Many refer to Winona as a “college town,” so people assume Winona must be a ghost town during the summer when all the of the college students head in various directions. However, there is still a lot of activity in Winona during the summer months – especially on Winona State’s campus! This is because Winona State hosts many different camps and conferences over the summer and invites individuals of ranging age groups with varying interests on campus.
So, don’t think once college students conclude classes in the spring that campus is bleak and empty awaiting the return of students in the fall. A few camps have already taken place this summer such as Lego Mindstorms, Grandparents University and Summer Jazz Workshop. Learn about the types of camps and campers that are scheduled to inhabit campus the remaining months of summer while you are (most likely) gone:
H.O.P.E Academy (June 22 – July 2) – An important camp held on campus over the summer, H.O.P.E stands for Harnessing Opportunities for Post-Secondary Education Academic and Leadership Academy. The organized event gives underrepresented high school students the opportunity to experience college life by participating in college courses and workshops while staying on campus in a residence hall.
Scrubs Camp (June 26 – July 1) – During this camp, high school students get to explore career fields in healthcare while staying in the residence halls. After a day of learning about the healthcare field, campers spend their evenings playing volleyball and hanging out with fellow campers.
College For Kids (July 11 – 14) – This is one of the bigger events and takes place in many of the buildings on campus during the summer. Students in grades third through eighth participate in a full day of 90-minute lectures 0n a range of topics including math, science, language arts, social studies, art, music and more! On the final day of College For Kids, students will graduate and receive their certificates during a commencement ceremony in East Hall.
Camp Explore (July 24 – 29) – This camp is for high school students and explores a range of STEM-industry career fields which include engineering, healthcare, agriculture, transportation and more!
Camp Invention (August 1 - 5) – Students in grades first through sixth engage in activities which encourage 21st century learning skills as they work in teams to problem-solve real-world challenges.
Lastly, there are numerous athletic camps offered throughout the summer including football, soccer, volleyball, basketball and cross country! The athletic department hosts these camps. More information about the athletic and academic summer camps are available online.
It’s also important to point out that the Great River Shakespeare Festival takes over Winona during the summertime. Not only are the plays performed at the Perfoming Arts Center on campus, those who particapte in GRSF live in East Lake over the summer.
Hopefully you now feel more in the loop of what happens on campus in the summer!
It’s June Registration Week, and as future Warriors, you are stepping on the grounds of your home to-be. Welcome!
As you make your way around campus, be sure to look for Wazoo in the lower hyphen of Kryzsko Commons between 11 and 12:30 this week and get your picture taken! Then, share your Wazoo picture to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using #WarriorFresh, and you could win a cool prize. The three winners will be announced Monday morning in the Class of 2020 Facebook group. Please make sure your privacy setting is set to public or message your photo to WSU’s Facebook page if you prefer not to change your privacy setting.
Happy Registration Week!
As either an incoming freshman or a current student who is in search of a new job in Winona, it can be hard to find work that is close by and flexible with your school schedule during the year and vacations in the summer. Well, as an assistant in Web Communications on campus, I can say that applying for jobs on campus is the way to go! There are so many perks to having a campus job, and many times students overlook this option when searching for work. Here are 6 reasons why you should look into positions on campus:
1) You can utilize your major and continue to learn
As a college student working towards your degree, it’s hard to snag a job that applies to what you are currently studying. On campus there are positions available that allow you to put the knowledge you are gaining to use! My major is journalism, and my roles as a web communication assistant allow me to write and edit on multiple platforms. My job on campus has taught me a lot! For example, If you are going for a public relations major, there are students who work for PR on campus; if you’re pursuing a major in computer science or the like, a job in tech support would be perfect.
2) Your job is in walking distance from your place
If you’re a student and have a job on campus that means you must be in walking or biking distance from work! Unless you commute to Winona State for classes, of course. In the summer I try to rollerblade to Somsen Hall every day where I work since I’m so close. Also, you save a lot of time not having to run back and forth from classes to an off-campus job – you’re able to just go right from class in one building to work in another.
3) Campus jobs are the most understanding about school/class obligations
As a student, your education is what should take priority over a job. Campus jobs understand this and are the most understanding about needing to tweak your schedule given finals week or a week filled with projects. Obviously your campus job is still important, but if you communicate with your boss they are extremely understanding!
That’s right, you are often given free food. Student appreciation potlucks are held during the year and people aren’t afraid to bring in snacks to the office. For instance, this summer there is one day a month where free coffee, juice and donuts will be handed out at the gazebo to all employees and student workers.
