CSU, Chico News

De-Stress Fest Offers Students Chance to Chill Out Before Finals

Date: 12-06-2011

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Stephanie Chervinko
Campus Wellness Center

Tea and snacks, puppies to pet and information about stress reduction are being offered to California State University, Chico students during this week’s De-Stress Fest held Dec. 5-9. For almost 10 years during the week before finals, the Health and Wellness Center, in cooperation with other groups on campus, has been sponsoring activities to help students manage the stress of upcoming finals. This is the third year that puppies have been brought to campus for students to hold, pet and play with.

WRECfit at the Wildcat Recreation Center is providing indoor space and advertisements on the WREC TV screens. The Butte County Humane Society has supplied the puppies. Many students, said Stephanie Chervinko who coordinates De-Stress Fest for the Campus Wellness Center, expressed how much they enjoyed having the puppies on campus.

“This time of year can be particularly stressful for students with finals and the holidays just around the corner,” said Chervinko. “De-stress Fest offers a variety of opportunities for students to take a quick break, learn healthy ways to cope and, hopefully, have a little fun in the process. Of course, we have invited the Humane Society back since the puppies they bring are always a big hit with everyone."

CSU, Chico joins other colleges nationwide that offer unique stress busters. Other colleges, including Chapman University, Tufts University and Oberlin College, have brought puppies to campus to help lower pre-exam stress.

This is the second year the wellness center has teamed up with WRECfit. WRECfit’s mission is to enrich the overall fitness and wellness of campus and student life with activities such as dance lessons, nutrition counseling and seminars. Its goal is to partner with other groups and departments that also promote healthy lifestyles and are looking for a space that reaches a large number of students every day.