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WSU Update

October 24-26, 2014


Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. McKnight Art Show, Paul Watkins Gallery

Friday, 8 a.m. Mayo Clinic Q & A Day, Maxwell 314

Friday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Club Fair, Courtyard

Friday, Noon WSU Pep Fest, Courtyard

Friday, 1 p.m. Enduring Flame Society Luncheon and 1964 Class Reunion, Kryzsko Commons Purple Rooms

Friday, 1 p.m. Ansel Adams: A Son’s Perspective, Stark 103

Friday, 6:30 p.m. Distinguished Awards Banquet, Signatures Visions Event Center

Friday, 7:30 p.m. Homecoming Concert: Prof, East Hall

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Breakfast With Champions, Lower Jack Kane Cafeteria

Saturday, 8 a.m. Seventh Annual Warrior Waddle, Lake Park Lodge, East Lake Winona

Saturday, 10 a.m. Homecoming Parade, Huff Street

Saturday, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Campus and Community Homecoming Tailgate Party, Courtyard

Saturday, 11 a.m. Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet, Talbot Gymnasium

Saturday, 1 - 2:30 p.m. Pre-Game Homecoming Tailgate Party, Warrior Stadium Parking Lot

Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Football vs.University of Sioux Falls, Maxwell Field

Saturday, Facebook Cover Photo Contest Deadline

Sunday, 2 p.m. Community Clean-Up, Alumni Gazebo

View the complete WSU Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

Oct. 27, Healthy Monday: Words Matter

Oct. 28, Fitstop Tuesday: Flexibility Training

Oct. 28, Director of HealthForce MN Finalist: Charles Canver

Oct. 28, Grief Support Workshop

Oct. 29, College of Business Alumni Panel

Oct. 29, Major Fair

Oct. 29, Wellness Wednesday: Self-Lovin' - Building Positive Sexual Self-Esteem

Oct. 29, The Lakota Heyoka Clown Tradition

Oct. 29, UPAC Presents Halloween Grocery Bingo


Minneapolis Art Museum Trip

MDH Ebola Information Hotline

Main Street Railway Crossing Repairs Postponed

Facebook Cover Photo Contest

Extra-Curricular Activities

There are no Extra-Curricular Activities today.


Ansel Adams' son, Michael, to discuss photographer

Enjoy WSU parade and tailgate party

Want to see the new Winona bridge construction? Get on the boat

From iPads to life skills

WSU-Education Village

Faculty/Staff Development

Kathryn Lammers

James Reidy

Mayo Clinic Q & A Day

WSU will host two human resources professionals from Mayo Clinic on Friday, Oct. 24, in Maxwell 314.

Students can register through Warrior Jobs to meet individually with either Aaron Hooks or Guy Finne to conduct informational interviews, have their resumes critiqued, and to make a valuable connection.

For more information, contact Charlie Opatz.


Club Fair

WSU will host a Club Fair as part of Homecoming Week from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in the Courtyard.

For more information, contact Tracy Rahim or the Alumni Relations Office.


WSU Pep Fest

WSU will hold a pep fest in honor of Homecoming Week at noon Friday, Oct. 24, in the Courtyard.

For more information, contact Tracy Rahim or the Alumni Relations Office.


Enduring Flame Society Luncheon and 1964 Class Reunion

WSU will hold the Enduring Flame Society Luncheon and 1964 Reunion as part of Homecoming Week at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in the Kryzsko Commons Purple Rooms.

For more information, contact Tracy Rahim or the Alumni Relations Office.


Ansel Adams: A Son’s Perspective

Winona State University and the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) will host Michael Adams, son of renowned photographer Ansel Adams, in "Ansel Adams: A Son's Perspective," a discussion of his father's life, career and passions, at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in Stark 103 on the WSU campus.

The talk will cover Ansel's life as a child, his love of piano, his climb to Half Dome in Yosemite, and the story behind his famous photograph, "Moonrise, Hernandez." The talk will be held in conjunction with a two-gallery exhibition of Ansel Adam's photography at MMAM, entitled "Classic Images: Ansel Adams Images."

