In Photos: A Community of Care during finals week

A variety of wellness activities help campus community

Making exam week a little easier for students was at the heart of a new initiative for students this past December, as the Bowling Green State University Wellness Connection promoted healthy coping skills, self-care practices, sleep and physical activity. Aimed at supporting positive mental health and well-being during finals week, the University offered a variety of activities, including crafts, therapy dogs and self-care kits for students.

The wellness activities during finals week were part of the larger, campus-wide Community of Care initiative, launched at the start of the fall semester. Led by Chief Health and Wellness Officer Ben Batey, a Community of Care focuses on a campus-wide responsibility for acting on situations that can have significant impact on individuals and the campus community.

Photos capture events around campus during finals week to support health and well-being.

A group of guys posing next to a BGSU Community of Care sign
Community of Care - Today is a Fresh Start
BGSU Community of Care: I can help someone today sign

Community of Care signs with positive messages were placed around campus in support of students, faculty and staff during finals week.

enny, the Newfoundland therapy dog, and his owner Carol (a BGSU swimming alumnae) enjoy greeting students at the Student Recreation Center.

Students enjoyed meeting therapy dogs on campus as part of self-care activities during finals week. Benny, the Newfoundland therapy dog, and his owner Carol (a BGSU swimming alumnae) enjoy greeting students at the Student Recreation Center.

Haley Lutz (left) and Jenna Binger (right) are at the Health and Wellness table

The Wellness Connection tabled and hosted events at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Jerome Library and Student Recreation Center, distributing self-care kits. Haley Lutz (left) and Jenna Binger (right) are two student employees who helped make the event a success. 


In partnership with University Libraries, the Wellness Connection hosted a self-care event at the Jerome Library during finals week to help students de-stress. Self-care kits and activities were offered. Students also enjoyed meeting the therapy dog, a Corgi named Griff, and his owner Ellen, a local Woodmore teacher.

A group of students making rice heating pads

The Wellness Connection hosted self-care crafts across campus, including creating rice heating pads. Students enjoyed taking a study break crafting with friends.

Three students sitting at a table, coloring.

Students enjoyed a variety of crafting activities during finals week as part of programming hosted by the Wellness Connection.

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Updated: 01/12/2022 10:40AM