Thank you to all that made Carroll College’s second annual Founders Gala in support of student scholarships another resounding success! Held on All Saints Day, November 1, the Gala brought together over 350 friends, alumni and generous supporters of the college for an evening in celebration of our students.
The net proceeds of this event will support student scholarships and with 99% of Carroll students receiving some manner of financial assistance, an event such as this ensures that many, many students will be given the gift of a Carroll education in the future.
Thank you to our co-chairs John Runda and Tricia McMahon, our sponsors, students, staff, and, most importantly, our incredibly generous attendees and donors, including 2019 Insignis Award recipients Gene ‘71 and Mary Lou ‘71 Mallette, who made this evening so special. Carroll truly is a community of Saints!
It has been an incredibly busy several weeks for the Carroll College Talking Saints. With competition the past three weekends, they’ve accumulated over 60 awards and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the tournaments.
|October 26-27 – Spokane, WA:|
Four first-year Carroll College Talking Saints joined forces with one senior and the five of them won the third-place school sweepstakes award at the Whitworth University tournament held in Spokane, Washington, October 26–27.
“Somehow that beautiful third place sweepstakes trophy looks bigger and brighter than others in the squad room,” said coach Brent Northup. “For the five of them to make such a big splash was wonderful. They came home very excited and wanted to add events and practice.”
Read the full release here.
|Mariah Hurd, Michael Fuller, Tanner Geiss, Aislinn Deavel (front left)|
and Nicole Williams (front right)
|November 1-2 – Casper, WY:|
A dozen Talking Saints headed to Casper, Wyoming, on November 1-2, where each one of them won at least one award and the team won first place in overall school sweepstakes. The team came home with 31 awards.
For the second straight year, senior Michael Fuller of Helena was named the Best Individual at the tournament, winning the Gretchen Wheeler trophy. Fuller had a career tournament, making finals in all six of his events.
Fuller’s duo partner Eleanor Ferrone, a sophomore from Hastings, Nebraska, won three awards.
“Michael and Eleanor both have extraordinary discipline and an inexhaustible work ethic,” said Northup. “Their success is a testament to their character. What they do in life, they do well. Thankfully, forensics is one of their passions.”
Three of the four teams in open debate finals were from Carroll. Carroll won 10 of the top 14 speaker awards in debate.Read the full release here.
|Talking Saints in Casper and senior Michael Fuller from Helena, MT|
|November 8-10 – McMinnville, OR:|
Led by first-year Hellie Badaruddin from Loyola Sacred Heart in Missoula, the Talking Saints won 29 awards and placed second at the 86th annual Mahaffey Tournament at Linfield College on November 8-10, which wrapped up their semester of competition. Twenty-nine colleges and universities competed in the Mahaffey, one of the oldest tournaments in America, dating back to 1931. Fifteen of Carroll’s 19 students won recognition.
Badaruddin had a stunning weekend, winning six total awards including four first place honors. Her success earned her the Brenda Marshall Award, recognizing the most outstanding first or second year student at the tournament. She’s in contention to win the Orv Iverson Award given to the top new student in the region at the close of the year.
“The stars aligned for Hellie this weekend,” said coach Brent Northup. “She has a tireless work ethic and a cheerful, what-can-I-do-next spirit. When she practices, she takes meticulous notes on criticism and by the next session, she’s implemented the suggested changes. That openness is a virtue that will open so many doors. She’s also just plain nice.”
Of the 12 debate teams advancing to championship rounds, five were from Carroll. Of the 10 top speakers, six were from Carroll. The team won both junior and novice extemporaneous speaking. Five Carroll debate teams advanced to championship rounds, with Carroll sweeping the top four speaker awards in junior debate.
“The best moment in the weekend wasn’t an award, though,” said Northup. “A coach came up to me to say how impressed she was by the Carroll team – not because of their speeches but because they were such nice people. Looks like we fooled ’em this time.”
The strong showing at Linfield, the final event of the semester, positions the team well for the final regional championship tournament at Pacific University near Portland in January.
The Talking Saints have won or shared 29 consecutive regional titles, and the Linfield showing put the team in strong contention for number 30.
Read the full release here.
|Hellie Badaruddin and the full team in Linfield|
|As the fall season is closing out, the accolades are rolling in for Carroll’s fall sports student-athletes and coaches.|
First-year Carroll cross country coach Shannon Flynn made her mark by being named Frontier Conference Coach of the Year. In addition, first-year Reghan Worley and junior Kendyl Pierson earned all-conference honors.
Plus, the Carroll College women's cross country team received an at-large bid and men's runner first-year Jesse McMurtrey qualified as an individual for the 2019 NAIA Cross Country National Championship. The championship is scheduled for November 22 in Vancouver, Washington.
Carroll College soccer players senior Charly Clements and junior Leo Georgiades were selected as CoSIDA Academic All-District award winners. The 2019 Academic All-District Men's and Women's Soccer Teams, selected by CoSIDA, recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.
Four members of the Carroll College Fighting Saints women's soccer team were named all-Cascade Collegiate Conference. Sophomore Katie Anderson, senior Charly Clements and senior Makayla Welch were named Second Team All-Conference, while senior Taryn Neameyer was an honorable mention.
