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A New Way to Experience Impact

Exciting changes are underfoot for this year’s donor recognition event! The event is not only returning to campus, but will now include more interaction with the direct beneficiaries of your generosity: the students of Winona State University. You will learn first-hand how the education of our students – and their future careers – are being impacted by the opportunities they have on the WSU campus. You play an important role in that, and we want you to experience it!

Please join us for this interactive, open house-style event and enjoy hors d’oeuvres provided by Signatures, as well as a cash bar. We hope to see you there!

Friday, September 23
Science Laboratory Center Atrium, WSU Campus
Short Program at 6:30pm

All of the colleges will be participating in the Impact Celebration, giving you a chance to interact with students and projects from various disciplines. Research and equipment will be on display, and students will be on hand to explain how they benefit from the experiences they have in the classroom.

College of Business

College of Business Engagement Center
The College of Business Engagement Center, located on the first floor of Somsen Hall, was officially unveiled in the spring of 2016. This is a new space designed to connect WSU students, faculty and staff with alumni, community members and business partners through providing physical space and technology to encourage collaboration. Students from the Marketing Team will be in the Atrium to talk about the new space, as well as walk guests over to Somsen Hall to see the Engagement Center for themselves. A two-way robot will also give guests a look at the space without needing to leave the main event.

College of Education

Kids First
The Kids First program, housed in the Department of Education, is an example of how WSU students are truly making an impact in the community. Students from all disciplines, from Education to Nursing, work with low-income children at the Maplewood Townhomes, offering tutoring and other after-school activities. This interaction gives the children and young adults information they need to, among other things, live healthy lifestyles and prepare themselves for higher education.

College of Liberal Arts

Art & Design Students
One of the most talked about design innovations is the use of 3D printers. Students from the Department of Art & Design will have one of the 3D printers they use in their courses on display, as well as a 3D scanner. Hand-made paper crafts will also be on display.

Mass Communications Drone Program
As the use of drones becomes more mainstream in the workforce, it has become more important to have that experience in the classroom. The Mass Communications Department is fortunate enough to be able to include working with drones in their coursework, and will have one on display. Weather permitting, the drone will be flying in the green space outside the Science Lab Center, giving you a birds-eye view of campus.

College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Tour: Nursing Simulation Lab
Experience in a high-tech simulation lab has become an expectation for student nurses as they complete their education. In this tour, you’ll visit the Nursing Department’s simulation lab in Stark Hall and view a simulation experience hosted by nursing students. You’ll learn how these exercises prepare them for real-world situations, and see how technology is integrated into the lab to provide immediate feedback and opportunities to improve crucial skills.

Marijuana & Alcohol Impairment Experience Goggles
The Department of Health, Exercise, & Rehabilitative Sciences (HERS) uses special goggles to teach students about the effects of recreational marijuana and alcohol use. Students will explain the cognitive impairments simulated by the goggles, such as loss of balance and slower reaction times, and give you the chance to experience them for yourself.

College of Science & Engineering

Tour: Zebrafish MS Research
You may have read about this research project in the Spring 2016 issue of Currents (available to read online), and now is your chance to see the labs in person! You’ll view Zebrafish under microscopes and hear students explain what they are looking for in the glowing neural cells and how the “myelin sheath structures” contribute to Multiple Sclerosis research.

Street parking is available around campus, and all Gold and Purple main campus parking lots do not require a permit after 5pm. View a map of campus parking for more information. A shuttle will be provided from the #1 Gold Lot to the Science Laboratory Center beginning at 4:30pm.

If you have any questions, or would like to RSVP for the event, our office would be happy to assist! Please call 507.457.5020 between 8am and 4:30pm, or email