Special Initiative Awards
ASF members may apply for SIA stipends of up to $5,000 to complete "a special initiative that is of benefit to the University, its mission and/or the Minnesota State system".
Employees should consult with their supervisors to see if funds are available.
Past SIA Awards
Past SIA Awards provide successful examples of previous submissions.
FY18 SIA Projects
Financial Wellness Program Workshops and Promotion
Ben Sturomski's project created promotion and formal education to improve the financial literacy and engagement of WSU students.
FY17 SIA Projects
Students Helping Students
Erica Thomas and Emily Meyer created a workbook designed to help RAs develop more meaningful intentional interactions with students in their communities.
Academic Expectations of Incoming Freshmen
Darcie Mueller's project was a two-phase targeted approach to research, create and implement a fast, free effective tool to measure academic expectations of incoming freshmen.
FY16 SIA Projects
ASF Master Agreement SIA Final Report
ASF Master Agreement SIA Final Report (PDF)
Tracy Rahim and Sarah Olcott created a study of perceived and gauged the actual knowledge of ASF supervisors regarding the ASF Master Agreement, future training recommendations, and FAQs from the Master Agreement.
K.E.A.P. Initiative: Understanding Inclusion and Diversity Certificate
Understanding Inclusion and Diversity Certificate (PDF)
Dia Yang assessed the WSU environment for inclusion and diversity and created student learning objectives for completing a certificate of inclusion and diversity understanding.
Online Summer Bridge Program
Online Summer Bridge Program (PDF)
Gar Kellom and Kim Zeiher researched online summer bridge programs and their effectiveness and impact on student success.
Enhancing Student Experience Report
June Reineke's project was titled "Enhancing the Student Experience - Supporting Academic Preparation Through Campus Employment Opportunities".
College of Science and Engineering Lab Tours
Laura McCauley's project was to develop lab tours in the College of Science & Engineering in order to promote potential student interest and current student knowledge of STEM related opportunities at WSU.
FY15 SIA Projects
First-Gen Warriors: Final Odyssey
First-Gen Warriors: Final Odyssey Presentation (PDF)
Darcie Mueller (firstname.lastname@example.org), Charlie Opatz (email@example.com), and Kate Parsi (firstname.lastname@example.org) helped change out campus culture that now celebrates and retains first generation students.
Improved Orientation for Adult Learners in the RN to BS Completion Program
Improved Orientation for Adult Learners in the RN to BS Completion Program Presentation (PDF)
Beth Twiton (email@example.com) developed: (a) an Orientation Guide focusing on technology, (b) an Understanding DARS handout, and (c) a RN to BS Completion Student Handbook.
WSU TRIO SSS SIA Grant Report
WSU TRIO SSS Grant Report (PDF)
Kim Zeiher (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Gar Kellom (email@example.com) developed a strategy to help close the achievement gap in MN and at WSU, and improve retention and graduation.
FY10-14 Special SIA Projects
In FY 10-14 (excepting FY 11) WSU provided funds for “special” SIA awards. These awards were related to the upcoming HLC accreditation visit (FY10), Student Life and Development (SLD) awards (FY12) and HLC Next Chapter awards (FY13) and other SIA awards (FY14). There were three awards in FY10, four in FY12 and four in FY13. Clicking on the Project Title will link you to the final report. Email addresses are included for current employees.
FY14 –SIA Awards
Comprehensive Faculty On-boarding Process
Chad Kjorlien (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chad provided all new staff with monthly updates or releases of in-depth information from relevant units across WSU while during their first year here. Comprehensive Faculty Onboarding Process (PDF)
Development of “Regulation” Definitions, Templates, and a Suggested Implementation Plan.
