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WSU Update

April 17 - 19, 2015


Friday, Pride Week: Day of Silence

Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Great Wall of Bees, Paul Watkins Gallery

Friday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Her Campus Clothing Drive, Lower Hyphen

Friday, 2 p.m. Baseball vs. Sioux Falls, Loughrey Field

Friday, 4 p.m. Baseball vs. Sioux Falls, Loughrey Field

Friday, 5 - 9 p.m. Pollinator Week: Pollinator Party, Winona Arts Center

Friday, 6:30 p.m. UV Splash Run, Prairie Island Kiwanis Shelter

Friday, 7 p.m. August: Osage County, Vivian Fusillo Theatre

Saturday, Spruce Up Winona

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Earth Day Bike Rodeo, West 8th Street

Saturday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Earth Day 2015 Celebration

Saturday, Noon Baseball vs. Sioux Falls, Loughrey Field

Saturday, Noon Tennis vs. St. Norbert, Winona Tennis Center

Saturday, 2 p.m. Baseball vs. Sioux Falls, Loughrey Field

Saturday, 6 p.m. Student Health and Wellness Advocates Trivia Night, SLC 120

Saturday, 6 - 9 p.m. Kaleidoscope of Cultures, East Hall

Saturday, 7 p.m. August: Osage County, Vivian Fusillo Theatre

Saturday, 8 p.m. - Midnight Pride Week: Night of Noise Masquerade, Bub's Brewing Company

Sunday, 1:30 p.m. Student Recital: Maisy Charbonneau and Patrick Miller, PAC Recital Hall

Sunday, 4 p.m. Student Recital: Daniel Lewis, PAC Recital Hall

View the complete WSU Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

April 20, Healthy Monday: HIGHer Education

April 21, Money Smart Week: Utilizing FAFSA to Help Pay For Education

April 21, Fitstop Tuesday: De Stress Kits

April 21, Money Smart Week: Understanding Credit

April 21, Money Smart Week: Don't Let Your Actions Budge It!

April 21, Faculty Music Recital: Daniel Friberg

April 22, Blood Drive

April 22, Money Smart Week: Understanding Credit

April 22, Money Smart Week: Fast Cash

April 22, Wellness Wednesday: Earth Day-Recycled Crafts


WSU Emergency Alert Registration

Women's Volleyball Runner-Up

Extra-Curricular Activities

Pre-Physician Assistant Club


WSU finishes season with play about modern family

Construction set to begin on career center

WSU launches new undergrad data program

Project FINE, WSU, Vision Design Group collaborate

Winona-area families head out Saturday to Family Fun Day

Faculty/Staff Development

Jake Hines

Pollinator Week: The Great Wall of Bees

WSU will host "The Great Wall of Bees: Printmaking and Beekeeping" by Ladislav Hanka in the Paul Watkins Gallery.

The exhibit runs through May 8. The Paul Watkins Art Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

Hanka is an etcher, draughtsman and book artist based in Kalamazoo, Mich. The exhibition will have over 40 works on display that reflect his two interests: etching and beekeeping. To create his work, Hanka makes a traditional etching on the frame then inserts it into the hive for the bees to alter using capped honeycomb. The resulting objects address our underappreciated relationship to the natural world.

Pollinator Week is part of the 2014-2015 Sustainable Futures University Theme and will be celebrated daily April 13-17.

For more information, contact Jim Armstrong


Her Campus Clothing Donation

Her Campus Winona is partnering with H&M to hold a clothes drive from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Friday, April 17, in the Lower Hyphen, Kryzsko Commons.

All textiles collected will be brought to an H&M store where they will be recycled. For every bag of textiles donated, you will be entered to win one of three H&M gift cards.

For more information, contact Miranda Soukup.


August: Osage County

The Department of Theatre & Dance at Winona State University will present the 2008 Pulitzer Prize drama "August: Osage County" by Tracy Letts at 7 p.m. Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18, in the Vivian Fusillo Theatre, Performing Arts Center.

"August: Osage County" is a dark comedy about a dysfunctional family brought together by the death of the family patriarch. Relationships unravel as family secrets are revealed. The 2008 Broadway production earned seven Tony Awards, including Best Play. In 2013, the play was made into a film starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.

The WSU production of "August: Osage County" will be directed by Jim Williams. The production will serve as a stage-management capstone project for WSU theatre majors Shelley Gorak and Anthony Schliesman.

"August: Osage County" contains mature content and language.

