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Thursday, April 17, 2014


11 a.m. College of Education Dean Finalist, Room 257, Maxwell Hall

11 a.m.-2 p.m. WSU Hosts Empty Bowls, Atrium, SLC

3 p.m. Anxiety Management Seminar, Room 222, IWC

5 p.m. International Club Elections, Dining Room B, Kryzsko Commons

6 p.m. Pi Sigma Epsilon: Business & Brews, Betty Jo's

6 p.m. Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Movie Night, Room 320, Somsen Hall

View the complete WSU Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

WSU Hosts Well Cafe

WSU Hosts Stress Fest

Student-Parent Dinner

WSU Holds Take Back the Night

College of Business: Servant Leadership

Dwayne Voegeli Small Group Presentation

WSU Blood Drive

WSU-Rochester CL Lindsay Computing & The Law


WSU Seeks Students For Sexual Health Focus Group

Chartwells Spring Break Day & Easter Weekend Hours

WSU Update Deadline

Extra-Curricular Activities

Become a Bike Week Volunteer


WSU professor's 'Fat Blame' book challenges war on obesity

Education Village will benefit entire region

Winona students develop software for people with dementia

WSU floating classroom to return to the Mississippi

Faculty/Staff Development

Melanie Reap

Theresa Waterbury

College of Education Dean Finalists

WSU's College of Education will host campus interviews for three dean finalists from 11 a.m.-Noon Room 257, Maxwell Hall.


Scott Page: 11 a.m.-Noon today, April 17

John Shoup: 11 a.m-Noon Thursday, April 24

Read the biographies of the finalists.

For more information, contact Robin Delong.


WSU Hosts Empty Bowls

Winona State University will hold the annual "Empty Bowls" fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, April 17, in the Science Laboratory Center Atrium.

Bowls are made by WSU ceramics students and local potters. Local restaurants donate soup and bread. In exchange for a donation to the Winona Food Shelf, participants receive a hand-crafted bowl and have it filled with soup.

All proceeds directly benefit the Winona Food Shelf.

This event is sponsored by the WSU Art Department, ceramics classes and student Mud club.

Tickets cost $10 for students, $15 for the public.

For more information, contact Anne Plummer at 507-457-5393.



WSU's Counseling and Wellness Services will offer the final part of a series on anxiety, "Changing Anxious Behaviors," at 3 p.m. today, April 17, Room 222, IWC.

No registration necessary.

For more information, contact Eunie Alsaker.


International Club Elections

WSU's International Club will hold elections for the 2014-2015 academic year at 5 p.m. today, April 17, Dining Room B, Kryzsko Commons.

All positions are open. Students are encouraged to participate in this resume builder for multicultural communication skills and event planning.

For more information, contact John Otis.



WSU's Sigma Delta Pi will present "No Eres Tú, Soy Yo: It's not you, it's me" for Spanish Movie Night at 6 p.m. today, April 17, Room 320, Somsen Hall.

For more information, contact Brandi Mayer.


College of Business: Servant Leadership

Incoming dean of the Winona State University College of Business Hamid Akbari will present "Servant Leadership: An essential style for organizing and leading civic action" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in Science Laboratory Center 120.

In his talk, Akbari will propose servant leadership as the essential style to adopt for initiating, leading and sustaining any organized civic action. He will present an overview of the theory and practice of servant leadership, including the traits often associated with it, and will highlight many examples from across different countries.

Akbari earned his Ph.D. in business administration from The Ohio State University; and his master's degree in political science, M.B.A., and bachelor of business administration from the University of Toledo.

Akbari's talk is part of the College of Business Speaker Series. The presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Charlie Opatz.


WSU Seeks Students For Sexual Health Focus Group

WSU graduate student, Shawnessy Mohawk is looking for students to participate in a focus group study investigating how digital storytelling impacts college students' sexual health attitudes and behaviors.

Digital Storytelling can be defined as a process of sharing ones' story with another in a variety of online mediums such as Winona State University Confessions Facebook page. Participation within this study will require approximately one hour of your time and there are no appreciable risk or benefits from participating this study.

Students who decide to participate will be asked to participate in a focus group discussion by voluntarily answering questions pertaining to your thoughts and knowledge about current digital storytelling and the impact on your sexual health behaviors. No identifying information will be collected. Participation is voluntary and you may refuse or withdraw participation at any time.

There will be three focus groups offered:

6 p.m. April 21, Room 138, IWC

8 p.m. April 21, Room 138, IWC

5 p.m. April 22, Room 138, IWC

If you are interested in participating or have any questions, contact Shawnessy Mohawk at 612-590-5324. Participants can also contact research advisor Robert Howman or the Human Protections Administrator Nancy Kay Person at 507-457-5519.

This project has been reviewed by the WSU Institutional Review Board for the protection of human subjects.


Chartwells Spring Break Day/Easter Weekend Hours

These dining service locations will be open during Spring Break Day and Easter weekend.

Retail: Friday April 18, only Mugby Junction in Somsen will be open. Saturday April 19, only Kafe Kryzsko will be open. Sunday April 20, Coyote Jacks and Kafe Kyrzsko will open at 5:00 p.m.

Jack Kane and Lourdes Dining Centers: Friday April 18, brunch and dinner. Saturday April 19, brunch and dinner. Sunday April 20, brunch and dinner.

Lourdes C-Store Grill: Friday April 18, not open at night. Saturday April 19, not open at night. Sunday April 20, normal hours.

For more information, contact Chad Johnson.


WSU Update Deadline

WSU Update will not publish Friday, April 18, due to Spring Break Day.

Information for the Monday, April 21, edition of Update must be submitted by Noon today, April 17.

For more information, contact WSU Update.


Become a Bike Week Volunteer

WSU's Environmental Club needs student volunteers to help with WSU's Bike Week events April 21-25.

Volunteers will help pump tires, lube chains and other small repairs.

Free t-shirts will be given to volunteers who offer at least an hour of their time.

Sign-up to volunteer. Include your name, email and shirt size.

For more information, contact Liz Reach.


Elementary Ed. Professor Completes DNR Training

Melanie Reap, elementary education, completed training with the MN Department of Natural Resources and is now a facilitator for Project Learning Tree in addition to Project WET and Project Wild.


Ed. Leadership professor Awarded Quality Matters Certificate

Theresa Waterbury, educational leadership, was awarded another Quality Matters certificate for her online courses, EL 648 Project Management. Her other QM courses include: EL642 Educational Lean Methods & Practicum, EL 649 Appreciative Coaching and EL644 Managing Change and Innovation.

Waterbury's goal is to have all core courses offered under the Organizational Leadership emphasis recognized by QM. Waterbury is committed to providing high-quality, engaging online courses to our graduate students.

Quality Matters is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to improve the quality of online teaching and learning. Waterbury's courses were reviewed by an external faculty review team and met the Quality Matters Rubric standards.

For more information, contact Robin O'Callaghan.


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