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Sept. 23-25, 2016


Sept. 23, #WarriorFamily Selfie Spot Contest

Sept. 23, Audacity to Grow

Sept. 23, WSU International Club Camping Trip

Sept. 23, UPAC: Illusionist Kid Ace

Sept. 24, WSU Bookstore Will Be Open

Sept. 24, UPAC: rePercussion

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Upcoming Events

Sept. 26, Anxiety Management Seminar

Sept. 26, Common Book Project: "A Deadly Wandering"

Sept. 26, Earth Talks: Tim Weisbrod

Sept. 26, French Club Crêpes


Watkins Art Gallery Exhibition

Save the Date: The WarriorsINNOVATE Discovery Forum

WSU Women's Rugby Season Opener

WSU Offers Anxiety Management Seminars

Fall Graduation Faculty Regalia Rental

Fall Career Expo Online Chat

iDMAa 2016 Conference: Interface: The Digital and The Human.

Family Weekend Health Hustle 5k

Extra-Curricular Activities

There are no Extra-Curricular Activities today.


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Faculty/Staff Development

Richard Bowman

Nhia Yang

Jana Craft

Jim Schul

Angela Lallemont

Jennifer Tim

Shirley Newberry

#WarriorFamily Selfie Spot Contest

It's WSU Family Weekend Sept. 23-25 and the university is offering a ton of different events and activities  on and off campus for students and their families to enjoy.

WSU has created six suggested spots for students and families to visit and developed the #WarriorFamily Selfie Spot Contest. 

1)   The gazebo

2)   Lauren's Pond

3)   The fountain next to Gildemeister Hall

4)   The stone sign by Sheehan

5)   Kirkland's "Stardust"

6)   In front of Somsen Hall

Each photo entered into the contest equals one chance entered to win a cool prize, so the more spots participants visit and take a family selfie, the better the odds are to win.

To enter, post a single photo, collage, collection or album to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #WarriorFamily. 

The winner will be announced Wednesday, Sept. 28 on WSU's Facebook page.

For more info, contact


Audacity to Grow: The Journey to Making a Difference

WSU will sponsor "Audacity to Grow: The Journey to Making a Difference" at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in East Hall, Kryzsko Commons. 

Wilson Meikuaya & Jackson Ntirkana are best friends and fearless warriors of the Maasai, a culture built on the traditions, legends and prophecies of the Kenyan and Tanzanian savannah. They represent the final generation to complete the full Maasai warrior training. They also represent the first generation to fully embrace a more Westernized culture. They have built bridges between the Maasai people and cultures in North America and Europe—at times seamlessly, at times with unimaginable difficulty—to introduce new ways of thinking about medicine, agriculture and education in the Maasai Mara. They will talk about what it means to preserve a disappearing culture and protect the sanctity of their elders, while paving the way for future generations.  

For more information contact Joan Francioni at 507-457-2336. 


WSU International Club Camping Trip

WSU International Club will be going to Perrot State Park to camp from Friday, Sept 23 till Saturday, Sept 24. The bus is scheduled to leave at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and will arrive back at WSU by 6 p.m. on Saturday. 

The cost is $20 and the camping fee includes transport, lodging and food. Interested participants may sign up and pay at the International Services office in Kryzsko Commons. 

Sign up is open until filled, spots are limited. Registration deadline is Sept. 22. 

For more info, follow International Club's Facebook page or contact Sarah Cheong.


Illusionist Kid Ace

The University Programming Activities Committee is sponsoring "Illusionist Kid Ace" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 in Harriet Johnson Auditorium, Somsen Hall.

This show is open to students and families.  

For more information contact UPAC.


WSU Bookstore Will be Open

The bookstore will be open 9-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 in Kryzsko Commons. 

There will be a 15% discount Friday and Saturday.

For more information contact WSU bookstore


UPAC Presents rePercussion

UPAC will host rePercussion at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the Harriet Johnson Auditorium, Somsen Hall.

This musical duo will perform an interactive comedy show with a variety of different objects. They are known for creating an exciting and memorable performance.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact UPAC 


Anxiety Management Seminar

WSU's Counseling and Wellness Services offers the first of a four-part series for students who want to learn more about managing anxiety and stress at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26 in IWC 267. The theme for week two is "Calming the Anxious Body." 

Each seminar is 50 minutes and is offered twice per week. Students are welcome to attend any of the four part series.

For more information, please contact Eunie Alsaker.


Common Book Project: "A Deadly Wandering"

Winona State University's Common Book Project will host Matt Richtel, author of "A Deadly Wandering" for an interview, panel discussion, keynote and book signing on Sept. 26.

The vist begins with, Dr. Cindy Killion interviewing Richtel from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday. Sept. 26, in the Haake Hall Conference Room.

The event is followed by a panel discussion with Richtel to discuss distracted driving from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday. Sept. 26, in Stark Hall room 103.

Later, Richtel will deliver a keynote address at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept 26, in the Harriet Johnson Auditorium in Somsen Hall.