Tickets are $12 for the public and $6 for students with ID, and can be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 507-457-5235.

For more information, contact Jim Williams.


Pride Week: Day of Silence

WSU's Full Spectrum Club will hold a Day of Silence as part of Pride Week on Friday, April 17.

Day of Silence is a student-led, national event that brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying, and harassment in schools.

For more information, contact Leah Bentfield.


Pollinator Week: Pollinator Party

The Winona Arts Center will host the Pollinator Party from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 17, at the Winona Arts Center.

The evening will begin with a reception of prints and poems by WSU students, followed by pollinator-related songs, poetry and open mic. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact James Armstrong.


UV Splash Run

WSU's Beta-Xi Chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma will host the UV Splash 5K Walk/Run at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, at the Prairie Island Kiwanis Shelter.

All proceeds will go to Winona Volunteer Services.

Participants will be sprayed with paint and will run under black lights throughout the course. There will be a concert by My Grandma's Cardigan at the end of the race.

Register online. Sign up as an individual for $40, start or join a team for $35, or sign up a family for a discounted price of $20-28 per person. Prices increase on same-day registration. Participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item donation to the event.

Packet pick-up begins at 6:30 p.m. with heats starting at 8 p.m.

All ages welcome. Dress in white.

For more information, contact Winona Color Dash.


Spruce Up Winona

Spruce Up Winona is Saturday, April 18. It is an annual spring event where students volunteer and engage with the Winona community. We assist with spring cleaning, painting, yard work, and more. Students receive no tools or equipment so please provide all needed materials for your task.

For more information, contact Anna Waechter at 507-457-7268.


Earth Day 2015 Celebration

Winona State University will partner in the Winona Earth Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18.

Many events will be held on the WSU campus, including tours of the WSU Sustainability House, Chalk ON! Drawing Competition, Youth Bike Rodeo, Valet Bike Parking and tunes ups with Live Well Winona and much more.

For the full schedule of events, visit the Winona Earth Day website.


Earth Day Bike Rodeo

WSU's Inclusion and Diversity SILCC Mentoring Program and Winona Healthy Kids Club will host the Earth Day Bike Rodeo between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in front of the Sustainability House, West 8th Street.

The Bike Rodeo is a chance to learn about and practice safe bicycling skills. There will be a bike safety inspection, a series of skills stations directly related to everyday bicycling situations, and a chance for participants to learn starting and stopping, the safe way to exit a driveway, how to look for traffic, negotiate an intersection, and avoid common road hazards.

For more information, contact Hannah Sung.


Student Health and Wellness Advocate Trivia Night

WSU's Student Health and Wellness Advocates will host a Trivia Night at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the Science Laboratory Center, room 120.

There will be eight rounds of trivia, a silent auction, and a 50/50 raffle to support the mission of the club.

The Student Health & Wellness Advocate Program is comprised of approximately 20 WSU and SE Tech students committed to promoting wellness and healthy lifestyles by modeling healthy choices to their peers. The Health & Wellness Advocates act as a resource for campus and community through educative events and presentations as well as weekly service hours conducted in The WELL, IWC 138.

Groups of eight can register for a table at the door for $72 or individually for $9.

For more information, contact Becky Germscheid.


Kaleidoscope of Cultures

WSU's International Services Office will host the 28th Annual International Dinner, "Kaleidoscope of Cultures," from 6 - 9 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in East Hall, Kryzsko Commons. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The dinner will present a variety of foods from around the world, including A Mediterranean salad, tandoori chicken from South east Asia and Biryani (pilaf) from the Middle East, Feijoada (Black Bean Stew) from South America, and Chapati bread from Africa and baklava for dessert.

Along with food, there will be different performances including a fashion show, music and other forms of entertainment, from around the world featuring WSU international students.

Tickets will be sold from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the International Services Office in room 233, Kryzsko Commons until April 17.

Ticket prices are: students with ID $12 in advance or $15 at the door, adults $15 in advance or $18 at the door, VIP access $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and $8 for children 4-12 years old.

The event is open to the public.

For more information, contact Kemale Pinar.


Pride Week: Night of Noise Masquerade

WSU's Full Spectrum Club will host Night of Noise as part of Pride Week from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 18, at Bub's Brewing Company.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.

For more information, contact Full Spectrum.


Student Recital: Maisy Charbonneau and Patrick Miller

WSU's Music Department will host a student recital with Maisy Charbonneau on piano and Patrick Miller on clarinet at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19, in the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

For more information, contact Marybeth Lenhardt.


