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What's Happening: Sept. 1 to Sept. 6

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What's Happening 2015-2016

What's Happening is published each week during the school year. Please check the website for updates on Monday mornings. All events are free, unless otherwise noted. To submit items for What's Happening, email Chris Stout, cstout@southeastmn.edu.


  • Red Wing Campus: Ultimate Happy Hour
    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Now that school has started, the Red Wing business community would like to get to know YOU. There will be prizes, discount coupons, games and more. Plus delicious treats, including a root beer keg! 

  • Health Hut – “Healthy Nutrition”
    Time: 11:00 – 12:-00
    Where: Winona State University - Integrated Wellness Complex
    175 Mark St., 
    Winona, MN 55987, Room 138
    WSU's Student Health and Wellness Advocates will host "Healthy Nutrition”
    More Information: http://tinyurl.com/pko25kh 

  • Minnesota Marine Art Museum – Free Tuesday
    All Day, every Tuesday: Free Admission for Students with I.D. 
    800 Riverview Drive, Winona, MN 55987 (HUMA2535 approved art/music event)
    More Information: https://www.mmam.org/Visit/Hours-and-Admission 

  • UM-Rochester CONNECTS: Choosing Our Economic Future 
    Presented by Bruce Schwartau 
    When: Tue, September 1, 7:00pm – 8:30pm 
    Where: University of MN, Rochester, room 417, 4th floor of University Square
    111 S Broadway, Rochester, MN 55904
    Bruce Schwartau will talk about the economic and civic opportunities the region faces, infusing those decisions with important analysis of the current economic status of the area, as well as Greater Minnesota in general. Together, the group will reflect on the data, research and information he presents, considering what it means for the region. Bruce Schwartau is a U of M Extension educator specializing in community economics. 
    More information: http://tinyurl.com/lvpkxoy 



  • Wellness Wednesday – "Meatless on Mondays"
    Time: 3:00
    Where: WSU, Integrated Wellness Center, 175 Mark St. Winona, MN 55987
    Room: 138
    WSU Health and Wellness will host "Meatless on Mondays" as part of Wellness Wednesdays. This event is also presented by The Food and Nutrition Club.
    More Information: http://tinyurl.com/na7llt2 

  • WSU's Watkins Gallery will be hosting the exhibit "Re-veiled"
    Time:  4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Location Information: WSU- Stark Hall, 175 West Mark Street, Winona, MN 55987
    Room: 103
    WSU's Watkins Gallery will be hosting an opening reception for the exhibit "Re-veiled," beginning with a panel discussion from the artists. "Re-veiled" features the work of three emerging artists, Cassandra Buck, Andrew Musil and Renée Springer, as they play with veiling in paintings, Van Dyke prints, video projections and works on paper. (HUMA2535 approved art/music event) 
    More Information: http://tinyurl.com/oolv4sd 

  • Winona Chamber of Commerce Young Professional Orientation 
    Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Where: Chamber of Commerce Conference Room, 902 East Second Street, Suite 120
    Winona, MN  55987
    Join us for YP Orientation!  This is for anyone who has not yet attended an orientation and would like to know what being a YP is all about. 
    More Information: http://tinyurl.com/ntl2al7 

  • Free Supper on Wednesdays  
    Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    Where: Wesley United Methodist Church, 114 West Broadway Street, Winona, MN 55987
    Wesley United Methodist Church, at the corner of Main & Broadway in Winona, offers a free supper every Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. The supper is followed by Faith Formation opportunities for anyone ages 3 and up from 6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Childcare available for ages 0-2. All are invited and welcome.
    More Information: http://tinyurl.com/ovv7ylj 





  • Rod Johnson (archaeologist) and Brenda Owens & Lee Mensinger at Cannon Valley Trail
    Date: September 5, 2015
    Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Where: Welch Station Access (Mile Marker 9.7), 26674 144th Ave Way, Welch, MN 55089
    Archaeologist Rod Johnson will have information on “flint-knapping (how the Indians made tools and weapons). He also has information on the history of the area. Brenda Owens and Lee Mensigner will sing and play guitar. Lee sometimes plays mandolin.
    More Information: http://www.cannonvalleytrail.com/ 

  • Free Sunday at Goodhue County History Center “Rock "n" Roll Red Wing”
    Date: September 6, 2015
    Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where:  1166 Oak Street, Red Wing, Minnesota 55066
    Visit the Historical Society for Free Family Fun Day! Join us for a special performance by a group of young musicians and a music-themed craft station from ArtReach. The music performance will be at 2 PM.  The museum will also be opening a new temporary exhibit on the career of local drummer, teacher, and Universal Music Center Director Mike Arturi. Come support local music, art, and history at this month’s Free Family Fun Day! This event is free and open to the public. (HUMA2535 approved art/music event) 
    More Information: http://www.goodhuecountyhistory.org 



  • Volunteers Needed at the Goodhue County Historical Society
    Where: GCHS, Address: 1166 Oak Street, Red Wing, MN 55066
    Phone: (651) 388-6024
    There are no “typical” volunteers. They are men and women of all ages and from all walks of life, who volunteer for a variety of reasons – to learn, to make new friends, to share their love of history, or just to devote time to a good cause.  But one thing is constant – a desire to help preserve and interpret Goodhue County history. Here are just a few of the ways that you can spend your time volunteering at GCHS: tour guide, library assistant, collections volunteer, and with programming and events. 
    More Information: http://goodhuecountyhistory.org/get-involved/volunteering/ 

  • Winona Volunteer Services 
    Volunteer Opportunities – dozens available!

