The staff of College Library organized a series of events to remind students to not let stress “bug them” during final exams. In conjunction with the Open Book Café, the Wisconsin Union, GUTS, and the Office of the Dean of Students, events were planned every day from December 12 through December 18.
Events opened with free caffeine – partnering with the Wisconsin Union – the Open Book Café offered free coffee, tea and hot chocolate from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday, December 12. The next day the Office of the Dean of Students provided free coffee and donuts for GUTS Study Day which was scheduled from 12-8 p.m. on the 13th. Sunday, Dec. 14, brought a “shout-out for success” day at the library with graffiti boards and haiku submissions, while on Monday the library provided origami paper and instructions for folding what we hoped would be 1,000 paper cranes. (At this time of year, who doesn’t everyone need good fortune?) The rest of the week there were stress balls/toys, drop-in yoga, and a perpetual favorite – free candy. Also, Bucky Badger made an appearance to boost the morale of those cramming for exams.
Students definitely enjoyed this series of finals events and College Library plans to work with other campus partners to continue offering similar programming in the future. Additional support was provided by the College Library Director and the John M. Gaus fund.
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