West Campus House Interest Community

Residential Learning Communities

Residential Learning Communities (RLC) are a specialized living and learning environment that focuses on a specific interest or common learning theme. These communities help you gain knowledge and skills outside the traditional classroom setting.

Joining a RLC is a great way to become involved in your hall, WSU campus and Winona community.

Every RLC offers students the opportunity to have discussions with other students, attend events and go on field trips related to the topic. All activities are coordinated around a 1 credit class. (OR 201) These classes are about 20 students.

Together the students and faculty instructor participate in activities coordinated through the class. These communities will then share what they learned and experienced with other members of the residence Hall through programs or educational campaigns.

If you are interested in joining a community, please fill out the interest page on your Housing Application. If you would like more information, please contact Sarah Olcott at SOlcott@winona.edu.

Are you active or want to be? Activators is a community of students who want to stay active, fit and healthy while in college. Located in Lourdes Hall, this community will promote & practice life style choices that contribute to the goal of total wellness.

The community is lead by Dr. Emmanuel Felix. Contact Dr. Felix at efelix@winona.edu.


What you will do:

You will stay active and encourage your community to stay active while exploring knowledge and practice of Health and Wellness. Possible activities include participating in 5Ks, healthy life style tracking and getting outside with your community.


Where you will live:

This community is located in Lourdes Hall. You will be able to choose your room in this designated community once placed in the RLC. .


How to apply:

Indicate your interest on your housing application by April 1. You will be emailed more information and confirm your interest via email before you are placed.

Everyone needs help preparing for their future careers. This community is dedicated to the process and skills needed to be successful in any career.

This learning community is designed for upper-class students to prepare them for their next steps of career preparation. Students can live in any of our residence halls or apartments.

The community is led by Deanna Goddard, Associate Director for Career Services. Contact Deanna Goddard at dgoddard@winona.edu

What you will do:

With guidance from our dedicated faculty, you will get prepared for your next steps. Job and internship exploration, scholarships, and career skills will be explored in a community dedicated to upper class student success.

 

Where you will live:

This Community is for upper class students, you can be in any hall. The class and community mentor will be located in Kirkland/Haake Halls. You will be able to choose your room in this designated during the returning student process.


How to apply:

Indicate your interest on your housing application and register for the OR 201 class. You will be emailed more information about the class when you confirm your interest.

Interested in health care professions? This community will help you explore options, network with other students and a make a plan for the future.

Communities are led by Dr. Nancee Quinn and Dr. Amy Koehler

Different options for healthcare careers will be discussed and explored through field trips and speakers. Developing general professional skills strategies for all health care areas will be explored.


What you will do:

With guidance from our dedicated faculty, you will be prepped for success in any healthcare field. Topics explored will be gaining experience for your resume, connecting you to community resources, getting academic help and having your questions answered.


Where you will live:

There are two communities one is located in Haake Hall and the other is Sheehan Hall. You will be able to choose your room in this designated community once placed in the RLC.

How to apply:

Indicate your interest on your housing application by April 1. You will be emailed more information and confirm your interest via email before you are placed.

This community explores law and advocacy and government through the lens of our mission statement…Improving our World. With ties to the legal community big and small. Warriors will explore what it means to be a citizen and engage in local governance from WSU to St. Paul. Community is lead by Dr. Gregory Richard.


What you will do:

With guidance from our dedicated faculty, you will explore government near and far. Trips to St. Paul, as well as, local agencies are planned. Students will have the opportunity to discuss law and how it improves our world, what it means to engage in government in a proactive and product way.


Where you will live:

This Community is located in Lourdes Hall.


How to apply:

Indicate your interest on your housing application by April 1. You will be emailed more information and confirm your interest via email before you are placed.

Everyone has leadership potential! Use the Leadership RLC to explore your personal and community leadership by enhancing your skills and abilities. Community is lead by Lindsay Marosi-Kramer. 

Contact Lindsay at lmarosikramer@winona.edu

This community will help you on your journey as a leader in the Winona State community and beyond. This RLC is committed to building strong leaders and creating change in our community.


What you will do:

You will push your personal leadership by challenging yourself in and out of the classroom. You will learn about your leadership style, how to better communicate and listen while meeting new people and having fun.


Where you will live:

This Community is located in the Quad. You will be able to choose your room in this designated community once placed in the RLC.


How to apply:

Indicate your interest on your housing application by April 1. You will be emailed more information and confirm your interest via email before you are placed.

What does it mean to be a responsible citizen of a democracy? Explore the democracies around us—on campus and in surrounding Winona—and discover what being a member of these communities means to you. Through field trips, speakers, and networking, we will experience a variety of options for public engagement at your disposal, while also considering what it means to be a citizen and the importance of civility in public discourse. Community is lead by Dr. Elissa Alzate.


What you will do:

You will learn about democracy through conversation and exploration. Possible activities include: participation in voter registration drives, attend a city council meeting, and visit local nonprofit organizations.


Where you will live:

This community is located in the Quad Halls. You will be able to choose your room in this designated community once placed in the RLC.


How to apply:

Indicate your interest on your housing application by April 1. You will be emailed more information and confirm your interest via email before you are placed.

Our mission at WSU is to improve our world on our campus and in our community. This RLC is for students who want to engage in community service and outreach programs that help WSU and the greater Winona community.

If you like to help others and meet new people along the way, this could be the community for you!


What you will do:

You will plan and execute community service projects at WSU and in the Winona community. Possible outreaches could include Habitat for Humanity, service to children, causes and tailor-made service planned by the community members.


Where you will live:

This community is located in Maria Hall. You will be able to choose your room in this designated community once placed in the RLC.


How to apply:

Indicate your interest on your housing application by April. You will be emailed more information and confirm your interest via email before you are placed.

This course ties into the 2020-21 university theme “My Global Identity. Our Global Community” by exploring the many events and activities that build awareness of our own identity and how it relates and connects to others in our global society. Community is led by Susan Niedzwiecki-Pham, Director of Study Abroad and Katie Subra, Director of English Language Programs.

Email Susan Niedzwiecki-Pham at spham@winona.edu or Katie Subra at ksubra@winona.edu

 

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:

This community is located in Haake Hall. You will be able to choose your room in this designated community once placed in the RLC.


How to apply:

Indicate your interest on your housing application by April 1. You will be emailed more information and confirm your interest via email before you are placed.

If you like to have a great time in the outdoors, you are in luck! Winona has so many places to venture outside and this community give you the means and friends to go along.


What you will do:

You will get outside and explore the Mississippi River Valley where you live through biking, hiking and climbing in the bluffs. Along the way, you will learn about our natural environment, develop leadership skills and challenge yourself physically and mentally.


Where you will live:

There are two Outdoor RLCs located in Sheehan Hall and Maria Hall. You will be able to choose your room in this designated community once placed in the RLC.


How to apply:

Indicate your interest on your housing application by April 1. You will be emailed more information and confirm your interest via email before you are placed.

Find your voice and share thoughts on issues around social justice, equity and human rights with a community to help guide you.

This RLC promotes positive citizenship and social justice through self-awareness, education and new experiences. Get the support you need to find your voice.


What you will do:

You will explore social issues affecting our world and our campus through discussions, field trips and guest speakers. With the guidance and support of your community, you will be able to identify your passions, develop your message and impact our community.


Where you will live:

This Community is located in the Quad. You will be able to choose your room in this designated community once placed in the RLC.


How to apply:

Indicate your interest on your housing application by April 1. You will be emailed more information and confirm your interest via email before you are placed.