Determined to Make Every Moment Count

As a high school senior, the idea of college seemed farfetched to first generation student Diana Tapia Alvarado.   Tapia Alvarado’s mom was a hard-working single parent working low-income jobs who dedicated every waking moment to paying bills and being a good mother....

Using Experience to Inspire

Jose “Junior” Valtierra-Rangel’s parents immigrated from Mexico to St. Charles, Minnesota in hopes of one day giving their children the opportunity to live a better life.  They succeeded.  Valtierra-Rangel, who was born and raised in St. Charles, had a childhood of...

Turning Grief into Determination

For most new college students, Move-In Day is full of excitement, exhilaration and the promise of new fulfilling adventures.   For 2021 Winona State University graduate Kaylee Bayer, that was not the case.  Leading up to the big day, Bayer’s excitement at...

Academic Life: Excellence in Nursing

  With a commitment to academic excellence, the Winona State University Department of Nursing continues to deliver committed, passionate and hardworking nurses for over 50 years. Citori Gowlland ‘21, a junior here at WSU has just started her journey towards...

Juan Manuel Rojas Cabrera ’19

Name: Juan Manuel Rojas Cabrera | Class of 2019 | Major: Nursing | Post Graduation Plans: Graduate Research Program in Neural Engineering Laboratory at Mayo Clinic Selected as Outstanding Student for Nursing  Why Did You Choose WSU I think the biggest factor...

Hallie Riedel ’19

Name: Hallie Riedel | Class of 2019 | Major: Community Health | Post Graduation Job: Programs and Communication for Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation  Most Important Thing WSU Taught You Believe in yourself. There are a lot of people both in plain...