November 24, 2017 Insider: Happy Thanksgiving

Monday, November 27, 2017
Let us introduce you to the adoptable dogs of our class of 2018 Anthrozoology Department Canine Training Program. Our Carroll College student handlers work and live with each adoptable dog during the school year. They serve as foster caregivers for shelter dogs while they train in one of several disciplines such as service, narcotics detection, and search and rescue. Though each shelter dog has been trained in a particular area, they can be adopted as a family pet. Check out this year's adoptable dog profiles (all 18 of them) online at Begin the process now and the dogs will be available upon graduation in the spring.
Giving Tuesday is just around the corner! Following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. At Carroll, we couldn’t be more grateful for the support of our students, employees, alumni, family and friends. On November 28, we hope you’ll support Carroll College student scholarships or another worthy project, organization or cause.
As this month of gratitude continues, we'd like to share another exciting way to support Carroll College. Did you know that by visiting instead of, you can donate 0.5% of any purchase to a charity or organization, including Carroll College, at no cost to you? Simply follow these steps:
  • Go to Sign into your account just as you would sign into
  • Find My Account in the top right corner of the page and click on it
  • Use the search bar to find a local charity (You can search for Carroll College)
  • Click the Select button to the right of the charity you would like to support
  • Look for the small writing at the center top of the page that says, Supporting Carroll College
Student News
Congratulations to our 2017 nursing graduates who earned a NCLEX pass rate of 90.48%, well above the national average of 84-85%. NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) is a nationwide examination for the licensing of nurses in the United States and Canada. After graduation, students takes the NCLEX exam to receive his or her nursing license. Nice work, Saints!
To help continue the important work being done by Carroll College’s Engineers Without Borders in Guatemala, the Foundation for the Diocese of Helena recently awarded CC-EWB a grant in the amount of $1,000. This grant funding will be used for the continuation of the seismic retrofit wall construction at the Instituto La Asuncion school located in Santo Tomas La Union, Guatemala. This past summer there were two big earthquakes that occurred in Guatemala: June 14, 2017, magnitude 6.6 and on June 22, magnitude 6.8. In addition, the one that rocked Mexico City, magnitude 7.7, also impacted Guatemala.
“Damage to the school occurred mainly in places where no structural wall work by EWB students took place. It is rewarding to see the success of our construction has paid off and illustrates the need to for others who wish to contribute to this effort to do so,” said Willis Weight PhD, PE, Professor of Engineering and EWB Faculty Advisor.
Four Carroll Biology seniors, Brianna Buduan, Katie McHugh, Bob Pearhill, and Nick Hensley accompanied Dr. Jennifer Glowienka to the 2017 NIH IDeA Western Regional Conference in Jackson Hole, WY in October. Brianna, Katie, and Bob presented posters of their West Nile Virus related research. I found it was really rewarding to be able to discuss my project with people in the scientific community, and it was interesting to learn about research being done at other colleges and universities as well,” said senior Katie McHugh.
Saints Athletic News
Congratulations to the five Carroll College soccer players that were named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District Teams.
 On the women’s side, juniors Devan Murfitt (Nursing, 3.97 GPA) and Talya Vaira (Chemistry/Pre-Med, 3.95 GPA) and sophomore Charley Clements (Health Sciences, 3.92 GPA) were honored. While senior Isaac Bostrom (English Writing, 3.94 GPA) and sophomore Eric Hollenbaugh (Chemistry, 3.97 GPA) represented the men’s team. The women’s team was the only team in District 4 (the Western US and Canada) that had three players selected. While the men were one of just two teams in the district to earn a pair of nominees.
The players are now candidates for the Academic All-America team which is voted on by Sports Information Directors around the country. Read more (women’s team) (men’s team).
Carroll College football placed nine players on the College Sports Information Directors College Division Academic All-District 4 Team. The number is tied with one other school for the highest number of players of any school from any division of college football.
The players include seniors Tanner Gustavesen (Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, 3.89 GPA), Chris Emter (Finance, 3.71 GPA), Joel Kramer (Chemistry, 3.79 GPA), Tim Pays (Civil Engineering, 3.91 GPA), Todd Pays (Civil Engineering, 3.93 GPA) and Alec Basterrechea (Health Science/Spanish) and sophomores Major Ali (Business Administration, 3.66 GPA), Drew Melton (Finance, 3.84 GPA) and redshirt sophomore Chase Fossum (Accounting, 3.75 GPA). Congratulations Saints!
Faculty & Staff News
Julia Viergutz, Former Cashier, Carroll Business Office - read more about her life here.  
Alumni News
The Big Sky Institute for the Advancement of Nonprofits honored Peter Sullivan ’57 as a Helena Community Philanthropist of the year during the Helena Celebrates Community Philanthropy event held in early November. In addition, the organization honored the generosity of the Helena-based Treacy Foundation, currently in its third generation of family leadership by Executive Director Kimmy (O’Connell) Skiftun. Both Peter Sullivan and the Treacy Foundation have been very generous supporters of Carroll College over the years. Read more.
Class Notes
Ben Seitz '09 traveled to Houston in October to assist the Houston Asian Jaycees with relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey. Read about his experience here.
Nancy Leilani Oliveira '99 - read more about her life here.
Nancy was selected by her classmates to be the senior class speaker at the 1999 Carroll Commencement. Read her commencement remarks here.
Michael Becker '77, Vice President of Government Relations, PacificSource Health Plans, Springfield, OR – read announcement here.
Blair (Parker) Fjeseth '10, Communications Director, Office of Commissioner of Higher Education, Helena, MT – read announcement here.
Employment News
Have you ever thought about working at Carroll? You should, we are pretty nice folks at a pretty great place. Check out our current openings
Upcoming Events

Thanksgiving Break, Nov. 22-26
Carroll College will be observing Thanksgiving break from Wednesday, Nov. 22 through Sunday, Nov. 26. There will be no classes Nov. 22-Nov. 24. Administrative offices will also be closed during the break.  Campus housing will remain open. Happy Thanksgiving!

“She Persisted” presented by the Carroll College Theatre Department,” Dec. 6-9, Carroll FLEX Theatre, Lower Campus Center, Carroll College

Carroll College Jazz Band Fall Concert: Kick, Bounce & Sizzle, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., Campus Center, Carroll College

Carroll Choirs Christmas Concert: Full Circle, Dec. 10, 4 p.m., Cathedral of St. Helena