West Campus House Interest Community

House Interest Communities

Participating in one of our West Campus House Interest Communities can be a dynamic, experiential learning opportunity. These communities are a small groups (15 - 20 students) who want to focus on a topic in depth with a faculty instructor to guide the way. Together the students and faculty instructor participate in activities in and out of the classroom. They then bring what they have learned and experienced to the other members of their West Campus House and the WSU Community. 

Each House Interest Community is organized around a 1-credit activities course, EL 201. The activities are planned and coordinated through that course. Take a look at the House Interest Communities Brochure (PDF) for more information. Registration forms for 2017-2018 are currently being accepted now! Fill out the online Application Form.

Octans House - Maria Hall

Career Exploration

College is an exploration of new ideas, concepts and information. If you are ready for that journey, but not sure where it will take you, this House Interest Community is exactly what you need. Explore choices of major, career, and life in general and find the opportunities that await you.

What you will do:

You will continue your journey toward finding the career that is perfect for you with the guidance of your faculty instructor. You will explore your owns skills, strengths and passions through classroom discussions, inventories, field trips and guest speakers.

Where you will live:

The Career Exploration House Interest Community is housed in Octans House, which is located on the third and fourth floors of Maria Hall.

How to apply:

Fill out the online application form or the paper application form that is send to you after you apply for housing. 

Hydra House - Lourdes Hall

Global Awareness

Traveled much? You don’t need to have traveled the world to be aware of the global environment and your responsibility as a citizen. The Global Awareness House Interest Community will offer you opportunities to broaden your awareness right here in Winona and give you the tools to share those experiences with your fellow students.


What you will do:

You will attend cultural events, movies and activities at Winona State and around the Winona area. You will explore new cultures, learn from new people and expand your knowledge base through experience.


Where you will live:

The Global Awareness House Interest Community is housed in Hyrdra House, which is located on the first and second floors of Lourdes Hall.


How to apply:

Fill out the online application form or the paper application form that is send to you after you apply for housing. 

Pyxis House - Lourdes Hall

Health & Wellness

Winona State is not only committed to challenging you academically, but as a whole person. Your body, mind, and spirit are all connected and keeping your whole self-healthy should be top on your priorities. The Health and Wellness House Interest Community will promote life style choices that contribute to the goal of total wellness and share insights with other members of the house and WSU community.


What you will do:

You will focus on knowledge and practice of Health and Wellness by participating in 5Ks with your class, learning about healthy life style choices and stretching your mind to think out of the box about your health, you life and your choices.


Where you will live:

The Health & Wellness House Interest Community is housed in Pyxis House, which is located on the first and second floors of Lourdes Hall.


How to apply:

Fill out the online application form or the paper application form that is send to you after you apply for housing. 

Volans House - Lourdes Hall

Leadership

Everyone has leadership potential! Let the Leadership Community provide you with the opportunities you need to explore personal and community leadership by enhancing your skills and abilities. From challenging yourself on the high ropes course, to understanding how your personality plays a critical role in your leadership, the community will assist you on your journey as a leader in the Winona State community and beyond.


What you will do:

You will push your personal leadership by challenging yourself on the high ropes course at Eagle Bluff. You will learn how to facilitate a group leadership experience , lead low ropes activities and learn about yourself. You will learn how to better communicate and listen, then use those skills in a community outreach activity.


Where you will live:

The Leadership House Interest Community is housed in Volans House, which is located in Lourdes Hall.


How to apply:

Fill out the online application form or the paper application form that is send to you after you apply for housing. 

Mugshots - Any House (West Campus)

EL 201 Topics Seminar Mugshots

Do you love music? Are you interested in promotions, planning and getting involved with activities while you are living on West Campus? This class is great for students who want to get experience in planning an event and promoting that event to their peers. Students get to see their ideas come to life and have the satisfaction of creating an excellent experience for their fellow students.


What you will do:

Students will be given the opportunity to operate the student-managed coffeehouse, Mugshots. While working with other students you will get first hand experience in business planning and promotions.


Where you will live:

Anywhere on West Campus.


How to apply:

Fill out the online application form or the paper application form that is send to you after you apply for housing. 

Vela House - Lourdes Hall

Outdoor Adventure

The beautiful surroundings of Winona State offer great opportunities to get outside! The Outdoor Adventure Community of Vela House will get you outside camping, hiking and maybe climbing around our area. While appreciating the beauty of the outdoors, aspects of history, sustainability and responsible land use will be discussed and explored.

What you will do:

You will get outside and explore the Mississippi River Valley where you live. You will camp, hike and climb in the bluffs. You will learn about our natural environment, leadership skills and challenge yourself physically and mentally.

Where you will live:

All members of the Outdoor Adventure House Interest Community live in Vela House, which is located on the third and fourth floors of Lourdes Hall.

How to apply:

Fill out the online application form or the paper application form that is sent to you after you apply for housing. 

Eridanus House - Maria Hall

Outdoor Adventure

The beautiful surroundings of Winona State offer great opportunities to get outside! The Outdoor Adventure Community of Eridanus House will get you outside camping, hiking and maybe climbing around our area. While appreciating the beauty of the outdoors, aspects of history, sustainability and responsible land use will be discuss and explored.


What you will do:

You will get outside and explore the Mississippi River Valley where you live. You will camp, hike and climb in the bluffs. You will learn about our natural environment, leadership skills and challenge yourself physically and mentally.


Where you will live:

All members of the Outdoor Adventure House Interest Community live in Eridanus House, which is located on the first and second floors of Maria Hall.


How to apply:

Fill out the online application form or the paper application form that is send to you after you apply for housing.