  • United Way of Goodhue County 
    Volunteer Opportunities – dozens available!
    More Information: http://www.uw-gwp.org/volunteer/agency/needs/ 


Welding Academy starting on Red Wing Campus in September

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ACCELERATED WELDING ACADEMY starting on Red Wing Campus in September

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Accelerated Welding Academy FlyerSoutheast Technical, in conjunction with Hiawatha Valley Adult Basic Education and Workforce Development Inc., is offering a 10-week non-credit evening course this fall designed to teach a variety of welding techniques that are in high demand by area employers.  

"We developed the program content based on direct feedback from local employers," says Katie Hardyman, Southeast Technical Director of Business Relations. "Students who successfully complete the course will be more employable or be able to move up in their current careers." 

Accelerated Welding Academy 

  • Monday, September 28, 2015 to Thursday, December 17, 2015  
  • No class on Veterans Day, 11/9 or Thanksgiving week. 
  • Up to 4 nights a week (Monday-Thursday), 5 to 9 pm 
  • Southeast Technical Red Wing Campus
  • Class size is limited and people are urged to apply early. For more information about the Accelerated Welding Academy and to apply, contact Jill Rivard at 651-385-4565 (jkrivard@rwps.org).

OPEN HOUSE: Learn about the program and tour the newly-renovated welding labs! 

  • Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 11 am to 1 pm 
  • Thursday, September 10, 5 pm to 7 pm 

Course Details

  • Monday evenings: All students in the program will take Monday evening classroom sessions, which cover manufacturing math, welding safety, blueprint reading, and soft skills. 
On the remaining week nights, students have the option to take one, two or all three welding processes:
  • Tuesday evenings: GMAW MIG - (Gas Metal Arc Welding)
    Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding is the most widely used and perhaps the most easily mastered type of welding for industry and home use. The GMAW process is suitable for fusing mild steel.   
  • Wednesday evenings: FCAW (Flux Cored Arc Welding)
    Flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) is a semi-automatic or automatic arc welding process. It is widely used in construction because of its high welding speed and portability. 
  • Thursday evenings: GTAW TIG (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding)
    Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding is comparable to oxy acetylene gas welding and requires more expertise from the operator. It is employed for carrying out high-quality work when a superior standard of finish is needed without making use of excessive clean up by sanding or grinding.

  • All of the students will also be introduced to both oxy-fuel and plasma arc cutting processes.

"Students can decide which processes they want to learn and can structure their time in the program around other family and work commitments. Attendance is critical as the program is intensive and fast-paced," says Katie Hardyman.

Program Cost:

  • $1500 for one welding process
  • $2500 for two processes
  • $3500 for all three processes
  • Note: Students who meet certain economic or demographic criteria may qualify for grant-based funding to support the cost of participating the Accelerated Welding Academy. 

"Any adults who face multiple barriers to employment -- such as long-term unemployed, low-income,  or those needing better language or math skills -- are especially urged to check with us about qualifying for Minnesota Pathways to Prosperity grant funding," according to Hiawatha Valley Adult Basic Education Director Jill Rivard. "Grant funding is also targeted to meet the needs of veterans."

For more information about the Accelerated Welding Academy and to apply, contact Jill Rivard at 651-385-4565 (jkrivard@rwps.org).

WELCOME WEEK 2015 - special events planned every day of the first week of school

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Welcome Week 2015
Welcome Week 2015

Welcome to Southeast Technical - we're very happy you're here! Join in the fun during our welcome activities the first couple weeks of the semester. Look out for free food and prizes plus many opportunities to meet fellow students and get to know the college.



