WSU Family Weekend September 18-20, 2015

WSU Family Weekend

Save the date!

Sept. 15-17, 2017

Family Weekend is a great opportunity to spend time with your loved ones at WSU. A variety of events will be held on campus and in the community for family members of all ages to enjoy. Invitations will be mailed out to all families of incoming freshmen and transfer students by the end of the summer.

Family Weekend Housing

In addition to area hotels, families are welcome to stay at the Tau Center on WSU's West Campus Sept. 15 and 16. The rate is $15/person/night including linens which will be charged to the WSU student account. Visit Eventbrite to make a reservation.

The Tau Center has filled and is taking a waitlist via the Eventbrite reservation page. You will be contacted if spaces open up. If you cannot find hotel accommodations in Winona, please check Lacrosse, WI, or Rochester, MN.

2017 Schedule of Events

A schedule of events is provided below but keep checking for updates. Additional activities will also be taking place in the residence halls all weekend.

All Weekend: #WarriorFamily

Family Weekend is a chance to show off WSU's beautiful campus to your family and to show off your beautiful family to campus. Take a picture with your family in your favorite spot on campus. Post your pictures to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #WarriorFamily. You can also Snapchat your photos to winonastateu. WSU will repost your #WarriorFamily photos to the university's Facebook page for voting. The family photo with the most votes wins a prize.


8am - 5pm: WSU Bookstore Open (Kryzsko Commons)

Save 15% on your entire purchase of clothing and giftware!


9am - 6pm: Area Apple Orchards Open


10am - 5pm: Minnesota Marine Art Museum Open

Minnesota Marine Art Museum - 800 Riverview Dr., Winona


10am - 5pm: National Eagle Center Open

The National Eagle Center - 50 Pembroke Ave., Wabasha, MN 55987


12pm: Math/Stats Department Fall Kick-Off Picnic (Outside Gildemeister Hall)

Come enjoy a picnic with math/stats majors and faculty members. Free food and beverages provided.

4pm: Manage Your Money: Financial Tools and Resources for New College Students (Library 107)

Managing your money on your own can be hard, especially now that you are away from home and on your own in college. Learn about the tools and resources available to WSU students regarding effective money management skills. Participants will be entered to win a WSU Bookstore gift card. For questions, contact Ben Sturomski at BSturomski@winona.edu or 507.457.5561.


4 - 7pm: Lake Lodge Recreation Center Activities (Lake Park Lodge, East Lake Winona)

Canoes, kayaks, sit-on-top kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, liberty boats and bikes can be rented for $15.00/person for a year-round membership.


4:30 - 7pm: Dinner (Kryzsko Commons and Lourdes Dining Hall)

The cost is one meal swipe on a student meal plan or $8.50.


5:30pm: Chemistry Club Picnic (Lion's Park Shelter, East Lake Winona)

The Chemistry Club will be hosting a picnic for Chemistry majors, alumni, club members and families. There is no cost but please RSVP to WSUChemClub@gmail.com by Sept. 13.


7:30pm: Free Family Entertainment with Minnesota Musician Noah Hoehn (Somsen Auditorium)

A one-man-band featuring harmonica, marimba and Indian dhol drum, Noah Hoehn is a three-time winner of the prestigious McKnight Fellowship. His unique live looping show has been featured on PBS’s “Minnesota Original,” and his dynamic performances have been described as “one part Keiko Abe, one part Little Walter, and one part Eddie Vedder.” Noah Hoehn is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who explores the intersection of blues, tribal percussion and his classical training. No tickets are needed.


7:30pm: WSU Theatre Dept. Production of "The Maids" (DMB Blackbox Theatre, PAC)

Free to WSU students, $5 for non-students.

In The Maids, Solange and Claire come up with strange subversive rituals while their wealthy employer (Madame) is away. They fantasize about murdering her in great detail. This is an absurdist play that explores the love/hate relationship that those in servitude might feel and is a fictionalized account of a high profile murder case that happened in France in the 1930s.

Note: This play has adult language and situations.

All Weekend: #WarriorFamily

Family Weekend is a chance to show off WSU's beautiful campus to your family and to show off your beautiful family to campus. Take a picture with your family in your favorite spot on campus. Post your pictures to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with the hashtag #WarriorFamily. You also can Snapchat your photos to winonastateu. WSU will repost your #WarriorFamily photos on the university's Facebook page for voting. The family photo with the most votes wins a prize.


