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.
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.
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: email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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