July 28, 2016 Carroll Insider: Transformational Gift

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Record-Setting Gift for Scholarships

Due to the extraordinary generosity of an anonymous donor, promising students can look forward to the opportunity of a Carroll education. This month, the college received a $5 million gift from a donor to establish scholarships for students to attend Carroll. With this donation, the donor has provided Carroll with the single largest gift in the history of the college.

The primary purpose of the donation is to create an ongoing revenue stream in order to provide resources for student scholarships. In order to produce net revenue, two additional apartment-style residence halls will be built on campus. The new construction will be an extension of the existing apartment-style residence halls, St. Matthew Hall and St. Catherine of Siena Hall, which were completed in May of 2014. Identical to the existing buildings, the two new buildings, which have been identified in our Campus Master Plan, will house 36 additional apartments. Each apartment building will have 18 apartments – 12 three-bedroom apartments and 6 two-bedroom apartments. Third, fourth, and fifth-year students are eligible to live in the apartments.

The current apartments met an expressed need by students for on-campus apartment-style accommodations. The existing buildings are at full occupancy and student interest and demand necessitates additional apartment construction. Subsequently, all revenues realized from the rental of the two new apartment buildings will be directed toward student scholarships.
Net revenue from the new apartments will be directed to the Halo Scholarship fund. Halo Scholarships will be distributed to students from Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota beginning in the fall of 2018.

“This gift is a profound testament to our students and the mission of Carroll College. We couldn’t be more grateful for the generous support of this donor and the desire to provide opportunities for future generations to experience a Carroll education,” said President Tom Evans.

Construction will begin in August with completion set for late next spring.

Honors & Accolades


Leah Esposito

Carroll track & field/cross country runner Leah Esposito, a rising senior, was recently selected as the 2015-16 College Division Academic All-America® of the Year for all sports as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The College Division Academic All-America teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions. In June, Leah received the distinction as one of ten Academic All-Americas of the Year on the track & field/cross country team. CoSIDA then selects the most outstanding student-athlete from among all of the Academic All-America teams. Leah is the fifth student-athlete to earn the College Division Academic All-America® of the Year and the first track & field/cross country athlete to earn the award.
Read more.

25 under 25

Rising Carroll sophomore Becca Poliquin was selected as one of “25 Under 25” by the Forward Montana Foundation in Bozeman. The organization’s focus is on Montanans from high school to age 30. Its “25 Under 25” program identifies and celebrates “Young movers and shakers from across the state who are shaping the present and future of Montana.” Poliquin said she was nominated because of her debate experience with the Carroll College Talking Saints. Read more.


Student News

CRSHow do globally-minded college students from Helena spend their summer vacation? Carroll students Marko Prizmic and Kelly Taft were in Baltimore, Maryland, this week with 120 others from 47 universities across the nation who will become Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Student Ambassadors on their campuses next year. While in Baltimore they met with experts from CRS about some of the most pressing issues facing humans around the world today – human trafficking, refugees fleeing violence and the effects of climate change on the world’s poorest citizens. Their role as CRS ambassadors will be to help educate and activate their fellow Carroll students on ways they can speak up and make the world a better place.

Saints in the News


Dr. Erica Feuerbacher's research reaches beyond the anthrozoology community with this blog post on the highly-regarded Psychology Today site. Here, her work supports one side of a debate about the welfare of therapy dogs. Read it here: Just Being Near You Is Rewarding for Dogs


Rodeo Queen

Carroll nursing student Brooklynn Merja is the Big Sky Pro Rodeo Roundup Queen at the Montana State Fair for the second year in a row. Brooklyn who grew up in Sun River, Mont., was involved in 4-H and FFA growing up. She showed horses and dogs, judged horses and livestock as well as participating in vet science competitions. Last fall, Merja earned her FFA American degree, the highest degree an FFA member can earn and one that exhibits the values of hard work, teamwork, and leadership. Read more.


