June 19, 2015 QuickNotes: Summer on the Hilltop

Friday, June 19, 2015

June 19, 2015

Jackhammers and Hard Hats and Drills, Oh My

Carroll Students are in for a striking transformation when they return to campus in the fall. Construction workers have been working seemingly around the clock to transform the ground floor of St. Charles into a modern social space complete with lounge areas, workstation counters and kitchen facilities. 

In conjunction with copy services, the support service arm of IT will be relocating to this location as well, offering better accessibility, more centralized service and expanded IT assistance. A key feature is a help desk modeled after the "genius bars" found in Apple retail stores, which will provide hands-on IT diagnosis and troubleshooting. All other IT offices will remain in O’Connell Hall.

Couches, lounge chairs, booth seating, counters and tables, coupled with flat screen tvs and a fire place, will provide ample space for socializing and studying.

“We understand that community space is an integral need for our students and we think they will be very excited by this new area on campus. We envision it to be a very popular and lively gathering spot,” said Tom McCarvel, Vice President of Facilities and Community Relations.

To make room for the renovation, the faculty mailboxes and lounge have been moved to the St.Charles sub-main hallway next to the new lounge.

This renovation is an extension of the work being done across campus to fulfill Carroll’s strategic plan initiative to Enhance Campus Life for Students, Faculty, Staff and Extended Community.

St. Charles - BeforeSt Charles - DuringSt. Charles - After 

Winning Website

It was just announced this week that the Carroll College Athletics website, CarrollAthletics.com, was named the best website in the NAIA by a panel of NAIA sports information directors. 

CarrollAthletics.com premiered in January and immediately garnered praise from Saints fans. 

"Our goal from the beginning was to build a website that was on par with our strong athletic tradition," said Sports Information Director Jerek Wolcott, who spearheaded the overhaul. "People take Carroll College athletics seriously and we didn't take that lightly. We wanted a website that our fans would love and this award is evidence that we did what we set out to do." 

"One of our first priorities when I came here was to launch a website that represented the Carroll brand appropriately," said Athletic Director Curt Apsey. "There were some challenges associated with initial costs but once again, close friends of the Fighting Saints stepped up and made it possible. A lot of work was put in by our entire staff and I think the product speaks for itself."

Read the full press release here

Kanoodle with Moodle Elite

Moodle MountainMoot – try saying that ten times fast!

Carroll is hosting the 5th Annual Moodle MountainMoot in the Corette Library on July 15-17. With over 88,000 Moodle sites and 78 million users worldwide, Moodle is the world’s leading Learning Management System (LMS). An LMS is a web-based platform in which students and teachers can communicate, complete assignments, deliver feedback, access content, and track progress in their online or in-person courses.

A highlight for this year is that Martin Dougiamas, the creator of Moodle and director of Moodle.org, will be delivering this year’s keynote in person. Coming all the way from Perth, Australia, Martin usually speaks to audiences that number in the thousands. Needless to say, it’s an honor to have him attending our 170-person conference. He will be staying for all three days, participating in sessions and social events throughout the conference.

In addition to Dougiamas, Gavin Henrick, Michelle Moore, Helen Foster, and Koen Roggemans will be joining us from as far away as Belgium and Ireland. Other presenters include instructional technologists, designers, and professors from Boise State, University of Montana, Idaho State, and a number of other institutions. Also, Carroll professors Sam Alvey and Maria Brosnan will be presenting sessions on their flipped classrooms. Though this conference is centered around Moodle, many of the presentations focus on teaching and learning rather than technology.

More information is available at mountainmoot.com

Martin Dougiamas, Creator of Moodle

Moot T's for participants

Selective Saints

Recently featured on MSN.com, Carroll was identified as the most selective college in Montana. Selectivity is based on the number of applications compared to acceptances. 

Findthebest.com compiled the findings: The Most Selective College in Every State.

Way to go Saints for being among the best and brightest!

Host Families Needed

WorldMontana, located in the Artaza Center for Excellence in Global Education, is hosting a group of Iraqi students this summer and they are looking for a few more host families in Helena. 