  • Muffin Monday: 7-9 am - Free Breakfast, commons
  • Free Popcorn: 11 am-1 pm - Rec Room, commons


  • Breakfast of Champions: 7-9 am - Free Breakfast, commons
  • Cookies and Conversation with President Duran: 11 am-1 pm - commons


  • Learning Resource Center Open House: All day - LRC


  • Ice Cream Social: 3-5 pm - commons
  • Student Senate Information Table: 12-1 pm - commons


  • Fear Factor: All day - commons


  • First Student Senate Meeting: Thursday, September 3, 1-2 pm
  • Welcome Back Picnic & SOAR Day: Wednesday, September 16, 10 am-1 pm





  • Muffin Monday: 7-9 am - Free Breakfast, commons


  • Breakfast of Champions: 7-9 am - Free Breakfast, commons
  • GPS Center Open House: All day - GPS Center (room 313)
  • Learning Resource Center Open House: All day - LRC


  • Ice Cream Social: 3-5 pm - commons 


  • Cookies and Conversation with President Duran: 11 am-1 pm - commons 


  • Fear Factor: All day - commons
  • Open Mic: 11:30 am-1 pm - commons 


  • Red Wing's Ultimate Happy Hour: Tuesday, September 1, 3-5 pm 
  • First Student Senate Meeting: Tuesday, September 1, 12-1 pm
  • Welcome Back Picnic & SOAR Day: Tuesday, September 15, 10 am-1 pm    

Golfers chip in to raise funds for SE Tech Foundation

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Golfers chip in to raise funds for Southeast Technical Foundation

Summer 2015 brought bright sunny days to southeastern Minnesota for both the Red Wing and the Winona golf tournaments, which were held to benefit Southeast Technical Foundation. In total, the events raised more than $50,000 this year!

Red Wing Golf 2015On May 21, more than 100 golfers turned out for the 10th Annual Community Connections Golf Tournament at Mount Frontenac Golf Course, which was sponsored by Prairie Island Indian Community. Perfect weather made for a beautiful day on the course, which was followed by a delightful pasta buffet dinner, silent auction, and live auction. More than $20,000 was raised.


Winona Golf 2015It was also a sunny day on August 3, when 119 golfers showed up for the 7th Annual Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament at Cedar Valley Golf Course in Winona, sponsored by Winona National Bank. Southeast Technical Foundation Director Chris Schabow was happy to announce, "We are thrilled that revenue for this event was up nearly 30% this year, raising almost $30,000."


Proceeds from the summer golf tournaments help support Southeast Technical students in need through scholarships and programmatic initiatives. "The community support for these tournaments is invaluable. We genuinely appreciate the partnerships we have with our sponsors and participants. It goes a long way in helping the students of Southeast Tech!" said Casie Johnson, Southeast Technical Alumni and Scholarship Director.

See photo albums on Facebook for both golf tournaments:  


College makes a BIG impression at River City Days parade

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College makes a BIG impression at Red Wing's River City Days parade

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UPDATE 8/6/2015: We are pleased to announce that Southeast Technical's parade entry was given the Chamber of Commerce Award. Thank you to the Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce and the Red Wing Rotary Club for this recognition!

Red Wing Chamber of Commerce Award


Dr. Duran in Red Wing ParadeWho doesn't love a parade? Red Wing's River City Days parade is always a big hit in the community as hundreds of area residents line the streets to watch marching bands, floats, clowns, antique cars, and fire trucks passing by. 

The college made its first appearance in recent years in the River City Days Parade on August 2. It was a beautiful summer day with clear blue skies and temperatures well into the 80's.

Following a banner held aloft by two students, President Dr. Dorothy Duran rode atop a silver sports car. Despite the heat, she wore her black academic cap and gown, exemplifying the value of higher education.

"I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Red Wing River City Days Parade and representing Southeast Technical," said Dr. Duran. "There is hope and opportunity in a college education and we are delighted to serve the Red Wing and neighboring communities."

River City Days Parade 2015Dr. Duran was followed by a team of college students, staff, and family members who publicized the theme that "Tuition is frozen for 2015-2016" by handing out flyers and freezer pops to the parade goers. 

"We gave out 700 freezer pops and it wasn't enough," said Admissions Advisor Lacey Seefeldt. "We could have used twice as many - next year we'll bring more!"

But the "biggest" star of the show was yet to come. Truck Driving Instructor Tom Gierok drove an 18-wheeler through Red Wing's city streets, occasionally blowing the horn. "This horn is actually a Canadian Pacific Train horn - so it sounds like a freight train when you blow it!" Tom said. The crowd responded with applause and excitement.

Truck in River City Days Parade 2015The bright blue truck is the property of Southeast Technical graduate Brian Hager, who was kind enough to loan it to the college for the occasion. He was a student of Tom Gierok's in the mid-1990s who now owns his own trucking business based in Weaver, MN. He and Tom were up bright and early before the parade to wax and polish the truck. 

The trailer that it pulls is the property of the college and is decked out with photos of several different college programs, and serves as a "rolling billboard" when it is used by students in the truck driving program.

All in all, Southeast Technical's participation was a great experience and we hope to be back next year. "It was a great team effort with the college's staff, faculty, students and volunteers showcasing the college," Dr. Duran concluded. "The Red Wing community displayed great enthusiasm and support for the college's presentation."

Thanks to Red Wing Rotary for sponsoring the parade!

Parade Volunteers 2015

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

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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 (left) and his father Gene Beckwith (right), 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