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WSU Update

Oct. 28-30, 2016


Oct. 29, John Paulson Big Band Performance

Oct. 29, Chi Alpha Costume Party

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Upcoming Events

Oct. 31, Bookstore Pumpkin Carving Contest

Nov. 1, Business Week: Accounting, Finance and Economic Day

Nov. 1, Diabetes Expo

Nov. 1, Japan Club 2nd Lunch Bento Box Event

Nov. 1, International Services Hosts International Coffee Hour

Nov. 1, Breaking Myths: Sexual Assault


WSU hosts Empty Bowls

#WSU Fall Cover Photo Contest

New Online Advising at WSU

Krueger Library Launches Athenaeum Podcast

Bookstore Pumpkin Carving Contest

English Department Hosts Second Winona Prize Competition

Halloween in the Halls

Upcoming Star Alert Test

Reusable Water Bottle Photo Entry

Free Application Week at WSU

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John Paulson Big Band Performance

John Paulson's big band returns to Winona for a jazz performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday Oct. 29 at Wellington's Pub and Grill. 

They will be performing two sets of all original music by tenor saxophonist, composer and musical director Dr. John Paulson. The group includes some of the best jazz players and teachers in the region and highlights their exceptional soloing skills. This year the band played at the Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing, MN and at the Jazz Educators' national convention in Louisville, KY. Paulson taught jazz and woodwinds at Saint Mary's University for over 30 years and he is currently an adjunct instructor at Winona State University.

 There is no cover charge for the concert but contributions will be welcome to offset expenses. 

Arrive early because seating will be limited. 

Wellingtons is located at 1429 W Service Dr. in Winona. Phone 507.452.2103 

Or go online to or for more information.   


Chi Alpha Costume Party

Chi Alpha Campus Ministries is hosting a costume party from 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Edge Church at the corner of 8th and Main St. 

This is event is free and open to all students. 

There will be free food, games, and a dance party. There will also be a photo booth so be creative with your costumes. 

For more information contact Kayla Brisbin.


Bookstore Pumpkin Carving Contest

The Bookstore is sponsoring a pumpkin carving contest on Monday, Oct. 31, at the WSU bookstore, Kryzsko Commons.  

Participants must drop off a carved pumpkin at the WSU Bookstore by 10 a.m. on Halloween Day. Voting will be from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Pumpkins MUST be carved. 

1st place: $75 gift card. 2nd place: $50 gift card. 3rd place: $25 gift card. 

Votes will be tallied at 3 p.m. with winners announced shortly after. 

For more information contact the WSU bookstore


Business Week: Accounting, Finance and Economic Day

Business Week is an event put on by the College of Business and Delta Sigma Pi. The goal for this week is to allow students to interact with business professionals, to learn, grow, and network from them while trying to create new opportunities for students and for area businesses.

The events for the day are as follows:

·        Breakfast in Engagement Center 8-11 a.m.

·        Business Professionals Open House In Engagement Center 12-1:30 p.m.

o    Roree Carbaugh- Thrivent Financial

o    Karla Pronschinske- Hal Leonard Corporation

o    Derek Horvath- Wincraft

All of the professionals speaking at the open house are in the accounting field.

·        Interview Techniques Workshop in Somsen 321 4-5 p.m.

o    Gabe Christianson- Northwestern Mutual

For more information contact Alyssa Pronschinske.


Diabetes Expo

WSU nursing students are sponsoring a Diabetes Expo from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 at Winona Public Library.  

Attendees will learn about Type II Diabetes with Winona State University nursing students.

For more information contact Amy Koehler


Japan Club Hosts Lunch Bento Box Event

Experience Japanese Cuisine at Winona State University Japan Club's second Lunch Bento Box event from 11 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, in Dining Room B, Kryzsko Commons.

Bento is a common Japanese cuisine, single-portion takeout or home-packed meal. Bento boxes will be takeout style and available for pickup anytime between the event.

