University of Saskatchewan helping students to Stress Less during final exams

From therapy dogs and massages, to board games and snacks, the University of Saskatchewan is offering students a variety of interesting ways to help them stress less during final exams.

With exams beginning in most colleges on Saturday, a number of Stress Less events are planned for the coming weeks, including the always-popular St. John Ambulance therapy dogs offering calming canine companionship for U of S students.

"Recent evaluation data from our campus shows that students attend because of their love of dogs and the positive feelings they have when they spend time with them," said Colleen Dell of the Department of Sociology and School of Public Health. "The dogs really help students de-stress from studying and relax."

Media are welcome to check out the activities, with staff available for interview requests. Here is a list of days, times and locations for the events:

Therapy dogs:
Noon-3 pm
April 13 — Education & Music Library in the Group Study Lounge
April 14 — Murray Library in Room 102
April 15 — Engineering Library
April 23 — Leslie and Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library in Room 1430

Snacks and massages:
11 am-2 pm
April 13, 14, 15 — Place Riel Student Centre

Board Game Competition:
3 pm April 10 — Louis' Loft

Take a break at the library:
All seven branches of the University Library will be handing out free snacks, which have been donated by the Alumni Association. There will also be activity spaces happening in the following locations:
April 10-24 — Education and Music Library
April 13-30 — Murray and Science Libraries
April 20-May 1 — Leslie and Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library
(LEGO, Play-Doh, crafts, puzzles, board games and free snacks)

24/7 Safe Study:
April 10-29 — ground floor of the Murray Library is open for student study after the rest of the library closes.

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For more information, contact:
Meghan Sired
Communications Co-ordinator
University of Saskatchewan
Office: (306) 966-6068, Cell: (306) 381-7992
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