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WSU Update

Thursday, April 24, 2014


11 a.m. WSU Bike Week, Gazebo

11 a.m.-noon, College of Education Dean Finalist, Room 257, Maxwell Hall

6 p.m. RTTR Club: Speaker Carr Hagerman, Memorial Hall

6:30- 8:30 p.m. RE Initiative to End Gender Violence on Campus, Student Activity Center

8 p.m. Mugshots: Circus Night, Mugshots

View the complete WSU Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

WSU Celebrates Arbor Day

International Services: International Coffee Hour

WSU Music in the Garden

WSU-R Warrior L.E.A.D. Presents "The Lego Movie"

WSU Hosts Relay for Life

WSU Jazz Ensemble

Music Gala Weekend

SCEC: Wheelchair Basketball

MCOM Awards Banquet

Winona Earth Day

Raised to Life 5K

Powder Puff for Power

WSU President DJs for KQAL

Child Advocacy: Wear Blue

Homecoming Planning Committee Seeks Student Workers

International Student Graduation Reception

Achievement Recognition of Exchange Students


Library Extended Hours

Wellzine Seeks Writers and Photographers

Men's Lacrosse Club Competes in GLLL Championship

Join Housing & Residence Life Welcome Crew

Science and Engineering Dean

Apply for Families First Scholarship

Extra-Curricular Activities

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Wheelchair basketball at WSU

Our View: 'Path to Purple' is model for all MnSCU schools

WSU to celebrate Arbor Day with tree planting

WSU's Education Village seeks to transform how educators are taught

WSU professor's 'Fat Blame' book challenges war on obesity

Faculty/Staff Development

Jerry Gerlach

Kevin Possin

Michael Scholz

Kathryn Sullivan

Library Extended Hours

Krueger Library will have extended hours April 25-May 4.

  • Friday, April 25: 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 26: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 27: 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
  • Friday, May 2: 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 3: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 4: 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

For more information, contact Thomas Bremer.


Wellzine Seeks Writers and Photographers

WSU's Health and Wellness Services is seeking volunteer writers and photographers to contribute to the online health and wellness magazine.

Volunteers will begin fall 2014.

For more information, contact Wellzine Editor Kim Schneider.


Homecoming Committee Seeks Student Workers

The WSU Homecoming committee is seeking students to be part of Homecoming 2014.

Current open positions include the Social Media Chair and the Parade Chair. Positions are paid.

Online applications may be found at

Application deadline is Wednesday, April 30.

For more information, contact Tracy Rahim.


WSU Bike Week

The Winona State University Environmental Club will host the seventh annual Bike Week through April 25.

The primary feature of Bike Week, "Pump Up Your Bike," will take place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily at the Alumni Gazebo in the middle of the WSU campus. Student volunteers from WSU's Environmental Club will help bicyclists with minor tune-ups like pumping tires and oiling bike chains. Students can enter a drawing to win prizes such as a new Trek bike, two Camelbaks, several helmets, t-shirts and lights.

Throughout Bike Week, those who park their bikes on campus may receive a surprise visit from the Bike Phantom. This mysterious masked figure connects bicyclists with a small reward for taking two wheels to campus.

Bike Week is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Gretchen Michlitsch.


College of Education Dean Finalists

WSU's College of Education will host John Shoup to interview for dean finalist from 11 a.m.-Noon today, April 24, Room 257, Maxwell Hall.

Read the biographies of the finalists.

For more information, contact Robin Delong.


Mugshots: Circus Night

WSU's Mugshots will host "Circus Night" at 8 p.m. today, April 24, next to Lourdes Cafeteria.

Come to Mugshots for a fun circus-themed night. Music will be provided by Joel Farber.

Enjoy popcorn, treats and coffee.

For more information, contact Mugshots.


WSU Celebrates Arbor Day

Winona State University will celebrate Arbor Day and the dedication of the Richard and Moonyeen Holle Arboretum from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday, April 25.

The dedication of the Holle Arboretum recognizes the university's history of providing an environment that supports public enjoyment, education, recreation and research. The Arboretum will function as a living classroom and laboratory and help the university to maintain the campus grounds for generations to come.

