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.

$25,000 Gold
Original gem donated by the 1967-68 students of Winona State College

$50,000 Aquamarine
Original gem donated by Mrs. James Browning

$100,000 Topaz
Original gem donated by Mrs. Ward Lucas

$500,000 Garnet
Original gem donated by Allyn S. Morgan, Jr.

$1,000,000 Opal
Original gem donated by Miss Floretta M. Murray

$5,000,000 Alexandrite
Original gem donated by Dr. John J. Fuller

$10,000,000 Diamond
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. 


2015 Inductees 

Ervin Bublitz

Dr. Paul Haake

Michael Leaf

Frank C. Mettille

Shirley & Will Oberton

Merle & Betty Peterson

The Thompson Family Foundation

Robert & Janet Wilke

The Children of Jerome & Joanne Dempsey

Greg & Terri Evans

Michael Garvey

Ms. Dana M. Reupert

Mr. Roger J. Reupert

Jo & Jerry Stejskal

Betty J. Anderson

BK 5K Youth Fund

Denis Duran

Douglas J. Emanuel

Ellen & Gary Evans

Fairview Health Services – Workforce Development


Dr. Donald & Phyllis Fick

Dr. Frederick & Marilyn Foss

Norma Bondeson & Bernard W. Gaffron

Michael & Joette Gostomski

Thom & Robyn Kieffer

Lee & Ione Loerch

Camille Gilbertson Moll

Lawrence A. & Rill Ann Reuter

Craig & Paula Aussem Scheevel

Dr. Thomas R. Taylor & Margo J. Sackheim

Wenonah Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution

Donor Honor Roll

All existing members of the Medallion Society.