On Oct. 17, 1987 LHU alumnus, Ken Foster, spoke to students at the North Hall residence hall about the importance of dogs in communities.
On Oct. 17, Ken Foster, author and 1987 clinical psychology and humanity Lock Haven University alumnus, returned to campus to speak about the importance of dogs within communities.
Foster reached out to Emmy Borst, assistant director of student and residence life at LHU, about speaking to students at North Hall, after learning about the launch of the new pet-friendly residence hall last spring.
Foster is the author of “I’m a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America’s Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet,” “The Dogs Who Found Me, “The Kind I’m Likely to Get,” and more. He used his most recent book, “City of Dogs,” to speak upon the importance of dogs and their ability to bring a community of people together.
“Pets have the ability to form a strong connection with people you have never met before or even people you have known forever,” Foster said. “Pets can help bring together a community of people, and that’s why it’s great Lock Haven University has North Hall to do so.”
Borst agreed with what Foster had to say after a semester of running the pet-friendly facility. “Allowing pets to live on campus has helped a lot of students,” she said. “Many students become home sick, but not always for mom and dad — for their pets. These same students have been thriving since day one of the semester because their pets have formed a community of friends around them that push each other each day.”
The consensus among the 30 students Foster spoke to was the same. Many students believed that their study habits and social anxiety have improved tremendously since having their animals at school with them.
While speaking about his books and life experiences, Foster touched on the importance of his time at The Haven. “Lock Haven provided me with some of the greatest professors,” he said. “I believe when I was a student, the departments at LHU were ahead of their time — they were teaching me techniques that others were not aware of until years after.”
Foster shared how honored he felt to come back to the university and speak in front of students that were in the seats where he once was. He hopes that more students take advantage of bringing their pets to college in the future.
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