UM Students Encouraged to ‘Stress Less’ at UC Before Finals

May 01, 2017

MISSOULA – Curry Health Center Wellness will offer University of Montana students a space to relax between preparing for finals from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 3-4, in the University Center.

The Stress Less event, a biannual Wellness event for more than a decade, helps students relax through stress-reducing activities, including massages, crafts and petting dogs.

 “Health and well-being are essential elements for learning and student success,” said

UM President Sheila Stearns. “Universities have a unique opportunity and responsibility to create a culture that positively influences the well-being of students and greater

campus community.”

According to the 2016 National College Health Assessment, stress and anxiety are the top two impediments to academic success among UM students. Julee Stearns, a UM health promotion specialist, said UM faculty and staff members have an important role in student stress.

“Research shows that the experience a student has in the learning environment can both

help and hinder their overall success and well-being,” she said. “We want to hear from students about who at UM is helping them succeed.”

Students will have the opportunity to nominate a UM faculty or staff member who has been helpful to their success and well-being during the event as a part of the Wellness department’s new Student Wellness Advocate program.

Faculty and staff who are nominated by students will be given a certificate of recognition and provided with a sign they can display that shows they are a “Student Wellness Advocate.”

“‘Student Wellness Advocates’ highlight the important work faculty and staff are doing to support student needs in a way that helps them thrive personally and academically,” President Stearns said. “When we take time to recognize and celebrate the faculty and staff who go above and beyond to meet student needs in a meaningful way, we are celebrating values that are central to the University of Montana’s mission.”

For more information on Stress Less events, call Curry Health Center Wellness at 406-243-2809 or email


Contact: Jessica Vizzutti, Curry Health Center media specialist, 406-243-6958,