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House Interest Communities

Experience a dynamic, experiential learning opportunity in your residence hall community by participating in one of our West Campus House Interest Communities. These communities are a small group of students (15 - 20) 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, 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. Registration forms for Fall 2014 are being accepted now! Fill out the online Application Form.

Registration forms for fall 2014 are being accepted now!

The fall 2014 House Interest Communities are:

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 Vela House, which is located on the third and fourth floors of Lourdes Hall.

How to apply: Apply online or you can apply through the mailing that is sent to you after you apply for housing at Winona State.

 

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 Hydra 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.


Students who choose to live in the Green Living House Interest Community want to explore sustainable living practices and how to practically reduce their environmental footprint. Exploring this topic with like-minded students will allow you to pool your resources and abilities to educate and promote sustainable practices in your residence hall, Winona State and in our community.

What you will do: You will learn how your choices affect your environment. You will learn how to make the best choices you can using the resources you have. You will cook with local foods, you will explore local waterways and improve your world. You will also get the opportunity to work with upper-class students in the Sustainability Academic Theme House.

Where you will live: The Green Living House Interest Community is housed in Volans House, which is located on the second and third 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.

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 and Wellenss 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 for or the paper application form that is sent to you after you apply for housing.

 

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 and lead low ropes activities for other members of Aquila House. 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 Aquila House, which is located in the Tau Center.

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

 

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 or paper application that will be sent to you after you apply for housing.


Winona State has the privilege to be positioned next to the 4th largest river in the world. The Mississippi River influences all it touches including you! This community will allow you to explore the river by paddling through the backwaters and hiking the surrounding bluffs. This community will also explore the arts that have been inspired by the Mississippi and the history of this rich, multi-faceted part of the American fabric.

What you will do: You will learn about the river by paddling through the backwaters while learning about the river's environmental history in this area. The community will be going camping at Perrot State Park in Wisconsin which is on the river and learn how the river played a roll in Native American history. Once it gets too cold to be on the river, the community will learn about art inspired from the river and the rich cultural it enhances.

Where you will live: All members of the Mississippi River House Interest Community live in Octans House, which is located on the third and fourth floors of Maria Hall.

How to apply: Fill out the online application and or fill out the paper application that is sent to you after you apply for housing.

 

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 or paper application that will be sent to you after you apply for housing.