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Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010


All Day, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 48 Hour Practice, Courtyard.

All Day, Delta Phi Epsilon, Rock A Thon, Courtyard.

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Red Cross Blood Drive, East Hall, Kryzsko Commons.

12:30-1:30 p.m. Depression Panel, Purple Rooms 104-106, Kryzsko Commons.

1:30-3:30 p.m. Depression Screenings, Purple Rooms 104-106, Kryzsko Commons.

5 p.m. Computer Science Club, Meeting, room 209, Watkins Hall.

8 p.m. Mugshots, Open Mic Night, Lourdes.

View the complete WSU Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

Costa Rica Travel Study Holds Information Sessions

Mathematics Series Discusses Biodiversity

Common Book Author Visits WSU

WSU Discusses Transgender Civil Rights Movement

Ecuador Travel Study Holds Information Session

Bike Ride For Global Action Work Day

UPAC Sponsors $3 Movie Night

Navajo Oral History Project Holds Reception


Memory Walk Award

New Director of International Services

Lean Facilitator Program Offered

Highway 43 Temporarily Closed

Extra-Curricular Activities

Delta Phi Epsilon Deepher Dude

PRSSA Meeting

Video Game Club Meeting


Alumni Take Path of Philanthropy

Dressing Ali Baba

Students Work With GRSF

Senior University WSU

Baseball Players Do Yoga

Understanding Christianity and Islam

Diversity in Employment at WSU

FacultY/Staff Development

Carol Long

Chuck Ripley

Fellowship of Christian Athletes Holds "48 Hour Practice"

Fellowship of Christian Athletes will hold a "48 Hour Practice" to raise money for clean water in Africa through noon today, Oct. 7, in the Courtyard.

The goal of the fundraiser is to raise $4,000 to dig three wells in Africa.

For more information, e-mail Eric Swan at:


Delta Phi Epsilon Holds Annual Rock A Thon

Delta Phi Epsilon will rock in rocking chairs for 36 hours to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation from 7 a.m. today, Oct. 7, through 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, in the Courtyard.

The WSU community is invited to visit the Rock A Thon to make a donation to the foundation or purchase baked goods.

For more information, e-mail Jessica Adrians at:


American Red Cross Holds Blood Drive at WSU

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., today, Oct. 7, in East Hall, Kryzsko Commons.

Participants may register at the blood drive or call Student Senate in advance at 507-457-5316 to schedule an appointment.

Student Senate is also seeking volunteers to help with the blood drive. Interested individuals and organizations should e-mail Shannon Killeen at:

For more information, call or visit the Student Senate office in Kryzsko Commons.


WSU Holds National Depression Screening Day

Counseling and Wellness Services will hold events in observance of National Depression Screening Day today, Oct. 7, in Purple Rooms 104-106, Kryzsko Commons.

From 12:30-1:30 p.m. health professionals will present information on the symptoms of depression and anxiety, suicide, campus resources, and treatment options, and a panel of students will talk about their experiences with depression. From 1:30-3:30 p.m. counselors will offer screenings for depression and other mental health concerns.

For more information, contact Counseling Services at 507-457-5330.


Computer Science Club Holds Meeting

The Computer Science Club will hold a meeting at 5 p.m. today, Oct. 7, in room 209, Watkins Hall.

The club will discuss attendance at the club fair and a club project.

For more information, e-mail Chris Meyer at:


Walk The Plank At Mugshots

Mugshots will hold a Pirate themed open mic night at 8 p.m. today, Oct. 7, next to Lourdes cafeteria.

Free root beer floats will be available and a competition for the best pirate talk will be held between performances for attendees to win prizes.

Mugshots coffeehouse is a free weekly student-run music/performance and coffee event sponsored by the Residential College.

Doors open at 8 p.m. Free coffee is available with a Mugshots Mug.

For more information or to learn about playing at Mugshots, e-mail:


Navajo Oral History Project Holds Reception

A reception for the Navajo Oral History Project will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, in the the Science Laboratory Center, Stark Hall.

The reception will premiere four living history documentaries produced last spring by WSU mass communication students and Dine College students on the Navajo Reservation. This is the second year of the collaborative project between WSU and Dine College.

