May 22, 2015 QuickNotes: Congratulations Class of 2015

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May 22, 2015

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300 Strong!

Friends and family welcomed 300 Saints into the real world as the class of 2015 received their diplomas this past weekend at the 105th Carroll College commencement ceremonies. 

Famed zookeeper and wildlife advocate, Jack Hanna, provided the keynote address blending advice to the graduates with videos of his animal adventures over the years. Hanna was also presented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by President Tom Evans. After senior speaker Jay Bouchard provided his heartfelt, yet humorous, take on his time at Carroll, additional awards and honors were presented to students and faculty.

The Michael Murphy Award for Outstanding Collegiate Citizenship was presented to Jay Bouchard from Goffstown, New Hampshire. Bouchard graduated with a major in English writing and a minor in political science. He is highly regarded for his personal integrity, positive disposition and genuine care for others. In the classroom, he was an engaged learner and an Honors Scholars student. Bouchard has been accepted for graduate studies at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. 

The college’s Bishop Gilmore Memorial Award for Outstanding Scholarship, awarded to seniors who have attained the highest grade-point average after four years at Carroll, was awarded to seven graduates: Colton Ard of Lewiston, Idaho; James Dorosh of Mead, Washington; Alisa Dowling of Burlington, Washington; Brianna Eaton of Billings; Faith Kjosa of Helena; Jaclynn Mee of Libby; and Kathleen Mulligan of Des Moines, Washington.

Two annual faculty awards were also conferred. The Outstanding Teaching Award recipient was Mr. Gary Fischer, assistant professor of engineering, whose active learning opportunities, strong mentoring skills and steadfast commitment to the success of his students merited the award. The Distinguished Scholar Award was awarded to Dr. William Parsons, associate professor and chair of the department of political science, for his significant scholastic work as a foremost authority on Machiavelli along with his recent success in securing a grant to expand Carroll’s constitutional studies program. 

The college also announced that two retiring faculty members, Dr. Tomas Graman and Mr. Jack Oberweiser, have both been conferred the title of professor emeritus. 

Congratulations to all our Saints!  Good luck on your journey.

View coverage and photos of the graduation ceremonies in the Helena IR.

View the full press release announcing the student and faculty recipients of the special awards and honors. 

Bringing in the Big Guns

Brad Stevens, head coach of the Boston Celtics, will be the guest speaker at a banquet and coaches clinic scheduled for July 10-11 on the campus of Carroll College.

The Indiana native is a long-time friend of head Carroll College men's basketball coach Carson Cunningham.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to announce that Brad Stevens will be coming to Carroll College to give a speech at a men's basketball dinner and presenting at a Carroll College coaching clinic," Cunningham said. "The fact that the current coach of the Boston Celtics is willing to do this for a childhood hooping buddy speaks volumes."

Coach Stevens just completed his second season as the head coach of one of the NBA's most storied franchises. In addition, he was a finalist for the NBA Coach of the Year and is considered one of the brightest young coaches in the league. 

Cunningham believes the weekend will be a great opportunity to learn from a great roster of presenters, highlighted by an NBA coach that has distinguished himself among his peers. 

View the full press release for registration details and additional information.

Brad Stevens, Boston Celtics Head Basketball Coach (AP Photo)

Dr. Carson Cunningham, Carroll Men's Basketball Head Coach

Faculty/Staff News

Animals & the Elderly

Dr. Marie Suthers, professor of anthrozoology, was a recent presenter at the Governor’s Conference on Aging and the Montana Gerontology Society Conference, Insights into Alzheimer’s Disease: Lifespan Respite Care and Other Aging Resources and Supports.

Dr. Suthers session titled “Animals and the Elderly: The Human-Animal Relationships to Promote Successful Aging” looked at human health benefits of interaction with animals including physiological benefits such as reduction in cardiovascular disease risk factors and stress reduction, psychological benefits, social benefits and facilitation of healthy activities. Animal assisted interventions were discussed including the positive effects of therapy animals for Alzheimer’s patients and benefits for caregivers. In addition, she introduced the concept of fish aquariums to sooth Alzheimer’s patients, increase food intake, and improve staff morale.

Honoring Mike's Legacy

The Montana College Counseling Association has created the Mike Franklin Memorial Award, in honor of Carroll’s former Director of Counseling Services, Dr. Mike Franklin, to be awarded to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding work in collegiate mental health efforts.

Nominations for the first recipient of the Mike Franklin Memorial Award are due August 15, 2015. The award will be presented at the association’s annual conference, September 3-4, 2015, which will be held at Carroll College.

In the News

Photo courtesy of KTVH

As a recipient of a $56,000 M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust grant, Dr. Jennifer Lowell, assistant professor of health sciences, and her students, rising juniors Sarah Ladd and Kurt Parker, were recently featured on Beartooth NBC-KTVH, discussing their project which examines whether high arsenic levels in the Upper Tenmile watershed, a mining-impacted watershed that supplies Helena with over fifty percent of its drinking water, can maintain and propagate reservoirs of antibiotic resistant bacteria and genes to downstream environments.

KTVH - Beartooth NBC:

Carroll Students Study Water Supply for Helena

Alumni News

Championing Catholic Education

Roy F. Simperman ’62 recently received the 2014-2015 Butte Central Catholic Schools Distinguished Graduate Award on behalf of the Butte Central Education Foundation. 

The award, which is co-sponsored by the National Catholic Schools Association is presented by Butte Central Catholic Schools to a graduate who exemplifies the values they were taught in Catholic education. It was noted that Mr. Simperman’s “dedication to Catholic schools is a tribute to (his) commitment to Catholic education.”

On behalf of Carroll, congratulations on this well-deserved recognition Mr. Simperman, and thank you for your very generous support of Carroll College over the years.

Gettin' Hitched

Marilee Simons '04 – read announcement here

Angela Marie McKeever '12 - read announcement here.

Career Moves

Teri Hartman '11, veterinarian, Valley View Veterinary Hospital – read announcement here


Doris (Combs) Carson '70 - read about her 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 or by calling 406-447-5519.

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

The Gifted Institute will challenge gifted fifth through ninth frade 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 or follow on Twitter @mtmoot.

Mark your calendars – Upcoming Alumni Events:

Alumni & Friends Gathering at New Glarus Brewery, New Glarus, Wisconsin: August 15

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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