May 3, 2013 QuickNotes

Friday, May 3, 2013

MAY 3, 2013


Finals are next week, and to combat the onslaught of semester-end stress, this Sunday will offer much hope. Our popular 8 p.m. Mass in the upper Campus Center welcomes all, and the Corette Library will offer extended hours Sunday—10 a.m. to midnight. Meanwhile, the traditional Midnight Breakfast in the St. Thomas Aquinas Dining Hall is 10 to 11:30 p.m., with friendly volunteers serving up anxiety-dousing carbs and protein. Good luck on exams and those wrap-up projects, and get ready for graduation on May 11!


Today, the Carroll Facilities Department invites everyone to a tree dedication in honor of Jim Tresner (photo right), who died on April 12 after serving 22 years as one of our St. Charles Hall custodians. The tree in his name will be planted on the east side of St. Charles Hall today at 3 p.m., with Jim’s family in attendance. Please come out to support them and honor a faithful member of the Carroll family in this uplifting celebration of life.


In other finals week news, to reduce student stress, Carroll’s Anthrozoology program is providing therapy dogs for students to meet and pet during the exam extravaganza. The “Fuzz Fix for Finals” will offer therapy dog petting sessions with our Anthrozoology canines next Tuesday and Wednesday, May 8 and 9, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Corette Library. Volunteers from Montana T Doggers will also provide therapy petting sessions next Monday and Tuesday evening, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the library. Also next Monday and Tuesday, our Wellness Center is  getting into the act by offering the “The Dog Days of Finals,” a chance to stop by and pet the Wellness Center’s own dog-eared mascot Gracie from noon to 2 p.m. in front of the Campus Center. The furr will be flying all next week for sure, but this sort of animal therapy has been shown to calm students during intense, sleep-sapping stints like exams and studying. Less stress means better performance, so get a leg up on finals and a new leash on life by treating yourself to a soothing study break with a furry friend next week.


This week, Carroll’s STTI Nursing Honor Society chapter wrapped up its month-long drive to gather new underwear, socks and hats for Helena’s estimated 600 homeless. Thanks to generous community support on campus and beyond, they exceeded their 1,000-item goal by around 20%, and now all the goods are at the local YWCA, which will distribute the items to those in need. (Boxing day this past Wednesday in photo right) Watch our nursing students box up their bounty in this “Class Act” feature that premiered yesterday on KTVH Beartooth NBC:


This Sunday, May 5, Carroll’s choir and chamber choir will offer a free concert, Love, Peace, and Harmony,” at 4 p.m. at the St. Mary Catholic Community in Helena. Our choir will open the concert with a setting of Peter Tchaikovsky’s Tebe Poem, a paraphrase of a portion of the Gloria text in Old Church Slavonic, and will continue with three sacred Latin pieces. The men of the choir will follow with a beautiful contemporary setting of the Easter anthem Christ the Lord is Risen Again by Mark Templeton. Next, the Carroll chamber choir will present selections by Duarte Lobo and Arvo Pärt plus an arrangement of the jazz standard Here’s That Rainy Day, featuring Carroll Professor Dr. Lynn Petersen on piano. The choir’s women will present a variety of pieces, including a Finnish folk song, the beautiful double choir setting of Ave Maria by Gustav Holst, an Iraqi Peace Song, and the meditative Shanti (Sanskrit for “peace”). 

The full mixed choir will regroup for the final three works: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, Knut Nystedt’s setting of Peace I Leave With You, and the lively gospel selection Clap Praise by Dr. Diane L. White. The concert will feature guest musicians Dr. Petersen at both the piano and organ, Linda Kuhn on cello, Carroll Professor Joy Holloway on harmonium, and numerous student soloists.  Admission to the concert is free, but an offering will be taken to benefit the music program at the St. Mary Catholic Community.  All choirs are directed by Dr. Robert Psurny Jr., Carroll associate professor of music.


At last Saturday’sthird annual S=CT squared (Sodexo=Clean Today, Cleaner Tomorrow) trash clean-up day in honor of Earth Day, nearly 60 student and Carroll employee volunteersbrought in over half a ton (1,100 pounds precisely) of garbage they’d picked up all over Helena and on campus (this year's crew in photo right). According to Linda Bahr, the director of Sodexo’s Carroll Dining Services, the volunteers filled 18 more 55-gallon bags than last year, and she has no doubt more refuse was removed from Helena’s public ways than during the prior two years of this Earth Day event. Bravo to everyone who made Helena—and Carroll—shine. Photos of the big day are on the Carroll Facebook site, along with photo albums from Softball Weekend and much more: check it out (and “Like” us) at

In other earthy news, next weekend, May 10-13, is the next SAVE Foundation plastics recycling drive in Helena at the YMCA fields just east of campus. Type 1 and 2 plastic containers will be accepted, as will aluminum cans. Quick rinse beforehand, and please: no lids, no yogurt or motor oil containers; and cooking oil containers must be thoroughly rinsed beforehand. The bins will be open for recyclables from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.