Student Recital: Daniel Lewis

WSU's Music Department will host a student recital with Daniel Lewis on piano at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 19, in the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

For more information, contact Marybeth Lenhardt.


Healthy Monday: HIGHer Education

WSU Health and Wellness Services' Healthy Monday series will present "HIGHer Education" at 7 p.m. April 20 in IWC 138.

The Health Promotion graduate student will lead a session on marijuana and its short term memory impacts and other health concerns.

For more information, contact Health Promotion.


Money Smart Week

WSU will partner in bringing Money Smart Week to Winona.

Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to promote financial education across all age groups. Events include educational outreach sessions geared specifically toward area high school students and free public sessions held throughout the community.

Topics include understanding credit, budgeting, utilizing the FAFSA to help pay for college, and avoiding identity theft and other scams.

Attendees will be entered into drawings for prizes and giveaways at each event, including $50 VISA gift cards, a free 2015 individual tax preparation and more.

The following events are free and open to the public:

Tuesday, April 21

4-5 p.m. Understanding Credit, Krueger Library, Room 102

6-7 p.m. Don't Let Your Actions Budge It!, Krueger Library, Room 109

6:30-7:30 p.m. Utilizing FAFSA to Help Pay For Education, Krueger Library, Room 102

Wednesday, April 22

4-5 p.m. Understanding Credit, Saint Mary's University McEnery Center/Fitzgerald Library

4-5 p.m. Fast Cash, Krueger Library, Room 102

Thursday, April 23

5-6 p.m. Avoid Identity Theft and Local Scams, Winona Public Library Bell Art Room

Money Smart Week sponsors include Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union, Altra Federal Credit Union, Home Federal Savings Bank, Merchants Bank, Saint Mary's University Fitzgerald Library, Winona National Bank, Winona Police Department, Winona Public Library, WSU Business Administration Department, WSU Darrell W. Krueger Library, WSU Accounting Faculty, WSU Economics Student Organization, and WSU Student Support Services.

For more information, contact the Krueger Library at 507-457-5147.


Fitstop Tuesday: De Stress Kits

WSU Health and Wellness Services' Fitstop Tuesday series will present "De Stress Kits" at 11 a.m. April 21 near the Fitness Center entrance.

Health and Wellness student advocates will host an interactive resource table.

For more information, contact Health Promotion.


Faculty Music Recital: Daniel Friberg

WSU's Music Department will host a faculty recital with Daniel Friberg at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

For more information, contact Marybeth Lenhardt.


Blood Drive

WSU will host a blood drive with the Red Cross from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, through Friday, April 24, in East Hall, Kryzsko Commons.

Individuals are encouraged to make an appointment to donate or volunteer. Walk-ins are welcome.

Students may register online on the Red Cross website.

For more information, contact Student Senate.


Wellness Wednesday: Earth Day-Recycled Crafts

WSU Health and Wellness Services' Wellness Wednesday series will present "Earth Day-Recycled Crafts" at 3 p.m. April 22 in IWC 138.

The Public Health Club will lead a session on recycling items from your residence and turning them into a new project.

For more information, contact Health Promotion.


WSU Emergency Alert Registration

Your safety is a 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. 

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

Winona Campus

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

2. Enter your name, WSU email address and create a password

3. Enter your Star ID in the Identification Code box

4. Select your WSU email address to view your profile

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

6. 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 this time.

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


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.


Women's Volleyball Runner-Up

WSU Women's Volleyball Club placed second at the National Championships Saturday, April 11, in Kansas City, Mo.

Heather Buerman and Rachel Duehn were voted First Team All-Tournament as a middle hitter and outside hitter, respectively, and Carley Siegel was voted Honorable Mention as a libero/DS.

For more information, contact Felino Pascual.


Pre-Physician Assistant Club

Students interested in starting a Pre-Physician Assistant Club should contact Halley Purkey. A minimum of 10 students is needed.


Professor Publishes Article

Jake Hines, biology, published an article in the journal Nature Neuroscience titled "Neuronal activity biases axon selection for myelination in vivo." The findings provide the first known mechanism for how specific nerve axons are selected for insulation with myelin sheaths during neural development. Sophomore WSU Biology student A.J. Treichel assisted the study.  Hines and a group of WSU research students continue to study neural development in zebrafish larvae, supported by a research grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and equipment purchased with support from COSE, Biology, Psychology, and a WSU Foundation Special Projects grant.


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