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WSU Update

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


All Day, Early Registration Deadline for 2014 Wellness Exchange

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

9 a.m. Writing Center Opens, Minne 348

View the complete WSU Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

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

Registration Open for Warrior Waddle

Charting the Future Student Success Implementation Team

Extra-Curricular Activities

Greek Informational Meetings


Joel Filmore: Perspective on Race

New teacher always knew she would teach

Teaching degree program in second year

WSU Implements bystander program

Faculty/Staff Development

Jennifer Cochran Biederman

Kathryn Sullivan

Writing Center Opens for Fall Semester

The WSU Writing Center will open for fall semester at 9 a.m. today, Sept. 2, in Minne 348.

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.


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.


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 recruit 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.


Registration Open for Warrior Waddle

The 7th annual Warrior Waddle will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, starting at the Lake Park Lodge.

Pre-registration is $20 per person until race day or $15 per person when registering five or more individuals.

Register online at Registration forms are also available at the Winona YMCA. Contact Tom Slaggie at 507-454-4149 for additional information.


Charting the Future Student Success Implementation Team

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) has launched eight campus-led implementation teams comprised of students, faculty, and staff as part of the Charting the Future initiative.

The Student Success team is working toward making dramatic changes in opportunities for student success. Their team narrative states, "Student success is central to the mission of higher education and to our colleges and universities.

Meet the members of the Student Success Team.



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.


biology professor gives presentation

Jennifer Cochran Biederman, biology, recently presented a talk titled "Seasonal patterns in growth, diet, and prey availability of Brown Trout in groundwater-dominated streams" at the 144th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.



Retiree Kathryn Sullivan, library, has published a new fantasy short story, "Search and Rescue." It is available online and will be available on Kindle and Nook later this month. Visit her website for other works.


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