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WSU Update

September 12-14, 2014


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

Friday, 1:30 p.m. Dakota Nation Drum Circle, Alumni Gazebo

Friday, 2:30 p.m. Dakota Seed Exchange, SLC Atrium

Friday, 6 p.m. Greek Recruitment Meeting, Greek Council Office

Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Floating Library, East Lake Winona

Saturday, 1 p.m. Football vs. University of Mary, Verizon Wireless Stadium

Saturday, 5 - 8 p.m. Islamic Center Dinner Fundraiser, First Congregational Church

Sunday, 11 a.m. Soccer vs. Emporia State, Verizon Wireless Stadium

Sunday, 3 p.m. Cycling Club Meeting, Alumni Gazebo

View the complete WSU Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

Sept. 15, Family Weekend 5K Registration Deadline

Sept. 15, Ecuador Travel Study Informational Meeting

Sept. 15, Healthy Monday: Be a Party Pro

Sept. 16, Student Senate Applications Due

Sept. 16, Fitstop Tuesday: Frisky Not Risky Safe Sex Kits

Sept. 16, Travel Abroad Fair

Sept. 16, Optional Practical Training Workshop

Sept. 16, Lyceum Lecture: Filibuster in the U.S. Senate

Sept. 16, Volleyball vs. Upper Iowa

Sept. 17, Wednesdays With Winston

Sept. 17, Wellness Wednesday: Your Life, Your Money

Sept. 17, Hispanic Heritage Month: Juan Pacheco


Safety Reminders on Hwy 14

Special Projects Application Deadline

Instagram Contest

Warriors L.E.A.D. Program

Win $50 for Homecoming T-Shirt Design

Charting the Future Diversity Implementation Team

Extra-Curricular Activities

Public Health Club Meeting

Active Minds Club Meeting


WSU Ranked

Head to a Winona library this weekend

A river ride back in time

WSU receives another Green award

How is college financial aid figured?

Faculty/Staff Development

Jana Craft

Gerald Landby

Shannon Merchlewitz

Andrea Wood

Winona-Dakota Alliance Homecoming

WSU and Dakota Ho-Chunk Nation come together for "We Are All Relatives" as part of the 2014-2015 University Theme "Sustainable Futures."

WSU will host the Dakota Nation drum circle at 1:30 p.m. today, Sept. 12, at the WSU Alumni Gazebo. At 2:30 p.m. an exchange of sacred seeds will take place, featuring Native American elders, WSU President Scott Olson, and Winona Mayor Mark Peterson. The Seed Exchange has been relocated to the Science Learning Center Atrium.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Joan Francioni.



WSU's Delta Phi Epsilon and Sigma Sigma Sigma will hold recruitment meetings at 6 p.m. today, Sept. 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.


The Floating Library Project

WSU's Art Department will sponsor The Floating Library Project 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, by the Lake Lodge on East Lake Winona.

The event is an experimental art project that allows individuals to check out a selection of artists' books, objects, and other printed materials to use while on the water.

The floating library is designed to be accessed by boats. The Lake Lodge will offer boat rentals.

For more information, visit the Facebook page or contact Kjellgren Alkire.


Islamic Center Dinner Fundraiser

WSU's Bangladesh Student Association will hold a chicken curry dinner fundraiser for the Winona Islamic Center from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the First Congregational Church, 161 West Broadway.

The fundraiser is to help the center replace the building lost in the fire on Sept. 13, 2014.

Tickets are $10. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Cathy Jo Faruque.


Cycling Club Meeting

WSU's Cycling Club will meet at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Alumni Gazebo.

There will be an optional ride after the meeting.

For more information, contact Adam Kazilsky.


Family Weekend 5K Run/Walk for the Well of it

WSU's Student Health & Wellness Advocates will host the 4th annual Family Weekend 5k Run/Walk for the Well of It at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Lions Pavilion, East Lake Park.

Proceeds from the race support the student advocates' health and wellness activities on campus.

Pre-registration ends Monday, Sept. 15. Forms can be downloaded and turned in to the Integrated Wellness Complex Fitness Center desk or by mail to Health & Wellness Services, 175 West Mark Street, Winona, MN 55987. Day of the race registration begins at 8 a.m. without a guarantee of a race t-shirt.

For more information, contact Race Chair Ally Wadewitz or Health & Wellness Promotions Coordinator Kate Hansen at 507-457-5619.


Ecuador Travel Study Informational Meeting

WSU's Global Studies 350 Travel Study to Ecuador will have an informational meeting at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, in Minne 241.

