May 20, 2016 Carroll Insider: Congratulations Class of 2016

Friday, May 20, 2016

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Congratulations Class of 2016

Graduation Ceremony outsideMother Nature approved of Carroll’s plans to hold their first outdoor graduation ceremony in Nelson Stadium. Under a gorgeous blue sky and with a backdrop of Mt. Helena, 335 Saints received their diplomas as part of the Class of 2016. Read more.
Pictured to the left are Kirsten and Brad Solly, the parents of Dawson Solly, accepting Dawson's diploma amidst a heartfelt standing ovation.


Student and Tom Evans at the 2016 Graduation Ceremony  2016 Graduation Students posing for the camera

Decorated Graduation Cap on a student  Carroll Student and Family at the 2016 Commencement

View coverage and photos of the graduation ceremonies in the Helena IR:Carroll graduates record number of students at its 106th Commencement

Visit Carroll's Facebook page to view an album of photos from the ceremony as well.


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Carroll College was recently identified as the leading “hidden gem” college in Montana for the second year in a row by College Raptor, Inc. Hidden gems are defined as high-caliber colleges and universities which receive fewer than 5,000 applicants per year but have a total enrollment of greater than 1,000. Read more.


Student News

ROTC Program Students at the CapitalThe ROTC program at Carroll had their seven graduating cadets take their oaths of appointment and become commissioned officers in the United States Army on May 13 in the State Capitol Rotunda with Montana National Guard Brigadier General Jeffrey Ireland as the guest speaker. The newly appointed second lieutenants are (pictured left to right): Alaina Clarke, Michael Gannon, Alyssa Kresge, Cody Noffsinger, Emily Olson, Rachel Schorr, and Lauren Snodgrass.

We congratulate you and thank you for serving our country.

Cody Noffsinger ’16, Michael Murphy Award

Michael Murphy Award

Cody Noffsinger ’16 was the recipient of this year’s Michael Murphy Award for Outstanding Collegiate Citizenship presented during the graduation ceremonies.

The Michael Murphy Award recognizes the graduating senior who, through leadership and service, best represents the character and ideals of Carroll College. Read more.

Michael Murphy Award, Miss Montana

Lauren Scofield ’16 graduated last weekend with a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology and will now be vying for the title of Miss Montana 2016.
The platform issue she will be endorsing is "Planting the Seeds of STEM," which provides students of all ages with exposure to engaging 21st century concepts in science, technology, engineering and math. Read more in the Havre Daily News:
Scofield shoots for Miss Montana.


Faculty/Staff News

Dr. Gerry Shields, Distinguished Scholar Award

Distinguished Scholar Award Dr. Gerry Shields received the Distinguished Scholar Award presented by Carroll College faculty, staff and students in recognition of significant faculty scholarship. Dr. Shields has served Carroll's biology department for 17 years as the James J. Manion Endowed Chair of Biological Sciences and has been instrumental in changing the culture of research in the biology program. Read more.


Dr. Kyle Strode

Outstanding Teaching AwardThis year’s recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award is Dr. Kyle Strode, associate professor of chemistry. The recipient of the award is selected by the Faculty Development Committee on behalf of faculty, staff and students of Carroll College in recognition of excellence in the classroom, in student advising, and as a role model and inspiration for Carroll students. Read more.



Eugene Owen Boyle Jr. '64 - An evening of sharing will be held on June 5 at 6 p.m. in the Flathead High School gym. A funeral Mass will be held on Monday, June 6 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church. Read more about his life here.

Jean Piner '63 - read more about her life here.

Msgr. Donald Shea ’58 - A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, May 27 at 11 a.m. at St. John Paul II Catholic Church in Bigfork, MT. The following article was in the Daily Inter Lake: Former Bigfork priest Shea dies


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Upcoming Events

For Montana Educators Only - “Great Books and the U.S. Constitution” – Teaching Certificate Renewal Units, June 14, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Corette Library, Carroll College

This event, taught by Carroll faculty, provides 7 OPI-approved units and is free to teachers thanks to support from Carroll College and the Apgar Foundation. The event includes sessions on: The Declaration of Independence; The Constitution; Lincoln’s Task in the Second Inaugural Address; Religious Toleration and Enlightenment; and Teaching Great Books and Founding Documents. Register by June 7, 2016. For information and registration, contact Dr. William Parsons, Carroll College,, 406-447-5403.
In addition, a summer course titled “The U.S. Constitution” (PO 330) is being offered May 23-June 10 as part of Carroll College’s summer course offerings. Please contact the Registrar’s office for details, (406) 447-5435 or email

Relay for Life of Helena, June 17, 6 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.

Basketball Banquet & Coaches Clinic with Special Guest, Dan Dakich, ESPN analyst and radio host, June 25-26, Carroll College

Former NCAA player, coach and current ESPN analyst and radio host, Dan Dakich will headline the third Carroll College men's basketball coaching clinic and dinner slated for Saturday and Sunday June 25-26 on campus at Carroll College.
Dakich is a lead college basketball analyst for ESPN TV and host of the Dan Dakich Show on ESPN 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis. Learn more here.
Basketball Banquet, July 26, 6 p.m., St. Thomas Aquinas Commons, Campus Center, Carroll College
The banquet will feature Dan Dakich, former player and coach and current radio host and ESPN analyst, as the keynote speaker. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow. Tickets are $50 per person or $90 per couple.
Coaches Clinic, June 25, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Carroll College PE Center
Dan Dakich will be the keynote speaker at the coaching clinic. The clinic will also feature Montana State head coach Brian Fish, National High School Basketball Coach of the Year finalist Terry Thomas of Dillon and Carroll head coach Carson Cunningham. The cost of the clinic is $20 per person or $50 per coaching staff.

Visit or call 406-447-4480 to register.

Mountain Moodle Moot, July 6-8, Carroll College
Carroll College is hosting its sixth 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. Moodle experts will be featured presenters. For more on Moodle, go to or follow on Twitter @mtmoot.

Carroll College Gifted Institute, July 10-16, Carroll College
The Gifted Institute will challenge gifted fifth through ninth grade students' academic potentials and provide opportunities 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 (deadline is June 1), visit the Carroll College Gifted Institute webpage.