Stress-Free Spring 2017 is here!

This year's Stress-Free Spring calendar runs from Monday, May 1 through the end of finals Wednesday, May 17. This site is the official home of all Stress-Free Spring events, so be sure to check back often for up-to-date information on what's going on around campus. 

Stress-Free Spring is a campus-wide initiative coordinated by the Office of the Dean of Students aimed at providing interesting, fun and stress-reducing activities for students as they prepare for and make their way through finals.

The goals of Stress-Free Spring are:

  • To provide fun, interactive programming for our students
  • To help reduce the high levels of stress associated with final exams
  • To help students cope with and channel their stress in productive ways
  • To increase students' awareness of resources available to help them end the semester successfully, and
  • To see our students happy!

You can see our schedule of upcoming Stress-Free Spring events below, but be sure to check back often as this listing will be updated whenever event details change and/or we hear about other de-stress events happening on campus. In the meantime, get out there and enjoy what the campus community has planned for Stress-Free Spring 2017!

Monday, May 1

Chair massage
4 - 6 p.m.
University Downtown Center lobby
Sponsored by: The Libraries

Turf time
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Turf field

Campus recreation

Come down to the turf field to relax and get some exercise during open rec time on the new turf field. 

Free food and coffee
4:30 p.m. until supplies run out
University Downtown Center lobby
Sponsored by: The Libraries

Residential snack offering
8 p.m.
Your RA office

Binghamton University Dining Services

Complimentary cookies, granola bars, and whole fruit while supplies last. Go online for the full treat schedule.

Tuesday, May 2

Free food and coffee
4:30 p.m. until supplies run out
University Downtown Center lobby
Sponsored by: The Libraries

Complimentary popcorn
5 p.m.
Appalachian Dining Center

Binghamton University Dining Services

Complimentary popcorn while supplies last. Go online for the full treat schedule.

Stress relief with puppies!
6 - 7 p.m.
Seneca Hall, 2/3 lounge, CIW

M-HOPE and RA Will

This is an RA event where two M-HOPE interns will walk around and interact with residents and talk about stress relief. Therapy dogs will be present. 

Treasures and tea time for stress relief
6 - 7:30 p.m.
University Counseling Center, OO-264

Sangmoon Kim, sakim@binghamton.edu, 607-777-2772

All international students are warmly invited! Come play treasure hunt and quiz games as you enjoy different kinds of tea! As you play the games, you will learn about stress and how to manage it. 

Mindfulness event with REACH
7 - 8:30 p.m.
UU-Old Union Hall

M-HOPE and REACH

The purpose of this event will be to inform students about mindful practices for stress reduction during finals week. We're planning on having Binghamton faculty and various other speakers be part of a panel to inform students about mindful practices, followed by a meditation session. 

Wednesday, May 3

Yogalicious workshop
10:50 a.m.
UU-Old Union Hall

Alexa Schmidt, Binghamton University Dining Services, aschmidt@budining.com

The Yogalicious Workshop will consist of a few balanced eating tips followed by a yoga flow practice. Bring a yoga mat. Nutricious and delicious refreshments to follow!

Yogalicious workshop
noon
UU-Old Union Hall

Alexa Schmidt, Binghamton University Dining Services, aschmidt@budining.com

The Yogalicious Workshop will consist of a few balanced eating tips followed by a yoga flow practice. Bring a yoga mat. Nutricious and delicious refreshments to follow!

Stress-free sweets
noon - 2 p.m.
The Spine
Anthony Rinaldi, REACH, arinald1@binghamton.edu

Snack your stress away with dark chocolate. It's your chance to learn how to melt your stress away the all-natural way. 

Yogalicious workshop
1:10 p.m.
UU-Old Union Hall
Alexa Schmidt, Binghamton University Dining Services, aschmidt@budining.com

The Yogalicious Workshop will consist of a few balanced eating tips followed by a yoga flow practice. Bring a yoga mat. Nutricious and delicious refreshments to follow!

Fun, fresh, Fleishman!
3 - 5 p.m.
Fleishman Center, UU-133

Nancy Lan, Fleishman Center, nlan1@binghamton.edu

Take a break from studying and come to the Fleishman Center's Fun, Fresh and Free event. You'll learn how to continue your career search over the summer while making origami. Free popcorn and lemonade will be provided.

