January 9, 2015 QuickNotes: Celebrating the New Year!

Friday, January 9, 2015

January 9, 2015

EWB Appreciates Support

There is still time to help support the incredible work being done through Carroll’s Engineers Without Borders, as the holiday season fundraising campaign for Carroll EWB runs through January 18. 

Your donation will help support the work that our Carroll EWB student chapter is doing at an orphanage in Mexico, at a school in Guatemala, and at a home for the elderly in St. Lucia. Three separate Carroll EWB teams spent part of their holiday break traveling to each of these three sites. This would not be possible without your support.

As of January 6, CC-EWB has raised $15,561, which surpasses their goal of $10,000 by over 50%. This amount does not include the match by Willis and Nancy Wetstein, which will bring them over $25,000, so far. 

Members of the Carroll EWB team thank all of you who have already donated. Each donation CC-EWB receives makes a big difference in the lives of the people we serve, as well as in the education and personal development of our students, professional mentors, and faculty advisors.

If you would like to donate, you can do so by going to the Carroll EWB Campaign page.

Celebrate 100 Years of Basketball

Join us in celebrating 100 years of Fighting Saints basketball, Friday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Carroll College Campus Center. There will be dinner, live music and a fabulous silent auction. Our featured speaker is former Montana Governor and Carroll College basketball standout Marc Racicot.

Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple. 

Please make plans to join in the celebration by rsvp’ing by January 12 on-line at www.carroll.edu/alumni or contact the Carroll College Alumni Office at 406-447-5185 or alumni@carroll.edu

2015 Symphony Celebrates Sinatra

The 12th annual Symphony Under the Stars, held on the campus of Carroll College, will celebrate iconic singer Frank Sinatra on July 18, 2015.

“We wondered how we could top Disney,” said Carroll College President Tom Evans, referring to the 2014 symphony. “Most folks, no matter how old they are, know the music of Sinatra.”

Last year’s free concert, featuring the Magical Music of Disney, drew an estimated 18,000 attendees to the Carroll College lawn for the popular summer event sponsored by Carroll College and Helena Symphony.

Read more about the upcoming event in the Helena IR - Centennial Sinatra the theme of 2015 Symphony Under the Stars.

Student News

IR Honors Carroll Athletes

Kyle NickolDustin RinkerRhianna Grossman (photo courtesy of Thom Bridge)

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 2014 IR Male & Female Athletes of the Year:

Kyle Nickol ‘18

Capital High; football, soccer, basketball, track

Nickol was the first athlete in local history to letter in four sports in the same school year, which he accomplished twice, while compiling 11 letters. He was also the first Capital boy to set school records in three different sports. After helping CHS to the state hoops title, Nickol then became the first local trackster to qualify for state in seven events, where he garnered a pair of AA titles, in the 400 run and 1,600 relay. Kyle is currently a freshman at Carroll and a member of the men’s basketball team. He also plans to compete in track and field in the spring.

Dustin Rinker ‘15

Carroll College; football

Rinker, a 5-foot-9, 210 pound senior running back, repeated as a second team All-American, while setting at least three Carroll rushing records, including 5,379 career yards (seventh on the NAIA's all-time list), 1,960 yards for the season and four 200-plus yard games. He also ranks No. 2 on the school rushing lists with 50 career touchdowns, 22 TDs in a season and four TDs in a game (twice, tie).

Rhianna Grossman ‘15

Carroll College; track, cross country

Grossman, a senior, captured the 2014 NAIA Indoor Track and Field 3,000 meter championship in 9:48.26, lowering her PR by 15 seconds. She then placed runner-up in the steeplechase at the Outdoor Nationals. In cross country, Grossman, the 2011 Frontier champion, made all-conference this fall and helped the Lady Saints to a fourth place finish at nationals.

Other honorable mentions include:

Easton Padden ‘14

Sean Bloomquist ‘15

Leah Esposito '17

Read more in the Helena IR.

Saints in the News

Ian Lorang ’17, from Bigfork, dedicates most of his week to being a Carroll College basketball player. He is also an exceptional student and does a tremendous amount of community service.

He was recently profiled by Alex Clark with KXLH television – Bigfork hoops star making good at Carroll College.

Alumni News

Alumni in the News

Geoff Curtis ’06 is a former Missoula police officer. The Missoulian newspaper recently covered his road to recovery after being shot while working undercover on a drug sting – Missoula police officer recovers, retires after being shot working undercover.

(Photo courtesy of Kurt Wilson, Missoulian)

Conrad native Karl Bjelland ‘12, now living in Sweden, may have invented the next big thing for the Montana legislature. He has developed a new software called Bill Czar. He was recently profiled on the local television station – KTVH.

Click here to view the story.

Career News

Debra (Dacar) Fiori - class of 1992 - read announcement here.

Sarah Walsh - class of 1993 - read announcement here.


Ralph Lee Allen - class of 1962 - read more about his life here.

Jean Marie Jones Kimble - class of 1970 - read more about her life here.

Upcoming Events

Winter Break, Dec. 19 - Jan. 19

Classes will resume Tuesday, January 20. Administrative offices are now open. Happy New Year!

100 Years of Carroll Basketball Dinner, Jan. 16, 6:30 p.m., Campus Center, Carroll College 

Join us as we celebrate 100 years of Fighting Saints basketball! There will be dinner, live music and a silent auction. The featured speaker is former Montana governor Marc Racicot. Tickets are $40/person or $75/couple. Click here to register.

For questions, contact our Alumni Office at 406-447-5185, alumni@carroll.edu.

Native American Round Dance, Jan. 24, 7 p.m., Helena Indian Alliance, 501 Euclid Ave., Helena

Sponsored by the Hunthausen Center for Peace and Justice, the Helena Indian Alliance, the All Nations Youth Council, and the Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program. It is a traditional social dance that takes place indoors and often lasts through the night. These dances are intended to garner support and positive energy for the organization. Filled with humor and good feelings, most songs that accompany a round dance feature soaring vocals and the steady rhythmic pulse of the hand drum. However, there are some honor songs at certain points through the evening (opening and before give-away) that are more serious in nature.

This event is free and open to the public.

Deities - the Sacred of the Hindu and Buddhist Exhibit, Jan. 26 - Mar. 6, Carroll Art Gallery, St. Charles Hall, Carroll College

This exhibit features sacred artworks from Tibet and India. Included are a collection of Tibetan Thangkas plus sculptures of gods and goddesses from India. The Tibetan Children's Education Foundation and their project manager's private collection have generously loaned art for this show.

There will be a public lecture and reception with light refreshments on Fri., Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. This lecture is free and open to the public.

The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and is closed weekends and college holidays. For more information, visit the Visual Arts Current Gallery webpage or call 447-4302. 

Mark your calendars – Upcoming Alumni Events:

January 16: 100 Years of Carroll Basketball Dinner, Campus Center, Carroll College

March 16:  Alumni Lunch with Dr. Tom Evans, Campus Center, Carroll College

May 21 - June 2:  Alumni & Friends Marian Shrines of France Tour

May 15-16:  Purple and Gold Jubilee Reunion for classes of 1945, 1955 & 1965

June 27:  Alumni & friends gathering at New Glarus Brewery, New Glarus, Wisconsin

 Stay up-to-date on all that's happening at Carroll.

Find a complete list of campus activities and events online.

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