5) There’s no requirement to work over school breaks
You can choose whether or not you want to work over spring, winter or summer breaks. This is especially nice if you land an internship one summer and want to return to your campus job when school resumes.
6) You meet great people your age
As a student worker, you’re surrounded by coworkers your age. You meet fellow students and have the opportunity to create great friendships. I’ve met a ton of amazing people who have turned into close friends through my campus position.
If you’re interested in working a job on campus, visit Warrior Jobs for available positions!
We all have our go-to spot for a meal or just quick bite, but even a favorite place can get too routine. Well, Warriors, I’m excited to bring to you a list of eateries on campus that are being built or improved!
1) Coffee & Bagels in the library
If you haven’t already heard, Darrell W. Krueger Library on campus will be adding an Einstein Bros Bagels and Caribou Coffee to offer Coffee & Bagels. The new spot, located to the right of the first floor upon entering the library, will be open to students and the Winona community this fall. Read more about this cool addition in The Winonan!
2) Jack Kane Dining Center revamped
Winona State is currently constructing a new and improved cafeteria! If you’re wondering what’s going on behind the walls of wood surrounding the dining area on campus, Chartwells explains that the new area will have an open concept space that allows for smoother traffic flow and more space between stations for guests to walk around, a made-to-order menu and a wide variety of foods. The dining center will also have a dedicated allergen-free zone! This new and improved eatery will be finished by the start of fall semester.
3) Somsen Hall Caribou transformation
Mugby Junction in Somsen Hall will close June 23rd and transform into We Proudly Brew Caribou. This spot will offer Caribou Coffee favorites along with expanded seating and a fresh look.
Along with these great projects that are underway on campus, the city of Winona is also adding a few more spots to eat! Right now, Ocean Sushi is now open on Gilmore Ave. and offers Japanese and Thai food. In addition, Nate & Ally’s Frozen Treat Creations on East Third will be opening this month. An expansion to the Bluff Country Co-Op food market and a new Jimmy John’s is currently under construction as well.
Not that we don’t absolutely love Mugby and our Smaug right on campus for quick pick-me-up options, but what’s better than MORE options?! Einstein Bros. Bagels and Caribou Coffee are teaming up to bring the ultimate store to locations all over the country. And WSU campus is lucky enough to be one of the chosen locations! Next school year this addition will be added to the Darrell W. Krueger Library. Here are 8 reasons why this new addition is truly one to be thankful for.
1) Endless breakfast options
Breakfast is ready to fit everyone’s morning cravings from egg and cheese bagels, to muffins, scones and oatmeal. No matter what you enjoy starting your day with, it’ll be available!
2) Lunch just got a little more interesting
Hot sandwiches and cold sandwiches along with a choice of soup and salads will have you excited to indulge in your favorite meal. The options are endless whether you want veggies or your fill of bacon – it’ll be ready within minutes!
3) More than enough ways to get your caffeine fix
Between Mugby and Caribou, you are sure to find your favorite coffee, tea or smoothie. There’s no wrong turn when it comes to a morning or mid-day boost to get you through those long, busy weeks!
4) Need a snack? No problem
Whether your snack consists of a sandwich or a sweet treat, Einstein’s and Caribou are sure to give you exactly what you need!
5) Something new and refreshing
During those weeks when you feel like you live on campus, it’s always nice to have a change in what you consume, am I right? These added options will definitely make it easier to call campus “home!”
6) The changing menus keep you on your toes
As seasons come and go and menus change, there will often be new and improved items for you to try! It’s easy to get sick of the old stuff after a while, but be it no more as both stores have forever changing or limited time options that really just make for a better excuse to spend money!
7) Something for everyone
No matter the allergy, religious practice or personal diet, there is sure to be something for each and every student at Winona State. Growing options don’t mean to take away from our previous choices, but rather make more accommodations for those who need them!
8) Perks and points rewards
As poor college students, nothing screams louder than “free!” or “discount!” So take advantage of both Caribou and Einstein’s reward programs. You get free birthday rewards along with special discounts and savers throughout the year.
GET EXCITED PEOPLE!!! COFFEE AND BAGELS FOR DAYSSSSSS!
One of my biggest regrets from college is not recording my experiences. I started keeping a daily journal my junior year, and it’s fascinating reading through it again. It feels like I’m reading back in time and allows me to reflect on my experiences. Since journaling, I have started my own blog on WordPress, called Bizarre Brunette. I also blog for WSU’s blog (duh) and for Twin Cities Geeks. Blogging is one of my favorite stress-relieving hobbies and I have discovered how much I love to write. So if you have ever thought about starting a blog, but don’t know where to start, this post is for you!
