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WSU Update

March 30, 2017


Politics & Pizza with Senator Jeremy Miller

A Christian Ministry in the National Parks

KEAP Council Candidate Forum

Lyceum Series: Andrea Jenkins

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Upcoming Events

2017 Family Fun Day and Summer Activities Fair

WSU Cheer Team Tryouts

Oratorio Chorus

WSU Hosts Analytics Competition


River Arts Writer's Workshop

Derek Bute Military Challenge Fundraiser

Bookstore Open Saturday

Join the Fall 2017 Welcome Crew

GET Funds

Ramaley Research Celebration

Students United Offering Scholarships and Asking for Student Input

Extra-Curricular Activities

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Faculty/Staff Development

Tom Grier

Politics & Pizza with Senator Jeremy Miller

Students United are sponsoring Politics & Pizza with Senator Jeremy Miller at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in Minné 111. 

Senator Miller is coming to campus to talk about his time as a board member, committee chair and tell us about the current MN legislature. Grab some free pizza and connect with one of the most influential and active senators, raised right in Winona.  ​

For more information contact Mandi Davidson.


WSU Hosts Analytics Competition

Winona State University will host the Midwest Undergraduate Data Analytics Competition (MUDAC) Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2, on the WSU campus. 

MUDAC participants have 24 hours to provide a data analytics solution for Aeon – a nonprofit organization from the Twin Cities that works towards providing affordable housing. 

This is the sixth year that WSU has hosted this competition.  MUDAC 2017 will include 35 teams of undergraduates from colleges and universities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois.  

"This competition continues to grow every year, " said Chris Malone, director of MUDAC.  "Students understand the importance of this work and are extremely excited to solve an analytics problem that has meaning to a nonprofit organization with such a wonderful mission."

Working professionals with substantial quantitative training serve as the judges for this competition.  MUDAC will award over $1,000 in prizes this year. 

"One goal of MUDAC is to showcase the abilities of these students who have substantial quantitative training. These students thrive on turning raw data into information," said Malone. "Every year we are so impressed with what these students come up in just 24 hours." 

For more information, email Malone at or visit


River Arts Writer's Workshop

Are you interested in honing your creative writing skills? River Arts Alliance is sponsoring the River Arts Writer's Workshop from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8 at Winona State University. 

There are four sessions: Creative Non-Fiction with Professor Debra Cumberland; Fiction with local Novelist Kathy Peterson; Poetry with Winona's Poet Laureate, Ken McCullough; and Playwriting with Professor Judy Myers. Participants will be able to choose two of the four sessions.

Go to the River Arts Alliance website,, for more information and to register. Workshop fees are $20.00 for members, $30.00 for non-members. Students may register for free. For the benefit of the participants, class sizes are limited to 25. Enroll early to ensure that space is available. This event is made possible from a generous donation from the Great River Review.

Contact Vicki Englich at or 454-1215 if you have questions. 


KEAP Council Candidate Forum

KEAP Council and Inclusion & Diversity Office are sponsoring KEAP Council Candidate Forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in the PAC Auditorium. 

This will be an opportunity for students to engage with the candidates who will be running for executive positions on Student Senate and potentially representing them.​ 

For more information contact Nasro Abbas.


Bookstore Open Saturday

The Bookstore will be open 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, April 1.

This is the last Saturday the Bookstore will be open until Fall semester.  

For more information contact WSU Bookstore.


Join the Fall 2017 Welcome Crew

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to volunteer for the Fall 2017 Welcome Crew.  Welcome Crew volunteers will welcome and assist new students moving into the residence halls on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt. 

Click here to sign up.

For more information contact Candice Guenther.


GET Funds

WSU is transitioning from Manage My ID to GET Funds this week, all Purple Pass users you will want to register for a new GET Funds account. Once created, all of your patron history will follow over to your new account.

Here is the link to register for a new GET Funds account. 

GET Funds allows you to deposit money to your Purple Pass account and tracks all Purple Pass transactions, Meal Plans and Kryzsko Cash.   Some of the features are:  Account balances, Patron history, including six months of your card transactions organized by month, built in security, users can reset their own passwords, if you lose your card you can report it lost, which locks your card so no one can access your funds.  I you find your card you can report it found, which re-activates your card for use again.   GET Funds is very user friendly and simple to use.  One of the new features is you can download a FREE App from your smartphone called GET Funds and you will have same information on your cell phone as your online account, with the convenience of being portable.  As a GET Funds user you have access to your account 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. 

GET Funds has Guest deposits too, which is a one-time deposit to someone's Purple Pass account.  You will need to know their Warrior ID number and this can be used by Students, Parents, Guests, Friends, Faculty, Staff, and Retirees.   If you would like to send someone a TREAT, Thank You, Recognize an Accomplishment, Holiday, Special Day, Birthday, or for whatever you prefer, you can give a gift of Purple Pass to someone.   This is quick and simple transaction to complete. 

If you need assistance with setup, help, or questions, please e-mail us at: or call us at: 457-2480 or visit Maxwell 227, office hours are: 8:00am to 4:30pm and we are located just to the right of the Warrior Hub area.  


Students United Offering Scholarships

Students United is offering a range of scholarships for students, with applications due April 1st. To find the applications and criteria, visit

Additionally, Students United will meet for April Delegates and wants the input of students to bring to the board of directors on what issues to challenge next year. Take this quick survey to comment on the issues you think are facing Winona State and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

Students United is the organization on campus that advocates on the bahalf of students to MNSCU and the state government on issues such as inclusion, retention, student health resources and affordability, and is always excited to give its scholarships each year to help more students with some financial relief​. 

For more information contact Mandi Davidson.


Grier Gives Presentation in Frozen River Film Festival

Tom Grier, Mass Communication, was an invited guest lecturer at Linfield College, McMinnVille, Oregon, in March 2017. Grier made a presentation on advanced information gathering and interviewing to a journalism class. Grier also made a public presentation on the history and success of the Navajo Oral History Project he directed from 2005-2015 through WSU's Mass Communication Department in collaboration with Diné College of the Navajo Nation. This presentation was sponsored by the Linfield College Departments of Mass Communication and Modern Languages.


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