Finals Week Events

May 12th, 2010

College Library is offering a week full of daily events to help relieve students of the stress of final exams and help students “Study Strong” at the end of the semester. We’ve scheduled give-aways of coffee, candy, emergen-c as well as games and other fun things to take a quick study break.

On Thursday, May 6th, the events roll out with puzzles, games and coloring pages available in first floor center. These diversions will be available all week. Also during the week, stop by the College Library webcam and use a variety of masks, hats, props and a white board to send shout-outs to your friends from the library. Selected still images will be posted on the College Library Flickr account. And answer a daily Study Strong question on the whiteboard. We’ll include your shout-outs on on our Twitter feed.

The Wisconsin Union sponsors free coffee, tea and hot chocolate in the Open Book Cafe on Friday, May 7th from 7pm to 2am. And GUTS Study Day tutoring on Saturday, May 8th (noon to 8pm) includes extra opportunities for last-minute assistance. Tutors will offer coffee and treats for those receiving help in the 1st floor Student Services Area. Thanks, ODOS and GUTS for helping with Study Day!

Sunday, May 9th will offer koosh balls and other stress-relieving toys for use in the library. Enjoy! Get relieved! (And return them for others to enjoy all day long.)

Relive the carefree times of your youth with a “Finals Recess” playtime on Monday, May 10th. We’ll have jump ropes, hula hoops, hopscotch, and even a punching bag out in the courtyard for you to play away any stress you have. Take a quick break, blow some bubbles and find your inner child in the courtyard. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, we’ll bring some of the fun indoors.

On Tuesday, May 11th, therapy dogs visit the library (OMG, puppies!!) from 4pm-7pm. Certified and trained dogs will offer unconditional acceptance and affection. According to the Dogs on Call website: “benefits of such human-animal interaction include improvements in: empathy, self-esteem, mood, outward focus, nurturing, rapport, acceptance, entertainment, socialization, mental stimulation, motivation, physical contact, physiological functioning, and spiritual fulfillment.” Just the thing to help get through exams!

Free candy and Emergen-C will be offered on Wednesday, May 12th starting at noon and until supplies run out. Choose your studying aid: chocolate or vitamins (or both!)

Our last scheduled event will be on Thursday, May 13th, when Wii Fit Plus will be available on 1st floor center. Practice those yoga poses, gain balancing prowess, or do strength training from 4pm-midnight.

Rumor has it that Bucky Badger will stop by a couple of times, offering his own special brand study break entertainment.

Check out our Finals Week Flickr photostream! You can also visit our page of stress-relieving web games/audio here.

Thanks to all the campus partners and College Library staff who help make these finals week events possible. In addition to the Wisconsin Union (Open Book Cafe free coffee) and the Office of the Dean of Students (GUTS Study Day treats) support is provided by the John M. Gaus fund and the College Library Director.

Study Strong!

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