For new students–and even some returning students who’ve been gone for the summer months– the city of Winona is an unfamiliar place just waiting to be explored. But most of the time, I find myself staying close to campus for the week as I run between classes, the gym, study sessions and working at my campus job.
So, before we all get settled into our weekly campus routines, let’s take the time to experience beautiful Winona and the great businesses and hangout spots the city has to offer! And what better way to do that than through Pokemon GO, and participating in the #WSUPokeCrawl? After all, you gotta catch ‘em all!
For all you Pokemon lovers out there, an awesome online map has been created that marks many of the PokeStops and gyms located throughout Winona! Specific routes are outlined so you can maximize the number of Pokestops and gyms you’ll find along the way and hatch eggs efficiently. At each marker on the map, you can learn a little bit about the locations and see if nearby businesses offer any special deals for Pokemon trainers.
While you are out hunting Pikachu and getting to know your new home, it’s important to be polite when visiting businesses and public spaces–especially at memorials or other venerated places. Behavior that seems like harmless fun to you can come across as disrespectful to other people who may not play or understand Pokemon GO. There have been recent confrontations at the Veterans Memorial Park in Winona, and though the game has not been banned from the park, everyone is asked to be respectful of the veterans and the memorials in this space.
Team up with fellow Pokemon trainers on the #WSUPokeCrawl this weekend! It’s a great way to make new friends, expand your Pokedex and share the love of Pokemon GO. Happy hunting!
Welcome back to campus, students! In one short week you will begin classes and slowly see your planners fill with club activities, work schedules and exam dates. Before things start getting too busy, take the time during Welcome Week to get outside and do something fun! In spirit of the Rio Olympics this month, WSU is holding the #PurpleGoesGold Photo Contest, where students can submit photos of themselves exploring campus and Winona for a chance to win awesome prizes.
Not sure of what to do for a photo op? There are plenty of fun activities to do around Winona! Here are a few:
1) Go for a bike ride
If you don’t have a bike of your own, you can rent a bike for five hours at a time for free at the Student Resource Center in the lower level of Kryzsko.
2) Rent outdoor equipment
3) Rock climb
The university’s Climbing Center is open Tuesday-Friday from 5-10pm, Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 12-6pm if you want to take on one of the largest university climbing walls in the Midwest. There are also spots around Winona to climb outdoors!
4) Go to the gym
5) Play volleyball
Sand courts are located near residence halls and you are able to rent a volleyball from the hall’s front desk or use your own ball! Playing a volleyball game is a great way to make new friends and get to know your floormates.
6) Play frisbee golf and soccer
There are soccer fields located by the Bandshell near the Lake Lodge and two frisbee golf courses wrap around the lakes. You can rent frisbee golf equipment through WSU or the Lake Lodge, as mentioned in #2.
Photo submissions will be accepted until Sunday, Aug. 21 through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram by using the hashtag #PurpleGoesGold when you post your photo. If your privacy setting is not set to public, you can message your photo to WSU’s Facebook. Voting will take place on WSU’s Facebook Aug. 23 and 24. The gold, silver and bronze winners will be announced Thursday, Aug. 25.
Have fun, Warriors, and go for gold!
I think it’s safe to say we have all been, at one point or another, confused by StarID. It’s tricky to memorize the random letters and numbers that is your login, and if your password is different than what you use for your email and computer keychain, then things really start to get complicated.
Well, Warriors, things are about to get a bit easier for us! In a recent email from Tech Support, students, faculty and staff will convert to StarID on August 8. To avoid a mass conversion, it’s suggested to make the switch now. This means you should reset your passwords and make your WSU and StarID passwords identical ASAP, as your email login will now be your StarID login. But don’t worry, your email address will remain the same!
So, why the change?
Now students, faculty and stuff will be able to log in to all WSU and MnSCU online resources using the StarID and password. Currently, everyone has been using their WSU ID for their email, OneDrive, printing, WSU wireless, etc. and have been using StarID for e-services and D2L Brightspace. Since a number of systemwide IT services use StarID, the change to using Star ID across all logins is taking place to make things easier and improve security.
Tech Support is asking anyone who is having trouble with resetting their password/converting to StarID to contact them,or come to Somsen 207 for assistance during the following times:
This is a change to be excited for! Things just got easier and safer for us.
As the school year quickly approaches, so does the horrifying word “adulting.” This means busting out your planner, resurfacing the backpack you eagerly shoved in your closet at the end of May and crying as you apply for student loans and add to your debt. However, there is one thing you can do to make your bank account (and yourself) very happy – scholarships! Here’s how to go about it:
1) Start NOW
There isn’t a better time to apply for scholarships than now, in the summer. The earlier you apply, the better of a chance you have to get scholarship money. Also, right now you’re free of a full class load and you typically have more down time now than during the start of the school year.
