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May 9 Student Guitar Show

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May 9 Student Guitar Show at MSC Southeast in Red Wing showcases the sights and sounds of newly-built instruments

Student Guitar Show 2017 STUDENT GUITAR SHOW
Minnesota State College Southeast, Red Wing campus
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
308 Pioneer Road, Red Wing, MN

Guitars, guitars, guitars in all directions. And the occasional mandolin. That's what it's like at the annual Student Guitar Show at Minnesota State College Southeast every spring. A bumper crop of beautiful woods and intricate inlay. Flat top acoustic guitars, archtop guitars, electric guitars, as far as the eye can see!

The Student Guitar Show is an exhilarating experience for anyone who loves handcrafted musical instruments, but most of all, it's a thrill for the students who race right up until the last day to finish their instruments on time. The event takes place at MSC Southeast (308 Pioneer Road, Red Wing, MN) on Tuesday, May 9 from 11 am to 1 pm.

The Guitar Repair & Building (first year) and Guitar Development & Production (second year) diplomas at MSC Southeast are unique full year accredited college-level programs that draw students from all over the United States. 

"We expect to see about 50 instruments at the Student Guitar Show this year," says long-time instructor David Vincent, and avid luthier himself. "But we won't just see them -- we will find out if they sound as good as they look. The students will get to hear their acoustic guitars and mandolins played in concert by Chris Silver, Mike Cramer, and Phil Heywood."

Ann Iijima is in the first-year program this year. She has a B.A. from Carleton and a law degree from the U of MN, but it was "back to school" for her last fall. Ann says, "I came to MSCS as a recent retiree, having spent most of my career in law and education (and legal education). The guitar program is the most interesting, challenging, and FUN thing I've ever undertaken. Wonderful instructors, students, and staff!" 

Ann is building a small bodied (Single 0) 12-fret guitar with Indian rosewood back, sides, and fingerboard, Engelmann spruce top, herringbone rosette, and her signature "Silver Cranes" logo inlaid on the headstock.

Michael Heimdinger came all the way from Austin, TX to learn guitar building in Red Wing. Now in his second year, he putting the finishing touches two instruments: an archtop guitar and a small bodied guitar based on a Gibson L-1. Second year students learn advanced finishing techniques, such as the sunburst. Michael applied a small sunburst to his flat top in the old Gibson style.

"I came to Southeast because it was the most in-depth program for guitar building. No other school offers two years of training. Plus it's a public college, so it was the most affordable option for me," Michael says.

Come see and hear Ann's and Michael's instruments -- and dozens of others -- on Tuesday, May 9 at Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing!

About the Musicians

 

Mike Cramer

Guitarist Mike Cramer is a music major from the University of Northern Iowa. His award-winning flatpicking technique has earned him championship titles in both the Minnesota State Fair Flatpicking Competition and Wisconsin's Upper-Midwest Flatpicking Contest. A fluid and powerful guitarist, Mike is as comfortable playing jazz standards as he is playing Bill Monroe instrumentals. He currently plays guitar in The Good Intentions with Chris Silver.

Phil Heywood

Fingerstyle guitarist Phil Heywood has been based in Minneapolis-St. Paul since the mid-1980s, performing locally and regionally while also establishing himself in the greater guitar and acoustic music world. In 1986 he won the National Fingerpicking Championship, and followed up in 1987 by winning the American Fingerstyle Guitar Festival Competition. He plays with a bluesy swing and tone, lyricism, and groove.

Chris Silver

A veteran of top bluegrass bands including Stoney Lonesome, Tangled Roots, and the Kate Mackenzie Band, Chris Silver now plays with The Good Intentions. He is an award-winning flatpicking guitarist and an accomplished fiddle and mandolin player. Chris is featured on many recordings that showcase his ability as a guitarist, stretching beyond the boundaries of traditional bluegrass into jazz, blues, roots, and global music.

 


What's Happening - April 24 to 30

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What's Happening

What's Happening is a weekly resource guide for free or low cost activities, events, music, museum experiences, lectures and cultural web links for MSC Southeast students, faculty and staff. This will be the last edition of "What's Happening" for the 2016-2017 school year! We'll see you in the fall semester.

Monday April 24

Tuesday April 25

Winona State University's Department of Music: Chamber Ensembles
WSU Performing Arts Center Recital Hall 7:30

Wednesday April 26

Mary Jo Klinker: Feminist Hashtags as a Bridge to Feminists Pasts
Hosted by Winona State University's CLASP Series
WSU Stark Hall auditorium, room 103 7:00
Klinker will theorize how the roles of social networking platforms have become politicized spaces for feminist media scholars, which expose the reverberating concerns of racism amongst feminists. Her presentation will also feature how economic priorities have systematically erased historically important coalitions and dialogues.

Thursday April 27

Friday April 28

Mid West Music Fest WINONA
The Mid West Music Fest brings together more than 70 bands and musical acts at various venues around the Winona community.  

Sheldon Theatre Presents: Brian Brooks MOVING COMPANY- WILDERNESS
The Sheldon Theatre 443 West 3rd Street Red Wing
Control and chaos collide in Wilderness, performed by the critically acclaimed and award-winning Brian Brooks Moving Company with live music by Sandbox Percussion. Within the walls of a pristine white room, an enigmatic world exists at the intersection of order and impulse. Like molecules of compressed energy, eight dancers hurtle through composer Jerome Begin's relentless percussion score and rise to choreographer Brian Brooks' signature challenge to suspend the limits of the body and the imagination. 

Andy Grammar at WSU
WSU McCown Gymnasium 7:30
Winona State University's University Programing Activities Committee (UPAC) will host Andy Grammer as the headlining act for the 2017 Spring Concert

Bluff Country Studio Art Tour: South East MN
10:00 -- 5:00
The Bluff Country Studio Art Tour is your chance to visit artists' studios, meet the artists, see demonstrations, and purchase original one-of-a-kind pieces directly from the artist and features more than 20 artists, several galleries and a museum, the tour includes the area of southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa.

MN Conservatory for the Arts Presents: ROBIN HOOD
MCA 1164 West Howard, Winona
Prairie Fire Children's Theatre's original musical production of "Robin Hood".

Saturday April 29

Bluff Country Studio Art Tour: South East MN
10:00 -- 5:00
The Bluff Country Studio Art Tour is your chance to visit artists' studios, meet the artists, see demonstrations, and purchase original one-of-a-kind pieces directly from the artist and features more than 20 artists, several galleries and a museum, the tour includes the area of southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa.

Mid West Music Fest WINONA
The Mid West Music Fest brings together more than 70 bands and musical acts at various venues around the Winona community.  

The Oak Center Store Presents: Joe and Vicki Price "Homegrown, Get-down Blues"
The Oak Center General Store 67011 Hwy 63  Lake City
Vicki and Joe Price are a husband and wife blues duo from SE Iowa. They do some dynamite blues in the old traditions as well as a good measure of high-powered originals

The Crossing Presents: Wylie & The Wild West
State Theatre 320 East Ave Zumbro Crossing
Wylie & The Wild West play the kind of Cowboy music that comes from a real place in America that often gets overlooked by the corporate music machine.

Sunday April 30

The Gate City Jazz Band plays Dixieland favorites
@ Jefferson's Bar & Grill  Downtown WINONA

The Sheldon Brass Band: Blooming Brass
The Sheldon Theatre 443 West 3rd Street Red Wing
Dedicated to preserving and advancing the British Brass Band tradition, this group of regional musicians follows their passion for brass and percussion to create two annual concert favorites on the Sheldon's season: Holiday and Spring. 

