As members of the greater educational community, we at Winona State University feel the impact of the tragic events that took place on May 23rd at the University of California Santa Barbara. I ask that you please keep the Santa Barbara community in your thoughts and prayers. The more we learned about this tragedy, the more it became clear that these horrifying killings were an act of Gender Based Violence (GBV). Read More…
President Scott Olson returned once again to serve as guest DJ for the Winona State University campus radio station KQAL this spring. President Olson’s set list explores the theme of “Hope and Longing,” and includes a wide range of musical selections, from classics like “Blackbird” by the Beatles to contemporary hits like “Happy,”… Read More…
1. Old 55 (Tom Waits)
2. Sing! Sing! Sing! (Benny Goodman)
3. I’m a Believer (Monkees)
4. As We Go Along (Monkees)
5. Hurry Up Sundown (Bruce Springsteen)
6. Leaving New York (REM)
7. People Have the Power (Patti Smith)
8. Wichita Lineman (Glen Campbell)
9. Heard it on the Grapevine (Marvin Gaye)
10. Where the Streets Have No Name (U2)
11. Trenchtown Rock (Bob Marley)
12. The House I Live In (“America To Me”) (Frank Sinatra)
13. My Little Town (Simon and Garfunkel)
14. April Come She Will (Simon and Garfunkel)
15. Alison (Elvis Costello)
16. You Can Call Me Al (Paul Simon)
17. Blackbird (Beatles
18. Englishman in New York (Sting)
19. Independence Day (Bruce Springsteen)
20. Happy (Kristin Chenoweth and GLEE cast)
As we begin the New Year, I am reflecting on how we grow and change as a university. At times, it may feel to some that nothing changes. A closer look reveals there are many new beginnings underway through our planning efforts and the inspired work of groups and individuals. Read More…
Last summer a dedicated group of faculty met and reshaped our CAST (Child Advocacy Studies) mission by placing greater focus on helping students prevent, identify and intervene when abuse is evident. During fall semester, a CAST faculty member developed a new mandated reporting training module. Our students wonder how to handle abuse reporting; they want to be comfortable enough to speak up when they know something is not right. Read More…
We know that some of our students are not achieving their goals at WSU. In response, Student Life and Development (SLD) staff members have initiated two important pilot programs to shrink our achievement gaps. Utilizing grant funding, three orientation instructors created programming specifically for first-generation students. Read More…
We Minnesotans have always been proud of our education system. Our preeminence began right here in Winona with the first normal school west of the Mississippi, a teacher training institution that today we call Winona State University. The vision behind the Education Village is to restore Winona to national and international prominence in teacher education, and we know we have the outstanding faculty and staff to do that. Read More…
There’s been a lot of excitement about the offer of Board Early Separation Incentives (BESIs), and while the bargaining unit leadership has been supportive, there has also been some concern about why we are offering BESIs at this time. Is Winona State in immediate financial trouble? The short answer to that question is no, but we do have some budgetary challenges looking forward. Read More…
We began the year by synthesizing thousands of hopes and dreams that were shared last spring into five simple planning priorities for WSU: people, programs, price, place, and pride. While I’ve asked particular committees and individuals to work on certain aspects of this, my hope is that the entire WSU community will remain hoping and dreaming and sharing their ideas. Read More…
(With apologies to Roger Angell and The New Yorker) Greetings, Warriors, near and far! Our flame’s become a winter star! It’s time to celebrate that fire that still illuminates desire so to improve our world, you see, while learning in community. Read More…
Excitement is building as The Cal Fremling floating interpretive center & classroom project takes shape. An enthusiastic group of retirees, community members, faculty and staff are collaborating to develop programming and bring this special experiential learning platform to the region. It will be on the river by summer. Read More…
Bangles | Hazy Shade of Winter | 2:47 | Simon and Garfunkel
Beatles | Roll Over Beethoven | 2:23 | Chuck Berry
U2 feat. Green Day | The Saints are Coming | 3:21 | Skids
Johnny Cash | Hurt | 3:36 | Nine Inch Nails
Today, the MnSCU Board of Trustees will review the final version of Charting the Future. Although our Hopes and Dreams process preceded and was quite different in approach from Charting the Future, some areas overlap. You may remember that our process led us to focus on five priorities: Read More…
Over the last few weeks, we have had extensive conversations across campus and in the community about a draft document called “Charting the Future” that was developed in response to questions posed by MNSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone. It’s encouraging to see how engaged our faculty, staff, and students have been with the draft. In addition to three open forums, I visited the Student Senate and will visit the Faculty Senate to discuss the document, and there have been many other conversations both formal and informal. Read More…
What is purple and dances the night away?
