State Rep. George Groesbeck (left), a 38-year-old Butte Democrat from Carroll's class of 1994, died unexpectedly on Dec. 7, 2008, after collapsing at home. A Butte native, he was a two-term representative to the Montana House of Representatives from House District 74 and was recently elected to serve his third term this year. George was also the human resources director for AWARE Inc., of Anaconda, and taught freshman writing classes at Montana Tech. For more on his life, read: http://www.mtstandard.com/.
Certified Fraud Examiner John Flynn, class of 1988, is a financial analyst/auditor for the Operations Bureau of the Montana state Department of Justice and was recently honored by Gov. Brian Schweitzer and Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger with the 2008 Governor's Award for Excellence in Performance. The awards for outstanding professional and public service were announced on November 17 and recently presented to more than 150 state workers at a ceremony in Helena's Great Northern Hotel.
First Interstate Bank recently announced three additions to its Commercial Lending Department, including Teri Calton, class of 1992, and Guy Almquist, class of 1997. Almquist brings 11 years of banking experience in commercial lending and credit analysis and is a 2006 graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School. Calton brings 18 years of banking experience in bank management, commercial lending, consumer lending and credit analysis and is a two-time Carroll IMPACT business campaign co-chair.
(Christopher) Dirk Williams, MD, class of 1996, a major in the U.S. Air Force, reports that he and wife Katy welcomed their second child, Grant Austin, on September 5, 2008. Baby Grant joins his three-year-old sister, Ava. The family lives in San Antonio, Texas, where Dr. Williams is completing a gastroenterology fellowship with the Air Force at Wilford Hall Medical Center. They plan to move back to Montana after his military commitment is fulfilled.
Stacy Stellflug Handley (right), class of 1997, was recently honored for her excellence in health care with the Roche Jaune Business Excellence Award from the Billings Chamber of Commerce. After earning her Carroll psychology degree, she received her nursing degrees (BSN and MSN) in 2000 and 2004 from Montana State University. She is currently working toward her doctorate in nursing at the University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center. For the past four and half years, Stacy has worked at St. Vincent Healthcare as a nurse practitioner on the Pediatric and Pediatric Intensive Care Units. She serves as the clinical coordinator for the Montana Pediatric Project and works as a nurse practitioner for the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. The Montana Pediatric Project promotes local, high-quality health care access for critically ill children who previously had to travel to places such as Denver or Seattle for care. For more on the awards, read: http://www.billingsgazette.net/.
Kelli Kuntz, class of 1997, graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont with a master's in literature in 2004 and taught high school English in Kalispell, Mont., for ten years. She reports that, in June 2008, she married Thomas Higgins in Kalispell, and they now live in Ann Arbor, Mich., while her husband completes his engineering degree. They plan to move back to Kalispell in August 2009, when she can resume teaching in the Treasure State. The Carroll alumni (with class years after each name) in the wedding day photo are: (back row, left to right) Dennis Neuman (1969), Buck MacMillan (1998), Brennin Grainey (2004), Jamie (Ruffatto) Frost (1982), John Iverson (2001), Jen (Kudar) Tucker (1997), Jim Tucker (2001), Doug Tooke (1998); and (front row, left to right) Becki (Iverson) Chase (1999), Dan Chase (2000), Colleen (Iverson) Gambill (2006), Kelli (Kuntz) HigginsPaige (Furness) MacMillan (1998), Kristi (Iverson) Aklestad (1998), Becky (Wiegand) TookeCarolyn (Stewart) Wells (1997), Tom Wells (1997), (1999), (1997).
First Lieutenant Jonathan Sohl, class of 2006, returned on November 21, 2008, from a 13-month deployment to Iraq. He is the company executive officer for Echo Company, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. He was welcomed home by wife Chanel (Spillar) Sohl, class of 2007, and daughter, Briley, who reside at Ft. Campbell, Ky.
Josh Solheim, class of 2008 nursing grad, was commissioned on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, as a lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps. Beginning in January 2009, the Army is giving Josh leave to complete a six-month mission in Bangladesh where Josh will be working in an orphanage clinic.
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YOU CAN'T WIN ‘EM ALL . . .
After a valiant season of outstanding football before record crowds, the Fighting Saints made it to Rome, Ga., to vie for their sixth national crown but fell short last Saturday with a score of 23-7 as the University of Sioux Falls became the new NAIA champions. Both in Rome and back at home, plus all over the nation, Saints fans exercised the same high level of sportsmanlike standards as their team.
