August 28, 2015 QuickNotes: Welcome Back!

August 28, 2015

Welcome Back!

Students are moved in, classes have begun, and campus is bustling! We are excited to begin the 2015-16 school year with our record first-year enrollment and nearly 1,500 students on campus. 

We first reported about the new remodel in St. Charles back in June but check it out now! Our rock star contractors put the finishing touches on the Father Gene Peoples Lobby just as students arrived. The area on the ground floor of St. Charles includes a full kitchen (which has already seen a few full course dinners served there), front desk, IT help area, booths, couches, high top tables, large screen tvs and a fireplace. It’s been a popular spot both night and day. Check out the photos on the Carroll Facebook page

Next time you are on campus, make the climb up the St. Charles steps and see this fabulous new area for our students.

Blessing of the Hands

Carroll’s Nursing Department started off the academic year with the tradition of welcome and celebration at the Annual Blessing of the Hands Ceremony, which recognizes the dedication of nurses to bring comfort, kindness, respect, and spiritual support to patients. 

It is also a way to welcome students back for their junior and senior years AND a lovely welcome to the sophomore students who are just beginning their nursing careers. See more photos of our wonderful nursing students here

Archbishop Hunthausen Celebrates 94 Years!

Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen recently celebrated his 94th birthday on August 21. 

As many know, Archbishop Hunthausen was a student at Carroll, class of 1943, as well as a standout athlete, professor, coach, athletic director and the youngest president in Carroll’s history, serving from 1957-1962. The soon-to-be constructed Hunthausen Activity Center is to be named in his honor.

As a tribute to a man that has provided so much of himself to the Helena community and who has inspired generations through his example of extraordinary compassion and service, the Helena IR ran a story on the Archbishop in celebration of his birthday.

Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen, a benevolent leader before Pope Francis

Happiest of birthdays Archbishop!

Serving in Uganda

Four Carroll College students and professor emeritus Jack Oberweiser spent the latter part of August serving with the Montana Dental Outreach Team at a refugee camp in Uganda.

Oberweiser and the students were joined by three dentists, including MDOT founder Dr. Tom Bartoletti, and three other students to form a team of 11.

The Carroll students included recent graduates Jay Bouchard, Sancho RidesAtTheDoor and Abby Lengenfelder along with current student Ryan Edens.

Jay Bouchard ’15, who worked for the Helena IR this past summer as a copy editor, provided daily dispatches from Uganda, which are shared below.

Giving back: Carroll students to help Montana dentist providing care in Uganda 

Dental outreach team from Carroll arrives safely in Uganda

First day in Uganda dental clinic demonstrates need in refugee camp

Montana Dental Outreach Team deals with challenges to deliver dental care

Crowds grow at clinic, Carroll senior leads student volunteers

Montana Dental Outreach celebrating small victories in Uganda

Photo courtesy of Corey Mihailovich

Student News

Farewell Too Soon

The Carroll community has been very saddened by the news that Carroll sophomore Elizabeth Schweizer passed away on August 18 . Elizabeth, from Ramona, California, died as a result of a hiking accident in Switzerland.

Elizabeth was a chemistry major who came to Carroll in the fall of 2014. She was a member of the cross country team and an IMPACT caller in the college’s Office for Institutional Advancement.

"We are greatly saddened to hear of Elizabeth's passing and extend our deepest sympathies to her parents Mary and Christian Schweizer," said President Tom Evans. "She will be missed greatly by her friends, classmates, teammates, professors and all who had the great fortune of knowing her."

Elizabeth is survived by her parents and four siblings. Please keep Elizabeth and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Congratulations Cadet

Senior Emily Olson, an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadet at Carroll College, has graduated from the Cadet Leader Course (CLC) at Fort Knox, Kentucky. CLC is a 30-day summer training event focused on training cadets to solve complex leadership issues and problems at the company level. 

Alumni News

Saints in the News

J.J. Lamb, who graduated in 1999 with a degree in education, was recently profiled in the Helena IR discussing his upcoming position as principal of Bryant Elementary School in Helena, MT.  

New principal J.J. Lamb aims to build Bryant's pride

Career Moves

Kurt Walsdorf ‘82 – Senior Vice President/Market Executive & Market President, Bank of America – read announcement here

Recently Published

Cody Ferguson ’01, assistant professor of history at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, had his first book This Is Our Land: Grassroots Environmentalism in the Late Twentieth Century recently published by Rutgers University Press. 

Katherine Tate ‘12 recently graduated magna cum laude from Willamette University Law School in Salem, Oregon, where she also served as a legal intern for the International Human & Refugee Rights Clinic. Her article “Torture: Does the Convention Against Torture Work to Actually Prevent Torture in Practice by States Party to the Convention?” was published in the Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution, 2013 volume 21.2 (winter).


