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.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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