Retiree Center Programs


The WSU Retiree Center offers a variety of educational programs and entertaining trips throughout the year.

Explore the many ways you can get involved in the WSU community, connect with others and enjoy your retirement.

Senior University


Senior University (SU) is open to everyone of retirement age.

You do not have to be a Winona State retiree to enjoy these peer-led, short courses taught by WSU retirees and topic experts.

SU classes provide intellectual and cultural stimulation and growth, thus giving today’s accomplished adult opportunities for lifelong learning and leadership, combined with the fellowship of peers sharing a common quest for continued growth.

Living History Video Project


The Living History Project videos provides permanent, documented legacy and an overview of these WSU Retirees’ lives, experiences, accomplishments and contributions to Winona State University during their careers.

Students in the Mass Communications program research, interview, write scripts, film and edit the documentary which is then premiered to the WSU campus.

This inter-generational experiential learning venture is a project of pride for the entire WSU community of students, staff, faculty, administration and retirees.


Nominating a WSU Retiree

To nominate a WSU retired faculty member, staff member, or administrator, please complete the nomination form.

If you are a current Living History Project nominee, please complete the Living History Project Honoree Background and Contact Information form.

If you'd prefer to complete a paper version of this questionnaire, please contact the Retiree Center at 507.457.5565

Socrates Cafe


The Socrates Cafe discussion group meets on the fourth Thursday of each month from 2-4pm at the WSU Retiree Center.

Big questions and small questions, almost any question at all, no matter how provocative can be considered as part of the Socrates Cafe discussion group.

  • What is truth?
  • What is justice?
  • Does killing solve war?
  • What is identity?
  • Where did we come from and where are we going?
  • Is there a shortage of doubt in society?
  • What is patriotism?
  • Why is there a rise in religious fundamentalism and atheism?

Day Trips & Travel Programs


The Retiree Center Travel and Day-Trip Program is a popular, educational and social opportunity to see new places, meet new people and have new experiences.

Whether it’s a trip to Cape Cod, or to the majestic Canadian Rockies, or abroad, or whether you would enjoy day-trips to art or history museums, classical or contemporary symphonies, professional theatre productions, there is likely something for everyone to enjoy.

Come and join us on our next trip!

The Learning Club


The Learning Club is open to retired people who want to continue learning in a fun yet challenging way.

Topics vary and classes are taught by people who love their subject to people whose motivation is simply a love of learning and a desire to stay fresh and vibrant during retirement.