Next Friday, May 10, a slate of dignitaries, including Bishop of Helena George Leo Thomas, Carroll President Tom Evans and members of Carroll’s board of trustees will be breaking ground on a new campus apartment construction project on the east side of campus overlooking the vast, green Centennial Park fields. At this time, the college projects the campus apartment project will cost approximately $5.8 million and will consist of two buildings that together will house 36 separate apartments: 12 will be three-bedroom and six will be two-bedroom, for a total of 96 beds. The construction manager, Dick Anderson Construction, expects completion by May 2014. Slated for opening next May, this project will help the college meet the needs of its student body, which has indicated a strong preference for living on campus and in apartment-style accommodations.

The 20-minute May 10 groundbreaking event starts at 2 p.m. on the east side of campus in the parking area past the Civil Engineering Building and east of the Fortin Science Center—just look for the festive balloons. After an invocation by Bishop Thomas and remarks by Carroll Board Chair Mark Semmens, College Chaplain Rev. Marc Lenneman will bless the ground, followed by a few shovelfuls being unearthed by our special guests. After the ceremony, Dr. Evans and his wife Lisa will travel to the St. Charles Hall steps at 3 p.m. to offer congratulations to the class of 2013, which will be graduating on Sat., May 11, in the Carroll PE Center. This will be the first Carroll graduation of Dr. Evans’ one-year-old presidency. More graduation details will be in next week’s semester-end edition of QNs.


In the News

Last week’s QNs reported that, at the recent spring meeting of the Montana Section of the American Chemical Society in Butte, Carroll junior Myunghoon Kim, with “her” Carroll Chemistry Professor Caroline Pharr, presented “Synthesis and study of a novel family of conjugated carbazole centered compounds with potential applications in organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs).” “Hoonie” Kim is a he, not a she, and aside from this apology-grade mistake there’s more: At the meeting, he won the award for best undergraduate presentation and received $750 to travel to a national conference next year.

Carroll College sophomore Nathan Kavanagh (center in photo left) of Cut Bank, Mont., is the winner of the $1,000 Reverend Frank Lawrence Harrington (ANAVICUS) Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year. Kavanagh is a communication and public relations major of outstanding academic standing. The scholarship award, conferred annually, recognizes academic achievement, leadership potential and spiritual conduct in keeping with the best traditions of The American Legion and Carroll College.  The Reverend Frank L. Harrington Scholarship was established in 1987 by the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada, United States Unit (ANAVICUS), to honor Father Frank Harrington, national chaplain of The American Legion in 1947-48 and former dean of men and professor of mathematics at Mount St. Charles College (later renamed Carroll). 

At last weekend’s American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Pacific Northwest Student Conference at Oregon State University, Carroll ASCE engineering students made a noble showing in the ever-popular and even more watery concrete canoe competition and posted seventh-place in the technical paper competition, where the issue focused on the ethics of competency versus credentials. In the environmental contest to design a water filter, our Saints came in third. The real fun was taking the canoes to their natural habitat for the annual day at the races. As you can see from the photos above and left, Carroll’s good ship “Last Chance” paddled to a strong start and, by the end, would have bested the field in any submarine contest.



Registration is now open for three fabulous Carroll alumni, parents and friends 2013 travel opportunities:  

Glacier Park Weekend: On July 26-27, explore one of Montana’s great outdoor treasures, with options of river rafting, boating, hiking, scenic tour, outdoor Mass, campfire, BBQ and more. Camping and lodging accommodations available.  Make it a family adventure and travel by train from the east or the west using Amtrak’s special Carroll fare code X37N-966.  Walla Walla Wine Tour: This October 11-14, enjoy Washington wine country at harvest time, with limousine transportation to the wineries, exceptional food and wine pairing, and accommodations at the historic Marcus Whitman Hotel. Christmas In Bethlehem: On December 20-30, tour the Holy Land with Carroll history professor Dr. Jeanette Fregulia. Tour destinations will include the Sea of Galilee, the Mount of Olives, Jericho, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of the Nativity. Hotel accommodations are right in Bethlehem for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

For more information on these and other Carroll alumni events visit


Golden Alumni from the classes of 1943, 1953 and 1963 will gather for a special Golden Reunion on May 10 and 11. For a complete reunion schedule, visit

