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WSU Update

November 21 - 23, 2014


Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Goedtel/Norton Art Exhibit, Watkins Gallery

Friday, 6 - 8 p.m. Korean Night, SLC Atrium

Friday, 6 p.m. Salsa Night, SAC

Friday, 7 p.m. Hmong Stories, New Center West Conference Room

Friday, 7 p.m. Improvicorns, The Edge Church

Friday, 7:30 p.m. THAD: Leaving Iowa, Dorothy B. Magnus Theatre

Saturday, 4 p.m. WSU Men's Volleyball Club Fundraiser, Zaza's

Saturday, 2 p.m. Men's Basketball vs. Cardinal Stritch, McCown Gymnasium

Saturday, 7:30 p.m. THAD: Leaving Iowa, Dorothy B. Magnus Theatre

Saturday, 11 p.m. UPAC Presents: $3 Bowling, Westgate

Sunday, Noon UPAC Presents: Vikings vs. Packer Tailgate Party, SAC

Sunday, 1:30 p.m. Student Recitals, PAC Recital Hall

Sunday, 4:30 p.m. Student Recitals, PAC Recital Hall

Sunday, 6 p.m. New Zealand Ski/Snowboard Travel Study Meeting, Somsen 321

Sunday, 6:30 p.m. Paulson Big Band, Wellington's Pub and Grill

Sunday, 7:30 p.m. THAD: Leaving Iowa, Dorothy B. Magnus Theatre

View the complete WSU Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

Nov. 24, Ebola: One Nurse's Story

Nov. 24, New Zealand Ski/Snowboard Travel Study Informational Meeting

Nov. 25, Women's Basketball vs. Viterbo

Nov. 25, Men's Basketball vs. Wisconsin-Superior


Ryan Gerts Receives Galligan Award

Social Work Program Reaccredited

WSU Update Deadline

Black Katts Headed to Final Four

Extra-Curricular Activities

There are no Extra-Curricular Activities today.


WSU students to teach lessons from trip

WSU opens play about family road trip

Presentation to suggest not all bacteria is bad

WSU community meeting aims to build conversation with residents

Students show off research

MnSCU chancellor defends 'Charting the Future'

Faculty/Staff Development

Arthur (Tex) Hawkins

Korean Night

WSU will host Korean Night as part of International Education Week from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, in the Science Laboratory Center Atrium.

For more information, contact Kemale Pinar.


Salsa Night

WSU's Spanish Club will host Salsa Night at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, in the Student Activities Center.

No previous experience or partner is necessary. The first two hours will be led by an instructor. Open dancing will follow.

For more information, contact Emma Prior.


Hmong Stories

WSU's Hmong American Student Association will host "Hmong Stories" at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, in the New Center West Conference Room.

The event will feature storytellers, singers, dancers, and food.

For more information, contact Yeejsuab (Nahla) Lee.



WSU's Chi Alpha will host Improvicorns at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at the Edge Church, 402 Main Street.

There will be free pizza during the intermission of the improv event.

For more information, contact Kristen Gulbranson.


Leaving Iowa

WSU will present "Leaving Iowa," the critically-acclaimed play by Tim Clue and Spike Manton, at 7:30 p.m. nightly through Sunday, Nov. 23, in the Dorothy B. Magnus Theatre.

"Leaving Iowa" is a family-friendly comedy about a writer who travels across Iowa searching for a place to leave his father's ashes and revisiting childhood memories. The play embraces a simpler time, when the family road trip and the adventures had along the way were the highlight of summer vacation. The show is suitable for all ages and was nominated Best New Play in the Country by the Detroit Free Press.

Tickets are $10 for the public and $6 for students with an I.D. Tickets are available online or by calling the Box Office at 507-457-5235.

For more information, contact Heather Williams-Williams.


WSU Men's Volleyball Club Fundraiser

The WSU Men's Volleyball Club will host a fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Zaza's.

The fundraiser is only on three-topping pizza sales, and the Men's Volleyball Club must be mentioned.

For more information, contact Nolan Hucek.


UPAC Presents: $3 Bowling

UPAC will host $3 Bowling will be at 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Westgate Bowl. Doors open at 10:30 p.m.

For more information and tickets, email UPAC or visit the UPAC Office in the lower level of Kryzsko Commons.


