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Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2016


Sept. 30, UPAC "Boot Camp Obstacle Course"

Sept. 30, UPAC and Student Senate: Outdoor Movie

Oct. 1, American Queen Docks in Winona

Oct. 1, Kick CF

Oct. 1, Warrior Football vs. Mankato

Oct. 1, Solomon's Song: John McCutcheon Benefit Concert

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Upcoming Events

Oct. 3, Anxiety Management Seminar

Oct. 3, Color and Connect

Oct. 3, WSU hosts authors of "We Gotta Get Out of This Place"

Oct. 4, Walk In Flu Shot Clinics

Oct. 4, Academic Deans Brown Bag Lunch Series

Oct. 4, Hope Club Pizza Fundraiser

Oct. 4, Ballroom Dance Club


CLASP: A Gamer's Perspective

Free Speech and Censorship in the Digital Age

Warrior Think Pink Apparel Now Available

Homecoming Royalty Recognition

Drumming and Music of Ghana

Registration for Responding Effectively to Sexual Violence On-Campus

Women's Rugby 2-0

National Depression Screening Week Activities

Annual Warrior Waddle

WSU Hosts Small Cities Conference

President Olson on KQAL

WSU Ranks in Top 10 for Elementary Education

Extra-Curricular Activities

There are no Extra-Curricular Activities today.


Winona State to host Indian musician Rajasekar

Faculty/Staff Development

Richard Bowman

Nhia Yang

UPAC Presents "Boot Camp Obstacle Course"

UPAC is sponsoring the "Boot Camp Obstacle Course" inflatable 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, on Phelps Lawn.

For more information contact UPAC.  


Warrior Football vs. Mankato

WSU Warriors football will host division rivals Minnesota State Mankato at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, on Maxwell Field at Altra Federal Credit Union Stadium. 

This is the first game of the Warriors south division play. 

For more information go online


UPAC and Student Senate Present Outdoor Movie

UPAC and Student Senate will be sponsoring an outdoor movie, "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates" at 6:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, on Phelps Lawn.  

Attendees are encouraged to bring pillows and blankets. 

Free popcorn will be provided. 

For more information contact UPAC


American Queen Docking in Winona

The American Queen will be docking from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in  Levee Park. 

There are almost 400 passengers on the boat. The Winona County Historical Society is providing hop- on/hop- off bus tours to local attractions and passengers will be directed to local businesses. 

For more information go online


Kick CF

Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority is sponsoring "Kick CF" kickball tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Gepner Pavilion, Bambenek Fields 5&6.

The goal of this event is to raise funds to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis and to benefit those who have this debilitating disease. Not only does Delta Phi Epsilon raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis, the organizations' priority is to educate the public and to raise awareness about the disease and foundation.

$15 includes T-Shirt, guarantee of participation in at least one kickball game, bandanna that correlates with team color, free beverage ticket. 

$10 T-shirt ONLY  

$7 includes participation in kickball game, bandana, and free beverage ticket (no shirt included).

Contact Rachel Britz or Cassie Schley for more information. 


Solomon's Song: John McCutcheon Benefit Concert

Solomon's Song benefit concert will take place at Winona State University, featuring folk artist John McCutcheon, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in the Harriet Johnson Auditorium, in Somsen Hall.

A health fair that will include several local mental health care organizations and organizations that promote healthy living will precede the concert at 6 p.m.. John McCutcheon is a widely known folk artist with six Grammy nominations. He is an instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and storyteller.

This event is a partnership with the "Solomon's Song" organization. This non-profit organization seeks to promote healthy mind/body, celebrate diversity and reduce stigma in its many forms. Solomon's Song was created in memory of Solomon Elhindi who died by suicide.

General admission tickets are $25, $20 for kids 17 and under and students with a valid university ID.

