Event Calendar

This year we will be considering Sustainable Futures from every angle, including self-resiliance, new frugality, urban farming, and how to achieve a sustainable body image. There will be music, theatre, dancing and many more ways to explore how we can build Sustainable Futures together.


Event and Time



Sept. 10-12

Wednesday, Sept. 10
Sustainable Futures Fair
University courtyard

Thursday, Sept. 11
Take a Boat Ride on the Wild
Side 10:00am-noon

Friday, Sept. 12
Sacred Seeds Gifting

Sustainable Futures Fair – an all-campus event highlighting how things in the past can be useful and fun parts of our future. “Choose your future!” Different sets for 4 futures: hi-tech, low-tech, no-tech, green-tech. Activities at each future; students can take selfies for posting on WSU facebook site.

The Jack Kane meal plan option for that day will be a local foods dinner.

Boat ride along the Mississippi river on the WSU Cal Fremling with the “Friends of the Mississippi” – river utiliazation and conservation in historic context – raffle for ECO Warrior participation happens at the Fair on Wednesday!

Dakota Nation elders will present sacred seeds to WSU.

Farmers Market
Winona County Historical Society
Bluff County Coop
Environmental Club
Friends of the Mississippi
All student clubs involved in events during the year

Sept. 13-14

Winona-Dakota Unity Alliance Homecoming

Saturday and Sunday, at Lake Park

We are all relatives is the theme this year. Ho-Chunk Nation will join Dakota Nation members in this annual celebration. Weekend events at Lake Park.

Winona-Dakota Unity Alliance

Sept. 23-24

Renewable Revolution: Confronting Climate Change with Real Solutions

Public lecture: Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7pm

Julia Walsh started the organization Frack Action and is an NGO Representative to the United Nations on behalf of children’s rights and indigenous rights organizations. Her presentation is entitled “What the Frack?!? – How Students Can Stop the Biggest Environmental Disaster of Our Time and Turn It into a Positive Demand for a Renewable Energy Future.”

Inclusion and Diversity

CAST, History and English departments

Sept. 27

College Day at Farmers Market

7:30am - 1pm, next to the Movie Theatre, downtown Winona

Education targeted to students; deals to encourage attendance. Market Bingo! and other games. Biking and walking encouraged.

(Event featured as part of Parent’s Weekend.)

Bicycle club

Farmers Market

Sept. 29-30

Common Book Author

The American Way of Eating author, Tracie McMillian, will be on campus for a public presentation, panel discussion, and classroom visits.

English and History

 Sept. 30

 Maximizing Potential: Insights from a local entrepreneur

 7 - 8pm, Science Lab Auditorium, Room 120

The College of Business Speakers' Series presents WSU alum Brian Semling, a successful local entrepreneur who grew his local business from $20K to more than $5M, selling toys. He will share his insights and discuss his commitment to this region and why he continues to invest here.
College of Business
 Oct. 3

How to Survive the Stress of 21st Century Life

 Noon: Presentation

1pm: Book signing and Q &A

East Hall, Kryzsko Commons

Dr. Edward Creagan, noted speaker and physician and professor at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, will share fascinating, practical insights about sustaining health and wellness in the 21st century.   The one-hour presentation will be followed by a book signing and a question and answer session with Dr. Creagan. 

Integrated Wellness Complex

Outreach and Continuing Education

Oct. 6-10

John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath75th Anniversary Celebration

A week-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of this classic American novel with discussions about its relevance today.
Mon: “Future and Past of Soil” lecture
Tues: Literary discussion of the book
Wed: Movie screening
Thurs: Art lecture: Dust Bowl Photography
Fri: Woody Guthrie song fest

English, History, Music
and Geoscience

Land Stewardship

Oct. 6 -
Nov. 2

Sustainability Challenge

4-week period where teams will challenge one other to take on personal sustainability habits.

Residence Halls

Oct. 21

Self-resilience and our mental health

5pm event: Library

7pm event: Harriet Johnson Auditorium, Somsen Hall

Developing our own individual self-resilience:

5pm: Matt Rasmusson will do a poetry reading from his book Black Aperture, a series of poems about his brother’s suicide.

7pm: Sally Spencer, Executive Director of the Carson .J Spencer Foundation mental health advocacy group will give a presentation on suicide prevention.

Active Minds
Psychology club

Food and Nutrition

Oct. 27 -
Nov. 7

Anthropocene Teach-In

Faculty will be encouraged to show at least one 5-minute local expert video on a sustainable futures topic in their classes during these two weeks and then talk about the topic as it relates to their specific class/discipline.

Topics include climate change, solar energy, changes in the Mississippi River, co-ops as a business model, and native habitat.

Faculty and Community members

Late Oct. – early Nov.

The Miracle of Bird Migration: Featuring Large Waterfowl and Raptors

2-3 hour interpretive program and observations of Tundra Swans, Eagles, etc. aboard the Cal Fremling boat. Boat will leave from National Eagle Center in Wabasha.

