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...

The Ripple Effect: A Faculty Member’s Study Abroad Story

Fall 2016 I sat in the office of the Assistant Vice President for the Center of Global Engagement blubbering. I was literally shedding mascara. Me: I’m such a loser. I’m 41 and don’t even have a passport.Her: [grabs tissue box] It’s never too...

Home is Without Borders

My name is Kendra Nusbaum, and I am a junior from St. Cloud, Minnesota. I study nursing and Spanish with a minor in Child Advocacy Studies (CAST). This past spring, I studied abroad in Valparaíso, Chile with Academic Programs International (API) to finish my Spanish...

Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend

Most who will read this, likely haven’t paid much attention as they walked by the Hackberry tree outside the R.A. DuFresne Performing Arts Center on WSU’s campus. It has stood in its place and served passers-by (both human and nature’s critters alike) as a silent...

Elevate Relevancy in Challenging Times

WSU ACE partners with Sandy Anderson, MS Organizational Consultant & Coach, to deliver customized, strength-based, solution-focused strategies for businesses of all sectors. In this month’s ACE in the Community, learn how leaders can leverage the middle mess to...