September 23, 2016 Carroll Insider: Best in the West

Friday, September 23, 2016
Best in the West
For those that missed the news the first time around, Carroll was once again recognized as the #1 Regional College in the West by U.S. News & World Report. This is our sixth year in a row garnering the top honor. In addition, we were once again the #1 regional college for veterans, #2 for best value and tied for first for freshman retention rate! Read more.
Student News
Carroll nursing students learn about rural nursing in Montana during their clinical at the Granite County Medical Center in Philipsburg, Mont. Guided by Clinical Resource Nurse and Carroll nursing alumni Annie Young ‘77, the senior nursing students spend time in smaller communities as part of their rural nursing clinical experience. Pictured above are: Annie Young, Lexi Armbruster, Jessica Wyatt, Madison Wall and Carly Colligan.
Faculty/Staff News
Dr. Eric Hall, the Hunthausen Professor of Peace and Justice at Carroll and assistant professor of theology and philosophy, has a new book that is available at or for pre-order on Amazon, The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to God: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Almighty.
“This book is all about trying hard to make issues surrounding the idea of God accessible and meaningful,” said Dr. Hall. “As I wrote the book, I thought of myself as jumping through the talking points of our unreflective culture and, through wittiness, silliness, a little crassness, and some real argumentation, draw out questions of ultimate concern—questions, frankly, that many persons have burning deep inside them but haven’t had the chance to ask,” he continued. Read more.
Congratulations to professor of computer science, Steve Harper, for being recognized as a National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Change Leader. NCWIT is a network of more than 700 universities, companies, non-profits and government organizations nationwide working to increase women’s meaningful participation in computing. NCWIT expressed gratitude for Professor Harper’s participation as a member of their Academic Alliance and his time volunteering to advance their mission. For a number of years, Harper has overseen the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing sponsored by Northwestern Energy in Montana. The annual award honors Montana high school women for their accomplishments and aspirations in computing and technology. (Harper is pictured top left in the photo of the 2015 NCWIT winners.)
Alumni News
HOMECOMING is this weekend, September 23-25. Hope you have made plans to join us for a weekend of reuniting with friends, cheering on the Saints, and checking out the new, exciting things happening on campus. Special reunions will be held for the classes of 2006, 1996, 1986, 1976, 1971, 1966 and the Nursing Class of 1961. For a full schedule and to register visit:
Check the calendar below for upcoming alumni events.
Class Notes
Kari Rice '13 – read announcement here.
John Lane, class of 1950 – read more about his life here.
Gerald Murphy, M.D., class of 1945 – read more about his life here.
Employment at Carroll
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.

Featured Job:
Web Content & Social Media Manager – Social media savvy? Strong writing skills? Excited about higher education? The Marketing & Communications office is hiring a new position responsible for digital content development for, social media and other e-communications.
Bring your passion for Carroll, your story-telling talents and your people skills to our collaborative marketing office on the hilltop.

Additional jobs:
Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Theology
Tenure-track position in Chemistry
Upcoming Events

“Dialogue with All”: A Secular Take on Laudato Si with Dr. Ryan Falcioni, Sept. 22, 7 p.m., 101/202 Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre, Carroll College
In his Laudato Si or what has come to be colloquially known as the “environmental encyclical,” Pope Francis declares his letter a “dialogue with all” given the fact that the letter is oriented toward “our common home.” Dr. Ryan Falcioni, a philosopher exploring the topics of ethics and secularism, will address the meaning of this statement of a “dialogue with all” and take up an interpretation of Laudato Si and its environmental ethics from a secular but sympathetic perspective, opening up important ethical common ground between religious and non- and defining in part what such a dialogue could mean. Among other things, this lecture should be seen as an invitation to all in the Carroll community—Catholic, Protestant, religious, non-religious—to enter into frank and sincere dialogue with this important Papal encyclical.
Dr. Ryan Falcioni is a Professor of Philosophy at Chaffey College. He completed his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Theology from Claremont Graduate University in 2011. He specializes in 20th century philosophy of religion, cultural theory and philosophy of language.
This event is free and open to the public.

"Saints for Hope" NAMI Walk, Sept. 25, 12:30, Memorial Park, N. Last Chance Gulch, Helena
Carroll students, faculty, staff and friends and family are invited to join the "SAINTS FOR HOPE" Team in the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Walk. The walk raises money for NAMI–Montana, an organization that directly benefits Montana individuals and families who deal with mental illness.
How to join the Carroll team:

  • Sign up at a registration table in the Campus Center during the lunch hour the week before the walk OR sign up the day of the walk at the Carroll table in Memorial Park. Check-in/sign-up between 11:00-12:30 (walk starts at 12:30).
  • You can also sign up or donate online at Donate at least $10 and get a pair of sunglasses.
WEAR YOUR CARROLL COLORS to the walk to show the community that Carroll cares!

