Crossing the Finish Line Toward a Bright Future

For Michael (Mike) Desch, the finish line sometimes felt far away.  Throughout his college career, which began in 2013, Desch struggled with his mental health, which didn’t make the college experience easy. At times he failed classes and once took a...

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....

Impacting Local Water Quality with GIS Research

Only a semester into college, Megan Otten’s talent in geoscience became strikingly obvious.   “She was nearly perfect in all of her exams and quizzes,” Geoscience Associate Professor Dylan Blumentritt said. “A student doesn’t typically earn the scores she was earning...

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...

A Warrior-Style Last Day Celebration

Brand new Winona State University graduate Emily Robertson ’20 celebrated earning her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood this past Friday with not one, but two virtual celebrations. As she looked forward to the university’s first-ever...

WSU Student Teachers Finish Warrior Strong

For WSU Education majors, student teaching marks the final semester when pedagogy becomes practice and their career becomes real. Exhilarating and all-encompassing, the experience takes everything a college senior has and more. This spring, the COVID-19 pandemic added...