"A Deadly Wandering," available at the WSU Bookstore, focuses on the outcome of a fatal car accident, in which 19-year- old Reggie Shaw killed two scientists due to texting and driving. Richtel presents Reggie's story, the investigation of the crash, and the prosecution alongside, research on attention and distraction.

These events are free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by Academic Affairs and the WSU bookstore.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Zold


Earth Talk: Tim Weisbrod

The Geoscience Department Earth Talks Speaker Series will host Tim Weisbrod to present "Using Geology to Help Get Conservation on the Ground: Examples of Applied Geologic Investigations being conducted by the Natural Resources Conservation Service" at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in the Science Laboratory Center Auditorium, room 120.

Weisbrod will talk about the use of Applied Geologic Investigations to help in the proper installation of conservation practices with examples highlighting the use of technologies and techniques taught in geology programs. Weisbrod will also highlight field based investigation techniques such as the use of geophysics and logging of sediment and rock for engineering purposes.

Weisbrod graduated from WSU in 2003 and is now a State Geologist in Minnesota and Wisconsin where he conducts geologic investigations in a wide variety of settings. Prior to his current position, Weisbrod served as an Environmental Specialist for the Iowa Department of Agriculture Land Stewardship working with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service where he served as a Soil Conservation Technician.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Earth Talks series serves as a forum through which experts from academia, government and the private sector, as well as WSU students and faculty, share their experiences and research results with the WSU geoscience community. The series also provides a venue for discussions of professional, educational, employment issues related to geology, natural resources, Earth science teaching, and other related disciplines.

For more information, contact Stephen Allard


French Club Crêpes

WSU's French Club will sponsor a crêpe event at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in WSU's Alumni House. 

Plain crêpes will be made, and butter, sugar, and cinnamon will be provied. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own special additions such as Nutella, bananas, strawberries and other toppings. 

Crédit supplementaire for students in French classes.

For more information, contact Natalie Mitchem


Watkins Art Gallery Exhibition

The Art and Design Department will sponsor YOU | I: Interfaces & Reader Experience Sept. 22-Oct. 14 in the Paul Watkins Art Gallery.

The nine works of art in this exhibition have been selected to express the unique ways in which interfaces can impact reader experience and the relationship readers have with the stories told through them.

This exhibition is part of the Digital Humanities Theme as well as the upcoming iDMAa (International Digital Media Arts Association) conference occurring on campus October 5-8.The curator, Dene Grigar, will give a tour of the exhibition to students and community members from 4-5 p.m.  Wednesday, Oct. 5,. A reception at the gallery will follow from 5-6 p.m.

Artists include John Barber, Matthew Mosher, Stephanie Strickland, Ian Hatcher, Alan Bigelow, Serge Bouchardon, Pièrre Fourny, Guilliame Jacquemin, Luc Dall Armellina, Hé'lène Caubel, Talan Memmott, Aaron Tucker, Jordan Scott, Tiffany Cheung, Namir Ahmed, Aaron Reed, Jacob Garbe, Amaranth Borsuk and Brad Bouse

Visit online for more information or contact Roger Boulay.


Save the Date: The WarriorsINNOVATE Discovery Forum

Winona State is holding its first-ever WarriorsINNOVATE Challenge, where individuals and groups will compete for a chance to win a share of $10,000 towards jump-starting their idea! 

The challenge will provide WSU students an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to put innovative ideas into action. Over the course of the academic year, participants will be mentored through creating a thorough business plan, receive invaluable hands-on experience, and position themselves to succeed.

To learn more, join us at the informational WarriorsINNOVATE Discovery Forum kick-off event from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27 in the Science Laboratory Center Atrium.

You can also visit online for additional details, or contact the Entrepreneur Club Presidents, Nick Schroeder or John Kopydlowski.  

The WarriorsINNOVATE Challenge is sponsored by the Winona State University Foundation. Special thanks to the College of Business for its support in this campus-wide initiative.


Women's Rugby Win Season Opener

Winona State Women's rugby picked up right where they left off two weekends ago after winning their tenth consecutive All Minnesota Tournament. Last Saturday the team opened up its league season, playing host to the "Black Widows" of St. Cloud State University. 

Final score 72-0.

Remaining league schedule:

Sept. 24 @ Duluth

Oct. 1 @ NDSU

Oct. 8 home UND

Oct. 22 home Mankato

Visit the WSU Women's Rugby Page for more information. 


WSU Offers Anxiety Management Seminars

WSU's Counseling and Wellness Services offers the second of a four-part series for students who want to learn more about managing anxiety. The theme for week two is "Calming the Anxious Body." Each seminar is 50 minutes and is offered twice per week. Students are welcome to attend any of the four part series. 

Meeting times:

Monday, Sept. 26, 1- 1:50, IWC 267

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2– 2:50, IWC 267

For more information contact Eunie Alsaker.


Fall Faculty Regalia Rental

The WSU Bookstore is preparing for the Fall Dec. 9 Graduation ceremony. 

Any faculty who are anticipating renting regalia for the Fall Graduation ceremony to contact the WSU Bookstore to place an order.

Deadline to place rental regalia orders is Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.

Contact Kerre LangReszka for any questions about renting regalia, or call the WSU Bookstore #5673.  