The presentation is free and open to the public courtesy of the WSU College of Liberal Arts and the Ernest and Sally Micek Family in memory of W.B. "Bill" Gautsch.

For more information, contact Heather Casper at MMAM at 507-474-6626.


Distinguished Awards Banquet

WSU will host the Distinguished Awards Banquet as part of Homecoming Week festivities at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at Signatures Visions Event Center.

Every year the Winona State University Alumni Society recognizes alumni, faculty, staff and community members for the accomplishments they have made in their careers and contributions they have made to Winona State and their communities, living Winona State's mission to improve the world.

Norma Bondeson Gaffron ('51) and Scott M. Hannon ('72 & ‘76) will be honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award. Gloria J. Miller ('83 & '89), Randolph W. Miller, Ph.D., and Dennis N. Nielsen, Ph.D., will receive the Distinguished Faculty/Staff Award. John Holst ('99) and Tasha Schuh ('03) will be honored with the Distinguished Young Alumni Award. In addition to receiving the Heritage Award, Jerry Miller will serve as Grand Marshal for the Homecoming Parade.

For more information, contact Tracy Rahim or the Alumni Relations Office.


Homecoming Concert: Prof

WSU's University Programming Activities Committee will host the Homecoming Concert, featuring Prof, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in East Hall. Tickets for the concert are sold out.

For more information, contact UPAC.


Breakfast With Champions

WSU will offer Breakfast with Champions from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in Lower Jack Kane Cafeteria.

Students can eat alongside WSU Warrior Athletes from the Football, Women's Basketball, and Women's Gymnastics teams.

Free breakfast will be served while supplies last. Stay for your chance to win free WSU Homecoming gear, gift cards, and more. Breakfast is guaranteed for the first 200 people and sponsored by Health and Wellness Services, Student Life and Development, Housing and Residence Life, WSU Athletics, and WSU Student Senate.

For more information, contact Health Promotion.


Seventh Annual Warrior Waddle

Winona State University will host the seventh annual Warrior Waddle 5K Run/Walk starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Lake Park Lodge, East Lake Winona.

Advance registration is $20 per person, $15 per person in groups of five or more and $12 per person without t-shirt. Race-day registration is $25 per person with no group pricing. Registration forms are available in the WSU Alumni Office, Somsen 206. Race-day registration will take place at 7 a.m. at Lake Park Lodge.

All proceeds will support Winona State's Women's Cross Country and Track and Field scholarships.

For more information, contact Alumni Relations.


Homecoming Parade

WSU will host the WSU Homecoming Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, along Huff Street.

Line-up for parade participants begins at 9 a.m. on Broadway between Grand and Huff streets and on Harriet Street between Broadway and Fifth Street. Please note that only parade participants will be allowed to drive down Harriet & Wilson streets around the parade area.

The parade route runs down Huff Street from Broadway to Mark Street and should be finished by 11 a.m. This year's parade has approximately 90 entries, including the Wells Fargo stage coach and the Minnesota Vikings Skol Line (drum line).

For more information, contact Tracy Rahim or the Alumni Relations Office.


campus and community Homecoming Tailgate Party

WSU will host a campus and community tailgate party from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in the WSU Courtyard.

Tailgate foods will be available for $5 per person, and there will be activities to enjoy, including a photo booth and lawn games. (Rain location: Kryzsko Commons)

For more information contact Tracy Rahim.


Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet

WSU will hold the 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, in Talbot Gym, Memorial Hall.

The Winona State Athletic Hall of Fame is established to pay tribute to and give deserved recognition by honoring outstanding former student-athletes, coaches, teams and/or individuals who have provided outstanding service and contributed significantly to the success of the University's Intercollegiate Athletic program. This year's inductees are: Dan Samp '75, Dan Thill '78, Maureen (Ryan)Giroux '93, Rachel (Seifert) Mihalic '02, Liz Narten '03, and Chris Samp '04.

For more information, contact Jill Bratberg.


Pre-Game Homecoming Tailgate Party

WSU Athletics will host a Pre-Game Tailgate Tent before the Homecoming Football Game from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Warrior Stadium Parking Lot.

Meals are $5 per person and include a sandwich, chips, beverage, and dessert.