Bluff Country Studio Art Tour: South East MN
10:00 -- 5:00
The Bluff Country Studio Art Tour is your chance to visit artists' studios, meet the artists, see demonstrations, and purchase original one-of-a-kind pieces directly from the artist and features more than 20 artists, several galleries and a museum, the tour includes the area of southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa.

 

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Options every week

Livewell: Volunteer opportunities hub & links for Winona

Winona INDOOR Farmers Market 
East End Rec Center, 210 Zumbro St, Winona 9:00-12:00 (Select dates)
32 Vendors Offering Locally Grown Food

Rochester's Saturday Winter Farmer market Hours and Location 

Free Student Tuesdays at the Marine Art Museum
10:00 - 5:00   800 Riverview Drive Winona  

Cannon Valley Trail
Hike or bike along the Cannon Valley Trail, a 19.7 mile long trail that runs through diverse and spectacular scenery on a former Chicago Great Western Railroad line connecting the cities of Cannon Falls, Welch and Red Wing.

Live Music at the Trempealeau Hotel  Trempealeau WI
Check out website for musical events

Acoustic Café Winona
Calendar of music entertainment

International Owl Center Houston MN
Educational visits and late night owl prowl opportunities!

Paul Watkins Art Gallery, Winona State University
Open 8:00 am - 4:00 pm daily

Lanesboro, MN
Art gallery, Commonweal Theatre and art events in a beautiful region -- an excuse for a road trip!

Rochester Art Center - Free Thursdays
40 Civic Center Dr SE, Rochester, MN 55904

National Eagle Center
50, Pembroke Ave,  Wabasha MN 
Educational Nature, eagle watching and fun place to visit with friends and family. 

The Polish Cultural Institute and Museum
102 Liberty St., Winona
Winona's Kashubian Polish traditions through events and other initiatives.

The Winona County Historical Society

Goodhue County Historical Society
1166 Oak Street,  Red Wing

Red Wing Arts Association
418 Levee Street Red Wing
Ongoing exhibitions in gallery as well as summer concert series.

 

MSC Southeast, UL to offer Knowledge Solutions curriculum in April

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Contact: Katryn Conlin, Communications Director
651-385-6364, kconlin@southeastmn.edu

For Immediate Release

MSC Southeast collaborating with UL to offer "Knowledge Solutions" curriculum 

Red Wing, MN (February 1, 2017) -- Minnesota State College Southeast and UL are proud to announce a pilot program to bring UL Knowledge Solutions curriculum to the college's campus in the historic town of Red Wing, Minnesota.

UL is the global leader in developing technical expertise that covers hundreds of industries and thousands of products with demanding regulatory and performance requirements. UL Knowledge Solutions provides the educational resources needed to develop, manufacture, install and deploy safer products throughout the global marketplace.

"MSC Southeast is excited and honored to collaborate with such a prestigious organization as UL," says Dr. Dorothy Duran, President of Minnesota State College Southeast. "Their Knowledge Solutions training will help provide education opportunities to our industrial communities and our state. This collaboration also falls in line with our goal to pursue new technical training, coursework, and programming opportunities to meet the needs of today's workforce. "

This pilot program will begin with a two-day course: 

Course Title: Industrial Control Panels UL 508A and Short-Circuit Current Ratings & UL 698A 3rd Edition, Industrial Control Panels Relating to Hazardous (Classified) Locations 
Length: (Two Days) April 25, 2017 - 8 am to 5 pm; April 26, 8 am to 5pm
Location: Minnesota State College Southeast, 308 Pioneer Road, Red Wing, MN 55066
Cost: 15% discount if registered using MSC Southeast exclusive code MSCSTRAINING
Includes: Catered breakfast & lunch

This initiative is intended to bring UL's subject matter expertise locally to all manufacturers, industry, and technical professionals near MSC Southeast. Located only an hour southeast of the Twin Cities, Red Wing is easily accessed from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Rochester, the Eau Claire/Chippewa Valley region, and the La Crosse area.

"For those looking to spend more time in historic and beautiful Red Wing, discounts will be made available at participating hotels," says Travis Thul, MSC Southeast Dean of Trade and Technology. "Limited seating will also be offered at the Winona campus for those interested in taking this course through a remote interactive simulcast at no additional fee. Commuting to our campuses will provide less cost, travel time, and traffic congestion compared to training sessions held in metropolitan cities." 

In the future, the college plans to expand its UL curriculum in additional competencies and offer courses on both the Winona and the Red Wing campuses.

For more specific information about the course or to enroll, go to: ulknowledgesolutions.com   

Use exclusive discount code MSCSTRAINING at the time of registration to save 15% off of the list price.   

For more information contact Calli Ekblad, Director of Business Relations (cekblad@southeastmn.edu, 651-385-6320), or visit www.southeastmn.edu/training.  

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About Minnesota State College Southeast

Minnesota State College Southeast is a two-year technical and community college that prepares students for a lifetime of learning by providing education for employment, skill enhancement, retraining, and transfer, to meet the needs of students and the community. The Winona campus opened in 1949, merging with the Red Wing campus in 1992 and updating its name to Minnesota State College Southeast in 2016 with the change of mission to offer both technical training and the associate of arts degree. Minnesota State College Southeast is a member of Minnesota State. For more information, visit www.southeastmn.edu.


Freezing Eyelashes and Fur Coats - MSCS Student visits Siberia

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Rebecca Moore

Freezing Eyelashes and Fur Coats

Distance learning student Rebecca Moore visits the coldest city and coldest village on Earth

See a Facebook photo album with more of Rebecca's photos!

There are colder places on the planet, but you won't find a colder city than Yakutsk or village than Oymyakon, where the record low is a bone chilling -96F. Makes a cold winter day in Minnesota seem like a summer afternoon!

Rebecca Moore is a distance learning student studying Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafting Technologies at MSC Southeast. She lives in Moscow, but in February she took a trip to Siberia to experience the polar opposite of a tropical vacation. We caught up for an email interview with her in March.

Frozen Room - RussiaWhy are you living in Russia, and how did you happen to pick the coldest city in the world to visit?

I work for a Department of State contractor at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. In January, it dropped to -20F in Moscow and everyone freaked out! After a few days of this, I read an article about how this other place in Russia was laughing at the Moscovites because it was -46F there. I guess I like a challenge, or I'm just an "Anti-Tourist"; I said, "That's the place for me!" And I immediately started looking into how to visit the coldest inhabited place on earth.

Tell us about your trip to Yakutsk and Oymyakon.

When I flew from Moscow and landed in Yakutsk, it was -38F. When I left Oymyakon, it was -48F. In Yakutsk, you can see places where steam has just built up. It looks like snow, but it's actually steam, car exhaust, or even people's breath that has frozen to something and looks like snow. Obviously, ice sculptures can survive outside all winter. There are indoor grocery stores, but fresh markets outside; frozen fish and meat are displayed openly in wooden boxes. No freezer needed! 

fur-coatsMost people try to avoid wearing eyeglasses -- the metal will freeze to your face. I wore plastic frames and was fine, but mostly wore contacts. The people there wear a lot of fur. Even in Yakutsk, which is a large city and the capital of the Sakha Republic, most people wear reindeer skin boots. There isn't a lot of wind, which helps immensely, but still, my face, fingers and toes were always cold. 