Also, the women’s team qualified for the Cascade Collegiate Conference Tournament as the 7th seed. This is their 4th appearance in five years, having won the championship two of those years.
|On the men’s side, first-year forward Rory Bloy was named second team all-conference while three other Saints were named honorable mention all-conference: Leo and Paolo Georgiades and Santiago Morazzani were selected as honorable mention all-conference picks. |
|Congratulations to the following Carroll College faculty members who have been recommended for promotion and tenure:|
TENURE: Ed Glowienka, Ph.D., Philosophy; Nikki Honzel, Ph.D., Psychology; Jessica McManus, Ph.D., Psychology; Dean Pavlakis, Ph.D., History; John Rowley, Ph.D., Chemistry; and Eric Sullivan, Ph.D., Mathematics.
PROMOTION TO PROFESSOR: John Ries, Ph.D., Theology; and Bob Stansberry, Ph.D., Education.
PROMOTION TO ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR: Travis Almquist, Ph.D., Biology; Katherine Greiner, Ph.D., Theology; Gerald Schafer, Ph.D., Health Sciences; and Kimberly Shire, MFA, Fine Arts - Theatre.
|Beth Haile, Theology Faculty - Dr. Beth Haile was a theology professor at Carroll from 2011-2014. With a desire to spend more time with her family than is possible with a full-time teaching position, Beth decided to leave her faculty position as Assistant Professor of Moral Theology in the spring of 2014. At the time of her departure, it was shared that “she has been especially known among her colleagues and her students for her infectious enthusiasm, engagement, and energy in the classroom and the extent to which she truly cares about our students. She is also well-known for being a good colleague, both within the Theology department and in the wider college community.”|
Sadly, Beth had lived with brain cancer since December 2017. She died at her home in Waterloo, IA, surrounded by family and friends, on November 6, 2019, at the age of 35. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers or gifts, please send memorials to Waterloo Public Library for purchasing children’s books, 415 Commercial St, Waterloo, IA 50701, Attn: Kim Chapman. Read more about her life here.
|Mary Delaney Munger, Nursing Faculty - Mary Munger taught public health at Carroll full-time for six years and part-time for 10 years until she retired in 1991. In addition, she helped Carroll with developing the framework for the baccalaureate nursing program. She was featured in the “Making Your Mark” series for the Helena IR in 2017. The article can be viewed here: Making Your Mark: Mary Munger has dedicated her life to public service. In addition, you can read more about her life here.|
“Mary was a teacher, mentor, nationally recognized supporter of collective bargaining and advocacy for nurses, a true friend, and a generous supporter to so many organizations, including Carroll. It has been my privilege over many years to have known Mary in all of these capacities. She was an incredible woman to be sure and, I, and many others, will miss her so,” shared Candie Cain ’82, Executive Director for Planned Giving.
As we all know, Carroll's alumni are amazing! The Insider would love to provide highlights of our graduates for our readers – where they are, what they are doing and how Carroll has helped shape their journey. Share your stories with us and we'll share your stories here. Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|SARA SWARTOUT PELETT, CMP – CLASS OF 2001|
|Sara Swartout Pelett '01 currently lives in the Portland area with her husband and daughters, Olivia (4), Brooklyn (1), and Addison (1). |
Sara Swartout Pelett ’01 took us up on our offer above and shared the following with us:After graduating from Carroll with a double major in public relations and communications, with concentrations in business and journalism, Sara started her career at Jesuit High School in Portland, OR, where she worked as part of their development team managing fundraising events. “The education I received at Carroll helped me land the job at Jesuit, which in turn started my passion for event planning,” said Sara. A passion that after 16 years of various event management experience led her to start her own event planning company, Outsourced Event Planning. Her company specializes in corporate and nonprofit events, and some of her current clients include the Cancer Resource Fund and Too Big Ventures, Inc. She also earned her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation.
Outside of work, she volunteers at her church, as well as on the auction committee and as class mom for her daughter’s school. “Carroll taught me the importance of community involvement, giving back, and the value of a good education,” shared Sara.
“If anyone at Carroll is interested in pursuing a career in event planning, please feel free to contact me and I am happy to help with career guidance. Although it’s been almost 20 years since my time at Carroll, I still hold my time there in high regards and appreciate the lifelong friendships it gave me.”
Read more about Sara’s experiences here.
Scott Boutilier '09, vice president and commercial lender, Community Bank of Santa Maria, CA – read announcement here.
|Maria (McCarthy) Goebel '74 – read more about her life here.|
|Betty Jean (Beslanowitch) Martin '51 – read more about her life here.|
|Robert C. "Bob" McKenna, friend of the college – read more about his life here.|
|Kermit J. Mueller, class of 1952 – read more about his life here.|
|Dean Patrick Sullivan, Jr., DDS, class of 1961 – read more about his life here.|
|Mary Lou (Hamblet) Wilson '53 – read more about her life here.|
|In case you missed it, check out some of media coverage featuring Carroll College from the last several weeks:|
|Prospective Student Open House, Nov. 15, 9-2:30, Carroll College|
Bishop-Elect Vetter Ordination Dinner, Nov. 20, PE Center, Carroll College
Carroll College Math Debate: The Greatest Algorithm, Nov. 21, 7 pm, Simperman Hall/Weigand Amphitheatre, Carroll College
Birds of Helena with Shane Sater, Nov. 21, 7 pm, O’Connell Hall 107, Carroll College
Republican Gubernatorial Primary Debate, Nov. 26, 6 pm, Campus Center lower level, Carroll College
Thanksgiving Break, Nov. 27- Dec. 1
Carroll College Foreign Language Film Series: Custody, Dec. 3, 7 p.m., Sage Room, Corette Library, Carroll College
Jazz Band Concert, Dec. 3, 7:30 pm, FLEX Theatre, Campus Center, Carroll College