professor of computer
science, received the Undergraduate
Research Mentoring Award from the
National Center for Women & Informa-
tion Technology for his creation of high-
quality research opportunities, recruit-
ment of women and minority students,
and encouraging undergrad students in
computing-related fields. Known for his
advocacy for women entering research
programs, his students have received
several awards for their research.
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Two emeritus professors of English have been active after
their retirements from Winona State.
was named the
poet laureate of the City of
Winona. The poet laureate promotes
poetry in Winona by holding public
readings, poetry workshops, and
other literary events.
DeGrazia taught at WSU for 33 years,
retiring in 2002. During his career, he
won numerous awards and fellowships, including a
Minnesota Book Award. He also works with many
arts and literary organizations.
has released a new
collection of short stories titled
Sunlit Riffles and Shadowed Runs
University of Wisconsin Press).
His sixteen stories offer richly
developed and engaging por-
traits of characters from all walks
of life, all absorbed by fly-fishing.
Cowgill, an avid outdoorsman,
has authored three other books
and has written for numerous
publications. In 2010 he won
Fly Rod & Reel’s Traver Award
for distinguished fiction.
A new title for
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Winona State’s stand-alone Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
will admit its first class in Fall 2013.
The university has offered the DNP program since 2007 as part
of a consortium of four schools but was recently approved by
the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and Minnesota State
Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) System to offer the DNP as
a stand-alone program.
Baccalaureate or master’s level nurses can gain advanced
clinical and leadership competencies and enroll in one of sev-
eral program areas for nurse practitioners, clinical nurse special-
ists, or nursing and organizational leaders. Ideal candidates for
the post-master’s DNP are nurses in leadership or management
roles, clinical nurse specialists, or nurse practitioners.
WSU will accept applications for its DNP program
in December 2012 for classes starting in Fall 2013.
For more information go to the website at:
A new book for former
professor Kent Cowgill