2) Visit the WSU scholarship page
Go to the university’s scholarship page to see all of the different options our university has to offer and look for answers to your questions!
3) Looking for something super easy?
Click the “Apply Now” button on the scholarship page and check out the Foundation Scholarships that are available. Once you sign in, you can fill out your general application that will attach to scholarship applications you submit. You can also view all of your submitted applications, check their statuses and search for tons of financial opportunities.
4) Don’t limit yourself to just WSU-specific scholarships
Browse other sources online for scholarships! A great place to start is the College Board, where you can look at scholarships through the most specific or broad window you’d like!
5) I’ve applied – what now?
Make sure to keep a close eye on your WSU email, as that is how most scholarship winners are announced. You can also check your “award letter” under the financial aid tab within your e-services account. Any further questions? The Warrior Hub is a great place to get answers.
Now, get to it Warriors!
I’m not gonna lie – college isn’t easy. I am a journalism student and also the editor-in-chief of WSU’s student newspaper, The Winonan, and as with any college major, there will be times when you think you have your future figured out and you’re on the right track. Then there are times where you wonder why you even chose this major and how you’re going to make a living.
This past weekend, three Winonan staff members and I attended the ACP/CMA Summer Workshop in Minneapolis, which included 220 students from 78 schools and 36 states. The conference consisted of different workshops and I attended the Future of Digital Journalism track. I not only gained new ideas for our paper at the workshop, but I also took away a handful of tips to apply to my college career. These tips and life lessons are definitely applicable to any student in college, whether your major is journalism, math, psychology or nursing – whatever your future career, there’s no doubt you will endure roadblocks, struggles and doubts. Here are 7 things to keep in mind and follow while in college and beyond:
1) Embrace constraints and work with what you have
In our workshop we discussed how newspapers are often limited and constrained by budgets and the ever-changing industry. But despite these challenges, you need to work with what you have and make the most of your resources and abilities. The same goes for living in college – you may not always have everything you want, like a photographic memory, air conditioning in your place or a strong WiFi connection, but it’s important to embrace these restrictions and make the most out of your situation. You may need to make adjustments in life, but in the end everything works out and you need to be resourceful.
2) Work hard to get where you want to be
In the journalism field, more often than not you’re going to have to work your way up from the bottom. After college you’ll probably start out working the smaller jobs such as reporting for a small-town newspaper or being part of a team that works on social media – whatever direction you want to take your mass communication degree, you will still have to work hard for where you want to end up career-wise. In any situation in life or in a career, you need to have a goal and work towards it. Nothing comes easy, and having career goals will keep you grounded, motivated and focused.
3) Be careful what you post
This is so crucial while you’re in college. During the conference, one of the advisors from a Texas college newspaper began telling my staff members and I about a controversial Snapchat video of a fraternity one of the Texas reporters saw, and how the paper was probably going to use that video to support a a follow-up article. This is the perfect example of how students need to be mindful of what they’re posting on social media in college. I know this has been preached to you before, but it is true that you don’t know who is really looking at your posts, and these viewers may include future employers or current professors and bosses. Just be aware!
4) Don’t box yourself in
As mentioned above, when it comes to pursuing a career in journalism, it’s important to remember that you may not be doing exactly what you dreamed you’d be doing right away. If your interests lie with writing, you may have to work with video at some point. If you’re into videography, you may have to work with photos. It’s important not to be narrow minded heading into a journalism career, or any career. This goes for the college experience as well. Be diverse, be open to new ideas and push your limits. You’ll get farther in life if you’re open and can adapt.
5) Never stop learning
The ACP/CMA Workshop is a perfect example of this! Even though it’s summer break and The Winonan doesn’t resume printing until September, our staff continues to learn and better our publication by attending this conference yearly. In college, make the effort to teach yourself a few things along the way that will benefit you in the future. Remember, learning does not cease after you graduate. You’ll constantly be learning new things in your career and teaching yourself along the way can only help you get to where you want to be.
6) Don’t be afraid of change
In the ever-changing journalism industry, communication tools and media platforms will never stay the same for too long. That means you can’t be afraid of change as a journalist. This follows the two preceding points; you need to be open to this change and learn how to adapt. The same goes for in life. In college, you’re going to be going through tons of changes with friends, family and who you are as a person. You’ll discover new things about yourself and deal with situations you’ve never come across before. College changes you, and you shouldn’t be afraid of this change. Change is a good thing, and it can lead you to amazing experiences and relationships.
7) Make memories
As a journalist, you want to make people remember what you write, produce, photograph, etc. It’s about telling stories to last a lifetime, and that’s what college is all about as well. Make mistakes and bold decisions and you’ll create and share memories with people you can tell for years after you graduate. So do something different and try something new – write your own story and carry it with you forever.