For more information, contact Jill Bratberg.


Community Clean-up

Winona State University will wrap up its 2014 Homecoming celebration with a Community Clean Up event Sunday, Oct. 26.

Volunteers will meet at 2 p.m. at the WSU Alumni Gazebo. The event will help to clean up after the homecoming festivities on campus and around downtown Winona.

Participants are asked to register online in advance. The first 100 people who register will receive a free t-shirt, and refreshments will be provided for all participants.

For more information, contact Kendra Weber.


Healthy Monday: Words Matter

WSU Health and Wellness Services' Healthy Monday series will present "Words Matter" at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in IWC 138.

RE initiative PACTivists and WSU President Scott Olson will discuss Yik Yak, Fade, and other anonymous apps.

For more information, contact Health Promotion.


Fitstop Tuesday: Flexibility Training

WSU Health and Wellness Services' Fitstop Tuesday series will present "Flexibility Training" at 11 a.m. Oct. 28, near the Fitness Center entrance.

This week's Fitstop Tuesday will be presented by the Exercise Science Club.

For more information, contact Health Promotion.


Director of HealthForce MN Finalists

WSU will host the two finalists for the position of Director of HealthForce MN in Singley Hall 201 on the Rochester Campus (Winona ITV location Stark B6).

Charles Canver's open session will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28. Canver held the position of Vice President of Medical Affairs/Chief Medical Officer at United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville, Ill., from 2012-2013. Prior to this appointment, Canver was the Chief Executive Officer/Founding Vice Chancellor (Rector) at Near East University/Near East University Hospital in Nicosia, Cyprus (2010-2012). While at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh, Saudia Arabia (2005-2010), Canver served as the Director of Heart Institute/Chairman, Department of Cardiovascular Diseases/Head, Section of Cardiac Surgery (2005-2010), and held the rank of Professor of Surgery at the Alfaisal University College of Medicine (2008-2010). 

Valerie Hedges DeFor's open session will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 30. DeFor is currently the Interim Executive Director of HealthForce Minnesota (8/2013-Present). From 2010 to 2013, DeFor served as the Director of Statewide Healthcare Education Industry Partnerships for HealthForce MN. Prior to these appointments, DeFor held the following positions while at Minnesota State University-Mankato's College of Allied Health and Nursing (Healthcare Education-Industry Partnership): Director (2007-2010); Interim Director (2006-2007); and Program Manager and Research Director (2001-2006). 

For more information, contact Robin Delong.


Grief Support Workshop

WSU counselor Eunie Alsaker will hold a Grief Support Workshop at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in Pasteur 133.

The workshop will provide an overview on the contemporary understanding of grief for individuals experiencing it. She will also provide tools for those supporting bereaved individuals, including professionals working with grief based groups.

The workshop is free for students and $5 for community members and staff.

For more information, contact Helen Newell at 507-494-0905.


College of Business Alumni Panel

WSU will host four College of Business alumnae for a panel to answer questions at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Science Laboratory Center, room 120.

Panelists include Mary Gordon '86, Emily Skaja '13, Melissa Flom '07, and Allison Trogstad '10.

For more information, contact Charlie Opatz.


Major Fair

WSU's Warrior Success Center will host a Major Fair from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in McCown Gymnasium.

The Major Fair helps students select majors and minors best suited to their unique interests, skills, and career values. Faculty, current students, and alumni from a wide variety of departments will be available to answer questions and share information about degree programs offered at WSU.

Participants can enter their name in a drawing for a chance to win one of two Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristbands.

All students are welcome. No registration is required.

For more information, contact the Warrior Success Center at 507-457-5878.


Wellness Wednesday: Self-Lovin' - Building Positive Sexual Self-Esteem

WSU Health and Wellness Services' Wellness Wednesday series will present "Self-Lovin' - Building Positive Sexual Self-Esteem" at 3 p.m. Oct. 29 in IWC 138.

Research has proven that building a positive body image and having an overall healthy self-concept are important in creating intimate and fulfilling relationships. Join Health and Wellness Student Advocates for a session on how to boost your sexual self esteem.

For more information, contact Health Promotion.


