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Class Cancellation for Friday 1.30.15

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Maria Nielsen has cancelled Clinicals for AD2 students (Trempealeau County), for Friday 1.30.15.

Class Cancellations for Thursday 01.29.15

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Becky Alsop's Women Studies and Reading and Writing 2 is cancelled on Thursday 01.29.15.

Kris Wright has cancelled Practical Nursing Lab 1 for today, Thursday 1.29.15, at 10am.

Kelly Hoffman has cancelled her 10am (Cost Acct) and 1pm (Fund Acct) classes today, Thursday 1.29.15.  Students, please check D2L after 5pm.

What's Happening: Week of Jan 26 to Feb 1

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All events are free, unless otherwise noted. If you know of events that might be of interest, please email Chris Stout, cstout@southeastmn.edu.



Healthy Monday – Tackling Mt. Stressmore
Time: 7 pm
Where: WSU, Integrated Wellness Center, 175 Mark St. Winona, MN 55987 Room: 138
Health and Wellness will promote, "Tackling Mt. Stressmore" with tips on stress management as part of Healthy Mondays.
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/m44cmsa

"New Landscapes: Sampling Time in Nature" - Artist Reception
Time: 8:00 – 4:00 Daily
Where: Winona State University - Watkins Hall, 175 West Mark Street Winona, MN 55987
Room: Paul Watkins Gallery
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/kbdpf8a



Fit Stop
Time: 4:00 – 5:-30
Where: WSU, Integrated Wellness Center, 175 Mark St. Winona, MN 55987
Health and Wellness partners up with the Exercise Science Club to promote "Body Composition - Hand Held BIA" as part of Fit Stop.
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/l4vcywy

Faculty Music Recital – Alan Dunbar
Time: 7:30 PM
Where: Winona State University - Performing Arts Center, 175 West Mark Street, Winona, MN 55987
Room: Recital Hall
The WSU Music Department presents a recital by Alan Dunbar.
More Information:  http://tinyurl.com/q8ha8u3

Minnesota Marine Art Museum – Free Tuesday
All Day, every Tuesday: Free Admission for Students with I.D. 
800 Riverview Drive, Winona
More Information: https://www.mmam.org/Visit/Hours-and-Admission

UM-Rochester Connects Professional Lecture series:  Adapting Today to Protect Our Future
Subject: Emerging Infections in the Modern World: A View From the Front Windshield and Rearview Mirror
Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: University of MN, Rochester, room 417, 4th floor of University Square, 111 S Broadway, Rochester, MN 55904
An extremely timely topic following the national worry concerning Ebola, this presentation brings to Rochester one of the nation's leading experts on the public health risk of infectious disease. Dr. Osterholm will discuss how epidemics spread so quickly, as well as touch on the likelihood of whether an epidemic could actually 'end' the world. 
More information: http://tinyurl.com/lvpkxoy



Hector Del CurtoHector Del Curto Tango Quintet
Time: Noon, Slaggie Family Lobby, Winona County Historical Society, 160 Johnson St, Winona MN 55987
Members of Hector Del Curto and company will provide an informal presentation that mixes song and conversation about the music, instruments, and cultural background of Tango. Praised by the New York Times as a "splendid player", Argentinean bandoneónist Héctor Del Curto has captivated the audiences around the world as a soloist & chamber musician. Tango has been in the Del Curto family since the early 1900s. Hector's great grandfather was a bandoneónist & composer, and his grandfather introduced Hector to the world of Tango and the bandoneón. By the age of 17, he had won the title "Best Bandoneón Player Under 25" in Argentina, and was invited to join the orchestra of the legendary Osvaldo Pugliese, the "Last Giant of Tango."
More Information: http://pagetheatre.org/event-view/page-in-history-hector-del-curto/

Wellness Wednesday – The Naked Truth: STDs
Time: 3:00
Where: WSU, Integrated Wellness Center, 175 Mark St. Winona, MN 55987
Health and Wellness partners up with Sexual Health Awareness Group to promote, "The Naked Truth: A workshop presented by peer educators to educate students about sexual behavior and sexually transmitted infections" as part of Wellness Wednesday.
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/pfzet6r

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

CLASP Lecture Series – War and Peace
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Winona State University - Stark Hall, 175 West Mark Street Winona, MN 55987
Room: 103
As part of the CLASP Series, WSU will host David Speetzen as he presents, "Toward a Sustainable Peace: Contingent Pacifism and Justice After War."
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/myjvx2r



