In the News

 The mission of Winona State University is to enhance the intellectual, social, cultural and economic vitality of the people and communities we serve. See below for a sampling of recent media coverage showing our students, employees and alumni doing just that.
Winona Radio
WSU, SMU Ranked(9/10/14)
WSU holds strong as the second highest public university in Minnesota.
Winona Daily News
Headed to a Winona library this weekend? Get ready to swim(9/9/14)
But this Saturday, the Floating Library will shove off from the shores of Lake Winona for a day. It’s a specially designed raft featuring books made and donated by artists.
Winona Daily News
A river ride back in time(9/6/14)
This fall the Winona County Historical Society is introducing something new to its educational programs: history lessons on a boat.
Post Bulletin
Greenspace: Winona State racks up another Green award(9/2/14)
Just in time to start a year of thinking about sustainability, Winona State University has again been named to the prestigious Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges.
Winona Daily News
How is college financial aid figured?(8/31/14)
While tuition gets the most focus when it comes to paying for college, it’s just one part of the cost.
Winona Daily News
WSU preschool prepping for opening at W-K(8/31/14)
The start date has been delayed, but don’t think the excitement has waned for the new Winona State University Children’s Center site at Washington-Kosciusko Elementary School.
Winona Daily News
Former Vice President Awarded Friend of CGMC(8/30/14)
Gary Evans, former president and CEO of Hiawatha Broadband Communications and a former vice president at Winona State University, received the “Friend of the CGMC” Award from the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities Aug. 21 during the coalition’s summer conference in Rochester.
The Chatfield News
New kindergarten teacher always knew she would teach(8/26/14)
Kristine Swenson’s going back to kindergarten. She’s an alum of the Mabel-Canton class of 2009, as well as of the WSU class of 2013, with degrees in elementary and early childhood education and a minor in music.
Winona Daily News
Joel Filmore: Life journey offers perspective on race(8/27/14)
Like many Americans, I’ve been following the events in Ferguson, Mo., as they have played out on the news, in the blogs and in the newspapers. At first with stunned amazement, then sadness, and finally with apathy, but probably not for the reasons you might think. I don’t live in Ferguson, I’ve never been to Ferguson, and I don’t know anyone who ever has been to Ferguson ... but I am a black man.
Austin Daily Herald
Teaching degree program in second year(8/26/14)
With Riverland Community College’s start to the 2014-15 school year monday, the college, Austin Public Schools and Winona State University have come into the second year of the four-year teaching-degree program in Austin.
Winona State University implements bystander intervention program(8/21/14)
Winona State University received a grant from the Department of Justice to be one of the few schools in the country to rejuvenate a gender-based violence prevention program with emphasis on bystander intervention.
Winona Daily News
Smooth sailing for move-in at WSU's West Campus(8/21/14)
Long drives, lost identification cards and the threat of rain couldn’t derail move-in day for Winona State University students living on the West Campus.
Child protection training held in Winona(8/19/14)
People from around the country are at the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center at Winona State University for a three day class.
Move-in day at Winona State University(8/19/14)
Winona State University students reached a major milestone on Tuesday as this year's “Welcome Week” kicked-off with move-in day.
Winona Daily News
WSU's Ryan Gerts proves to be role model on, off field(8/15/14)
Being a leader is nothing new to Ryan Gerts. But being a senior leader who knows his time wearing the purple and white is coming to an end? That’s a different story.
Winona Post
WSU minor among best in nation(8/13/14)
The professional selling minor at Winona State University (WSU) is quickly becoming one of the most sought after programs within WSU’s School of Business.
Post Bulletin
Weber joins Winona State(8/14/14)
Former University of Minnesota-Rochester employee Kendra Weber has been given the task of connecting Winona State University with the Winona community.
Winona Daily News
WSU Alum Is Winona’s Chauffeur(8/11/14)
The Trester Trolley has become one of Winona’s newest icons, driven by one of the city’s older faces — Clarence Russell.
