WSU-Rochester is ready to rock!

WSU-Rochester is Ready!  

Dr. Jeanine E. Gangeness is the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs – Rochester and Dean for the School of Graduate Studies at WSU

Dr. Jeanine E. Gangeness, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs – Rochester and Dean for the School of Graduate Studies

Can you feel it? I can! It’s the energy of summer, the excitement of meeting up with friends and family, and the enthusiasm of a bright future! As I stop by our WSU-Rochester offices, I notice that our smiles seem a little bit bigger. The faculty and students are thrilled to see each other. It is exciting to see our campus community coming back together with confidence in our futures and our work.  

With all this excitement, I feel like having a party and dancing around Rochester! Join me and the WSU-Rochester community as we welcome students back to our quality academic programs. Together we can expand opportunities… and get ready to rock!  

Of course, none of this is possible without widespread vaccinations. Rock responsibly! If you are not yet fully vaccinated, WSU strongly recommends that you get a vaccine if you are eligible.

We will continue to rock right into the fall semester. We are back in the classroom on August 23.  

I am more than ready. Are you?  


Ready to Rock 

Look for Winona State University at events throughout Rochester all summer long! WSU-Rochester is a proud sponsor of Rochester Sings!, Thursdays Downtown, Fresh Air Fitness, Movies in the Park and other local events. Get active and get outside with Winona State University and the WSU-Rochester Campus Activity Board. Our campus community is all around Rochester.  

Join us as we get ready to return for the fall semester! 

June 2021

Fresh Air Fitness Classes
Tuesdays and Thursdays in June from 5:15-6:15 PM
Central Park in Downtown Rochester 
Space is limited. Registration is required. 

Juneteenth Jubilee Celebration
Saturday, June 19 from 10 AM-6 PM
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Rochester

Rochester Sings! Rochesterfest Karaoke Contest
Thursday, June 24 at 7 PM
Rochesterfest- Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial

Movies in the Park: Casablanca
Saturday, June 26 at 7:30 PM
Central Park in Downtown Rochester
Space is limited. Registration is required.

July-September 2021

Thursdays Downtown
July 8, August 5
Live Bands at 5 PM and 7 PM
1st Avenue Southwest and Northwest in Downtown Rochester

The Night Market
July 17, August 21, September 18 from 5-9 PM
Local food and vendors in an outdoor market
Rochester Art Center & Mayo Civic Center Riverfront Plaza


Ready to Represent

 Are you ready to represent? We are looking for Winona State University ambassadors to help promote the university within the greater Rochester community. Volunteer ambassadors will help staff our WSU outreach tables at community events. Help us share the Warrior spirit with prospective students, alumni, and community members.

For more information in getting involved with local outreach for WSU, please contact Joe Hammes at

You can sign up here to volunteer as a WSU ambassador at Thursdays Downtown (July 8, August 5). 

 Sign up to volunteer with us at Thursdays Downtown

Ready to (Virtually) Rock  

WSU-Rochester is proud to expand the boundaries of higher education with flexible and accessible programs that fit the lives of working adults and busy students. Our academic programs offer a mix of in-person, online and hybrid classes.  

If you are not able join us in Rochester in person, you can still rock out with WSU-Rochester from the comfort of your own home. We are bringing the party to you! We recently hosted virtual spring concerts for our transfer and graduate studies students. Check out these exclusive performances from two of our favorite local bands, Good Morning Bedlam and Loud Mouth Brass. 



Ready to Connect

Winona State University is still accepting applications for the fall semester.

We are ready to connect with you to help you plan your future.

What are you ready for? Let us know! 




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Dr. Jeanine Gangeness

Dr. Jeanine E. Gangeness is the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs – Rochester and Dean for the School of Graduate Studies at WSU.