Sign up to win an Easter Basket, which will be filled with candy, T-shirts, water bottles, and Purple Pass and Bookstore gift cards. Locations are listed on the WSU Digital Boards and Flyers around campus. Winners will be chosen at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 1. One basket per student.
The Easter Egg and Basket Hunt is sponsored by Campus Card/Purple Pass, Chartwells Dining Services, and the WSU Bookstore.
For more information, contact Sue Groth at 507-457-2480.
WSU's Outreach and Continuing Education Department will hold a Wilderness First Responder Course May 12-21. The registration deadline is April 6 for the full certification course and today, April 1, for the recertification course.
This course is a nationally recognized program that trains participants to respond to emergencies in remote settings. The 80-hour curriculum includes standards for urban and extended care situations. Special topics include wound and infection management, realigning fractures and dislocations, improvised splinting techniques, patient monitoring and up-to-date information on all environmental emergencies.
Course participants will spend time completing practical skills and examining case studies and scenarios to challenge decision-making abilities. Adult and child CPR is included in this course.
After successful completion of this course, participants will be certified as Wilderness First Responders by the Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School.
For those already holding a Wilderness First Responder certification, WSU will also offer a recertification course May 8-10.
Registration for the Land Ethic Leadership Seminar is due today, April 1.
The seminar is a non-credit seminar designed to build commitment, connection, and community back into environmental work. The day-long program is open to the public and will introduce registered participants to Aldo Leopold's vision of the "land ethic" and how we can become land ethic leaders. Jennifer Kobylecky, Education Director of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, will facilitate the program with presentations, discussions, individual reflection, and interactive exercises. The seminar will take place on the Cal Fremling, WSU's new floating classroom, and the WSU campus.
Advance registration is required and only $89 due to WSU grant funding. Scheduled as part of Arbor Day observances, the seminar is also endorsed by the WSU Arboretum and Land Stewardship Committee. The seminar is offered by WSU Outreach and Continuing Education, in partnership with the Aldo Leopold Foundation.
For more information, contact Tina Krause at 507-457-5080.
WSU's C.L.A.S.P. Series will host Osvaldo Martinez, presenting "Harnessing the Power of Ebola Virus: Developing Enhanced Vaccines" at 7 p.m. today, April 1, in Stark 103, Rochester ITV in ST 116.
The seminar will outline some of the general biology of Ebola virus infection including viral transmission as well as how the virus targets and deregulates the immune system. Martinez will discuss how, through understanding the way the Ebola virus targets our immune system cells, we can develop better vaccines, not just against Ebola virus, but many other potential pathogens.
WSU's Environmental Club, in conjunction with the Sustainable Futures University Theme, will sponsor the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters Bike Tour. There will be a send off from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at the Alumni Gazebo.
Three riders will pedal across the state from Winona to Ely, Minn., pulling a Wenonah canoe to support the effort of protecting the Boundary Waters from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining.
Former cast member of "The Bachelor" Courtney Robertson will be featured as WSU's Spring 2015 Commencement Speaker.
Since her 2012 debut on ABC's "The Bachelor," Robertson has been a successful model and author, publishing her first book, I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain last year. She also continues to participate in "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" events.
In her speech, Robertson will discuss her drive for success, her commitment to her goals, and her strength in the face of opposition. She hopes to inspire the Class of 2015 to forge forward on their own paths with the same unapologetic authenticity that built Robertson's success.
WSU announces plans to build the Nap Center, a state-of-the-art napping room sleep station, in Somsen Hall.
The room will be designed with multiple beds and sleepy-time remedies, including hot tea, soothing sounds, eye masks, and free ear plugs. The beds will be king-size to give even the most restless sleepers space to get comfortable, and piled high with plush pillows and cozy comforters. Stuffed animals-- from teddy bears to Pillow Pets-- are also provided, but students are welcome to bring their own.
Construction teams will begin working this summer, with hopes to open the Nap Center by next fall.
WSU announces the appointment of Denise Lloyd McDowell to the position of Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Life, effective July 13, 2015.
As vice president, McDowell will lead enrollment management at WSU, addressing recruitment and retention, as well as access and opportunity for underserved populations. She will also direct student life services, including housing, student conduct and student wellness.
McDowell currently serves as Dean of Enrollment Management and Registrar at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Prior to this appointment, she was Director of the Student Support Services Program and Head Counselor of the Education Opportunity Center at MCC-Penn Valley Community College. Additionally, McDowell served as an Assistant Director/Program Counselor with Emporia State University. She holds a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University, a master's degree in counseling from University of Central Missouri, and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Lincoln University.
For more information, call the WSU Communications Office at 507-457-5024.
WSU's Charting the Future Gallery Walk on March 24 welcomed 54 people to learn about the Charting the Future teams and to respond to initial ideas. Participants are encouraged to return their feedback books in the Student Life and Development Office in Kryzsko 234.
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.
Winona State University has earned recognition as a 2014 Tree Campus USA from The National Arbor Day Foundation.
Tree Campus USA is a national program that honors colleges and universities for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and employees in conservation efforts.
To earn the designation, WSU had to meet five core standards for effective campus forest management: a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for the campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project.
The Laird Norton Company's gift to Winona State University has been formally approved by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees.
The Laird Norton Company approached WSU about assuming ownership of the property at 125 West Fifth Street for educational and public purposes. The 30,000-square-foot facility, which features a two-story atrium and a full basement, will be used to house offices and studios for the WSU Department of Art and Graphic Design, along with galleries for the exhibition of student and faculty art, art owned by the WSU Foundation, and community art.
"The Laird Norton Company is proud to donate this historically significant building to Winona State University, so it will remain a vibrant part of the community for generations to come," said Jeffery S. Vincent, Chief Executive Officer, Laird Norton Company, LLC.
The building was constructed in 1916 as a corporate office headquarters for the Laird Norton Company, one of the early lumber firms established in the City of Winona. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in July 2014, in recognition of its role in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering and culture.
For more information, call the WSU Communications Office at 507-457-5024.
Linda Smith, nursing, presented "Community Simulation" at Simulation: A Real Learning Experience at the annual Nurse Educator Summit in March in La Crosse, Wis. This summit is sponsored through the La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium.
Nicole Weydt, nursing, presented "Simulation 101" at Simulation: A Real Learning Experience at the annual Nurse Educator Summit in March in La Crosse, Wis. This summit is sponsored through the La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium.
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