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WSU Update

July 23-29, 2014


July 23, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. International Skype Welcome

July 25, WSU Alumni Event At Target Field, Minneapolis, Minn.

July 25, 2 p.m. International Coffee Hour, Kryzsko Commons

July 28, 7 p.m. New Play Monday: "Goats," History Masonic Theatre

July 29, 7 p.m. Callithump Fundraiser For GRSF, Performing Arts Center

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Upcoming Events

Save The Date: All-U Fall Picnic

Register For The Scholarship Golf Outing

Save The Date: 2014 Wellness Exchange


Senior Linebacker Nominated For Award

University Theme: Sustainable Futures

Extra-Curricular Activities

There are no Extra-Curricular Activities today.


In 'Hamlet,' GRSF actor tackles death, spirituality--and lots of judgment

'Getting back more than you give': Winona's Vicki Decker models volunteerism

Misato student ambassador returns to attend WSU

An 'eclectic identity': Beethoven is back with wide variety of performers

Faculty/Staff Development

James Schul

Julie Ponto

International Skype Welcome

International Services will host the International Skype Welcome for incoming international students 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, July 23.

Students have a chance to ask last minute questions before departing for WSU via Skype instant message. To participate, add WSU_Internation_Admissions on Skype.

For more information, contact Alisha Syrmopoulos.


New Play Monday: "Goats"

WSU professor emeritus Emilio DeGrazia's full-length drama "Goats" will be the featured work for the New Play Monday program at 7 p.m. Monday, July 28, at the Historic Masonic Theatre, 255 Main Street.

"Goats" is an exploration of the link between the Greek word "tragados" that refers to both "goats" and "tragedy." The story focuses on a small town murder.

The New Play Monday program is sponsored by Theatre du Mississippi and provides a live reading of new works by regional playwrights. Readings are test runs that provide writers, directors, and audience members opportunities to develop scripts. Audience participation is encouraged.
This event is open to the public.

For more information, contact Emilio DeGrazia.


Register For The Scholarship Golf Outing

The 12th annual Winona State University Miller Brothers School of Engineering Scholarship Golf Outing and Banquet will take place Thursday, Sept. 11, at Cedar Valley Golf Course.

Lunch will be at noon, followed by a 1 p.m. shotgun start for the 18-Hole Scramble. Social hour will be at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m.

Cost is $600 for four participants. Entry fee includes carts, green fees, lunch and dinner for all participants. A social hour/dinner-only option is available for $40.

Proceeds benefit the Composite Materials Engineering scholarship fund for the Miller Brothers' School of Engineering at WSU. Winona State has the only undergraduate program in composite materials in the nation.

The deadline to RSVP is Friday, Aug. 29.

The event is sponsored by the WSU Alumni Office, Winona Area Composites Consortium and The 7 Rivers Alliance.

For more information contact the WSU Alumni Office at 1-800-342-5978 ext. 5027 or register at the WSU Alumni webpage.


2014-15 University Theme: Sustainable futures

Winona State University announces "Sustainable Futures" as the 2014-15 University Theme.

The theme programming is designed to instill confidence in students, faculty, staff and citizens as to what sustainability means as well as why it's important as a goal on campus, in the community, within our society and throughout the world. The theme brings natural and social sciences together with communicative arts and real-world experiences to create integrated and practical learning environments that contribute to community improvement in significant and visible ways, and extends learning opportunities beyond lecture halls and involves younger students and adult populations in projects that enhance resilience.

For more information on Sustainable Futures, contact Joan Francioni.


Professor Receives Education Grant

James Schul, Education, has received a Teaching with Primary Sources Midwest Region grant to fund the "Fostering Historical Thinking and Imagination through Primary Source Instruction" project beginning in the summer of 2015.

The project will consist of six workshops designed to instruct participants on how to navigate the Library of Congress website and how to teach historical inquiry through written documents, political cartoons, audio clips and desktop documentary making. The program also will facilitate the design of lesson plans and provide teachers with a web-based resource.

For more information, contact James Schul.


WSU Professor Receives Nursing Certification

Julie Ponto, Nursing has received certification as an Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist. Ponto is the first Advanced Practice Nurse in the state to receive the national certification, which recognizes individual's expertise in the care of patients from adolescence through older adulthood.

For more information, contact Julie Ponto.


Senior Linebacker Nominated For Award

WSU football senior linebacker Ryan Gerts has been nominated for the 2014 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team.

This prestigious award recognizes players whose charitable involvement and community service contributions stand out among all other student-athletes participating in the sport while maintaining strong academic standing.

"Simply put, Ryan totally embodies what a student-athlete is all about.  From his willingness to reach out to the community to his selfless heart, his impact on the Winona community is pretty substantial"," said co-defensive coordinator David Braun.

The Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams were established in 1992 by the College Football Association, recognizing the extra efforts made by college football players and student support staff off the field.  AFCA became the governing body of the award in 1997 and continues to honor college football players who go the extra mile for those in need.

For more information, contact Corey Prudoehl.


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