Bathbombs: An explosion of fun!
3:30 - 5:50 p.m.
CIW Quad

Hanako Montgomery, REACH, hmontgo1@binghamton.edu

To emphasize the importance of relaxation during stressful times, we will have a number of stations available for students. One station will have ingredients to make a bath bomb, where students will be guided through the process. Another station will have hula hooping and jump romping: a perfect combination of getting exercise and having fun!

Turf time
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Turf field

Campus recreation

Come down to the new turf field to relax and get some exercise during open rec time.

Stress-free coloring!
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Bartle Library or Spine (weather depending)

M-HOPE

Join us for stress-free coloring. We'll be handing out crayons and coloring pages to stressed-out students.

Curse-word coloring
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Bartle Library or Spine (weather depending)

Diana Reyes, M-HOPE, dreyes1@binghamton.edu

Join us for curse-word coloring. We'll be handing out crayons and coloring pages to stressed-out students. 

$ummertime on a dime
6 - 7 p.m.
Delaware Hall lobby, Newing College

SAA Holistic Student Wellness Class

If you-re looking to save money this summer or have ever thought to yourself, "I really need to budget," then this event is for you! You'll get to be part of a fun educational experience while also learning more about what being financially well means to you. So don't wait until July rolls around and you're left wondering where all your money has gone. Come to $ummertime on a dime and learn to budget before you really have to pinch your pennies. 

Ice cream social
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Hinman Success Center

Esti Lodge, Discovery Center, discovDA@binghamton.edu

Join us for free ice cream to de-stress.

Hands off!
7 - 8:30 p.m.
UUW-310

Jenny Cardenas, Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas, slu.alpha@gmail.com

Join the Alpha Chapter of Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Incorporated and the Binghamton University Police Department at our Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) wWorkshop, "Hands Off!" Come and relieve some stress as you learn various techniques to protect yourself from sexual violence and assault, which is essential for both men and women as we adapt to our world today. See you there!

Thursday, May 4

Fit for Spring: Free your stress!
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The Spine

Join us to learn about the impact of physical fitness and sunlight on mental health by engaging in simple, but fun, physical activities to win prizes and learn quick facts about the benefits of workouts that boost overall mood and physical health while simultaneously lowering stress levels. 

How sweet are you?
1 - 2 p.m.
UU-Tillman Lobby

SAA Holistic Wellness Class

We will host a game to make students more aware of the amount of sugar they are putting in their bodies when they have certain common foods and drinks. Also, we'll have important information regarding added sugars, as well as resources available on campus (dietitian, Sodexo nutritional tracking online, food co-op, etc.) and healthy snacks!

Build your summer bucket list!
5 - 6 p.m.
UU-103 

SAA Holistic Wellness Class

Finals are ahead so what's the logical thing to do? Study? No way! Well, studying is important, but so are your summer plans! Get ready for the summer by planning a summer bucket list! Learn how to manage your free time after the stress of finals week from three grad students who have been through it many times! This program is designed to help you maintain your well-being by avoiding the harmful effects that occur once you come down from the stress of exams, papers and presentations. You’re almost done, so why not plan some fun in the sun while you have the time to do it? One lucky winner will take home the super summer bucket! Hope to see you there! 

Complimentary whole fruit
5 p.m.
MarketPlace

Binghamton University Dining Services

Complimentary whole fruit while supplies last. Go online for the full treat schedule.

Finger paint that stress away
8 - 9 p.m.
O'Connor Great Room, Dickinson Community 

Maria Santa Cruz, Resident Assistant, msantac2@binghamton.edu

Students will learn de-stress techniques such as finger painting. Pizza and snacks will be provided until supplies run out. 

Friday, May 5

De-stress fest
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Binghamton Bookstore

Heather Sheffer, sm738@bncollege.com, 607-777-2745

Fun and prizes to help our students relax before finals. There will be plenty of fresh fruit, free food, games, giveaways, etc. 

De-stress your brain
1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Economics Department Office (LT-911) 

Ginny Stever, Economics, vstever@binghamton.edu

We will be distributing brain-shaped stress balls for students to pick up as a reminder to relax their brain as they prepare for the end of semester and finals. We have a limited number of brains, so supply is first-come-first-served. 

