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Aug. 23, 2016


Aug. 23, Retiree Center St. Paul Saints Trip

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Upcoming Events

Aug. 24, THAD Hosts Auditions

Aug. 25, THAD Hosts Auditions

Aug. 25, History on the River Cruise: History of the Refuge

Aug. 25, Mugshots

Aug. 26, Islamic Center Fundraising Dinner


Bookstore Buybacks

Bike Rack

Athletes Honored for Academic Excellence

Star ID FAQs

Worldly Warriors Photo Contest

Warrior Hub Announces Facebook Page

Extra-Curricular Activities

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Education Vs. Poverty

WSU Ahead of New Minnesota Law

A Fresh Look at McCown Gymnasium

Faculty/Staff Development

Neal Mundahl

Amy Runck

Kim Bates

Jake Hines

WSU's Retiree Center hosts st. paul saints trip

Winona State University's Retiree Center will host a trip to see the St. Paul Saints host the Wichita Wingnuts on Aug. 23 at CHS Field in St. Paul.

The bus for the trip will load at the Phillips Bus Company parking lot on 12th and Main Streets at 8:45 a.m. the day of the game. Attendees will return to Winona around 7:30 p.m. that day. 

The game starts at 12:45 p.m. and ends around 3:15 p.m., allowing for attendees to have a chance to explore St. Paul's Lowertown neighborhood. 

The cost of the trip is $50, and this includes ticket cost, bus trip and a tip for the driver. Registration can be found online.

For more information contact Jessica Kauphusman.


WSU's THAD hosts Spamalot, The Nether Auditions

WSU's Department of Theatre and Dance will host auditions for productions of "Spamalot" and "The Nether" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 and Thursday, Aug. 25 in the Performing Arts Center. 

Participants should bring 16 to 32 bars of sheet music for "Spamalot." Those interested in auditioning for "The Nether" should be prepared to read from the script. 

"Spamalot" is a musical comedy based on the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. "The Nether" is a sci-fi crime thriller set in a virtual wonderland. 

Auditions are open to both the WSU and Winona communities. 

"Spamalot" will premiere at WSU Oct. 19-23. "The Nether" will premiere at WSU Nov. 16-19. 

For more information, contact Jim Williams. 


History on the River Cruises: History of the Refuge

In conjunction with the Winona County Historical Society, WSU's Cal Fremling will host History of the Refuge with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ranger Ed Lagace, as part of the 2016 History on the River Cruises at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25.

History on the River Cruises are 90-minute journeys on the Mississippi River aboard WSU's Cal Fremling Interpretive Learning Center and Classroom every Thursday through the end of September. Each program includes a different route and topic along with beverages and a light snack. At 10:30 a.m. every third Saturday of the month, family cruises geared toward kids ages 7-14 will be held.

Tickets can be purchased at the center or over the phone at 507-454-2723 ext. 0. For members, tickets are $20, and for non-members, tickets are $25. Pick three cruises are $55 for members and $70 for non-members. This allows attendees to purchase three cruises to attend.

Boarding will take place at Levee Park

A complete schedule of cruises can be found online.

For more information, contact Mark Peterson at 507-457-2723 ext. 1


WSU Dining Hall to Host Mugshots

Mugshots Coffeehouse will be sponsoring a singing performance by Bethany Seifert held in Lourdes Dining Hall on Aug. 25.

Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 8:30 p.m. Coffee and treats will be provided.


WSU’s Muslim Student Association Fundraising Dinner

Winona State University's Muslim Student Association is sponsoring a fundraising dinner for The Islamic Center of Winona at the First Congregational Church (161 West Broadway, Winona) on Friday, August 26, 2016, between 5:00 and 8:00 P. M.

Proceeds will go towards renovation costs after the building burned to the ground on September 13, 2013.

Tickets for the Curry dinner are available by calling Ahmed El-Afandi at 507.454.4082, or Hamid Quraishi at 507-312-0307. Or any MSA member, or at the door on the day of the event.

The dinner will include curried chicken and lentils, rice, salad, and desert. Minimum donation for the dinner is $10.00 per person. Additional donations will be gratefully accepted.

Please visit the clubs webpage for more info. 


WSU Bookstore Buybacks

Sell back your textbooks Monday, Aug. 22 - Tuesday, Aug. 24. Located outside of the bookstore. 

The Bookstore is open 8 a.m - 6 p.m., Monday - Thursday. The last day to return books for a full refund is Friday, August 26. All textbook sales are final after that date.  


WSU Encourages the use of bike racks

Students or employees who lock their bikes to anything other than a bike rack, risk their bike being locked up WSU Facilities. 

If this happens, go the Facilities Office with a photo ID to receive a key to unlock their bike in exchange for their ID, which will be returned when the lock, chain and tag are also returned. 

For more information, visit the Facilities webpage.


WSU Athletes honored by D2 ADA for Academic Excellence

The Division 2 Athletics Directors Association ranked Winona State University 19th overall among 156 institutions on the Academic Achievement Awards, with 87 athletes named to the list for academic achievement, leading the NSIC.  

The Academic Achievement Awards is a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division II level. All 14 NCAA Division II programs supported by Winona State had a student-athlete contribute to the award.

In order for a student-athlete to receive an Academic Achievement Award, the athletics director of the Division II institution must be a current dues paying member of the D2 ADA. Also, the student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, have attended a minimum of two years of college level work and have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year

For more information, contact Stephen Batcher.


Star ID FAQs and more information

On Monday, Aug. 8, WSU made the complete switch to Star ID to better correlate with the rest of the Minnesota State system. 

More information about Star ID and answers to questions about the transition can be found online. 

For more information, contact Tech Support at 507-457-5240.


Submit photos to Worldly Warriors Photo Contest

WSU's International Programs Office will host a Worldly Warriors Photo Contest for all WSU students, staff and faculty who have studied abroad or traveled off campus within the past two years. 

Winners in each category will receive the following prizes:

• First place - $75 Amazon gift card

• Second place - $50 Amazon gift card

• Third place - $25 Amazon gift card

Winners will be determined by the number of likes each photo gets on Facebook. Voting will happen Sept. 6-12. Contestants must enter by Sept. 5 to be in the running. 

For more information or to submit photos, visit the Worldly Warriors Photo Contest website.


WSU Warrior Hub Announces New Facebook Page

WSU's Warrior Hub has started a Facebook page to announce important information and engage students via social media.

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to like and share the page.

For more information, contact Danya Espinosa.  


Professor, Landscape Arboretum receive grant

Neal Mundahl, biology and Landscape Arboretum, received a grant from the Legislative and Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources for a three-year project to manage invasive plants at Garvin Heights. A variety of approaches will be used on the site's bluffside prairies and oak savannahs to remove buckthorn, honeysuckle and other non-native plants that have overrun these rare habitats.


Biology Professors Present at Conference

Kim Bates, Amy Runck and Jake Hines, biology, presented "Implementation of Vision & Change:  Progress & Challenges" at the PULSE Midwest and Great Plains Regional Network Conference Aug. 5-7 


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