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August 29 - September 1, 2014


Friday, All Day, Registration Deadline for Composite Engineering Golf Fundraiser

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

Friday, 2 p.m. International Coffee Hour, New Center West

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Upcoming Events

Sept. 2, Early Registration Deadline for 2014 Wellness Exchange

Sept. 2, Writing Center Opens

Sept. 3, The Well Open House

Sept. 3, Artist Talk, Faculty Art Exhibit

Sept. 3, Wednesdays With Winston

Sept. 3, Fagbug Nation Screening


75 Warriors Receive Academic Recognition

Library Labor Day Weekend Hours

Extra-Curricular Activities

Greek Informational Meetings

MSUSA Positions Available


Joel Filmore: Perpective on Race

New teacher always knew she would teach

Joel Filmore: Life Journey

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

Robin O'Callaghan

James Schul

Registration Deadline for 18 Hole Scramble

The 12th annual WSU Composite 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 today, Aug. 29. To register, visit:


International Coffee Hour

WSU's International Services Office Cultural Outreach will host International Coffee Hour at 2 p.m. today, 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.


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.


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.


The Well Open House

The Well will have an Open House at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, in IWC 138.

Two groups, The Student Health & Wellness Advocates and the Sexual Health Awareness Group (SHAG), will recruite new members from 5 - 6 p.m.

The Student Health & Wellness Advocates are students committed to promoting wellness and healthy lifestyles by modeling healthy choices to their peers. Advocates engage students in peer to peer education about a wide variety of health topics including nutrition, physical health, mental health, and more. For more information, visit the Advocates homepage.

The Sexual Health Awareness Group (SHAG) is dedicated to raising awareness of sexual health among their peers. Students are trained in current sexual health knowledge, Semcac Services, and effective approaches to sexual health education. Students are also knowledgeable of resources available on WSU Campus. For more information on SHAG, email Chrissy Feine.



WSU Counseling Services will offer a support group for students from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesdays, in IWC 222. Students can come with a variety of issues, including stress, homesickness, adjustment struggles, anxiety or depression. Therapy dog Winston will be available during the group time.

For more information, contact Lynda Brzezinski at 507-457-5330.


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:


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.



WSU's Delta Phi Epsilon and Sigma Sigma Sigma will hold informational meetings 7 p.m. Sept. 2-3, and recruiting meetings 6 p.m. Sept. 9-12 in the Greek Council Office, lower Kryzsko Commons.

Students are encouraged to bring a friend and ask questions.

For more information, contact Ashley Hanson or Sonja Muus.


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.


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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