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Texas Tech Library Brings Relaxation to Finals Week

Christiani Saucedo

April 13, 2015

The one-day event provides students the opportunity to relax and recharge before finals.

Petting and playing with dogs can help students de-stress before finals.

The Texas Tech University Libraries will host the second annual Relax and Recharge (R&R) event April 15. The event will provide a peaceful environment for students to relax and learn about different resources the Texas Tech Library provides that may help them in their finals stretch.

The Texas Tech Library is partnering with the Department of Hospitality Services to provide students with healthy snacks and beverages as well as information regarding the types of food to eat to keep them full and recharged. A nutritionist will be available to discuss which types of food to avoid because they lead to stress eating. A Texas Tech librarian, Brian Quinn, certified in yoga instruction, will lead chair yoga during the event.

Julie Barnett, assistant director of Communications & Marketing for Texas Tech Libraries, shared the goals she hopes to see at this event.

“We would love as many students as possible to come and get a healthy snack, tea, de-stress, and learn more about how the library can help them not only now, but throughout the year,” Barnett said.

This event also will include portable massage chairs provided by the Texas Tech Student Recreation Center. Students will have the opportunity to receive a free massage. There will be a drawing for WEPA cards, a payment option for the printing stations on campus, among those who share the event on social media.

Yoga is another technique to relax and recharge.

Sanjuanita Valenciano, a senior Spanish major from Lubbock, attended the event last year.

“The best part of the event was when we were able to relax and just take time out for ourselves,” Valenciano said. “This event is very important because students, as well as faculty and staff, need a time to just relax without feeling that they will get into trouble.”

Texas Tech Library will also be partnering with the South Plains Obedience and Training Club of Lubbock to bring dogs to the Chess Park on the day of the event. This will provide students the opportunity to pet and play with dogs, and de-stress before finals.

Through this event, the Texas Tech Library staff wants to focus on the students and give them a time to meet with individuals who may be able to help them throughout finals week.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 15 in the Croslin Room.