College of Business Speakers Series: Eric R. Sannerud
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Winona State University - Science Laboratory Center, 175 West Mark Street, Winona, MN 55987, Room: 120
Sannerud, a Minnesota farmer and entrepreneur, will present Regenerative Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurship for our Complex World.
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/oq2w8ax

Free Thursdays: Rochester Art Center
10 am – 9 pm
40 Civic Center Dr SE, Rochester, MN 55904
More information: http://www.rochesterartcenter.org/about/visit/


FRIDAY, JAN. 30       

Study Without Distractions - Child care available for only $13/month
Where: Red Wing YMCA, Address: 434 Main Street, Red Wing, MN 55066
Wednesday & Thursday - 3:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 12:45 pm, Sunday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Southeast Technical and the YMCA have developed a partnership to help students with child care while studying. Students are encouraged to utilize the YMCA to study in a peaceful, distraction free atmosphere and have YMCA child care. GET YOUR WORK DONE, WHILE YOUR KIDS HAVE FUN!
Please call 651-388-4724 to make arrangements.

Exhibition: River Sojourn: A Painter's Portfolio of the Mississippi River Blufflands
Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Anderson Center, 163 Tower View Dr, Red Wing, MN 55066
In summer, 2012, nationally known American landscape artist Sara Lubinski, a resident of Brownsville, Minnesota, began a two-year sojourn into the Upper Mississippi blufflands, hiking goat prairies, following water creeks, and seeking Mississippi River bluff top views, investigating all facets of life in this beautiful and unique ecosystem in heartland America. With charcoal, pencil, and homemade walnut ink, Sara sketched what she saw, recording broad panoramas and the many detailed diverse life forms of the region. The result is a stunning exhibition of paintings, working drawings, silver points, and field notes that connect people and place while raising awareness of land trusts, conservation, and sustainability.  
More Information: http://www.andersoncenter.org/exhibitionRiverSojourn.html

Hypnotist Chris Jones
When: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition, La Crosse WI 54601
UW-L welcomes back one of its favorite graduates for a third time. While at UW-L he was an RA who loved to entertain his residents with magic. From there he discovered his love of hypnotism and decided to make it a career.
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/lz3f5pf



Red Wing Through the Lens of James Chalmers and New Art for the New Year
When: Until Feb. 24th
 418 Levee Street, Red Wing, MN  55066
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm , Sunday: 12 - 5 pm
Shortly after James received a camera for his birthday in 2013, he decided to embark on his 365 Project. Beginning August 2013, James took a photo, or more, everyday for a year. The results are display Depot Gallery. Each month features five photos to showcase life in Red Wing that month.
More Information: http://redwingartsassociation.org/

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/


Leslie Bleskachek named new Vice President of Academic Affairs

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Dr. Leslie K. Bleskachek joins administration of Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical as Vice President of Academic Affairs

Leslie Bleskachek 250 pxMinnesota State College - Southeast Technical is pleased to announce that Dr. Leslie Bleskachek (BLESS-kah-check) has been appointed Vice President of Academic Affairs, effective January 5, 2015. 

Dr. Bleskachek comes to the college from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, where she had served as a districtwide academic dean and divisional dean since 2008. Previously she held leadership roles at Chippewa Valley Technical College in River Falls, WI, and at the New Richmond campus of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. She also served as an academic program manager at the University of Wisconsin at River Falls from 1995-2004. 

Bleskachek holds an Ed.D. in higher education from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, a master of arts in organizational leadership from Bethel University in St. Paul, and a bachelor of arts in Spanish and communications from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. An educator herself, she has post-secondary teaching experience in business leadership and Spanish. 

Leslie Bleskachek has been named a 2015 fellow in the Association for Career and Technical Education National Leadership Fellowship Program. This exclusive program for community and technical college educators encourages leadership development, public policy knowledge, and professional development.

"I am very excited to be joining the team at Southeast Technical and I really look forward to serving the students and the region. The college has a wonderful reputation in career and technical education," Leslie Bleskachek said, adding, "I have been very impressed by the faculty, staff and facilities, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with President Duran and everyone here at the college."