Nancy Kay Peterson (email@example.com)
Nancy reviewed definitions along with current regulations, policies, and procedures, and then developed an implementation plan. ASF SIA Report (PDF) and SIA Report on Regulations to Cabinet (PDF)
FY10 – HLC Awards
Focused Research: A Closer Look at First Generation, Low-Income Students
Focused Research: A Closer Look at First Generation, Low-Income Students (PDF)
Gar Kellom (firstname.lastname@example.org) conducted an in-depth study of student Support Services data including demographics, persistence patterns, GPAs graduation rate and gender.
Serving Our Students
Our Students: An Analysis of Residence Hall Environment and Student
Satisfaction, including a Specific Look at LLC Participation (PDF)
Sarah Olcott (email@example.com) analyzed the residence hall experience at WSU using existing and new data to determine how residence hall site and participation in Living & Learning Communities impacted student engagement and satisfaction.
Using NSSE Results to Improve the First-Year Experience at WSU
Using NSSE Results to Improve the First-Year Experience at WSU (PDF)
Barb Oertel (firstname.lastname@example.org) analyzed data from the 2009 National Survey of Student Engagement and compared it to other WSU assessment data.
FY12 – SLD Awards
Gathering Focus Group Data
Gathering Focus Group Data Regarding Student Motivation Project Summary (PDF) and Discovering What Would Motivate At-Risk Students to Use Tutoring (JPG) -- Jillian Quandt (email@example.com)
conducted focus groups with students who did not utilize tutoring services in order to identify marketing strategies that might appeal to them.
College Success Seminar
College Success Seminar Final Report (PPT)
Sarah Olcott (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Alex Kromminga (email@example.com) developed a program to increase and enhance middle year students' connection to the university, which will increase retention.
Parent’s Introduction to WSU & Higher Education
This project is still in progress as of August 2013.
Alex Kromminga (firstname.lastname@example.org) is developing a one-credit continuing education course designed to assist parents in helping their student make responsible choices and to help them succeed, both academically and personally.
Why Captioned Media?
Why Captioned Media? (PDF)
Nancy Dumke (email@example.com) provided training for 24 faculty and staff on providing captioned media for students with disabilities and presented a poster session for the SLD.
FY13 – Next Chapter Awards
Expanding and Improving Student Services at WSU Rochester
Expanding and Improving Student Services at WSU Rochester (PDF)
Gar Kellom (firstname.lastname@example.org) conducted a year-long study to identify ways to improve access to services and obtain additional long-term funding to provide increased student support services at WSU-R.
First Generation Pilot Program
First Generation Pilot Program Final Report (PDF), First-Generation Power Point Presentation (PPT), and First-Gen Warriors Handout (PDF)
Darcie Mueller (email@example.com), Charlie Opatz (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Kate Parsi (email@example.com) designed a pilot program to identify and support first generation (FG) students at Winona State University.
Industry-Driven Basic Research in CME
Industry-driven Basic Research in CME (PPT)
Matthew Benson (firstname.lastname@example.org) developed a pre-competitive basic research program in materials science and composite materials engineering through direct interaction with the local and regional composites industry.
FY09 SIA Projects
Minnesota State provided funding for the third year of SIA awards. WSU supported 9 projects and you can explore the final reports or contact employees.
Academic Service Providers Planning
Academic Service Providers Planning (PDF)
HLC Steering Committee members Nancy Kay Peterson (email@example.com) and Ann MacDonald (firstname.lastname@example.org) assisted all 43 academic service provider units in developing unit plans with missions, goals, objectives and measures in preparation for the accreditation visit.
An Assessment of the WSU Shuttle System
An Assessment of the WSU Shuttle System (PDF)
Alyssa Lopez (email@example.com) and Tamara Merkouris conducted a study of the shuttle system, particularly service between the Main Campus and the Residential College, resulting in numerous suggestions for improvements.
Innovation Work Study Program: Five Year Review
Innovation Work Study Program: Five Year Review (PDF)
A five-year assessment of the Innovation Fund Work Study Program was conducted to justify its continuation.