Hixton Nature Center, USFWS, Land Trusts

Late Oct. thru Nov.

History of Wheat

Exhibit at Winona County History Center featuring the influence of wheat in the founding of the city of Winona

History Center

Nov. 13-14

Urban Gardening – Lyceum Speaker

Public lecture on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7pm

Two open sessions with students on Friday, Nov. 13

Will Allen, son of a sharecropper, former professional basketball player, ex-corporate sales leader and now farmer, has become recognized as among the preeminent thinkers of our time on agriculture and food policy. The founder and CEO of Growing Power Inc., a farm and community food center in Milwaukee, Wisc. Will is widely considered the leading authority in the expanding field of urban agriculture.


Sustainability Theme House

Land Steward Arboretum Community

Master Gardeners Food-Nutrition club

Nov. 17

Seed Sovereignty – Who Owns the Seeds of the World, Bio-Piracy, Genetic Engineering, and Indigenous Peoples


A Native American activist and an advocate for environmental, women's, and children's rights, Winona LaDuke is the founder and campaign director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, a reservation-based land acquisition, environmental advocacy, and cultural organization. She is also founder and co-chair of the Indigenous Women's Network. As an environmental speaker, LaDuke speaks on subjects such as the deterioration of Native American reservations and the devastation of the world's rain forests.

CAST, Women’s and
Gender Studies

Inclusion and Diversity

All semester

EcoWarrior Certification

The EcoWarrior Certification is an online D2L- based module that allows students to become certified as one who is committing to making positive behavioral change to live more sustainability.


All semester

CLASP Lecture Series

Wednesday at 7pm

The CLASP lecture series features 1-hour presentations by faculty, staff and community members throughout the fall and spring semesters.


Jan. 23, 30 or Feb. 20

Recycled Dance

Student, Faculty and Staff dance at Lourdes Hall.

WSU Jazz Ensemble – Big Band music; vintage wear; free dance lessons for classic dances from Stan and Molly Breitlow.

Jazz student club


Stan, Molly Breitlow

 Jan. 29
Regenerative Entrepreneurship:
Entrepreneurship for our Complex World

Thursday, 7pm, SLC Auditorium, Room 120

The College of Business Speakers' Series presents  Minnesota farmer, thinker, and entrepreneur Eric R. Sannerud.



College of Business

Jan. 30

No-Waste Basketball Game

Working with Chartwells, one of our home games will be a “no waste” game, where everything for purchase can either be recycled or composted.


Jan. 31

Wendell Berry’s Reader’s Theatre

7pm, Masonic Temple

Local farmers reading Berry’s work and talking about why they farm, photographs of their farms, music.

Land Stewardship

English 412 class

Feb. 1- Mar.31

Recycle Mania – National Competition

Across campus, classes, clubs, Res Halls and volunteers rally the community in creative ways to reduce waste and increase recycling.


Feb. 3

Sustainability of the Book

Tuesday at 5pm,  Library

Feb. 3 is the anniversary of Gutenberg’s death.

English 412 class will lead students in a “Making your own Chapbook” workshop. Panel discussion on the Sustainability of the Book.

English department



Feb. 18-22

Frozen River Film Series


Feb 23-Mar 6


(See Fall description)


Feb. 26-27

The New Frugality
Lyceum Speaker

Public lecture on Feb. 26 at 7pm

Class visit on 27th

Chris Farrell, award winning journalist, is economics editor for Marketplace Money, a weekly one-hour personal finance show syndicated nationally on public radio by American Public Media. His latest book, The New Frugality: How to Consume Less, Save More, and Live Better, links the new era of frugality with the broader sustainability movement.

Merchants Bank

Feb. 26

Quiz Bowl for high school students

(Before evening lecture)

Students from four area high schools (La Crescent, Winona, Lewiston and St. Charles) will compete in a “quiz bowl” moderated by Chris Ferrell, where they will test their knowledge about consumerism.

Merchants Bank


Sustainable Body Image

Speaker (TBD)



Local business symposium

The College of Business speaker series for the academic year will focus on small businesses. The series will include speakers from regional small businesses who will talk about their commitment to the region they live in, and why they have invested in the region. The series will have an emphasis on the entrepreneur perspective.



Bee Fest!


Pollinator Summit

Bee art exhibit

Queen of the Sun documentary and other films

Art department


Victory Garden History Project

Research into the history of Victory Gardens in Winona in WWII – connecting with people who remember these

Master Gardeners

Senior Friendship

History Association
student club

Apr. 24

Arts and Arbor Day

National Arbor Day celebration will include a variety of outdoor activities celebrating the WSU Arboretum and trees in general.


All semester

CLASP Lecture Series

Wednesday at 7pm

The CLASP lecture series features 1-hour presentations by faculty, staff and community members throughout the fall and spring semesters.