Alumni News


LinkedIn recently corrected the location for Carroll College from Great Falls to Helena, Montana. Additionally, we encourage all alumni and students to double-check your LinkedIn profile to list your education as Carroll College in Helena, Montana, and not Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin.



Kimberly Gardner ‘79, MSW, LCSW, LAC, Lead clinical supervisor for the Community Service Clinic, Intermountain, Helena, MT - read announcement here.

Bill Keller ’94, Executive vice president, Independence Bank, Havre, MT – read announcement here.

Dr. Gerald McGowan ‘59 will be the recipient of the prestigious Dr. George G. Spellman Annual Service Award from the Mercy Medical Center Foundation. The Spellman Award recognizes community members of groups whose generosity with their time, talent and treasure exemplifies the values of Mercy Medical Center. Read announcement here.


Traci Noel Lyndes, class of 2018 and Cuyler Ross Tonkovich ‘08 - read announcement here.

Gary Thomas Cooper ‘04 - read announcement here.


Robert Durand '64 - read more about his life here.
Last fall, the Helena IR ran a story on Bob and his elaborate railroad replica: Train blast from the past: Elaborate railroad set replicates 1960s Helena

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.

Director of the Hunthausen Activity Center
Assistant Director of the Hunthausen Activity Center
Bookstore Director
Nursing Clinical Lab Facilitator
Canine Training Assistant

Upcoming Events 

“Why We Vote: Getting from Votes to Seats”, Aug. 2, p.m., Lower level, Campus Center, Carroll College
Sponsored by the Carroll College Political Science Department and the League of Women Voters, this lecture is the inaugural event for a new project titled, “Revitalizing Democracy.” Initiated by the League of Women Voters, the free, public forums are intended to encourage more understanding and discussion of the basic tenets of our democracy.
This initial forum features a presentation from Dr. Peter Miller, John Templeton Foundation post-doctoral fellow in the philosophy, politics and economics program at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Miller is a native of Billings, Montana, and specializes in the study of democracy.

Read more about Dr. Miller’s presentation here.

3rd Annual Helena Joining Community Forces Provider Symposium, Aug. 12, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Carroll College
Carroll College, Army OneSource, VA Montana Healthcare Services and Montana Joining Community Forces (JCF) are partnering together to present their third annual service provider symposium designed with interactive presentations, breakout sessions, a resource fair and opportunities to network and share ideas with the state's civilian and military community members.
The free, one-day symposium is open to all service providers who support service members, their families and veterans. Registration is required.
For more information or to register for the symposium, visit https://mtjcf.eventbrite.com.

Uganda Presentation & Spaghetti Dinner by Carroll College Engineers Without Borders with special guest Fr. Julius Bwowe, Aug. 18, 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 1867 Washington St., Helena
The Carroll College Engineers without Borders (EWB) team will be giving a presentation of their recent trip to Uganda, Africa, during a spaghetti dinner prepared by the Knights of Columbus. The EWB team traveled to Kampala in May to plan a clean water project for Holy Trinity School and the surrounding community. Residents there currently rely on contaminated surface water carried uphill from a spring to the school.
Fr. Julius Bwowe from the Archdiocese of Kampala will be visiting Helena in August, and will be present at the dinner, which will run from 6:00-7:30 p.m. The cost of the dinner will be $7 for adults, $5 for children under 12, and all are welcome to attend. To learn more about Helena-based efforts to relieve the dire poverty in the rural areas served by Fr. Julius, visit the website of The Julius Foundation.

Mark your calendars – Upcoming Alumni Events:

Alumni Award Nominations
The Office of Alumni Relations is currently seeking nominations for the following alumni awards:
Alumni Hall of Fame Award
Young Alumni Award
Alumni Luminary Award

For details about these awards and how to submit nominations visit www.carroll.edu/alumni or email alumni@carroll.edu. Alumni awards are presented at the Founder's Day Dinner which will be held on Friday, November 4, 2016.