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WSU Update

Oct. 27, 2016


11 a.m. Anxiety Management Seminar

3:30 p.m. Grief Group Begins Weekly Meetings

5 p.m. Pizza With the President

6 p.m. WarriorsINNOVATE Discovery Forum

7 p.m. Digital Humanities: A Film Series

8 p.m. Mugshots

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Upcoming Events

Oct. 29, John Paulson Big Band Performance


Japan Club Hosts Lunch Bento Box Event

New Online Advising at WSU

Krueger Library Launches Athenaeum Podcast

Bookstore Pumpkin Carving Contest

English Department Hosts Second Winona Prize Competition

Halloween in the Halls

Upcoming Star Alert Test

Reusable Water Bottle Photo Entry

Free Application Week at WSU

WSU Recognized as a 2016 Tree Campus USA

Extra-Curricular Activities

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Faculty/Staff Development

Anxiety Management Seminar

WSU's Counseling and Wellness Services offers the first of a four-part series for students who want to learn more about managing anxiety and stress beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 in IWC 267.

The theme for week one is "Understanding Anxiety." Each seminar is 50 minutes and is offered twice per week.

Students are welcome to attend any of the four part series. 

For more information, please contact or 


Grief Group Availability

Counseling and Wellness Services is offering a group for students who have lost a loved one beginning Thursday, Oct. 27 and runs for four Thursdays from 3:30-4:45 in IWC 267.

This group is an opportunity for students to talk about personal grief in a small group setting and provides information about the grief process.

For more information, call Eunie Alsaker at 507-457-5330.

Pre-registration is required.


Pizza With the President

Student Senate is sponsoring Pizza with the President at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the SAC. 

There will be an informal social followed by Q&A with President Scott Olson.

Pizza will be provided. 


The WarriorsINNOVATE Discovery Forum

Winona State is holding its first-ever WarriorsINNOVATE Challenge, where individuals and groups will compete for a chance to win a share of $10,000 towards jumpstarting their ideas.

The WSU Foundation invites campus to the Discovery Forum kick-off event on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 6-8 p.m. in the Science Laboratory Center Atrium to learn more about the Challenge. The event will also provide opportunities to connect with potential teammates as well as hear from and network with established entrepreneurs who can offer advice and insight. 


Tyrre Burks, Class of 2010 Tyrre recently invented Player's Health, an app that received top prize at Google Demo Day this past May in San Francisco. The app now has more than 300,000 users worldwide. 

Dave Rubenstein, Class of 1986 An entrepreneur and environmentalist, Dave is applying his 25+ years in successful startups to developing new technologies to produce extremely low carbon energy in California. 


Abigail Hoffman, IBM UX Designer & Logan McCaul, IBM IMD A presentation on IBM's "fail fast and often" practice and discussion about the company's innovation structure. 

Larry Marchionda, Class of 1966 Larry's mission, along with Dale Evans and Rich Andrews, is to provide safe and complete head protection for our youth. 

Students who have questions or would like additional details can visit or contact the Entrepreneur Club Presidents, Nick Schroeder or John Kopydlowski.

Faculty and staff who have an interest in participating in the Discovery Forum or Challenge overall can contact Jennifer Hoffman.


Digital Humanities: A Film Series

Winona State University's Film Studies students will be hosting Digital Humanities: A Film Series, Oct. 27-31, in Stark Hall, room 103.

The film studies program is sponsoring this film series based on "Our Digital Humanity." Movies will range from new to old and connect and build upon the University Theme.

The schedule of movies is as follows:

"Modern Times" (1936) - Directed by Charlie Chaplin 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27

"Lo and Behold" (2016) - Directed by Werner Herzog 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28

"Her" - (2013) Directed by Spike Jonze 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29

"Cyber Seniors" (2014) - Directed by Saffron Cassaday 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30

"Videodrome" (1983) - Directed by David Cronenberg 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31

This event is free and open to the public.

The series is funded the Office of Community Engagement, Departments of English and Nursing, College of Liberal Arts and the WSU Retiree Center. 

For more information, email 


Mugshots: Branch & Jayce and Hear & Now

Mugshots Coffeehouse is sponsoring Mugshots at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in Lourdes Dining Hall, West Campus. 

Branch & Jayce and Hear and Now will be performing. 