The first step in creating a blog is figuring out the website you want to use. Tumblr is a rather common website to start out with. It’s really easy to create an account and it’s also really user friendly. I had a Tumblr at one point, but I ended up deleting it within a couple months. For me, Tumblr feels a little too much like a social media site versus a personal blog. So I suggest starting with Tumblr, but then moving to another website. I absolutely love WordPress (FYI: The WSU blogs use WordPress). WordPress is a little more complicated to use, but there are tutorials everywhere on how to do certain things. It’s free to create a blog, but you’re limited on blog layout options. I don’t pay for WordPress because I don’t have that many followers to make it worth it, but with time I may consider it.
The second step is choosing a name. I feel like this is the hardest part about blogging can be coming up with something creative and catchy. Also, changing your blog title is normal. I had first started out with the Geeky Iceskater. It felt wrong to me, but I’m not creative at all. My friend came up with the Bizarre Brunette and that title was quirky and perfect. Asking friends for help can give you some creative aspect into what your blog title should be.
Finally, make sure to share your blog! Part of the fun of blogging is knowing that people are reading it. I share my blog posts on Facebook & Instagram. I also am apart of a variety of different Facebook groups where I can share all of my new posts. Networking is the best way to get followers for your blog and to gain more views.
Blogging is a fantastic stress release and a great way to improve the quality of your writing. I highly recommend creating a blog because going to college for your undergrad only happens once. Don’t let memories fly by!
We’re at that point in the semester, Warriors! Classes are coming to an end and finals week is in view, whether you like it or not. That means it’s time to start studying for exams and writing essays even though motivation to do so winds down with the remaining days in April.
There are many tips available online that can help you better prepare for finals week and stay focused, but you hardly see a list of things you shouldn’t be doing. Here are 10 signs you’re not doing finals right, including signs you failed come finals week. What better way to illustrate these signs than with a little comic relief from Jim Carrey as Ace Ventura?
1) Stress eating
Many of us have already developed this dangerous habit, and it tends to intensify during the last few weeks of the semester.
2) You distract yourself and avoid studying
It doesn’t matter what the BuzzFeed post, Facebook share or YouTube video is about, you’re going to watch it – anything to avoid studying.
3) Nervous habits
Whether it’s gum chewing, biting your nails or tapping a pencil – you may pick up some weird or annoying habits as you cram for final exams and crank out essays.
4) Drinking loads of caffeine
You’ll find yourself wired from caffeine during your long days of studying.
5) You’re in need of some serious pet therapy
If you’re looking too forward to reuniting with your pet back home after finals week or freak out a little extra when seeing a dog on campus, you may need to re-establish yourself.
6) You’re on the brink of a nervous breakdown
You may feel like you’re losing your mind with your long to-do list, all of the stress and lack of sleep.
7) Taking out your frustration and stress on others
Come finals week, a short temper and displaced aggression are sure signs you didn’t do finals right. This may result in being sassy towards friends and having negative thoughts towards your professors when they pass out your final exams. But it’s not their fault!
8) When you just accept your fate heading into finals week
You know you haven’t studied enough and just decide to wing it.
9) You don’t the answer to the first question on your final exam
The moment of terror when you look at the first question on the final exam.
10) Excessive celebration
If you notice you’re a little too excited after finishing finals, that may be an indicator you didn’t do your final weeks of the semester quite right.
Be on the lookout for these warning signs and try to avoid them! Now, focus these last few weeks and rock your finals. You can do it!
As many of us will be going back home or away for a job this summer, we may not miss having class every day, but there are still aspects of Winona that will be missed greatly.
For me, my friends will be what I miss the most this summer. The friendships I have formed this year have truly made my freshman year better than I ever could have imagined. My friends here at Winona State inspire me daily to be a better person and encourage me in my faith journey. The memories we have made this year will be ones I never forget, and I can not wait to make more next fall.
In addition, I have been so blessed to have such an amazing roommate this year. This summer I am really going to miss the little notes we leave each other everyday, sharing a bag of popcorn in the middle of the night, and our long rants about how much we hate Peeps.
Along with friendships, I am going to really miss my campus ministry, Chi Alpha. Chi Alpha has provided a sense of community for me this semester and a place for me to call home. The leaders of Chi Alpha truly have a heart for the people on this campus, and have inspired me to continually show love to those around me.
One way that I have gotten to know people better this year was by sitting down for a nice cup of coffee with them. For those that know me, I am a coffee fanatic and I love hearing other people’s stories. That being said, I am really going to miss all of the coffee shops in Winona this summer. Although my bank account might appreciate the break, I am going to miss walking across the street multiple times a week for a refreshing cup of Joe at Mugby Junction.