Espresso yourself
2 - 4 p.m.
Hillside Commons

SAA Holistic Wellness Class

Stop by our table to unwrap intercultural mental health stigmas, and learn how they may manifest themselves for all of our international students! Our table is a collaboration with the Hillside Community’s “Child of Immigrants” event, bringing in poet and human rights activist Neghena Hamidi, and showcasing community artwork, poetry, and an open mic to express narratives of immigrant identities. Co-sponsored by Binghamton Residential Life Apartment Communities, the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies (AAAS) and the Department of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) Studies. Guest resources include the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC), International Student Support Services (ISSS) and the University Counseling Center (UCC). Table brought to you by "SAA 580T: Holistic Student Wellness,” a course of the Department of Student Affairs Administration.

International coffee hour: All are welcome!
3:30 - 5 p.m.
UU-Old Union Hall 

Linda Torricelli, International Student and Scholar Services, ltorrice@binghamton.edu

Good company! Complimentary refreshments! Relax at this month's International coffee hour, sponsored in part by the Dean of Students CARE Team. May coffee hour participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the sponsors while mingling with both international and domestic students. There will be games, coloring, interactive activities and complimentary coffee and snacks! Participants are also invited to celebrate students who are completing their studies this semester. Congratulations to the class of 2017!

International coffee hour is a space where the entire Binghamton University community, including international students, U.S. students, faculty/staff and community members are welcome. The coffee hours are informal and provide an opportunity to meet and learn more about each other in a relaxed atmosphere. They are usually held from 3:30-5 p.m. on the first Friday of every month during the academic year. All are welcome!

Ropes course and zip lining ($10 cost)
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
East Gym woods

Pre-registration required by May 4 in the Outdoor Pursuits Office (EG-10)

Join the staff from Outdoor Pursuits for an invigorating afternoon of challenge, comradery and "higher" education! We know the pressures at the end of the semester are building — what a great way to really "test" yourself! Tell a friend or a project group. You'll have the opportunity to climb the cargo net, traverse the high ropes cours, then zip line down. Sign up in the Outdoor Pursuits office, located in EG-10. You can register as an individual or with others (groups of four will be started every half hour). Space is limited; sign up early!

Complimentary small drip coffee
4 p.m.
Jazzman's Library Tower

Binghamton University Dining Services

Complimentary small drip coffee while supplies last. Go online for the full treat schedule.

Saturday, May 6

Sunday, May 7

Complimentary small drip coffee
8 p.m.
Starbucks (lower Hinman)

Binghamton University Dining Services

Complimentary small drip coffee while supplies last. Go online for the full treat schedule.

Monday, May 8

Free Group Fitness classes 
Rec Center

Patti Dowd, Campus Recreation, pdowd@binghamton.edu

All Group Fitness classes will be free and open to students, faculty and staff with a valid Binghamton University ID card. Classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Check out play.binghamton.edu for the full schedule. 

Afternoon disc golf
noon
Meet at East Gym

Campus recreation

Drive, chip and putt your stress away with an afternoon on the disc golf course. Take a break from the study grind to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature as we play though the beautiful 18-hole course. We'll meet in front of the East Gym; equipment is available to check out at the front desk of the East Gym. Dress for outdoor physical activity and wear sturdy shoes.

De-stress your brain
1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Economics Department Office (LT-911) 

Ginny Stever, Economics, vstever@binghamton.edu

We will distribute brain-shaped stress balls for students to pick up as a reminder to relax their brains as they prepare for the end of semester and finals. We have a limited number of brains, so supply is first-come, first-served. 

Turf time
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Turf field

Campus recreation

Come down to the new turf field to relax and get some exercise during open rec time.

Punch out your stress
4:30 p.m.
EG-106

Campus recreation

Punch out your stress with a Pink Gloves Boxing fitness class. Pink Gloves Boxing (PGB) is a unique fitness program for women founded on the idea that everyone has a champion on the inside. The small fitness group working together will encourage personal goals, while empowering one another to reveal their inner champions. PGB combines conditioning and boxing drills. PGB is about building fitness, strength and confidence (no sparring or physical contact). No experience necessary. Dress for physical activity.

Paint 'n Sip
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
UUW-324
Monet Shultz, Department of Health Promotion and Prevention Services, mschult2@binghamton.edu

Express your creative side and reduce final exam stress by taking part in a guided painting workshop.

Residential snack offering
8 p.m.
Your RA office

Binghamton University Dining Services

Complimentary cookies, granola bars, and whole fruit while supplies last. Go online for the full treat schedule.