Winona Daily News
Making sure it was done right: WSU professor, philanthropist hid big heart with gruff exterior(8/10/14)
Despite a rough exterior, Ervin touched the lives of many, including a large extended family and many in the Winona community.
Winona Daily News
Leaving a lifestyle and legacy: WSU children's center co-founder, teacher says goodbye -- for now(8/8/14)
The 4- and 5-year-olds in Barb Nagel’s preschool class had plenty to catch their attention Thursday morning in the classroom tucked into a corner of the Winona State University Children’s Center.
Winona Daily News
End of the river: Winona-area veteran finishes paddle down Mississippi(8/8/14)
Winona State University student and Afghanistan veteran Joshua Ploetz has finished his epic paddle down the Mississippi River, from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico.
MSN News
End of the river: Winona-area veteran finishes paddle down Mississippi(8/7/14)
A former Marine with PTSD paddled the length of the mighty Mississippi in a canoe to clear his head and calm his demons from the war in Afghanistan.
Post Bulletin
Star Wars passion: Collectibles business grows from parents' basement to global leader(8/4/14)
Two decades after starting a collectibles business — Brian's Toys — from his parents' basement as a high school student, the 37-year-old father of two recently crossed the $5 million threshold in annual sales.
Winona Daily News
Having fun while giving back: Young Winona resident already deeply connected to volunteerism(8/4/14)
Caitlin Courtney, 21, a recent Winona State university graduate, her priorities were also volunteering throughout her undergraduate years.
Winona Daily News
WSU appoints interim land steward(7/31/14)
Kim Evenson will be WSU's interim land steward for the coming school year.
Winona Daily News
Seeding new ideas: WSU professor hopes to expand farming education in Panama(7/31/14)
Bruno Borsari will be returning to his roots and learning about a new culture this coming academic year.
Winona Daily News
Singing success: Grace Place founder brings early-childhood classes to Maplewood Townhomes(7/30/14)
Grace Place founder Carla Burton wants nothing but success for children and their families.
Winona Daily News
WSU professor receives national athletic trainer award(7/30/14)
Winona State University Professor Brian Zeller has been awarded a National Athletic Trainers' Association 2014 Athletic Trainer Service Award.
Post Bulletin
Tipsheet: Back to the bard(7/29/14)
With the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona in its final week, there are two chances on Wednesday to take a drive to see the plays.
Miniature scientists launch some rockets over at Riverside Central Elementary School(7/24/14)
Astronauts, archaeologists and solar energy scientists-in-training were all hard at work today in their last day of a very unique camp with Winona State University-Rochester education program.
Winona Daily News
A stitch in time turns a dime: Raffle open for GRSF quilt, threaded with festival's past(7/24/14)
Season 11 of the Great River Shakespeare Festival is well under way, but pieces of plays from past seasons still linger in the Performing Arts Center at Winona State University.
'Scrubs Camp' Aims to Put Minnesota's Doctors of the Future on Right Path(7/23/14)
The camp, which is being held on St. Paul College's campus, is hands-on. Students learn CPR, how to hook a patient up to an IV, how to deal with various injuries.
STEM Program Prepares Kids for the Future(7/22/14)
What do you want to be when you grow up? Kids always hear this question while growing up.
Winona Daily News
In 'Hamlet,' GRSF actor tackles death, spirituality--and lots of judgment(7/18/14)
Carlson, an actor with the Great River Shakespeare Festival since 2006 and theater teacher at the University of Texas at Austin, stars as the lead in this season’s production of “Hamlet.”
Winona Daily News
'Getting back more than you give': Winona's Vicki Decker models volunteerism(7/7/14)
Vicki Decker, co-founder of Women in Business and a volunteer for a number of area organizations.
Winona Daily News
GRSF has July 4 weekend events(7/3/14)
Great River Shakespeare Festival has a full slate of events for the Fourth of July weekend.