The trip from Yakutsk to Oymyakon takes 20-24 hours. When you stop for a break, you have to leave the car running. At night, we put the car in a heated garage. Truck drivers just leave their trucks running 24/7 for weeks at a time. 

A lot of the driving was over or even down rivers, using them like a road. Some places we visited, you can't even get to them in the summer. There are no bridges, so you can only get there when the rivers freeze over. In November, the local government goes out to the major river near Yakutsk, clears a road, and puts out road signs. On the river!

How did you find out about MSC Southeast and why did you choose our CAD drafting program?

I have an undergraduate degree in International Business and a graduate certificate in Project Management. Mostly I work with tradespeople, and I wanted to have more skills to become qualified for contract jobs around the world. It's important to me that the school has a brick and mortar location. I was familiar with AutoCad from high school, so I cast about the internet looking for AutoCad degrees online, and that's how I found MSC Southeast. I wasn't looking for SolidWorks classes (truth be told, I didn't even know what it was), but now that I'm studying that as well, I love it!

Russian signHow does being a full-time online student work for you?

I work about 50 hours a week, so having a calendar is key! When I get the schedule of due dates for the classes, I lay them all out on the calendar, along with my work schedule, holidays, etc. On weekends, I'll often spend 8 hours straight on homework, but mostly, that's because I really like what I'm studying! I still have time for a social life, but maybe not as much as when I'm not in school. You just have to always be looking ahead and portioning out your time.

Where are you from in the States?

I'm from North Carolina. It's funny, I live in Moscow and I study through a Minnesota school, but there is another student in one of my online classes, not just from Western North Carolina, but from my actual home town!

What's it like living in Moscow?

Several of us from the Department of State contract live in the same neighborhood outside the center of the city.  In the summer, we cook out nearly every weekend. My contribution is often boiled peanuts. It's a snack from the South that I love, and one that many people have never heard of, so that's what I like to bring.  

Moscow itself has everything you would need and more, plus a fantastic metro system that makes it easy to get around...if you can read a bit of Russian!  If you plan to visit Moscow, do yourself a favor and learn the alphabet, it helps a lot!


Strings, Winds and Brass - variety showcase at The Sheldon in Red Wing on April 8

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Strings, Winds & Brass at Red Wing's Sheldon Theatre on April 8

MSC Southeast students, staff and friends share their incredible talents at The Sheldon Theatre for "Strings, Winds & Brass" variety showcase

2017 Strings, Winds & Brass

Photo: Blue Wing, Batman-ManBaT, The Kelsey & Cora Duet 
See our Facebook photo album of all of our bands!

From Classical, Cajun, and Celtic to Bluegrass, Big Band and Broadway, Strings, Winds & Brass is an opportunity for the students, staff and friends of Minnesota State College Southeast to share their musical artistry at the annual variety showcase. 

The college's signature band instrument repair, violin repair, and guitar repair & building programs draw students from across the United States and around the world, many with advanced education and performance degrees. This year, Strings, Winds & Brass will feature the talents of almost 50 performers from 19 states and Japan, Australia, China, and Canada!

Strings, Winds & Brass takes place on Saturday, April 8 (7:30 pm) at The Sheldon Theatre,  443 West 3rd Street, Red Wing, MN. Tickets are available at www.sheldontheatre.org, by phone at 800-899-5759, and in the MSC Southeast college bookstores. All tickets are general admission and student tickets are only $5!

As the audiences enters the lobby of the Sheldon, they will be treated to music by the Kelsey and Cora Duet (clarinet & English horn). 

  • The concert begins at 7:30 with a spirited Celtic "session" and moves on to folk, classical, bluegrass, and jazz. 
  • Backed by piano, a duo calling itself Batman-ManBaT is planning to sing a duet from the Broadway show Wicked. 
  • Poet Carrie Allen will share her wry point of view in spoken word. 
  • It all wraps up with a dynamic big band set by Simple Bricks.
  •  In all, 14 acts will perform on stage; expect a fast paced and exciting show!

Highlight performance: Blue Wing 

Keiko & Jenna

 A ninth grader from Red Wing High School, 14-year-old Jenna Jablonski will be the youngest performer in Strings, Winds & Brass. Keiko Tsuda, who comes to the college from Japan by way of Australia, found housing with Jenna's family for the school year. Jenna and Keiko quickly became friends and share an interest in music. When Keiko heard Jenna sing she realized her amazing talent. Keiko formed a contemporary jazz-rock band with some of her very talented friends from the band instrument repair program, in order to perform in the event and showcase Jenna's singing ability. "Blue Wing" includes Keiko Tsuda, saxophone; Mark McGlinch, bass; Jake Smith, guitar; Jeff Dorman, drums; and Kyle Martin, piano. The band will perform songs made popular by Alicia Keys and Maroon 5 with Jenna on vocals.

This year's concert performers are:

  • Celtic Wednesdays -- fiddles, mandolins, guitar, bodhrán
  • Dawn Parker -- guitar and voice
  • Dah! Quintet -- woodwinds
  • Joseph Rach -- solo piano
  • Batman-ManBaT -- vocal duo with piano
  • Carrie Allen -- poet
  • BIR (Band Instrument Repair) Saxophone Quartet
  • Flatt & Square -- bluegrass/Cajun stringband
  • 13 Below -- brass/woodwind ensemble
  • Steven Charles -- guitar and voice
  • Blue Wing -- contemporary jazz-rock
  • Omobono and the Wedge Hollowers -- violin and cello
  • Thomas Stark -- solo bassoon
  • Simple Bricks -- big band jazz

 

Transportation Career Night on March 30 at MSC Southeast, Winona

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Transportation Career Night set for March 30 at MSC Southeast Winona Campus

Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Norris P. Abts Transportation Center
Minnesota State College Southeast, Winona campus
1250 Homer Road, Winona, MN

Register early for a chance to win a Snap-on Cordless Impact Kit, valued at $750! You must attend the event to be eligible to win. Registration is at www.southeastmn.edu/event

 

Register in advance!

 

Transportation Career Night is coming up on Thursday, March 30 from 6 to 7:30 pm at Minnesota State College Southeast’s Winona campus, 1250 Homer Road, Winona, MN. Four college programs will be represented at the event: Auto Body Collision Technology, Automotive Technology, Diesel Maintenance Technician, and Truck Driving. These programs offer certificates, diplomas, and degrees that can lead directly to high-paying, high growth occupations.

"At Transportation Career Night, we will give tours of our state-of-the-art facilities and have some hands-on activities," says Auto Body Collision Technology instructor Tom Brandt. "Plus, we’ll have industry representatives from all the transportation programs available to discuss opportunities in these high-demand job markets. We want to give current and future students a realistic idea of what transportation careers can offer."

What to expect at Transportation Career Night:

  • Meet industry representatives and talk to truck driving company recruiters
  • Tour our state-of-the-art facilities
  • Try hands-on activities like using shop equipment and spray booth painting
  • See a variety of automotive vehicles and technologies on display
  •  Save $20 – no fee if you apply for admission at Career Night!
  • College student services and financial aid information available

 Register early for a chance to win a Snap-on Cordless Impact Kit, valued at $750! You must attend the event to be eligible to win. Registration is at www.southeastmn.edu/event

Shark Industries makes $80,000 welding equipment donation to MSC Southeast

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Friday the 13th is a lucky day for MSC Southeast as Shark Industries makes $80,000 welding equipment donation

Shark Industries LogoNext time the phone rings as you're leaving the office for the day, turn around and answer it. Even if it's Friday the thirteenth.