Tickets are $5 each in advance and $7 on the day of the event at the door. Tickets are available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday this week, in the lower hyphen of Kryszko Commons. Tickets are also available through contact with Japan Club President Risa Muroya.

The menu includes Japanese Chicken Curry, Octopus-looking Turkey Sausages, Honey-glazed Sweet Potatoes.

For the vegetarian menu, which does not include sausages, contact Muroya before Friday, Oct. 28.

For more information, contact Muroya.


International Services Hosts International Coffee Hour

Winona State University's International Services will host the second installment of its International Coffee Hour at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the upper hyphen in Kryzsko Commons.

This event aims to bring students, faculty, staff and community members together in a casual gathering to enjoy conversation, coffee and snacks, while gaining knowledge about global engagement.

International Services will also host the same event  Nov. 29.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact International Services at 507-457-5303.


Breaking Myths: Sexual Assault

Student Health and Wellness Advocates are sponsoring Breaking Myths: Sexual Assault at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 in IWC 138. 

Attendees will learn how sexual assault plagues all universities and colleges across the country and discuss how definitions and treatment of sexual assault are changing across the nation. 

For more information go online


WSU hosts Empty Bowls

Winona State University will host " Empty Bowls" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the Science Laboratory Center Atrium.

Participants of "Empty Bowls" can choose a handmade bowl and fill it with soup for lunch.

Students and local potters make stoneware bowls, and local restaurants donate soup.

The event is open to the public. Suggested donation to the Food Shelf is $10 for students and $15 for public. Cash and checks are accepted.

The WSU Art and Design Department and Ceramics classes sponsor the event.

All proceeds benefit the Winona Volunteer Services Food Shelf.

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


#WSU Fall Cover Photo Contest

WSU is home to some of the most glorious shades of yellows and reds as our campus endures fall changes. To capture and share the beautiful foliage on campus, there is a #WSUFall Cover Photo Contest!

Submit your fall campus photos and see yours potentially featured as WSU's new Facebook cover photo! To enter, post your photo to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #WSUFall by Tuesday, Nov. 1. If your privacy setting is not set to public, you can message your photo to WSU's Facebook

Voting will take place Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 2-3. The winner will be announced Friday, Nov. 4 and have their photo updated to be WSU's new cover photo!

Submit your fall campus photos and see yours potentially featured as WSU's new Facebook cover photo! The chosen photo will need to be 315px x 851px.

For more information contact Mollee Sheehan.


New Online Advising at WSU

Winona State University's Warrior Success Center now offers online academic advising. Amy Meyer and Darcie Mueller, advisors in the Warrior Success Center (WSC), were concerned that students taking online classes from home during the summer were often unable to meet with WSC advisors face-to- face due to distance from the WSU campus. To improve access and support to WSU students, the advisors created the online advising student service.

Online advising is for all students year-round, not just students taking online classes away from campus. "While we value face-to- face opportunities with students, we believe that online advising fills a very important need," Meyer said.

"Flexibility for students is the main benefit of online advising. Students have the convenience to have a personal interaction with an advisor regardless of their location," Mueller said. 

Meyer and Mueller received a Summer Session Innovation Grant to develop and launch the service. The advisors researched successful online advising practices and invited other advisors across WSU to participate in a stakeholder group. Together, the stakeholders gathered information about the key functions and benefits of online advising, and helped explore and test technology options.

The first session of online advising took place over WSU's 2016 summer session. Students met with advisors using a webcam through Adobe Connect. In the initial launch, 19 online advising appointments were completed through the Warrior Success Center and two were completed through the Nursing Department.

At the end of summer, the students who used online advising were offered a survey about their experience. All students responding to the survey stated that they were satisfied with their online advising experience, and that they would schedule future appointments online when needed, Mueller said.

For instructions on setting up an advising appointment go online.

For more information, contact Amy Meyer or Darcie Mueller.


