Film projects by a group of Winona State University
students and associates at Diné College in Arizona will be
archived at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum
of the American Indian.
The Navajo Oral History project started in 2009 with the
collaboration of Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona, and has
continued annually. Each summer, Winona State and Diné College students research,
write, interview, photograph, and videotape to investigate the lifestyle of the Navajo.
The students eventually combine all these elements into a documentary film.
It’s quite an honor for the students to have their work archived at the most important
museum in the world,” said Tom Grier, WSU professor of mass communication and
co-director of the Navajo Oral History project. “This means their work will live on and
provide important historic and cultural information for future researchers.”
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The term “Blast from the past” was
probably coined by a 1960s radio
DJ, a catchy rhyme to introduce an
old record. For those of us who still
listen to the radio, the phrase can still
conjure a tingle of anticipation. Is that
tune from high school or freshman
year in college? What was I doing last
time I heard that song?
When I learned that the 2012 WSU
Homecoming theme is “Blast from
the Past,” it seemed like a great op-
portunity to unearth a few memories.
We counted back decade-by-decade
– 1962, 1972, 1982, 1992, 2002 –
and looked at the significant events
from each of those years. Then we
prompted our alumni and friends
to something from that time: the
atmosphere on campus, a memorable
person, a transformative experience.
You can read their recollections
throughout the magazine. And in the
back of this issue, find the 2012 WSU
Homecoming schedule and complete
registration information. Why not
come back this fall and stir your own
memories of great times at Winona
State, and the impact that the univer-
sity has made on your life?
See you at WSU Homecoming,
October 18-20, 2012.
Brett Ayers, Editor
Winona State’s women’s
rugby team, the Black Katts,
made their first trip to the
Division II National
Championships a highly
Appearing in the final four
for the first time in their 20-
year history, the Division II
Midwest champions placed
second. They opened with
a 24-12 victory over Shippensburg State University on May 11 at Stanford University
in California. The following day, eastern power Norwich University overwhelmed the
Black Katts 82-12.
Following their runner-up performance, honors began rolling in for the Black Katts.
Kourtney Kavajecz, a freshman from Roscoe, Illinois, was invited to play with the USA
Under-20 Rugby Team in Denver, Colorado.
Because the NCAA does not sponsor championships in the sport, Winona State’s
women’s and men’s club rugby teams compete under the auspices of USA Rugby.
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