President Olson KQALDear Colleagues,

Each semester I host a program called “Working on a Dream” for our campus radio station, KQAL 89.5 FM. In the spring, I co-host with the Student Association President, and we select a theme—everything from Broadway showtunes, “These Are a Few of My Favorite Things,” “Endings and Beginnings,” to this year’s theme of “Minnesota.”

As this spring’s show approached (see shameless plug below), I began to think about the theme of a playlist that could encapsulate everything that we as a community are experiencing during this strange, strange time. It was too difficult to come up with a single playlist that spoke to our moment, so instead I came up with four separate playlists, each one designed to mirror the mood of the remaining weeks of the semester.

I hope you’ll enjoy the first in this series, entitled “What’s Going On?

Sincerely yours,

Scott R. Olson
President

PS – Tune in to enjoy “Working on a Dream” from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, on KQAL 89.5 FM or listen online at www.kqal.org. WSU Student Association President Ben Ellgen and I will be serving as guest DJs, and the theme of the show will be “Minnesota” — featuring Minnesota-based artists and songs. (Please note that due to social distancing requirements, the show will be pre-recorded.)

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Dr. Scott R. Olson was appointed the 15th president of Winona State University on May 16, 2012. He has published two books, 30 book chapters and 22 journal articles in publications in the United States, Canada, China, Korea, Poland, Russia, and India. He has delivered over 100 papers at conferences in Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Korea, Poland, Taiwan and the United States. Through a $20 million gift from the Lilly Endowment he was able to create the Global Media Network (which won a national award from the American Council on Education) and the Center for Media Design.

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