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WSU Update

July 16-22, 2014


July 16, 6:30 a.m. Alarm Testing, Somsen Hall

July 17, 7 p.m. GRSF Presents "Hamlet", Performing Arts Center

July 18, 9 a.m. Shakespeare In Performance, Minne Hall, Room 350

July 21, 12:30 p.m. Alarm Testing, Phelps Hall

View the complete WSU Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

WSU Alumni Event At Target Field

International Coffee Hour

New Play Monday: "Goats"

Callithump Fundraiser For GRSF

Register For The Scholarship Golf Outing

Save The Date: 2014 Wellness Exchange


Senior Linebacker Nominated For Award

Help Needed To Protect Pollinators

University Theme: Sustainable Futures

New Vice President Of Advancement Starts Aug. 11

Extra-Curricular Activities

There are no Extra-Curricular Activities today.


'Getting back more than you give': Winona's Vicki Decker models volunteerism

Winona: Students learn hands-on health care at 'Scrubs Camp'

Misato student ambassador returns to attend WSU

An 'eclectic identity': Beethoven is back with wide variety of performers

Scrubs Camp students tour Winona Health

Faculty/Staff Development

Julie Ponto

Brian Zeller

Alarm Testing Somsen Hall

There will be alarm testing at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 16, in Somsen Hall.

For more information, contact Facilities Services.


Alarm Testing Phelps Hall

There will be alarm testing at 12:30 p.m. Monday, July 21, in Phelps Hall.

For more information, contact Facilities Services.


New Play Monday: "Goats"

WSU professor Emilio DeGrazia's full-length drama "Goats" will be the featured work for the New Play Monday program at 7 p.m. Monday, July 28, at the Historic Masonic Theatre, 255 Main Street.

"Goats" is an exploration of the link between the Greek word "tragados" that refers to both "goats" and "tragedy." The story focuses on a small town murder.

The New Play Monday program is sponsored by Theatre du Mississippi and provides a live reading of new works by regional playwrights. Readings are test runs that provide writers, directors, and audience members opportunities to develop scripts. Audience participation is encouraged.
This event is open to the public.

For more information, contact Emilio DeGrazia.


Register For The Scholarship Golf Outing

The 12th annual Winona State University Miller Brothers School of Engineering Scholarship Golf Outing and Banquet will take place Thursday, Sept. 11, at Cedar Valley Golf Course.

Lunch will be at noon, followed by a 1 p.m. shotgun start for the 18-Hole Scramble. Social hour will be at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m.

Cost is $600 for four participants. Entry fee includes carts, green fees, lunch and dinner for all participants. A social hour/dinner-only option is available for $40.

Proceeds benefit the Composite Materials Engineering scholarship fund for the Miller Brothers' School of Engineering at WSU. Winona State has the only undergraduate program in composite materials in the nation.

The deadline to RSVP is Friday, Aug. 29.

The event is sponsored by the WSU Alumni Office, Winona Area Composites Consortium and The 7 Rivers Alliance.

For more information contact the WSU Alumni Office at 1-800-342-5978 ext. 5027 or register at the WSU Alumni webpage.


2014-15 University Theme: Sustainable futures

Winona State University announces "Sustainable Futures" as the 2014-15 University Theme.

The theme programming is designed to instill confidence in students, faculty, staff and citizens as to what sustainability means as well as why it's important as a goal on campus, in the community, within our society and throughout the world. The theme brings natural and social sciences together with communicative arts and real-world experiences to create integrated and practical learning environments that contribute to community improvement in significant and visible ways, and extends learning opportunities beyond lecture halls and involves younger students and adult populations in projects that enhance resilience.

For more information on Sustainable Futures, contact Joan Francioni.


WSU Professor Receives Nursing Certification

Julie Ponto, PhD, RN, AOCNS and professor of the Graduate Programs in Nursing has received certification as an Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist. Dr. Ponto is the first Advanced Practice Nurse in the state to receive the national certification, which recognizes individual's expertise in the care of patients from adolescence through older adulthood.

For more information, contact Julie Ponto.


Senior Linebacker Nominated For Award

WSU Football senior linebacker Ryan Gerts has been nominated for the 2014 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team.

This prestigious award recognizes players whose charitable involvement and community service contributions stand out among all other student-athletes participating in the sport while maintaining strong academic standing.

"Simply put, Ryan totally embodies what a student-athlete is all about.  From his willingness to reach out to the community to his selfless heart, his impact on the Winona community is pretty substantial"," said co-defensive coordinator David Braun.

The Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams were established in 1992 by the College Football Association, recognizing the extra efforts made by college football players and student support staff off the field.  AFCA became the governing body of the award in 1997 and continues to honor college football players who go the extra mile for those in need.

For more information, contact Corey Prudoehl.


Help Needed To Protect Pollinators

WSU Land Steward and Associate Professor of Biology Bruno Borsari asks for volunteers from the WSU community to assist with the Southeastern Native Bee Survey in conjunction with Meadowlark, a not-for-profit organization located in Rushford that works to protect pollinators through restoration of native bee habitats.

Meadowlark is currently engaged in the Native Bee Survey, which began in 2013 collecting bees from about 500 native plant species in eleven prairies and savanna remnants that have been restored in the region. This initial step will develop baseline data on the richness and diversity of the bee population in the Driftless region. 

For more information contact Scott Leddy at 507-450-6548, or Bruno Borsari at 507-454-5041.


WSU Professor Receives Athletic Trainer Award

Brian Zeller, HERS, has received one of the National Athletic Trainers' Association's (NATA) 2014 Athletic Trainer Service Awards recipients. Awards were presented June 27 during NATA's Clinical Symposium and Athletic Trainer Expo.

The Athletic Trainer Service Award recognizes NATA members for their contributions to the athletic training profession as a volunteer at the local and state levels. These recipients have been involved in professional associations, community organizations, grassroots public relations efforts and service as a volunteer athletic trainer. Candidates must have held the certified athletic trainer (ATC) credential, conferred by the Board of Certification, and have been an NATA member, both for at least 15 years.

For more information, contact Brian Zeller.


New Vice President Of Advancement Announced

Winona State University announces the appointment of Ernie Hughes to the position of Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director of the WSU Foundation.
Hughes describes WSU as a student-focused, community-responsive university and said he is excited to spend time getting to know the campus and community while helping to develop and instill strategic institutional vision and values.

Hughes most recently served as Director of Community Economic Development for the Southern University System in Louisiana. Prior to this appointment he served in roles as Vice President for Advancement, Special Assistant to the President, and Executive Director of the Southern University System Foundation; and Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Community Development Specialist for the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

Hughes holds a Ph.D. in human resource development from Louisiana State University, an M.B.A. with specialization in marketing from Mississippi State University, and a B.B.A. in finance and logistics from Mississippi State University.

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


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