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...

Through Resolve & Support, Zijie Liu Excelled

There’s one last thing Zijie Liu needs to do before her final day at Winona State University:   The only thing I want to do before I graduate is to go to the cafeteria and have one last omelet!   But there were a lot of people at WSU giving Liu a hand and...

Biology Outstanding Graduate: Shannon Moua

Why I chose Biology at WSU Because I am very curious, I thought that Biology was a great field to choose to understand Life and Mother Nature. Choosing this Major in Winona State University was a really good choice given from my parents after having my brother as a...

Biology Outstanding Graduate: John Hanke

Why I chose Biology at WSU Winona State University offered me an affordable and quality education within biology. From the laboratory spaces to the lecture halls, I was impressed with the layout of the facilities and the resources available to me as a student. The...