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Clarion University Special Libraries Association, in collaboration with Campus Canines, will bring therapy dogs to campus from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 9-11 in the lower level of Carlson Library. Students are invited to play with the pups as a way to unwind during finals week.

Beginning Dec. 10, Clarion University students will take their final exams for the fall 2012 semester. Faculty, staff and student organizations hope to curb the stress inherent to finals week by providing support to students with various events and activities.

Clarion University President Dr. Karen Whitney will host the finals week kickoff event, a late-night breakfast in Eagle Commons. From 10:30 p.m. Dec. 9 to 12:30 a.m. Dec. 10, Whitney and other university faculty and staff will serve breakfast to students in support of student success.

“The purpose of the late-night breakfast is to give students a boost of encouragement the night before finals week,” Whitney said. “Finals are often the most academically and intellectually challenging part of the semester. Your success as students is our number-one priority, and a late-night breakfast seemed like a great way for the faculty and staff of the university to show our support.”

The breakfast is free to all students with a Clarion University I.D.

Other finals-week events will take place around campus as well. Psychology Club will hold a night of pre-finals decompression at 8 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Gemmell Multipurpose Room. The event includes a stress Powerpoint, “biofeedback,” relaxation tips and techniques, a build-your-own-stress-ball activity and a chocolate fountain.

Clarion University’s Special Libraries Association, in collaboration with Campus Canines, will run the nightly event, “De-Stress with Dogs,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 9-11 on Level A of Carlson Library. Backed by research that states that interacting with pets can lower heart rate, blood pressure and stress, students are invited to play with the pups to wind down come finals time.

“By bringing trained dogs to campus during finals week, our goal is to help alleviate some of those pre-test jitters and stresses,” said Jessica Franco, a member of the Special Libraries Association. “For some, the more they stress over a final, the worse they do on it. Having these events creates the perfect opportunity to relax and take your mind off of the test.”

One of the most popular forms of stress relief lies in the ancient art of yoga. From 3 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12, Clarion University art professor and yogi Catherine Joslyn will teach yoga sessions in the aerobics room of the Student Recreation Center.

“I teach slow, relaxed yoga that emphasizes deep breathing and visualization to assist deep stretching, as well as incorporating cardio and strength,” Joslyn said. “We keep it simple, and, like all yoga, it is very effective in helping to relax and remember to sit and stand tall and breathe deeply.”

Yoga mats are available, or students may bring their own. Pre-register by emailing Joslyn.

All finals week events are free and open to Clarion University students.

In addition, Carlson Library will offer extended hours for the last week of classes and finals week. The library will remain open around the clock until 9 p.m. Dec. 7, and around the clock again from 1 p.m. Dec. 9 through 9 p.m. Dec. 13. Hours for Dec. 8 are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and for Dec. 14 are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Published
12/6/2012 8:00 AM

Clarion University faculty, organizations support students during finals week