Still Living Our Mission

As we approach the close of the spring semester at Winona State University, I'm struck by how different this year is from...

Spotify Playlist: What’s Going On?

Dear Colleagues, Each semester I host a program called “Working on a Dream” for our campus radio station, KQAL 89.5 FM. In...

Reflections of 2019 and Looking Forward to the New Year

Dear Colleagues, I recently had an opportunity to join a few other members of the Winona community and answer some...
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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ALICE Training Opportunity

In light of the national tragedy unfolding in Florida, we want to remind the campus community that there will be Response Training to an Active Shooter in Minne 103 this weekend. ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) Training provides preparation and a...

Stronger Together

I recently had the opportunity to welcome Dr. Larry Lundblad, the new interim president at MSC Southeast, to the Winona community. Jim Johnson, MSC Southeast President Emeritus, and I penned this column to help introduce President Lundblad to our friends and neighbors...

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...

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