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Feeling finals pressure? Chill out at De-Stress Fest

May 2, 2016

DSCN9712Feeling the pressure of upcoming finals?

Take a break at the Pick Museum of Anthropology at NIU, which will be transformed into a “no-stress zone” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 4.

Students can take a yoga class, play board games, participate in art activities and get free massages. Relaxation stations will be located throughout Cole Hall. Students also can play with huskies from Raven’s Husky Haven Rescue, weather permitting, outside the building.

The third annual “De-Stress Fest” is organized entirely by students, for students. The Pick Museum of Anthropology Student Advocacy Board established the event in 2013 to give students a place to relax while experiencing how cultures around the world manage stress.

“Our group really enjoys bringing the DeKalb community together for this event every year,” says Steve Jankiewicz, the museum’s graduate assistant. “I can’t think of a better way to spend time on the Wednesday before finals week than experiencing different de-stressing techniques used around the world.”

Student Advocacy Board members gained real-world museum experience by identifying local businesses and approaching them to be program partners. Partners include, but are not limited to, NIU Wellness Promotion, Sycamore Integrated Health, WOW Center, NIU’s Southeast Asia Club, NIU Outdoor Adventures, the Confectionary and Raven’s Husky Haven Rescue.

DSCN9784-2Organized in 2013, the Museum Student Advocacy Board serves to boost campus awareness of the Pick Museum of Anthropology. Its members work closely with museum staff on outreach and publicity. Members completed more than 100 surveys of NIU students in the winter of 2013 to better understand how the museum can be more relevant to students’ lives.

“The Anthropology Museum celebrates cultural diversity in everything it does, from preserving rare and wonderful objects from cultures around the world to curating exhibits for visitors and teaching students with hands-on experiences,” museum director Jennifer Kirker Priest says.

“Since educational exhibits don’t necessarily bring students into the museum by themselves, the Student Advocacy Board helps to envision bold new ways the museum can reach out to NIU students as a place where they can come to learn about things like how activist anthropology can empower local communities from Haiti to DeKalb. It’s also a place where they can come for free, fun programs.”

For more event information, contact Katy Voight, co-chair of the Student Advocacy Board, at [email protected] or the Pick Museum of Anthropology at (815) 753-2011.