Commencement: Our Featured Grads

Crossing the Finish Line Toward a Bright Future

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...

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Determined to Make Every Moment Count

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....

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Impacting Local Water Quality with GIS Research

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...

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Using Experience to Inspire

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...

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A Warrior-Style Last Day Celebration

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...

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WSU Student Teachers Finish Warrior Strong

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...

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Karen Sullivan ’19

Karen Sullivan ’19

Name: Karen Sullivan | Class of 2019 | Major: B.S. Early Childhood & Elementary Education/Sociology and MS Professional Leadership | Post Graduation Job: Interim Director of the WSU Children’s Center

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Juan Manuel Rojas Cabrera ’19

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

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Hallie Riedel ’19

Hallie Riedel ’19

Name: Hallie Riedel | Class of 2019 | Major: Community Health | Post Graduation Job: Programs and Communication for Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation

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Christine Salentiny ’19

Christine Salentiny ’19

Name: Christine Salentiny | Class of 2019 | Major: Elementary Early Childhood Education | Post Graduation Job: Kindergarten Teacher at Round Lake

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Gilbert Obiero ’19

Gilbert Obiero ’19

Name: Gilbert Obiero | Class of 2019 | Major: Public Health – Epidemiology | Post Graduation Job: Community Health Worker at Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association…

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David Moonen ’19

David Moonen ’19

Name: David Moonen | Class of 2019 | Major: Commercial Recreation, Army ROTC | Post Graduation Job: CEO of Merrimack Canoe Company Escaping into the backwaters and bluffs every chance I got. I also have several professors that have proved to be…

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Kimberly Lee ’19

Kimberly Lee ’19

Name: Kimberly Lee | Class of 2019 | Major: Mathematics Secondary Teaching | Post Graduation Job: Aspiring Math Teacher Being highly involved with the Inclusion & Diversity Office under the direction of Alexander Hines. It helped shaped my…

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Brett Thomas Strub ’19

Brett Thomas Strub ’19

Name: Brett Thomas Strub | Class of 2019 | Major: Nursing | Post Graduation Plans: Aspiring Registered Nurse College is difficult but so is life. Be sure to take a moment to breathe and appreciate the things and people you have around you. The…

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Rashini Punchihewa ’19

Rashini Punchihewa ’19

Name: Rashini Punchihewa | Class of 2019 | Major: Business Administration | Post Graduation Job: Entry Level Manager at DMC Marketing, Inc. in Chicago, IL Get involved and commit to the organizations. You’ll get out of it what you put into it….

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