May 4, 2018 Insider: Gift of Spring

Monday, May 7, 2018
On the left, Whitney Call '08 and Fender '08 featured in the Helena IR in 2008.      On the right, Whitney and Fender today.
Carroll’s widely popular Anthrozoology program is about to get a new canine center, thanks to a generous donation from Whitney Call, a 2008 Carroll College graduate, and her family.
The family gifted $1,250,000 through the FJM Impact Fund to support construction of the Perkins Call Canine Center, and partial compensation for a Center director for five years. The Center will house Anthrozoology faculty in canine, equine, and wild animal disciplines and provide space for classroom instruction, research, veterinary examinations, canine training, and human-animal bond activities. Construction is slated to begin in the fall of 2019.
Whitney and her dog Fender (pictured above) were the first student-canine team to earn a minor in the human-animal bond program which has since developed into the robust Anthrozoology program. “Being involved in the Anthrozoology program at Carroll College had a tremendous impact on my life,” said Whitney Call. “Gaining a deeper understanding into the interactions between humans and animals, and the ways in which we can partner with animals to have mutually beneficial relationships, helped me to determine a career path and changed my life in a positive way. The experiences I had in the program helped me grow not only from an academic standpoint, but were also fun and fulfilling. I hope that many more students can benefit from the program in coming years.”
Read the full release here. View the KTVH story here.
Thank you to all who gave so generously so that Carroll College's largest capital campaign to-date, the MIND BODY SPIRIT Campaign, was able to come to a successful close. The college closed the campaign having exceeded its goal of $20 million by raising a total of $20.8 million over the course of the four-year campaign.
"The completion of the MIND BODY SPIRIT Campaign represents a considerable achievement for Carroll. Not only have these gifts provided the resources to construct buildings and enhance programs, they exemplify the faith and commitment our friends, supporters and alumni have for Carroll,” said Candie Cain, Interim Vice President for Advancement. “The willingness of so many to provide transformational support to the college demonstrates that people recognize the impact of what is happening on Carroll’s campus, in our classrooms and across the globe. The influence Carroll graduates have on our communities is evident. And people acknowledge and support that generously. I am humbled by the support for the MIND BODY SPIRIT Campaign that has forever changed the skyline of Carroll and the educational experience of our learning community."
Read the full release here. View the Campaign Thank You video here.
The collaboration between Carroll College and the Helena Symphony continues with the 15th annual Symphony Under the Stars slated for Saturday, July 21 on Carroll's campus. Representatives from the Symphony, Helena Community Credit Union, and Carroll, including current interim president Fr. Stephen Rowan and president-elect Dr. John Cech, recently celebrated the HCCU’s multi-year commitment for naming rights to SUTS with a photo opportunity by Guad Hill. This summer’s concert will feature the award-winning music of the Star Wars franchise, composed by the legendary John Williams. Music will be chosen from all eight of the saga movies.
New to Helena or want to see what may be new since you were last here, check out Helena's latest publication The Local - Helena. The publication, created by a collective of people who love Helena which includes a number of Carroll alums, features stories and recommendations to help people "hike our favorite trails, try our favorite dishes, shop our favorite stores, drink our favorite beer, sip our favorite cocktails, and experience our town the way a local would." Check out the first edition online!
Student News
Recently, Carroll students enrolled in Public Health Theories and Practice presented their research at the state capitol as Montana political leaders and public health officials came together to speak on the prescription drug abuse problem in Montana. Check out the news coverage here. The students had recently presented their research, "Drugged Driving: An Examination of the Prescription Drug Crisis and Possible Interventions" at the Student Undergraduate Research Festival.
Make your gift online and track our progress at By giving every year, you make a difference every day. For questions, contact Kellie Dold, Director of Annual Giving, 406-447-4321,
Saints Athletic News
The Carroll College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted the inaugural Halo Awards this past Saturday evening at the PE Center. The ceremony was the first all student-athlete awards in Carroll history and was the culmination of seven months of work and planning by the SAAC in its first year in existence. The Halo Awards honored athletes for feats in the field of play and in the classroom. Alec Basterrechea and Brittany Hogan (pictured above) received the St. Sebastian Award, the highest honor that was given out at the Halo Awards and the Carroll women's basketball team received Team of the Year and Service Team of the Year honors to highlight the evening. Read the full release of honorees here.
A conference-high 13 members of the Carroll Softball team were named to the Academic All-Cascade Conference team. The group was led by 4.0 senior and winner of the Inaugural Halo Awards Scholar-Athlete of the Year Jaylin Kenney. To receive the honor, a player must be at least a sophomore with a 3.2 GPA or higher. See the full list of recipients here.
Track and Field athlete, junior Hannah Porch from Missoula, MT, has become adept at balancing a demanding academic course load studying to become a nurse with the training and travel that accompanies being a student-athlete. recently interviewed Hannah about she manages it all: ‘I like being busy’: Carroll College’s Hannah Porch can’t slow down.
Class Notes
Susannah Scaroni, class of 2013, trains as an elite wheelchair athlete and recently finished 2nd overall at the Boston Marathon in horrendous conditions - 40 degrees, torrential rain and 25 mph headwind. Less than a week later, Susannah finished 3rd in the London Marathon in a sprint finish. Currently she is in grad school at the University of Illinois studying sports nutrition while continuing to race at the highest level.
Kristina Buchan, Executive Liaison, College of Eastern Idaho, Idaho Falls, ID - read announcement here.
Kimberly Gardner, LCSW, LAC, '79, Clinical Director, Clinical Leadership Team, Intermountain, Helena, MT - read announcement here.
Craig Jenneskens, PE, LEED, '92, Board of Directors & Vice President of Business Management, Robert Peccia and Associates, Helena, MT - read announcement here.
Adam Jespersen '08, Chief Operating Officer, Intermountain, Helena, MT - read announcement here.
Edward Callahan, MD, visiting professor, received Carroll College Honorary degree, 1998 - read more about his life here.
Marijeanne Froehlich Connelly '63 - read more about her life here.
William Warren Mitchke '65 - read more about his life here.
Kathryn "Kaye" Ruth Wanke '71 - read more about her life here.
Robert "Bob" Whitesitt, MD, class of 1945 - read more about his life here.
Employment News
Have you ever thought about working at Carroll? Check out our current openings
Upcoming Events

Carroll College Choir Presents: Musical Memories, May 6, 4 p.m., St. Mary Cathollic Community, Helena
Blackfeet Pizza Fundraiser by the Carroll Outreach Team, May 7, 2-6 p.m., Mountain Ranch House Pizza &  Pasta, Helena

Carroll College Baccalaureate Mass & Commencement, May 12
Saints Blood Drive, May 31, 10-4, Campus Center, Lower level, Carroll College

Last winter, the Blackfeet food banks were very low on food because of the winter storms. The Carroll Outreach Team (COT) is hosting a fundraiser on Monday, May 7, to provide the food banks with funds so they do not reach a similar situation this winter. The event runs from 2-6pm, and 20% of the proceeds will benefit the Blackfeet food pantries. Participants do not need to present a flier for the purchases of their dinner to go towards the food banks. For questions, contact Amanda Harrod at