Tuesday, May 9

Free Group Fitness classes 
Rec Center

Patti Dowd, Campus Recreation, pdowd@binghamton.edu

All Group Fitness classes will be free and open to students, faculty and staff with a valid Binghamton University ID card. Classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Check out play.binghamton.edu for the full schedule. 

Unwind in the woods: Yoga with Patti 
noon
Meet at East Gym (rain location: EG-106)

Campus Recreation

Step into the woods, unwind and let the stress disappear. The fresh air, sights, sounds and smells of nature all have a positive impact on combating the symptoms of stress and anxiety. “Being in nature in ingrained in our DNA and we sometimes forget that,” says Gregory A. Miller, president of the American Hiking Society. Research shows that spending time in the outdoors, connecting with our breath, body and Mother Nature increases attention span far more than sitting, rejuvenating us in mind, body and spirit.

De-stress your brain
1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Economics Department Office (LT-911) 

Ginny Stever, Economics, vstever@binghamton.edu

We will distribute brain-shaped stress balls for students to pick up as a reminder to relax their brain as they prepare for the end of semester and finals. We have a limited number of brains, so supply is first-come, first-served. 

Free chair massage 
2 - 4 p.m.
Rec Center Wellness Services Suite

Campus Recreation

Enjoy a relaxing chair massage! First-come, first-served, in the Wellness Suite.

Free food and coffee!
4 - 6 p.m.
Science Library lobby
Sponsored by: The Libraries

Free food and coffee!
7 p.m. until supplies run out
Lobby outside Bartle entrance
Sponsored by: The Libraries

Wednesday, May 10

Free Group Fitness classes 
Rec Center

Patti Dowd, Campus Recreation, pdowd@binghamton.edu

All Group Fitness classes will be free and open to students, faculty and staff with a valid Binghamton University ID card. Classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Check out play.binghamton.edu for the full schedule. 

De-stress your brain
1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Economics Department Office (LT-911) 

Ginny Stever, Economics, vstever@binghamton.edu

We will distribute brain-shaped stress balls for students to pick up as a reminder to relax their brain as they prepare for the end of semester and finals. We have a limited number of brains, so supply is first-come, first-served. 

Chair massage
2 - 4 p.m.
Science Library 
Sponsored by: The Libraries

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!
2 - 3 p.m.
Office of the Dean of Students, UUW-205 

Jazell Johnson

Join the DoS staff for a sweet treat. Bring a friend and enjoy an afternoon snack!

Hoop shoot
3 - 5 p.m.
East Gym pool

Campus recreation

The basketball hoop will be out… on the water! Come down to the pool to play some water basketball. Play a pick-up game or maybe a competitive game of horse. The hoop will be located in the shallow end of the pool, so there's no need to worry about traveling or double dribbling. Come enjoy a unique spin on a popular pastime at Binghamton. 

Turf time
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Turf field

Campus recreation

Come down to the new turf field to relax and get some exercise during open rec time.

ZooMobile visit
4 - 6 p.m.
Bridge between LH and Bartle
Sponsored by: The Libraries 

Cram Jam
10 p.m. - midnight
Hinman and CIW dining centers

Binghamton University Dining Services

Complimentary build your own cupcake while supplies last. Go online for the full treat schedule.

Thursday, May 11

Free Group Fitness classes 
Rec Center

Patti Dowd, Campus Recreation, pdowd@binghamton.edu

All Group Fitness classes will be free and open to students, faculty and staff with a valid Binghamton University ID card. Classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Check out play.binghamton.edu for the full schedule. 

Pet-a-Pooch

noon - 4 p.m.
The Spine, outside UUW
Cindy Blackman, Residential Life, blackman@binghamton.edu, 607-777-3049

We're back! Don't miss our de-stress Pet-a-Pooch this year! Lots of dogs and puppy kisses available.

Chair massage
3 - 5 p.m.
Bartle Library, 2nd floor mezzanine  
Sponsored by: The Libraries

Toga meditation with Dani
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
EG-24

Campus recreation

If stress has you anxious, tense and worried — consider this yoga meditation session to cultivate calmness. Experience a deep state of relaxation, a tranquil mind and a sense of balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health. Spending even one session in yoga meditation can relieve tension and restore inner peace.

