WSU will take part in the Campus Conservation Nationals through March 3. Track WSU's progress online.
This week's Energy Saving Tip: Switching light bulbs from incandescent to compact fluorescent or LED can save an average of $75 per year. Turn lights off when they're not needed, install dimmer switches or motion sensors, or use the lowest setting on light fixtures.
The main focus of the competition is to raise awareness on how simple it is to reduce our individual and collective carbon footprints. WSU will host a competition to see which residence hall can save the most water and energy.
With only a week to go in the competition, Prentiss-Lucas has taken the lead with energy reductions, reducing its consumption by 6% percent relative to baseline use. Close behind are Morey and Kirkland. Over 1,100 energy saving commitments have been made by on-campus residents.
Winona State University will host Dollars and Doughnuts with Chris Farrell 8 to 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in Somsen 321.
Farrell will host a question and answer session for students on topics such as how to afford a spring break trip, how much money should be borrowed for college, and whether or not they can afford to study abroad.
The event will be moderated by Gabe Manrique, Chair of the Department of Economics, and Hamid Akbari, Dean of the College of Business.
Doughnuts will be served; bring your own coffee.
Chris Farrell will also be presenting "The New Frugality" as part of The Lyceum Series.
WSU's Department of Music will present a one-night-only musical revue of "Guys and Dolls" at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Harriet Johnson Auditorium in Somsen Hall.
WSU Concert Choir will perform twenty-five of Frank Loesser's Broadway classics, including A Bushel and a Peck; Take Back Your Mink; Luck Be a Lady Tonight; Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat; and Adelaide's Lament.
Harry and Lauren Mechell will co-direct the musical, with staging and choreography by WSU alumnus Cory Meier.
Executive Chef Randy Shadle of Chartwells Dining Service will serve an assortment of elegant desserts during intermission, including Dark Chocolate and Dulce de Leche Shortbread with Fleur de Sel; Blueberry, Lime, Strawberry and Lemon Cheesecakes; Hot Habanera White Chocolate Fudge; Inverted Double Fudge Brownie Bites with Nuts, Nonpareil, and Dried Cherries; Tart Granny Smith Apple Cinnamon Strudel Cups; and Raspberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies.
Tickets are $25 for the public and $12 for WSU students with ID. Tickets include both the performance and intermission refreshments. Tickets are available online or by calling the Box Office at 507-457-5235.
Tickets will be available at the door but will not include dessert.
WSU's Chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society will hold its annual New Member Induction and Graduating Senior recognition ceremony at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 1, in the Student Activity Center, Kryzsko Commons.
Honorary members will also be recognized, and refreshments will be served after a brief ceremony. Friends and family are welcome to attend, and business casual dress is requested.
WSU's Symphonic Wind Ensemble will be joined by the Wabasha-Kellogg School District Band Program, directed by Stephanie Scheibe, to perform Anthony O'Toole's Anthem for the Winter Solstice at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1, in the Vivian R. Fusillo Main Stage Theatre, Performing Arts Center.
O'Toole's work was commissioned by the Wabasha-Kellogg band program to feature their entire program, grades 5 through 12, along with the WSU program.
WSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, directed by Donald Lovejoy, will perform additional pieces by O'Toole.
WSU Health and Wellness Services' Healthy Monday series will present "How to Find the Meaning of Life" at 7 p.m. March 2 in IWC 138.
WSU Counselor Kelly Kirby will explore the different types of meaning that can be found in the world, particularly tackling the question, "Does everything happen for a reason?" The presentation will feature time for questions for Kirby and fellow participants to understand the multiple processes for developing meaning into life.
WSU students from various countries will host a luncheon in celebration of International Women's Day from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the Student Activities Center, Kryzsko Commons.
The luncheon will include a vegetarian meal prepared by FORGE (Fighting for Our Rights and Gender Equality) and international students, a presentation on the status of women internationally, and personal stories of women's experiences around the world.
Tickets for the event are $10 and can be purchased at the International Services Office or at the door.
WSU's Warrior Success Center will hold a Work-Study Experience Group for work-study employees at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in Maxwell 306.
This career development group is designed to help recognize and improve skills learned as a WSU student work-study employee to achieve success in academics and future careers. The group meets every other Tuesday.
WSU will host Rashed Ferdous from the Minnesota based Islamic Resource Group presenting "Islam and Muslims: Beyond Stereotypes" from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the Harriet Johnson Auditorium, Somsen Hall.
The presentation and community forum will provide an opportunity to hear from American Muslims about their thoughts regarding the current events locally and around the world.
This event seeks to promote positive discussion around tolerance, respect, and community.
WSU's University Theme Sustainable Futures committee will host a panel titled "Let's Talk About Sex: Options Ranging from Contraceptive to STI" as part of the Wellness Strategies for a Sustainable Future series at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the Integrated Wellness Complex, room 145.
Charla Miertschin, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering, and Ralph Townsend, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, will facilitate a discussion on Professional Development Reports at noon Wednesday, March 4, in Maxwell 158.
The session is open to all who are interested.
The Faculty Brown Bag Series is sponsored by the WSU Deans' Council.
WSU will host Patrick Clipsham presenting "Ethical Veganism and the Commodification of Animals" as part of the CLASP Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in Stark 103.
Clipsham will explain the two main philosophical approaches, welfarism and animal rights, that have motivated the argument that veganism is ethically required. He will also discuss the anti-commodification approach, which can be used to respond to some common objections against welfarism and the animal rights approach.
WSU accounting graduates, as first-time candidates with a bachelor's degree only, achieved an overall 63.5 percent average pass rate on the uniform CPA exam in 2014 as published by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.
WSU's scores were higher than any other accounting program in MnSCU. The national average pass rate is 49.5 percent.
The purpose of the WSU accounting program is to prepare its students for careers in business and government, with emphasis on preparation for professional certification after graduation.
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