WMU News

Volunteers needed to help give students the inside track during finals week in April

March 29, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- Members of the WMU faculty, staff and administration are being asked to get back in the saddle and help out at the 1999 Finals Finish from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday, April 19, and Tuesday, April 20, in the Student Recreation Center.

The program, which carries a horse 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. Sponsored by the Presidential Spirit Committee along with several WMU departments and employee organizations, it helps keep students from fading during the homestretch of the last finals week in the academic year.

"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 finish the year in the winner's circle."

The Student Recreation Center will be offering students study rooms, a computer lab, tutors 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.

Seth says volunteers are asked to sign up for a two-hour block of time on either Monday or Tuesday. 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 and 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 74 faculty, staff and administrators volunteered their time and 35 businesses donated their products and/or services.

Seth notes that the event, now in its third year, fosters spirit and pride on campus and has gradually expanded into an end-of-the-year Bronco Bash.

"Bronco Bash is our way of welcoming students back to campus at the start of each academic year," Seth says of the annual street fair held the day before fall classes. "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, those interested may call Seth at 616 387-3759 or Jennifer Fager at 387-3487. More information about Finals Finish may be obtained by accessing the program's Web page: <www.Studentworld.wmich.edu/finalsfinish/default.html>.

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

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