In the News

Peter Sullivan (left), class of 1957, has spent half a century in the family business he started, Sullivan Financial Group. A self-described workaholic, he turns 78 next week and has no plans to retire.Sullivan Financial Group is an independent financial services business, but the company is one of about 3,000 ING Financial Services partners; in this field, Peter has been named to that company’s hall of fame, a feat that requires being named one of ING’s top 10 financial services providers for 10 years. Among his unique attributes, Sullivan is also known as the “hugging financial advisor.” A wealth of information about him is online at:

In Memoriam

Though not a Carroll graduate, Sallie Sheridan-Corette (right) merits mention here as a Carroll family member who long ago became a “household word” as one of the namesakes of our Jack and Sallie Corette Library. Mrs. Corette, after 95 years of life, died on April 24, 2013, at her home in Missoula. Jack and Sallie enjoyed 23 years together until Jack’s passing in 1994. Carroll’s library was finished in 1979; seven years later, in 1986, the renovated building was officially named the Jack and Sally Corette Library in honor of these two generous supporters of Carroll scholarships and the library endeavor. For more on her life, read:


Carroll Assistant Professor of Nursing Kathy McGuire (left) on April 19 was presented with the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society (STTI) Beginning Leader Award, which she accepted during the STTI conference in Bozeman, Mont. McGuire has been facilitating simulation education for nursing students at Carroll College for the past five years, and her expertise in many areas has proven invaluable to the Nursing Department as it modifies the program to meet the ever-changing healthcare needs of our citizens. In January 2013, McGuire was selected through competitive application for the year-long Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators, the National League for Nursing’s initiative designed for those interested in assuming a leadership role in the research or administration of simulation programs in nursing education.  As one of only 20 nurses selected throughout the US and Canada, she is using her experiences in the program to shape the criteria for nursing simulation competencies and certification at Carroll. It is not uncommon for McGuire to donate her time and expertise to support the healthcare learning needs of community groups, for example, teaching CPR to members of a local school or Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) to the volunteer firefighters. In addition, she provides mentorship in simulation education to faculty members around the state. 

Kevin Hadduck, director of Carroll’s Academic Resource Center, has recently had another poem published: "If God Never Changes" in the latest issue of Saint Katherine Review, Vol. 3, Nos 1&2, p. 16.


Campus Ministry Headlights students send a big shout-out to the nearly 300 people who came out for last weekend’s enchilada dinner. All proceeds from this successful event are going to help Headlights return to the Diocese of Helena’s Guatemala Mission after graduation.

For all Campus Ministry news, homilies, Mass and sacraments and more, log on to:


Though the wind gusted to 40 mph with driving rain and snow, Carroll sophomore golfer Jackie Mee (right) was unfazed and left Missoula’s Larchmont Golf Course last Tuesday as the Frontier Conference’s individual champion. That means Mee’s season isn’t quite finished, as she earns an automatic bid to the upcoming NAIA national championships May 21-24 in Lincoln, Neb. Mee, who golfed for just one year in high school, had already made Carroll history last fall when she became the first female golfer to win a Frontier Conference tournament, and it was just the second conference tournament of her collegiate career. Incidentally, Mee’s brother, Jim, became Carroll’s first men’s golfer to win a tournament in the previous year. Bag more details at:


May 11: Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement. This year’s honorary doctorate will go to Dr. Carolyn Woo, the CEO and president of Catholic Relief Services. The Borromeo Award will be conferred on the Rev. Bernard Peter Byrne, class of 1951, who in 1956 joined the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers and embarked on a lifetime of caring for poor children in Peru.

June 14-30: Carroll Summer Theatre presents Fox on the Fairway, 7:30 p.m. all performances, in the Carroll College Theatre. Directed by Chuck Driscoll. A tribute from Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo, Shakespeare in Hollywood) to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, The Fox On the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. This is a fast-paced and high energy evening filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans; it's a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers' classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and mankind's eternal love affair with golf.

July 10-12: Carroll presents its third annual Mountain Moodle Moot conference on campus. This event has become one of premiere Moodle conferences in the US. This session will see over 120 attending from all over the US and the abroad.  Already confirmed are speakers from New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, South Carolina, Indiana, North Dakota, England, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. This year features two main tracks focusing on Moodle, both in the K-12 environment and in higher ed. For oodles on Moodle, go to or follow through Twitter @mtmoot.

July 14-20: The 30th annual Carroll College Gifted Institute, an in-residence program for gifted students entering 5th through 9th grades.