In keeping with the focus on light from my opening address , expect a laser-like focus on our planning efforts this year.
We have much to consider and accomplish.
The end of September is our deadline for responding to the long-term strategies laid out in Charting the Future, MnSCU’s draft plan to ensure extraordinary education options for all Minnesotans.
In August we anxiously awaited the arrival of several students from Egypt.
The turmoil in their country threatened to keep them from arriving for the first day of class.
Thankfully, they all arrived safely and have settled into the academic year routine here at WSU.
By now, you have probably heard about the expansion of the south end of Kryzsko Commons.
This portion of the building, which includes Baldwin Lounge and the Bookstore, has remained the same since its construction in 1975, while our student enrollment has almost doubled.
Our student needs have changed, and eight new student study and meeting rooms, along with expansion of the WSU Bookstore, will go a long way toward helping us meet those needs.
1 – If you drive the river road, be sure to top off your windshield washer fluid first.
2 – William Shakespeare was writing for our times.
3 – Ditto Ludwig van Beethoven.
Another great year is set to begin at Winona State University. The 2013 Welcome Week program will kick off Monday, Aug. 19, with our annual Faculty and Staff Welcome. Read More…
It’s been a full academic year since I came to Winona State.
Kelley and I are settling in, gaining new insights on the culture and traditions of WSU, and the cities of Winona and Rochester.
It is clearer than ever that this university thrives because it is an integral part of these communities.
We began the academic year knowing there would be a number of leadership transitions and ended the year with a few more.
When looking for leaders in higher education, the first two qualities we seek are a passionate and enduring commitment to helping students realize their hopes and dreams, and integrity of the highest order.
I believe if someone has these two dispositions, other pieces can be learned – heck, we are dedicated to learning!
WSU has taken an important step forward this year by building awareness of what it means to become an inclusive community.
Every Winona State student should feel welcomed and supported and have full access to the excellence we offer.
The Diversity Task Force hosted our first all-university Diversity Summit, at which more than 200 participants considered our student, employee and alumni experiences.
Higher education is famous for acronyms.
Beginning next fall we are adding a couple more to our academic offerings, PSM (Professional Science Master’s – www.
My inauguration on April 19 was a celebration of all the good things we do at Winona State.
Even though my list only reflects a lighter side, I was very moved by the tradition I became a part of that day.
I am humbled to serve as the fifteenth president of this great university.
Bangles Hazy Shade of Winter 2:
47 Simon and Garfunkle Less Than Zero soundtrack Beatles Roll Over Beethoven 2:
23 Chuck Berry U2/Green Day The Saints are Coming 3:
Excerpted from Inaugural address.
We don’t know yet where our thousands of hopes and dreams might lead us. We’re still immersed in those conversations. But based on what I have heard you all saying, reading thousands of the cards you wrote and online suggestions you made, I see certain watermarks emerging. So, based on those conversations, here are some of my hopes and dreams.
1. Together. First, as to how our future shall Read More….
This is what the “Winona Way” looks like to me:
•Winona cherishes Independence – we don’t follow fads, and we prefer to be Read More…
The size of each word is a measure of its frequency in your responses. It says a lot about us. Students are foremost on our mind, followed by the community, the campus, our WSU identity, the faculty, and research. Our scale of thinking spans the local (Winona and Rochester) and the global (World). Other notable inclusions are words like campus, education, community, programs, and support, among others. It suggests to me something like this:
Students are our top priority. We serve them by building community on- and off-campus, partnering in Winona and Rochester to create a sense of place. We continue doing great things while also exploring new opportunities, including diversity and globalization. Read More…
Last week students and families were notified of inappropriate conduct by a former dean that occurred on campus. Winona State University has policies in place to promote the safety and well-being of our students and others in our learning community. If you or someone you know has noticed or experienced inappropriate conduct we encourage you to report the behavior to the University’s Affirmative Action Officer.
We are profoundly saddened by this breach of trust. We will take the steps necessary to address any harm that may have occurred, and remain unwavering in our commitment to ensuring the well-being of our students and providing a positive learning environment.