For more information go online


John Paulson Big Band Performance

John Paulson's big band returns to Winona for a jazz performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday Oct. 29 at 7:30 at Wellington's Pub and Grill. 

They will be performing two sets of all original music by tenor saxophonist, composer and musical director Dr. John Paulson. The group includes some of the best jazz players and teachers in the region and highlights their exceptional soloing skills. This year the band played at the Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing, MN and at the Jazz Educators' national convention in Louisville, KY. Paulson taught jazz and woodwinds at Saint Mary's University for over 30 years and he is currently an adjunct instructor at Winona State University.

 There is no cover charge for the concert but contributions will be welcome to offset expenses. 

Arrive early because seating will be limited. 

Wellingtons is located at 1429 W Service Dr. in Winona. Phone 507.452.2103 

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Japan Club Hosts Lunch Bento Box Event

Experience Japanese Cuisine at Winona State University Japan Club's second Lunch Bento Box event from 11 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, in Dining Room B, Kryzsko Commons.

Bento is a common Japanese cuisine, single-portion takeout or home-packed meal. Bento boxes will be takeout style and available for pickup anytime between the event.

Tickets are $5 each in advance and $7 on the day of the event at the door. Tickets are available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday this week, in the lower hyphen of Kryszko Commons. Tickets are also available through contact with Japan Club President Risa Muroya.

The menu includes Japanese Chicken Curry, Octopus-looking Turkey Sausages, Honey-glazed Sweet Potatoes.

For the vegetarian menu, which does not include sausages, contact Muroya before Friday, Oct. 28.

For more information, contact Muroya.


New Online Advising at WSU

Winona State University's Warrior Success Center now offers online academic advising. Amy Meyer and Darcie Mueller, advisors in the Warrior Success Center (WSC), were concerned that students taking online classes from home during the summer were often unable to meet with WSC advisors face-to- face due to distance from the WSU campus. To improve access and support to WSU students, the advisors created the online advising student service.

Online advising is for all students year-round, not just students taking online classes away from campus. "While we value face-to- face opportunities with students, we believe that online advising fills a very important need," Meyer said.

"Flexibility for students is the main benefit of online advising. Students have the convenience to have a personal interaction with an advisor regardless of their location," Mueller said. 

Meyer and Mueller received a Summer Session Innovation Grant to develop and launch the service. The advisors researched successful online advising practices and invited other advisors across WSU to participate in a stakeholder group. Together, the stakeholders gathered information about the key functions and benefits of online advising, and helped explore and test technology options.

The first session of online advising took place over WSU's 2016 summer session. Students met with advisors using a webcam through Adobe Connect. In the initial launch, 19 online advising appointments were completed through the Warrior Success Center and two were completed through the Nursing Department.

At the end of summer, the students who used online advising were offered a survey about their experience. All students responding to the survey stated that they were satisfied with their online advising experience, and that they would schedule future appointments online when needed, Mueller said.

For instructions on setting up an advising appointment go online.

For more information, contact Amy Meyer or Darcie Mueller.


Krueger Library Launches Athenaeum Podcast

Winona State University's Krueger Library has re-launched the successful Athenaeum speaker series as a weekly podcast. The podcast will feature different interviews, music performances, discussions and other creative work from WSU students, faculty, staff and neighbors in Southeast Minnesota.

Upcoming episodes include a recorded panel discussion, "Free Speech and Censorship in the Digital Age," and an interview with Larry Jacobs, the Director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance. The interview will explore governance, elections and teaching with Walter Mondale.

Podcasts will be posted on Wednesday afternoons until finals week and then will return each semester.

To listen to the podcast, visit here or Krueger Libraries SoundCloud

For more information, email Stewart Van CleveAllison Quam or Kendall Larson


Bookstore Pumpkin Carving Contest

The Bookstore is sponsoring a pumpkin carving contest on Monday, Oct. 31, at the WSU bookstore, Kryzsko Commons.  

Participants must drop off a carved pumpkin at the WSU Bookstore by 10 a.m. on Halloween Day. Voting will be from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Pumpkins MUST be carved. 

1st place: $75 gift card. 2nd place: $50 gift card. 3rd place: $25 gift card. 

Votes will be tallied at 3 p.m. with winners announced shortly after. 

