LOGAN, Utah — Throughout the early stages of the Utah State University CARE office’s operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, the office served students diligently in its digital setting. Now, the office has an official space inside the Taggart Student Center.
To celebrate moving into TSC Room 305, the CARE office will host an open house on Sept. 7, 2022 to inform USU audiences about its services. Faculty and staff will be able to see the space from 1-2 p.m., with students invited to attend the open house from 2-4:30 p.m.
“We’re glad to serve an increasing number of students,” said Chelsey Ritner, assistant director of Student Conduct and Community Standards. “To be able to welcome our students into a comfortable and peaceful space was an important goal of ours.”
During the celebration, the office will have a scavenger hunt, prizes, food and games. They will also give students and staff more information on the services the office provides for those in distress and seeking support.
“We want to alert the USU community to our presence, and to share information about how we can help students who are facing challenges,” said Laurie Smith, CARE coordinator. “Ultimately, we want to encourage and empower students by connecting them to the various resources they have access to. This knowledge not only helps the individual student, but also their friends and peers who might also be in need. We want students to feel like this office is a safe space in which they are always welcome.”
CARE stands for connect, assist, refer and empower. The USU CARE Office provides direct support to students related to social, health, academic and other concerns affecting their well-being. They do so by providing assistance in navigating the university systems, resources and policies.
“We want students to know that we care about them,” Ritner said. “We understand that with all of the really wonderful parts of being a student at USU, sometimes students need help managing challenges and understanding resources. This is where the CARE Office team helps. We provide direct assistance navigating USU systems and resources as well as community supports.”
The office is offering several opportunities to earn tickets for the giveaway. Students who complete the CARE Office Open House Scavenger Hunt will earn five tickets. Those who attend the open house and ask at least one question about campus resources or the new CARE office will receive two tickets.
For more information on the USU CARE Office, visit www.usu.edu/care. The office can also be reached via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or via telephone at 435-797-0400. Students can also refer a friend whom they think may be in need of assistance by filling out a student of concern report to connect them with the CARE office.
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