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Southeast Tech hosting Arcadia Career Night on Thursday, July 30

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Southeast Tech leadership, faculty, and admissions staff hosting Arcadia Career Night on July 30 

Arcadia Career Night PosterSoutheast Technical Career Night
Thursday, July 30, 2015
6:30 to 8:00 pm
Free & open to the public
Door prizes + no fee to apply! 

Arcadia High School: Student Commons Area
756 Raider Dr., Arcadia, Wisconsin

Download a Poster (PDF)

Prospective students and their families, high school teachers and counselors, adults interested in a change of career, and anyone who wants to learn how Southeast Technical provides career education that leads to employment opportunities -- all are welcome at Southeast Technical's Career Night at Arcadia High School on Thursday, July 30.

Top college leadership, including Southeast Technical President Dr. Dorothy Duran, Vice Presidents Nate Emerson and Leslie Bleskachek, and Director of Admissions Gale Lanning, will talk about the college and visit with the community.

College instructors will be available to meet with prospective students and their families and give them an idea of what to expect from Southeast Technical. Liberal arts, nursing, administrative support careers, and radiography are among the program areas that will be represented.

Representatives from financial aid and admissions staff will also be present to assist students who want to apply for Fall semester 2015. The regular application fee of $20 will be waived at the event.

"We are excited to share the wonderful opportunities Southeast Technical College has to offer. The college provides hands-on training in highly skilled and in-demand fields that make career goals a reality," says Gale Lanning. "Arcadia is only 30 miles away from our campus, and we offer in-state tuition for all of our programs. Come check us out!" 

Everyone is welcome to attend, and a Spanish language interpreter will be available should anyone need assistance. A variety of door prizes will be offered as well.

For more information, call Admissions Advisor Sonya Hernandez, at 507-453-1486 or email shernandez@southeastmn.edu

Band program founder Gene Beckwith honored with memorial scholarship fund

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Community mourns passing of Gene Beckwith; scholarship fund established in his memory

Greg and Gene Beckwith
Greg Beckwith (right) and his father Gene Beckwith (left), who founded the college's Band Instrument Repair Program.

Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical and the Red Wing community has lost a valued member, Gene Beckwith, who founded the college's world-renowned Band Instrument Repair program. 

"In the creation of our Band Instrument Repair program, Gene Beckwith left us with a wonderful legacy," Southeast Technical President Dr. Dorothy Duran said. "His work here established the college's international reputation in the field and inspired hundreds of students through the years."

Gene was hired to establish Band Instrument Repair program in 1976. He retired in 1994, but continued to repair priceless instruments for professional musicians around the world. His son Greg Beckwith followed in his father's footsteps and is now an instructor in the Band Instrument Repair program.

In addition to founding the program at Southeast Technical, Gene was the founding music director and conductor of the Sheldon Theater Brass Band from 1989-1993.

"If you had ever met Gene, you know that he was an incredibly amazing man, instructor, and craftsperson.  He will be missed," said Dean of Academics Jolene Poncelet.

A life celebration service for Gene Beckwith will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Christ Episcopal Church Red Wing, Minn. A reception will follow at Southeast Technical's Red Wing Campus.

Scholarship fund established in Gene's honor

In lieu of flowers, a memorial scholarship has been established in Gene's name for future students of the Band Instrument Repair Program. Please make checks out to MSC-ST Foundation, and note Gene Beckwith Memorial Fund on the memo line. Checks can be mailed to:

Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical 
ATTN: Foundation Office
1250 Homer Road
Winona, MN 55987

For credit/debit donations, please call the college at 1-877-853-8324.

More about Gene Beckwith in the Red Wing Republican-Eagle

7th Annual Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament in Winona on Aug. 3

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Winona Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament7th Annual Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament 

18-hole Scramble Tournament and Picnic Dinner
Monday, August 3, 2015
11 am: Tournament registration begins; Grill will be open for lunch on your own
1:00 pm: Shot-gun start; Dinner following golf

The Southeast Technical College Foundation invites you to connect with our alumni and friends for a great day of golf and fun activities. If golf isn't your game, join us for the dinner and silent/live auctions where you'll have the opportunity to support the college in a variety of ways!

2015 Winona Golf Brochure - image The tournament will be a four person scramble. Either sign up as a foursome, or we can pair you up with another group to make a foursome. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, tenth, and "most honest" (last) place winners, giving everyone the chance to win. There will also be hole events and games throughout the tournament. 

Download a brochure/registration form now

Register online now!

