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October 31 - November 2, 2014


Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. McKnight Art Show, Paul Watkins Gallery

Friday, 9 a.m. The QUEST: One Year Degree Completion, Minnesota State College Southeast Technical Auditorium, Room 205

Friday, 9:50 a.m. Winona High Hosts International Students, WSHS

Friday, Noon Using a Non-Traditional Teaching Approach, SAC

Friday, 6 p.m. Residence Hall Trick or Treating, Residence Halls

Friday, 6 p.m. International Halloween Party, SAC

Friday, 7 p.m. Soccer vs. Concordia - St. Paul, Maxwell Field

Friday, 7 p.m. Volleyball vs. Northern State, McCown Gymnasium

Saturday, 10 a.m. Fulbright Association Meeting, Hall of Nations, UWL

Saturday, 4 p.m. Volleyball vs. Minnesota State - Moorhead

Saturday, 6 - 10 p.m. Astronomy Night, Rushford Airport

Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Winona Oratorio Chorus, Vivian Fusillo Theater

Saturday, 7 p.m. Women's Basketball vs. Wisconsin-Superior, McCown Gymnasium

Sunday, 2 p.m. WSU Orchestra Concert, Vivian Fusillo Theater

View the complete WSU Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

Nov. 3, International Students Share Culture

Nov. 3, Asian Food Market

Nov. 3, Work Study Experience Group

Nov. 3, Healthy Monday: Canine Companions

Nov. 3, Men's Basketball vs. Wisconsin-Eau Claire (Exhibition)

Nov. 4, Fitstop Tuesday: FLU Kits

Nov. 5, Course Evaluations Brown Bag Lecture

Nov. 5, Wellness Wednesday: Career Planning 101


Students Needed for Focus Group

Black Katts Win Championship Title

Last Day to Charge to Student Account at Bookstore

Minneapolis Art Museum Trip

MDH Ebola Information Hotline

Repairs for Main Street Railway Crossing

Extra-Curricular Activities

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Boat Tour of Winona Bridge Project

Finding beauty in grief

DFL candidates urge turnout during bus tour

Father, son inducted into Warrior Hall of Fame

WSU celebrates an "Out of this World" homecoming

Faculty/Staff Development

Jerry Gerlach

The QUEST: One Year Degree Completion

WSU will co-sponsor Ja Hon Vance to discuss "The QUEST: One Year Degree Completion" from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31, in the Minnesota State College Southeast Technical Auditorium, room 205.

The workshop will highlight the importance of designing and implementing structural learning communities for minority male students in higher education. Vance will provide strategies to increase retention and graduation rates within one year.

For more information, contact Alexander Hines.


Winona High Hosts International Students

WSU international students from China will talk with Dwayne Voegeli's high school class at 9:50 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at Winona Senior High School.

The international students will engage in a culture exchange with Voegeli's class.

For more information, contact Irina Ciurea.


Using a Non-Traditional Teaching Approach to Transition

WSU will host Ja Hon Vance to discuss "Using a Non-Traditional Teaching Approach to Transition Underrepresented, Underserved, and First-Generation Students from the Developmental Writing to Credit Level Writing Courses" at noon Friday, Oct. 31, in the Student Activities Center, Kryzsko Commons.

This presentation will highlight user-friendly techniques for teaching "Advance Level College Writing Skills" to underrepresented, underserved, and first-generation students who are placed into Developmental Writing courses based upon their college placement test scores. Further, this workshop session will provide an overview of how to implement "Refined Practices" created, tested, and used by Vance and Professor Melvin E. Brooks that provide a smooth transition for the aforementioned student populations into credit level writing courses.

For more information, contact Alexander Hines.


Residence Hall Trick or Treating

WSU Housing and Residence Life will host Trick or Treating in the residence halls from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.

Halls that will be participating include Lourdes, Maria, Lucas, The Quad, Sheehan, Kirkland, New Center, East Lake Apartments, and the Sustainability House.

For more information, contact Candice Guenther at 507-457-2579.


International Halloween Party

WSU's International Services will host a Halloween Party from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, in the Student Activity Center.

There will be a Costume Contest.

For more information, contact Alisha Syrmopoulos.


Fulbright Association Meeting

The Fall Meeting for the Seven Rivers Chapter of the Fulbright Association will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.

For more information, contact Karen McCormick.


Astronomy Night

WSU's Astronomy Club will host Astronomy Night from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Rushford Airport.

For more information, contact Jennifer Anderson.


Winona Oratorio Chorus

WSU's Department of Music will host the Winona Oratorio Chorus, conducted by Harry Mechell, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Vivian Fusillo Theater, Performing Arts Center.

For more information, contact Marybeth Lenhardt.


WSU Orchestra Concert

WSU's Department of Music will hold an Orchestra Concert, conducted by Paul Vance, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, in the Vivian Fusillo Theater, Performing Arts Center.

For more information, contact Marybeth Lenhardt.


International Students Share Culture

WSU international students will share their culture to Michael Scholz's World Regional Geography class at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, in Minne 334.

International students from South Asia, Europe, and Africa will talk about life, weather, foods, and landscape in their countries.

For more information, contact Irina Ciurea.


Asian Food Market

WSU's Malaysian and Taiwanese Student Association will host the Asian Food Market from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, in East Hall, Kryzsko Commons.