Student Leadership Development Resources Web Site
Topics in Special Education: Disabilities, Poverty, and Jamaican Culture
Topics in Special Education: Disabilities, Poverty, and Jamaican Culture (PDF)
Nancy Dumke (firstname.lastname@example.org) developed with a faculty member a faculty-led program in Jamaica designed to work with students with disabilities.
WSU Employee Wellness Needs Assessment and Programming Implementation
WSU Employee Wellness Needs Assessment and Programming Implementation (PDF)
Kelli McClintick assessed the wellness needs of faculty and staff in Winona and piloted a series of programs.
WSU Senior University
WSU Senior University (PDF)
Cathie Logan piloted a Senior University (SU) Program and provided short courses for retirees and senior citizens.
WSU Strategic Career Planning
WSU Strategic Career Planning (PDF)
Barb Larsen developed a one-credit hour career planning course to be offered through Business Education.
Winona State University Student Employment Handbook
Winona State University Student Employment Handbook: A Guide for Supervisors & Student Employees (PDF)
Ann Durley (email@example.com) and Candice Slaby developed a student and supervisors student employment handbook.
FY08 SIA Projects
Minnesota State provided funding for the second year of SIA Awards. WSU supported 12 projects. Clicking on the Project Title will link you to the entire final report. Email addresses are included for current employees.
Applied Collaborative Research: Student Engagement at Branch Campuses
Applied Collaborative Research: Student Engagement at Branch Campuses (PDF) – Jenny Hegland, Joyce Walker and Jan Stephenson conducted a national survey on branch campuses and student engagement to inform plans for expanding student services at UCR.
Campus Climate: Measurement and Analysis
Enhancement of Career Services Within the College of Business
Enhancement of Career Services Within the College of Business (PDF) -- Vicki Decker conducted a literature review and developed a plan to integrate a four-year career development plan into College of Business courses.
International Students Retention Model
International Students Retention Model (PDF) -- C. K. Kwai researched and identified advising as crucial to international students’ retention.
Money Management for Students
Money Management for Students (PDF) -- Cindy Groth (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mari Livingston (email@example.com) created a Money Management online power point presentation and brochure for students and their parents.
Phelps Laboratory School: Many Memories
Phelps Laboratory School: Many Memories (PDF) -- Kate Parsi (firstname.lastname@example.org) created a video panel presentation by former Phelps students and a video collection of interviews with individuals telling stories about the Phelps school, all of which are available in Krueger Library.
Roommate Conflicts: A Three-Pronged Approach
A Study of the Student Experience at the Residential College
A Study of the Student Experience at the Residential College (PDF) -- Sarah Olcott (email@example.com), Alyssa Lopez (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Tamara Merkouris conducted research to determine student satisfaction with social and academic out-of-the-classroom experiences at the Residential College.
UCR Health Promotion Needs Assessment
UCR Health Promotion Needs Assessment (PDF) – Kelli McClintick conducted a wellness needs assessment of UCR faculty and staff identifying a need for more health promotion programming.
Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum Revision Facilitation
Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum Revision Facilitation (PDF) -- Theresa Waterbury (email@example.com) and Ann MacDonald (firstname.lastname@example.org) applied the collaborative learning model to the comprehensive revision of the nursing curriculum.
Updating the Minnesota State Individuals with Disabilities Reference Guide
Updating the Minnesota State Individuals with Disabilities Reference Guide (PDF) --Nancy Dumke (email@example.com) created a Disability Reference Guide for Minnesota State to use at system-wide Disability Coordinator workshops.
Winona State University Five Years Later
Winona State University Five Years Later (A Report on the Impact of the New University/Winona Experience/Learning for the 21st Century (L21)/Innovation Funding Experience) (PDF) -- Nancy Kay Peterson (firstname.lastname@example.org) produced a report recording activities undertaken during development and implementation of the “new university” and analyzed the five-year impact of the entire strategic planning initiative.
