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.
Dr. Thomas Edward Moran (left), class of 1964, of Grand Junction, Colo., died on Jan. 12, 2009, at his home. A Butte native, he graduated from Carroll and went on to receive his doctorate of medical dentistry from the University of Oregon Dental School in Portland. He and his family moved to Grand Junction in 1971, when he began practicing dentistry. He volunteered as a dentist at Marillac Clinic, served on the board of directors for Rocky Mountain HMO for 25 years, and was a past president and examiner for the Central Regional Dental Testing Service. He also served on the Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners for several years. For more on his life, read: http://www.mtstandard.com/.
Penelope Hanson, first runner-up for Miss Montana 1977 who attended Carroll in 1975-1978, will take part in a diva dance number on Jan. 22 in Las Vegas during an alumni party held in conjunction with the Miss America pageant. The performing trio includes Hanson, Dr. Julie Reil (Miss Montana 1987), and Sue Stanaway (Miss Montana 1977). They will perform ABBA hits from the Broadway show (and now movie) "Mamma Mia!" at the Miss America Alumni Party at the Planet Hollywood Hotel. All three performers hail from Billings, Mont. For more, read: http://www.missoulian.com/.
Col. Michael Tooley, who attended Carroll 1981-1983, is now the 17th chief of the Montana Highway Patrol. Tooley was sworn into the Highway Patrol in 1984, became District 7 commander in 2002, and was promoted to lt. colonel in 2004. At a recent Helena ceremony, Attorney General Steve Bullock promoted Tooley to colonel and introduced him as patrol chief. Tooley holds a B.S. in public safety administration from Grand Canyon University and was a member of the Harvard Senior Executives in State and Local Government class of 2006. He's a 2008 graduate of the FBI National Academy.
D.A. Davidson & Co. has promoted four financial consultants from the firm's Helena branch, including Michele Bazzanella, class of 1995, who started with the firm in 2004 and has been named associate vice president, financial consultant. Also promoted was Sarah Bryce, class of 2001, who has been named senior financial consultant. She joined the firm in 2001.
Ben Spiger, class of 2000, graduated from the University of Washington Dental School in 2004. He is now the owner of Great Divide Dental in Helena, Mont. His wife, Kendra (Williams) Wilde, class of 2001, graduated from Wartburg Theological Seminary and is the associate pastor at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Helena, Mont.
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