Fall Career Expo

The Warrior Success Center is sponsoring a Career Expo 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in East Hall, Kryzsko Commons. 

Students looking for a full-time job or internship are welcome to attend. Forty-five employers will be in attendance looking to speak with students about their opportunities. Students should dress professionally and be prepared with a professional resume as many of these employers are currently hiring.

Registration deadline was Sept. 20.

For more information on the Career Expo or to better prepare, Career Services staff will be available for questions via an online chat on from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 20 and 27. Students should sign on through their Warrior Jobs account

Any additional questions can be directed to Career Services 507-457-5878.


iDMAa 2016 Conference: Interface: The Digital and The Human.

Winona State University will host the International Digital Media Arts Association 2016 Conference: Interface: The Digital and The Human, Oct. 5-8, at the Tau Center.

The event will include keynote speeches by leading figures in the field, a digital arts exhibition at the Laird Norton on Wednesday and a cruise on the Cal Fremling on Thursday.

The University Theme, Our Digital Humanity, focuses around the impact technology has in our lives. Students and faculty are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to learn about digital humanities, arts and industry.

Registration is $349 and $150 for undergraduate students, to register visit the conference website.

This fee includes membership, keynote luncheons and banquet.

Housing is available for $25 a night at the Tau Center.

For more information, email Davin Heckman.


Family Weekend Health Hustle 5k

Student Health & Wellness Advocates will sponsor Family Weekend Health Hustle 5k from 2-4:30 p.m. Sept. 24, beginning at the WSU Gazebo.

The Health Hustle 5k supports the Student Health & Wellness Advocates Organization. This is a group of dedicated peer educators that promote healthy lifestyles and behaviors among WSU students. The funds from this event will sponsor training and continuing education for the members of the organization.

Registration & Check in at 2 p.m.

Race begins at 3 p.m.

Same day registration is available. 

For more information contact Kate Hansen at 507-457-5619.


Bowman Published Manuscript

Richard Bowman, education, published a manuscript titled "Learning Leadership Skills in College," in Academic Exchange Quarterly, 20(1), 2016, 89-94.

Every campus has individuals who inspire, influence, and enlist others in common cause without relying on a title or formal position. In the everydayness of collegiate life, undergraduates are confronted with opportunities to lead and be a leader. For students as emerging leaders, developing leadership capabilities is first an inner quest to discover who you are and what you care deeply about. In practice, confronting the toxic level of incivility in academia, being relentless questioners across campus, leading productive organizational meetings, creating insight regarding institutional impact, and catching up with the elusive movable frontier called oneself allow students to come face-to-face with who they are as authentic informal leaders.


Yang Named Director of WSU Students Life & Development

Nhia Yang will join WSU Student Life & Development as Director on Oct. 3. Nhia will be part of the Student Support Services team – a federally funded TRIO grant program - and will report to Dean of Students, Karen Johnson.

As Director, Nhia's responsibilities will include managing the federal TRIO Student Support Services grant program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  Staff in the TRIO program provide services to eligible student participants, including a summer bridge program, advising, tutoring, and leadership and cultural experiences.  The purpose is to retain students who are first generation, low-income, or students with disabilities through graduation.

Nhia comes to WSU with experience as the Director of Student Support Services at St. Cloud Technical and Community College and previously as Director at Marian University in Wisconsin. He has also worked as a Recruitment and Retention Specialist and as the Interim SSS Director at WSU in 2008/09.  Nhia is happy to be back in this area, as his family resides in LaCrosse, WI.


Craft Publishes Article

Jana Craft, business administration, published an article with three co-authors entitled, "The human experience of ethics: a review of a decade of qualitative ethical decision-making research" in Business Ethics: European Review, October 2016. 

This is the second article published this year for Craft. Her prior article, "Common thread: The impact of mission on ethical business culture, a case study" was published in the Journal of Business Ethics in January 2016.   


Schul Publishes Article

Jim Schul, education, recently had an article entitled "The Sphinx of American Education: Ralph Tyler's Peculiar Relationship with Standardized Testing" published in The Journal of Educational Thought.


Lallemont Recognized by AIOFLA

Angela Lallemont, legal studies, was recognized by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (AIOFLA) as "Two Years 10 Best Family Law Attorney for Client Satisfaction."

The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the "10 Best" list must pass AIOFLA's rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research and AIOFLA's independent evaluation. AIOFLA's annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process.

One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys' relationships and reputation among his or her clients. As clients should be an attorney's top priority, AIOFLA places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of family law without sacrificing the service and support they provide. Selection criteria therefore focus on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of client satisfaction. 

See the article here:  Angela Lallemont Named AIOFLA's 10 Top Attorneys 



Newberry and Tim presented "Community Health."

Shirley Newberry and Jennifer Timm, Nursing, recently attended and presented a poster on "Community Health: Tertiary Prevention in High Risk Readmission Patients" in Canterbury, UK on Sept. 16 & 17. 

Shirley and Jennifer are faculty on the Winona Campus in the Undergraduate and RN to BSN program with specialties in Public Health.  


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