Tickets are available at Hardt's Music, Midtown Foods, the PAC box office weekdays noon to 2 p.m. and on Brown Paper Tickets

All proceeds received will go to promote mental health awareness, suicide prevention and diversity.

Patty McCutcheon will be interpreting the concert in American Sign Language.

This concert is sponsored by The National Association for Music Educators Collegiate Chapter 252 and Solomon's Song.

For more information, email Carol Daul-Elhindi.


Anxiety Management Seminar

WSU's Counseling and Wellness Services is sponsoring an Anxiety Management Seminar at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3 in IWC 267.

This seminar is the third of a four-part series for students who want to learn more about managing anxiety. The theme for week three is "Calming the Anxious Mind." 

Each seminar is 50 minutes and is offered twice per week. 

The next seminar is at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6.

Drop-in mental health screenings are available 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 3-7, at Counseling and Wellness Services, IWC 222. A consultation with a counselor is available at the time of the screening.  

For more information contact Eunie Alsaker .


Color and Connect Session

A Color and Connect session will occur 3-4 p.m. in the IWC Relaxation Room (2nd floor, Counseling Services). Adult coloring has become a popular means of managing stress. All students are welcome in this safe and supportive atmosphere. 

Supplies will be available but attendees are encouraged to bring their own.

Sessions will occur every Monday at 3 p.m.

Contact Lynda Brzezinskfor more information. 


WSU hosts authors Doug Bradley and Craig Werner

WSU will host Doug Bradley and Craig Werner, authors of "We Gotta Get Out of This Place," at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3, in Stark Auditorium, room 103.

Bradley, a Vietnam veteran, teaches a course on the war with Werner, professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

In "We Gotta Get Out of This Place," Bradley and Werner place popular music at the heart of the American experience in Vietnam. They explore how and why U.S. troops turned to music as a way of connecting to each other and the world back home and of coping with the complexities of the war they had been sent to fight.

Bradley and Werner will play excerpts of music from the Vietnam era, ranging from Jimi Hendrix and Creedence Clearwater Revival to Aretha Franklin and James Brown. They accompany the music with stories from Vietnam veterans they interviewed. The veterans' stories are about how music helped them form community, stay connected to the world back home and make sense out of the war.

They also demonstrate that music was important for every group of Vietnam veterans—black and white, Latino and Native American, men and women, officers and "grunts"—whose personal reflections drive the book's narrative.

Book sales and refreshments will begin at 6 p.m.

Book signing and sales will take place after the presentation as well.

For more information, contact Michelle Eggerichs.


Walk In Flu Shot Clinics

Health and Wellness Services is sponsoring Walk In Flu Shot Clinics from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4-5, in Kryzsko Commons Dining Rooms B, C & D. 

Flu Shots are $20 Cash or charged to your student account. Information will be provided that may assist participants in making an individual claim to health insurance. 

Regular appointments can be made at Health & Wellness Services starting Oct. 6 to receive a flu shot. 

Call 507-457-5160 to make an appointment.  


2016-17 WSU Academic Deans Brown Bag Lunch Series

2016-17 WSU Academic Deans Brown Bag Lunch Series is sponsored by Academic Affairs, begins with a session from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in Gildemeister 225. 

Attendees should bring their lunch and join WSU Deans and guest speakers as they discuss various topics this year. 

Oct. 4 is Development 101: Fundraising Basics with Ron Dempsey, Vice President for University Advancement and the WSU Development Team as they discuss what fundraising at WSU is all about. 

Attendees will learn about the role of the WSU Foundation and will review the different methods used in fundraising. The development will provide fundraising suggestions and direction for departments and programs. 

This event is free and open to all. 

Future discussions: 

Wednesday, Nov. 2: Teaching/Course Evaluations 

Wednesday, Feb. 1: IRB to Publication: Nuts and Bolts 

Wednesday, March 1: Beyond Travel Study 

For more information contact Julie Lutz.


