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WSU Update

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


TODAY

Easter Basket Sign-up

Registration Deadline for the Wilderness First Responder Recertification Course

Land Ethic Leadership Seminar Registration Deadline

Unspeakable Art Installation, Maxwell Lobby

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Senior Show: Attach, Paul Watkins Gallery

9 a.m. Dedicated Logistics Services Open Interviews, Maxwell 314

3 p.m. Wellness Wednesday: Tackling Mt. Stressmore, IWC 138

4 p.m. Senior Show: Attach: Exhibitor Talk, SLC 120

5 - 7 p.m. Senior Show: Attach: Exhibitor Reception, Paul Watkins Gallery

7 p.m. Full Spectrum Club Meeting, Minne 238

7 p.m. CLASP: Harnessing the Power of Ebola Virus, Stark 103, ST 116

View the complete WSU Events Calendar


Upcoming Events

April 2, Save the Boundary Waters Bike Tour

April 3, No Classes: Spring Break Day

April 3, Softball vs. Minnesota, Duluth

April 3, Softball vs. Minnesota, Duluth

April 4, Softball vs. St. Cloud State

April 4, Softball vs. St. Cloud State

April 6, Registration Deadline for Wilderness First Responder Certification

April 6, Senior Show: Let's Get Personal

April 6, Jazz Combos Concert

April 6, Healthy Monday: Gender Identity


Announcements

Spring Break Day Update Deadline

Commencement Speaker Announced

New Nap Room at WSU

WSU Announces Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Life

Charting the Future Gallery Walk Recap

Tree Campus USA

WSU Gifted Laird Norton Building

Extra-Curricular Activities

Recovery Warrior Support Group

News

WSU-Xcel Award

Character finds courage to leave in Winona author's third novel

Winona State slam dunks collegiate Green challenge

WSU rock climbing wall opening this month

WSU restores arboretum

Faculty/Staff Development

Linda Smith

Nicole Weydt


Easter Basket Hunt

Sign up to win an Easter Basket, which will be filled with candy, T-shirts, water bottles, and Purple Pass and Bookstore gift cards. Locations are listed on the WSU Digital Boards and Flyers around campus. Winners will be chosen at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 1One basket per student.

The Easter Egg and Basket Hunt is sponsored by Campus Card/Purple Pass, Chartwells Dining Services, and the WSU Bookstore.

For more information, contact Sue Groth at 507-457-2480.

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Registration Deadline - Wilderness First Responder Recertification Course

WSU's Outreach and Continuing Education Department will hold a Wilderness First Responder Course May 12-21. The registration deadline is April 6 for the full certification course and today, April 1, for the recertification course.

This course is a nationally recognized program that trains participants to respond to emergencies in remote settings. The 80-hour curriculum includes standards for urban and extended care situations. Special topics include wound and infection management, realigning fractures and dislocations, improvised splinting techniques, patient monitoring and up-to-date information on all environmental emergencies.

Course participants will spend time completing practical skills and examining case studies and scenarios to challenge decision-making abilities. Adult and child CPR is included in this course.

After successful completion of this course, participants will be certified as Wilderness First Responders by the Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School.

For those already holding a Wilderness First Responder certification, WSU will also offer a recertification course May 8-10.

Space is limited for both courses.

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Land Ethic Leadership Seminar Registration Deadline

Registration for the Land Ethic Leadership Seminar is due today, April 1.

The seminar is a non-credit seminar designed to build commitment, connection, and community back into environmental work. The day-long program is open to the public and will introduce registered participants to Aldo Leopold's vision of the "land ethic" and how we can become land ethic leaders. Jennifer Kobylecky, Education Director of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, will facilitate the program with presentations, discussions, individual reflection, and interactive exercises. The seminar will take place on the Cal Fremling, WSU's new floating classroom, and the WSU campus.

Advance registration is required and only $89 due to WSU grant funding. Scheduled as part of Arbor Day observances, the seminar is also endorsed by the WSU Arboretum and Land Stewardship Committee. The seminar is offered by WSU Outreach and Continuing Education, in partnership with the Aldo Leopold Foundation.

For more information, contact Tina Krause at 507-457-5080.

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Senior Show: Attach

WSU's Art Department will host the Senior Show Attach through Friday, April 3, in the Paul Watkins Gallery.

The exhibitors are Gabi Hale, Kelsey Etter, Drake Pozanc, Sonja Slater, and Andrew Betzolt.

