The 1858 Founders Society
Enacted by the Minnesota Legislature in 1858, Winona State Normal School became the first teacher training institution west of the Mississippi. The governor of Minnesota at that time stressed the importance of education in providing for the leaders of tomorrow.
The name of the institution has changed several times as it has grown to maturity. But nearly 150 years later, its philosophy of providing a quality education for its graduates and providing qualified leaders for tomorrow has remained a tradition.
The founding of this fine institution is now the fitting symbol for Winona State Universityís deferred giving group, The 1858 Founders Society.
The 1858 Founders Society honors a special group of friends who have provided for Winona State University in their estate plans. A bequest, or other deferred gift of any size, brings membership in this very special recognition society. The gift amount is entirely a memberís choice. There are no required levels of support or membership dues. The amount and condition of each gift remains confidential. Anonymity will also be respected if the donor wishes.
If you would like more information about The 1858 Founders Society or ways to include WSU in your estate plan, please contact us today.
Tyler & Susan Bowen
Tyler and Susan Bowen graduated from Winona state University in 1998 and 2000 respectively. Tyler served as a teacher in Houston School District, Director of Alumni and Development at Southwest Minnesota State University and now currently serves as trust officer at Bremer Bank in Marshall, MN. Sue is a Guidance Counselor at Marshall High School in Marshall, MN, with previous work experience at Benchmark Electronics along with serving as a Guidance Counselor in the Houston and Minneota School Districts. The two say they give back to WSU because of the opportunity to support future students and help advance the mission of WSU.
Susan & William Draayer
Dr. Suzanne R. Draayer, soprano, is professor of music at Winona State University. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in vocal performance, pedagogy, and literature from the University of Maryland. She holds a Master of Science in vocal pedagogy from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, and a Bachelor of Music from Furman University. "Sometimes a young singer just needs to know that someone believes in his/her talent, believes that his/her voice is "good enough" to allow him/her to pursue a career doing the one thing on the planet that gives them complete and total joy. My hope is that even a small scholarship will nourish and bolster a student's belief in them self," said Suzanne.
Donna & Gene W. Lundberg Family
Gene W. Lundberg is a 1960 mathematics and industrial arts graduate from Winona State University. In August of 1960 Gene married his wife Donna, whom he met while both were attending Winona State University. Dedicated to a lifelong career in the teaching profession, the Lundberg's took their career one adventurous step further and signed a contract to teach at an American school in Cairo, Egypt. In reflection, both Donna and Gene said it was the best teaching experience they could have ever had. After she passed, Gene dedicated a scholarship in Donna's honor stating, "living by example she taught her students how to persevere, to be dedicated and to be each others best friends. Her lesson plan was not today's lesson alone, but for students to shape their future, and be all that each young person could be in their lives."
Tina Mazurkiewicz is a 1985 graduate of Winona State University and works as the Director of Quality at Abbott Labs.
Mark D. Patterson
In 1973, Mark completed his bachelor degree at Winona State with a major in mathematics and a minor in physics. He works at RiverStar, Incorporated, Where he is the general manger. Mark's service to Winona State spans decades and began when Coach Grob made him responsible for finding lost baseballs on the railroad tracks! for 25 years, Mark was the chairman of the Warrior Club Holiday Basketball Tournament. He has also coached women's softball at WSU and now serves on the Warrior Athletics Hall of Fame committee. If you are looking for Mark, it's likely you will find him at a Warrior athletic event!
Donald Redlich earned his Bachelor's degree in education from WSU in 1950 and did three years of graduate work in theater and dance at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Leaving for New York City in 1953, he spent the next 40 years pursuing a career in theater and dance. He has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, the Julliard School, Adelphi University, New York University and Rutgers University, where he is Professor Emeritus in the Mason Gross School of the Arts. Donald says, "I give back to Winona State University because this is the community and the school where my life in the arts was formulated both as an educator and as a performing artist."
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