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Finals Finish shines the light on WMU students

by Jeanne Baron

April 13, 2011 | WMU News

KALAMAZOO--Finals Finish, a Western Michigan University tradition that promotes student success by making spring finals week less stressful, will be held from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26.

This year's theme for the free festivities is "Your future's so bright, you gotta wear shades." In that spirit, some 200 novelty sunglasses will be given away.

Finals Finish helps WMU students relax, refuel and revive so they can stay focused on doing well on their semester-end tests, papers and projects. It also recognizes the achievements of graduating seniors, and involves the entire campus in closing the academic year on a high note.

The Student Recreation Center will again be the main venue, and offer the most activities and services. Throughout the evening, the center will provide study space, fitness classes, massages, competitive and non-competitive games, DJ music, prize drawings and food. New this year will be Mutt Therapy, with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals bringing in dogs for students to pet and hold.

Also, Waldo Library will be providing beverages and popcorn the first two days of finals week, Monday and Tuesday, April 25-26, from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., or as long as supplies last.

Members of the campus and local communities assist in staging Finals Finish. Volunteers are needed to work a 2-1/2-hour shift from 5:45 to 8:15 p.m. or 8 to 10:30 p.m. All volunteers receive a T-shirt and are assigned to the Student Recreation Center, where they greet and visit with students, serve snacks, monitor the study area, issue recreational and fitness equipment, and help supervise games and other activities.

The spring 2011 Finals Finish is being organized by WMU's Presidential Spirit Committee with support from numerous business sponsors and from University offices, faculty and staff members, retirees and alumni.

To volunteer or obtain more information, visit Specific questions may be directed to Amy Seth, event coordinator, at or (269) 387-3759.