That's what MSC Southeast Dean of Trade and Technology Travis Thul did late on a Friday afternoon in January. He was on his way out the door for a three-week trip away from the college when the phone rang. "I almost didn't answer, but for some reason I felt like I should get it," he says.

It was lucky that he did. When he picked up the phone, Paul Reschke of Shark Industries out of Rockford, MN, was on the other end of the line. He said he had eight full sized pallets of brand new welding equipment available for donation.

"Mr. Reschke told me that he had been trying to give this material away to other colleges, but everyone else had failed to pick up the phone or wanted them to go through the donation piece by piece and only take the parts they wanted," explains Travis. "I checked in very quickly with our Welding Technology Program lead instructor, Casey Mann, who told me whatever happens, just take it all!"

It was indeed a lucky day for Minnesota State College Southeast as Shark Industries made a donation of $80,000 worth of welding supplies and equipment to the college. 

"We were looking for someone who could benefit from being able to use these materials, and we thought -- who could benefit more than a local college that teaches welding? This is in turn beneficial for both industry and the community," says Paul Reschke. "So we were delighted when Minnesota State College Southeast not only accepted the donation, but also made immediate arrangements to come pick it up themselves."

Casey Mann and Truck Driving instructor Tom Gierok came in on their next day off, January 20, and drove one of the college's semi trailer trucks to Rockford. "They were expecting us and were really helpful. They had us loaded up in 10 minutes," according to Casey. 

Shark Industries - LogoIt took about two weeks to sort everything out -- including Saturdays. "It was like Christmas around here," says Casey. "Every time we opened up a pallet it was something totally new."

The donated items were immediately distributed among the Auto Body Collision Technology, Automotive Technology, CNC Machine Tool, Industrial Technology, and Welding Technology programs in both Winona and Red Wing. Even the college's maintenance department benefited from the donation.

"We received a lot of welding rods, a lot of consumables for welding. Helmets, gloves, safety glasses, face shields, goggles -- we'll be using that stuff for years," notes Casey. "We were able to share some of the donated items with area high schools, too."

Just as an example, the welding program might spend $1000 to $1500 a semester on welding rods. Saving that money can make a big impact on the program. "Now if I need something, that money's available, but if I don't need it, the money goes back into balancing the college's budget," Casey states.

"Donating these items to someone who can put them to good use is just the right thing to do. But having the college come pick it up themselves was incredible -- it won't be forgotten next time we have excess inventory like this," says Paul Reschke.

"We are just overwhelmed by the generosity of Shark Industries in making this gift to Minnesota State College Southeast, and we hope we can make this a long-term partnership," says Travis Thul. "I still can't believe how lucky it was that I picked up that phone call!"


MSCS, UL offering Knowledge Solutions training in April 2017

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Contact: Katryn Conlin, Communications Director
651-385-6364, kconlin@southeastmn.edu

For Immediate Release

MSC Southeast collaborating with UL to offer "Knowledge Solutions" curriculum 

Red Wing, MN (February 1, 2017) -- Minnesota State College Southeast and UL are proud to announce a pilot program to bring UL Knowledge Solutions curriculum to the college's campus in the historic town of Red Wing, Minnesota.

UL is the global leader in developing technical expertise that covers hundreds of industries and thousands of products with demanding regulatory and performance requirements. UL Knowledge Solutions provides the educational resources needed to develop, manufacture, install and deploy safer products throughout the global marketplace.

"MSC Southeast is excited and honored to collaborate with such a prestigious organization as UL," says Dr. Dorothy Duran, President of Minnesota State College Southeast. "Their Knowledge Solutions training will help provide education opportunities to our industrial communities and our state. This collaboration also falls in line with our goal to pursue new technical training, coursework, and programming opportunities to meet the needs of today's workforce. "

This pilot program will begin with a two-day course: 

Course Title: Industrial Control Panels UL 508A and Short-Circuit Current Ratings & UL 698A 3rd Edition, Industrial Control Panels Relating to Hazardous (Classified) Locations
Length: (Two Days) April 25, 2017 - 8 am to 5 pm; April 26, 8 am to 5pm
Location: Minnesota State College Southeast, 308 Pioneer Road, Red Wing, MN 55066
Cost: 15% discount if registered using MSC Southeast exclusive code MSCSTRAINING
Includes: Catered breakfast & lunch

This initiative is intended to bring UL's subject matter expertise locally to all manufacturers, industry, and technical professionals near MSC Southeast. Located only an hour southeast of the Twin Cities, Red Wing is easily accessed from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Rochester, the Eau Claire/Chippewa Valley region, and the La Crosse area.

"For those looking to spend more time in historic and beautiful Red Wing, discounts will be made available at participating hotels," says Travis Thul, MSC Southeast Dean of Trade and Technology. "Limited seating will also be offered at the Winona campus for those interested in taking this course through a remote interactive simulcast at no additional fee. Commuting to our campuses will provide less cost, travel time, and traffic congestion compared to training sessions held in metropolitan cities." 

In the future, the college plans to expand its UL curriculum in additional competencies and offer courses on both the Winona and the Red Wing campuses.

For more specific information about the course or to enroll, go to: ulknowledgesolutions.com   

Use exclusive discount code MSCSTRAINING at the time of registration to save 15% off of the list price.   

For more information contact Calli Ekblad, Director of Business Relations (cekblad@southeastmn.edu, 651-385-6320), or visit www.southeastmn.edu/training.  

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About Minnesota State College Southeast

Minnesota State College Southeast is a two-year technical and community college that prepares students for a lifetime of learning by providing education for employment, skill enhancement, retraining, and transfer, to meet the needs of students and the community. The Winona campus opened in 1949, merging with the Red Wing campus in 1992 and updating its name to Minnesota State College Southeast in 2016 with the change of mission to offer both technical training and the associate of arts degree. Minnesota State College Southeast is a member of Minnesota State. For more information, visit www.southeastmn.edu.


SMA Musical Swap Meet on Sat. Feb 11 in Red Wing

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2017 Swap Meet PosterMSCS Red Wing Student Music Association presents 5th Annual Musical Swap Meet Feb. 11

For the fifth year running, the Minnesota State College Southeast Student Music Association (SMA) is hosting a Musical Swap Meet on the Red Wing Campus. The Musical Swap Meet is a place for vendors to display, sell, and trade new and used musical instruments, accessories, tools, and supplies. Both individuals and music stores are represented at the Swap Meet. The event is free and open to the public. 

Musical Swap Meet
Saturday, February 11, 2017
10 am to 3 pm
Minnesota State College Southeast, Red Wing Campus
308 Pioneer Road, Red Wing, MN

MSC Southeast's signature musical instrument repair programs draw students from across the country to study violin repair, band instrument repair, and guitar repair & building. This year's Musical Swap Meet coincides with the regional NAPBIRT (National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians) clinic, which will bring experts in band instrument repair to the Red Wing campus.

New this year, 2017 SMA President Izzy Salinas says, is a bake sale. "We will have baked goodies on sale throughout the day, and we'll be accepting free will donations to the Student Music Association," she says. "Proceeds help cover travel expenses for our students to take field trips to museums, conferences, and companies that deal in instrument building and repair."

Vendors who would like to participate may request a table by email to isabsalinas18@gmail.com. The deadline to reserve space at the Musical Swap Meet is February 8, 2017.

We hope to see you at the Musical Swap Meet!

What's Happening - April 10 to 16

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What's Happening

What's Happening is a weekly resource guide for free or low cost activities, events, music, museum experiences, lectures and cultural web links for MSC Southeast students, faculty and staff. To submit items for What's Happening, email David Echelard, dechelard@southeastmn.edu.

