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 bi-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.) New this semester, 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:
Elaine DiVincenzo, Disability Services
Jeremy Gibson, Athletics
Allison Gill, Associate Dean of Campus Life/Dean of First Year Students (Chair)
Diane Griesbach, Hamel Health
Elaine Grelle, Registrar’s Office
Laura Guarino, O’Brien Center for Student Success
Sara Hicks, Residence Life
Fr. Keith Hollis, Campus Ministry
Matthew Isbell, Faculty Member in Communications Department
Carol Leibovitz, International Programs
Jessica Looney, Residence Life
Mary McHugh, Stevens Learning Center
Dean O’Keefe, Athletics
Deputy Chief Dennis Peterson, Campus Police
Diane Shaw, Academic Enrichment
Suzanne Slattery, Hamel Health
Donna Swartwout, Dean of Campus Life