For more information, please contact Casie Johnson at 507-453-2663 or cjohnson@southeastmn.edu. Proceeds from the event help support Southeast Technical students in need through scholarships and programmatic initiatives.

 Golf Sponsors - 2015

College tuition frozen for 2015, going down 1% in 2016

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Southeast Technical tuition frozen again for 2015-2016 - and going down in 2016-2017!

 Tuition Freeze 2015 - smilingIn June, the Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) announced the tuition rates for next year for all state colleges, including Southeast Technical. The good news is that the tuition freeze that has been in place since 2013 will continue for the 2015-16 academic year. 

What's more, Southeast Technical's tuition will actually go down by one percent in the 2016-2017 academic year!

The action was enabled by $100 million in state-funded tuition relief for MnSCU colleges and universities included in the state Higher Education bill passed during the recent legislative session. 

MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone said, "We are very grateful to Governor Dayton and the legislature for their support of the critical role that our colleges and universities play in ensuring prosperity for all Minnesotans, and the funding they provided that makes this possible."

At Minnesota state colleges, all students who receive state grants will see a decrease in student tuition cost. Said Rosenstone, "This is an absolutely outstanding value, especially when you consider the tremendous impact higher education has on the earnings potential of our graduates in the workplace."

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system includes 24 two-year community and technical colleges and seven state universities serving more than 410,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system of its kind in the United States. 

Instructor Sue Priem celebrates 45 years in the nursing profession

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"It's in my blood" - instructor Sue Priem retires after 45 years in the nursing profession

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Sue Priem shows off one of her quilts as she gets ready to pack up her office.  

Southeast Technical nursing instructor Sue Priem may have retired at the end of June this year, but she was busy mentoring the next generation of health care professionals right up to her last week. 

Even as she was packing up her office, she was serving as the lead coordinator for Scrubs Camp, a program bringing middle- and high- school students onto the campus to learn about health care careers. 

"Scrubs Camp is about hands-on activities so the students will actually learn what health care careers can offer. We need to get young people interested. These professions have the biggest growth potential for jobs," she says. 

"Biomedical, medical records, health unit coordinator, massage therapy, radiography, med lab tech - that is where the jobs are going to be. In Scrubs Camps, students learn it's not just doctors and nurses - there are many different roles that people can fill."

Sue Priem first came to Southeast Technical (then Winona Area Vocational-Technical School) in 1970 and to study practical nursing. At that time the college didn't offer a two-year program, so she completed associate degree nursing at RCTC. Once her kids were in school, she advanced her education, earning bachelor's and master's degrees. 

 Scrubs Camp 2015 
3 middle school students "examine" a patient in the college's nursing simulator lab.

"The nursing profession has so many branches. In my career I changed jobs often - but it was usually at one place of employment. I've worked in intensive care, emergency room, employee health nurse, and more."

Eight years ago, she became an educator at Southeast Technical in Winona. She was ready for a career change, and her experience in training on "dummies," such as those used in CPR, made her a natural choice for working with the sophisticated nursing simulation lab equipment at the college.

"I has been a wonderful place to be at the end of my career, seeing new people come up in the profession. As the field grows, nurses must know more and more every year - the newest treatments require more knowledge."

Sue concludes, "You could say I came to Winona to go to school and never left. When it's in your blood you don't just give it up. I may continue to take part-time work in the field, but I'm looking forward to more time for gardening, quilting and reading."

We wish Sue well in her retirement - and thank her for her service to our college and our students!

See the feature article about Sue Priem and Scrubs Camp in the Winona Daily News

2015 Graduation photos now available for order

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Graduation photos from LifeTouch - available now!


2015 Lifetouch Graduation PhotosPhotos from both our Red Wing and Winona ceremonies are now available through LifeTouch. You can review the images and purchase photos if you'd like. Photo print packages are available, too!

To review the photos, go to: events.lifetouch.com and click on "Find Your Event."  Under Enter Search Criteria, Select Event Type: Graduations, put in State: Minnesota and then City: (Red Wing or Winona).  No other information is needed. Choose the college and year. You'll be able to use a drop down menu to find your own name.

The deadline for ordering is Tuesday, August 11, 2015. After that, a late fee will apply.

Spring 2015 President's List Announced

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President's List - Spring 2015

A student who completes a minimum of 12 credits during an academic term and achieves a GPA of 3.5 or above is named to the President's List. Congratulations to those who made this list for Spring 2015!

View the entire list here: President's List