December 07, 2016
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Jake, a yellow lab, helps students de-stress at the Mount’s
Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center.
When you feel stressed, “who ya’ gonna call?” For the Mount
Saint Mary College community, the answer is a team of stressbusting
The end of the semester can be a demanding time for the Mount
community, but trained therapy dogs provided a break for students,
faculty and staff on December 7 at the Kaplan Family Library and
The animals, dressed in festive costumes, came to the Mount via
Hudson Valley Paws for a Cause.
Research has indicated that watching, petting, or talking to an
animal can lower blood pressure and heart rate. Interacting with
animals can also reduce mental distress, and lower anxiety levels –
for example, during final exam times for college students.
“The dogs are comforting for the students during this stressful
time of year,” explained Orin Strauchler, assistant dean of Student
Support Services and director of counseling. “This event makes the
students feel a little less tense and tired.”
The popular event has become a tradition at Mount Saint Mary
College during finals week.
“Wagging Tails Stress Relief” was co-sponsored by the Mount
Saint Mary College Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center and
the college’s counseling center.