An Exhibitor talk will be from 4 to 5 p.m. today, April 1, in the Science Laboratory center, room 120. A reception will follow from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Paul Watkins Gallery.

For more information, contact Kathy Peterson.

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Dedicated Logistics Services Open Interviews Sign up Deadline

WSU Warrior Success Center will host Dedicated Logistics Services to conduct interviews for its Logistics Specialist and Inside Sales Representative Positions at 9 a.m. today, April 1, in Maxwell 314.

For more information, contact the Warrior Success Center.

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Wellness Wednesday: Tackling Mt. Stressmore

WSU Health and Wellness Services' Wellness Wednesday series will present "Tackling Mt. Stressmore" at 3 p.m. April 1 in IWC 138.

The Health and Wellness advocates will discuss possible stressors and ways to manage stress while still enjoying college.

For more information, contact Health Promotion.

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Full Spectrum Club Meeting

WSU's Full Spectrum Club will meet at 7 p.m. today, April 1, in Minne 238.

The meeting will discuss a Pride Floor, Gay News with Garret, and a game.

For more information, contact Full Spectrum.

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CLASP: Harnessing the Power of Ebola Virus

WSU's C.L.A.S.P. Series will host Osvaldo Martinez, presenting "Harnessing the Power of Ebola Virus: Developing Enhanced Vaccines" at 7 p.m. today, April 1, in Stark 103, Rochester ITV in ST 116.

The seminar will outline some of the general biology of Ebola virus infection including viral transmission as well as how the virus targets and deregulates the immune system. Martinez will discuss how, through understanding the way the Ebola virus targets our immune system cells, we can develop better vaccines, not just against Ebola virus, but many other potential pathogens. 

For more information, contact Matthew Bosworth.

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Save the Boundary Waters Bike Tour

WSU's Environmental Club, in conjunction with the Sustainable Futures University Theme, will sponsor the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters Bike Tour. There will be a send off from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at the Alumni Gazebo.

Three riders will pedal across the state from Winona to Ely, Minn., pulling a Wenonah canoe to support the effort of protecting the Boundary Waters from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining. 

For more information, contact Save the Boundary Waters.

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Senior Show: Let's Get Personal

WSU's Art Department will host the Senior Show Let's Get Personal Monday, April 6, through Friday, April 10, in the Paul Watkins Gallery.

The exhibitors are Tubbs, Sandy Kong, Justin PW, Kathleen Crum, and Adrian Horsfall.

An Exhibitor talk will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in the Science Laboratory center, room 120. A reception will follow from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Paul Watkins Gallery.

For more information, contact Kathy Peterson.

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Jazz Combos Concert

WSU's Music Department will host a Jazz Combos concert, directed by Larry Price, Ray Dretske, and Rich MacDonald, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 6, on the Smaug Stage, Kryzsko Commons.

For more information, contact Marybeth Lenhardt.

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Healthy Monday: Gender Identity

WSU Health and Wellness Services' Healthy Monday series will present "Gender Identity" at 7 p.m. April 6 in IWC 138.

Full Spectrum will host an interactive panel on gender identity and its relation to mental health.

For more information, contact Health Promotion

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Commencement Speaker Announced

Former cast member of "The Bachelor" Courtney Robertson will be featured as WSU's Spring 2015 Commencement Speaker.

Since her 2012 debut on ABC's "The Bachelor," Robertson has been a successful model and author, publishing her first book, I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain last year. She also continues to participate in "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" events.

In her speech, Robertson will discuss her drive for success, her commitment to her goals, and her strength in the face of opposition. She hopes to inspire the Class of 2015 to forge forward on their own paths with the same unapologetic authenticity that built  Robertson's success.

For more information, contact the commencement speaker selection committee chairs Melissa Van Grinsven or Leah Dobihal

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New Nap Room at WSU

WSU announces plans to build the Nap Center, a state-of-the-art napping room sleep station, in Somsen Hall.

The room will be designed with multiple beds and sleepy-time remedies, including hot tea, soothing sounds, eye masks, and free ear plugs. The beds will be king-size to give even the most restless sleepers space to get comfortable, and piled high with plush pillows and cozy comforters. Stuffed animals-- from teddy bears to Pillow Pets-- are also provided, but students are welcome to bring their own.

Construction teams will begin working this summer, with hopes to open the Nap Center by next fall.

