Featured Event

Communicating Climate Crisis

November 15, 17 & 20, 2019

Communicating Climate Crisis a lecture by Professor Elisabeth Swanstrom (University of Utah) on Creative Digital Media for Climate: How to Better Communicate Climate Crisis, followed by a screening of student videos and a panel discussion on Friday, Nov. 15. In addition, there will be a film screening of “The Economics of Happiness” on Nov. 17 and “Hours of Reality: Truth in Action” presentation by Sam Streukens on Nov. 20. For more information about  Communicating Climate Crisis events, please contact Anna Nacher anna.nacher@winona.edu.


Upcoming Events


U.S China Relations: China Town Hall Interactive Webcast Discussion

November 18, 2019 – 5:00pm- Kryzsko Commons Student Activity Center

Join communities across the United States in a national discussion about China on Nov. 18 at 5:00pm in Kryzsko Commons – Student Activity Center. The event features an interactive webcast with four speakers, moderated by George Stepanopoulos, Chief anchor of ABC news, along with an on-site discussion to follow. For more information about the discussion, contact Gretchen Van Valen gretchen.vanvalen@winona.edu.





Earth Talks: 21st Water Challenges to Translating Molecular-Scale Environmental Science into Solutions

November 18, 2019- 4:00pm- Science Laboratory Center 120

On Nov. 18 Mineralogical Society of America Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Jasquelin Peña (University of Lausanne – Switzerland), will present Translating Molecular-Scale Environmental Science into Solutions to 21st Century Water Challenges as part of the Earth Talks speaker series. For more information, contact Candace L. Kairies-Beatty ckairiesbeatty@winona.edu.






International Education Week

November 18-22, 2019

International Education Week is sponsored by Center for Global Education. During the week, attend Study Abroad 101 to learn the basics of how to study abroad through WSU, visit the Fulbright Informational Table for English-teaching opportunities all around the world, join us for study abroad sessions and learn from an Alumni Panel, plus more on marketing and funding your study abroad trip! For more information on International Education Week, contact Renee Stowell RStowell@winona.edu






Kent Cowgill Book Reading

November 18, 7pm – Stark Hall – Miller Auditorium – 103

Retired WSU English professor, Kent Cowgill, will read from his forthcoming book PurebRED: Confessions and Obsessions of a Nebraska Husker Superfan on Nov. 18. For more information, contact Jess Kauphusman jkauphusman@winona.edu.







ELP Conversation Partners International Potluck

Save the Date: November 20, 5-7pm – Haake Hall – 175

Join English Language Programs to celebrate International Education Week with a Conversation Partners International Potluck. Bring a dish to share, meet students from around the world and practice intercultural communication. For more information, contact Tim Brennan tbrennan@winona.edu.







Finance at Noon

Save the Date: November 20, 12pm – Somsen Hall – Financial Markets Lab/Engagement Center 108

Join Mike Slaggie, founder of Slaggie Capital Group, and the Finance faculty for Finance at Noon.  Mr. Slaggie has been named a Top 400 Financial Advisor by the Financial Times, a Best-In-State Wealth Advisor by Forbes and one of America’s Top 1,200 Advisors by Barron’s. Free pizza will be available during the discussion. For more information, contact Lawrence Schrenk lschrenk@winona.edu.






The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe

Save the Date: November 20-23, 7:30pm – Dufresne Performing Arts Center

Join us for this portrait of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness portrayed by a girls’ indoor soccer team. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, these nine American girls navigate big questions and wage tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the DuFresne PAC Box Office (Nov. 13-22 between 12-4pm) or one hour before each performance. Tickets are $6 for students and $12 for the general public.





Grief and the Holidays

Save the Date: November 20, 2019- 3:00-3:50pm- IWC 267

Join us for a discussion on the challenges of the holiday season after the loss of a loved one at Grief and the Holidays. The discussion will be held on Nov. 20 from 3:00-3:50pm in IWC-Room 267.  For more information, please contact WSU Counseling Services.






Pizza with the President

Save the Date: December 9, 2019

Need a break from studying? Join President Olson at 6pm on Monday, December 9, in Krueger Library for 100 FREE pizzas from Winona’s locally owned pizza places: Rocco’s, Sammy’s and Zaza’s! Pizzas will be delivered and handed out throughout the event.

 In The News

WSU In The News: Alumni Donates Campus Letters

WSU In The News: Alumni Donates Campus Letters

Alumni Bill Koutsky ‘75 has generously donated the large “WSU” letters now located on campus near the gazebo, as a gift to Winona State University. Koutsky wanted Winona State to have a photo-op destination where people could take pictures and share across social...

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WSU Alum Receives Upper Midwest Regional Emmy® Award

WSU Alum Receives Upper Midwest Regional Emmy® Award

Winona State University alum Tommy Platek ‘13 received the Upper Midwest Regional Emmy® Award in the Photographer: News category, for his videography work at Town Square Television in the Twin Cities.    Platek’s award entry included samples of his videography...

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