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Contact Tracing Training Program Launched

7/15/2020
Carroll University and Waukesha County have announced a partnership that will enhance efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 through a new contact investigator training badge program. The program, administered by Carroll University, will significantly increase the number of active contact investigators in Waukesha County and allow county staff who have been aiding in contact tracing return to normal duties.

Alumnus Promise Bruce '10

Finding Promise in a pandemic

7/6/2020
Promise Bruce ’10 worked since the age of 16 and never knew the feeling as an adult of what it was like to be without a job until he was suddenly laid off. The job loss hit just before the pandemic of 2020—with 1,100 jobs cut by his employer in a round of layoffs—but the lockdown added to the strain of what he might do next. His first step: Talk to mom. Her advice was simple but solid.

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Shaping Success

6/11/2020
Ceramics instructor Michael Imes had a big challenge transitioning to remote delivery of his classes.

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Alumna Helps Bring Japan to Students

6/10/2020
Prof. Dan Becker's cross-cultural experience trip was grounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, but he still wanted to a meaningful cultural education to his students, from his own home to theirs. Alumna Marissa Garetto '17 stepped up to help.

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Alumni share talents in virtual events

6/4/2020
Carroll launched a series of virtual classes and performances to connect with alumni and friends during the 2020 pandemic lockdown. Audiences have responded well and the university's alumni team is looking for others interested in sharing their skills and talents.

Two Alumnae Learn Virtual Teaching Together

6/3/2020
This spring, two Carroll alumnae were quickly launched into the era of virtual teaching. Maria Franke '20, and Sydney Kennedy ’14, ’18, were supposed to work side by side this with second-grade special education students, but that experience was cut short in March by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alumna Phyllis Tubesing '70

Alumna produces 1,260 masks during pandemic

6/3/2020
Alumna Phyllis Tubesing created 1,260 protective masks for her neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Not always wanting to accept the free offering, they, in turn, provided her money and she donated it all—$1,203—to The Hunger Task Force.

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Faculty, Staff and Alumni Share Well Wishes with 2020 Grads

5/13/2020
Professors expressed their pride at being part of their students’ amazing Carroll journey and assured them great things were just around the corner. Alumni young and old welcomed class members into the family and encouraged grads to stay in touch with each other and the university. There were even virtual “knucks” as one staffer offered up a fist bump to the camera.

Dr. Barbara Horner-Ibler, MD

Commencement speaker says graduates are trained for life's adjustments

5/10/2020
Dr. Barbara Horner-Ibler '80 delivered Carroll's 2020 Commencement keynote address, sharing with graduates that they have learned through their college experience and living through a pandemic how to tackle life's adjustments and are now "prepared for whatever life brings."

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Class of 2020 shows off their graduation caps

5/8/2020
Each year we ask our graduating class to decorate their graduation caps, and the Class of 2020 rose to the occasion like we knew they would. Our graduates certainly faced a final semester and commencement that they'll never forget, but their creativity and perseverance shines bright.

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A Digital Dance

5/7/2020
When classes moved online, theatre arts professor James Zager faced a new challenge, how to teach his theatre dance class virtually.

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2020 Almost Done Pioneer Run/Walk Shows Carroll Spirit

5/5/2020
Nothing could stop the Almost Done Pioneer Run/Walk as faculty and students came together for a virtual, stress-busting event. This year, due to the pandemic, people were asked to choose their own route and to snap photos or video to share. Many were joined by family members, roommates and furry friends during their quest.

Kendra Zimdars

Planning a Virtual Commencement

5/4/2020
When Carroll moved the rest of the spring semester online and announced a virtual commencement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kendra Zimdars' job changed.

See Carroll University students, alumni and professionals perform numbers from Carroll Players’ recent productions of “Rent,” “Next to Normal.” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” and “Spr

Carroll Players Perform Virtual Musical Theater

5/1/2020
See Carroll University students, alumni and professionals perform numbers from Carroll Players’ recent productions of “Rent,” “Next to Normal.” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” and “Spring Awakening.” There’s also a sneak peek at “Romeo + Juliet (A Cover).”

