WSU's English Language Center will host Conversation Partners at 5 p.m. today, Oct. 7, in the Haake Hall Conference Room.
Students and community members are invited to participate in informal conversation to help international students improve their English skills. Community members, other students and international students in turn learn about each other.
Speaking instructors plan current topics to discuss, but the flow of the conversation is up to the participants. Conversation tables will be mixed up every once in a while.
Snacks will also be provided.
There will be another gathering on Nov. 4.
For more information contact Katie Subra at 507-457-5442.
WSU's C.L.A.S.P. Lecture Series will host "Beyond the Model Minority" with Dia Yang at 7 p.m. today, Oct. 7, in Stark Auditorium 103 as part of the 2015-16 University Theme, Equity as a Human Right: Building Inclusive Community.
Yang will discuss the Asian American communities and culture and examine the development and impact of the term Model Minority and the plight of the Asian American Civil Rights Movement. Yang will also speak about Asian Americans in Minnesota, what the current trends are, how to address current issues involving Asian American students, as well as her personal experience in the Asian American community.
This event is free and open to the public and is available for stream via ITV in UCR ST 116 on the Rochester campus.
WSU will celebrate Coming Out Week from Monday, Oct. 5, through Saturday, Oct. 10.
A film screening of "Out Late" will be at 7 p.m. today, Oct. 7, in Minne 110. The film looks at five individuals who made a change later in life-to come out as lesbian, gay, or transgender after the age of 55.
Folk/punk musician Shannon Murray, a member of Riot Folk, will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Harriet Johnson Auditorium, Somsen Hall.
Fall Fling will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, in Bub's basement. The Middle School-themed dance will feature fashion and music from the mid-2000s.
WSU's Warrior Success Center will sponsor the WSU Career Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in McCown Gymnasium.
Upperclassmen students and alumni seeking internships and full-time employment are invited to attend.
The Career Expo will provide an opportunity to network with company representatives across many industries. Employers will be collecting resumes, with select employers extending interview for full time and internship positions the next day.
The Career Expo is a free event. No pre-registration is required.
WSU's Digital Humanities Speaker Series will host "Formalism, Realism, and Phenomenology in Visual Media Arts" with Francisco Ricardo at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in Stark 103.
Throughout the 20th century, visual arts underwent significant transformations in content, medium, and relationship to viewers. Ricardo will explore three main lines of development—the formalist, the realist and the phenomenological—in different expressive modalities as film, photography and sculpture.
WSU's American Democracy Project will host a pilot National Issues Forum Issue Guide on Economic Equality, "Making Ends Meet: How Can We Spread Prosperity and Improve Opportunity" from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in Dining Rooms C and D, Kryzsko Commons.
WSU and MnSCU will host an ISRS/eServices Next Generation Listening Session Friday, Oct. 9, in Maxwell 158. This session offers the WSU campus the opportunity to share experiences using ISRS and help "re-imagine ISRS" in the future.
Each 45-minute session will allow participants to provide feedback and ideas on how to improve the user experience in online services such as web registration, financial aid, DARS, and bills and payment.
Sessions will begin at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., and 5 p.m.
Those unable to attend the Listening Session in person are invited to complete an online survey. The link will stay open through Oct. 23. Feedback may also be sent via email.
For more information call WSU Communications at 507-457-5024.
WSU's Friends of the Landscape Arboretum at Winona State University will host a Prairie Garden Work and Learn Party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, outside the Integrated Wellness Complex.
Some garden tools will be available, but participants are welcome to bring their own. The volunteer event will fulfill requirements of WSU as a Tree Campus USA. A presentation will be given over lunch, which is not provided. Advanced registration is not required.
The WSU RE Initiative will host the fourth annual Winona Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Windom Park (on Broadway and Huff).
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an international men's march to end rape and sexual and domestic assault. The walk is an opportunity to rally the community to prevent violence, raise money, and raise awareness on this issue. All proceeds will benefit local victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence served by the Winona Women's Resource Center (WRC).
Teams can register by mail or drop off registration forms at the WRC, 77 East Fifth Street. Pledge drop off is at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 10.
WSU's English Department will host The Winona Prize creative writing contest. There will be three $1,500 prizes: one in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.
The contest is open to all students who have taken English 222: Intro to Creative Writing. The gift is intended to encourage students in their writing and literary pursuits, while helping them financially to reach their educational goals. Full guidelines can be found online.
Manuscripts will be screened by the creative writing faculty, and the final judges in each genre will be visiting writers from our John S. Lucas Great River Reading Series or other acclaimed authors published in the appropriate genre. The winners will be published in the WSU literary and arts magazine Satori.
WSU's Retiree Center will offer the non-credit course "Fitness and Wellness for Active Adults" as part of Senior University 2015 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 30 to Dec. 11.
The course will give participants the tools they need to maintain a fitness and wellness plan and enhance overall health. Instructors and exercise science students will customize a wellness plan for each participant by performing a baseline fitness assessment, help set and implement individual nutrition and physical fitness goals, and educate participants on the benefits of exercise and proper nutrition. Justin Geijer and Kent Hanson, assistant professors in the health, exercise, and rehabilitative sciences department, will instruct the class.
The course is $40, and registration is available online. A physician's clearance and signed release form will be required for this course.
Senior University is open to all people of retirement age in the Winona community. The program is a series of non-credit short courses that are peer-led by WSU faculty, retirees and community members. The goal is to provide intellectual and cultural stimulation and growth for lifelong learners. Courses cover current events, history, philosophy, science, art, poetry and literature.
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