WSU Medallion Society
The Winona State University Foundation established the Medallion Society in 2012 – a new tribute to honor individuals whose philanthropy makes the university’s mission possible. The President’s Medallion itself carries the spirit of philanthropy. The medallion was a gift from WSU students in 1968 in honor of President DuFresne’s inauguration. The gems in the medallion were donated by members of the Winona community. It was said that the medallion represented the people’s faith in education, a responsibility for the university’s mission and guardianship on behalf of the State of Minnesota and future generations. The Medallion Society is prominently displayed outside the entrance of Somsen Auditorium and recognizes giving levels by aligning each with a gem represented in the actual medallion.
Original gem donated by the 1967-68 students of Winona State College
$50, 000 Aquamarine
Original gem donated by Mrs. James Browning
Original gem donated by Mrs. Ward Lucas
Original gem donated by Allyn S. Morgan, Jr.
Original gem donated by Miss Floretta M. Murray
Original gem donated by Dr. John J. Fuller
Original gem donated by Mrs. R. H. Watkins
The very foundation of Winona State University was built on philanthropy in the mid-1850s under the campaign leadership of Dr. John Ford, an advocate for public education. Dr. Ford swiftly raised more than $7,000 in cash and land. The gifts obtained were at all levels, much like the new Medallion Society which will showcase this tradition and honor the leaders who continue to make Winona State University's mission possible.
Harriet Johnson August
Charles & Anita Mettille
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 theatre 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."
Susan Loeffler Anderson
William & Harriet Green
William E. “Bill” Green obtained a BS in entomology from Colorado State University where he was honor man in his division. He subsequently received a MS in 1937 and a Ph.D. in 1948 in economic zoology from Iowa State University. In 1938, he became a regional game manager for the Game, Fish and Oyster Commission, working in the Gulf Coast and Rio Grande Valley. He joined the staff of the Upper Mississippi River Wildlife and Fish Refuge in 1940. He subsequently became an area wildlife management biologist with the Division of Refuges, U.S. Department of Interior.
Harriet L. Green received her two-year degree from Winona State Teachers College in 1932 and in 1945 earned her Bachelor of Science degree in education from Winona State Teachers College. She taught in several Minnesota school districts including Lewisville, Grand Meadow, Owatonna, Faribault, Lewiston and Mable. In addition, she taught in Juneau, Alaska and Carson City, Nevada. Winona students benefited from her expertise as an elementary teacher for more than 30 years at Jefferson and Central schools. Her commitment to elementary education and the betterment of the lives of young people will be carried on by elementary education graduates of Winona State University.
Etta H. Howell
Merle & Betty Peterson
The Thompson Family Foundation
Dick & Valeria Traxler
Rochester Area Foundation
Joseph J. Cieminski
General Mills Foundation
Dr. Jean E. Jederman
Dr. Jean E. Jederman was born and raised in Winona. She attended the Phelps Laboratory School and graduated with honors from Winona State with a major in elementary education and minors in physical education, geography, and social science in 1949. After graduation Jean moved to Elgin, Illinois, where she taught for 35 years, earned her master’s degree from the University of Minnesota and her doctorate from Northern Illinois University. To honor her father, Frederick Jederman, Jean has established the Frederick A. Jederman Scholarship benefiting history. Frederick had an illustrious career at Winona State as a professor of history, chair of social science division, dean of men and chairman of the scholarship committee. As Jean says, "the college became a part of our lives. So too the college was my life."
Steve & Candi Kohner
Patricia & Gerald Neal
Winona Daily News
Donor Honor Roll
All existing members of the Medallion Society.