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UT Library Helps Students “De-Stress” During Finals

GraffitiWalk-smallIt’s almost time for final exams, and students are under a lot of stress. The UT libraries are trying to help students relax and recharge.

During final exams this Spring Semester, library-sponsored “De-Stress for Success” events will allow students to slow down, take a break from studying, and enjoy some free and fun activities.

A room stocked with games, sketch pads, and comics will provide a welcome diversion for students cramming for exams at the John C. Hodges Library. Those students who wish to express their angst in writing will be able to record their thoughts on the “graffiti walk,” a long sheet of butcher paper running the entire length of the library’s main hallway.

Massage-smallMassage therapists and therapy dogs will also be on hand at Hodges Library to help soothe frazzled nerves. The UT Libraries, the UT Office of Alumni Affairs, and the Graduate Student Senate are sponsoring these visits from the Knoxville Massage Therapy Center and HABIT (Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee).

Students spend many hours in the library, so the UT Libraries has a unique opportunity to help students engage with campus life and forge the personal connections that are as essential to academic success as books and computers.

The finals week “De-Stress” events are sponsored by the UT Libraries, Office of Alumni Affairs, Graduate Student Senate, UT Parents Association, the School of Information Sciences, and Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee. An Ice Cream Social sponsored by SAIS (UT’s Student Assessment of Instruction System) will kick off the “De-Stress” events on Study Day.

If you would like to help sponsor the libraries’ “De-Stress for Success” events, contact Library Development at or 865-974-0055.

Ice Cream Social: Noon – 2 PM • Monday, April 30
Chair massages: 1-4 PM • Mon. April 30 – Fri. May 4 AND Mon. May 7
HABIT dogs: 5-7 PM, May 1, 3, 4, 7, & 8 • also 10 AM – Noon, May 3 & 7
WATCH FOR: Graffiti Walk • Break room with games, comics, sketch pads

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