The students will be in Montana from August 6-20 in partnership with the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) and the State Department. The 12 participants are all high school students, ages 15-17. They were selected out of a competitive pool of almost 1000 students and come from provinces in every region of Iraq. All participants are fluent in English and will engage in community service projects around Helena during their visit as well as enjoy a 3-day visit to Yellowstone National Park. 

They will be involved in pre-arranged activities during the day so host families would just need to provide a spare bed and a few meals (mostly breakfast and a few dinners).

For more details, visit WorldMontana or contact Ellen Bush at 406-447-4444/406-439-6298, Ellen@worldmontana.org.

Student News

Lads, Lasses and Leprechauns

Carroll students leave their mark on Ventry Beach on the Dingle Peninsula

Seventeen Carroll students have joined Dr. Jeanette Fregulia, professor of history, on a 3-week study abroad program in Ireland this summer. The group departed on June 2 and will return on June 24.  

The course examines the history and culture of Ireland while visiting towns, landmarks and locations of pivotal events in Ireland’s past such as: Dublin (Easter Rising); Guinness Brewery; Hill of Tara; New Grange; Glendalough; Kilkenny (Black Abbey); Kilkenny Castle; Derrynane; Cork (Whiskey Distillery); Blarney Castle; Blarney Stone; and the Dingle Peninsula, as well as much more!

 Gettin' Hitched

Makayla Marcille Schlieman '16 - read announcement here.

Alumni News

Saints in the News

Ryan Hansen ‘99 graduated with honors in chemistry and philosophy. He earned a Pharm.D. and Ph.D. in pharmacy from the University of Washington in 2003 and 2012, respectively.

Ryan’s dissertation research about the link between sleeping pills and car crashes was featured on the NBC Nightly News on June 11, 2015. The study was published as an article in the Journal of Public Health on the same date.

NBC Nightly News - Sleeping Pill Use Raises Car Crash Risk, Study Finds.

Learn more about Ryan by visiting the UW School of Pharmacy's website

James Byrd shown on Rock Drop in Jacob's Ladder on the North Fork Payette River.

Photo courtesy of www.MikeLeedsPhotograpy.com

James Byrd ‘08, a class V kayaker and former Carroll football player, created and organizes the preeminent whitewater kayaking event, the North Fork Championships on the Payette River in Idaho.

He was recently quoted discussing the event in Sports Illustrated.  

Extreme Exposure: Stout Company


New Glarus Gathering

Join Carroll College alumni and friends for an evening of great beer, authentic Swiss food and lots of socializing. New Glarus is a quaint Swiss town located 30 miles southwest of Madison, Wisconsin.

The evening will begin with a brewery tour and tasting with New Glarus Brewery founder and president, Deborah (Driessen) Carey and her husband Dan, who own and operate the brewery. Deborah attended Carroll majoring in marketing and graphics. She is the first woman to found and operate a brewery in the U.S. Spotted Cow, brewed at New Glarus, is the best selling beer in the state of Wisconsin. The Careys have won numerous awards and look forward to giving us a special tour.

After the brewery tour, we will enjoy a buffet dinner down the street at New Glarus Hotel Restaurant. Cost of dinner is $24 per person (includes tax & gratuity).

RSVP by contacting Renee Wall at alumni@carroll.edu or 406-447-5169 or Kathy Ramirez at 406-447-5185. 
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Chalet Landhaus. To reserve a room, call 608-527-5234.

Deborah Carey, New Glarus Brewery

Career Moves

Colleen Brady '78, director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Great Falls - read announcement here.

Jennifer Knight Davis '02, community outreach coordinator, Helena Tourism Alliance - read announcement here.

Kayla Yager '14, WIC aide, Lewis & Clark Public Health - read announcement here.


Christina Beavis-Randall '99 - read about her life here.

Thomas Yuhas '69 - read about his life here.

Upcoming Events

Relay for Life of Helena, June 26, 5 p.m.–midnight, Nelson Stadium, Carroll College

Carroll College is hosting the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life this year. Participants will walk around the football field in Nelson Stadium from 6 p.m. until midnight to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much.

