Outstanding Alumni Awards

Established in 2005, Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical’s annual Outstanding Alumni Awards are presented at graduation to two outstanding alumni -- one from the Winona campus and one from the Red Wing campus. 

Joe GarteskiJoe Garteski

On Tuesday, May 12, 2015, Joe Garteski was honored as Outstanding Alumnus on the Winona campus. A 1999 Machine Tool and Die graduate, Joe has worked for Fastenal his entire career, advancing through a variety of operations and outsides sales position to his current position, Manufacturing Operations Manager at Fastenal's Winona precision machining plant, the company's largest manufacturing facility. He is responsible for a 100,000 square foot facility, 140-plus machinists and support employees, and approximately $80 million in product revenue.

"Joe continues to work with our college as Fastenal not only donates equipment to the college but also offers tuition assistance to students in the CNC Precision Machining Technology program. He has also served on the program's advisory council. We are thankful to Joe for his continued involvement with Southeast Technical and proud of his success as one of our 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award winners," said Southeast Technical Foundation Director Chris Schabow when presenting the award. View longer biography of Joe Garteski

Gary BartigGary Bartig

On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, Gary Bartig was presented with the Outstanding Alumnus award on the Red Wing campus. A 1992 graduate of the Violin Repair program, Gary has gone one to found his own business designing, manufacturing and distributing musical instruments including the Eminence -- a unique portable, upright, acoustic string bass --  and the London5 and Dahlia5 violins, specially designed instruments that cover both the range of a viola and a violin. 

"Gary Bartig learned the art of lutherie here at Southeast Technical, but has gone on to expand his career by becoming an inventor, a patent holder, and an entrepreneur. His musical instruments are played in bluegrass, country, Celtic, folk, rock, and even classical music settings on stages around the world, making an international impact on music today," said Chris Schabow at the graduation ceremony in Red Wing. "Southeast Technical is justifiably proud of Gary Bartig and his accomplishments in the world of music, and we are happy to name him one of this year's Outstanding Alumni Award winners."  View longer biography of Gary Bartig  

2016 Awards


Nominations for 2016 will be open early next year. For more information, email cjohnson@southeastmn.edu.

Criteria for Outstanding Alumni Awards

  1. Earned a diploma or degree from Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical more than 5 years ago;  
  2. Professional and/or personal achievement (e.g., career achievements, obstacles overcome, etc.);  
  3. Service to others (e.g., community service, service clubs, church, volunteerism, etc.);  
  4. Support to Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical (e.g., financial, board representative, advocacy, volunteerism, support/employment of grads, etc.);  
  5. Able to attend the graduation ceremony.


View past Outstanding Alumni Awards recipients.