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Class of 1977 40th Reunion

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Project ended on October 31, at 11:55 PM CDT
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Your Carroll Legacy

October 25, 2017

There are so many ways to make a difference at Carroll.  Have you considered including them in your estate plans?  Planned gifts provide meaningful support for Carroll while offering financial and tax benefits for you and your family.  For more information visit Carroll’s planned giving website.  

Karen Bruinooge '63

Karen Bruinooge '63 has many interests. Music is one. She is the organist at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and has played violin in the Sheboygan Symphony for more than 40 years. Travel is another. Last summer, she and Val Schneider '63 visited China and Japan for 16 days.

Karen also continues to be interested in Carroll. She was on campus for her 50th Class Reunion at Homecoming 2013. In 2013 she also updated her will...and included a gift to Carroll for an endowed scholarship. The scholarship will benefit students majoring in biology or music.

Growing up in Sheboygan, Karen thought about going to college nearby. When she decided it would be better to go farther away, Carroll was the clear choice. Her father, James, was a 1931 Carroll graduate. And Carroll's strong biology department, led by Dr. Christoph and Dr. Michaud, attracted her, too.

With her Carroll biology degree in hand, Karen began her career as a medical technologist. An internship at Waukesha Memorial Hospital extended to three years working there. Karen then returned to Sheboygan County, where she worked at Plymouth Hospital for two years, then at St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan until she retired in 1996.

Karen established her endowed scholarship because she wants to give back — helping deserving students afford a Carroll education. She received an alumni scholarship, as did her father before her. Karen is excited she is doing something to benefit Carroll students in the future. And she hopes many other alumni will join her in leaving a legacy at Carroll!

It's not over just yet!

October 13, 2017

We had a blast at Homecoming!  Thanks to those that were able to join us.  Keep an eye on your email for pictures from the weekend. 

We’ve also made some good progress towards our class gift goal, but we still have work to do.  We have decided to keep our class reunion crowdfunding page running through the end of the month.  That should help us continue to spread the word about our efforts.  Please consider inviting your classmates to join you in contributing to our class gift!  It’s really easy – just use one of the social media buttons underneath our class reunion video.  And, don’t forget that many companies offer matching gift programs so you could add to, or even double, your gift.  Check here to see if your company matches gifts to Carroll, or contact your Human Resources department.

Thank you again for your support of our class gift!  Let’s keep the excitement going!

It's Homecoming Week!

October 04, 2017

That's right!  It's finally Carroll Homecoming week!  We hope you plan on attending at least one of the many amazing events on campus this weekend.  We know... not everyone can make it back to Waukesha to visit the old stomping grounds, but we hope you'll keep an eye on Carroll's website and social media to experience some of the fun.  We really appreciate your support of our Class of 1977 Endowed Scholarship and the students it will benefit.  You're helping to make the Carroll experience possible for generations to come.

If you haven't taken the opportunity to support the class scholarship, please consider donating today!  And, don't forget to invite your friends to attend this weekend's festivities.  There's still time to join us!

CU all soon!


The Future of Carroll

September 22, 2017

Now is the perfect time to get involved as Carroll embarks on a new chapter!  Carroll’s president, Dr. Cindy Gnadinger, is looking forward to meeting many of you at Homecoming.  She has taken the past few months to look at Carroll’s long and inspiring history to help determine where the university needs to be in the future in order to stay competitive while meeting our mission to provide a superior education for our students.  Taking part in your class reunion is one easy step in continuing your connection with Carroll and staying informed about the exciting years ahead.  Thank you for supporting Carroll and our current, and future, Pios!  

Our Time to Create Change

September 14, 2017

There are many ways to create change.  Our 40th Carroll reunion is an opportunity to create significant change!  Please consider joining Carroll's leadership annual giving society, the Old Main Society.  By donating $1,000, or more, between now and June 30, 2018 you will become a member of this dedicated group of Carroll supporters.  Gifts can be made monthly, quarterly, etc. to accommodate your lifestyle.  As a member of OMS you will be the first to receive news from campus, learn of opportunities to interact with Carroll's new president, Dr. Cindy Gnadinger, have the chance to get to know current students, receive invitations to exciting events, and be recognized in the annual Honor Roll.  If you have any questions, please contact Lindsay Schoettlin, Director of the Old Main Society at 262-951-3018 or

It's important to remember that no matter the size of your gift, you are helping Carroll's current students directly thanks to the newly created Class of 1977 Endowed Scholarship.  It's time we give the gift of opportunity to those entering the university community.  Thank you for taking the time to support our 40th reunion class gift! 

We're sure you've already registered for our class reunion festivities at Homecoming, but... just in case you haven't, here's a link.  Sign up today!  We can't wait to catch up October 6-8, 2018!

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It's Been 40 Years!

Celebrate our 40th with a very fitting gift


Carroll Pride

We've been around a while, but Carroll's been around practically forever! Pay homage to Carroll's 171 years.


A Nod to Our Classmates

Donate $1 in honor of each graduate from 1977


Bagpipe Memories

No matter your class year, we all share the bagpipe tradition. Keep Carroll traditions alive with your gift!


Old Main Society

Join Carroll's leadership annual giving society by donating $1,000. You'll get some great perks including communication from the new president, Dr. Cindy Gnadinger, as well as invitations to exclusive events!



Thank Goodness For Financial Aid! Do you remember receiving scholarships to attend Carroll? Well, 98% of students receive some sort of financial assistance at Carroll today. Let's help take some of the pressure off of today's students!

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