 

HIGHLIGHT EVENTS THIS WEEK:

 

Monday April 10

RED WING CAMPUS: Community Open House and Career Fair
Students, come meet up with more than 30 regional employers! Our doors are open to the general public to visit campus and tour our facilities today from 3-5 pm. Plus workshops to help get you ready for the job search.

Café Congo presents: WSU Modern Jazz and WSU Bopaganda
First Congregational Church 161 W. 6th St. Winona 7:30
Performance of jazz classics at Café Congo.

Tuesday April 11

WINONA CAMPUS: Spring Picnic and Career Fair
11 to 1 pm
Meet with almost 30 area employers and enjoy a delicious free lunch sponsored by Student Senate. Visit with the vendors and you'll eligible for Target Gift Card drawings! Just sign in at the "Student Check In" table to fill out a student name tag before checking in with the vendors.

Winona State University's Department of Music will host the "String Ensemble"
WSU Performing Arts Center Recital Hall 7:30

Trempealeau Hotel Presents: Open Jam with The Organic Music Cooperative
11332 Main Street Trempealeau WI 6:30
How many basses, guitars, banjos, ukeleles, mandolins and cajones does it take to fill up the bar at The Hotel? We don't know yet, but we've had more than two dozen players join the open jam at a time. The repertoire ranges from country classics to indie hits and gives each and everyone a chance to play along and learn or take the lead and teach. And if you don't play an instrument, just come for the show --- it's a party.

PaKou Her Presents: 18 Million & Rising
WSU East Hall Kryzsko Comments 7:00
PaKou Her is Director at 18MR, an AAPI (Asians and Pacific Islanders) online organizing and civic engagement organization building power through social media and tech. She joined 18MR in April 2013, bringing nearly two decades of anti-racism organizing experience and after two years with MoveOn.org. Come to hear her speak more about her organization!

Wednesday April 12

From AIM to Standing Rock: An evening with Audrey Thayer
WSU SLC room 120 7:00
Audrey Thayer, an Anishinaabe elder from White Earth who teaches at Leech Lake Tribal College, is a long-term Indigenous activist involved in AIM, MCLU, and with the Standing Rock Water Protectors. - Free and Open to the Public.

Thursday April 13

Sheldon Theatre Presents:  Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
Sheldon Theater 443 W. 3rd Street Red Wing  7 pm
Combining the excitement of hip hop with the magical world of childhood, Grammy nominated Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is a one of a kind, stand out star in the family music scene. With sophisticated instrumental funk and positive, witty wordplay, he and his family band have earned a loyal national following, five #1 hits on SiriusXM Global Radio, and praise from TIME, NPR, USA Today and many others.

Youth songwriting & performance workshop With Secret Agent 23 @ the Sheldon Theatre
Sheldon Theater 443 W. 3rd Street Red Wing 3-6
More Fraggles than Wiggles, more Soul Train than Thomas the Train, Family Kid-Hop star Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is equal parts Dr. Seuss and Dr. Dre! Youth, ages 9 - 13, will learn the basics of creating rhymes and lyrics, and how to get started creating their own beats as they craft their very own hip-hop song.

Friday April 14

Lanseboro Over the Back Fence Community Variety Show
St Mane Theater Lanesboro 7:30
The theme for this month's presentation of the live community variety show is Hats and Shoes with host Damon Prestemon and a cast full of local talent featuring music, jokes, skits, poems, sponsor interviews, audience participation, spontaneous humor, sing along songs and more. Musical Guest: Tom Schramm & The LPs |  Pre-Show Music: Medicine Brothers

Anderson House Exhibition Opening: Behind Closed Doors by Julie Sirek
The Anderson Center 163 Tower View Dr Red Wing, 7:00
The Anderson Center invites you to the opening reception of the exhibition of Behind Closed Doors, featuriing the work of Julie Sirek.  Julie Sirek is best identified as an artist with a social conscience. The issue of domestic violence is a constant theme in her work. She believes art is a vehicle capable of creating social awareness and change. Art breaks through barriers, connects across cultural differences, and engages our shared values. She works primarily with paper in conjunction with the process of joomchi. Through her adaptation of this ancient Korean technique, she transforms paper into a unique textile-like material. The artist will lead an informal discussion about her work to raise awareness of the devastating impact of domestic violence.

Trempealeau Hotel Presents: LEMON SKY
11332 Main Street Trempealeau WI 9:00
The Cincinnati based psych-rock/prog-pop quintet creates a heavy yet highly-melodic brand of psychedelic garage rock. Their signature three-guitar attack combines the classic rock pomp and stomp of Led Zeppelin with the paisley pop melodies and modern musicality of Queens of the Stone Age for a forward-thinking sound rooted in the past. 

Flatt & Square @ The Staghead 6 - 8 pm
MSC Southeast's own Flatt & Square play bluegrass, Celtic & old country at the Staghead. No cover charge, but reservations might be a good idea if you want a table for dinner. 

Midwest Music Festival  LACROSSE @Various Venues in La Crosse WI
Midwest Music Festival is in La Crosse this weekend, April 14-15 and in Winona April 29-29.400+ performers, 14 venues, 130 acts, 2 historic River towns.The mission of the MWMF is to promote music and art activism in the region, creating opportunities for artists, stimulating downtown economic development, and providing diverse educational resources for artists, community members, and children. Here's the lineup for La Crosse.

Saturday April 15

Story Telling and Oral History workshop with Tatiana Pandiani
Lanesboro United Methodist Church 10:00 -12:30
Join NYC performance director Tatiana Pandiani for this fun and active storytelling & oral history workshop. Story is at the center of performance director Tatiana's practice, beginning at the personal and traveling towards the political. Tatiana makes large scale interdisciplinary performances that create empathy on the on and off the stage, connect us to the past, and remind us of where we're going by drawing from 19th & 20th century history, especially as seen through the lens of womanhood, gender politics, media, and fashion. She specifically seeks out stories that empower women, represent diverse communities and protect their legacies.

Midwest Music Festival  LACROSSE @Various Venues in La Crosse WI
Midwest Music Festival is in La Crosse this weekend, April 14-15 and in Winona April 29-29.400+ performers, 14 venues, 130 acts, 2 historic River towns.The mission of the MWMF is to promote music and art activism in the region, creating opportunities for artists, stimulating downtown economic development, and providing diverse educational resources for artists, community members, and children. Here's the lineup for La Crosse.

Rochester Civic Theater Presents: Cabaret Series with ANNIE MACK BAND
Studio Theater 20 Civic Center Dr. SE Rochester 7:00
Annie Mack is a Blues Vocalist born and raised in the Heart of North Minneapolis. Growing up in one of the most musically rich cities and being surrounded by creative energy she had always had a desire to pursue music. Many years later after experiencing some Life changing events she sought healing and found a home in The Blues. She has combined elements of Jazz,Funk and Soul to create a new and fresh take on Blues Classics while still paying respects to The Elders of the Blues. She delivers Soulful Vocals and Pure Emotion.

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Livewell: Volunteer opportunities hub & links for Winona

Winona INDOOR Farmers Market 
East End Rec Center, 210 Zumbro St, Winona 9:00-12:00 (Select dates)
32 Vendors Offering Locally Grown Food

Rochester's Saturday Winter Farmer market Hours and Location 

Free Student Tuesdays at the Marine Art Museum
10:00 - 5:00   800 Riverview Drive Winona  

Cannon Valley Trail
Hike or bike along the Cannon Valley Trail, a 19.7 mile long trail that runs through diverse and spectacular scenery on a former Chicago Great Western Railroad line connecting the cities of Cannon Falls, Welch and Red Wing.