The documentaries this year are:

Andrew Brady: "Service to Family and Community;" John Kinsel Sr.: "WWII Navajo Code Talker;" Lettie Nave: "Education and Community Leadership;" and 'Grandma' Marjorie Thomas: "Commitment to Navajo Youth."

Sally Johnstone, WSU's provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, will speak at the event. Tom Grier, a WSU mass communication faculty member, and Miranda Haskie, a Dine College social sciences faculty member, will also speak. Grier and Haskie have collaborated on the Navajo Oral History project since initial planning began in 2006.

Refreshments will be served in the atrium before the presentation of documentaries.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Cindy Killion at 507-457-5098 or e-mail:


UPAC Sponsors $3 Movie Night

UPAC will hold a $3 movie night at 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at Winona 7 Theater.

Students may purchase tickets at any time on Saturday. Doors open at 11 p.m. for the showing.

Show times are:
Easy A - 11:30 p.m.
My Soul to Take - 11:30 p.m.
Life as We Know It - 11:45 p.m.
The Social Network - 11:50 p.m.
The Town - 11:50 p.m.
Secretariat - 12:00 a.m.

Students must show their WSU ID to enter the movie theater.

For more information, find UPAC on Facebook or visit the UPAC office, first floor Kryzsko Commons.


Video Game Club Holds Meeting

The Video Game Club will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, in the Student Activity Center, Kryzsko Commons.

For more information, e-mail Kyle Maki at:


Bike Ride For Global Action Work Day

The organization will hold a Global Action Work Day on Sunday, Oct. 10, to reduce carbon emissions in the United States to 350 parts per million.

A free "Sun Bike Ride" will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, beginning at the WSU Clocktower and ending at the Smaug, Kryzsko Commons.

After the ride participants can hear music by bo.monro and Kensington Stone in the Smaug.

For more information, visit: or e-mail Jennifer Marrs at:


Ecuador Travel Study Holds Information Session

An information session will be held for the Travel Study course to Ecuador at noon, Monday, Oct. 11, in room 108, Minne Hall.

The three-credit Ecuador Travel Study is scheduled for Dec. 27-Jan. 9, 2011.

For more information, e-mail Linda D'Amico at: or Dana Engel at: or call 507-457-5081.


PRSSA Holds Meeting

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will hold a meeting to discuss events, homecoming plans and club involvement at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, in room 109, Phelps Hall.

Refreshments will be provided.

For more information or to be included on the e-mail list, e-mail Megan Murphy at: or Brianna McKenzie at:


WSU Discusses Transgender Civil Rights Movement

In recognition of National Coming Out Day, WSU will host "The State of the Transgendered Civil Rights Movement" with Mara Keisling at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, in East Hall, Kryzsko Commons.

Keisling will examine federal laws and policies that have an impact on the transgender community, and discuss the opportunity to improve the lives of the transgender community and their families presented by the current U.S. presidential administration and Congress.

The National Center for Transgender Equality is a social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.

This presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Alex Hines at 507-457-5595 or e-mail:


Mathematics Series Discusses Biodiversity

As part of the Distinguished Lectures in Mathematics series, the mathematics and statistics department will present "Graphs, Food Webs and Biodiversity" by Midge Cozzens from 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, in room 103, Stark Hall.

Biodiversity is a multidimensional concept that includes richness and distribution of species, and species that serve as a measure of environmental conditions. Cozzens, director of education for U.S. Homeland Security, will discuss the interface between mathematics and ecology through considerations of food webs, competition and interval graphs, and other variants.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Joyati Debnath at 507-457-5876 or e-mail:


Costa Rica Travel Study Holds Information Sessions

An information session will be held for students interested in learning about the Costa Rica Travel Study course at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, in room 184, Science Laboratory Center. 

The Costa Rica Travel Study is open to all students from all majors.

The course involves a hands-on investigation of the impacts of tourism development on Costa Rica's natural resources. Students earn six credits for the two-week course, including fulfillment of the University Studies Global Perspectives requirement. 

The course will be held in Costa Rica May 10-25. Financial aid is available for eligible students.

An additional information session will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, in room 184, SLC.

