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Free Hugs boost student morale

Last updated on March 9, 2019

By Gloria Cortes

The Volunteer State Community College Office of Student Engagement and Support is hosting Free Hug Day Jan. 30, from different booths across campus from 7:45 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

According to, booths will be set up in the, “Wood Campus Center Hallway, SRB 2nd Floor Hallway, Caudill 1st Floor Hallway, Thigpen Library Hallway, Wallace North Hallway.”

At the booths, student leaders, club members and staff from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion as well as the Social Science and Education division will offer free food, some T-shirts, and Hershey Hugs.  

Free Hug DayThey will not offer literal hugs to students.

“Pastries and coffee at the 7:45 and 9:15 a.m. spots, chicken nuggets and water at the 11 a.m.  12:20 p.m. spot,” wrote Coordinator of Student Support Tiffany Zwart in an email.

Zwart said that the purpose of this event is to show that Vol State offers a supportive environment for struggling students.

Sophomore Livy Blizzard said she believes this event will positively impact Vol State.

“Some people might think it’s cheesy, but some people might need [staff support]… . Maybe students will meet supportive professors they need,” said Blizzard.

“The whole idea of this event is to encourage our students to see our faculty and staff as a resource. If we can provide an atmosphere of support that encourages our students to ask for help and realize we want them to be successful. I believe this would greatly increase student morale and persistence… .We want [students] to graduate empowered, informed, and mindful of those around them. We can’t teach this just by saying it, we have to show it,” wrote Zwart.

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