Twin Cities
Great River Shakespeare Festival opens with fun and funny 'Merry Wives'(6/30/14)
Those who find the works of William Shakespeare inaccessible are advised to hop into their cars and head south on Highway 61 this summer.
Winona Daily News
Register now for WSU's annual College for Kids(6/29/14)
Registration for Winona State University's annual College for Kids is open now through June 27.
Winona Daily News
Misato student ambassador returns to attend WSU(6/28/14)
Mami Kudo from Misato, Japan, a high school ambassador to sister city Winona, returned to Winona last week to begin studies in the English Language Center at WSU through December.
Winona Daily News
Hands-on health: Students explore careers, and noses and veins, at Scrubs Camp(6/27/14)
Josh Schmelzer held up a flexible orange nasal tube in front of a group of purple-scrubbed high-school students at Winona Health Thursday afternoon.
Winona Daily News
An 'eclectic identity': Beethoven is back with wide variety of performers(6/27/14)
The energy that accompanies the Minnesota Beethoven Festival every year is already palpable for Ned Kirk, the festival’s artistic director.
Winona Daily News
WSU names next advancement VP(6/24/14)
Winona State University officials looked outward to find the university’s new vice president of advancement.
Winona Daily News
Gary Evans: Community response was above and beyond(6/22/14)
When we began planning the christening of the new floating classroom to be known as the Cal Fremling, I was the first to tease my colleagues about over-planning when I heard they had ordered root beer floats for 500.
Winona Daily News
Annual Winona Dixieland Festival announces performers(6/20/14)
The Upper Mississippi Jazz Society has announced the selection of performers for the annual Dixieland Festival in Winona, set for June 28.
Post Bulletin
Marine veteran paddles off the war on Mississippi(6/19/14)
On a recent day at a campsite west of Bemidji, Joshua Ploetz was getting ready to leave for another day of paddling the length of the Mississippi River, a trek he began May 19 and expects to complete this August.
WSU’s floating classroom “Cal Fremling” now home in Winona(6/17/14)
Winona State University’s floating classroom, the Cal Fremling, was delivered to Winona last week, making its maiden voyage from La Crosse to its home port.
Winona Daily News
'Experiencing history': WSU students to revisit Freedom Summer on 50th anniversary(6/17/14)
The students will visit historic sites in Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama, meet with surviving veterans of the movement, and work on group projects and presentations dissecting civil rights events and the response.
Winona Daily News
Winona Early Childhood Initiative grants $10,000 to area programs(6/17/14)
The Winona Early Childhood Initiative has provided, in its first public grant cycle, $10,000 to area programs and organizations that serve early-childhood needs.
Post Bulletin
Winona State president wows campus radio listeners(6/17/14)
To the uninitiated listener, it's probably easy to miss. But those attuned to WSU President Scott Olson's musical tastes know that whenever he gives a major speech, somewhere in the body of his remarks will be a lyric by Bruce Springsteen.
Veteran Paddling Down Mississippi to Raise PTSD Awareness(6/16/14)
Winona State student and St. Charles native, Josh Ploetz, suffered from PTSD after serving in the marine corps for almost eight years.
Wisconsin Public Radio
How The War On Obesity Hurts Women And Children(6/10/14)
Obesity is now referred to as a disease in the medical community, and Joy Cardin’s guest says the struggle to cure obesity victimizes women and children.
Winona Daily News
Climbing on up: New outdoor recreation center opens in Winona(6/10/14)
With a new space and a stack of stand-up paddleboards, Winona State’s Outdoor Education and Recreation Center is opening to the community this summer.
Winona Daily News
89-year-old WWII vet, turret gunner to speak tonight at WSU(6/9/14)
Spend an evening with Doug Ward, an 89-year-old World War II vet, tonight at 7 p.m. at Winona State University.
La Crosse Tribune
The Cal Fremling, WSU's floating classroom arrives in Winona(6/7/14)
Cal Fremling must have been looking down on his namesake as it chugged its way up the Mississippi River on Friday.
