WSU Medallion Society
The Winona State University Foundation established the Medallion Society in 2012 – a new tribute to honor individuals whose philanthropy makes the university’s mission possible.
The President’s Medallion itself carries the spirit of philanthropy. The medallion was a gift from WSU students in 1968 in honor of President DuFresne’s inauguration. The gems in the medallion were donated by members of the Winona community.
It was said that the medallion represented the people’s faith in education, a responsibility for the university’s mission and guardianship on behalf of the State of Minnesota and future generations.
The Medallion Society is prominently displayed outside the entrance of Somsen Auditorium and recognizes giving levels by aligning each with a gem represented in the actual medallion.
Donated by the 1967-68 students of Winona State College
Stone donated by Mrs. James Browning
Stone donated by Mrs. Ward Lucas
Stone donated by Dr. John J. Fuller
Stone donated by Allyn S. Morgan, Jr.
Stone donated by Miss Floretta M. Murray
Stone donated by Mrs. R. H. Watkins
The very foundation of Winona State University was built on philanthropy in the mid-1850s under the campaign leadership of Dr. John Ford, an advocate for public education. Dr. Ford swiftly raised more than $7,000 in cash and land. The gifts obtained were at all levels, much like the new Medallion Society which will showcase this tradition and honor the leaders who continue to make Winona State University's mission possible.