The menu will be:

Appetizers: Chicken Satay and Sweet Corn
Main course: Braised Pork or Curry Chicken served with rice or pasta
Dessert: Mochi
Beverage: Bubble Milk Tea

Tickets are $5 before Monday, Nov. 3. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $7.

Delivery service is available for employees on the WSU Campus.

For more information, contact Miffy Li.


Work Study Experience Group

WSU's Warrior Success Center will hold a Work-Study Experience Group for work-study employees at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, in Maxwell 306.

This career development group is designed to help recognize and improve skills learned as a WSU student work-study employee to achieve success in academics and future careers. The group meets every other Monday.

For more information, contact Ross Beattie.


Healthy Monday: Canine Companions

WSU Health and Wellness Services' Healthy Monday series will present "Canine Companions" at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 in IWC 138.

WSU Counselor Lynda Brzezinski will discuss the bond between humans and dogs and how it helps with issues like anxiety, depression, stress, and more. Winston, the therapy dog, will be there.

For more information, contact Health Promotion.


Fitstop Tuesday: FLU Kits

WSU Health and Wellness Services' Fitstop Tuesday series will present "FLU Kits" at 11 a.m. Nov. 4, near the Fitness Center entrance.

This week's Fitstop Tuesday will have tips to stay healthy during the flu season and information about flu shots at an interactive resource table with the WSU Health and Wellness Student Advocates.

For more information, contact Health Promotion.


Course Evaluations Brown Bag Lecture

Bill McBreen, Hamid Akbari, and Tarrell Portman will facilitate a discussion on various aspects of course evaluations at noon Wednesday, Nov. 5, in Maxwell 158 (ST112 or ST114, WSU-Rochester).

The discussion will include course evaluations' significance to the Professional Development Report, best practices at WSU, and technical assistance available from TLT and IPAR.

The session is open to all who are interested.

The Faculty Brown Bag Series is sponsored by the WSU Deans' Council.

For more information, contact Julie Lutz.


Wellness Wednesday: Career Planning 101

WSU Health and Wellness Services' Wellness Wednesday series will present "Career Planning 101" at 3 p.m. Nov. 5 in IWC 138.

The event will discuss the importance of career planning in college and will offer a demonstration on how to use Focus 2, a self-guided career planning tool.

For more information, contact Health Promotion.


Students Needed for Focus Group

WSU is looking for students to serve on a one-day focus group from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in Oak Room 225E, Kryzsko Commons.

The Focus Group is to gather additional information about student experience at WSU, along with policies, practices, and technology that aid in success.

The recommendation guiding this focus group is ultimately to increase the success of all learners, "especially those in diverse populations traditionally underserved by higher education." There does not need to be any preparation work done ahead of time.

Lunch will be provided.

For more information, or if interested, contact Mary Haupt.


Black Katts Win Championship Title

WSU's Women's Rugby Team beat University of Minnesota-Duluth 100-0 Oct. 25 to finish conference play and capture its seventh consecutive Minnesota DII Collegiate Rugby Championship.

The Black Katts will host the #2 seed from Wisconsin on Nov. 8 in the national round of 32. A win will progress the girls to the playoff rounds of Sweet 16 and possibly the Elite 8.

For more information, contact Josh Krzewinski.


Last Day to Charge to Student Account

The last day for students to charge textbooks or supplies to their student account at the WSU Bookstore is at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.

For more information, contact Alysa Sackreiter.


Minneapolis Art Museum Trip

WSU's Art and Design Department will sponsor a trip to Minneapolis art museums Saturday, Nov. 8.

The trip includes visits to the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Northern Clay Center, The Frederick Weisman Museum on the University of Minnesota campus, and Northrup King Building. There will be time for dinner in Midtown Global Market.

The bus will leave Watkins Hall at 8 a.m. and return at 9:30 p.m. The cost of the trip is $10 for students with ID and $25 for faculty, staff, and others. The cost includes transportation and admission to the museums and their numerous exhibitions.

The special exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art is: "Italian Style: fashion since 1945." Tickets for that exhibit may be purchased separately at the museum upon arrival: $20 adults, $16 seniors and students with ID, and free for MIA members.

For more information, contact The Art Office in Watkins 204 at 507-457-5395.


MDH Ebola Information Hotline

The Minnesota Department of Health has established an Ebola Information Hotline to provide an easy, reliable source of Ebola information to Minnesota residents.

The Ebola Information Hotline is 651-201-3920 or 1-800-567-3903 and will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Information is also available on the Minnesota Department of Health website.


Repairs for Main Street Railway Crossing

Canadian Pacific Railway will conduct repairs to the railway crossing on Main Street east of the WSU main campus through Tuesday, Nov. 4.

The crossing will be closed to motorists and pedestrians.

The detour for motorists will direct through traffic to Mankato Avenue. During the time the crossing is closed to pedestrians, they will be directed to use the railroad crossing at Huff Street.

Find more information on MnDOT's website.


Professor Presents Paper

Jerry Gerlach, professor emeritus of geography, attended the Annual East Lakes/West Lakes meeting of the Association of American Geographers, held Oct. 16-18 in Kalamazoo, Mich. He presented a paper, "An Example of the Development of the U.S. Auto Show," which was co-authored by Michael Scholz and Ruojing Scholz.


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