In all, it was an excellent year for Saints Athletics, especially when you figure in that Carroll was named a Champions of Character institution and, in the 2007-2008 academic year, the Saints soccer team led the nation as the number one NAIA Scholar Team for its combined 3.89 grade point average. In that same time span, seven of the college's nine teams (soccer, football, women's cross country, volleyball, women's basketball, men's and women's golf) earned NAIA Scholar Team recognition, with grade point averages all above 3.0. This all was accomplished by teams who played at the very highest level and went on to conference and national tournaments, playoffs and championship rounds. Merry Christmas to all Saints fans, and stay ready for the spring's basketball season and its grand finale!
And, one final note: Carroll College's senior linebacker Owen Koeppen was named NAIA Player of the Year at the pre-championship "NAIA Banquet of Champions" last Friday night. He is the second Carroll football player to win the NAIA's highest individual honor, with former national champion quarterback Tyler Emmert taking that honor twice: in 2003 and 2005.
On Christmas Eve 2008, Helena's KBLL 1240 AM radio will rebroadcast the Carroll College Performing Arts Department performance of "A Carroll Family Christmas Program." This family Christmas show will begin on KBLL at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and feature music by the Carroll College Choirs and two old-time radio plays, "Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus," written by Andrew J. Fenady, and Carroll Theatre and Improvisation Professor Michael McNeilly's recitation of "A Child's Christmas in Wales," by Dylan Thomas. This family Christmas program initially was performed live onstage at the Carroll Performing Arts Center on Dec. 4-6 this holiday season, and KBLL has worked with Carroll's Performing Arts Department to bring the show to the wider Helena community on the night before Christmas.
For those not in Helena, you can get the live stream from KBLL on our Internet site at two locations: on the homepage at http://www.carroll.edu/ (then click on the Christmas Program box in the left column of the page) or http://www.carroll.edu/athletics/radio.cc (then click on the Sports Radio tab on the left side of the page).
GREETINGS FROM GUATEMALA
Fr. Jim "Hazy" Hazelton, class of 1949, who has led the Diocese of Helena's mission in Guatemala for the past 44 years, sends the Carroll family his Christmas greeting:
"On September 2, 1964, the then-Bishop of Helena, Raymond Hunthausen, commissioned me as the third missioner of the Diocese of Helena to Guatemala and said, "Go down there and get the place in order, and in six years come back and resume your parish work here in the diocese!" Alas, after 44 years, the place is still not in order, nor does that seem possible over a sometimes tortuous road with many bumps and detours, landslides and washouts, but overall a very pleasant and interesting experience with many enjoyable companions. . . . I thank you for accompanying me at a distance, with your prayers, interest, encouragement, and contributions. Bishop Thomas has told me my presence here means something to the diocese, so I am happy about that. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and I hope that you will continue to accompany me on the journey. P.S. Santa, if you have any packages for me this year, please leave them at The Diocese of Helena, Box 1729, Helena, MT 59624."
DON'T MISS THE BOAT
As part of Carroll College's Centennial Celebration, the Alumni Office is offering two outstanding alumni adventures, and deadlines are approaching, while seats are going fast! In October 2009, Carroll's "Off the Beaten Track: The West of Ireland Tour" will be escorted by Carroll College Professor Murphy Fox, a veteran of Ireland study abroad trips and a great man of Ireland. In May 2010, Carroll's "Treasures of Italy" extravaganza will be escorted by Professor Fr. Dan Shea, also a veteran Italy tour guide, who will lead and enlighten from the Vatican to Assisi, Florence to Venice, Milan to Turin, and beyond to Oberammergau, Germany. For more information, get all the details at http://www.carroll.edu/alumni.
THE CYCLE CONTINUES
Live up to a green New Year's resolution right after 2009 begins: take your piling heaps of plastics over to the S.A.V.E. Foundation Plastics Drive on January 2-5 at the usual location in the field just west of the Helena YMCA parking lot. Rinse well thy type 1 and 2 plastics and remove thy lids, then toss to your heart's delight. Those interested in volunteering should contact S.A.V.E. at 406-449-6008 or visit the volunteer page on the website at http://www.savemobile.org/.
Ongoing: Now on display in the hallway cases outside of the Carroll Art Gallery (room 034 St. Charles Hall) are paintings by artists from Bulgaria. This second in a series of three displays is entitled, "The Fulbright Connection: Contemporary Bulgarian Artists, living in the U.S." This past summer, after receiving a Hays-Fulbright 2008 Summer Seminar grant, Fine Arts Prof. Ralph Esposito traveled to Greece and Bulgaria, where he learned of a group of Bulgarian artists living in the Chicago area who call themselves Bulgarian Artists Abroad. Founded in 2007, Bulgarian Artists Abroad promotes Bulgarian culture throughout the world and aims to unify all artists of Bulgarian origin who live outside their home country. Carroll is fortunate to have works on loan from these painters to share with this community. Art on display now includes paintings by Kosta Georgiev, Jordan Ivanov, and Milena Pramatarova.