Border Journey: Walls and Bridges, Sept. 26, 7 p.m., Lower Campus Center, Carroll College
The Department of Languages and Literature and the Student Activities Office are hosting a lecture with Scott Nicholson, who lives and works at the Home of Hope and Peace (HEPAC) community center in Nogales, Mexico. HEPAC is located in an impoverished neighborhood just three miles south of the border wall that separates Nogales, Sonora from Nogales, Arizona – an ideal place to witness the impact of U.S. economic and immigration policies, and to be in solidarity with the people affected by those policies. Scott’s presentation will feature his photos to describe the reality of life in Nogales, the perilous journey that migrants take to enter the U.S., and the community work of HEPAC. This opportunity will expose the recent history and current situation of U.S. economic and immigration policy, and the reasons that people from Central America and Mexico abandon their homes and attempt to migrate to the U.S. It will also encourage you to reflect on possible alternative policies that would enable people from that region to provide for their families in their home communities. For more information, contact Alex Rincón at, 447-4368.
This event is free and open to the public.

Capital Punishment, Catholicism, and Pope Francis, Sept. 29, 7 p.m., Lower Campus Center, Carroll College
Liturgy and God’s Justice for All: Capital Punishment, Catholicism, and Pope Francis with Tobias Wright is sponsored by the Carroll College Theology Department, Hunthausen Center for Peace and Justice, Archbishop Hunthausen Professor for Peace and Justice, and Dr. James and Joan Schneller Endowed Professorship in Catholic Mission and Identity.
Pope Francis's support for the abolition of capital punishment and his call for a worldwide moratorium on executions during this Holy Year of Mercy have generated questions about current Catholic teaching on the death penalty. This presentation gives attention to the history of Catholic teaching about capital punishment, including how Scripture has been interpreted in connection with it, and it describes recent developments from Pope Saint John Paul II, through Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, to Pope Francis.
Tobias Wright is a former correctional officer and reserve police officer who has also served as an ethics instructor for police officers. He is a Catholic moral theologian whose research and teaching addresses violence-related issues, environmental issues, and healthcare issues. He is the Maeder Endowed Associate Professor of Health Care Ethics and an Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Saint Louis University. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Carroll Outreach Team Water Walk, Oct. 2, 11:30-1:00 p.m., Guad Hill, Carroll College
The Carroll Outreach Team (COT) is hosting a water walk to raise awareness about water rights in other countries and in the United States and to walk in solidarity with those who have to walk far distances to collect water.
The walk will begin at 11:30am at the top of Guad Hill. All participants will walk at least .9 miles, stopping at a halfway point to fill up their bucket, but will have the option to walk the full 3.6 miles – the average distance a woman walks in the developing world to collect water.
The walk will feature facts about different countries facing drought and severe climate change, particularly ones which Catholic Relief Services has identified as in extreme need. Additionally, there will be information regarding Carroll's water usage and the drought status of Lewis and Clark County. After walkers have completed their loop, whether the full 3.6 miles or just .9, there will be games, music, and prizes on Guad lawn.
No pre-registration is required, and the event is free to attend but donations are encouraged. Donations will be accepted to benefit Catholic Relief Service's work in Bolivia, Indonesia, and Ethiopia. The Carroll and Greater Helena community are encouraged to participate.

Changes in the U.S., Changes in Cuba – One Latino’s View, Oct. 4, 6:30 p.m., Trinity Hall Lounge, Carroll College
The Artaza Center for Excellence in Global Education and the Department of Languages and Literature is sponsoring a talk in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month by Jorge Quintana, chief legal counsel for the Montana Secretary of State’s Office. Jorge, a first generation Cuban-American, lives in Helena with his wife and daughter. He earned a degree in anthropology from Stony Brook and graduated from the University of Montana School of Law in 2000. Since 2009, he has served as the chief legal counsel for the Montana Secretary of State’s Office. This event is free and open to the public.

