January 15, 2016 QuickNotes: Philanthropy at Its Finest

January 15, 2016

Four million reasons to love Carroll

In an exceptional demonstration of generosity and philanthropy, Carroll was blessed with over $4.2 million in end-of-year gifts to the college. The gifts and grants represent a blend of local, regional and national support by individuals, businesses, and foundations.

The surge in year-end giving was led by Roy '62, and Frances Simperman, whose December gift to the MIND BODY SPIRIT Campaign of $1,007,695, will help lead to transformational changes in the Corette Library. This gift will provide the funding for the Simperman Learning Commons in the library. The Learning Commons will provide an energizing environment where students can engage in a diverse array of learning activities. It is a place where students will gravitate between and after class for study and interaction. The Commons will provide space for both individual study and group collaboration, with the ultimate goal of facilitating a communal area for the exploration and exchange of ideas and information.

"The Corette Library enhancements will be a wonderful tribute to Jack Corette and his daughter Diane, both of whom were college trustees," said Mr. Simperman. In recognition of the significance of the Simperman’s contribution to improving students’ resources for learning and study, the building will become known as the Corette Library and Simperman Learning Commons.

“In addition to this tremendous gift to the library, we are so grateful for Mr. Simperman’s longtime support of Carroll and our students through scholarships and the many improvements to Simperman Hall over the years,” said Carroll President Dr. Tom Evans. 

Other major year-end gifts included:

Lilly Endowment – $355,153 to establish the St. Kateri Institute for Integrative Learning  Mary Alice Fortin Foundation – $285,000 for the new chapel Dr. Richard ‘66 and Sue Buswell – $100,000 to establish the Sue A. Buswell Endowed Professorship in Nursing Anonymous – $100,000 for the Anthrozoology Building Fund Jim, class of ’55, and Doris Grenier – $100,000 for the Chapel Fund Treacy Foundation, Opportunity Bank of Montana and Dowling Studio Architects – $180,000 in total to renovate and modernize classrooms in O’Connell Hall Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Foundation – $100,000 to the Hunthausen Activity Center Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation – $60,000 for the MiClassroom Pilot Project 

“We couldn't be happier with and more grateful for the outpouring of generosity shown to the college through these gifts. This remarkable level of charitable giving demonstrates the faith and excitement that people have for the direction, vision and future of Carroll College,” said Dr. Evans.

Read the full release here.

Student News

Smart, Strong & Talented

Over the winter break, Carroll learned that twenty-seven of our fall season athletes received NAIA Scholar Athlete honors. 

Football led the way with 14 athletes honored, followed by women's soccer with six, women's cross country with three, men's soccer with two and men's cross country and volleyball with one each. 

In order to be nominated for the honor, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor. 


Ryan Armstrong, 5th Year Sr., Adam DeBruycker, 5th Year Sr., Kyle Griffith, Sr., Tanner Gustavsen, Jr., Xavier Johnson, Jr., Christopher Knoll, 5th Year Sr., Ezekial Koslosky, Sr., Joel Kramer, Jr., Ryan McCauley, Sr., Beaugh Meyer, Jr., Tim Pays, Jr., Todd Pays, Jr., Taylor South, Sr., and Colton Welhaven, Jr.

Men's Cross Country

Lyle Pocha, 5th Year Sr.  

Men's Soccer

Ibrahim Niang, Jr., and Conor Smith, Sr.  

Women's Cross Country

Regan Bold, 5th Year Sr., Leah Esposito, Jr., and Sandra Torres, Sr.  

Women's Soccer

Kayla Bayer, Sr., Katey Friedt, Sr., Kristen Kirking, Sr., Dani Turley, Sr., Caitlin Walter, Sr., and Carissa Yedica, Sr.  


Natalie Kassa, Jr.

Citizen Saint

Do you know a student who is a stellar citizen and has made considerable contributions in terms of service?  If so, please consider nominating them for the Hunthausen Outstanding Citizenship Award.

We’re seeking to acknowledge students who exhibit a commitment to community. Many Carroll students donate volunteer time for a multitude of projects, social service and social justice causes, and we want to hear about them!

