Faculty & Staff Newsletter

September 9, 2020

Early Alert Referral System

Submitted by Kristen Porter

The Early Alert Referral System (EARS) is a form used to identify at-risk students and other concerns about the student.

The EAR is the best way to alert me to potential students at-risk for failure or withdrawing. Once an EAR is submitted, I work with the Student Success Center (Advisors, Tutors, and Counselors) to ensure support is provided to students. There are several reasons an EAR should be submitted for a student, such as:

  • Missing class/lectures/labs
  • Missing assignments
  • Poor exam/quiz grades
  • Sudden decline in participation/attendance
  • Mental Health Concerns
  • Financial problems
  • College adjustment issues
  • And many other concerns

Dr. Dan French and I also developed a Retention Module in MTaLC on Canvas, to provide you with more information, including a video on submitting an EAR form.

For questions, please contact me at or 419-251-1339.

Additional Retention Support Information

RAVE test reminder

Submitted by Jeff Metzger

There will be a test of the Mercy College RAVE system on Wednesday, September 9 at noon. Review or adjust your preferences in the RAVE system.

Mercy Café Menu

Submitted by Steven Joyce

Mercy Café Menu

Question, Persuade, Refer Virtual Suicide Prevention Training

Submitted by Suzanne Hall

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Although suicide prevention is always a concern for higher education, the impact of COVID-19 on mental health has been significant.

To help better equip our college community with needed prevention and support skills, Lucas County Suicide Prevention Coalition is providing Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) virtual suicide prevention training to all faculty, staff, and students. Sessions are offered via Zoom at two separate times for your convenience. QPR (an evidence-based prevention model) trains participants on how to:

  • Recognize the warning signs of suicide
  • Know how to offer hope
  • Know how to get help and save a life

Sessions are offered Thursday, September 10, 4:00-5:30 p.m. and Friday, September 11, 10:00–11:30 a.m.

Register by September 9 at QPR Training to receive the Zoom link for the session.

Any student who attends one of the virtual sessions and completes the online evaluation afterward will receive a $5 Amazon gift card.

For questions, contact Suzanne Hall at or

Items Sent to Students via Inside Mercy College

Question, Persuade, Refer Suicide Prevention Training - see above

Journey to Success Series
submitted by Lisa Sancrant

All students are invited to participate in the Journey to Success Series offered virtually by the Student Success Center. The Journey to Success series consists of eight weekly presentations to promote academic and personal success. The presentations will be offered through Zoom every Wednesday at 11 a.m and run from September 9 through October 28. Students should check their email for the schedule and Zoom links.* We look forward to having you join us on the Journey to Success!

*Note the Inside Mercy College email sent to students contains the flyer with the schedule and Zoom links.


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