Live Music at the Trempealeau Hotel  Trempealeau WI
Check out website for musical events

Acoustic Café Winona
Calendar of music entertainment

International Owl Center Houston MN
Educational visits and late night owl prowl opportunities!

Paul Watkins Art Gallery, Winona State University
Open 8:00 am - 4:00 pm daily

Lanesboro, MN
Art gallery, Commonweal Theatre and art events in a beautiful region -- an excuse for a road trip!

Rochester Art Center - Free Thursdays
40 Civic Center Dr SE, Rochester, MN 55904

National Eagle Center
50, Pembroke Ave,  Wabasha MN
Educational Nature, eagle watching and fun place to visit with friends and family. 

The Polish Cultural Institute and Museum
102 Liberty St., Winona
Winona's Kashubian Polish traditions through events and other initiatives.

The Winona County Historical Society

Goodhue County Historical Society
1166 Oak Street,  Red Wing

Red Wing Arts Association
418 Levee Street Red Wing
Ongoing exhibitions in gallery as well as summer concert series.

 

Current Student Pre-Registration Starts Jan. 30

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Current Student Pre-Registration starts Jan. 30

Spring Semester 2017Pre-registration for Summer Session begins the week of January 30, 2017. No registration access code is needed. Students may print their own Degree Audit Report (DARS) report by logging into their eServices account. 

Please see your academic advisor for any questions you may have regarding your program requirements.



Please note: Liberal Arts and Sciences courses have new course numbers. Click on the following link to get a complete list of changes: 

http://southeastmn.edu/academic_programs/courses.aspx

 

What's new at MSC Southeast? We have several exciting new options for our students:

Liberal Arts and SciencesAssociate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences
Guaranteed transfer to any Minnesota State University with minimum 2.0 GPA (2.4 GPA for transfer to WSU)

 

 

Practical NursingACEN-accredited Practical Nursing diploma
Calling all Nursing Assistants -- this is your chance to improve your career options and earning power

 

 

WeldingWelding Certificate on Red Wing campus
Our newly renovated welding lab is now open in Red Wing for college credit training

 

MSC Southeast to offer welding certificate on Red Wing campus

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Red Wing Welding Lab

MSC Southeast to offer new one-semester, college-credit welding certificate on Red Wing campus

Check the local help wanted ads for welding jobs and you'll see that this is an area of very high demand. That's why Minnesota State College Southeast has expanded its welding program to include a new one-semester, college-level certificate option on the Red Wing campus.

MSC Southeast has recently opened a newly-renovated welding lab in Red Wing, which is fully equipped with workstations to teach a variety of basic welding processes. The Welding Technology certificate includes hands-on training in stick, MIG and TIG welding as well as lecture coursework in safety, theory, and blueprint reading.

"The welding certificate on the Red Wing campus is an excellent introductory credential for a career in welding. It also offers the potential to transfer into our more rigorous diploma program at our Winona Campus," according to Travis Thul, MSC Southeast Dean of Trade and Technology. "Furthermore, we are working with Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount to allow transfer into their diploma program. This will give our students multiple options to continue their education or to enter industry after one semester of training."

As part of the certificate, students will be required to participate in an on-the-job internship to demonstrate professionalism and proficiency in the workplace.

"Our goal is to be responsive to the needs of business and industry throughout the Red Wing community," says Dr. Dorothy Duran, President of Minnesota State College Southeast. "The new welding certificate is the beginning of up-and-coming technical programs on the Red Wing campus." 

The welding certificate on the Red Wing campus will become available for the first time starting in Spring semester, which begins on Monday, January 9, 2017. 

Apply now for admission to the college! New Student Registration will take place on Friday, December 2, 2016 and Thursday, January 5, 2017. To apply for admission, go to: www.southeastmn.edu/apply.

More information about MSC Welding Technology program
More information about applying for admission

 

Southeast Cosmetology Academy greets cancer patient with Hello Gorgeous!

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"Hello Gorgeous!" greets surprised client at Southeast Cosmetology Academy

Hello Gorgeous 1Little did she know, an unexpected day of pampering awaited Ginnee Siegel when she checked in for her facial appointment at the Minnesota State College Southeast Cosmetology Academy in Winona on Thursday, October 27. 

As she entered the salon, the gathered students and instructors greeted her with a unison chorus of "Hello Gorgeous!" Cameras flashed, newspaper reporters took notes, and countless smartphones were raised to document the moment. Ginnee's first reaction was to look behind her and see if they were looking for someone else. No, they weren't! 

Cosmetology instructor Jodi Heim had nominated Ginnee to be treated to the "Hello Gorgeous!" red carpet experience. Hello Gorgeous! is a non-profit organization that provides complimentary, professional makeovers and cosmetic education to women battling all cancers. 

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Jodi Heim's former salon in St. Charles was a Hello Gorgeous! affiliate. Minnesota State College Southeast is the first college in the country to become an affiliate, and Ginnee was selected to be the first guest in what is hoped to become a monthly offering.

A native of Winona, Ginnee now lives in the Chicago area, where she taught children with behavioral issues for most of her career. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year, she returned to Winona for treatment at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Her niece Gina Glasspoole was in on the surprise and helped Jodi coordinate Ginnee's schedule so that she would arrive on time and be free all afternoon. 

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"My niece told me they had called her with two free facials and offered me one of them. I almost didn't make it because I had to see the doctor in the morning," said Ginnee, who was convinced to come in for the appointment anyway. 

"The look on her face when she walked in was priceless," student Tina Daffinson told the Winona Daily News. "It takes a lot of positive thinking to try and stay strong, be positive, and surround yourself with positive people."

Ginnee has been a client of the cosmetology salon for at least 25 years. "I love coming here," she said. "It's really enjoyable and it's nice being around young people. People have always been considerate and helpful -- and it's good quality work." 

First up was a facial, followed by a manicure and pedicure. While enjoying a lunch donated by the Steak Shoppe, Ginnee viewed three outfits selected especially for her from Maurices. After lunch, she tried them on and chose her favorite pieces -- a new jacket, blouse, jeans, necklace and boots -- all of which she wore home at the end of the day.

After lunch, instructor Jodi Heim styled Ginnee's auburn wig and a second wig, which was another gift for her to take home. As Jodi expertly clipped and sprayed them, it was hard to remember they weren't Ginnee's natural hair. The final step in her day of pampering was a professional makeup application. 

More than a makeover

Hello Gorgeous 3The Hello Gorgeous! experience isn't about a beauty makeover in the traditional sense. It's more about caring for women who are facing tough challenges and giving them a "day off" to be pampered. And it can be an learning experience, too.

"It gives us an opportunity to teach [cancer patients] how to apply eyebrows if they don't have any, how to make it look like they have lashes when they don't, or how to work with a wig," Jodi Heim told a reporter from the Winona Post. "It's also an opportunity for us to educate them on questions that they might be afraid to ask otherwise."

After getting her photo taken with the students, Ginnee was escorted to her car by students who were only too happy to help her carry her gifts, which included a wealth of beauty supplies donated by L'Oreal, Redken, Pureology and Mary Kay as well as flowers and chocolates presented by the students. 

"It's been awesome! I've never had anything like this happen before," Ginnee exclaimed. "I'll remember this forever. I feel very special supported, cared for, and loved." 

