April 9, 2000
KALAMAZOO -- Members of the WMU faculty, staff and administration are being asked to "get in gear" and help out at the 2000 Finals Finish from 8 p.m. to midnight Monday, April 17, and Tuesday, April 18, in the Student Recreation Center.
The program, which has a bike race theme this year, allows students to use the center as a late-night study and recreation area for the first two days of winter final exams. Partially funded by the Campus Activities Board, it is being sponsored by the Presidential Spirit Committee along with several WMU departments and employee organizations.
"This can be a hectic, stressful time for students," says Amy J. Seth, University Recreation Programs and Facilities. "We want to help them review, relax and revive so they can successfully ride through the last finals week of the academic year."
The Student Recreation Center will be offering students study rooms, a computer lab and open recreation facilities as well as snacks, massages, promotional items and prizes. Members of WMU's faculty, staff and administration volunteer to cover shifts during the facility's extended operating hours. The newest partner for Finals Finish is Waldo Library, which will be open until 3 a.m. on April 17 and 18.
Seth says volunteers are asked to sign up on either Monday or Tuesday for a two-hour block of time from 8 to 10 p.m. or 10 p.m. to midnight. Those volunteering will receive a free Finals Finish T-shirt and a guest pass to the recreation center.
Members of the University and Kalamazoo community who are not able to donate their time are invited to make a financial donation to the program. Donors contributing $25 or more also will be rewarded with a Finals Finish T-shirt and a guest pass to the recreation center.
To volunteer, use the "blue book" sent to faculty and staff members through campus mail or call Seth at 387-3759 or Jennifer Fager at 387-3487.
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