Evansville, Ind.- Ivy Tech Community College Southwest announces today that it will host Paws ‘N Relax events during finals week from May 2 – 4, 2016. During Paws ‘N Relax, students can enjoy the stress-reducing benefits of visiting with Certified Therapy Dogs. The events will be held in Ivy Tech’s Koch Student Center located at 3501 N. First Ave.
Monday, May 2: 10:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. and 4:00—6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 3: 10:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 4: 10:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m.
The Welborn Foundation Wellness and Fitness Center developed Paws ‘N Relax to help students manage the stress of final examinations. Ivy Tech is the first college in this region to offer pet therapy. “Studies have shown that pets (dogs) help lower anxiety and blood pressure,” says Amy Lutzel, Ivy Tech’s Wellness and Fitness Director, “We are always looking for ways to help our students de-stress as stress takes such a toll on the body and can cause numerous health issues. We hear a lot of positive feedback about this program from our students each semester.” Ivy Tech has been offering this program every semester since the Fall 2013.