Friday, September 2, 2016

Therapy dogs greet incoming students at Alfred State

Harper, a Newfoundland, was one of several therapy dogs brought in to greet students at Hinkle Memorial Library

Faculty and staff weren’t the only ones welcoming new students to Alfred State last month during the college’s annual Week of Welcome.
On Saturday, Aug. 27, the Hinkle Memorial Library brought in a group of therapy dogs for students needing to catch their breath amidst all of the exciting events taking place on campus that week, which are intended to help students have fun, get involved, and feel at home. The canines were from the same Therapy Dogs International (TDI) Canisteo chapter that sends them and their handlers to the library during finals week for both the fall and spring semesters.
“Handlers are always thrilled to visit the library, saying they look forward to seeing our students and interacting with them,” said Library Instructional Support Assistant Amie Acton. “Ice cream sundaes were also served that day, much to the students’ delight. The event helped the library boost awareness of its presence, space, and services among incoming students, and is a part of the library’s continuing efforts to be more visible on campus.”
Students won’t have to wait long for the therapy dogs’ next visit, which will be in December during finals week.