Winona Daily News
WSU to host alumni author Brian Krans June 10(6/6/14)
WSU will host graduate and author Brian Krans at 7 p.m. June 10 on the first floor of the Darrell Krueger Library for a book reading and signing of his third novel, "Assault Rifles & Pedophiles: An American Love Story."
WSU dedicates 'floating classroom'(6/6/14)
As the Cal Fremling, Winona State University's new floating classroom, was driven up the Mississippi River on Friday for its dedication, it made big ripples in the water.
WSU’s floating classroom to be christened tomorrow(6/5/14)
The public is invited to attend a special dedication and christening ceremony for Winona State University’s new floating classroom, “The Cal Fremling.”
Winona Daily News
2014 GRSF Concerts on the Green lineup announced(6/5/14)
The Great River Shakespeare Festival announced the 2014 Concerts on the Green schedule Wednesday, which features Chastity Brown, Mike Munson and a variety of folk, rock and bluegrass-oriented groups.
Winona Daily News
Volunteer of the Month: Red Cross' Tom Lee helps wherever needed(6/2/14)
The June Volunteer of the Month, working in his capacity as an American Red Cross disaster relief volunteer, traveled the country to help wherever needed.
Winona State tests their "floating classroom"(5/29/14)
It was an exciting day for Winona State University as their newest classroom makes it one step closer to setting sail.
Winona Post
WSU announces new dean of education(5/28/14)
Winona State University announces the appointment of Tarrell Awe Agahe Portman to the position of Dean of the College of Education.
Education Village Project gets historic schoolhouse(5/27/14)
Last week, a 150 year-old, one-room schoolhouse made a new home on the Winona State University Campus.
Winona remembers those who gave all(5/27/14)
Hundreds gathered in Winona’s Veteran’s Memorial Park Monday morning to remember those who fell in battle and those who served in America’s military.
Winona Daily News
Maggie Modjeski: The war came home with this soldier(5/26/14)
What are your plans this Memorial Day weekend — a picnic, a round of golf or maybe camping? For Winona State University student and St. Charles native Josh Ploetz, it will be paddling down the Mississippi River.
Winona Daily News
Ron and Jean Ready: City should OK WSU's ballpark plan(5/25/14)
What do we have to lose? Winona State University will spend more than $5 million to improve the site, and the city will still own and be able to use the fields.
iCan Bike teaches disabled to ride a bike in Winona(5/23/14)
A recent Winona State University grad working through the iCan Bike program is helping teach disabled children and adults how to ride a bike.
iCan Bike teaches disabled to ride a bike in Winona(5/23/14)
A recent Winona State University grad working through the iCan Bike program is helping teach disabled children and adults how to ride a bike.
Winona Daily News
Little old schoolhouse, new campus: WSU takes over former Arches Museum building(5/23/14)
Winona State University’s $24.6 million Education Village project and revamping of the teacher education program may be a big undertaking, but it doesn’t mean the university has forgotten its roots.
Winona Daily News
Learning to ride, and loving it: Camp at WSHS helps kids cruise on two wheels(5/22/14)
The fact that 7-year-old Oliver Montgomery had trouble getting past his training wheels didn’t stop him from cruising around the Winona Senior High School gymnasium Wednesday evening.
Winona State narrows VP search to four candidates(5/21/14)
Last week Winona State University interviewed candidates to be the next Vice President for University Advancement.
A new way of teaching teachers(5/16/14)
When Nancy Eckerson, chairwoman of Winona State University-Rochester's education department, and a colleague set out to redesign its teacher-education program five years ago, it was in response to "some very specific issues" in the Rochester area.
News 8000
Winona State University to create $24.6 million 'Education Village'(5/16/14)
Winona State University could receive nearly $6 million for a new facility dedicated to teaching.
Winona State teacher training starts in front of classroom(5/16/14)
Most student educators get the bulk of those experiences at the student-teacher phase near the end of their training, but Spavin was writing lesson plans and teaching at the start.