UPAC Presents: Vikings vs. Packer Tailgate Party

WSU's UPAC will host a Vikings vs. Packers football game tailgating party, starting at noon Sunday, Nov. 23, in the Student Activities Center, Kryzsko Commons.

Food will be provided, and there will be a drawing for NFL jerseys.

For more information, contact UPAC.


Student Recitals

The WSU Music Department will hold recitals featuring the music of students Sunday, Nov. 23, in the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

The 1:30 p.m. recital will feature Alex Jaeger on percussion and Angela Christenson on the clarinet. The 4:30 p.m. recital will feature Garrett Bowling on bass.

For more information, contact Marybeth Lenhardt.


New Zealand Ski/Snowboard Travel Study Meeting

WSU will host a New Zealand Ski/Snowboard Travel Study Informational Meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, in Somsen 321.

The meeting will cover the enrollment requirements, the course and travel schedule, financial aid opportunities, and any questions students may have about the program.

There will also be a meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, in Somsen 321.

For more information, visit the travel study's website or contact Ryan White.


Paulson Big Band

The Paulson Big Band will reunite for a performance in Winona at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at Wellington's Pub and Grill.

The group is comprised of 17 jazz players and teachers in the region. John Paulson taught at Saint Mary's for more than 30 years and is currently an adjunct instructor at WSU.

Seating is limited.

For more information, contact John Paulson.


Ebola: One Nurse's Story

WSU's Biology and Nursing departments will host "Ebola: One Nurse's Story" with Ellen Hanson at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 24, in the Harriet Johnson Auditorium, Somsen Hall.

Hanson has over 30 years experience as an ER nurse. She recently returned from Liberia, where she worked as a volunteer nurse treating patients during the current Ebola disease outbreak in West Africa. Her talk will present a vivid first-hand account of her experience.

For more information, contact Casey Finnerty.


Ryan Gerts Receives Galligan Award

Senior linebacker Ryan Gerts has been named the recipient of the 2014 Glen Galligan Award as voted by the NSIC football coaches.

The award is given to a student-athlete who participates at his institution for four years and is academically superior while making a positive contribution to the institution.

Gerts has a 3.37 cumulative GPA and is a Pre-Dentistry major. He was the 2011 NSIC Defensive Newcomer of the Year, a 2013 & 2014 USA College Sports Preseason All-American and a team captain for the Warriors. He is a three-time NSIC All-Academic and All-NSIC team member.

Gerts is the 14th Warrior to earn the Glen Galligan award in its 66-year history. Offensive lineman Marcus Greatens was the last Warrior to earn the honor in 2009.

The full press release can be found online.

For more information, contact Cory Prudoehl.


Social Work Program Reaccredited

WSU's Social Work Program has been reaccredited until 2021 by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

The Social Work Department first received accreditation in 1984. This is the program's fourth reaccreditation with CSWE.

For more information, contact Cathy Faruque.


WSU Update Deadline

WSU Update will not be published Wednesday to Friday, Nov. 26 - 28, due to Thanksgiving break.

All submissions for Monday, Dec. 1, need to be received by noon Tuesday, Nov. 26.


Black Katts Headed to Final Four

WSU's Women's Rugby team will compete during the National Final Four on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7, in Palm Coast, Fla.

The Black Katts beat the University to Arkansas, 94-0, and Utah Valley University, 20-7, in the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 rounds of the National Championship respectively this past weekend.

For more information, contact Josh Krzewinski.


Charting the Future Gallery Walk

WSU's Charting the Future Gallery Walk on Nov. 6 welcomed 140 people to learn about the Charting the Future teams and to respond to initial ideas.

The information featured at the Gallery Walk can be found online. Additional feedback can also be shared through an online survey.

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


Call for Common Book Nominations

WSU students, faculty, and staff are invited to propose nominations for a "Common Book" selection for the 2015-16 academic year.

The nomination should be one that is engaging, challenging, teachable, and interdisciplinary, written by an author who is available, affordable, and willing to work with WSU students.

Nominations of books on a wide range of topics will be considered. Nominations that address the 2015-16 university-wide theme, "Equity as a Human Right: Building Inclusive Community," are encouraged.

Nominations may be submitted by email to Ann-Marie Dunbar by Wednesday, Dec. 10.


Employee Publishes Article

Arthur (Tex) Hawkins, Sustainability Advisor, published the article "A Thirty Year Fight for Healthier Food" in Tvergastein, An Interdisciplinary Journal of the Environment.


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