For more information or to suggest sleep station amenities, contact Web Communications.

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WSU Announces Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Life

WSU announces the appointment of Denise Lloyd McDowell to the position of Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Life, effective July 13, 2015.

As vice president, McDowell will lead enrollment management at WSU, addressing recruitment and retention, as well as access and opportunity for underserved populations. She will also direct student life services, including housing, student conduct and student wellness.

McDowell currently serves as Dean of Enrollment Management and Registrar at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Prior to this appointment, she was Director of the Student Support Services Program and Head Counselor of the Education Opportunity Center at MCC-Penn Valley Community College. Additionally, McDowell served as an Assistant Director/Program Counselor with Emporia State University. She holds a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University, a master's degree in counseling from University of Central Missouri, and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Lincoln University.

For more information, call the WSU Communications Office at 507-457-5024.

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Update Deadline

WSU Update will not be published Friday, April 3. Submissions for the Monday, April 6, edition of Update must be received by noon Thursday, April 2. 

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Charting the Future Gallery Walk Recap

WSU's Charting the Future Gallery Walk on March 24 welcomed 54 people to learn about the Charting the Future teams and to respond to initial ideas. Participants are encouraged to return their feedback books in the Student Life and Development Office in Kryzsko 234.

The information featured at the Gallery Walk can be found online. Additional feedback can also be shared through an online survey.

For more information, contact the Communications Office at 507-457-5024.

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Tree Campus USA

Winona State University has earned recognition as a 2014 Tree Campus USA from The National Arbor Day Foundation.

Tree Campus USA is a national program that honors colleges and universities for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and employees in conservation efforts.

To earn the designation, WSU had to meet five core standards for effective campus forest management: a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for the campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project.

WSU is the only four-year university in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System to receive this designation.

Learn more about WSU's Arboretum by downloading at the WSU Mobile application

For more information, contact Gerald Landby, Landscape Services and Arboretum Director, at 507-457-2719.

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WSU Gifted Laird Norton Building

The Laird Norton Company's gift to Winona State University has been formally approved by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees.

The Laird Norton Company approached WSU about assuming ownership of the property at 125 West Fifth Street for educational and public purposes. The 30,000-square-foot facility, which features a two-story atrium and a full basement, will be used to house offices and studios for the WSU Department of Art and Graphic Design, along with galleries for the exhibition of student and faculty art, art owned by the WSU Foundation, and community art.

"The Laird Norton Company is proud to donate this historically significant building to Winona State University, so it will remain a vibrant part of the community for generations to come," said Jeffery S. Vincent, Chief Executive Officer, Laird Norton Company, LLC.

The building was constructed in 1916 as a corporate office headquarters for the Laird Norton Company, one of the early lumber firms established in the City of Winona. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in July 2014, in recognition of its role in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering and culture.

For more information, call the WSU Communications Office at 507-457-5024.

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Recovery Warrior Support Group

WSU's Recovery Warrior Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at the Lutheran Campus Center.

The support group is for any form of recovery and meets every Thursday. All are welcome.

For more information, contact Michael Forsythe.

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Professor Presents at Educator Summit

Linda Smith, nursing, presented "Community Simulation" at Simulation: A Real Learning Experience at the annual Nurse Educator Summit in March in La Crosse, Wis. This summit is sponsored through the La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium.

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Professor Presents at Educator Summit

Nicole Weydt, nursing, presented "Simulation 101" at Simulation: A Real Learning Experience at the annual Nurse Educator Summit in March in La Crosse, Wis. This summit is sponsored through the La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium.

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Contact Us

The WSU Update is a weekly campus news publication produced by the University Communication Office and e-mailed Monday through Friday. The editor is Andrea Northam. Assistant editor is Abby Peschges. Material may be submitted for consideration via e-mail to: wsuupdate@winona.edu.

WSU Update submissions should include the following information: event title, university sponsor, date, time, place (including address for off-campus events) and a contact name with a WSU e-mail address. The editors may delay publishing announcements as necessary, although events are typically posted three days prior to the event date. Submissions are due by noon, the business day prior to publication.

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About Winona State University

Winona State University's Mission Statement: "A Community of Learners Improving Our World."

Winona State University is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. WSU is an Affirmative Action, Title IX, Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. Employment opportunities at WSU (classified and unclassified vacancies) can be viewed at: http://www.winona.edu/affirmaction.

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