Krueger Library Launches Athenaeum Podcast

Winona State University's Krueger Library has re-launched the successful Athenaeum speaker series as a weekly podcast. The podcast will feature different interviews, music performances, discussions and other creative work from WSU students, faculty, staff and neighbors in Southeast Minnesota.

Upcoming episodes include a recorded panel discussion, "Free Speech and Censorship in the Digital Age," and an interview with Larry Jacobs, the Director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance. The interview will explore governance, elections and teaching with Walter Mondale.

Podcasts will be posted on Wednesday afternoons until finals week and then will return each semester.

To listen to the podcast, visit here or Krueger Libraries SoundCloud

For more information, email Stewart Van CleveAllison Quam or Kendall Larson


English Department Hosts Second Prize Competition

Winona State University's English Department will offer three $1,500 prizes to students for their creative writing talents. Prizes will be given out for fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction.

Submissions are due by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 to Barb Nascak in the English Department office on the third floor of Minné Hall. Winners will be announced Feb. 1, 2017. An anonymous WSU alumnus funded the competition to encourage students in their literary and writing pursuits, while helping to support them financially.

According to the donor, "Early in life you hear about the power of words, but the more I read, the more I grew to appreciate the beauty of words. There is nothing more enjoyable than a story well told."

Manuscripts will be screened by WSU's creative writing faculty. The final judges in each genre will be visiting writers from the John S. Lucas Great River Reading Series or other accomplished authors published in the appropriate genre.

The winners will be published in WSU's Satori.

More information and guidelines can be found online.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Oness.


Halloween in the Halls

Winona State University Housing and Residence Life will host Halloween in the Halls from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at Lourdes Hall, 457 Gould St. and Prentiss-Lucas Hall, 265 W. King St.

Housing and Residence Life will provide guided trick-or- treating, allergy friendly treats, games, coloring pages and a photo booth.

This event is free and open to the community

All children must be accompanied by an adult, ages 18 or older.

For more information, contact Candice Guenther


Upcoming Star Alert Test

Your safety is our priority. The Star Alert emergency notification system allows WSU to provide critical information during an emergency event affecting the Winona campus. Star Alert is a wireless system that can provide immediate emergency communication even if computers and campus phone systems are compromised. WSU Security will be conducting a campus-wide test of the Star Alert emergency notification system within the next 7 days. 

Sign up today to receive text, email, and/or voice alerts. Registration for WSU students and employees is free, quick, and easy.

Winona Campus

Register for Star Alert online by selecting the Sign Me Up! link on the Star Alert website

Enter your name, WSU email address and create a password 

Enter your Star ID in the Identification Code box

 Select your WSU email address to view your profile

 Add your mobile phone number, personal email address, and/or your parents' contact information (you can have up to 10 additional contacts)

You will notice that you are automatically signed up to receive emergency alerts. (There is no need to select the outreach option; it will not be used at the same time.)

Manage your preferences – select the ways you would like to receive alerts. This is where you can enable text messaging (messaging rates may apply).

WSU-Rochester Campus

The RCTC Emergency alert system is available for WSU-Rochester students and employees. This system provides the same emergency communication during an emergency event affecting the Rochester campus. Register online for the Rochester Campus at Sign Me Up-Rochester!


Star Alert FAQs have been created to help with questions during the registration process. Personal information submitted through the registration process will be used only for the Star Alert system. You are free to opt out of the notification system at any time.


Reusable Water Bottle Photo Entry

The entries are in for the pictures of Warriors reusing their water bottles on the Winona State Sustainability Minor Facebook page. Vote for your favorites between now and Oct. 31.  

The pictures with the most likes will win a gift certificate to the bookstore. 


Fee Waived to Apply to WSU

Winona State University will waive application fees for students Oct. 24-31 as part of College Knowledge Month.

The regular $20 fee will be waived when registering for WSU during this time.

The event is part of a statewide effort to provide every graduating high school senior the opportunity to apply for college. During the month of October, high schools and postsecondary institutions will work together to engage with students and offer support as they go through the college application process.

For more information about admissions, visit online


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