September 21, 2018 Insider: New Academic Hub

Monday, September 24, 2018


President Cech with Roy and Frances Simperman
Through the tremendous generosity of Roy '62 and Frances Simperman, as well as many others, Carroll College is undergoing a significant transformation and renovation of the Corette Library to a state-of-the art, collaborative, integrated and high tech "academic hub" where faculty and students will work together to advance learning and research.
“In today’s environment, we have to use technology to enhance and more efficiently deliver information, knowledge and learning. I am excited that Carroll has taken up the challenge to create a learning and study environment that is responding to the needs of today’s students,” said Roy Simperman. “The re-visioning of the library provides an excellent opportunity for the college to stand out among its peers and continue to attract the best and brightest to Carroll’s campus. I am pleased to be supporting a project that is enhancing the academic experience of our students.”  
Carroll celebrated this project with a special groundbreaking ceremony and naming of the Simperman Learning Commons on Thursday, September 13. In attendance were library benefactors Roy and Frances Simperman, President John Cech, Msgr. O’Neill and many members of the Carroll community. You can view coverage of the event here:
Helena IR: $7 million renovation aims to make Carroll College library an academic 'hub'
KTVH-TV: Carroll College breaks ground on Simperman Learning Commons
Carroll College was pleased to host the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on a beautiful Saturday on campus last weekend. Hundreds of community members participated representing friends, caregivers, family and those suffering from the disease. The walk is one of 600 nationwide and a major fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association. The 300 attendees collectively raised nearly $30,000.
“These are critical dollars that make possible the work of the Alzheimer’s Association, providing care and support, public policy efforts and vital research into treatments, preventions and a cure,“ said Lynn Mullowney Cabrera, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association-Montana Chapter. “The Alzheimer’s Association warmly thanks the students, faculty, staff and alum for their generous support as – together – we create a world without Alzheimers.” Read more.
Welcome to the 2018 Summer online edition of the Carroll Magazine! Inside you'll find articles and information about:
  • Cuba Beckons: A Study Abroad Trip
  • Walking in Faith: Exploring the Faith Experience at Carroll
  • Opening Doors: Acquiring Real-World Experience Through Internships
  • An Oasis of Learning: The Transformation of the Corette Library
  • Life in the Foreign Service: Sixteen Years and Five Countries
  • Plus, much more!
Student News
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 $4,785.27. This grant funding will be used for the continuation of the retrofit structural walls project at the La Asuncion school located in Santo Tomas La Union, Guatemala. To learn more about the Foundation, its grant program and endowments, please contact the parish office or Jeanne Saarinen at the Foundation - 406-389-7051, or jsaarinen@diocesehelena.orgRead more.
Saints Athletic News
Congratulations to Carroll football coach Mike Van Diest for being selected into the 2018 NAIA Hall of Fame. Van Diest is the all-time winningest coach in Saints history and now in his 20th season as the Saints' head coach, he owns a 201-49 (80.4 percent) record with a 38-8 record in the NAIA Playoffs. Under his guidance, the Saints posted 15 consecutive winning seasons from 2000-2014.
"I am very honored to be included in this outstanding club of athletes and coaches," Van Diest said. "This is a tremendous recognition for Carroll College, all the coaches and players that I have been blessed to walk out on Saturday afternoons with and be a part of this great game, college football.” Read more.  
Alumni News
Carroll Homecoming & Family Weekend 2018 is finally here and it is looking like a beautiful weekend! We are looking forward to seeing our alumni, friends and family around campus the next several days. For a full schedule of events, visit:
For those here on campus during Homecoming weekend, please join the nursing class of 2008 as they dedicate a tree and a bench (on the nursing floor) to their classmate Amy Leverett ‘08 who recently passed away after a short but courageous battle with a rare and very aggressive cancer. The tree dedication will take place on campus at 11 a.m., Saturday, September 22, adjacent to the Observatory. All are welcome.
On September 26, 2018 at 4 p.m., the Carroll College Nursing Program will host its inaugural White Coat and Hand Blessing Ceremony in All Saints Chapel on the Carroll College campus. The White Coat Ceremony is a rite of passage to emphasize the importance of compassionate patient care at the very start of training. Carroll’s 127 undergraduate nursing students are invited to recite an oath to dedicating themselves to providing the highest quality care and services to all clients.
Funding for Carroll College's inaugural ceremony was provided by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation through the generous support of its trustee and donor Elaine Adler. Carroll College was among 50 nursing schools selected in 2018 to launch their first White Coat Ceremony. A reception in the lobby of All Saints Chapel will follow the ceremony. All are welcome. Read more.
Faculty/Staff News
Congratulations to CPT Mark Thompson, assistant professor of Military Science, and his wife Wendi as they welcomed Carson Troy Thompson on September 12, 2018. Mark, Wendi, big sister Harper and the new baby are all doing well.
Class Notes
Tom Walsh '81 (current Carroll Board of Trustee member) is retiring at the end of the year from Montana Rail Link. He has been with the company for 31 years. “I feel fortunate to have been part of MRL since its inception and to have had the opportunity to work with such a talented group of people over the years,” Walsh said. Read the story in the Missoulian - President of Montana Rail Link to retire at the end of the year.
Claire Brownell '03 is starring in the off-broadway play “My Parsifal Conductor” in New York City. Brownell was a Carroll theatre major, mentored by the late Kim Delong, who earned her M.F.A. from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. She was interviewed about her most recent role in: Cosima, reimagined.
Dorothy Jane Hampton ’59 – Read more about her life here.
William Albert Mehrens '55 – Read more about his life here.
John Maurice Sheehy '66 – Read more about his life here.
Carole Rose Zinnie '62 – Read more about her life here.
Employment News
Have you ever thought about working at Carroll? Check out our current openings
Upcoming Events
Homecoming & Family Weekend 2018 – Sept. 21-23
Soirée en Blanc Dinner, Sept. 21, 5 p.m., Campus Center Lawn, Carroll College
NAMI Walk, Sept. 23, 11 a.m., Memorial Park, Helena
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
Human Trafficking Awareness Seminar, Oct. 1, 6 p.m., 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
Grizfolk Concert, Oct. 4, 8 p.m., Helena Civic Center
Helena Sun Run, Oct. 6, 9 a.m., Carroll College
Rick Blessinger Memorial SAA Golf Tournament, Oct. 12, 11 a.m., Green Meadow Country Club, Helena
Save The Date – Founder’s Gala, Nov. 2, 5:30 p.m., Campus Center, Carroll College

Presidential Tour – Dr. Cech, Oct. 5-6, Boise
Carroll president Dr. John Cech is traveling the country to meet with Carroll's alumni, friends and parents. First up: Boise on October 5-6! A gathering at 10 Barrel Brewing Company on Friday beginning at 5:30 and then tailgating before the big Saints/Yotes game on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. For registration and information, visit