Communication Associate: Public Relations
| Lori Melton | firstname.lastname@example.org
| (218) 726-8830
May 3, 2013
Alyssa Peoples | Community Health Program Coordinator, Office of Civic Engagement | 218-726-7758 | email@example.com
Lori C. Melton | Communication Associate, External Affairs | 218-726-8830 | firstname.lastname@example.org
UMD to Host "Pet Away Stress"
Duluth, MN – Just in time for finals, UMD's Office of Civic Engagement will host Pet
Away Stress, an opportunity for students to relieve their pre-exam anxiety through the
simple act of cuddling dogs. The event takes place on Wednesday, May 8 between
11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Kirby Terrace (outside Kirby Lounge) and is sponsored by KUMD,
the Office of Civic Engagement, UMD Health Services, and the UMD Library.
In 2012, 600 students participated in Pet Away Stress. "Last year the students were
lined up like they were waiting for a roller coaster," said Erin Zoellick, community
engagement specialist at the Office of Civic Engagement.
To find dogs that are up for the task, the Office of Civic Engagement worked with
Animal Allies to connect with humane educators. Up to seven dogs take part in the
May 8 event.
Alyssa Peoples, community health program coordinator at UMD's Office of Civic
Engagement, says the science backs up the reason for the event. "Studies have
shown that interactions with animals helps to decrease stress and anxiety, even if it is
only for a couple minutes."
Pet Away Stress is part of the UMD Library's Stress Less Week activities. Other activities
include free coffee with Champ, massages, and arts and crafts.