COVID-19 Update

Dashboard Update

Our positive COVID-19 cases on campus are the lowest they’ve been since the beginning of the semester. This past week’s reporting period, we’ve had 10 new positive cases, and a total of 31 active positive cases.

The number of students quarantining is up (146) – and this is good thing. Findings consistently indicate that higher numbers in quarantine equals lower incidences of Covid-19.

This is exactly what we are seeing on our campus.

Bottom line: Quarantine works.

Thank you for those who do so. Let’s keep it up, control the spread, and stay strong, together.

See more details on WSU’s COVID-19 dashboard.

Your Voice Matters: Fall Experience, Spring Decision

Thank you to the nearly 2,000 students who took the Spring Break survey. The results are in front of campus decision-makers who will be making their decision the week of Nov. 2.

We’re also making important decisions now for Spring and want to hear about your fall experience so the university can respond to the needs of students and improve the Spring experience.

Spring 2021 & J Term Registration Opens Next Monday

Students will be able to register for spring semester classes starting Monday, Nov. 2. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to register for classes in eServices.

When you register, you may notice some classes labeled with “J TERM”. These classes are held over Winter Break, and it’s a new option to help students stay on course or get ahead in their programs. Learn more about J Term classes.

As always, your faculty advisor or an advisor in the Warrior Success Center can help you with questions about registration.

Pandemic-Friendly Fun: Heights, Frights & Karate

Belay on– the WSU Climbing Center is back! Students can reserve 2-hour climbing sessions online or via the new app during the week and on Saturdays.

Never climbed before? Don’t worry, there will be expert staff to show you the ropes.

If heights aren’t your thing, you can get a workout in at the IWC Fitness Center. The Fitness Center is open to all students on Monday-Friday from 10am-8pm. Learn how to schedule a spot.

Get in the spooky spirit with the last Lake Park Drive-In Music & Movies. This week it’s a showing of “Beetlejuice” with a performance by local favorite Karate Chop, Silence on Saturday from 6pm – 10pm at the Band Shell on Lake Winona.

If you are having your own Halloween celebration, here are some pandemic-friendly ideas and ways to stay safe if you do plan to party.

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#CountOnMe: Door Greeters

It’s not easy to create new habits – like taking the daily self-assessment before we come to campus. Sometimes, it’s helpful to have a reminder.

When the call went out for “friendly folks” to act as Count on Me door greeters, Warriors like Mary and Rebecca, were quick to answer.

We appreciate the countless hours our door greeters put in this semester to help us keep one another safe!

Learn how to get your free Count on Me sticker to show your support.

It is important to take the daily assessment to remind yourself to stay safe and to make sure that you know how your health is every day.

It allows your in-person classes to have a sense of calm, knowing that the people around you in those classes feel safe too.

Rebecca Shoberg

Nursing Major, '22

Voting & Post-Election Support

We are days away from Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3. However, you can vote early in person– whether you’re registered or not– at the Winona County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office, 202 W. Third St., from 8am-4:30pm on Monday-Friday.

COVID protocols are in place: Masks are required, physical distancing is practiced, and there are hand sanitizing stations throughout.

If you haven’t registered, bring proof of residence to show your current address along with a photo ID. Proof of residence could be a utility bill, bank or credit card statement, lease agreement or mortgage payment with your name and current address.

Have a plan, and find your polling location in Minnesota or out of state.

Stressed out waiting for the 2020 election results?

You aren’t the only one! Join other students and WSU Counselor Jamie Sanders in a supportive, confidential conversation about managing election stress on Tuesday from 2-3pm.

The conversation will be focused on our well-being, not our political affiliations.

Message from President Olson & Kara Lindeman

President Olson provides the weekly COVID-19 Update, encourages students to shake up their routines and try out the new Esports Lounge and the newly reopened Climbing Center, and talks about post-election civility.

Check In: Compassion

Being compassionate is a powerful action. When you give compassion to others, you can let go of the anger and resentment you’re feeling toward them.

When you give compassion to yourself, you can free yourself of criticism and pressure that you put on yourself.

WSU Counselor Mick Lynch sends a message of compassion, wishing all Warriors health, happiness and peace.

Learn More

See all the prior COVID-19 Student Updates.