June 29, 2018 Insider: New Initiatives, New Faces

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Pictured L-R: Helena Public School Assistant Superintendent Josh McKay, Helena High School Principal Steve Thennis, Helena Public School Superintendent Jack Copps, and Carroll College President Dr. John Cech announce the creation of the Carroll Early Access program on June 29, 2018. Capital High School Principal Brett Zanto was part of the partnership but unable to attend.
High school just got a whole lot more fun with the announcement of Carroll College’s new initiative in partnership with Helena area schools. The Carroll Early Access program is offering the opportunity to high school juniors and seniors to enroll in college-level courses tuition-free at Carroll this fall.
“Through this program, Carroll College seeks to provide an authentic college experience to our local students,” said Dr. John Cech. “By providing the classes tuition-free, we hope to remove barriers to higher education so students can experience what it is like to attend college and get a head start on their college career while still in high school.”
Studies indicate that students who are exposed to college while still in high school have higher rates than their peers of both enrolling in four-year institutions and successfully earning a college degree. Plus, this is an excellent way to get students on campus, experience Carroll for themselves and see how great it is being a Saint! Read more about the new initiative here and in the Helena IR.
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Chato Hazelbaker will serve as the new Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing at Carroll College beginning July 30.
"We couldn’t be more excited to bring Chato Hazelbaker on board. Chato brings with him a passion for Carroll's mission, an understanding of our Catholic identity, and a true commitment to the students," said Dr. John Cech. "This is a newly integrated position for the college and Chato’s extensive background in marketing and communications at the university and college level will be a valuable asset to our enrollment initiatives. He has a strong understanding of the higher education landscape in Montana and the Pacific Northwest as well as the power of a liberal arts college rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition. His collaborative management-style coupled with his experience working across disciplines makes him the right choice at the right time for Carroll."
Read more about Chato and his connections to Montana here.
Twenty-five students and six counselors just wrapped up a week of Carroll’s third annual St. Kateri Institute. With three days spent on the campus of Carroll and two days in Yellowstone National Park, the St. Kateri Institute for Integrative Learning at Carroll College provides high school youth with a spiritual and academic experience that develops their understanding of the relationship between faith and reason surrounded by the natural beauty of Montana. While this year’s program was definitely wetter than other years, “this years’ plucky group of adventurers learned to laugh at their soggy situations,” said Dr. Eric Hall, director of St. Kateri Institute.  Read more from Dr. Hall's account of their time in Montana here.
Student News
Carroll students Cassidy Walter and Bernardt De Cino helped to create a statewide PSA about prescription drug abuse that has been airing on Montana television stations. They created the PSA as part of their coursework in Professor Kelly Parsley’s Public Health Theories and Practice class. In January 2018, Youth Connections and Helena’s Drugged Driving Prevention Task Force asked the class to assess the problem of prescription drug abuse in the Helena area and then to create, implement, and evaluate a program for area residents. View the PSA here.
Faculty/Staff News
Connie McEachern's family (husband, children & grandchildren) gathered around the bench dedicated in her honor.
Family and friends of Connie McEachern, along with Carroll faculty, staff and members of the Education Department, gathered together on June 28 to honor Connie with the dedication of a memorial bench outside O’Connell Hall. Connie worked in the Carroll Education Department as the Teacher Education Unit Coordinator for 31 years. She passed away after a long battle with cancer in March 2016. “She was truly an exceptional human being who touched so many faculty, staff, and students with her kindness, her compassion, and her professionalism,” said Bob Stansberry, chair of the Education Department. 
Mike Franklin with his wife Georgia Lovelady.
Dr. Mike Franklin was director of Counseling Services at Carroll College for eleven years. Last spring, two of Mike’s close friends donated $42,000 anonymously to establish the Mike Franklin Endowed Scholarship at Carroll College in his memory, which provides $2,000 annually to a health sciences or public health major.
A story written by Carroll College Major Gifts Officer Cindy Everts recently ran in the Helena IR chronicling Mike’s life and struggle with depression but also the positive impact he had on those who knew him.  Read here: Scholarship honors Carroll College counselor who suffered from depression.
Class Notes
Rodney Applegate '82 – Senior Services Program Director, Rocky Mountain Development Council, Helena. Read announcement here.
Vivian "Viv" (Morgan) Brooke '65 - Read more about her life here.
Dorothy Regina Jane (Strobel) Ferrando '52 - Read more about her life here.
Employment News
Have you ever thought about working at Carroll? Check out our current openings
Upcoming Events
Future students are invited to join current Carroll College students & alumni at the Boise summer picnic - July 16, 6 to 8 p.m. at 429 S. Cotterell Dr. in Boise. Hosted by the Carroll College Admission Office, we'll provide the food and drinks. RSVP to Kaycee Gillespie at (406) 447-4384, kgillespie@carroll.edu.
As part of Carroll's efforts to assist transfer students, the Admissions Office will be hosting  "Transfer Tuesdays" on campus this summer (July 10 & 24 and August 7) from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in O'Connell Hall. Counselors will review financial aid, scholarships and the admission process. Find more information at www.carroll.com/transfer.
The 15th annual Symphony Under the Stars will be held Saturday, July 21 on the campus of Carroll College. This year’s concert will feature the award-winning music of the Star Wars franchise. The event is free and open to the public.