She plans to come back again soon. "We'll see you again -- maybe with a few less photographers next time!"

 

 

Free Chair Massages at MSC Southeast in Winona

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Free Chair Massages at MSC Southeast in Winona -- Open to the public

Massage TherapistThe Massage Therapist program at Minnesota State College Southeast in Winona is offering FREE chair massages this fall! The public is welcome to stop by for a chair massage; no appointment is necessary. Free parking is available directly in front of the Winona campus main entrance.

Dates are:

  • Wednesday, October 26
  • Wednesday, November 2
  • Wednesday, November 30
  • Wednesday, December 14
Time: 2:00 to 3:45 pm
Location: Main Lobby, Minnesota State College Southeast Winona campus
1250 Homer Road, Winona, MN

"This is a great opportunity to try out a chair massage and receive multiple benefits," says Debi Niebuhr, a Massage Therapist program instructor. "Our students also benefit from meeting the public and being able to practice on a variety of people."

The Massage Therapist program offers certificate, diploma and associate degree options for students. For more information, visit www.southeastmn.edu.

Free App Week at MSC Southeast Coming Up

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"Free App Week" at MSC Southeast October 24-31

Free Application Week 2017Planning to attend college in 2017? Complete your application to Minnesota State College Southeast during the week of October 24 to 31 and you'll save $20!

During Free Application Week, colleges and universities throughout the Minnesota State system are waiving the standard fee for applying.

"It's important to give future students the opportunity to get their application filed at no cost," says Gale Lanning, MSC Southeast Director of Admissions. "As part of the Minnesota State system, MSC Southeast offers an extraordinary education at an exceptional value. Free App Week is part of our commitment to keeping college affordable!"

To take advantage of Free App Week, apply online from Monday, October 24 to Monday, October 31 at www.southeastmn.edu/apply.

Red Wing campus opening applied engineering lab, hosting Maker Space

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MSC Southeast planning to open new applied engineering lab, host Red Wing Maker Space

Travis Thul
Dean of Trade and Technology Travis Thul tours the applied engineering lab at MSC Southeast in Red Wing -- before the installation of a donated CNC machine.

Note: The new Applied Engineering Lab will be open for public tours during Manufacturing Week in Red Wing on October 19 and 20 from 1 to 2 pm. RSVP to the Red Wing Chamber of Commerce at 651-388-4719 or frontdesk@redwingchamber.com if you would like to attend.

In addition to a new name, new mission, and new vision, Minnesota State College Southeast is in the process of developing a new way to use some of its industrial arts and technology resources, including both equipment and lab space.

The college is exploring a partnership with Red Wing Ignite, Red Wing Makers, and the Southeast Perkins IV High Schools Consortium to leverage those resources towards opening a community applied engineering laboratory on the Red Wing campus, to be known as The Maker Space @ MSC Southeast.

"We have an opportunity to offer our community a whole new way to connect with the college," says MSC Southeast President Dr. Dorothy Duran. "By hosting a Maker Space, we can open our doors to local hobbyists, entrepreneurs, industry, artists, high school students, and our own college students who would like to have access to a range of engineering and manufacturing resources." 

Students assemble equipment
Work study students and faculty members join forces to help install new equipment in the Applied Engineering Lab.

The joint venture is in the conceptual phase of development, but a newly re-furbished 2000 square foot lab is already beginning to fill up with equipment. This includes, but isn't limited to, a CNC machine donated by Lockheed Martin and the Department of Defense (valued new at $91,000), a row of CAD/engineering computer workstations, a 3D printer, and power woodworking tools.

"In addition to the equipment we have already acquired, we want to focus on getting laser cutters, water jets, milling capabilities, 3D scanners, and additional 3D printers," says Travis Thul, MSC Southeast Dean of Trade and Technology. "We are still building the space and installing equipment, and there are a lot of logistics to work through."

"Red Wing Makers are excited to find a home at MSC Southeast. This space will foster educational growth and the exchange of ideas and techniques," comments Beau Brewer, a representative of Red Wing Makers. "We can expect outstanding, creative projects to emerge from this commonwealth of skills and ideas."

Brian Cashman, Southeast Perkins IV Consortium - Secondary Grant Coordinator, adds, "Southeast Minnesota has a legacy of business and industry innovation, strong high school and community connections, and a fantastic resource in Minnesota State College Southeast. On behalf of the 22 local school districts represented by the Southeast Perkins Consortium, I am excited to be involved in this partnership."

College lab by day, Maker Space evenings and weekends

During regular school hours the lab and equipment would be used to offer for-credit college classes in CNC, welding, and other applied engineering careers. Plans call for the Maker Space to be available to the community evenings, weekends, and weekdays during non-instructional hours.

"Maker Spaces are vital to growing local economies. They provide needed tools and resources to help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into viable products," comments Neela Mollgaard, Executive Director of Red Wing Ignite. "The Red Wing area is very fortunate that Minnesota State College Southeast is forward thinking. Together, the community will make this collaborative initiative a reality!"

"One of our highest priorities in Red Wing this year is to create more technology training programs to meet the area's workforce needs," Dr. Dorothy Duran concludes. "We hope that creating The Maker Space @ MSC Southeast will be the beginning of many new initiatives."

MSC Southeast welcomes members of visiting delegation from Mexico

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Minnesota State College Southeast welcomes members of visiting delegation from Mexico

Invited by Governor Mark Dayton, a large delegation of business, higher education and government leaders from Mexico is visiting Minnesota from October 3-7, 2016. Two of the delegates, both directors in the education system in the state of Baja California, toured Minnesota State College Southeast with President Dr. Dorothy Duran on Wednesday, October 6. 

Héctor Rivera Valenzuela, Subsecretario de Educación Media, Superior; Superior, e Investigatión y Posgrado (Under Secretary of Secondary and Post-Secondary Education) and Luis Armondo Portillo Apodaca, Director de Evaluación Educativa (Director of Education Evaluation) toured the Red Wing campus, taking special interest in the college's unique band, violin, and guitar repair programs. 

After visiting Red Wing, the delegates traveled on to tour the MSC Southeast Winona campus, visiting several labs with Dean of Trade and Technology Travis Thul, including biomedical equipment technology, carpentry, electronics technology, and welding.

The purpose of the delegation's visit is to explore future collaborations between Mexico and Minnesota, especially educational exchanges between their colleges in Mexico and Minnesota State colleges and universities. 

Duran, Portillo, Riviera

From left: President Dr. Dorothy Duran, Luis Portillo, and Héctor Rivera 

 

Portillo and Beckwith

Luis  Portillo  and Band Instrument Repair (BIR) instructor Greg Beckwith

 

Delegation from Mexico
From left: Luis  Portillo, Greg Beckwith, Héctor Rivera, Dr. Dorothy Duran, and BIR Instructor John Huth 

MSC Southeast is helping students affected by ITT closure

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Concerned student

MSC Southeast taking steps to help students affected by for-profit college closures

With the closing of several national and regional for-profit colleges, thousands of students have been left wondering how they can complete their educational programs and take care of past student loans. 

Minnesota State College Southeast is already hearing from students who are affected by such closures, and the Student Services department is taking steps to be ready to help these students.

"We will make it as easy as possible for these students to transfer to MSC Southeast," says Director of Admissions Gale Lanning. "They will follow the same pathway as any student transferring to the college, plus we are dedicating staff to answering their questions about the process and making a smooth transition." 