The Science of Synthetic Diamonds with Dr. Kelly Cline, Oct 13, 7 p.m., 101/202 Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre, Carroll College
Diamonds are some of the most valuable objects on Earth and are the hardest known substance, but they are made of ordinary carbon atoms, just like piece of a charcoal or your graphite pencil lead. To be a diamond, those carbon atoms have to be arranged into a very special crystal structure. For a century people all over the world tried to discover the secrets of how to turn cheap carbon into real diamonds. Finally, in the mid-20th century this mystery was solved, and today creating diamonds is a major industry. Why are diamonds so hard to make? How exactly can we create diamonds? How are diamond synthesis technologies revolutionizing our modern technology? Join Dr. Cline for an exciting discussion of the science behind synthetic diamonds. This event is free and open to the public.

Fiona Sze-Lorrain Reading, Oct. 19, 7 p.m., Sage Room, Corette Library, Carroll College
The Corette Library, in conjunction with the Artaza Center, will be presenting a reading by Fiona Sze-Lorrain. Sze-Lorrain is a poet, literary translator, editor, and zheng harpist who writes and translates in English, French, and Chinese. She will read from her latest book of poetry, The Ruined Elegance (Princeton, 2016), chosen by Library Journal as one of the "Best Books 2015: Poetry" and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2016, as well as her two earlier collections and she will also read from her translations of contemporary Chinese and American poets, including Yi Lu's Sea Summit. Sze-Lorrain will discuss briefly about poetry, translation, cross-cultural experiences, and her work as a musician.
Melissa Kwasny, who wrote the foreword to Sze-Lorrain’s translation of poetry by Yi Lu, one of China’s leading poets, will introduce Ms. Sze-Lorrain and talk about and read from her foreword.
This event is free and open to the public.

Parents Weekend 2016, Oct. 21-23
If you have a student at Carroll, this weekend is a great opportunity for parents and families to enjoy some time on campus with your son or daughter, go to a show, attend a sporting event, have a meal or two together, explore Helena’s downtown and outdoors, or just relax!
Parents Weekend is sponsored by the Associated Students of Carroll College (ASCC). The registration fee covers the Parent Reception, Parent Brunch, Swing Dance, and tickets to athletic events. The game tickets and brunch tickets can be picked up at the Parent Meet and Greet at the Scola on Friday from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. The Parent Weekend event schedule was designed for families to take part in together. There is no charge for Carroll students at any of the events.
All of the events are family-friendly and siblings are encouraged to join in. Children 12 and under are not required to pay the $25 registration fee. Athletic tickets for those 12 and under can be picked up at the Parent Reception and they are welcome to come to the reception and brunch for free. Please register at:

Mark your calendars – Upcoming Alumni Events:

HELENA – Homecoming 2016: September 23-25
Make plans now to return to campus this fall for Homecoming. All alumni, parents and friends are invited to attend. Special reunions will be held for the classes of 2006, 1996, 1986, 1976, 1971, 1966 and the Nursing Class of 1961.
For a full schedule and to register visit:

TRI-CITIES – October 7, 7 p.m.
Please join us in Richland, WA at Anthology, 706 Williams Blvd at 7:00 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres & local wine & beer selections will be served. This event is hosted through the generosity of Carroll Trustee Pat Chvatal ’72. RSVP by September 30 to

IDAHO – October 8, 11 a.m.
Saints Tailgate at College of Idaho - 11:00 a.m. in tailgate spots D22, 24 and 26 at the JAAAC Activity Center parking lot, 2112 Cleveland Blvd. Caldwell, ID. Please bring a food item to share. Kick-off at 1:00 p.m.

OLYMPIA and KIRKLAND – October 14 & 15
October 14: Evergreen College, Olympia, WA - Lady Saints soccer play at 1 p.m. and men at 3 p.m.
5:30 pm – Brewery City Pizza Co., 2705 Limited Lane NW, Olympia, WA. Pizza will be provided. No-host drinks.
October 15: Northwest University, Kirkland, WA - Men's soccer play at 1 p.m. and ladies at 3 p.m.
5:30-7:30 pm at Woodmark Hotel, 1200 Carillon Point, Kirkland, WA. Food provided. No-host drinks.
Please RSVP to

BUTTE – October 15, 11 a.m.
Saints Tailgate - 11:00 a.m. in the lower HPER Complex lot on the SW side of the stadium. Please bring a food item to share and a lawn chair if you would like to sit. Kick-off at 1:00 p.m.

FOUNDER'S DAY – November 3 & 4
November 3: Founder’s Day Lecture – 7:00 p.m.
Mark Johnson ’98 this year’s Alumni Academic Achievement Awardee will present his lecture entitled, "Becoming Chinese in Montana: Political Activism amongst Montana’s Historic Chinese Communities."
November 4: Founder’s Day Dinner – 7:00 p.m.
Alumni Academic Achievement, Hall of Fame, Young Alumni and Luminary Awards will be presented.