Not only does Winona have a fantastic collection of coffee shops, but also restaurants – at least in my opinion. Many people say that Winona does not have many choices when it comes to eating out, but coming from a small town with only McDonalds and Subway as options, Winona has a fantastic selection. I would have to say the restaurant I am going to miss the most this summer is Winona Family Restaurant. I go there every Thursday night, and let me tell you, nothing beats a late night cup of coffee and a nice cranberry lemon muffin. Although that seems like something you could order anywhere, the rest of their menu is absolutely amazing. I love going to Winona Family Restaurant because it feels like I am sitting down at my mom’s kitchen table for a nice home-cooked meal whenever I go there.
Overall, I am going to miss the beautiful city of Winona this summer. Growing up in a flat, farming community does not compare to the recreational activities Winona has to offer. It has been so fun to spend this school year hiking the bluffs, biking around the lakes, and canoeing down the river. Nothing beats the beauty and awe of looking out over this wonderful city from the top of Garvin Heights.
You will be missed, Winona.
It’s a battle that we have all faced. You’re working on some homework that you’ve put off doing, and you just sit and stare at the screen or paper.
Is this even English?
These directions make no sense.
How do I even start this problem?
HOW AM I EVER GOING TO GET THIS DONE?
Or maybe you’re working extremely hard; never missing a class, but it just isn’t clicking. I know that I’ve faced this problem before. One tool I utilize, but not many students do, is our on campus tutoring.
I recently got in touch with Jillian Quandt, the Associate Director of Warrior Success Center for Tutoring and Testing Services. She said in a typical year only about 1 out of 5 students use Tutoring Services. Tutoring Services employs about 50-70 undergraduate students every year, making it one of the largest providers of academically related work experience at WSU.
If you take a class at WSU then you are able to use any options the Tutoring Services offers! There are 3 types of tutoring: 1-on-1, drop-in, or group. If you want a 1-on-1 appointment, you need to make it 24 hours in advance to give the tutor adequate time to prepare. Tutoring Services can be found on the second floor of the library in room 220, in Lourdes Hall 158 on west campus, as well as the SLC third floor terrace. There is no limit to how many times one may use drop-in tutoring, but 1-on-1 tutoring is limited to about one hour a week. To find out what classes have tutoring available you will need to log into TutorTrac.
Another thing many students may not know is that in addition to drop-in tutoring and arranged appointments, students can access professional online tutors for free through Winona State’s contract with Smarthinking Online Tutoring. The link is available right after you login to D2L right below your list of courses on the left.
If you would like to become a tutor, you will need to have a GPA of at least a 3.0, 32 credits completed, an A or B in the course you would like to tutor in, a letter of recommendation form from a faculty member in the area of subject as well as good communication skills.
Never feel scared or nervous to utilize this advantage WSU gives us. The tutors are there because they want to help students. I have found it very useful and would even like to become a tutor!
For those of you concerned about the future of Winona State’s beloved gazebo, have no fear! The announcement of the university’s plans to convert the gazebo to a yurt was just a well thought out and totally believable April Fools joke. What made this news so believable is Winona State’s very real commitment to sustainability. Even though the transformation of the gazebo to a yurt will not take place to support sustainability efforts, something else will be implemented beginning next year. And this is no joke!
Professor Joan Francioni, chair of the Sustainability Committee on campus, and student Alison Bettin explained the Green Fund Program to come. Students will pay a Green Fee of less than $5 per semester (which will be part of the Student Life fee) to go towards projects that will increase WSU’s sustainability and decrease the university’s energy footprint. This initiative came from students last year, and Student Senate passed it unanimously last month. The funds will go towards supplies and infrastructure for projects, support for a new sustainability coordinator, student travel to workshops and training, and will support student and staff positions (this includes 10-12 Student Help positions for student interns and work-study jobs). The Green Fund Program will increase WSU’s effectiveness in the following areas:
1) Integrating sustainability broadly across the curriculum and student life so that all students are able to advance their knowledge, skills and awareness of environmental stewardship and sustainability
2) Using the campus as a living laboratory by enhancing opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to work together to develop and implement solutions to campus sustainability challenges.
Now, since this will be the students’ money going towards the Green Fund Program, there will be ways for anyone to submit ideas on how to specifically put these funds to use! The Sustainability Committee has been expanded to include five student members and that committee will oversee review of proposals and make recommendations to the administration. Student participation and input will be essential in putting these funds to use, and the process for submitting a proposal will be released soon. Submit your green campus project ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
#ConvertToTheYurt is not a real thing, but sustainability on campus is! Keep a lookout for more information to come about the Green Fund Program.