May 27, 2020 Insider: Marching Back!

Monday, June 1, 2020
Last week, Carroll released their preliminary plans for the fall semester. Recognizing the advantages of Carroll’s small size coupled with Montana’s low COVID-19 case numbers, college officials are optimistic that we will be able to resume the personalized in-person, on-campus experience that defines a Carroll education.
The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remains a top priority guiding all of our decisions. A number of modifications will be in place and campus life will look different for awhile. One of the larger adjustments is that fall semester will begin earlier and end earlier. Classes will now start on August 17 and conclude by November 25. There will also be no Fall break in October. By starting sooner and finishing sooner, it allows us to both avoid the risks associated with large-scale student travel and also reduce the possibility of overlapping with the flu season.
A Marching Back task force has been created to develop the necessary planning to have a safe and successful experience this fall. More details can be found on the Marching Back website at
Alumni News
Recently the offices of Career Services and Alumni & Family Engagement hosted a Zoom panel of young alumni to converse about networking, the value of their Carroll College degree, adapting to economic and professional swings, and to share advice with graduating students. To watch the recorded conversation, please visit: Spring 2020 Young Carroll Alumni Panel.

As a reminder, Career Services and Alumni & Family Engagement are here to help with our recent graduates’ transition to life as an alum in many ways. Career Services can assist with the career search process, resume review, graduate school applications, or interview preparation – just schedule a time through Handshake, or reach out to Career Services. The same resources available to you as a student, remain as you graduate (Handshake, Career and Graduate School Fair, CandidCareer, in person advising, etc.) Additionally, Alumni & Family Engagement is available to connect young graduates with other area alumni. Also, be sure to check out our online Carroll alumni community platform
, CarrollConnect.
Hosted by Carroll College Career Services Director Wes Fiest, Carroll College alums share career wisdom on an Zoom chat with 2020 Carroll graduates looking to make their way in the workforce. Hear their stories, job search tips and techniques, advice for graduates, and about their time at Carroll.
Class Notes
Carroll’s nursing program is known for producing outstanding nurses, and we are doubly pleased when our nursing graduates choose to remain in Montana to share their talents.
In our May 13 Insider, we highlighted four local nurses featured in the Helena IR who were Carroll alumni.

This Insider we want to congratulate Kathryn McGrath ‘98 who was recognized as one of 10 outstanding nurses who make the Butte area a better place.
Photo courtesy of the Cut Bank Pioneer Press
Nate and Ashley (Smith) Kavanagh, class of 2015 communication studies and public relations grads, recently celebrated their one year anniversary of being the new owners of Rose Petal Floral & Gift in Cut Bank, MT. Featured in the Cut Bank Pioneer Press, they share their thoughts on being business owners, their new products and services and the value of local community support. Read more: Rose Petal reopens after renovation with lots of new products, services.
Tara (Killen) Moon ‘11 was selected as Laurel High School’s 2020 commencement speaker. She is a chemistry, chemistry 2 and physics teacher at LHS.

After graduating from Carroll College with a bachelor of arts in biology and a minor in math, she attended graduate school at MSU-Billings, earning her Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Read more.
Emily (Thompson) Zipperian Jones '91 – read more about her life here.
Rosemary (Bradley) Weiler ‘55 – read more about her life here.
Student News
Once again, we wish our Class of 2020 great success as they launch into their next chapter of life. For those that missed viewing our congratulatory video, here is a link to the video tribute from our faculty and staff to our graduates!
Carroll faculty and staff surprised the Class of 2020 with some video messages of support and well wishes during the Conferral Ceremony!
Four of Carroll's graduating ROTC Cadets took their oaths of appointment and became commissioned Second Lieutenants in the United States Army on Saturday, May 9, during their Commissioning Ceremony (streamed to family and friends via Zoom) at Fort Harrison. All four Cadets will serve in the Army National Guard. Otis Smith (business administration major) will serve in Idaho, Parker Perry (business administration major) will serve in Washington, and both Dominic Deane (history major) and Scott Sponholz (nursing major) will serve in Montana. Congratulations and thank you for your service!
Left photo (l to r): Parker Perry, Otis Smith, Dominick Deane, Scott Sponholz (Feb. 2020)
Right photo (l to r): Scott Sponholz, Otis Smith, Parker Perry, Dominick Deane at Commissioning Ceremony
Faculty/Staff News
A mainstay of Carroll’s campus is retiring this week! Candie Cain '82, currently Carroll's Executive Director for Planned Giving, will be wrapping up her 36 years of employment with Carroll College this Friday, May 29. 
Other than two brief years following her college graduation, Candie has spent her entire career at Carroll College. She spent the majority of her time at Carroll in admissions and enrollment and then transitioned to the development office for her final 12 years with the college. Few, if any, are more devoted to Carroll than Candie Cain.

She will be greatly missed and her dedication to Carroll is deeply appreciated by all who have known and worked with her over the years. In her farewell to her colleagues, Candie shared, “I leave this community a very rich individual for you have all shared so many gifts with me. ‘Thank you’ just isn't adequate to express what it is in my heart and Carroll will, indeed, forever remain in my heart. Please take good care of each other. Remember to be kind, be good, be understanding, be patient, and be welcoming.” 

For those who wish to send their best to Candie, feel free to reach out to her at If you are able and so desire, you are invited to show your appreciation for her service by contributing to the Candace Cain Endowed Scholarship for Student Persistence, which Candie generously established some years ago.
Thank you, Candie – your smile and laughter and love for Carroll will be undeniably missed! Best wishes and happy trails!
Carroll in the News
In case you missed it, check out some of media coverage featuring Carroll College from the last few weeks:
Employment News
Have you ever thought of working at Carroll? Check out our current openings:

Anthrozoology Faculty
Mental Health Counselor
Upcoming Events
Last Chance Mass, 7 pm, Sundays throughout the summer, All Saints Chapel

Summer Session II Classes Begin, June 8