The travel study is from Dec. 29 to Jan. 8. Students will visit civil society organizations in northwest cloud forests to see how citizens manage sustainable development and enhance ecological livelihoods.  Students will be engaged civically as they assist in a reforestation service-learning project and see how fair trade coffee is grown. Students will also be able to hike through primary forests in the Junín Community Reserve to three canyons' stunning waterfalls and learn why biodiversity matters. The group will visit Otavalo, where native Kichwas operate the largest handicraft market in South America and visit the Quito's Colonial City, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

It is worth three credits and counts for global studies, Spanish, sustainability studies, or women's, gender, and sexuality studies. There is a limit of nine students.

For more information, contact Linda D'Amico or Dana Engel.



WSU Health and Wellness Services' Healthy Monday series will present "Be a Party Pro" at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 in IWC 138.

The event will offer tips, tricks, and strategies for staying on the good side of alcohol. It will also provide the tools needed to educate peers or help a friend who has had too much to drink.

This week's Healthy Monday is presented by the Health Promotion Alcohol & Other Drugs Grad Assistant.

For more information, contact Health Promotion.


Student Senate Applications Due

Applications for Student Senate are due at noon Tuesday, Sept. 16.

The following seats are open to eligible candidates:

• College of Education (1 seats)
• College of Liberal Arts (1 seat)
• College of Science and Engineering (1 seat)
• College of Nursing and Health Science (2 seats)
• Freshman Class (2 seats)
33 or fewer completed credits
• At-Large (4 seats)
• Graduate Student (1 seat)

Voting will start at noon Tuesday, Sept. 23, and end at noon on Friday, Sept. 26.

For more information, contact Student Senate Vice President Edward Conlin or stop in the Student Senate office in the lower level of Kryzsko Commons.


FITSTOP TUESDAY: Frisky Not Risky Safe Sex Kits

WSU Health and Wellness Services will hold a Fit Stop on safe sex at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in IWC 138.

This week's Fitstop Tuesday is presented by the Health and Wellness Student Advocates.

For more information, contact Health Promotion.


Travel Abroad Fair

The International Programs Office will hold a Travel Abroad Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the Student Activity Center, Kryzsko Commons.

The event will allow students to learn more about Study Abroad and Travel Study opportunities.

For more information, contact Dana Engel at 507-457-5081.


Optional Practical Training Workshop

WSU's International Services and Cultural Outreach will hold an Optional Practical Training (OPT) Workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in Dining Rooms C and D, Kryzsko Commons.

The workshop will cover the application process, employment requirements and restrictions, reporting requirements, and special considerations for traveling while on OPT.

OPT is temporary employment for practical training directly related to a student's major area of study. It provides students with an opportunity to gain employment experience for one year following completion of their program of study.

For more information, contact Ban Faris at 507-457-2767.


Lyceum Lecture: Filibuster in the U.S. Senate

The Winona State University Lyceum Series will host "Filibuster in the U.S. Senate: Dangers of Overzealous Reform" with Richard Arenberg at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in Science Laboratory Center 120.

The presentation will focus on the importance of the filibuster to the current state of the US Senate and the consequences of banning it.

Arenberg spent more than 34 years in Washington, D.C. as a senior staff member for Representative (later Senator) Paul Tsongas, Senator and Majority Leader George Mitchell, and Senator Carl Levin. He served on the Senate select committee for the Iran-Contra hearings. He was instrumental in drafting the Alaska National Interest Lands Act, perhaps the most significant piece of conservation legislation passed in the 20th century. Arenberg currently teaches in the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions at Brown University. Recently, he co-authored Defending the Filibuster: The Soul of the Senate, which was named "Book of the Year in Political Science" by Foreword Reviews Magazine.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Rill Reuter.



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.


Wellness Wednesday: Your Life, Your Money

WSU Health and Wellness Services' Wellness Wednesday series "Your Life, Your Money" at 3 p.m. today, Sept. 17, in IWC 138.

The event will offer information and tips about money management, creative ways to save money, and creating an individualized budget.

For more information, contact Health Promotion.


Hispanic Heritage Month: Juan Pacheco

WSU's Inclusion & Diversity office will host speaker Juan Pacheco at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in East Hall, Kryzsko Commons as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Pacheco is the East coast representative for Barrios Unidos, a youth violence prevention/intervention and community awareness organization.

For more information, contact Alex Hines.


