Mission and Description
The CARE Committee is dedicated to the success of each student academically, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. The purpose of this committee is to identify and develop a plan for those students that may be experiencing more than ordinary transitional issues and may need a member of the committee to check in or offer assistance in some way. Through this outreach, it is our goal to make students aware of the resources that are available to them and help them to be successful on Merrimack’s Campus.
The CARE committee meets weekly in an effort to review all cases that are referred to them. Student cases are currently referred by the members of the CARE committee and the Residence Life staff (RDs, ACs, and RAs.) Any faculty or staff can submit a CARE report for the committee’s review at www.merrimack.edu/merrimackcarereports. A CARE report can be submitted for a number of reasons: recent death in a student’s life, illness/injury, emotional struggles, excessive discipline, academic concerns, excessive absences, concerning behavior, aggressive behavior etc.
In reality, if there is any student concern that warrants some kind of intervention, the CARE Committee should be notified and will review the student’s case. All students’ names, the names of the reporters and information contained within the report are kept private within the CARE committee.
The CARE Committee is made up of the following members:
Jonathan Bragg, Residence Life
Preston Croteau, Student Affairs
Elaine DiVincenzo, Disability Services
Denise Dwyer, Hamel Health
Allison Gill, Student Affairs
Katell Guellec, Hamel Health
Fr. Keith Hollis, Campus Ministry
Matthew Isbell, Faculty Member in Communications Department
Stephanie Kendall, Student Affairs
Elizabeth Kennedy, Athletics
Carol Leibovitz, International Programs
Nancy Ludwig, Registrar
Mary McHugh, Stevens Learning Center
Deputy Chief Dennis Peterson, Campus Police
Diane Shaw, Academic Enrichment
Laura Thibodeau, O’Brien Center for Student Success
Kathy Vaillancourt, Student Affairs