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Therapy Dogs at Science Library May 2

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April 24, 2017

Contacts: Amanda Lowe, Outreach and Marketing Librarian,, (518) 442-3552; Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries,, (518) 442-3568.

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Therapy Dogs at Science Library May 2

Therapy Dogs Spring 2017 photo

Therapy Dogs from nearby Schenectady will be making their soothing presence known in the Science Library atrium on Tuesday, May 2, 1:00–3:00 p.m. The program will be the first of the University Libraries' Stress Less UAlbany @ Your Libraries spring 2017 series.

A staple on college campuses during exam seasons, therapy dogs have developed a reputation for alleviating test anxiety. Recent studies indicate they also diminish feelings of depression and stress.1 All students, faculty and staff are welcome.

"The therapy dogs are definitely something I look forward to during finals," says Rachel Szeliga, a senior and Biology major. "I always do my best to see them, because it's a great break from studying. Twice a year is not enough!"

"I look forward to the therapy dogs program each semester," says Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries. "It's an event that brings the entire campus together."

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  1. Amber Lannon and Pamela Harrison, "Take a Paws: Fostering Student Wellness with a Therapy Dog Program at Your University Library," Public Services Quarterly 11, no. 1 (2015): 13-22 (Review of the Literature), doi: 10.1080/15228959.2014.984264.

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