There was never any doubt that
I would attend Winona State.
By Cathy Faruque ’82
There was never any doubt that I would
attend Winona State. I grew up in
Winona. I’m one of three siblings who
went to WSU. It was the place my mother
attended as a business major. It was
where her children would go. I had the
distinction to graduate with a BS in
sociology with an emphasis on social
work, and I still have my commencement
photo of me shaking hands with
President Robert Hanson.
Now I’m a professor at WSU. Naturally, I look back on my senior year from that point of
view. We all remember the trial of the student accused of killing her
newborn and the debates it sparked on campus. And the Tylenol
tampering case in Chicago, not so far from Winona. Campus was
smaller then. Frequently I would park on Washington Street, where
Krueger Library stands today. In 1982, Maxwell was the library.
I’m still a close friend with my faculty advisor, Hosea L. Perry. He
encouraged me to go for both my master’s and PhD. I visited him
whenever I came back to campus, along with Jim Reynolds and
Ron Stevens, who taught my mother.
When you talk about faculty-student
interaction, these are classic examples.
Thirty years later, the same thing is
bringing students and their families to