WMU News

Volunteers sought for Finals Finish

April 1, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Members of the faculty, staff and administration are being asked to "get on board" and help out at the 2001 Finals Finish from 7 to 11 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 16-17, in the Student Recreation Center.

The program, which has a sailing 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. "We want to help them review, relax and revive so they can successfully sail 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 and massages. Another partner for Finals Finish is Waldo Library, which will be open until 3 a.m. on April 16 and 17.

Faculty, staff and administrators volunteer to cover shifts during the recreation facility's extended operating hours. Volunteers are asked to sign up on either Monday or Tuesday for a two-hour block of time from 7 to 9 p.m. or 9 to 11 p.m. 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.

Last year, more than 3,000 students participated in Finals Finish while 53 faculty, staff and administrators volunteered their time and 35 businesses donated their products and/or services.
Seth notes that the event, now in its fifth year, fosters spirit and pride on campus and has become a WMU tradition.

"Bronco Bash is our way of welcoming students back to campus at the start of each academic year," Seth says of the annual fair held the day before fall classes start. "Finals Finish, which enhances the educational process by providing a nurturing study environment, is our way of sending them off on a good note."

To volunteer, call Andrea Johnson at 387-3763.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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