RLF is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and those interested in forming teams and participating in the event are encouraged to sign up on the Relay for Life of Helena webpage.

Banquet & Coaches Clinic with Special Guest, Brad Stevens, Boston Celtics Head Basketball Coach, July 10-11, Carroll College

Basketball Banquet, July 10, 6:15 p.m., St. Thomas Aquinas Commons, Campus Center, Carroll College

Sponsored by First Interstate Bank, the banquet will feature Brad Stevens, head coach of the Boston Celtics, as the keynote speaker. Social hour begins at 6:15 p.m. with dinner to follow. Tickets are $50 per person or $90 per couple.

Coaches Clinic, July 11, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Carroll College PE Center

In addition to Brad Stevens, the coaches' clinic will also include presentations by Guy Almquist '97, the 2014 MHSA Coach of the Year and all-time Carroll 3-point record holder, Bill Pilgeram '92, the 2015 MHSA Coach of the Year and Carroll's all-time leader scorer, and Billings product Shann Ray Ferch, an award-winning author, nationally acclaimed Leadership & Forgiveness Studies scholar at Gonzaga University, and storied hooper. The cost of the clinic is $40 per person or $125 per coaching staff. 

Prices to attend both the banquet and clinic are $80 per person.

Tickets may be purchased online. For more information, please contact Carson Cunningham at ccunningham@carroll.edu or by calling 406-447-5519.

Carroll College Gifted Institute, July 12-18, Carroll College

The Gifted Institute will challenge gifted fifth through ninth grade students' academic potentials and provide opportuntities for social development. Workshops, classes, and activities with adults and peers will enhance students' self-awareness and cognitive development.

For more information and to download the application, visit the Carroll College Gifted Institute webpage.

Mountain Moodle Moot, July 15-17, Carroll College

Carroll College is hosting its fifth annual Mountain Moodle Moot conference on campus. The conference includes a number of different tracks with a variety of conference sessions plus half-day trainings. Both national and international Moodle experts will be featured presenters. For more on Moodle, go to www.mountainmoot.com or follow on Twitter @mtmoot.

12th Annual Symphony Under the Stars - Centennial Sinatra starring Steve Lippia, July 18, 8:30 p.m., Carroll College Lawn, Helena

Carroll College and the Helena Symphony continue their partnership for the 12th Annual Symphony Under the Stars concert and fireworks show. This year's concert, Centennial Sinatra, starring vocalist Steve Lippia, celebrates the 100th birthday of Frank Sinatra. The concert is free and open to the public and is held on the Guad Hill and lawn on the campus of Carroll College. 

Mark your calendars – Upcoming Alumni Events:

New Glarus Brewery Tour, Tasting & Dinner, New Glarus, Wisconsin: August 15

Join Carroll College alumni and friends for an evening of great beer, authentic Swiss food and plenty of socializing. New Glarus is a quaint Swiss town located 30 miles southwest of Madison, Wisconsin. 

Brewery Tour & Tasting, 6 p.m.

New Glarus Brewery founder and president, Deborah Carey, class of '82, and her husband Dan, own and operate the brewery. Deborah is the first woman to found and operate a brewery in the U.S. The Careys have won numerous awards and look forward to giving us a special tour.

Buffet Dinner, New Glarus Hotel Restaurant, 7:30 p.m.

After the brewery tour and tasting, we will enjoy a buffet dinner down the street. The buffet includes salad, prime rid, baked chicken, Geschnetzeltes, baked cod, masked potatoes, roesti and Spatzli, Swiss green beans, rolls and butter, coffee and tea. Cost of dinner is $24 per person (includes tax and gratuity).

RSVP by emailing alumni@carroll.edu or call Renee Wall at 406-447-5169 or Kathy Ramirez at 406-447-5185. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Chalet Landhaus. To reserve a room, call 608-527-5234.

Homecoming 2015: September 18-19

Mark your calendars and plan to return to campus this fall for Homecoming. All alumni, parents and friends are invited to attend. Special reunions will be held for all former ASCC members and the classes of 2005, 1995, 1985, and 1975. Stay tuned for more details.

Founder's Day and Parents Weekend: October 23 & 24

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