As my freshman year at Winona State came to a close, I started to reflect on all the special opportunities I received and memories I had made just from getting involved here on campus. I can’t count how many times before my freshman year I heard, “Get involved on campus!” or “Join a club, there’s so many!” I began to doubt the idea because I thought I’d be too busy and that I’d meet enough people on my own so I didn’t see a strong of point. But, the suggestion to join something and get involved was one of the best pieces of college advice I have received. Saying that, and having one year of college under my belt, I’ve listed 5 tips to getting involved on campus for incoming freshmen this year, and even for upperclassmen!
1) Go to the club fair
There are countless options for clubs for your major, minor, or just something you simply like. With all the clubs on campus you’re bound to find the perfect fit for your personality and what you enjoy. This year’s club fair is Saturday, August 20 from 1-3pm, so be sure to attend and see what WSU has to offer you!
2) Get involved
I know you have heard this before, but I will say it again because it is that important. I met the most people in activities I got involved in – not so much in my classes or even my dorm. Even if you haven’t gotten involved so far in college it doesn’t mean it’s too late! Or if you’re unsure about it at first just give it a shot. You don’t want to look back when it’s too late after graduating and regret not trying something out. So go to the club fair, keep an eye out for posters on campus, announcements on digital signs and all other ways to learn about new opportunities!
3) Do something out of your comfort zone
You might feel a little uneasy going outside your comfort zone by joining something new with new people, but that does not mean you shouldn’t go for it! You could very well thank yourself later for joining. I know not one small part of me regrets getting involved here.
4) Look for unique experiences
Depending on the club or organization you join, there is something that sets it apart from the next. They could give you a once in lifetime experience, awesome experience in your desired career field, rare chances, etc. Most of all, joining a club on campus will allow you to make friends that have similar interests as you. This will make for lifelong relationships and memories.
5) Keep an open mind
Having the chance to get involved may spark a fire inside of you for a passion you didn’t know you had. You can meet a variety of people from different backgrounds and learn from their perspectives. Being apart of a group can help you grow your voice, communication, and leadership skills. Also, it’s important to be open to new experiences and attitudes when searching for a club to join or organization to get involved in because you never know what you might like until you try it (just like moms tend to preach!).
I will continue to tell every freshman and friend of mine that hasn’t yet gotten involved on campus to join something that interests them or is something they’d usually never do. The experiences and friends you can gain have already drastically heightened my college experience thus far.
Everybody has a favorite food. Pasta, burgers, curry, sushi…. anything is a good choice. However, the real king of the food world is the sandwich. While they’re certainly tasty, they also serve as utensil-less vehicles of flavor. In Winona, there’s plenty of choices to fill that empty hole in your stomach. Based off of my taste testing, these are the five local sandwiches that fill it best:
1) Sunflower Veggie – Blue Heron Coffeehouse
Typically, vegetarian sandwiches tend to be a little boring. Either the sauce doesn’t give it enough flavor, or the veggies are cheap and plastic-y, or there just isn’t enough going on in the sammie to give it that kick of flavor. The Sunflower Veggie, however, is perfection. The mix of their herbed cream cheese, sprouts, and the grainy bread makes for some stellar grub.
2) Hummus BLT on Cranberry Bread – Blooming Grounds
This one, at first, makes no sense as a sandwich. Garlic hummus? With Bacon? And Cranberries? Nah, that can’t work. Well you know what, it totally does. The bacon and hummus give a much needed salty side to the sweet cranberry bread. Plus, they throw it through a panini press so you know it’s going to be good. Paninis are always good.
3) Full Combo – The Acoustic Cafe
This one’s a doozy! Acoustic’s warm sandwiches are always great, but the Combo takes it a bit further. Four kinds of meats, lettuce, tomato, peppers and the best sauce you could hope to ask for. Just be sure to go all out and get the full size. You’re gonna need it.
4) Cowboy Chicken on Focaccia – Winona Sandwich Company
This is a bit more specific than the others, seeing that I’ve been working on perfecting this for three years. The Cowboy chicken on it’s own is alright, but on focaccia bread it’s miraculous. Add in some sprouts, pico de gallo, lettuce, tomato and extra hot sauce and you’ve got a spicy piece of grub you’ll want to consume in perpetuity.
5) Turkey Aioli Sandwich – Bluff Country Co-op
The final, and most simplistic sandwich on the list, is the definition of “comfy.” The Co-op’s Aioli is pretty stellar, and when mixed with the turkey adds up to another super good sammie. The only downside is it’s only sold every so often, so you’ll have to keep your eyes open for it!
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!