College Canine Committee

I am De-stressing. I am Lycoming

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The College Canine Committee (CCC) was formed at the start of the fall 2016 semester with the primary goal of helping students to combat stressful situations that naturally arise during challenging points of the academic year. In addition, the CCC reminds students that not only is learning to deal with stress in positive ways an important component of academic achievement, it is a crucial life skill for preparing for careers and a lifetime of success.

Partnership with Therapy Dogs International (TDI)

The CCC partners with Therapy Dogs International (TDI) to bring certified, well-mannered, loving dogs to campus to pet and spend time with. Even though there are no universal rules that spell out when we will face high levels of anxiety, our experience tells us that there are some identifiable times during any given academic year that tend to be "stressful times" for many. The dogs' visits are strategically scheduled with this in mind.

Fall 2017 Semester Schedule of Visits

All visits will take place at 6:30 pm in the East Hall Coffee House (first floor, East Hall, enter on the parking lot side of the building) unless otherwise noted.

  • Tuesday, September 19 — Welcoming our Canine Friends and the Autumnal Equinox*
  • Tuesday, October 10 — Navigating Mid Semester Challenges*
  • Tuesday, November 14 — Being Grateful for Dogs and All Good Things
  • Tuesday, December 5 — Managing Anxiety as the Semester Winds Down
  • Tuesday, December 12 — Taking Finals and Taking a Winter Break

* Will take place on the Fultz Quadrangle (the Quad), weather permitting

Collaboration with the Psychology Club

A more recent development, the CCC has begun to collaborate with the College's Psychology Club. These student academic leaders seek to remind their peers that there are other things that we can do to combat test anxiety, for example. Making stress balls and encouraging students to exercise and do yoga are part of their message.

Curricular Connections

The CCC has also encouraged curricular connections. To date, students in Psychology classes have conducted research with dogs from TDI and delivered a paper (The Effects of Animal-Assisted Therapy on Psychological and Physiological Stress). This semester, the CCC has begun partnering with the Education Department. Soon to be announced: a Guest Panel of professionals who will talk about the roles that dogs play in their courtrooms, classrooms, and other professional environments.

Interested in Getting More Involved?

Feel free to contact any member of our team:

Dean Andrew Kilpatrick — Associate Dean of Student Success and Academic Services & Dean of First-Year Students
Dr. Courtney Dexter — Assistant Professor of Education
Madison Pallante, '20 — Majoring in English Literature
Bryyan Ruiz, '20 — Undecided Major
Stephanie Fortin, '95 — Assistant Director of Counseling Services
Jennifer Rempe — Associate Director of Enrollment Marketing
Justin Gambone — Residential Life Coordinator, FYRST
Rebecca Brown, '11 — Administrative Assistant for Academic Services

Social Media

Be sure to follow the College Canine Committee on Twitter (@lycoccc) so you know when the dogs will be on campus!