In recent weeks I have solicited and received more than 1,000 different hopes and dreams for the future of Winona State University, ranging from large scale to small, and encompassing nearly every aspect of WSU, including our students, our campus climate, our facilities, our technology, our outreach to the community, our partnerships with business and industry, and our image. These hopes and dreams make several things clear: folks remain deeply passionate about WSU, wholly committed to its future, and dedicated to being part of the conversation about where we should go next. Read More…
Most of you know that Winona State University was founded as a normal school, a place to train teachers on the American frontier. What you may not know is that from the very beginning we were recognized globally as innovators in teacher education, and that the “Winona Model” was influencing how teachers were prepared around the world back in the 1870s. In the years since, we’ve continued our proud tradition of teacher education and our College of Education remains a major component of what makes WSU great. Read More…
One way to build a better future is to find ways to improve what we are doing now. That’s how the Math Achievement Center was built. Knowing students succeed when they feel confident and positive about their math skills, faculty from the math department sought a better way to build foundational math skills. Read More…
I am proud of the recent competitive accomplishments of our Warrior athletes. The Warriors football team won the Mineral Water Bowl in early December and two of our cross country women Warriors earned All-American status at the national championship. Student athletes schedule their days to include class, study time and practice, plus travel frequently for games – but they also make time for community service. Read More…
By now many of you have heard that the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC) has formed a strategic affiliation with Gundersen Lutheran Health System based in La Crosse, Wis. This new affiliation will provide the NCPTC with steady financial support to accomplish its mission of eliminating child abuse in three generations. This is a win-win scenario for NCPTC and WSU. Read More…
I never dreamed that at this point in my life I would live in a residence hall. I had some special experiences as a resident of Lourdes Hall on our west campus during fall semester, and I learned a lot about Winona State and our students, including:
1. Winona State is more distinctive than I knew.
2. College students make good neighbors.
3. We can live more simply if we want to.
4. Alarms on the outside doors are activated in the evenings and if a Read More…
As members of the greater educational community, we at Winona State feel the impact of the tragic events that took place Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Education is at the heart of our mission. Among us are employees, students and alumni who work in schools Read More…
Dear alumni and friends of Winona State University, In recent weeks I’ve been seeking ideas from people who care about Winona State, people who want to see WSU thrive and grow. I am keenly interested in your thoughts because you know WSU in a special way. Winona State University delivers the finest residential public education in Minnesota. Read More…
I hosted the evening show on our campus radio station on Dec. 11. It was fun. Here’s my playlist.
1. Land of Hope and Dreams – Bruce Springsteen
2. Somewhere – Tom Waits
3. Sam Cooke – Wonderful World
4. Dancing in the Dark – Bruce Springsteen
5. Bad Day – REM
You are valued partners of Winona State University, so I want to share with you some personal insights about campus during my first two months here. I plan to share my personal views about what’s going on at WSU from time to time. I look forward to getting to know each of you better and collaborating with you to provide the best education possible for our students. Read More…
Fall semester is one of my favorite times of the academic year. We have the honor of welcoming our students back to the campus and community, and the excitement and intellectual vitality they contribute is palpable. It is the highest marker of our abiding quality that we have a full house once again. Read More…
As you know, Winona State is distinguished in part by its innovative use of learning technology. In our efforts to develop robust learning environments, WSU is launching a pilot project this year. Nearly 150 students will work with five members of the faculty using tablet computers in conjunction with their laptops to enhance further learning opportunities unconfined by the walls of the classroom. Read More…
We are especially proud at WSU of our connections in the community. Students have created a new club this year and are partnering with the regional Project Get Outdoors (“Project GO”) headquartered in Whitewater State Park. Project GO was founded to assist Minnesota communities in connecting children to nature through exploration and outdoor learning. Read More…
Part One Part Two President Scott Olson returned once again to serve as guest DJ for the Winona State University campus radio station KQAL this spring. President Olson’s set list explores the theme of “Hope and Longing,” and includes a wide range of musical selections, from classics like “Blackbird” by the Beatles to contemporary hits like “Happy,” as performed by Kristen Chenoweth and the GLEE case. And of course, you’ll catch a few tunes from the president’s favorite, Bruce Springsteen.
Higher education is famous for acronyms. Beginning next fall we are adding a couple more to our academic offerings, PSM (Professional Science Master’s – www.winona.