Distinguished Young Alumni & Faculty

Each year at Homecoming, Winona State University and the Alumni Society recognize individuals for their outstanding commitment to the University, its mission, and to improving our world. Distinguished Young Alumni Jordan Henrickson ‘14 After receiving his BA in...

Woman Warrior: Laura (Sette) Cunningham

In 2017, Laura (Sette) Cunningham ’00 was honored by the Wisconsin Law Journal as one of 29 outstanding “Women in the Law.” Dial back to her days as a student at Winona State – her interest in the law was sparked by volunteering with victims at the Women’s...

Woman Warrior: Rachel Fewell

Rachel Fewell ’00 first became intrigued with the idea of being a professional librarian while working as a program assistant at an eldercare facility in Madison, Wis. After pursuing and completing her master’s in library information studies at UW-Madison, she started...

Woman Warrior: Lindsey Derby

A police officer, a paramedic, a firefighter. Lindsey Derby ’10 has dedicated her professional career to public service, and on top of it all, is breaking gender norms as the first female firefighter in the city of Kasson, Minnesota. Her career path since graduating...

Woman Warrior: Cassandra Buck

“Jill of All Trades,” Cassandra Buck ’08, is an artist, educator, and arts advocate in the city of Rochester, Minnesota. Upon graduating from WSU with a bachelor’s degree in art education, Buck began teaching art at Kasson Mantorville Middle School in 2009. During her...

Supporting the Educational Needs of Tomorrow

The Winona Normal School was established in 1858 as the first state teacher preparation institution west of the Mississippi—intended to educate the students of the new frontier of the American West. One hundred sixty years later, Winona State University is still here,...