The celebration will kick off with a ceremonial tree planting with second grade students from Jefferson Elementary, in front of Phelps Hall on the WSU Campus. There will also be a puppet show, "Conserving the Pollinators," at 10 a.m. in the Student Activities Center, Kryzsko Commons. Members of WSU's Environmental Club will then lead the elementary students in planting seedlings in the WSU Greenhouse, near Verizon Stadium at 10:45 a.m.

The Arboretum Dedication will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the SAC, Kryzsko Commons and will feature comments from WSU President Scott Olson and Moonyeen Holle. Live music performed by Gravy Train will follow the official unveiling of the Arboretum signage.

At 12:30 p.m. the Winona Fire Department will assist with a controlled burn in the prairie garden behind the Science Laboratory Center, followed by Campus Tree Tours and tours of the Native Prairie Garden outside the Integrated Wellness Complex.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the WSU Communications Office at 507-457-5024.


WSU Music in the Garden

WSU will host "Music in the Garden" from Noon-2 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the IWC Prairie Garden.

This is the first concert of the "Music in the Garden" concert series. WSU's Sara Sperber and Robert Briggs will be playing with Nate DeBoer from Rochester.

For more information, contact Holly French.


WSU-R Warrior L.E.A.D. Presents "The Lego Movie"

WSU-Rochester's Warrior L.E.A.D will present two showings of "The Lego Movie" at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, Hill Theatre, WSU-Rochester.

For more information, contact Jessica Schuster.


WSU Hosts Relay For Life

Winona State University will hold the annual Relay for Life Friday, April 25, in McCown Gym.

The opening ceremony will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a night of activities, games and entertainment. Entertainment for the night includes a live DJ, silent auction, Zumba, Mr. Relay Pageant and more. Teams will also sponsor onsite fundraisers with more games and food to enjoy.

WSU's Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) chapter puts on the annual event to support caregivers and survivors and to help find a cure. Funds raised benefit the American Cancer Society.

The event is open to the public.

For more information, contact Jessica Rueber.


Music Gala Weekend

The Winona State University Department of Music will present the Music Gala Weekend Friday, April 25, through Sunday, April 27, on the Performing Arts Center Main Stage.

The Music Gala Weekend will kick off with the WSU Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Rich MacDonald, at 7:30 p.m. April 25. The program will start with selections performed by alumni of the program followed by the 18-piece student ensemble. The concert will include pieces like "Joy of Cooking" by Sammy Nestico, "Cherry Juice" by Thad Jones, "Idioteque" by Radiohead, "Art Appreciation" by Steve Wiest, "FM" by Lyle Mays and "Four PM Blues," which is an original composition by WSU adjunct faculty John Paulson performed by WSU seniors. This concert is free and open to the public.

The Gala continues with the WSU Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Paul Vance, at 3 p.m. April 26. This concert is free and open to the public as well.

At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the WSU Choirs, conducted by Harry Mechell, will feature madrigals and songs of love, springtime and happiness. Performances will be from works by Hassler, Gabrielli, Schubert, Brahms, Bach and Offenbach. African-American spirituals and folk songs from Finland, Russia, America and Ireland will also be featured. The concert is $10 for adults, and free for seniors, students and WSU faculty and staff.

Sunday afternoon will mark the last concert of the Gala Weekend. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by Donald Lovejoy, will perform at 2 p.m. The ensemble will be joined by alumni to celebrate the weekend. The performance will include selections like "A Quick Exit" by Darren Mitchell, "Of Lotholorien" by H. Owen Reed, "Song of Lir" by Fergal Carroll, "Night Haunts the New Day" by WSU Assistant Professor David Dies and "Of Sailors and Whales" by W. Francis McBeth. This concert is free and open to the public.

Visit WSU Arts for ticket information.

For more information, contact Rich MacDonald.


MCOM Awards Banquet

WSU will host the MCOM Awards Banquet from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Westfield Golf Course.

For more information, contact Samantha Whillock.


Powder Puff for Power

WSU's Resident Housing Association will host "Powder Puff for Power" at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 27, Maxwell Field.

Support your hall's Powder Puff team as they play football to raise awareness for women's rights and gender equality. Concessions will be available and donations are appreciated.