President Dorothy Duran noted that one of Leslie Bleskachek's first actions when starting her new position at the college was to make a personal donation to Southeast Technical Foundation's scholarship fund. "I am impressed that Leslie's commitment to our students already extends to her personal support of their financial needs. This is just one facet of her focus on student success," she said.

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Bleskachek to Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical!

Criminal justice student Beckie Taylor awarded international scholarship

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Southeast Technical criminal justice student Beckie Taylor awarded international public safety scholarship 

Beckie TaylorMinnesota State College - Southeast Technical is proud to announce that criminal justice student Beckie Taylor has been awarded the Richard L. Resurreccion Public Safety Scholarship, one of two $1000 scholarships given by the International Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Institute in cooperation with the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation.

Beckie Taylor, an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe, now lives on the Prairie Island Indian Community reservation with her husband and sons. Instructor Greg Cady says, "Not only is she active within her Native American community, she’s a leader at Southeast Technical. Her work ethic and dynamic personality is contagious, creating a positive culture in the classroom and on campus."

Describing herself as someone who has succeeded despite obstacles such as drug and alcohol abuse, poverty, and racial profiling, Beckie says she was overwhelmed when she received a phone call from Dr. Resurreccion himself notifying her of the award. "He personally called me from California to tell me about the scholarship. To me it was like a culmination of everything that I had worked for and everything I've overcome."

Beckie is now finishing transfer classes at Southeast Technical and plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in drug and alcohol counseling next fall. "I already have colleges competing for me, so I will wait and see which offers the best scholarship package. I want to help my community and those who are still suffering from drug and alcohol abuse. And I want to have a meaningful job, one that can give a real income and provide good health benefits for my family," she says.

Southeast Technical's Associate in Science Degree program in Criminal Justice is a comprehensive program designed to cover the fundamental preparation and coursework needed for a rewarding career in law enforcement and related social services. Prospective students are invited to sit in on an introductory criminal justice class with the permission of the instructor. For more information, contact Greg Cady, gcady@southeastmn.edu and/or 651-385-6411. 


Auto Body program awarded NATEF master accreditation

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Auto Body Collision Technology program awarded master accreditation by National Institute of Automotive Excellence Foundation

Auto body 2014 v2The highly-esteemed National Institute of Automotive Excellence Foundation (NATEF) has renewed Southeast Technical's Auto Body Collision Technology program's certification this year, with a master accreditation -- the highest level of achievement recognized by the foundation. The program has been certified in all five areas required for NATEF certification by an industry based review team. NATEF's precise national standards reflect the skills that students must master to excel in the field.

After an intensive self-study, along with an onsite visit lead by a NATEF evaluation team leader, the program was awarded its official status in November. The college was commended for maintaining the program's high standards and continuing to meet industry's needs. "The process ensures us that curriculum and skills students are learning are consistent with what they will see in their line of work every day," states Tom Brandt, Auto Body Collision Technology Instructor.

The automotive service and repair industry has gone through tremendous changes in the last decade.  Working on today's cars requires a deeper understanding of the technology that goes into the modern, more sophisticated automobile.  This increased sophistication means schools need to stay current to properly educate students to meet industry standards.  Accreditation of an automotive training program brings with it program credibility, prestige, recognition, and overall program improvement.  

By ensuring training programs meet the highest standards, NATEF accreditation benefits everyone from colleges, students, and future employers, to the automotive service industry and everyone driving on our nation's roads.

Spring semester is just around the corner - apply by Jan. 2

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Spring semester is just around the corner

Spring flowersSpring begins in January! No, there won't be flowers blooming or songbirds nesting... but Spring semester starts at Southeast Technical on Monday, January 12, 2015, fair weather or foul!

Fall semester ends on December 19. Over the holiday break, Southeast Technical offices will be open every weekday except December 25-26 and January 1-2. Our staff is available to help you with applying to college! Applications must be completed by January 2 in order to register for Spring semester.

How to Get Started at Southeast Tech

  1. Complete the online application
  2. If required, schedule and take Accuplacer Placement Exam
  3. Submit needed documents, such as transcripts
  4. Attend an Orientation and Registration session

Orientation and Registration will take place January 8 & 9; students who have completed the application process will be invited to attend.

For more information, see the Become a Student section of the website. If you haven't yet decided what program you want to take, see the Programs of Study page.

Please contact us if you have questions about applying and registering! We are here to help you with every step of the process. Call 877-853-8324 or email enrollmentservices@southeastmn.edu.