For more information contact the WSU bookstore


English Department Hosts Second Prize Competition

Winona State University's English Department will offer three $1,500 prizes to students for their creative writing talents. Prizes will be given out for fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction.

Submissions are due by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 to Barb Nascak in the English Department office on the third floor of Minné Hall. Winners will be announced Feb. 1, 2017. An anonymous WSU alumnus funded the competition to encourage students in their literary and writing pursuits, while helping to support them financially.

According to the donor, "Early in life you hear about the power of words, but the more I read, the more I grew to appreciate the beauty of words. There is nothing more enjoyable than a story well told."

Manuscripts will be screened by WSU's creative writing faculty. The final judges in each genre will be visiting writers from the John S. Lucas Great River Reading Series or other accomplished authors published in the appropriate genre.

The winners will be published in WSU's Satori.

More information and guidelines can be found online.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Oness.


Halloween in the Halls

Winona State University Housing and Residence Life will host Halloween in the Halls from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at Lourdes Hall, 457 Gould St. and Prentiss-Lucas Hall, 265 W. King St.

Housing and Residence Life will provide guided trick-or- treating, allergy friendly treats, games, coloring pages and a photo booth.

This event is free and open to the community

All children must be accompanied by an adult, ages 18 or older.

For more information, contact Candice Guenther


Upcoming Star Alert Test

Your safety is our priority. The Star Alert emergency notification system allows WSU to provide critical information during an emergency event affecting the Winona campus. Star Alert is a wireless system that can provide immediate emergency communication even if computers and campus phone systems are compromised. WSU Security will be conducting a campus-wide test of the Star Alert emergency notification system within the next 7 days. 

Sign up today to receive text, email, and/or voice alerts. Registration for WSU students and employees is free, quick, and easy.

Winona Campus

Register for Star Alert online by selecting the Sign Me Up! link on the Star Alert website

Enter your name, WSU email address and create a password 

Enter your Star ID in the Identification Code box

 Select your WSU email address to view your profile

 Add your mobile phone number, personal email address, and/or your parents' contact information (you can have up to 10 additional contacts)

You will notice that you are automatically signed up to receive emergency alerts. (There is no need to select the outreach option; it will not be used at the same time.)

Manage your preferences – select the ways you would like to receive alerts. This is where you can enable text messaging (messaging rates may apply).

WSU-Rochester Campus

The RCTC Emergency alert system is available for WSU-Rochester students and employees. This system provides the same emergency communication during an emergency event affecting the Rochester campus. Register online for the Rochester Campus at Sign Me Up-Rochester!


Star Alert FAQs have been created to help with questions during the registration process. Personal information submitted through the registration process will be used only for the Star Alert system. You are free to opt out of the notification system at any time.


Reusable Water Bottle Photo Entry

The entries are in for the pictures of Warriors reusing their water bottles on the Winona State Sustainability Minor Facebook page. Vote for your favorites between now and Oct. 31.  

The pictures with the most likes will win a gift certificate to the bookstore. 


Fee Waived to Apply to WSU

Winona State University will waive application fees for students Oct. 24-31 as part of College Knowledge Month.

The regular $20 fee will be waived when registering for WSU during this time.

The event is part of a statewide effort to provide every graduating high school senior the opportunity to apply for college. During the month of October, high schools and postsecondary institutions will work together to engage with students and offer support as they go through the college application process.

For more information about admissions, visit online


WSU Recognized as a 2016 Tree Campus USA

Winona State University has earned recognition as a 2016 Tree Campus USA university for the second year in a row by the 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 projects.

According to Jim Reynolds, co-chair for WSU's Arboretum and Land Stewardship Committee and professor emeritus, the distinction exemplifies WSU's commitment to creating a sustainable world.

"As a community of learners improving our world, achieving Tree Campus USA designation is important because it underscores WSU & dedication to environmental stewardship and emphasizes the importance of trees as critical economic, health,energy, educational and aesthetic resources to the community and the planet. Trees matter at WSU," Reynolds said.

WSU is the only four-year university in the Minnesota State system to receive the designation and only one of two of the 37 colleges and universities in the system to make the list.

Learn more about WSU's Landscape Arboretum online

For more information on this distinction, contact WSU Arboretum Director Lisa Pearson.


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