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Radiography Club students raise money at Relay for Life

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Radiography Relay for Life

Radiography Relay for LifeStudents raise more than $1000 for fight against cancer

On April 24, the Southeast Technical Radiography Club participated in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, held on the campus of Winona State University. We are happy to announce that the event raised $30,844.29, and the club raised $1,160.31, placing 15th of 32 teams! 

Not only did the team exceed its fundraising goal, one of the team members, Nathan Meschefske, even donated his hair during the event as part of Pantene Beautiful Lengths, which makes wigs for people who have lost their hair during treatment for cancer.

Britni Schraufnagel was in charge of gathering items for the team's raffle basket, which was themed "Coffee Lovers." Starbucks, Gloria Jeans, Caribou, HyVee, and Blue Herron donated coffee and gift cards for the basket, which was sold in the event's silent auction. The Radiography Club also sold hot dogs, water, and candy bars. Kwik Trip donated the hot dog buns and water. 

"This is the first time that a club from Southeast Tech ever participated in this event and Jessica Hemenway, the coordinator of Relay For Life, was extremely grateful. Next year she hopes to get more of our students involved!" said Team Captain Breanne Schraufnagel. 

"We've helped to make a positive difference in the fight against cancer. I'm proud of what we did!" added Nathan Meschefske.

Students on deck to graduate May 12 & May 13

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Graduation Ceremonies in Winona May 12 and Red Wing May 13, 2015

Graduation 2014It’s on everyone’s minds this time of year: Graduation!

Southeast Technical is proud to announce our upcoming graduation ceremonies, which will honor students who are completing their programs of study this Spring and Summer semesters.

Winona Campus
Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Winona State University
 Memorial Hall

Corner of Johnson & King Streets

Winona, Minnesota 
Note:  Students will meet at Winona State University, Memorial Hall – Talbot Gym at 6:15 p.m.   

Red Wing Campus

Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Red Wing High School

Larry Sonju Gymnasium

2451 Eagle Ridge Drive

Red Wing, Minnesota
Note:  Students will meet at Red Wing High School, Commons Area at 6:15 p.m.    

Attention Red Wing & Winona Campus Nursing Students:
All nursing students should report to the gymnasiums (Red Wing High School & WSU Memorial Hall) for group photos by 5:45 p.m. Please be prompt.

 A reception with punch and cookies will be held for graduates, families and friends immediately following the ceremony.


Cap and Gown Pick Up

Winona Campus
Student Center:  Bookstore Entrance
Wednesday, April 29: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 30: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday, May 1: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Red Wing Campus

Bookstore, Monday, April 27 through Tuesday, May 5, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Check out Graduation FAQs 2015

MSCSA names Greg Cady Instructor of the Year at General Assembly

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Criminal Justice Instructor Greg Cady named "Instructor of the Year" at MSCSA General Assembly

Greg Cady at MSCSAOn Saturday, April 11, Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical instructor Greg Cady was presented with a statewide teaching award by the Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) at its annual Spring General Assembly, held at Breezy Point Resort in northern Minnesota.

Alyshia Brinkman, an individualized studies student at Southeast Technical, nominated Greg Cady for the award. "He is not only an incredible instructor but he is also an irreplaceable mentor and my hero," she wrote in her nomination. "He has the ability to impact people and challenge them to better themselves. He offers invaluable information and support to all of our students."

Accepting the award, Greg shared his philosophy of teaching. "I try to create a safe environment where community can be built among the students. When there is a sense of community, courage is triggered, empowering us all to take risks, become more open, and let learning begin."

He also shared his pride in the members of all the Minnesota College Student Senates, saying, "They are stepping up to the plate to make a difference, not only on each of their campuses, but in their community and our society!"

"Greg Cady is very deserving of this recognition, and that it comes from the students themselves makes it even more special," said Southeast Technical President Dr. Dorothy Duran. "Our students have told me about the impact Greg Cady has had on their lives. They have shared that he is a good listener, a great advisor, and that he goes out of his way to help them register for the right classes based upon their long-term goals."

Greg Cady began teaching at Southeast Technical College as an adjunct instructor in 2004, moving to a full-time tenure track position in 2007. Prior to joining the teaching team, he dedicated 18 years to various positions within the criminal justice profession in Minnesota and California. Greg is also a commissioned officer in the United States Navy Reserve with more than 25 years of military service. He attended St. Cloud State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and criminal justice as well as a master's degree in criminal justice.

This is not the first time that Southeast Technical has been recognized by MSCSA in recent years. In 2013, Peter Beurskens was honored as "Instructor of the Year," and in 2014 Jim Johnson was named "College President of the Year."

Brand New Strings: May 12 guitar show will debut almost 80 new instruments

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Brand New Strings: Student Guitar Show on May 12 will debut almost 80 new instruments

Student GuitarsSoutheast Technical Student Guitar Show 
Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 11 am to 1 pm
Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical, Red Wing Campus
308 Pioneer Road, Red Wing, MN
Admission: Free

  • Includes concerts on two stages and display of new musical instruments
  • Raffle for hand-made guitar – Drawing at 12:30 pm

This spring, students in the guitar and violin labs at Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical in Red Wing are focused intently on their work as they build flattop, archtop and electric guitars, mandolins, ukuleles -- and at least one hurdy gurdy!