For more information, e-mail Toby Dogwiler at: or Roger Riley at:


Common Book Author Visits WSU

The Common Book Project presents Heather Rogers, author of "Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage" from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, in Somsen Hall Auditorium.

Rogers will address the topic: "The Hidden Life of Garbage: Why Do We Have So Much?"

The event is free and open to public. 

For more information, e-mail Paul Johnson at:


Social Work Team Receives Memory Walk Award

The WSU Social Work Team received the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk Award for 2010.

The 85-member team raised $2,055-the most of any team for the Winona walk- and was the largest group participating in this year's Memory Walk.

The award will be on display in Minne Hall, second floor.

For more information contact Cathy Jo Faruque at 507-457-5431 or email:


WSU Welcomes Director of International Services

WSU announces Jay Skranka as director of the International Services Office.

Skranka most recently served as director for the Master's program in International Business and Dean of International Student Initiatives at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Prior to joining Saint Mary's, Skranka lived and worked in Taipei, Taiwan for five years where he learned Chinese language, culture and business practices.

The Office of International Programs seeks to enhance global awareness among all members of the university, increase global competence of students, and increase enrollment of international and study abroad students. The office oversees all international offices and programs on campus.

For more information, e-mail Skranka at:


Lean Facilitator Program for Education Professionals

WSU will offer the Applied Educational Lean Facilitator Program 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 28-29, and Nov. 11-12, at WSU-Rochester's Coffman Center.

The program is for faculty, staff and administration who desire to successfully facilitate Educational Lean improvement projects at the departmental, support, core and academic levels. It is intended for learners with little or no understanding of Educational Lean principles and practices.

The program includes a four-day onsite workshop and a facilitated project at the participant's home institution with one-on-one coaching by the instructor.

Students who enroll in the course for six graduate or undergraduate credits also will participate in an online class.

The course costs $849 for non-credit. Regular WSU tuition rates apply if taken for credit.

For more information, contact Ann MacDonald at 507-457-5085 or e-mail:


Delta Phi Epsilon Searches for Sweetheart

Delta Phi Epsilon will hold a variety of events through Tuesday, Nov. 9, to choose a sweetheart of the organization called the "Deepher Dude."

From 7 a.m. today, Oct. 7, to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, men from WSU can show their support for the organization and awareness of Cystic Fibrosis by attending the Rock A Thon.

At 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, Delta Phi Epsilon will hold a bake off in Purple Rooms 105 and 106, Kryzsko Commons.

At 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, the club will hold a mini talent show in Dining Rooms C and D, Kryzsko Commons.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, men will have a final opportunity to win the title of "Deepher Dude" at the club's "One Last Chance" event in Purple Rooms 105 and 106, Kryzsko Commons.

Applications will be available at events or search Deepher Dude 2010-2011 on Facebook.

For more information, e-mail Jillian Benzen at: or visit:


Highway 43 Temporarily Closed for Railroad Work

Motorists will encounter a detour on Highway 43 (Main Street) in Winona this week while Canadian Pacific Railroad crews do track replacement work.

A detour will route motorists down Sarnia Street to Mankato Avenue then west on Broadway/Sixth Street and back to Highway 43 (Main Street).

The track replacement work will last approximately one week.

For statewide travel information, visit:, call 5-1-1 or log on to:


Faculty Members Receive Community Spirit Award

Faculty members Carol Long and Wayne "Chuck" Ripley were named recipients of the Winona HRA 2010 Community Spirit Award.

Long, chair of the special education department, was nominated for her service with the Kids First program at the Maplewood Townhomes. She supported inclusion of Kids First community service hours in the Special Education Department curriculum and has lobbied to provide the center with paid work-study and graduate assistant staff to run the daily operations of the center. Long also obtained $1,000 to fund the Kids First program through the month of June.

Wayne "Chuck" Ripley, English, was nominated for his service to the residents of the Maplewood Townhomes. Ripley was instrumental in bringing the residents together to create and elect a resident council. As a representative of the Human Rights Commission and WSU, Ripley has spent numerous hours working with the HRA's residents and supporting the HRA's programs.

For more information, e-mail Linda Bedtka at:


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