Highway 14 re-opened; Safety Reminders Published

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has re-opened Highway 14 in Winona near Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

A damaged pedestrian bridge over Highway 14 was removed Tuesday, Sept. 9. Crews spent Wednesday morning establishing a marked crosswalk that is accompanied with flashing warning signs on the east side of Whispering Lane.

MnDOT has established a signed and marked crosswalk for pedestrians east of Whispering Lane. Messaging signs will alert motorists approaching the new crosswalk of the change and crosswalk signs will be equipped with flashers to further alert motorists. Additionally, traffic barrels and other devices will be placed on the roadway and shoulder areas for pedestrian paths.

For full safety reminders, read the MnDOT announcement here.


WSU Foundation's Special Projects Deadline

Applications for WSU Foundation Special Projects are due Oct. 31, with presentations Nov. 18.

WSU Foundation grants approximately $75,000 each year to special project applications pursued by faculty or staff at the university. The object of the awards is to provide financial support for projects that bring innovation and acclaim to the University.

The Foundation will offer two rounds of applications this year. The next application deadline will be March 19, 2015.

For more information, contact Jennifer Hoffman at 507-457-2966.


Instagram Contest: What Couldn't You Leave Home Without?

WSU wants to know what students can't leave home without. Instagram a picture of that beloved item with the hashtag #WSUmusthave. The snapshots will be added to WSU's Facebook album, where people will vote for their favorites. If you don't have an Instagram, email Web Communications with the picture and a brief description.

Facebook voting will begin Thursday, Sept. 18.



Registration is now available for the Warriors L.E.A.D. Series, the WSU student leadership development program. All programs within the series are offered each semester at no cost. Applications for all three programs are due Sept. 17.

Series programs include:

-Emerging Warriors is open to all students who want to enhance their personal leadership by exploring emotionally intelligent leadership. This program includes an excursion with the Outdoor Education and Recreation Program. Meetings take place from 3:30-5 p.m. on three Thursdays along with a retreat Oct. 10-11.

-Developing Warriors is open to current and future club/organization leaders who want to improve their skills/knowledge in leading peers in an organization. This program will take place from 3:30-5 p.m. on eight Tuesdays.

-Advancing Warriors is open to juniors and seniors (or students who have completed the other two programs) who want to learn how to apply best practices in leadership beyond the university setting. This program includes an excursion with the Outdoor Education and Recreation Program. Meetings take place from 3:30-5 p.m. on three Mondays along with a retreat Oct. 3-4.

For registration information, visit Warriors L.E.A.D Series.



Submissions are being accepted for the 2014 WSU Homecoming t-shirt. The winning designer will receive $50.

Designs should incorporate WSU and the "WSU Warriors Are Out of This World" Homecoming theme; not contain any copyrighted images, slogans, or material; and not have any visual or inherent references to drugs, alcohol, or associated activities.

Further information and a submission form can be found on the Student Activities Homepage.

Submissions are due Monday, Sept. 15.

For more information, contact Tracy Rahim.


Charting the Future Diversity 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 Diversity Team is working to better understand and define the barriers that diverse and underrepresented students encounter and understand what can be done to eradicate those barriers.

Meet the members of the Diversity Team.


Active Minds Club Meeting

WSU's Active Minds club will have a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in IWC 145.

Active Minds aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues and create a comfortable environment for an open conversation about mental health issues on campuses nationwide.

For more information, contact Gretchen Haga.


Public Health Club Meeting

WSU's Public Health Club will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Maxwell 259.

The Winona State University Public Health Club is focused on improving the health status and awareness of our campus and surrounding community.

For more information, contact Katelyn Dreblow.


Professor Presents Lecture

Jana Craft, business, will present the lecture "Why They Buy" at noon Tuesday, Sept. 16, as part of the Lunchtime Learning Series offered through the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce.

The cost is $15 and includes lunch. For more information or to register visit the Chamber of Commerce website.


WSU Appoints Landscape Services & Arboretum Director

Gerald Landby, facilities, started as WSU's Landscape Services & Arboretum Director on Sept. 2.


WSU appoints master of reocrd for electrical

Shannon Merchlewitz, facilities, started as WSU's Master of Record for Electrical in August.


Professor Co-edits book

Andrea Wood, English, co-edited the book "Unnatural Reproductions and Monstrosity: The Birth of the Monster in Literature, Film, and Media," which was published by Cambria Press. Wood also wrote the chapter "Failed Futurity: Reproductive Anxieties, Undead Children, and Queering Survival in Apocalyptic Zombie Films" in the book.


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