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Thursday, August 28, 2014


8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Faculty Art Exhibit, Paul Watkins Gallery

8 p.m. Mugshots: Harry Potter Night, Lourdes Cafeteria

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Upcoming Events

Aug. 29, Registration Deadline for Composites Engineering Golf Fundraiser

Aug. 29, International Coffee Hour

Sept. 2, Writing Center Opens

Sept. 2, Early Registration Deadline for 2014 Wellness Exchange

Sept. 3, Fagbug Nation Screening

Sept. 11, First-Gen Recognition Fair


75 Warriors Receive Academic Recognition

Library Labor Day Weekend Hours

County Recycling Information for Students

Local Transportation Information

Tobacco Free Campus

Extra-Curricular Activities

MSUSA Positions Available

Bowling Club


Teaching degree program in second year

WSU implements bystander program

Smooth sailing for move-in at WSU

Child protection training held in Winona

Move-in day at Winona State University

Faculty/Staff Development

Jane Carducci

Jennifer Chernega

Robin O'Callaghan

Martha Scheckel

James Schul

Art Exhibit Shows Off Faculty Talent

The Winona State University Art Department will host a Faculty Art Exhibit through Sept. 12 in the Watkins Gallery, Watkins Hall.

An artist talk will be held from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, in the Watkins Gallery with a reception to follow.

Faculty artists include Matthew Winkler, Donald Schmidlapp, Anne Scott Plummer, Seho Park, Michael Knox, Niki Havekost, Mary Coughlan, Roger Boulay and Kjellgren Alkire.

The intent of the annual Faculty Exhibition is to highlight the gallery program and represent individual faculty art practices.

For more information, contact Anne Scott Plummer or Kathleen Peterson.


Mugshots: Harry Potter Night

WSU's Mugshots will host a Harry Potter theme night at 8 p.m. today, Aug. 28, next to Lourdes Cafeteria.

Come to Mugshots for a fun Harry Potter-themed night with music provided by Robert Briggs.

Enjoy popcorn, treats, and coffee.

For more information, contact Mugshots.


Registration Deadline for 18 Hole Scramble

The 12th annual WSU Composites Engineering Scholarship 18 Hole Scramble will be Thursday, Sept. 11, at Cedar Valley Golf Course.

Lunch will be provided at noon with the shotgun start at 1 p.m. Social hour starts at 5 p.m. with dinner following at 6 p.m. All proceeds go toward the scholarship fund.

Registrations are due Friday, Aug. 29. To register, visit:


International Coffee Hour

WSU's International Services Office Cultural Outreach will host International Coffee Hour at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, in New Center West conference room.

This event brings students, faculty, staff, and community members together in a casual gathering to enjoy conversation, coffee, and snacks.

For more information, contact Alisha Syrmopoulos.


Writing Center Opens for Fall Semester

The WSU Writing Center will open for fall semester at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, in room 348, Minne Hall.

The Writing Center is staffed primarily by graduate assistants in English to offer WSU students free, individualized instruction in all aspects of writing. Writing Center tutors do not edit or proofread students' work, but assist students with their particular writing questions and projects.

Students may visit on their own or on the recommendation of a teacher.

Appointments may be drop-in or arranged. An appointment sign-up sheet is posted on the Writing Center door.

The center is open 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Friday.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 507-457-5505.


Fagbug nation screening

WSU Inclusion & Diversity, Health & Wellness, and Women's Sexuality & Gender Studies will host a screening of "Fagbug Nation" by Erin Davies at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3 in the Science Laboratory Center, room 120.

The film follows the journey of director Erin Davies and her once vandalized car around the United States as she searches for the road to equality.

There will be a Q&A with Davies following the film.

For more information, contact Health Promotions.


75 Warriors Receive Academic Recognition

Seventy five Winona State student-athletes have been recognized by the Division II Athletic Directors Association (D2ADA) for their academic accomplishments in 2013-14.

The Warriors' 75 honorees ranks as the most of any school in the NSIC, followed by Northern State (68) and Wayne State (59).

In order for a student-athlete to receive an Academic Achievement Award, the student must have a cumulative grade point average 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, have attended a minimum of two years of college, and have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his or her last academic year.

For more information, contact Cory Prudoehl.


Library Labor Day Weekend Hours

WSU's Krueger Library will offer limited hours Labor Day Weekend:

10 a.m. - 6 p.m.  Saturday, Aug. 30   (regular hours)
1 - 9 p.m.  Sunday, Aug. 31
CLOSED  Monday, Sept. 1   (Labor Day)

Regular academic hours resume Tuesday, Sept. 2.

For a current list of hours, call 507-457-5140 or visit:


County Recycling Information

Curbside recycling collection occurs every other week. Items must be on the curb side by 7 a.m.

For information on what is recyclable and a calendar of recycling pick-up days.

For more information, call Winona County Recycling at 507-457-6405.


Tobacco Free Campus

Winona State University's Tobacco-Free Environment Policy prohibits smoking and smokeless tobacco usage in all campus buildings, in all university-owned vehicles, and on all university properties, including outdoor athletic facilities.

Smoking/smokeless tobacco usage includes all tobacco products, such as:

The carrying of a lighted cigarette
Cigar or pipe
The use of other lighted smoking materials
The use of any smokeless tobacco products such as chewing tobacco snuff, smokeless pouches or other forms of loose leaf tobacco.


MSUSA Positions Available

The Minnesota State University Student Association Campus Committee has three open positions: diversity specialist, public relations specialist and legislative/MnSCU specialist. The positions are stipend.

The mission of MSUSA is to educate and inform students about higher education issues that affect their lives as students, while providing opportunities for these students to use this knowledge to advocate on behalf of all Minnesota State University students.

For more information on the positions or to set up an interview, contact MSUSA Campus Coordinator Tyler Stern.


Bowling Club Information Meeting

The Winona State University Bowling Club will hold a brief informational meeting for at 6 p.m. today, Aug. 28, in the Student Activity Center.

The agenda will cover meeting times and the upcoming competitive season.

For more information, contact Justin Rice.


Professors Present Paper

Robin O'Callaghan, Teaching, Learning & Technology Services, and Jane Carducci, English, presented the paper "Increasing Critical Thinking Skills Using the Online Structured Debate" at the International Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning on Aug. 14. The conference was at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


WSU Professor Co-Edits Journal

Jennifer Chernega, Sociology, co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Poverty, titled "Housing the Homeless: Emerging Research on Programs and Policies." The special issue was published August 2014. Christine George of Loyola University was her co-editor.


WSU Professor Presented at Conference

Martha Scheckel, Nursing, presented her poster "From Hospital to Home: Rural Residents' Experiences of Patient Education following Cardiac Surgery" at the 2014 International Rural Health & Rural Nursing Conference. The poster was co-authored by Jennifer Hedrick-Erickson of Viterbo University and Debra Stieve of Michigan State University.


Professor Receives Grant

James Schul, Education, has received a Teaching with Primary Sources Midwest Region grant to fund the "Fostering Historical Thinking and Imagination through Primary Source Instruction" project beginning in the summer of 2015.

The project will consist of six workshops designed to instruct participants on how to navigate the Library of Congress website and how to teach historical inquiry through written documents, political cartoons, audio clips, and desktop documentary making. The program also will facilitate the design of lesson plans and provide teachers with a web-based resource.


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