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Monday, April 21, 2014


All Day, #WarriorWisdom

7 p.m. Healthy Monday: Healthy Eating, Room 138, IWC

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Upcoming Events

Fit Stop: Resume Cart

WSU Hosts Stress Fest

Student-Parent Dinner

WSU Holds Take Back the Night

Charity Talent Show: A Talented Helping Hand

College of Business: Servant Leadership

Wellness Wednesday: How to Spot a Loser Lover

We Wear Pink on Wednesday: Mean Girls Showing

International Students Present At WSHS

WSU Blood Drive

Computing & The Law

College of Education Dean Finalist

RTTR Club: Speaker Carr Hagerman

RE Initiative to End Gender Violence on Campus

WSU Celebrates Arbor Day

WSU Relay For Life

WSU Jazz Ensemble


Apply for Families First Scholarship

WSU Seeks Students For Sexual Health Focus Group

Extra-Curricular Activities

There are no Extra-Curricular Activities today.


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

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

Education Village will benefit entire region

Winona students develop software for people with dementia

WSU floating classroom to return to the Mississippi

Faculty/Staff Development

Kevin Possin

Melanie Reap

Kathryn Sullivan

Theresa Waterbury


WSU's Web Communications Office will host #WarriorWisdom today, April 21, through Wednesday, April 23.

Graduating Seniors, do you have advice for your fellow Warriors? Want to leave a lasting impression on WSU?

Here's how your voice can be heard:

Leave a comment on the Winona State Facebook page today, April 21, or send a direct message.

Tweet your tips along with the hashtag #WarriorWisdom.

Send an email with your advice to Web Communications.

Then check out the Winona State Pinterest to see your words of wisdom displayed for all to read on the newest board.

For more information, contact Melissa VanGrinsven.



WSU's Health & Wellness Services will present Healthy Monday: Healthy Eating, at 7 p.m. today, April 21, Room 138, IWC.

For more information, contact Health & Wellness Services.



WSU's Health & Wellness Services will present Fit Stop: Resume Cart, at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, Room 138, IWC.

For more information, contact Health & Wellness Services.


A Talented Helping Hand

WSU's Marketing Management class will hold the charity talent show "A Talented Helping Hand" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, Harriet Johnson Auditorium, Somsen Hall.

The show will showcase WSU, SMU and Winona high school students and their talents.

All of the proceeds go to Winona Area Habitat for Humanity.

The cost is $7 at the door.

For more information, contact Emily Youngstrom.


College of Business: Servant Leadership

Incoming dean of the Winona State University College of Business Hamid Akbari will present "Servant Leadership: An essential style for organizing and leading civic action" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in Science Laboratory Center 120.

In his talk, Akbari will propose servant leadership as the essential style to adopt for initiating, leading and sustaining any organized civic action. He will present an overview of the theory and practice of servant leadership, including the traits often associated with it, and will highlight many examples from across different countries.

Akbari earned his Ph.D. in business administration from The Ohio State University; and his master's degree in political science, M.B.A., and bachelor of business administration from the University of Toledo.

Akbari's talk is part of the College of Business Speaker Series. The presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Charlie Opatz.


Wellness Wednesday: How to Spot a Loser Lover

WSU's Health & Wellness Services will present Wellness Wednesday: How to Spot a Loser Lover, at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, Room 138, IWC.

For more information, contact Health & Wellness Services.


College of Education Dean Finalists

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

Read the biographies of the finalists.

For more information, contact Robin Delong.


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, in front of Phelps Hall on the WSU campus.

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, followed by 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 at 10:45 a.m.

The Arboretum Dedication will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 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, 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 student 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.


WSU Seeks Students For Sexual Health Focus Group

WSU graduate student, Shawnessy Mohawk is looking for students to participate in a focus group study investigating how digital storytelling impacts college students' sexual health attitudes and behaviors.

Digital Storytelling can be defined as a process of sharing ones' story with another in a variety of online mediums such as Winona State University Confessions Facebook page. Participation within this study will require approximately one hour of your time and there are no appreciable risks or benefits from participating this study.

Students who decide to participate will be asked to participate in a focus group discussion by voluntarily answering questions pertaining to your thoughts and knowledge about current digital storytelling and the impact on your sexual health behaviors. No identifying information will be collected. Participation is voluntary and you may refuse or withdraw participation at any time.

There will be three focus groups offered:

6 p.m. April 21, Room 138, IWC

8 p.m. April 21, Room 138, IWC

5 p.m. April 22, Room 138, IWC

If you are interested in participating or have any questions, contact Shawnessy Mohawk at 612-590-5324. Participants can also contact research advisor Robert Howman or the Human Protections Administrator Nancy Kay Peterson at 507-457-5519.

This project has been reviewed by the WSU Institutional Review Board for the protection of human subjects.


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?"


Elementary Ed. Professor Completes DNR Training

Melanie Reap, elementary education, completed training with the MN Department of Natural Resources and is now a facilitator for Project Learning Tree in addition to Project WET and Project Wild.


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.


Ed. Leadership professor Awarded Quality Matters Certificate

Theresa Waterbury, educational leadership, was awarded another Quality Matters certificate for her online courses, EL 648 Project Management. Her other QM courses include: EL642 Educational Lean Methods & Practicum, EL 649 Appreciative Coaching and EL644 Managing Change and Innovation.

Waterbury's goal is to have all core courses offered under the Organizational Leadership emphasis recognized by QM. Waterbury is committed to providing high-quality, engaging online courses to our graduate students.

Quality Matters is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to improve the quality of online teaching and learning. Waterbury's courses were reviewed by an external faculty review team and met the Quality Matters Rubric standards.

For more information, contact Robin O'Callaghan.


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