and Dakota Ho-Chunk Nation come together for "We Are All Relatives" as part of
the 2014-2015 University Theme "Sustainable Futures."
WSU will host the Dakota
Nation drum circle at 1:30 p.m. today, Sept. 12, at the WSU Alumni Gazebo. At 2:30 p.m. an
exchange of sacred seeds will take place, featuring Native American elders, WSU
President Scott Olson, and Winona Mayor Mark Peterson. The Seed Exchange has been relocated to theScience Learning Center Atrium.
WSU's Bangladesh Student Association will hold a chicken curry dinner fundraiser for the Winona Islamic Center from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the First Congregational Church, 161 West Broadway.
The fundraiser is to help the center replace the building lost in the fire on Sept. 13, 2014.
Tickets are $10. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Cathy Jo Faruque.
WSU's Student Health & Wellness Advocates will host the 4th annual Family Weekend 5k Run/Walk for the Well of It at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Lions Pavilion, East Lake Park.
Proceeds from the race support the student advocates' health and wellness activities on campus.
Pre-registration ends Monday, Sept. 15. Forms can be downloaded and turned in to the Integrated Wellness Complex Fitness Center desk or by mail to Health & Wellness Services, 175 West Mark Street, Winona, MN 55987. Day of the race registration begins at 8 a.m. without a guarantee of a race t-shirt.
For more information, contact Race Chair Ally Wadewitz or Health & Wellness Promotions Coordinator Kate Hansen at 507-457-5619.
WSU's Global Studies 350 Travel Study to Ecuador will have an informational meeting at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, in Minne 241.
The travel study is from Dec. 29 to Jan. 8. Students will visit civil society organizations in northwest cloud forests to see how citizens manage sustainable development and enhance ecological livelihoods. Students will be engaged civically as they assist in a reforestation service-learning project and see how fair trade coffee is grown. Students will also be able to hike through primary forests in the Junín Community Reserve to three canyons' stunning waterfalls and learn why biodiversity matters. The group will visit Otavalo, where native Kichwas operate the largest handicraft market in South America and visit the Quito's Colonial City, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
It is worth three credits and counts for global studies, Spanish, sustainability studies, or women's, gender, and sexuality studies. There is a limit of nine students.
Applications for Student Senate are due at noon Tuesday, Sept. 16.
The following seats are open to eligible candidates:
• College of Education (1 seats)
• College of Liberal Arts (1 seat)
• College of Science and Engineering (1 seat)
• College of Nursing and Health Science (2 seats)
• Freshman Class (2 seats)
33 or fewer completed credits
• At-Large (4 seats)
• Graduate Student (1 seat)
Voting will start at noon Tuesday, Sept. 23, and end at noon on Friday, Sept. 26.
For more information, contact Student Senate Vice President Edward Conlin or stop in the Student Senate office in the lower level of Kryzsko Commons.
WSU's International Services and Cultural Outreach will hold an Optional Practical Training (OPT) Workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in Dining Rooms C and D, Kryzsko Commons.
The workshop will cover the application process, employment requirements and restrictions, reporting requirements, and special considerations for traveling while on OPT.
OPT is temporary employment for practical training directly related to a student's major area of study. It provides students with an opportunity to gain employment experience for one year following completion of their program of study.
For more information, contact Ban Faris at 507-457-2767.
The Winona State University Lyceum Series will host "Filibuster in the U.S. Senate: Dangers of Overzealous Reform" with Richard Arenberg at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in Science Laboratory Center 120.
The presentation will focus on the importance of the filibuster to the current state of the US Senate and the consequences of banning it.
Arenberg spent more than 34 years in Washington, D.C. as a senior staff member for Representative (later Senator) Paul Tsongas, Senator and Majority Leader George Mitchell, and Senator Carl Levin. He served on the Senate select committee for the Iran-Contra hearings. He was instrumental in drafting the Alaska National Interest Lands Act, perhaps the most significant piece of conservation legislation passed in the 20th century. Arenberg currently teaches in the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions at Brown University. Recently, he co-authored Defending the Filibuster: The Soul of the Senate, which was named "Book of the Year in Political Science" by Foreword Reviews Magazine.
WSU Counseling Services will offer a support group for students from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesdays in IWC 222. Students can come with a variety of issues, including stress, homesickness, adjustment struggles, anxiety, or depression. Therapy dog Winston will be available during the group time.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has re-opened Highway 14 in Winona near Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.
A damaged pedestrian bridge over Highway 14 was removed Tuesday, Sept. 9. Crews spent Wednesday morning establishing a marked crosswalk that is accompanied with flashing warning signs on the east side of Whispering Lane.
MnDOT has established a signed and marked crosswalk for pedestrians east of Whispering Lane. Messaging signs will alert motorists approaching the new crosswalk of the change and crosswalk signs will be equipped with flashers to further alert motorists. Additionally, traffic barrels and other devices will be placed on the roadway and shoulder areas for pedestrian paths.
For full safety reminders, read the MnDOT announcement here.
Applications for WSU Foundation Special Projects are due Oct. 31, with presentations Nov. 18.
WSU Foundation grants approximately $75,000 each year to special project applications pursued by faculty or staff at the university. The object of the awards is to provide financial support for projects that bring innovation and acclaim to the University.
The Foundation will offer two rounds of applications this year. The next application deadline will be March 19, 2015.
WSU wants to know what students can't leave home without. Instagram a picture of that beloved item with the hashtag #WSUmusthave. The snapshots will be added to WSU's Facebook album, where people will vote for their favorites. If you don't have an Instagram, email Web Communications with the picture and a brief description.
is now available for the Warriors L.E.A.D. Series, the WSU student leadership
development program. All programs within the series are offered each semester
at no cost. Applications for all three programs are due Sept. 17.
Warriors is open to all students who want to enhance their personal leadership
by exploring emotionally intelligent leadership. This program includes an
excursion with the Outdoor Education and Recreation Program. Meetings take
place from 3:30-5 p.m. on three Thursdays along with a retreat Oct. 10-11.
Warriors is open to current and future club/organization leaders who want to
improve their skills/knowledge in leading peers in an organization. This
program will take place from 3:30-5 p.m. on eight Tuesdays.
Warriors is open to juniors and seniors (or students who have completed the
other two programs) who want to learn how to apply best practices in leadership
beyond the university setting. This program includes an excursion with the Outdoor
Education and Recreation Program. Meetings take place from 3:30-5 p.m. on three
Mondays along with a retreat Oct. 3-4.
Submissions are being
accepted for the 2014 WSU Homecoming t-shirt. The winning designer will receive
Designs should incorporate
WSU and the "WSU Warriors Are Out of This World" Homecoming theme; not contain
any copyrighted images, slogans, or material; and not have any visual or
inherent references to drugs, alcohol, or associated activities.
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