMPACT annual fund phonathon, grateful Carroll students will be reaching out to parents, friends and alumni of Carroll College.
Our 2016-17 IMPACT callers are current students of Carroll who truly understand and appreciate the impact of donor contributions for student scholarships. Our students are excited to talk with you and we hope you will answer their call and consider donating to support Carroll students’ education.
Jessica Simkins, a senior civil engineering major, is one of the spring IMPACT student supervisors. “Being a part of phonathon these past four years has given me the opportunity to see Carroll College under a whole new light. Phonathon is and has always been a key component of the philanthropy success of Carroll College and I could not be more grateful to have been a part of it.” Thank you for the continued financial support you give to Carroll students; you provide the gift of education.
Faculty & Staff News
A staple of Carroll College has decided to hang up his hard hat. Tom McCarvel ‘71, Vice President for Community Relations and Facilities, retired on January 31, 2017 after 26 years of service to Carroll College. From the time of his arrival in 1991, Tom has, at one time or another, supervised the offices of advancement, admission, financial aid, marketing & communications, and most recently, facilities and conferencing.
Tom has been instrumental in overseeing several of the infrastructure projects from the Mind Body Spirit Campaign. In order to maintain the momentum of the campaign, Tom has agreed to stay on in a consulting role as the point person for the Hunthausen Activity Center, Chapel, and apartment projects. So although “officially” retired, we continue to look forward to seeing Tom on campus. Thank you Tom for your selfless dedication to Carroll. You will be missed!
Read Dr. Evans' letter to the Carroll community regarding Tom’s retirement: Happy Retirement to a True Carroll Saint.
Alumni News
John Doubek III, '73, an attorney and partner at Doubek, Pyfer and Fox in Helena, Mont. was recently voted as the Best Attorney in Helena in the 2016 Best of Helena contest sponsored by the Helena Independent Record. Read about John here.
The Independent Record invites the community to vote in the Best of Helena contest each year.
Christina (Smetana) Eichler ’10 was recently selected to the Class of 2017 Helena Sports Hall of Fame. In addition to being a standout athlete at Capital High, at Carroll Christina was a three-time all-conference selection in volleyball. As a senior, she led the conference in kills, blocks and hitting percentage, and was named the 2009 Frontier Player of the Year, and an NAIA second team All-American. Read about Christina here.
Tim Erpelding, MD, '04, pediatric anesthesiologist at Anesthesia Partners of Montana in Billings, Mont. was recently featured in the Billings Gazette’s 2017 40 Under Forty special section. Read about Tim here.
The 40 under Forty awards honor young business professionals in the Billings area who are working to make Billings a better place. The winners of this award are nominated by citizens of Billings and the surrounding area.
Class Notes
RECENTLY PUBLISHED
Emily Speranza ‘13 – A class of 2013 mathematics and biology double major, Emily is currently a PhD student at Boston University. She is involved in biomedical research that is looking into the factors that determine fatal vs. non-fatal outcomes for those infected with the Ebola virus. The following is a recent publication she co-authored: Transcriptomic signatures differentiate survival from fatal outcomes in humans infected with Ebola virus
Anthony Wood ‘15 – A class of 2015 history major, Anthony is currently a graduate student at MSU-Bozeman, studying American history with a focus on social history in the West. His article “After the West Was Won” was published in Montana – The Magazine of Western History, Autumn 2016.
MARRIAGE NEWS
Elizabeth Thompson '13 and Ryan Swenson '13 – read announcement here.
CAREER NEWS
Luke Berger, '04, Judge, Montana's Fifth Judicial District, Jefferson, Madison & Beaverhead counties, MT – read announcement here.
IN MEMORIAM
Gerald Joseph "Jerry" Bugni, '61 – read more about his life here.
Robert Everett Churchwell, class of 1962 – read more about his life here.
Jewel Marie McElhenney, '62 – read more about her life here.
Dr. John Saycich, class of 1945 – 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.
Upcoming Events

"Growing from Within –­ The State of Montana's Economy" with Andy Shurtliff, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., 101/202 Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre, Carroll College
As part of Carroll’s Entrepreneurship initiative, Andy Shurtliff from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development will discuss how their office helps entrepreneurs to diversify Montana’s economy and help it survive and thrive. He will discuss the state of Montana's economy, growing from within by helping entrepreneurs, and helping small towns through small businesses.
Andy was appointed in 2013 as the Small Business Advocate for Governor Bullock‘s Office of Economic Development. With a philosophy of growing from within; Andy’s job is to focus on helping startups, entrepreneurs, and existing Montana small businesses, to make it easier for them to start, operate, and grow in Montana. This event is free and open to the public.

Saints Athletic Association (SAA) Shindig, Feb. 10, 6 p.m., Campus Center, Carroll College
This is a casual fundraising event for Saints athletics and is open to the public. Come mingle with the coaches in this fun and informal setting. 50/50 drawing and Blackout Bingo will also be available. Come wearing your favorite Carroll College Saints gear!
Social hour with no-host bar begins at 6 p.m. with dinner and the reverse raffle starting at 7 p.m. $20 for dinner, $100 for a raffle ball (do not need to be present to win). RSVP at 447-4480. Last ball standing wins $2,500 cash.
Contact Dan Minor to RSVP at 406-447-5528 or dminor@carroll.edu.

“Much Ado About Nothing” presented by the Carroll College Theatre Department, Feb. 9-12 and 16-18, Carroll College FLEX Theatre, Campus Center, Carroll College
With themes and design borrowed from the 1930s in Italy, Shakespeare’s crowd pleasing “Much Ado About Nothing” tells the story of cousins who handle the pressure to marry in different ways. Hero is drawn into the romance and tradition of arranged marriage, while Beatrice is convinced that no man will ever be perfect enough to entice her to choose to marry. Traps are thrown and lies are told while fools foil plots, villains fight for privilege, and justice strives to win in this classic comedy.
Shows will be 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 & 18 with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Feb. 12.
Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors, $2 for Carroll students and employees (id required). For more information, visit the Carroll Theatre Season webpage.

Reboot! Live! With Catholic Author and Speaker Chris Stefanick, Feb. 15, 7 p.m., Carroll College PE Center, Helena
Well-known Catholic author and speaker, Chris Stefanick is coming to speak at the Carroll College PE Center. Tickets are available at the Cathedral of St. Helena office or online.

Math Debate: The Greatest Discovery of the Past Century, Feb. 16, 7 p.m., 101/202 Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre, Carroll College
Join us for our next public mathematics debate: "What is the greatest mathematics discovery of the past century?" Dr. Eric Sullivan will argue for the discovery of fractals, like the Mandelbrot set, while Dr. Kelly Cline will argue for the discovery of public key encryption algorithms. After the debate, the audience will vote for the winner. This event is free and open to the public.

Solero Flamenco Performance, Feb. 24, 2:30 p.m., Carroll College Campus Center
Houston's premier flamenco performance company, Solero Flamenco, presents the tradition and essence of the art of flamenco. With trademark passion and energy, founders and artistic directors, Irma La Paloma and Jeremías García deliver an extensive repertoire of cante and guitarra. Their vocal and musical accompaniment provides the framework for the artistry of dancer Solangel "Lali" Calix and percussionist Chris Howard on cajón and palmas. The event is free and open to the public.