March 23, 2018 Insider: On the National Stage

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Although our Fighting Saints exited the NAIA National Basketball Championships sooner than we would have hoped, several exciting things happened following the tournament.

First, senior men’s captain Ryan Imhoff was one of two players interviewed in a New York Times article – 32 Teams, 7 Days, 1 Gym: For true madness, see the N.A.I.A. basketball tournament in Kansas City – about the unique and special qualities of the NAIA Championship Tournament.

Secondly, and most impressively, Imhoff was named the NAIA National Player of the Year  the first time ever a Carroll basketball player has earned this honor.
"This award is not all me," Imhoff said. "It is coaching staff. It is my team. It is everyone involved in the program. To be trusted to be the captain of this group and to have everyone's trust as a leader is a great honor and I am glad that I could follow through and earn this honor."

Several other Saints received All-American status as well. On the women’s team, junior Hannah Dean earned All-American Second Team having led the Saints in every major statistical category and finishing 12th in NAIA DI in total blocks, while teammates seniors Michaela Dowdy and Bailey Pasta earned Honorable Mention All-American. Junior Match Burnham earned Honorable Mention All-American on the men’s side as well.

Congratulations to all the players and coaches on a spectacular season!
Approximately 100 Carroll students, faculty, staff and community members joined with students across the nation on March 14 to honor the memory of the 17 people killed by a school shooter in Parkland, Florida, as well remember all those affected by gun violence. The peaceful gathering, organized by junior Emily Larson, included an opening statement by Interim President Fr. Stephen Rowan on the dignity of life, followed by Carroll student Izzy Geraghty, a native of Las Vegas, who shared her personal story on the impacts the Las Vegas shooting has had on friends and family. Students also shared recollections from the Parkland survivors, followed by a minute of silence.
“By reaching out with compassion, with prayer, with works of mercy, by doing something then we will have done what we can to reestablish the vision for society that respects life, protects life and seeks for ways for all people to flourish in peace and safety,” shared Fr. Rowan.
Carroll has been hosting Facebook live sessions with our professors to better acquaint prospective students with the incredible academic programs available at Carroll. If you know of students interested in biology and pre-professional programs (pre-med, pre-dental, pre-vet) or mathematics, computer science, and/or engineering, have them view these archived Q&A sessions. They’ll make you want to come to Carroll!
Student News
Carroll held their annual Scholarship Recognition Event February 18 & 19 which celebrates applicants who through their academic achievements have received a Trustee, Presidential or Bishop Carroll Scholarship ranging from $16,000-$19,000 per year.  Despite challenging weather for travel, there was a great turn-out of recipients including the five students pictured above, three of whom serve on the Catholic Youth Coalition Board. This program celebrates the prospective students' hard work and also gives them an opportunity to spend time on campus learning about Carroll's academic programs and student life.  
Pictured left to right are: Ray Shipman, Butte (Board Member); Lane Buus, Ennis; Hailey James, Helena (Board Member); Trevor Nelson, Helena; and Shae Bills, Bozeman (Board Member).
Faculty & Staff News
Dr. Colin Irvine ‘91, Carroll College Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, has accepted the position of Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the University at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and will be leaving Carroll College following commencement this May. Read the announcement here.
"In his time at Carroll, Dr. Irvine has promoted our academic mission, especially through engaged learning, a new Core program, the use of technology for pedagogy, and the transformational concept of a "Learning Commons," which will soon be constructed on campus," said Interim President Fr. Stephen Rowan in his announcement to the Carroll community. "On behalf of his colleagues and the entire Carroll community, I am grateful for his service to us and wish him success, joy, and peace in his new position."
Details regarding the search for a new VPAA will be forthcoming.
Dr. Carson Cunningham has stepped down as the Carroll College Men's Basketball Head Coach and will take the helm as the Head Coach of NCAA Division I University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. During his five years at Carroll, Dr. Cunningham turned the men’s basketball program into a top contender in the NAIA. Under his tenure, Carroll won two straight Frontier Conference regular-season and tournament championships and made three straight NAIA Division I National Championship appearances. "We are grateful to Carson for the firm foundation that he has laid for Carroll basketball, not only on the court, but in the classroom and community as well," said Athletic Director Charlie Gross. "We wish Carson, Christy and the rest of the family the best as they move to San Antonio." Read the announcement here.
A search for Cunningham's replacement will begin immediately.
Class Notes
Patricia Lightbody '52 - read more about her life here.
Craig Wells '82  - read more about his life here.
Employment News
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Upcoming Events

Carroll EWB Shamrock Soiree Fundraiser, Mar. 23, 6:30 p.m., Great Northern Hotel, Helena

Helena Theatre Company presents The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mar. 23-24, 7:30 p.m., Carroll College FLEX Theatre 

Meet Us on Mondays, Mar. 26, 8:30 a.m., Lower Campus Center, Carroll College

The History of American Music: From Africa to America, Mar. 26, 1 p.m., Campus Center, Carroll College

Procopius and the 6th Century, Mar. 27, 7 p.m., Lower Campus Center, Carroll College

Saints Saving Lives Blood Drive, Apr. 4 & 5, Lower Campus Center, Carroll College

Philosophy Now Lecture, Apr. 5, 7 p.m., Trinity Hall Lounge, Carroll College

Perspectives of a Gay Catholic Man, Apr. 5, 7 p.m., Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre, Carroll College

One Man Play: “York,” Apr. 7, 7 p.m., Carroll FLEX Theatre

Religious Freedom and the American Experiment, Apr. 11, 7 p.m., Lower level Campus Center, Carroll College

SURF Keynote Address: Hilton Lewis, Director of the V.M. Keck Observatory, Apr. 19, 7 p.m., Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre, Carroll College

Student Undergraduate Research Festival, Apr. 19 & 20, Carroll College
Carroll College Theatre presents “The Little Mermaid”, Apr. 20-29, FLEX Theatre, Campus Center, Carroll College

36th Annual Saints Athletic Association Auction, Apr. 27, 6 p.m., Carroll College PE Center