Contact the Academic Resource Center at 860-439-5294 or arc@conncoll.edu.

 , Dean of academic support, Executive Director of the academic resource center, Entrepreneurship pathway co-coordinator, Adjunct assistant professor of economics
Noel Garrett

Dean of academic support, Executive Director of the academic resource center, Entrepreneurship pathway co-coordinator, Adjunct assistant professor of economics

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 and the writing center. 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

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Anna Vera Cruz

Director of the Academic Resource Center

Anne Vera Cruz joined Connecticut College as the Director of the Academic Resource Center (ARC). She manages a team of learning specialists in the ARC and the Roth Writing Center and will launch a new STEM+ Quantitative Center. She works directly with Noel Garrett, the Dean of Academic Support and executive director of the ARC, to create and maintain systems of support to guide all students towards their academic goals. 

Anne received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Teaching from Boston University, and a B.S. in Psychology from Ateneo de Manila University. A curriculum theorist and specialist, she has worked in various interdisciplinary contexts ranging from K-12 education, higher education, grant-funded research projects, social justice-oriented non-profits, community-based businesses, and programs for healthcare in the United States and abroad. She has worked with renowned institutions including Harvard Medical School, Boston Public Schools, Boston College and Tufts Medical School.

Christopher  Colbath, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR PROGRAMS, LEARNING SPECIALIST AND ESOL (ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES) COORDINATOR
Christopher Colbath

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR PROGRAMS, LEARNING SPECIALIST AND ESOL (ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES) COORDINATOR, ADJUNCT ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF SLAVIC STUDIES

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. Chris is the Assistant Director of ARC and serves on the Fullbright Scholarship committee.

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

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 , ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR OPERATIONS, ARC ONBOARDING COORDINATOR
Patricia Dallas

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR OPERATIONS, ARC ONBOARDING COORDINATOR

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.”

 , Dean of academic support, Executive Director of the academic resource center, Entrepreneurship pathway co-coordinator, Adjunct assistant professor of economics
Noel Garrett

Dean of academic support, Executive Director of the academic resource center, Entrepreneurship pathway co-coordinator, Adjunct assistant professor of economics

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 and the writing center. 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

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 , STRATEGIC LEARNING SPECIALIST, ARC TUTORING COORDINATOR
Marenda Weaver

STRATEGIC LEARNING SPECIALIST, ARC TUTORING COORDINATOR

Marenda Weaver has worked in education for many years. While in search of more gratifying opportunities, she decided to pursue a Master of Science in Counselor Education which helped her find a career that has meaning and supports her career-related values. Supporting student success has been her top priority.

Prior to arriving at Connecticut College, Marenda's experience includes coordinating programs and advising students pursuing health-related fields as well as ensuring student success. At Connecticut College, she has served as a Career Adviser and is currently a Strategic Learning Specialist and works closely with the Academic Deans to support the learning process for students. In fostering student success, she serves as a resource to assist students in making the most of their Conn experiences, both academic and co-curricular.

“We can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it.”  - Lyndon B. Johnson

Summar West

Learning Specialist, ARC WRITING SPECIALIST

Summar West serves as a Learning Specialist in the Academic Resource Center where she works to help ensure the academic success of all students. Prior to joining Connecticut College, Summar worked in higher education settings as a faculty member and as an administrator for over a decade. She earned an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work as a poet has also been featured in various literary journals, including Appalachian Heritage, Appalachian Journal, New South, Prairie Schooner, and Tar River Poetry.