AND IN 2009:
January 12: Opening for Carroll College Art Gallery (room 034 St. Charles Hall) exhibit, "Excellence and Degrees III," which runs through March 6. The last in the three exhibits featuring the work of faculty members from colleges and universities across Montana. Artists included include Mary Ann Bonjorni, Beth Lo, Bobbi Tilton, and David James from University of Montana-Missoula; Mark Moak from Rocky Mountain College; Joel Soiseth and Norton Pease from MSU-Northern; Gesine Jasmine and Jeffery Conger from Montana State University-Bozeman; and Brian Cast and Lea Zoltowski from MSU-Billings. The gallery is open weekdays 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; closed weekends and college holidays.
January 19: Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. At 11 a.m., a special MLK Mass takes place in Borromeo Hall's St. Joseph's Chapel concelebrated by Fr. Marc Lenneman and Fr. Jerry Lowney, with music by Drs. Anne Perkins and Jack Oberweiser along with the Carroll Choir. After an afternoon of student volunteer work in the community, a 7 p.m. MLK Forum will occur in the lower level of the Campus Center with Fr. Jerry Lowney, Rev. George Harper, and longtime Carroll faculty member Dorothy Harper presenting "Segregation, Integration, and Jubilation in the Old South." All events are free and open to everyone.
January 29: Dr. Kelly Cline presents, "The Climate Paradox: Venus, Earth, and Mars," at 7 p.m. in Simperman Hall Wiegand Auditorium, room 101-202. Free.
January 31: Up 'Til Dawn annual Rummage Sale fund-raiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Don't dump your old stuff from Santa visits past-donate them in January to the Carroll Associated Students of Carroll College Offices in the lower level of the Campus Center. The ASCC will accept clothes, furniture, music CDs, and pretty much anything but underwear. For more info, or to donate, contact Mason Preiss at 406-431-6837.
January 30-31: Senior showcase performance of "American Roulette" by Chris Evans, a Montana playwright. Revolving around a high school shooting, this is a series of vignettes about the people involved and affected. Directed by Carroll senior Jocelyn Bjornstad in the Performing Arts Center.
February 7: Annual Campus Ministry Headlights Spaghetti Dinner at St. Mary's Church, 4:30 p.m., to raise funds for the spring break service trips to Rochester, NY, and Cincinnati, Ohio. Students will begin fundraising for these trips over Christmas break by asking for sponsorships and selling raffle tickets. Ten students and one Carroll leader will attend each trip.
February 19-March 1: Performing Arts mainstage production of William Shakespeare's "As You Like It." Directed by Carroll Theatre Director Chuck Driscoll. Carroll faculty and staff free admission and Carroll students admitted free on Thursdays and Sundays. Performing Arts Center.
February 23: Carroll will host the 2009 state "We the People" competition, with teams of high-school seniors from around the state vying for trophies and glory in a simulated congressional hearing. The winning team will advance to the national competition in Washington, DC. "We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution" is a nationally recognized program of civic education created by an act of Congress and funded by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, read: https://www.carroll.edu/about/pressreleases.php?id=10905.
February 26: Dr. Kelly Cline presents, "Lasers: On Earth and Beyond," at 7 p.m. in Simperman Hall Wiegand Auditorium, room 101-202. Free.
March 9-13: Spring Break.
March 21: Junior-Senior Banquet.
March 27: Niel Brandt, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University and American Astronomical Society Shapley Program sponsored speaker, will be the keynote star of Carroll Astronomy Weekend. An expert on high-energy astrophysics, x-ray astronomy and black holes, he will give a lecture, "X-raying Active Galaxies: Exploring the Environments of Supermassive Black Holes," at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.
March 27-28: Senior Showcase of the play, "When the Rainbow Bends," directed by Carroll senior Ryan Danielson. A powerful story about the lives of three people when one of them contracts AIDS. Merton Acting Studio in the Campus Center.
April 3-4: Senior Showcase performance of "The Lion in Winter," work for mature audiences about the intrigues of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, in the Merton Acting Studio (Campus Center).
April 18-19: Softball weekend.
May 1: Last day of classes.
May 9: Centennial Celebration Kickoff at Baccalaureate and Commencement.
May 14-17: Basic Preparation Course for Parish Nurses and Health Ministers. The class will be held on the Carroll campus at the Parish Nurse Center in Simperman Hall. The cost is $390 and includes educational materials and lunches. Lodging will be available on campus at a reduced rate. The Basic Preparation Course follows the curriculum of the International Parish Nurse Resource Center, St. Louis, Missouri. If interested in this course, please contact Cynthia Gustafson at 406-447-5494 or cgustafs -is-at- carroll -dot- edu.