Fox 47
Local Marine embarks on epic Mississippi River journey(5/15/14)
One local veteran is set to embark on a colossal challenge across the largest river in North America- all to raise money, support, and awareness for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress.
Winona Daily News
WSU in line for $5.9M from state for Education Village(5/14/14)
Winona State University would be in line to receive $5.9 million in funding for its Education Village project, under a state construction bill compromise announced Wednesday at the state Legislature.
Winona Post
The magic of memories (5/14/14)
For Sally Mathews Inglett, watching her mother Nancy slip into the successive stages of Alzheimer’s Disease was like sitting through a long, melancholy film.
Winona Daily News
A thing of beauty: WSU announces fund to support arboretum, outdoors improvements(4/26/14)
When Moonyeen Holle came to Winona State University in her 20s, she had to give a speech for a class. She fainted -- twice -- and had to give the speech again the next day. When Moonyeen came back to WSU on Friday, Arbor Day, to give a speech, her legs didn't give out, but she didn't abandon emotion, either, as she spoke of the love she had for her campus, and the honor she felt in having WSU's outdoor arboretum named in honor of the donation she and her late husband gave to create an endowed arboretum fund on>
Winona Daily News
WSU graphic designers featured in new show, "Decay"(4/29/14)
A group of senior graphic design students from Winona State University is hosting a senior show exhibition at the Paul Watkins Gallery at Winona State University through May 2.
Winona Post
WAPS tutors make lasting impact(4/28/14)
On the last day before the long Easter weekend, several Winona Senior High School (WSHS) students sit on tables inside a classroom on the second floor of the high school.
Winona students step up to fight cancer(4/26/14)
Thousands of students at Winona State University pulled an all-nighter on Friday for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in McCown gym. It's one of the largest events on campus all year.
Winona Daily News
Student research is rich at WSU, SMU(4/27/14)
From the discovery of the God particle in Switzerland to the recent announcement by the Navy of research into making fuel from seawater, many people think of big names and big results when it comes to scientific or scholarly research.
Relay For Life Event at Winona Statey(4/25/14)
Winona State will be hosting a Relay For Life event to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Winona Daily News
Wheelchair basketball at WSU(4/22/14)
The Winona State University Student Council for Exceptional Children will host the sixth annual Wheelchair Basketball.
Winona Daily News
WSU to celebrate Arbor Day with tree planting(4/21/14)
Winona State University will celebrate Arbor Day and the dedication of the Richard and Moonyeen Holle Arboretum from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 25 in front of Phelps Hall on the WSU campus.
Rochester Post-Bulletin
Our View: 'Path to Purple' is model for all MnSCU schools(4/17/14)
Switching schools is common for college students. One in three will transfer to another institution at some point in their education.
Rochester Post-Bulletin
WSU's Education Village seeks to transform how educators are taught(4/16/14)
Winona State University officials say it's time to change the way schools educate the teachers of tomorrow, and the university has a $22 million project it believes will do that.
Rochester Post-Bulletin
Scott R. Olson: Education Village will benefit entire region(4/9/14)
When I was a kid growing up in Minnesota, there were three things most Minnesotans would have said defined our state and made it the best place to live. Most would have said our state's beauty helped define us: the bluffs, the rivers, the lakes, the forests and so on. Most Minnesotans back when I was a kid would have said the arts helped define Minnesota: beautiful music, tremendous theater and world-class art museums.
Journal Gazette & Times-Courier
WSU professor's 'Fat Blame' book challenges war on obesity(4/8/14)
Winona State University professor April Herndon is not on board with Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign. It’s not that she’s against exercise or eating right. On the contrary, she’s for both. It’s the campaign’s focus on childhood obesity that has her casting a critical eye.
Minnesota Business Magazine
Getting with the program(3/25/14)
When it comes to building a successful company, finding good talent is a high priority. With job search websites galore and resumes flooding managers’ inboxes, weeding through the applicants can be a daunting task. But there are some Minnesota companies that have found an easier way to seek out and recruit the type of employees that they believe will be most valuable to them.