Friday, May 12

Free Group Fitness classes 
Rec Center

Patti Dowd, Campus Recreation, pdowd@binghamton.edu

All Group Fitness classes will be free and open to students, faculty and staff with a valid Binghamton University ID card. Classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Check out play.binghamton.edu for the full schedule. 

Yin yoga outdoor yoga with Madina
noon
Outdoor Track field #5 (Rain location: EG-24)

Campus recreation

Get your "OM" on here! Come take a deep breath, slow down and rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit. Cultivate calmness with this synchronized flow of breath and held poses. Grab your friends and help us create the largest outdoor yoga class of the semester! BYOM (bring your own mat).

Complimentary ice cream novelty
5 p.m.
Hinman Dining Center

Binghamton University Dining Services

Complimentary ice cream novelty while supplies last. Go online for the full treat schedule.

Saturday, May 13

Free Group Fitness classes 
Rec Center

Patti Dowd, Campus Recreation, pdowd@binghamton.edu

All Group Fitness classes will be free and open to students, faculty and staff with a valid Binghamton University ID card. Classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Check out play.binghamton.edu for the full schedule. 

Pool party!
3 - 5 p.m. 
East Gym pool

Campus Recreation

Float your worries away! Grab a friend and head to the pool. Listen to our beach party-themed music and relax on a noodle or swim a few laps. 

Study break spin
4:30 p.m. 
Rec Center

Campus Recreation

Come get lost in the music, have fun with the group and sweat the stress away.

Complimentary small drip coffee
8 p.m.
Starbucks (lower Hinman)

Binghamton University Dining Services

Complimentary small drip coffee while supplies last. Go online for the full treat schedule.

Sunday, May 14

Free Group Fitness classes 
Rec Center

Patti Dowd, Campus Recreation, pdowd@binghamton.edu

All Group Fitness classes will be free and open to students, faculty and staff with a valid Binghamton University ID card. Classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Check out play.binghamton.edu for the full schedule. 

Complimentary small drip coffee
4 p.m.
Jazzman's Library Tower

Binghamton University Dining Services

Complimentary small drip coffee while supplies last. Go online for the full treat schedule.

Zumba
5:30 p.m.
EG-106

Campus Recreation

Spend your time wisely. Ditch the stress, join the party, feel energized fast! Get happy here. 

Monday, May 15

Free Group Fitness classes 
Rec Center

Patti Dowd, Campus Recreation, pdowd@binghamton.edu

All Group Fitness classes will be free and open to students, faculty and staff with a valid Binghamton University ID card. Classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Check out play.binghamton.edu for the full schedule. 

Study break spin 
8:30 a.m.
EG-22

Campus Recreation

Come get lost in the music, have fun with the group and sweat the stress away.

Free chair massage 
3 - 5 p.m.
Rec Center Wellness Services Suite

Campus Recreation

Enjoy a relaxing chair massage! First-come, first-served, in the Wellness Suite.

Turf time
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Turf field

Campus recreation

Come down to the new turf field to relax and get some exercise during open rec time.

Complimentary fountain beverage
5 p.m.
MarketPlace

Binghamton University Dining Services

Complimentary fountain beverage while supplies last. Go online for the full treat schedule.

Bark9 therapy dog visit
6 - 7 p.m.
Science Library and Bartle Library lobbies
Sponsored by: The Libraries

Tuesday, May 16

Free Group Fitness classes 
Rec Center

Patti Dowd, Campus Recreation, pdowd@binghamton.edu

All Group Fitness classes will be free and open to students, faculty and staff with a valid Binghamton University ID card. Classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Check out play.binghamton.edu for the full schedule.

Laughing yoga with Patti Dowd
4:30 p.m.
Front lawn, East Gym (Rain location: EG-18)

Campus recreation

No asanas here, just yoga breathing and a belly full of laughs to reduce stress. Smile, laugh and oxygenate your brain with pure fun. Come put a smile on your face! 

Complimentary whole fruit
5 p.m.
C4 Dining Center

Binghamton University Dining Services

Complimentary whole fruit while supplies last. Go online for the full treat schedule.

Wednesday, May 17

Free group fitness classes 
Rec Center

Patti Dowd, Campus Recreation, pdowd@binghamton.edu

All Group Fitness classes will be free and open to students, faculty and staff with a valid Binghamton University ID card. Classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Check out play.binghamton.edu for the full schedule. 

Last Updated: 4/26/17