Earlier this month Quinsigamond Community College was host to two alpacas, "Black Magic,” a black alpaca and “Artic Blue,” a white and tan alpaca, thanks to QCC’s Disability Services and Angel Hair Alpacas of North Grafton. The feel-good event, held outside Fuller Student Center, was part of Welcome Week at QCC. This event gave new and returning QCC students an opportunity to meet other students, faculty and staff while mingling with the alpacas. The friendly, gentle creatures, owned by Jay Cohen and Maureen Agley, have visited campus before and are a great ice-breaker for students.
Mr. Cohen said that while students enjoyed petting and visiting with the alpacas, they were also able to learn more about the animals themselves; the business model of the farm; how to raise an animal, and what farm to product means.
“We try to have them come once or twice a semester,” said Kristie Proctor, Director of Disability Services.
QCC’s Office of Disability Services hosts different events throughout the year for students such as bringing registered therapy dogs, cats, and a miniature horse to campus during exam time, often a peak stress time for students.