Hope Club Godfather's Pizza Fundraiser

Hope Club is sponsoring a pizza fundraiser at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 at Godfather's Pizza in Winona. 

The club is  raising money to send students to state and national conference in locations such as Minneapolis, Wisconsin Dells, Iowa, and Boston. 

For more information contact Ali Johnston.


Ballroom Dance Club

The Ballroom Dance Club will host a gathering to learn a wide variety of dance styles at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in IWC 127. Attendees have the opportunity to learn dances such as Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Cha Cha, salsa, swing and many more dance styles.

No previous experience necessary.  

For more information contact Dedra Robertson 


CLASP: A Gamer's Perspective

The Winona State University CLASP Lecture Series will host " Video games, self-identity, and social capital: A gamer's perspective" with Ken Graetz, Dennis Santiago, Charlie Utzman and Amir Hossain at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, in Stark Auditorium, room 103.

This event is part of the 2016-17 University Theme, Our Digital Humanity.

This presentation will cover the topic of how social values, skills, self-identity, and perceptions of reality are impacted by video games that have become increasingly interactive and social.

Graetz, Santiago, Utzman and Hossain will also talk about whether or not people interact differently within the gaming context and the impact this has on real-life relationships.

Graetz earned his PhD in social psychology from the University of North Carolina and currently serve as the Director of Teaching, Learning, and Technology Services at WSU.

Graetz is currently testing several promising massively multiplayer online games, including Crowfall, Shroud of the Avatar, Star Citizen, Life is Feudal, and the re-release of darkfall Online. He also runs virtual Dungeons & Dragons campaigns using a program called Fantasy Grounds. Graetz has been a member of the Honor Guard guild for the last seven years. His in game name is Torradan.

Santiago earned his undergraduate degree in public health from WSU and is beginning his second year in Winona State's Organizational Leadership graduate program, focusing on instructional technology, universal design and accessibility. Santiago has been a gamer for the past four years and is currently playing Guild Wars 2. His in game name is Bear_Fluffy, and he is a member of the Bad Guys Anonymous guild.

Hossain is a junior at WSU studying computer science with a professional interest in mobile app development. He has been a gamer for the past nine years and is currently active in Counter-Strike and Clash of Clans. His in game name is IRONTIMIR and he is a member of the BANGLACLASHERS clan.

Utzman is a senior English major at WSU. Utzman has been playing video games his whole life, starting with his parents' Nintendo Entertainment System. He is currently active in Overwatch, Undertale, the re-mastered version of Bioshock, Counter-Strike and Rocket League.

CLASP is the Consortium of Liberal Arts and Science Promotion. The CLASP lecture series was initiated in 2004 and is intended to promote interdisciplinary discussion and exchange.

The 2016-17 University Theme, Our Digital Humanity, examines human life in the digital age, exploring the impact digital tools have on individuals, institutions, systems, societies, our interconnected world, and implications for our collective future. Our Digital Humanity seeks to explore how digital tools have changed the way WSU faculty, staff and students research, create, communicate, relate, learn and teach.

This event is free and open to the public and is available for stream via ITV in CF 103 on the Rochester campus.

For more information, contact David Speetzen.


Free Speech and Censorship in the Digital Age

Winona State University will host "Free Speech and Censorship in the Digital Age" with Cindy Killion, Mary Jo Klinker, Stewart Van Cleve and Elizabeth Zold at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, on the first floor of Krueger Library, in commemoration of Banned Books Week.

This event will cover the topic of how universities and communities around the world are facing new challenges surrounding freedom of expression and censorship.

There will also be a panel discussion of free speech and censorship in the digital age.

Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Allison Quam.


Warrior Think Pink Apparel Now Available

Think Pink Warrior Apparel will be available at select athletic events as well as on campus. There are short sleeve pink shirts as well as black long sleeve shirts. 

Short sleeve is $10, long sleeve is $15. All proceeds go to Winona Health Mammography. 

