KQAL Fall 2019 Playlist – “Fake Bands”

Once again President Scott Olson served as guest DJ this fall for the Winona State University campus radio station KQAL....

Vice President for Advancement Named President at Oakland City University

Dear Colleagues, Winona State Vice President for University Advancement Dr. Ron Dempsey has been named the next President...

Spring Semester 2019 Reflection

Dear Colleagues, As another academic year comes to a close, we have much to reflect on and much to be proud of. I'm proud...
Poland, Kashubia, and Winona

Poland, Kashubia, and Winona

As someone who is neither Polish nor Kashubian, I have spent what some might call an inordinate amount of time studying the history, culture and country of Poland. My earliest visits were with the U.S. Department of State, as America assisted Poland in rebuilding its...

The Nature of Free Speech and Responsible Speech

The Nature of Free Speech and Responsible Speech

The U.S. Bill of Rights gives all Americans unprecedented freedoms. Here at Winona State University, we support the freedom of speech, press, and assembly of all of our students, and we hope to create an environment where the First Amendment thrives. But our shared...

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All Are Welcome

Dear Colleagues, As we settle into the spring semester, and as we reflect on the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. toward building a more inclusive American society, let's make one thing clear: All are welcome at Winona State University. Haitians and...

Embodying Our Mission

Another year is ending, and another fall semester has come to a close, marked by Winona State Commencement exercises Dec. 8, where we honored the success stories of almost 500 new alumni and alumnae as they embarked upon their hopes and dreams. At its core, Winona...

Season’s Greetings

Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year! The annual student-designed holiday card is a special tradition at Winona State University. Each year, our students demonstrate originality and talent as they share their perspectives on the WSU experience. Your...

KQAL Fall 2017 Playlist

Once again President Scott Olson serves as guest DJ for the Winona State University campus radio station KQAL this fall. President Olson joins the team at KQAL each semester to host his official program, “Working on a Dream.” His playlist, below, features songs...

Light at the End of the Tunnel

The phrase, “there’s light at the end of the tunnel,” is cliché and overused, but I hope you’ll allow me to employ it here, where it feels particularly relevant. After 20 years in the making, WSU’s pedestrian tunnels project is nearing completion, and I for one am...

Wazoo’s Summer Bucket List

Summertime in Winona has too many outdoor adventure opportunities to list. That didn't stop Wazoo! From hiking the bluffs to "sailing" the Mississippi to a very special picnic, we made the most of summertime in Winona. Just wait until winter break rolls around this...

New Interim Title IX Guidelines

Today the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released new interim guidelines on how to investigate and adjudicate allegations of campus sexual misconduct under federal law. As of now, it remains unclear what direct implications this announcement...

An Inclusive and Welcoming Community

Today the White House announced that it will terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program, put in place during the Obama Administration, enables undocumented young people—sometimes called “Dreamers,” in reference to the American...

Notes of Success

As I begin my sixth year at Winona State University, I find myself reflecting on what has been done, and what remains to be done. I often feel like a conductor holding a baton in front of the most talented orchestra in the world: I have the honor to encourage some...

Statement on Charlottesville

Please see the message below from Chancellor Malhotra concerning the events in Charlottesville, Va. We share his concern, and extend it to the community in Bloomington, Minn., trying to take stock of the attack on the Mosque there. There is no place in an educational...

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