Minné Hall

Minné Hall is located on the southern edge of Main Campus between Sheehan Hall and Darrell W. Krueger Library.

Minné Hall features a variety of comfy study lounges as well as a helpful writing resource center and an observatory.

What’s In This Building?

Classroom Enrichment Programs

Minné Hall offers a few programs that enrich the classroom experience, including:

  • Common Book
  • Great River Reading Series

Writing Center

This space is used for:

  • Assistance with writing assignments
  • Appointments & walk-ins

Observatory

This space is used for:

  • Stargazing
  • Club events

Did You Know?

Want to become a published author during your time at WSU? Submit a poetry, prose or art piece—or all three—to Satori, the University literary arts magazine. Or pick up a free copy in Minné Hall for some new reading material written by your peers.

Fun Fact

Earn money for your original creative pieces! The Winona Prize in Creative Writing is an annual contest run through the English Department that awards a $1500 prize to one student writer in each category of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Bonus: the three winning contestants are featured in that year’s edition of Satori.

Classroom Enrichment Programs

We pride ourselves in offering our students initiatives that enrich their classroom experiences.

Common Book

The Common Book is a project run through the English Department that brings the community of WSU readers together to discuss a single work. A new Common Book is selected each academic year based on the issues it raises. It may be incorporated into both the curriculum of multiple WSU courses and on-campus events like public readings, lectures and visits from selected authors.

Past Common Book selections include Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and Matt Richtel’s A Deadly Wandering. The Common Book Project is a great opportunity for students to widen their literature repertoire and to become more involved with their collegiate community.

Great River Reading Series

If you’re eager to meet successful writers, then you don’t want to miss out on the Great River Reading Series. This program brings published authors to WSU each year. Poets, fiction writers and non-fiction writers alike have the opportunity to visit certain creative writing and literature classes and to give a public reading of a selected work of theirs.

Writing Center

The Writing Center is the place to go if you need help with any part of the writing process, from brainstorming to researching to organizing. Our undergraduate and graduate tutors are certified to assist you with all writing assignments. That’s right, not just English papers.

Our tutors strive to better you for the future rather than just better the individual assignment. They can look at grammar if you’d like, but they’ll likely turn it into a teaching moment. That’s why it’s a good thing to know that the Writing Center isn’t just an editing service.

Nor is the Writing Center a resource for “bad” writers. Most people don’t hand in their writing without having someone look it over first. It doesn’t hurt to have our tutors do so.

Make an appointment or walk right in. Either way, come in with plenty of time before your assignment is due. Our tutors are happy to help, but there’s only so much they can do when under a time crunch.

Write on, Warriors!

Observatory

One night a week when there are clear skies, WSU’s Astronomy Club opens up the rooftop observatory for students to look at the stars for free.

The observatory has a 12-inch reflecting telescope and some smaller telescopes, to let Warriors capture a view that’s literally out of this world.

Make sure to bookmark the Astronomy Club Facebook page to get the latest observatory updates, upcoming club events and other fun astronomical facts.