Joseph E. Powers '50, read more about his life here.

Faculty/Staff News

Recently Published

Dr. Eric Hall, assistant professor of theology and philosophy and the Hunthausen Professor of Peace and Social Justice, has just published his first full monograph, The Paradox of Authenticity. The official context for the book is the following: The pursuit of authenticity is the pursuit of a social transcendence that allows one to become one’s own original self-creation. Eric E. Hall argues that this transcendence is impossible without the one who is actually transcendent love: God.

Eric shares, “If you don’t like the way that’s written, I wouldn’t buy the book. (It’s pretty expensive anyways.) I wrote the whole book that way because, well, it’s what we sometimes have to write as academics! Whereas it might hinder reflection for those outside the discipline, the technical language actually fosters thought for those of us in the field.”

What’s the book about in English? “Learn to let go of this social pressure to pursue personal uniqueness at all costs and try to become a living emblem of divine love instead.” You likely can check the book out from the Carroll library soon enough. Eric also says that if you can figure out where the paradox of this situation lies, he’ll give you an A in his class. He also promises a far more readable book due to be published by Fortress Press this coming spring, humbly entitled The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to God: Everything You ever Wanted to Know about the Almighty.

Upcoming Events

Annual Constitution Day Lecture - Constitutional Twins: Compassion and Individualism, Sept. 8, 7 p.m., Trinity Lounge, Carroll College

Sponsored by the Constitutional Studies Center at Carroll College and made possible by a generous gift from the Apgar Foundaion, Carroll's annual Constitution Day lecture will feature Professor Clifford Orwin of the University of Toronto.

Professor Orwin is a professor of political science, classics, and Jewish studies and a fellow of St. Michael's College and a senior fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto. He is also a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, and senior fellow of the Berlin Thucydides Center, Free University of Berlin. His current project is a book on the role of compassion in modern politics and thought.

All students, faculty, staff, and members of the community are invited to attend. This lecture is the first in a series of events designed to bring heightened attention to the tradition of constitutional government.

Astronomy Lecture Series: Dr. Kelly Cline presents "The New Horizons Mission to Pluto," Sept. 10, 7 p.m., 101/202 Simperman/Wiegand Amphitheatre, Carroll College 

In July of this year, New Horizons became the first spacecraft to visit Pluto. Astronomers were amazed at the strange and bizarre images that New Horizons sent back of Pluto and its moon Charon. New Horizons revealed that Pluto is far more complex and intricate than astronomers were expecting. Even more surprising, Pluto is geologically active, showing that areas the size of Texas have formed recently. Join us for a discussion of the exciting new discoveries from the New Horizons mission to Pluto!

This event is free and the Helena community is invited to attend.

Carroll College Remember 9/11 Blood Drive, Sept. 10 & 11, 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Campus Center, Siena Ross Room, Carroll College

This is the first Carroll College Red Cross Blood Drive of the school year. This two-day event gives those wishing to donate in honor of the heroes of 9/11 ample opportunity to do so. Every pint donated has the potential to help save up to 3 lives! A great return for about an hour of your time.

The units collected are sent to Great Falls to be tested and manufactured into products for our Montana hospitals to help our families, friends and neighbors.

To schedule your appointment, please visit and enter Sponsor Code: gosaints or call 406-495-1293 or 1-800-REDCROSS (800-733-2767).

Robert Schwieger: The Dakota Series, Sept. 15 - Oct. 1, Carroll Art Gallery, St. Charles Hall, Carroll College

This exhibit features prints by Robert Schwieger inspired by over 20 years of life experience in North Dakota while a professor at Minot State University. "The constructed print evolves through quiet introspection and a sustained search for a personal heritage," said Schwieger. 

The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and is closed weekends and college holidays. For more information, visit the Visual Arts Current Gallery webpage or call 447-4302.

6th Annual Carroll College ASCE Student Chapter Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Sept. 18, Bill Roberts Golf Course, Helena 

You have the opportunity to help raise money for Carroll American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter activies and win great prizes in the process. All levels of golfers are welcome and encouraged to play. Hole prizes and raffles!

For registration and more information, contact Gary Fischer (faculty advisor) at or 406-447-4571 or Kayla Bayer (chapter president) at

Mark your calendars – Upcoming Alumni Events: 

Homecoming 2015: September 18-19

Mark your calendars and plan to return to campus this fall for Homecoming. All alumni, parents and friends are invited to attend. Special reunions will be held for all former ASCC members and the classes of 2005, 1995, 1985, and 1975. 

For details and registration, visit or call 406-447-5169.

 Parents Weekend: October 23 & 24

This is a great opportunity for students to bring their parents to campus, enjoy time with them, explore Helena's coffee shops or just relax. The weekend is $25 per parent, which covers the parent reception, parent brunch, entertainment, and tickets to athletic events. For details visit

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