  • For questions about financial aid, contact Pamela Zimmerman, pzimmerman@southeastmn.edu (507-453-2710 or 877-853-8324). Students who are applying for financial aid should fill out the FAFSA and enter the MSC Southeast Financial Aid Code, 002393.  

  • For questions about transferring credits, contact the college's transfer specialists:  
  • Transfer review: Students may need to submit a course outline or course syllabus for transfer review. 

Helpful Resources

Department of Education
https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/closed-school

 

Transferring from to MSC Southeast

Transfer students follow these 4 steps to be admitted to MSC Southeast: 

1. APPLY: Complete and submit an online application (we will waive the $20 application fee)

2. TEST: Schedule and take the Accuplacer Placement Exam (check to see if you are exempt)  

3. SUBMIT DOCUMENTS: Submit official copies of your previous college transcripts:

Holly Daley, Red Wing campus
hdaley@southeastmn.edu  
308 Pioneer Rd
Red Wing, MN  55066 

Julie Haedtke, Winona campus
jhaedtke@southeastmn.edu  
1250 Homer Rd
Winona, MN  55987 

4. REGISTER:

  • If you will attend a program at our Red Wing or Winona campus, you will attend Registration on campus before classes start. 
  • If you are an online student, please contact Sarah Gatzlaff, sgatzlaff@southeastmn.edu, 507-453-2730, for online orientation/registration information. 

91-year-old student takes on Truck Driving at MSC Southeast

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Honk if you're 91!

Truck drivin' woman Louise Spencer becomes a media sensation when she takes a lesson with instructor Tom Gierok at MSC Southeast

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Just a few days before her 92nd birthday, Louise Spencer ticked off one of her "bucket list" items: driving an 18-wheel tractor-trailer truck.

Louise, who lives at Chandler Place in the Twin Cities, had always dreamed of getting behind the wheel of a big rig. Her late husband was an over-the-road trucker for 30 years, but she had never driven one herself -- though she secretly wished she could. 

When Webb Weiman heard about her dream, he knew he could help make it come true. His California based non-profit, JUMP!, helps seniors achieve what's left on their bucket lists and inspires them to reach for their dreams.

Webb's first challenge was to track down a truck and someone who could teach Louise how to drive it. He lucked out on his first call.  MSC Southeast truck driving instructor Tom Gierok's immediate response was "Let's do it!"

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Tom Gierok, Louise Spencer, and Webb Weiman

With the day set for Friday, September 2, Tom needed to find a truck with an automatic transmission.  He turned to one of his past students, John Brom of Riverland Trucking, who donated the use of a truck for the day. It was hooked up to MSC Southeast's signature tractor-trailer, which sports colorful college program graphics.

When Louise arrived at the college on Friday afternoon, she was besieged by news crews. TV stations from La Crosse (News 8000), Rochester (ABC 6 News), and the Twin Cities (KARE-11) made the trek to Winona, along with newspapers from Winona and Rochester. 

Louise handled the media attention like a seasoned professional, patiently answering questions through several interviews. Then the big moment came. She was surrounded by cameras of all sorts -- TV cameras, still cameras, iPhones, and a host of go-pro cameras -- as she rolled her walker across the pavement to board the truck. 

There she found a surprise arranged by Tom Gierok. On the driver's side door, he had attached a decal with "Louise" spelled out in pink script. 

Once on board, Tom showed her the various controls of the truck. Without hesitation, she started up the truck, then took it for a circuit around the Norris P. Abts Transportation Center's large parking lot. Louise appeared completely confident as she drove off to the college's 27-acre truck driving range, with photographers, reporters, and college staff chasing behind on foot and by car.

"She's pretty gutsy," Wanda McCarra, one of Spencer's daughters told Chris Rogers from the Winona Post. "Everybody sees her as this sweet old lady, but she's a firecracker. She's got a very gentle appearance, but she's pretty determined." 

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After the drive was over, Louise and Tom returned to their starting point. There they found a row of MSC Southeast staff members holding up letters reading "H-O-N-K  I-F  Y-O-U-'-R-E  9-1-!" Louise obliged with a final blast of the horn.

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Dr. Duran presents Louise with an honorary certificate of completion.

As Louise climbed down from the truck, MSCS President Dr. Dorothy Duran presented her with an honorary certificate of completion. Webb Weiman had arranged a "Keep on Truckin' " birthday cake for the occasion and all gathered to sing "Happy Birthday."

"I feel like I'm going to wake up tomorrow, and it's a dream," she told Kyle Farris from the Winona Daily News. "But there's no way I could have dreamed this." 

Then it was on to one last interview with the press. 

"I think these big trucks on the road are beautiful," she exclaimed to Rochester Post Bulletin reporter Brian Todd. "Think about it. What would we do without them? They are so important."  

Tom Gierok, who has taught thousands of students in his long career at the college, will always hold a special place in his heart for Louise. He said, "If you have a dream or a wish and you're willing to pursue it, you can do anything. I feel so fortunate to be part of this."

See more photos on our Facebook page

 

Special Thanks To:

John Brom, Riverland Trucking
Jim and Debbie Remlinger
Ron Regan, www.reganphotography.com
Tom and Pam Gierok
Webb Weiman, Sydney Weisman, JUMP!
Lauren Meintsma, Katie Westberg, and Robyn Johnson, The Goodman Group/Chandler Place

 

When the teacher becomes the student

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When the student becomes the teacher - and the teacher becomes the student

John Huth - brass bellAt a place like Minnesota State College Southeast, you expect the students to learn from their instructors. But the tables were turned last summer when Band Instrument Repair (BIR) instructor John Huth traveled to Kansas City to learn how to make brass instrument bells from his former student, Mike Corrigan.

After graduating in 2000, Mike founded two band instrument businesses in the Kansas City area:  BAC Music Center for retail and repair and B.A.C. (Best American Craftsman) for instrument manufacturing.  

"Mike imports artist and student level instruments, but he is quickly advancing as a sought-after builder of custom trombones and trumpets," says John. "He is preserving many hand-building techniques that are being lost to mass production. He has an enviable historic instrument collection and is constantly expanding his knowledge of instrument making." 

While repair technicians remove bell dents, it is unusual for a technician to make a bell from scratch; the tooling and skills are specialized to manufacturing.  Bells are made by forming a flat sheet of brass into a rough shape, joining the edges with brazing, and then final-forming the brass while it spins rapidly on a lathe.

"Just like a violin, how a brass instrument is made plays a huge role in its performance," John. "It has always been a goal for me to learn to make brass instrument bells and Mike enthusiastically agreed to work with me. Another one of our grads, Matt Simianar, also helped teach me bell making."

EngravingIn addition to Matt, Mike Corrigan currently employs Red Wing grads Eric Rempe, Kristy Filippini, Ethan Sherman, and Darrel Wilson.  John says it was great to connect with BIR grads in the workplace. "Darrel Wilson showed me the art of engraving, a skill he has developed since he started working for BAC.  His incredible work can be seen on BAC's Facebook page and website."

John is proud to note Mike's advocacy for musicians. After Hurricane Katrina, Mike equipped a van with repair tools and took it to New Orleans to repair instruments for free.  He has been back multiple times and was honored with the key to the city.  He promotes his own city, locating his business near the heart of Kansas City's historic jazz district.  And he's an active member of MSC Southeast's Band Instrument Repair Advisory Committee.

"It was so exciting for me to see the student become the teacher and the teacher become the student," John concludes. "I was so lucky to have gone to Kansas City to learn from Mike and his staff. He is as generous and kind as it gets."


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