Winona State University-Rochester and Graduate Studies will host the second annual Community Creative Achievement Day virtual symposium on the afternoon of Thursday, April 15. Registration is required for access to join this event on Zoom.

Download the CCAD 2021 Program Agenda (PDF)

Register for the CCAD 2021 to join us on Zoom

The theme of this year’s symposium is A Prism of Possibilities During a Pandemic.

We invite you to join with our students and faculty as we share our achievements with the community and reflect on how the global pandemic has challenged and inspired our creativity, research, and service.


Community Creative Achievement Day 2021

A Prism of Possibilities During a Pandemic

  • Thursday, April 15, 2021
  • 1:00-4:30 PM
  • Online Event: Please register here to receive the Zoom link to attend this virtual symposium
Keynote Speaker:

Ashok Patel, MD
Physician, Consultant, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine- Mayo Clinic
“Comm-unity Engagement and Sustainable Development: Preparing for Inquiry, Discovery, and Eternity”

About the Event

Community Creative Achievement Day is a virtual symposium that unites WSU-Rochester and Graduate Studies students and faculty.

The first CCAD was held on April 16, 2020 at the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Though the inaugural event was initially planned to be held in-person at our WSU-Rochester on Broadway campus suite, we quickly moved to transform this event into a virtual symposium. The virtual format continues with our second annual CCAD.

At the event, Winona State University students and faculty will meet on Zoom to present their academic research and community service projects throughout the afternoon. They will also be answering community questions and joining in conversations about their work.

This year our theme for the symposium is A Prism of Possibilities During a Pandemic. This year’s event will begin with a keynote speech by Dr. Ashok Patel, a physician and consultant in pulmonary and critical care medicine for Mayo Clinic. Dr. Patel will be presenting on Comm-unity Engagement and Sustainable Development: Preparing for Inquiry, Discovery, and Eternity.


About the Keynote Speaker


Dr. Ashok Patel is an active clinical consultant and educator in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Patel draws on three decades of experience focused around the integrated care of people with asthma, COPD and other complex pulmonary disorders. He is increasingly engaged in inter-professional education and community-building through Mayo Clinic’s Science of Healthcare delivery, Ask Mayo Expert, Rotary International, Sigma Xi, Salvation Army, Scouting, ACCP and American Thoracic Society (eg. Global scholar program). In 2014, Dr. Patel was invited to serve as one of 65 civilian participants to the US Army War College Commander’s National Security Program. His local & global interests center around the application of compassion, complexity science and human systems dynamics to high value team-based care and sustainable development. He is committed to helping the world and its people breathe easier, collaborate, and stay inspired to doing the most good (at all stages of altruism and need).

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