Alumnus contributes 4,000 meals to food drive

5/1/2020
In February 2020, Ryan Watterson ’04 purchased his first new truck, a black 2019 Chevy Silverado. By April, he and his fiancée, Melissa Alexander loaded that truck with food that was the equivalent of 2,300 meals to help hungry families in their community.

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Graduating seniors reflect on COVID-19

5/1/2020
It is evident that the year 2020 will be one to remember. During these trying times, we reached out to soon-to-be young alumni to share their thoughts on how the global pandemic affected their final days at Carroll and where they go from here.



Alumna Heather Jones '94

Understanding the psychology of adult coloring

5/1/2020
With the increasing popularity of adult coloring books, more and more people are turning to the activity as a means of relaxation but there are also significant health benefits to help counter the struggles of sheltering at home in these pandemic days. To learn more about the psychology of coloring, we turned to Carroll alumna and licensed psychologist Heather Jones ’04, who is director of clinical services at Rogers Memorial Hospital, where she has worked in various positions since first becoming a pre-doctoral intern there in 2011.

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Remote Office Hours

4/30/2020
When COVID-19 forced most of the Carroll community off campus this spring, it left a lot of us scrambling to cobble together work spaces in our own homes. Below, a look at some of Carroll’s improvised offices, via social media posts.

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Office of Information Technology Team Draws Praise

4/29/2020
The entire Office of Information Technology team put in many hours and used every ounce of expertise at their disposal to ensure Carroll students, faculty and staff could complete the spring semester on time.

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Carroll University is Here for You

4/22/2020
In these times of uncertainty remember the memories we've built. And prepare for the memories we'll make when we're together again.

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Send Well Wishes to International Students

4/21/2020
The Office of Global Education is asking the Pioneer family to take a moment to brighten the day of international students still living at Carroll with an email of support and comfort.

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CU in the Workplace | Robert Schmitz '10

4/15/2020
Since opening his own gym, RS Fitness, in 2018, Robert Schmitz ’10 has drawn on his career in personal training and experience as a college athlete to help people achieve their fitness goals. With clients at home and a new business to manage during quarantine, Robert shares how he’s approaching virtual training and staying connected with his clients online.

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75 Alumni Perform Choir Classic from Home

4/13/2020
On Easter, Carroll University released a video of 75 Pioneers from across the country singing “Children of the Heavenly Father.” The piece, which was recorded during this month’s Safer at Home initiative, has been sung by generations of choir alumni at Carroll and was led by Professor Emeritus of Music Dr. Mark Aamot.

Alumnus Dave Schultenover '83

Alumnus helps oversee COVID-19 test kits production

4/6/2020
Carroll alumnus Dave Schultenover ’83 and his colleagues at Thermo Fisher Scientific mobilized their resources in early January 2020 to fulfill what they anticipated would be a critical need. That foresight – the production of COVID-19 test kits – is proving vital to communities crippled by a growing number of coronavirus cases daily.

Alumna Rebecca Iverson '99

Coping with COVID-19 grief

4/6/2020
There is something you might be feeling in these days of isolation and stay-at-home orders and Carroll alumna Rebecca Iverson ’99 can help define it for you: grief.

Alumna Katie Kujawski '14

Alumna living in Italy amid global pandemic

4/6/2020
Surrounded by silent streets, businesses, and schools in Florence, alumna Katie Kujawski '14 is finding new ways to fill her days with work and positivity amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy.

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Stepping Stones: Spiritual Practices for Today

4/6/2020
When crisis disrupts our lives, our souls long for comfort, stability, and direction. Simple spiritual practices offer solace for these times. Reflection and intentionality throughout the day can form a path, stepping stones that guide us.

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Thinking 'Inside the Box' for Physics Lab

4/3/2020
COVID-19 has changed everyday life, from travel to grocery shopping to the way we work. And it definitely has changed how faculty is able to interact with students. Learn how Tate Wilson, senior lecturer in physics, has adjusted.

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National Service Project Forges On

4/1/2020
During the COVID-19 outbreak, there is an even greater need to provide food for people in need. That’s why Carroll University’s Annual National Service Project will continue this year, although there will be changes in how donations are collected.

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