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Therapy Dogs, November 30, 1:00-3:00 pm

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

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Therapy Dogs Kick Off “Stress Less Month”

Photo of Therapy Dogs for Stress Less Month Kickoff

Therapy dogs from nearby Schenectady will visit the UAlbany community on Thursday, November 30, 1:00–3:00 pm in the Science Library Atrium. The event marks the kickoff of “Stress Less Month,” a series of wellness programs sponsored by the University Libraries to relieve student anxiety and fatigue during final exams. All are welcome.

A fixture on college campuses during exams season, therapy dogs are known to reduce test anxiety. Recent studies indicate they also diminish feelings of depression and stress among students.1

According to Amanda Lowe, Outreach & Marketing Librarian, therapy dogs have become a University Libraries “Stress Less” staple. “I love hearing so many students say how happy they are when they see the dogs,” she says. “That's why we do it and that's what gets me excited.”

“Over the past three years, our ‘Stress Less’ programming has received such positive feedback that we decided to expand the series to a month this semester,” says Rebecca Mugridge, Dean of University Libraries. “I couldn't think of a better way to jumpstart the series than with therapy dogs.”

For more information on “Stress Less Month” activities, please visit the schedule here: We encourage you to follow along on social media as well with the official hashtag,#StressLessUAlbany.

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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, doi: 10.1080/15228959.2014.984264.




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