Shirts can be purchased at the following dates and locations: 

Friday, Sept. 30,  Volleyball Game 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 1, Football Game 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 1, Volleyball Game 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 3, Kryzsko Commons 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 4, Gazebo 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 7, Soccer Game 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


Homecoming Royalty Recognition

This is the first year that Winona State University will be recognizing and crowning Homecoming Royalty who are the best representatives of the WSU student body and will not specify the selection of a King and a Queen.

Gender of the candidates does not matter, as WSU is dedicated to providing an all-inclusive court.

Two candidates 
who best represent Winona State University will be crowned Oct. 10.


Drumming and Music of Ghana

The Winona State University Department of Music will host the third concert of the International Music Series featuring Sowah Mensah: Drumming and Music of Ghana at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

Sowah Mensah, ethnomusicologist, composer and Master Drummer from Ghana, West Africa is currently a professor of music at both Macalester College and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. In addition to teaching, Mensah directs African Music Ensembles at both schools and at the University of Minnesota. Mensah has taught music in both Ghana and Nigeria as well.

The International Music Series is supported by the WSU Student Life Fee and Department of Music.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Cathy Schmidt.


Responding Effectively to Sexual Violence On-Campus

Adult & Continuing Education will be sponsoring "Responding Effectively to Sexual Violence On-Campus" from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, on the WSU campus. 

This day-long training opportunity will address how to respond effectively to sexual violence on-campus. The content of the training will focus on increasing foundational knowledge of topics such as sexual violence and its effects, sexual violence disclosure and response, and providing trauma-informed care. Additionally, this workshop will explore the laws, and policies campuses must observe with an emphasis on understanding the impacts of sexual violence on campus. 

The presenters are Johnanna Ganz and Jessica Van Iperen from the Sexual Violence Justice Institute a project of the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Participants will walk away with practical strategies and tools to create a better and more effective response to sexual violence on their campus. 

Everyone is welcome to attend.  

There is no cost for the training but advanced registration is required.

For more information contact Adult & Continuing Education


Women's Rugby 2-0 Following Duluth Win

Women's rugby move to 2-0 after defeating the Duluth Bulldogs.  A strong offensive showing by Winona allowed for 9 first half try's, leaving Duluth behind on their home pitch, 51-0 at the half. The second half showed Winona's offense moving the ball all over the field and exploiting gaps in Duluth's defense. Final score, 104-0.

This coming week the Black Katts are on the road to Fargo, North Dakota to face off against the Fighting Snappers of North Dakota State University.

For more information contact Roger Riley



Counseling and Wellness Services is hosting a mental health panel on National Depression Screening Day from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in Stark 103. 

Fellow students will talk about their experiences with their own mental health struggles and successes. Students who would like to learn more about mental health or who are concerned about themselves or someone else are encouraged to attend.

Drop-in mental health screenings are available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, Oct. 3-7, at Counseling and Wellness Services, IWC 222. A consultation with a counselor is available at the time of the screening. 

Questions can be directed to Counseling & Wellness Services, 507-457-5330. 


Ninth Annual Warrior Waddle

Winona State University will host the ninth annual Warrior Waddle 5K Run Saturday, Oct. 15, at Lake Park Lodge, East Lake Winona. Registration and race day pick up begins at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 8 a.m. 

Awards will be given to the top three finishers in the 11 different age categories. Also included is a chance to win prizes, a guaranteed long sleeved t-shirt with advanced registration and refreshments.

Anderson Racing Management will provide chip timing.

Advanced registration is $20 per person. Groups of 5 or more can register at $15 per person. Registration without a t-shirt is $12 per person.

To register go visit online.

Race packet pick up will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at Live Well Winona, 619 Huff St., Winona.

Proceeds support Winona State's Women's Track and Field and Cross Country scholarships.