Admission is free, and all proceeds go to the Women's Resource Center of Winona.

For more information, contact WSU's RHA.


WSU President DJs for KQAL

Tune in to hear Winona State University President Scott Olson serve as guest DJ for KQAL 89.5 FM from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 28. Listen on KQAL.

KQAL is the only full service, independent radio station in Winona and has been serving the area since 1975.

KQAL is operated by the Mass Communication department at WSU and is staffed primarily by student volunteers. It has a dual mission: to provide career training for students interested in radio broadcasting as well as to provide the residents of southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin with quality educational and entertainment programming.

For more information, call the WSU Communications Office at 507-457-5024.


Men's Lacrosse Club Competes in GLLL Championship

The WSU Men's Lacrosse Club will attend the Great Lakes Lacrosse League (GLLL) Championship April 26-27, in Madison, Wis. The club finished the regular season with an 8-0 record and qualified for the highest bracket possible in the Championship tournament.

The only other undefeated teams in the league are Notre Dame and Northern Michigan.

The club is currently placed 5 out of 40 teams, and will compete against schools such as Notre Dame, Marquette, Wisconsin, Michigan and Michigan State.

Visit Great Lakes Lacrosse League for more information.



WSU's Housing & Residence Life is looking for faculty and staff to be part of the Welcome Crew.

The WSU Welcome Crew does a variety of activities including, but not limited to: traffic control, loft distribution, refreshments, checking students into their rooms, elevator control, helping students bring their belongings to the room, and most importantly, making new residents and their families feel welcome.

If you are interested in helping with the 2014 Welcome Crew, sign up on the Housing website.

For more information, contact Jon Hetzel at 507-474-3700 by Aug. 1.

Move in day is from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19.


Science and Engineering Dean

Charla Miertschin has been appointed dean of the Winona State University College of Science and Engineering.

Miertschin has served in the role of interim dean of the College of Science and Engineering since July 2012. She began her career at Winona State in 1993 and served as chairperson for the chemistry department from 2004-2012. Prior to coming to WSU, Miertschin was a postdoctoral research fellow with professor Michael P. Doyle at Trinity University, and a teaching assistant and research fellow at Texas A&M University. She received her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Abilene Christian University and her Ph.D. in chemistry from Texas A&M University.

The WSU College of Science and Engineering is comprised of seven departments: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geoscience, Math and Statistics, and Physics.

The College of Science and Engineering is committed to furthering 21st Century advances in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by inspiring the next generation of innovators and teachers and by promoting research and scholarship across STEM disciplines. Through a broad range of major, minor, and pre-professional programs, as well as through basic skills, interdisciplinary, and research-rich learning environments, the college endeavors to ensure the success of all students.

For more information, call the WSU Communications Office at 507-457-5024.


Apply for Families First Scholarship

Applications are now available for the Families First Scholarship. This scholarship is for students who are also single parents.

The intent of this scholarship and program is to provide a supportive environment for students to further their education through the sharing of a common community, the provision of developmental opportunities, and linking students to university and community resources.

Applications can be picked up in Room 204E, Somsen Hall or 210J, Wabasha Hall.

For more information, contact Jennifer Hoffman or Debra Hammel.


Geography Professors Attend Meeting

Jerry Gerlach and Michael Scholz, geography, attended the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers April 7-12, in Tampa, FL.

Gerlach was elected to the board of the Retired Geographers Affinity Group, and Scholz presented a paper entitled, "How do Geographic Knowledge, Skills, and Practices Develop Across the Different Elements of Geography?"

Scholz was also a panelist on the panel, "World Regional Geography: Strategies for effectively teaching the world in a lower division classroom."


Professor Emeritus Serves As Program Director

Kevin Possin, professor emeritus of philosophy, was program director of the Central Division meeting of the Association for Informal Logic and Critical Thinking, in Chicago. The topic was "Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum--If So, How?"


Library Retiree Publishes Short Story

Retiree Kathryn Sullivan, library, has published a new short story, "The Oracle of Cilens." The historical fantasy features Etruscans, their gods and their trade wars with ancient Greeks.

Read the short story. Sullivan's other work is available on her website.


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