7:30am - 12pm: Winona Farmers Market (4th St. and Lafayette St., Winona)


8:45am - 3pm: Youth Cheerleading Camp (Integrated Wellness Complex)

Give your children the full Warrior Experience with WSU's Youth Cheerleading Camp. Children grades K-8 can sign up to learn WSU cheers, stunts and techniques and then perform at 1pm at the Warriors vs. Moorehead football game during halftime. Cost is $25 and all campers receive a free t-shirt, lunch and pom poms. Registration is available online.


9am - 5pm: WSU Bookstore Open (Kryzsko Commons)

Save 15% on your entire purchase of clothing and giftware.


9am-12pm: Coffee and Pastries

The K.E.A.P. Center is hosting Coffee and Pastries from 9-12 in the K.E.A.P. Diversity Resource Center (Kryzsko Commons,162)! Please join them for an open house!

Rugby game has changed from Saturday at 11 to Saturday at 2.


9am - 6pm: Area Apple Orchards Open


10am: Study Abroad 101 (Purple Room 247, Kryzsko Commons)

Come learn about the many options students have to study away, including semester and summer programs as well as short-term faculty-led programs. We'll talk about when to go, how to afford it and the endless benefits of studying away.


10am and 10:30am: Trolley Rides of Winona (Minné Hall Parking Lot - Mark St.)

Enjoy a 1 1/2-hour guided tour of historic and beautiful Winona aboard a beautiful trolley. Please make advanced reservations by calling 507.429.9101 or emailing Clarence@trestertrolley.com and indicate which tour time you would like.

Note: The cost is $10/person and tour times are limited to 25 people.


10am - 1pm: Brunch (Kryzsko Commons and Lourdes Dining Hall)

Student meal plan or $8.50.


10am - 3pm: Paul Watkins Art Gallery Exhibit (Watkins Hall)

A clay-based sculpture/vessel exhibition featuring new work by six recipients of McKnight Fellowships and Artist Residencies at the Northern Clay Center.


10am - 5pm: Minnesota Marine Art Museum Open

Minnesota Marine Art Museum - located at 800 Riverview Dr., Winona


10am - 5pm: National Eagle Center Open

The National Eagle Center - 50 Pembroke Ave., Wabasha, MN 55987


11am: WSU Women's Rugby vs. University of Minnesota Duluth (Minnesota State College-Southeast, 1250 Homer Rd., Winona)


11am - 1pm: Family Weekend Rest Stop & On-Campus Housing Open House (East Hall/Solarium, Kryzsko Commons)

Enjoy a mid-day snack, get maps of the area, enter a drawing for family prizes and get a family portrait taken by some of our student photographers. We will also have information for on-campus housing options available for 2018-2019. Tours of Kirkland Hall and the East Lake Apartments will be offered, as well as unique spaces such as single rooms and suites in the Quad, Sheehan Hall, and Lourdes Hall.


11am - 1pm: Warrior Game Day Experience (Johnson St. & Integrated Wellness Center)

Come check out the brand-new Warrior Game Day Experience before the football game including inflatables, food trucks, Junior Warrior Zone for kids, and the Warrior Walk with the football team.

11am & 12:30pm: River Cruise on the Cal Fremling (Johnson Street Dock - Levee Park)

Enjoy an hour-long river cruise on the Cal Fremling, WSU's floating classroom. Please make advanced reservations.

Note: The cost is $6/person and cruise times are limited to 49 people. The 11am and 12:30pm river cruises have filled.


1pm: WSU Football vs. MSU Moorhead (Altra Federal Credit Union Stadium)

Visit the WSU Athletics site for more information.


1pm: RunnerUp Comedy Improv (Student Activity Center, Kryzsko Commons)

Join WSU's RunnerUp Comedy Improv Troupe for a show that will be filled with laughter, fun and unexpected twists!


1pm and 1:30pm: Trolley Rides of Winona (Minné Hall Parking Lot - Mark St.)

Enjoy a 1 1/2-hour guided tour of historic and beautiful Winona aboard a beautiful trolley. Please make advanced reservations by calling 507.429.9101 or emailing Clarence@trestertrolley.com and indicate which tour time you would like.

Note: The cost is $10/person and tour times are limited to 25 people.


1 - 3pm: Hiking & Biking Around Winona(Garvin Heights Lookout)

Housing & Residence Life will share maps and information on area hiking and biking trails. Light refreshments will be served.


1 - 7pm: Lake Lodge Recreation Center Activities (Lake Park Lodge, East Lake Winona)

 Canoes, kayaks, sit-on-top kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, liberty boats and bikes can be rented for $15/person for a year-round membership.


2pm, 3:30pm and 5pm: River Cruise on the Cal Fremling (Johnson Street Dock - Levee Park)

Enjoy an hour-long river cruise on the Cal Fremling, WSU's floating classroom. Please make advanced reservations. The 2pm, 3:30pm and 5pm cruise times have filled.

