September 10, 2018 Insider: We're #1 Again!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
This year marks eight straight years that Carroll College has been ranked as the top rated Regional College in the West by U.S. News & World Report.
With the new rankings released today, Carroll was once again #1 for Best Regional College in the West, #1 for Best Regional College in the West for Veterans, #3 for Best Value College in the West, and new to the west this year, #1 for Undergraduate Teaching.
“Carroll College has always focused on educating students who are not only remarkable in the classroom but also ready and prepared to make a difference in the world around us,” said President John Cech. “Carroll’s Catholic mission, academic excellence, and exceptional ability to retain and graduate quality students is central to who we are and how we deliver on the promise and value of a Carroll education.” Read more.
In addition to U.S. News, Carroll College was also selected for College Raptor's 2019 Hidden Gems in the US list for the second year in a row! Applications received, graduation rates, campus diversity, endowment per student, selectivity, and other metrics are all taken into consideration when developing their list. 
And we're not done yet. Helena was also named the #1 most affordable college town in 2018 by To get their rankings, they took into consideration population, rent, utilities, movie tickets, annual tuition and other factors that go into a student budget.
To see a complete list of Carroll's honors, visit our Distinctions & Rankings page.
Faculty/Staff News
The Carroll English department is proud to announce that the Montana Center for the Book recently  selected a book by their colleague Lorna Milne as the state's contribution to the National Book Festival's "52 Great Reads." Lorna's recent book is a biography of Montana photographer Evelyn Cameron, titled “Evelyn Cameron: Photographer on the Western Prairie.” Join us in congratulating Lorna on this significant accomplishment.
Alumni News
Carroll Homecoming & Family Weekend is just two short weeks away and we hope you are making plans to join us in Helena, September 21-23.  Reconnect with friends and professors, take in a lecture, play a round of golf, enjoy a Parisian-style dinner in white or just take in a game or two!  For a full schedule of events and to register visit: Looking forward to seeing all our Saints back on campus!
A fun addition to the Homecoming weekend festivities is the Soirée en Blanc Dinner – a Parisian-style dinner in white on Friday, September 21 from 5 - 7 p.m., sponsored by the Carroll College French program.
Inspired by a group of Parisian friends who dressed in white so they could find each other for a picnic in the park, dinners in white are outdoor gatherings of friends and strangers. The dinners are usually held in a public location announced shortly before the event. Participants often bring their own picnic dinner.
Our Carroll version is a little different—we’re announcing the location now (the Campus Center north lawn) and we’ll provide the tables, chairs, food and beverages. So forage in your closet for that white dress or white jacket and join Carroll alumni, students and friends at this festive picnic.
Répondez s’il vous plaît (RSVP) by registering online by September 14. $25 per person ($20 per student), no-host bar.
Class Notes
Cuyler Tonkovich '08 and Traci (Lyndes) Tonkovich '18 – welcomed son Jaxson Lane Tonkovich, 5.5 lbs, on August 23, 2018. Proud parents and baby live in Montana City, MT.
Calvin Schlepp, MD, '07 – Orthopaedic surgeon, Helena Orthopaedic Clinic, Helena, MT. Read announcement here.
Patrick "Pat" Cahill '72  - Read more about his life here.
George William Foltz '56  - Read more about his life here.
Katherine "Kathi" Frankino '85  - Read more about her life here.
Community Classes
These courses are being offered on a non-credit basis, to the Helena community, for enrichment purposes.
Are you interested in learning more about the vibrant language and culture of Ireland? If so, this beginning Irish language course is just for you! No prior knowledge of the Irish language is required. The course provides an enjoyable introduction to modern Irish, focusing on basic language skills and preparing students to conduct conversations and read authentic texts. Learn more.
Class meets on Carroll College Campus (classroom to be announced) on Tuesday evenings, from 6:00 - 7:30pm, from September 18 through 20 November, 2018. (Beginning Irish II begins September 20.) This non-credit beginning Irish class will run for 10 weeks (15 hours). To register, visit our online marketplace.
Employment News
Have you ever thought about working at Carroll? Check out our current openings
Upcoming Events
Simperman Learning Commons Groundbreaking, Sept. 13, 5 p.m., Corette Library, Carroll College
An Evening of Physics with Dr. Kelly Cline: An Interstellar Mission to Alpha Centauri, Sept. 13, 7 p.m. 101/202 Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre, Carroll College
Constitution Day Lecture: "Balancing War Powers in a Never-Ending 'War,'" Sept. 17, 7 p.m., Trinity Lounge, Carroll College
Merlin Philosophy Symposium: The Environment, Ethics & Stewardship (Part 1), Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m., Lower Campus Center, Carroll College
Homecoming & Family Weekend 2018 – Sept. 21-23
9th Annual Carroll College ASCE Student Chapter Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Sept. 21, 11 a.m., Bill Roberts Golf Course, Helena
Soirée en Blanc Dinner, Sept. 21, 5 p.m., Campus Center Lawn, Carroll College
Nursing Hand Blessing and White Coat Ceremony, Sept. 26, 4 p.m., All Saints Chapel, Carroll
Math Debate: The Greatest Mathematician, Sept. 27, 7 p.m., 101/202 Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre, Carroll College
Legislative Candidate Forum, Sept. 27, 7 p.m., Lower Campus Center, Carroll College
“Urinetown” presented by the Carroll College Theatre Department,  Sept. 28-30, Oct. 4-7, Carroll FLEX Theatre, Lower Campus Center, Carroll College
Life and Freedom on Death Row, Oct. 3, 7 p.m., Campus Center, Carroll College
An Evening of Physics with Dr. Kelly Cline: The Secrets of Einstein’s Relativity, Oct. 3, 7 p.m., 101/202 Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre, Carroll College
Montana’s Renewable Energy Future, Oct. 4, 7 p.m., Trinity Lounge, Carroll College
Helena Sun Run, Oct. 6, 9 a.m., Carroll College
Save The Date – Founder’s Gala, Nov. 2, 5:30 p.m., Campus Center, Carroll College
Join us Friday, November 2, for an enjoyable evening of fellowship in support of student scholarships. The evening begins with musical performances by both the Carroll Jazz Band and the Carroll String Ensemble, and will be hosted by comedian and Carroll alum Patrick Keane ’97. Following dinner, we will be presenting the Insignis Award and highlighting our accomplished students. The evening concludes with dessert and dancing with live music by Triple Cross. Learn more at