New event ahead of exams: Cy's Finals Frenzy

The division of student affairs is hosting the first Cy's Finals Frenzy April 28-30 to promote healthy study habits and personal wellness for students during prep week. Held in the Memorial Union (MU) and outside spaces around the building, it features study options, opportunities to play and lots of snacks. It's free for Iowa State students.

More than 100 staff and faculty volunteers are needed to support this new event and the division of student affairs. Most volunteer shifts are on Sunday, with a few Monday evening. Volunteer duties include monitoring wellness activities, passing out to-go crafts, assisting with a smash room, facilitating meal lines and more. Volunteer summaries and sign-up are online.

Cy's Finals Frenzy

Daily schedule

"We look forward to welcoming students to the Memorial Union to study, eat and have a little fun," said Toyia Younger, senior vice president for student affairs. "I am grateful to several areas within the division of student affairs for creating a new and engaging program for students."

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to attend the events at the Memorial Union. Many of the activities are on Sunday, April 28, but the three-day event includes:

  • Spaces reserved for both quiet study and group work, and open late
  • The Academic Success Center will offer:
    • Supplemental Instruction leaders facilitating exam reviews and drop-in sessions
    • Writing consultants to assist with projects
    • Academic coaching: 1:1 walk-ins for test prep, time management and more
  • Free meals: Sunday lunch, Sunday and Monday late-night breakfast
  • Free snacks throughout the three days
  • To-go crafts from the Workspace
  • Wellness rooms hosted by student wellness
  • Sunday evening movie on central campus
  • Fun activities including smash room, tango class, yoga, karaoke, and bowling and pool at CyBowl and Billiards
  • Outdoor lawn games hosted by recreation services
  • Daily prizes and giveaways

"This is the first event of its kind at Iowa State and in the Memorial Union," said Michael Harwood, associate vice president for campus life and director of the residence department. "The MU is a great one-stop hub for students at any point of the year, but especially during prep week. We hope they'll take advantage of all the study space and free activities to help them feel their best and perform well on final exams."