January 8, 2016 QuickNotes: New Year, New AD

Friday, January 8, 2016

January 8, 2016

New Year, New Athletic Director

With the new year comes the announcement that Carroll has hired a new athletic director. Charlie Gross, senior associate athletics director at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, has recently been named as the new Director of Athletics at Carroll College. Gross has an extensive background in athletic administration and intercollegiate athletics having served as a senior administrator, head coach, and athlete, during his 29-plus years of involvement in intercollegiate and high school athletics.

“The vision Dr. Evans has for Carroll College and the energy he puts forth in carrying out the mission of the college makes this a great opportunity. From the first phone conversation I had with the search committee, through my visit to Helena, to the many follow-up conversations with people across campus, I was consistently impressed with the sincere passion and pride displayed for Carroll College. I feel very fortunate to be able to become a part of this positive educational environment, working daily with a team of talented student-athletes and dedicated coaches. Along with my wife, Barb, and our four children, we are thrilled to be joining the Carroll and Helena communities and I will do all that I can to further enhance the academic, athletic, and personal successes experienced by each student-athlete,” said Gross. 

Gross, in his seventh year at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, currently serves as the senior associate athletics director for finance and administration. In his current role with NCAA Division I program, Gross oversees the department’s business operations, human resources, capital projects, camps and clinics, corporate sponsorship and serves as the administrator for the baseball, women’s volleyball and cross country and track and field programs. Prior to this position, Gross was the associate athletics director from 2010-2014. 

In addition to proven experience in revenue development, Gross has been the administrative lead on numerous capital projects, established marketing strategies that resulted in record season ticket sales, and developed a corporate sponsorship program that resulted in a significant increase in corporate sales. 

“His outstanding experience, his ability to listen carefully, his attention to detail, and most importantly, his focus on and care for students, coaches and the college are all characteristics that make Charlie a great fit for the Director of Athletics at Carroll College,” said Dr. Evans. “Charlie is known for always putting the students first. I look forward to the Carroll and Helena communities getting to know him.” 

Gross will begin his duties at Carroll on March 1. 

Read the full release here.

Charlie was recently interview by the Helena IR. He discussed his outlook, approach and goals for the program.  Read the interview here: New AD talks about Carroll vision

Charlie Gross


Numero Uno Again

Carroll learned over the holiday that Business Insider has rated Carroll College the best college in Montana

 To determine its rankings, Business Insider used Niche's rating system which considers the academic strength, campus quality, caliber of professors, and quality of student reviews for more than 1,500 schools across the country.


EWB Reaches Goal

As of this past Wednesday, the EWB Holiday Season Campaign surpassed their fundraising goal, thus making it possible to continue supporting their community partnerships in Guatemala, Mexico, St. Lucia, and Uganda. Sixty individuals donated a total of $12,570.

In addition to the $12,570 in donations, Willis and Nancy Wetstein have contributed an additional $10,000, and CC-EWB won a $1,000 Bechtel Corporation prize for having the largest amount donated during the first week of the campaign. 

CC-EWB’s grand total so far is $23,570 and there is still time to donate with the campaign ending on Friday, January 15. 

The EWB-USA Carroll College Chapter is hard at work. As we write this, a team of eight students, one professional mentor, and one faculty advisor are building structural walls at the La Asuncion School in Guatemala. They will return on January 11. In addition, EWB’s other teams are feverishly working on designs and EWB reports so that they can be approved for travel to our projects in Mexico, St. Lucia, and Uganda in May.

Thank you to all our generous donors for allowing this important work to continue! 

View information about the Carroll EWB projects at the campaign website including the YouTube video about EWB’s recently completed irrigation project in Mexico.   

Student News

IR Honors Athletes


Congratulations to our Carroll College athletes who have been recognized by the Helena Independent Record for their exceptional athletic accomplishments this past year.


Runner-ups for 2015 IR Male & Female Athletes of the Year: 


Leah Esposito ’17 - Track & Cross Country

At the National NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships, Esposito captured the 1,000 title, in 2:52.04. The Saints sophomore was also part of the runner-up DM relay, with Rhianna Grossman, Sandy Torres and Rachael Lefstad, and placed third in the mile. Esposito, a Helena High product, garnered a pair of All-American citations at Outdoor Nationals, before retaining her Frontier Conference cross country championship this fall, in 18:25.38. 


Zach Taylor ’18 - Basketball

Taylor, a 6-foot sophomore guard, was selected NAIA Division I All-American honorable mention following a season in which he averaged 17.2 points while tallying 87 assists and 128 rebounds. He helped the Saints (18-11) to their first winning mark since 2012. Taylor was also an all-Frontier Conference first-team selection, after earning the conference's Freshman of the Year award in 2014.


Honorable mentions included:

Jamie Carter ‘17, Soccer

Rebecca Sweeney ‘16, Volleyball

Crystal Schmidt ‘16, Track and Volleyball

David Thor ‘16, Track & Cross Country


Faculty/Staff News

Saints in the News


Aaron Parrett, who teaches Latin at Carroll College and is a tenured English professor at the University of Great Falls, has opened a new letterpress studio in Helena. Over break, the Helena IR met up with Parrett to discuss the lost art of letterpress.

Read the story here: Territorial Press: Resurrecting the book arts one letter at a time

Photo courtesy of Thom Bridge, Helena IR

TED Talk X 2

In December we shared that Dr. Anne Perkins from the Anthrozoology department will be participating in a TED Talk at the TEDxBozeman event in early April. 

Now we have recently learned that on January 30, the first ever Helena TEDx event will take place, and Dr. Christine Eckel, associate professor in the Biology department, and Coach Mike Van Diest have been asked to present. 

Dr. Eckel’s talk is titled, "Our anatomy is all the same. Our anatomy is all different. Why should we care?" She will speak about applying aspects of human anatomy to everyday and clinical situations. In addition, she will speak about body donation programs and the important role they play in society. 

Coach Van Diest’s talk is titled “What do you do when you realize you've sacrificed your family for your job?”

Learn more about the various speakers and buy tickets for the event here


Alumni News

Career Moves

Erin Johnson '14 – received her masters in mass communication from Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Mass Communication and Journalism in December 2015. Videographer, KSNV-Ch 3, Las Vegas, NV.


Mark Semmens '82, Director of the Company, Glacier Bancorp – read announcement here.


Katherine (Browne) Stachow '09 – CPA, Altman, Rogers & Co., Anchorage, AK, read announcement here.



Billie Jean Hill, class of 1960, Dean of Women 1959-67 – read more about her life here.


Patricia Huber, '74 – read more about her life here.


Sharon Nancy Rowe, '61 – read more about her life here.


Georgia (Solomon) Whetham, '62 – read more about her life here.



Upcoming Events

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. 

Mark your Calendars – Upcoming Alumni Events:


YOUNG ALUMNI Social, Feb. 4, 5-7 p.m., St. Albert's Hall, Carroll College

Please join us for a gathering of young alumni at Carroll. Food and drinks will be provided. Please RSVP to the Carroll Alumni Office at 406-447-5169 or alumni@carroll.edu by January 29.


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