Somsen Hall

Somsen Hall is located in the northeast corner of Main Campus between Phelps Hall and Memorial Hall.

Somsen Hall features a variety of helpful offices and resource centers as well as an auditorium, café, and a comfy study lounge.

What’s In This Building?

Tech Support

This center is used for:

  • Laptop program
  • Technology troubleshooting

Harriet Johnson Auditorium

This space is used for:

  • Academic courses
  • Campus-wide events

Somsen Café

This space is used for:

  • Bite to eat
  • Socializing

College of Business Engagement Center

This space is used for:

  • Doing homework
  • College of Business simulations & presentations
  • StartUp Winona

University Administrative Offices

This space is used for:

  • President Scott Olson’s office
  • Administrative duties that run the university

Academic Departments

Somsen Hall is home to the College of Business, which includes the departments of:

WSU student worker helping another WSU student at Tech Support.

Tech Support

When technology is more important than ever in education, you shouldn’t have to worry about tech issues holding you back.

That’s why Tech Support is here to help. From backup and cleaning services to troubleshooting, you can lean on us.

Through our eWarrior Laptop Program, every full-time undergraduate student gets a laptop of their choice. So, pick between a PC or Mac—there’s no right or wrong. We recommend you check if your major requires one device over the other.

Either way, our computers are fully configured. This means you’re equipped with all the right software and apps you’ll need to succeed in your classes.

Thinking about bringing a personal printer? You don’t need to! Every academic building has at least one printer on each floor. But most buildings have multiple to accommodate our students. Included in your tuition is a 500-page quota for black & white printing.

If for some reason you exceed this quota—this it totally okay—then simply contact Tech Support and purchase more pages.

Harriet Johnson Auditorium

Somsen Hall has one main lecture hall: Harriet Johnson Auditorium.

This lecture hall seats just over 800 students. The auditorium also includes a large stage and screen at the front for faculty to broadcast their presentations.

Many other campus events are held in this auditorium, including hypnotist shows, music performances, and guest speaker talks.

Somsen Café

Craving some freshly brewed joe? This café has you covered with Caribou Coffee.

Want to also take a freshly made sandwich, salad or sushi to go? No problem. Somsen Café is the perfect spot for you to curb your between-class munchies.

This café accepts Kryzsko Kash—our on-campus currency—as well as regular cash, debit or credit.

College of Business Engagement Center

The College of Business Engagement Center is a study space that offers plenty of seating and hosts experiential learning opportunities for business students.

In this lounge, students enrolled in the College of Business can interact with local businesses and their CEOs, complete business simulations, listen to speakers, and give presentations.

You could find yourself attending a career fair and speaking with the leaders of Merchants Bank and more. Or learning professionals’ insights on work-life balance. Or even participating (and winning cash prizes) in a sales competition organized by C.H. Robinson.

In the back of this space, there are professional sales rooms equipped with video cameras where you could practice for an upcoming interview or complete a sales simulation.

We’re all about giving students hands-on opportunities. And this lounge does just that and more.

Fun Fact

Students minoring in Sales have the opportunity to learn and thrive in the Strauss Center for Sales Excellence. Our Sales Team is so successful that Winona State University has been named one of the Top Universities for Professional Sales Education by the Sales Education Foundation for the last five years.

Did You Know?

A stock market ticker runs in the WNB Financial Markets Lab all day. 

StartUp Winona State

Want to be your own boss? Have an idea but don’t know how to bring it to the next level? StartUp Winona State is ready to help you map out your business plan, network in your field, identify funding sources, and build the skills you’ll need to succeed.

University Administrative Offices

Winona State wouldn’t be able to function without our administrators. Among our administrative offices is our University President Scott Olson’s office. He became our 15th University President after being appointed in 2012.

Some things you may not know about President Olson are that:

  • He held administrative leadership positions at Ball State University, Central Connecticut State University and Minnesota State University, Mankato.
  • He has published two books, 30 book chapters, and 22 journal articles in publications in the United States, China, Russia, India, and more countries. He has also delivered over 100 papers at conferences in Brazil, Denmark, Ireland, Taiwan, and more countries.
  • He won an Emmy Award and a Cine Golden Eagle Award in 2004 for a documentary film about digital learning.