This prestigious award for Community Service to deserving students who make outstanding contributions to the college or a community (Helena or other) has been a Carroll tradition since 1986. The award was named for Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen because of his own commitment to peace and justice in his personal life and in his work with the Catholic Church.

All students who exhibit a commitment to community are eligible. Nominations forms are available here. Detailed nominations fare better than brief statements. Hard copies are available at the Career Services office. 

Deadline to submit nominations is 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 4, 2016. Recipients will be acknowledged at the Honors Convocation in April.

Saints in the News

Jordan Johnston, a senior women’s basketball player from Helena, was recently featured in the Helena IR discussing her choice to stay close to home and attend Carroll.

Read the story here:

Fifth-year senior thrilled with choice to become a Saint

Faculty/Staff News

Saints in the News

Dr. Jennifer Lowell, assistant professor of health sciences, was a co-author on an article that was recently published in journal of BioScience, which features her research on the plague among black-tailed prairie dogs

In the wake of the recent Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa, a reevaluation of the ways plague spreads through prairie dog colonies in the western United States has yielded insights that could help explain outbreaks of plague, Ebola, and other diseases that can be transmitted by animals to humans, such as West Nile Virus disease and MERS. The study, led by Dan Salkeld of Colorado State University and described in the article in the journal BioScience, suggests that even deadly diseases may persist unnoticed in a population for years as smoldering infections, rather than jump from another species immediately before an outbreak. Moreover, the investigations commonly launched after a human outbreak can yield misleading information about which host species were actually responsible.

An abstract of the article can be read here: 

Ecological Traits Driving the Outbreaks and Emergence of Zoonotic Pathogens

Alumni News

Saints in the News

Brenda (Tidball) Covert ‘83 – was featured this past fall in an interview in The Journal of Business, which covers news in the Spokane, Wash., and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho area.

Covert spent 30-plus years as a nurse and she sat down with the Journal to discuss her career and changes she’s seen.

Read the interview here:

Migrating from front-line nursing to online records at Providence - Providence’s Covert sees big shifts in industry, career

In mid-December, Cole Whitmoyer '10, a home brewer, joined a father and son duo to open a craft brewery in downtown Laurel.

The Billings Gazette featured their story here:

Family-run High Plains Brewing opens in downtown Laurel

Photo: Whitmoyer pictured far right

Photo courtesy of Bob Zellar, Billings Gazette

Gettin' Hitched

Ryan Swenson ‘13 and Elizabeth Thompson ’13 – read announcement here.

Upcoming Events

Winter Break, Dec. 16 - Jan. 18

Carroll College will be on Winter break from Wednesday, December 16 through Monday, January 18. Classes will resume Tuesday, January 19. 

Quaker Artists: An Exhibition of the Quiet Faith, Jan. 26 – Mar. 3, Carroll Art Gallery, St. Charles Hall, Carroll College

A Gallery Opening for the exhibition will be held on Friday, January 29 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Gathering the works of Quaker artists from the Rockies and Pacific Northwest, the exhibition provides a glimpse of the creativity that often grows from quiet contemplation. Inspired by the images of the Earth, its people, and of life, these works often convey a sense of the peace and the inner life of the artists who have created them.  Quakers are a people whose faith often informs their creations, and in these works, we hope the viewer will be able to discern a sense of the peace and harmony, which are hallmarks of the Quiet Faith.  The exhibition includes fabric art, drawings, sculpture, oil paintings, ceramics, and photography.

The gallery will be 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. 

TEDxHelena, Jan. 30, Grandstreet Theatre, Helena

Carroll associate professor of biology, Dr. Christine Eckel, and head football coach Mike Van Diest, will be two of the presenters at the first-ever TEDxHelena event. Dr. Eckel’s talk is titled, "Our anatomy is all the same. Our anatomy is all different. Why should we care?" Coach Van Diest’s talk is titled, “What do you do when you realize you've sacrificed your family for your job?”

Learn more about the event, additional speakers and purchase tickets here.

Mark your Calendars – Upcoming Alumni Events:

YOUNG ALUMNI Social, Feb. 4, 5-7 p.m., St. Albert's Hall, Carroll College

Please join us for a gathering of young alumni at Carroll. Food and drinks will be provided. Please RSVP to the Carroll Alumni Office at 406-447-5169 or alumni@carroll.edu by January 29.

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