For more information, email Kathy Hovell


WSU Hosts Small Cities Conference

Winona State University will host the 21st Conference on the Small City and Regional Community to discuss key issues in criminal justice for small cities on Wednesday, Oct. 19, and Thursday, Oct. 20, in Kryzsko Commons, East Hall.

This conference is open to criminal justice workers, legal workers, social workers, counselors, academics, students and interested citizens. Registration is free for everyone.

The keynote address will feature "Corrections and the Small City: Practices, Challenges, and the De-privatization of Prisons" by John Shook of the University of Dubuque from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 19. The featured speaker will be "In/Complete Trust: Building Community Trust in Law Enforcement" by Susan Riseling, Executive Director of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. Oct. 20.

A variety of breakout sessions will cover topics such as "Neighborhood policing," "Alcohol and Drug Use and Recovery," "Transgender, Women's, and Minority Rights and Experiences" and more. The complete schedule is available online.

For free registration, register online.The first 100 registrants will receive a free dinner ticket for Oct. 19. 

Participants who register before Oct. 12 also will receive a free lunch ticket for Oct. 20.

This conference is co-organized by the Winona State University Department of Sociology and the Center for the Small City at UW-Stevens Point.

For more information, contact conference coordinator Nicole Civettini.


President Olson on KQAL

Winona State University President Scott R. Olson will serve as a guest DJ for KQAL 89.5 FM from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct 20. Listen live online at

Olson joins the team at KQAL each semester to host his official program, "Working on a Dream." To listen to previous KQAL programs with President Olson, visit his Insights blog

Olson is the 15th president of Winona State. He is an Emmy Award Winner and has a background in communication studies.

KQAL is the only full service, independent radio station in Winona serving the area since 1975. KQAL is operated by the Mass Communication Department at WSU and is staffed primarily by student volunteer. It has dual mission: to provide career training for students interested in radio broadcasting as well as to provide the residents of southeastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin with quality education and entertaining programming.

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


WSU Top in Elementary Education

Winona State University's Elementary Education program has been ranked as the leading elementary education program in the State of Minnesota by The 2016 list of "Best Colleges for Elementary Education," also recognizes WSU's Elementary Education program as being ranked ninth in the nation, and WSU is the only Minnesota school ranked in the top 20. 

The rankings were compiled by analyzing and comparing over 781 colleges based on size of program, graduation rates, default rates, tuition affordability, and online education options

For more information visit online


Bowman Published Manuscript

Richard Bowman, education, published a manuscript titled "Learning Leadership Skills in College," in Academic Exchange Quarterly, 20(1), 2016, 89-94.

Every campus has individuals who inspire, influence, and enlist others in common cause without relying on a title or formal position. In the everydayness of collegiate life, undergraduates are confronted with opportunities to lead and be a leader. For students as emerging leaders, developing leadership capabilities is first an inner quest to discover who you are and what you care deeply about. In practice, confronting the toxic level of incivility in academia, being relentless questioners across campus, leading productive organizational meetings, creating insight regarding institutional impact, and catching up with the elusive movable frontier called oneself allow students to come face-to-face with who they are as authentic informal leaders.


Yang Named Director of WSU Students Life & Development

Nhia Yang will join WSU Student Life & Development as Director on Oct. 3. Nhia will be part of the Student Support Services team – a federally funded TRIO grant program - and will report to Dean of Students, Karen Johnson.

As Director, Nhia's responsibilities will include managing the federal TRIO Student Support Services grant program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  Staff in the TRIO program provide services to eligible student participants, including a summer bridge program, advising, tutoring, and leadership and cultural experiences.  The purpose is to retain students who are first generation, low-income, or students with disabilities through graduation.

Nhia comes to WSU with experience as the Director of Student Support Services at St. Cloud Technical and Community College and previously as Director at Marian University in Wisconsin. He has also worked as a Recruitment and Retention Specialist and as the Interim SSS Director at WSU in 2008/09.  Nhia is happy to be back in this area, as his family resides in LaCrosse, WI.


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