Note: The cost is $6/person and cruise times are limited to 49 people.


4pm: WSU Women's Volleyball vs. Concordia University-St. Paul (McCown Gym)

Visit the WSU Athletics website for more information.


4:30pm: Trolley Rides of Winona (Minné Hall Parking Lot - Mark St.)

Enjoy a 1 1/2-hour guided tour of historic and beautiful Winona aboard a beautiful trolley. Please make advanced reservations by calling 507.429.9101 or emailing Clarence@trestertrolley.com and indicate which tour time you would like.

Note: The cost is $10/person and tour times are limited to 25 people.


4:30 - 7pm: Dinner (Kryzsko Commons and Lourdes Dining Hall)

Student meal plan or $8.50.


7pm: Coffeehouse Talent Show (The Edge on Main St. and Sanborn St.)

Get together after the WSU athletic events or other afternoon activities to socialize with other WSU students and family members and listen to some great student talent. For questions, contact Steph Peterson at steph@winonaedge.org.


7:30pm: Free Family Entertainment with Steven Brundage Magic (Somsen Auditorium)

During the 2016 season, "America's Got Talent" judges called Steven Brundage's show "amazing" and "an incredible piece of magic." This professional magician is best known for his impossible-to-believe routines with Rubik's Cubes and specializes in close-up, sleight-of-hand magic that shocks and delights audiences of all sizes. Steven has also appeared on "Good Morning America," "The Today Show," "Penn and Teller's Fool US" (he fooled them!) and "The Steve Harvey Show." No tickets are needed.


7:30pm: WSU Theatre Dept. Production of "The Maids" (DMB Blackbox Theatre, PAC)

Free to WSU students, $5 for non-students.

In The Maids, Solange and Claire come up with strange subversive rituals while their wealthy employer (Madame) is away. They fantasize about murdering her in great detail. This is an absurdist play that explores the love/hate relationship that those in servitude might feel and is a fictionalized account of a high profile murder case that happened in France in the 1930s.

Note: This play has adult language and situations.

All Weekend: #WarriorFamily

Family Weekend is a chance to show off WSU's beautiful campus to your family and to show off your beautiful family to campus. Take a picture with your family in your favorite spot on campus. Post your pictures to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with the hashtag #WarriorFamily. You also can Snapchat your photos to winonastateu. WSU will repost your #WarriorFamily photos on the university's Facebook page. The family photo with the most votes wins a prize.


9am - 6pm: Area Apple Orchards Open


10am: Trolley Rides of Winona (Minné Hall Parking Lot - Mark St.)

Enjoy a 1 1/2-hour guided tour of historic and beautiful Winona aboard a beautiful trolley. Please make advanced reservations by calling 507.429.9101 or emailing Clarence@trestertrolley.com and indicate which tour time you would like.

Note: The cost is $10/person and tour times are limited to 25 people.


10am - 1pm: Brunch (Kryzsko Commons and Lourdes Dining Hall)

Student meal plan or $8.50.


10am - 3pm: Paul Watkins Art Gallery Exhibit (Watkins Hall)

A clay-based sculpture/vessel exhibition featuring new work by six recipients of McKnight Fellowships and Artist Residencies at the Northern Clay Center.


10am - 5pm: Minnesota Marine Art Museum Open

Minnesota Marine Art Museum - 800 Riverview Dr., Winona


10am - 5pm: National Eagle Center Open

The National Eagle Center - 50 Pembroke Ave., Wabasha, MN 55987


10:30am: Family Worship at the Lutheran Campus Center (451 Huff St., Winona)

All families are invited to a worship service at the Lutheran Campus Center located across from campus. Coffee and fellowship starts at 10:30, the service will start at 11am and lunch will follow at 12pm. For questions, contact Pastor Corrine at pastorcorrine@gmail.com or 507.452.8316.


11am and 12:30pm: River Cruise on the Cal Fremling (Johnson Street Dock - Levee Park)

Enjoy an hour-long river cruise on the Cal Fremling, WSU's floating classroom. Please make advanced reservations.

Note: The cost is $6/person and cruise times are limited to 49 people. The 11am and 12:30pm river cruises have filled.


1 - 7pm: Lake Lodge Recreation Center Activities (Lake Park Lodge, East Lake Winona)

Canoes, kayaks, sit-on-top kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, liberty boats and bikes available to rent for $15/person for a year-round membership.


2pm: National Society of Collegiate Scholars New Member Induction Ceremony (Somsen Auditorium)

Invitation only.


4:30 - 7pm: Dinner(Kryzsko Commons and Lourdes Dining Hall)

Student meal plan or $8.50.