FY07 SIA Projects
Academic Advising in the Residence Halls
Academic Advising in the Residence Halls (PDF)
Jillian Quandt (email@example.com), Nancy Dumke (firstname.lastname@example.org), Carolyn Kosidowski and Mic Nauman piloted evening advising services in the Residence Halls on the main campus and at the Residential College.
Career Services Available 24/7
Career Services Available 24/7
Barb Larsen created a dozen podcasts posted on the Career Services website. The initial podcasts have been changed and updated.
Conduct Historical Research about the Accomplishments in Argentina
Historical Research about the Accomplishments in Argentina of Winona
State University's Early Graduates for the 2008 Sesquicentennial
Anniversary Celebrations (PDF)
Alicia Reed (email@example.com) conducted research in Argentina on WSU graduates who "founded" Argentina's normal school system (1871-1888).
Creating the Case for a New Advising Model
Creating the Case for a New Advising Model at Winona State University: A Review of the Literature (PDF)
Barb Oertel (firstname.lastname@example.org) conducted a literature review on advising theory and a new advising model proposed.
Design and Implementation of The WSU Innovation Website
Design and Implementation of The WSU Innovation Website (PDF)
Nancy Kay Peterson (email@example.com) designed a temporary WSU Innovation Website on New University initiatives.
First-Year Student Exit Interviews
First-Year Student Exit Interviews (PDF)
Richard Kotovich conducted exit interviews with first-year students who left the university.
Measuring Information Technology Use at Winona State University
Measuring Information Technology Use at Winona State University (PDF)
Hyesung Park coordinated WSU’s participation in a University of Wisconsin national study on faculty use of digital resources.
Prairie Island Student Summer Bridge Program
Prairie Island Student Summer Bridge Program (PDF)
Karen Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org) worked with a faculty member to develop and pilot a summer bridge program for Native American students at Prairie Island.
Research and Develop a Transfer Orientation Program
Research and Develop a Transfer Orientation Program (PDF)
Sarah Curtin (email@example.com) and Maggie McDermott created an online orientation website for transfer students. (Advising site has been re-designed.)
Research and Development of a WSU Parent Handbook
Residence Hall Peer Conduct Board
Sophomore Retention Plan
Student2Work Presentations (PDF)
Barb Larsen offered workshops for faculty and staff on using Student2Work.
Student Research Templates
Student Research Templates (PDF)
Theresa Waterbury (firstname.lastname@example.org) developed learning tutorials for students on how to create charts, sort and filter IR data, use descriptive statistics, create pivot tables and create histograms.
Testing Services at WSU
UCR Lean Process Improvement on Communication / Information Flow
UCR Lean Process Improvement on Communication/Information Flow (PDF)
Theresa Waterbury (email@example.com) and Maggie McDermott continued facilitation of work of a cross-institutional steering committee at UCR, resulting in new common data sharing.
UCR Student Life Cycle Facilitation Project
UCR Student Life Cycle Facilitation Project (PDF)
Theresa Waterbury (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ann MacDonald (email@example.com) facilitated work of a cross-institutional steering committee at UCR, resulting in collaboration on student success day and preview days, data collaborations and improved transfer/curriculum communications.
Understanding Generational Differences in Education
Understanding Generational Differences in Education (PDF)
Barb Larsen offered workshops for faculty, staff and students on understanding generational differences.
University Advising Models Best Practices
University Advising Models Best Practices (PDF)
Mike Turgeon (firstname.lastname@example.org) conducted benchmarking research on best practices in advising, resulting in a greater emphasis on working with undeclared students.
Writer's Workshops Learning Initiative
Writer's Workshops Learning Initiative (PDF)
Judi Becker-Alford developed a workshop to prepare education students to pass the Writer's Proficiency Exam required by the Education Department.
WSU Bookstore Lean Process Improvement
WSU Bookstore Lean Process Improvement (PDF)
Maggie McDermott conducted a "lean model" review of the bookstore textbook ordering process resulting in development of an online textbook requisition process.