September 24, 2014


Marian University Faculty & Staff:


Welcome to the start of the 2014-2015 academic year. As the semester begins, we think it is timely to send this information to you regarding our services. Studies show that what happens outside of the classroom can have a significant impact on the performance of a student within the classroom.  We believe that counseling can enable an individual to discover effective ways of coping with problems; in turn, the student is better able to focus on his or her academic priorities.  With this in mind, the following services are offered:

Ø  Personal counseling that addresses a variety of concerns such as depression, anxiety, grief, relationship issues, and stress. Assessment and referral to area resources are also available.

Ø  Presentations and programming encompassing many topics helpful to the overall well-being of the college student.

Ø  Consultation with faculty regarding difficult student issues and assistance with making referrals to our office or community resources.

Along with this letter, you will find a guide for assessing and helping students who are experiencing various problems (Tips for Faculty & Staff: Addressing the Student in Distress). Please feel free to contact me at (920) 923-8112 if you would like more information about this guide, counseling services, or believe your department or division could benefit from an in-service/power point presentation.  Office hours are Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but can be adapted to meet the needs of our students. Students in crisis are most generally seen immediately.  Other non-life threatening situations may have a wait time of several days.


Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, we have in operation a Behavior Intervention Team.  This group is designed to gather and assess information about a student in crisis, design and implement an effective response, and monitor the disposition of the case. If you are uncertain whether or not a situation warrants a referral, feel free to contact Paul Krikau. I encourage you to use the on-line reporting process, which can be accessed at the following address:  

All submitted information on the form will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.


We are starting our second school year in our new office, located at 761 East Division Street (across from the Regina/Naber Parking lot).The phone number at the Counseling Center is (920) 923-8799.  We are pleased to welcome Alayne Zabel, NCC, LPC, who will be seeing students on two days a week: Wednesday and Thursday.  I am confident she will be of great benefit to our students.


Check out the counseling center website for additional information. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and reviewing the guide.






Ellen Mercer, Counselor          

(920) 923-8112