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Rick Spitzer and Brenda Stelter
2014 Outstanding Alumni Awards recipients Rick Spitzer and Brenda Stelter

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. The awards for Outstanding Alumni in 2014 have been made to Rick Spitzer (Winona) and Brenda Stelter (Red Wing).

"We are proud to recognize the excellence of Southeast Technical graduates and show our appreciation for their personal and professional contributions," says President Jim Johnson. "These outstanding individuals demonstrate the value of a technical education and how it can help establish a lifelong love of learning and value in the community."

Richard (Rick) V. Spitzer completed the Machine, Tool & Die program at Southeast Technical (then known as Winona Technical Institute) in 1989, and returned to study Drafting and Design in 1994. Now Director of Application Support at Miller Ingenuity in Winona, he began his career as a machinist making molds and dies in 1988 and has steadily progressed through a number of important roles, including Director of Manufacturing (2001) and Director of Safety and Manufacturing (2005). He was promoted to his current position in 2009, and oversees the development and implementation of new products. He has served as a volunteer for many projects in the community and retired with 20 years of Honorable Service from the National Guard in 2006. Read the full profile

A graduate of Southeast Technical’s secretarial/clerical program in 1983 and Supervisory Management A.A.S. in 1997, Brenda Stelter went on to earn bachelor’s degrees in business management and marketing. The owner of Anchor Promotions, Apparel & Signage in Red Wing, Brenda has been in business since August 2004, assisting clients with promotional products, branded apparel, signs, banners, decals, cut vinyl, signage and graphic design. Her outstanding commitment to personal customer service has helped her stand out in this highly competitive industry. Read the full profile


Considered Criteria for Outstanding Alumni


  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.