The Lakota Heyoka Clown Tradition

WSU will host Arthur "Tex" Hawkins, James Reidy, and Gretchen Cohenor as part of the CLASP Series to discuss "The Lakota Heyoka Clown Tradition: A Backward Humor Provoking Action for Sustainability and Survival" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Memorial 300.

The Heyoka is a clown and a trickster. Clowns and comics turn things around and take us outside our comfort zone, giving us a look at life from a new and sometimes meaningful perspective. The presentation will use the "Heyoka" to assist in seeing sustainability from a different point of view. The presenters will utilize Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic Philosophy and the Lakota Way of Life to inform audience members that there is more than one route to navigate a course through the river of sustainability and life.

Hawkins will share information about Aldo Leopold's "Land Ethic" and how this science/emotional based traditional philosophy can inspire us today in becoming a true sustainable community.  

Reidy will share quotes, and songs of the Lakota Nation to indicate how art and metaphorical story telling can enlighten individuals in understanding our responsibilities and interrelationships with the earth and her natural resources.

Gretchen Cohenour will choreograph the part played by the Dancing Heyoka during the presentation.

For more information, contact Matt Bosworth.


UPAC Presents Halloween Grocery Bingo

WSU's University Programming Activities Committee will host Halloween Grocery Bingo at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in East Hall, Kryzsko Commons.

Grocery Bingo is free to all students. Prizes include various groceries.

For more information, contact UPAC.


Minneapolis Art Museum Trip

WSU's Art and Design Department will sponsor a trip to Minneapolis art museums Saturday, Nov. 8.

The trip includes visits to the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Northern Clay Center, The Frederick Weisman Museum on the University of Minnesota campus, and Northrup King Building. There will be time for dinner in Midtown Global Market.

The bus will leave Watkins Hall at 8 a.m. and return at 9:30 p.m. The cost of the trip is $10 for students with ID and $25 for faculty, staff, and others. The cost includes transportation and admission to the museums and their numerous exhibitions.

The special exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art is: "Italian Style: fashion since 1945." Tickets for that exhibit may be purchased separately at the museum upon arrival: $20 adults, $16 seniors and students with ID, and free for MIA members.

For more information, contact The Art Office in Watkins 204 or Jessica Kauphusman at 507-457-5395.


MDH Ebola Information Hotline

The Minnesota Department of Health has established an Ebola Information Hotline to provide an easy, reliable source of Ebola information to Minnesota residents.

The Ebola Information Hotline is 651-201-3920 or 1-800-567-3903 and will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Information is also available on the Minnesota Department of Health website.


Repairs Postponed for Main Street Railway Crossing

Canadian Pacific Railway has postponed repairs to the railway crossing on Main Street east of the WSU main campus until Oct. 30.

Find more information on
MnDOT's website.


Facebook Cover Photo Contest

WSU is hosting a Facebook Cover Photo Contest through Saturday, Oct. 25.

Snap a picture of something inspiring and have the chance to be featured as the new cover photo of the official WSU Facebook page and win prizes.

Submit your photos to the Web Communications Department by Oct. 25, and include your name and graduating year. List the subject of the email as "Cover Photo Contest."


Professor Receives Award

Kathryn Lammers, nursing, received the Lillian Mood Award at the Wisconsin Nurses Association Convention and Annual Meeting. The award is given annually to a Wisconsin Nurses Association (WNA) member who demonstrates achievement in environmental health. Since 2007, Lammers has been involved with panel presentations, facilitated discussion groups, hosted poster sessions, presented posters, developed list-servs, represented nursing at WNA conferences, recommended and introduced speakers, and developed programing to involve nurses.


Professor Attends Seminar

James Reidy, recreation tourism and therapeutic recreation, will attend "Herbalism Apprentice: Beginner's Medicine, Self Care to Community" in Grand Marias, Minn. The class will combine the intuitive art and solid science of botanical medicine, apprenticing with a Master Herbalist for an intensive weekend. Core components include: foundations in natural and botanical medicine, cross cultural herbalism, herbs for the life cycle, top twenty herbs in North America, botanicals not only for physical health but for contemporary life stressors such as stress anxiety, depression, and environmental factors.


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