Contact the Academic Resource Center at 860-439-5294.

Noel Garrett

Dean of Academic Support and Director of the Academic Resource Center

Joining Connecticut College in 2013, Noel serves as both the Dean of Academic Support and the Director of the Academic Resource Center. As dean, he oversees the Academic Resource Center, writing center, student accessibility services, and the career office. Noel serves as a liaison between the Dean of the College and faculty regarding areas that have to do with student academic success. Along with his student involvement, he also collaborates with all deans in the Office of the Dean of the College in providing effective and timely academic support to Connecticut College. Earning his doctorate in clinical, cognitive, social, and developmental psychology, Noel brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, having previously worked as class dean at Wesleyan University.

“Dare you have the courage to know who you really are.” - Rumi

Christopher Colbath, Ph.D.

Learning Specialist and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Coordinator

Chris obtained a Ph.D. in Russian Literature from UCLA. Seeing the potential of his skill set, the Academic Resource Center decided to employ his services to aid students for whom English is a foreign language. Currently a learning specialist, Chris also organizes much of the peer tutoring on campus.

"If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers." - Thomas Pynchon

Patricia Dallas

Assistant Director

Providing the backbone to the Academic Resource Center, Patricia assists in the behind the scenes work that allows the ARC to run smoothly. As Assistant Director, not only does she manage office workers and organize events, she always greets visitors with a smile. Originally working as an assistant for the Gender and Women’s Studies department, Patricia made the transition to the ARC in 2013. With a degree in English, she’s the perfect fit for an environment that is geared toward student education.

“Treat others the way you want to be treated.”

Eleanor Maddock '95

Quantitative Literacy Specialist

Currently working towards her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, Eleanor brings years of experience to the Academic Resource Center. Having worked twelve years as a high school math teacher, her desire to further work with students led her to employment at the ARC. A Quantitative Literacy Specialist, Eleanor provides introductory and intermediate support in quantitative analysis and research methods.

"Statistics show that of those who contract the habit of eating, very few survive." - George Bernard Shaw

Barbara L. McLlarky

Student Academic Support and Accessibility Services Specialist

Barbara served in various roles in the Student Accessibility Services office at Connecticut College. She has experience working in the residential life area as a student, and as a professional residential life staff member at Roger Williams College, where she completed her undergraduate degree. She is an active member of the Connecticut Association on Higher Education and Disability.

Patrick Pero

Program Coordinator

Having earned a bachelor’s degree in professional writing from Western Connecticut State University, Pat works as a program coordinator focusing on communications within the Academic Resource Center. Having worked multiple summers in Conn’s IT Department, Pat’s transition to the ARC blends both his proficiencies in writing and technology. He currently handles the social media accounts and website as well as creating a voice between the Resource Center and College community.

“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” - Winston Churchill

Marenda Weaver

Strategic Learning Intern

Having received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Arcadia University, Marenda is working towards her master’s degree in counselor education from Central Connecticut State University. With a concentration in student development in higher education, she is fulfilling an internship requirement by working with the ARC. Marenda primarily meets with students to discuss and explore time management strategies while also helping run time management workshops.

“A medicine cat has no time for doubt. Put your energy into today and stop worrying about the past.” - Erin Hunter

ARC Student Workers

Tonika Davenport '16
Mohammed Ibrahim '16
Olivia Liebnick '16
Hilary Noble '16
Katie Rudolph '16
Allison Mitobe '17
Moustafa Ndiaye '17
Luke Norena '17
George Sarkar '17
Nick Buly '18
Marta Martinez Fernandez '18
Doug Fitzgerald '18
Kori Rimany '18
Danielle Schuman '18
Yoldas Yildiz '18
Natalia Baum '19