Though as of early April these instruments are still in various stage of assembly, most of them will be ready to play at this year’s annual Student Guitar Show on May 12. Almost 80 extraordinary new hand-crafted custom instruments will be on display. The instruments will be played for the first time on stage by professional Twin Cities musicians, including Bill Cagley, Sarah Cagley, Mike Cramer, and Phil Heywood.

Guitar Raffle

Instructor David Vincent and other faculty members have contributed to the construction of a beautiful handmade steel string guitar which will be raffled off at the Guitar Show. Raffle tickets are only $5.00; proceeds benefit the Roger Benedict Memorial Scholarship Fund, supporting Southeast Technical students in the string instrument repair and building programs. Tickets are on sale in the college bookstores; need not be present to win. 

Download a Student Guitar Show Flyer

Discover Auto Body Collision Technology at Career Night April 22

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Discover Auto Body Collision Technology at Career Night

Auto Body spray boothMinnesota State College - Southeast Technical in Winona would like to invite you to visit our Transportation Center for a special Auto Body Collision Technology Career Night!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
7 to 8:30 p.m.  
Norris P. Abts Transportation Center
Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical
1250 Homer Road, Winona (map & directions) 

We want to introduce prospective students to the technical and artistic aspects of this program and the many exciting career options available in this field. Plus we have some special activities and giveaways planned!

What to expect at Career Night:

  • Tour our new state-of-the-art shop facilities
  • Experience hands-on activities like spray painting and air brushing
  • Visit with past grads and employers - our graduates can expect 100% job placement!
  • Everyone gets a chance to win some great door prizes
  • Learn about our all-new curriculum, which will give students even more time in the shop
  • Save $20 – no application fee for students who apply for college at Career Night!
  • Find out about exclusive scholarships for new auto body students

In addition to our Auto Body Collision Technology program, the Automotive Technology, Diesel Maintenance, and Truck Driving programs will also be open for tours and information.  

We hope to see you there - invite your friends!

 Auto Body Transformations

Marilyn Tomfohrde named Business Professional Woman of the Year at Red Wing event

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Marilyn Tomfohrde honored as "Business Professional Woman of the Year" at Red Wing women's event

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Professional Women's Leadership Event
Wednesday, April 15, 2014
11 am-3:30 pm
Paradise Cove at Treasure Island, Red Wing, MN

Red Wing celebrated the accomplishments of professional women in the community on April 15, 2015 at Paradise Cove,Treasure Island Resort and Casino, when Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical hosted the 29th annual Professional Women's Leadership Event.

Marilyn Tomfohrde AwardAn awards ceremony honored the area's top Business Professional Women, as nominated by their peers. All of the nominees were recognized with a special gift and certificate. The winner of the award for 2015 is Southeast Technical's Red Wing campus receptionist Marilyn Tomfohrde. 

"Marilyn Tomfohrde is a professional communicator, counselor, organizer, trainer, negotiator, mediator, advisor, tour guide, master of all information, and receptionist all wrapped into one. She is talented, intelligent, organized, patient, kind, and customer service driven… a multi-tasking, people-orientated person with a positive attitude, the consummate team player…and above all, a professional," stated Katie Hardyman and Katryn Conlin in nominating Marilyn for the award.

Marilyn received a prize package valued at over $300, compliments of Express Employment Professionals.

Like our Facebook page for updated information and a complete photo album of this year's event. 


11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Business Expo
12:15 p.m. Luncheon Buffet & Fashion Show
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Business Professional Woman of the Year Award 
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Keynote Speaker Theresa Rose: "Find Your Mojo: How to Live, Work and Move in JOY!" 

Strings, Winds & Brass concert fills The Sheldon with student talent

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The halls are alive... with the sound of music

 Southeast Technical musical instrument repair students showcase their talent at The Sheldon Theatre at "Strings, Winds & Brass"   

Strings, Winds & Brass - 2015

Strings, Winds & Brass
Saturday, March 28, 2015
7 pm (general admission, doors open at 6:30 pm)
Ticket information: Student tickets are only $5 at the Red Wing campus bookstore, sponsored by Red Wing Student Senate. Regular price advance tickets are $14.50 adults, $8.50 students (add $3 if purchased day of show).*

View a Facebook album of the day-of-show rehearsal
View a Facebook album of the 2015 Strings, Winds & Brass performance 

Every year Southeast Technical's talented college students (and handful of employees) audition for the college's variety showcase. This year, those who were selected to perform were featured in Strings, Winds & Brass at The Sheldon on March 28.

"The auditions were judged by a panel that included musicians, media, education, and entertainment professionals. We had 23 wonderful acts audition and the judges selected 15 of them to be featured in this year's performance," said Jo Poncelet, Southeast Technical Dean of Academics.

Southeast Technical's world-renowned band, guitar, and violin repair programs attract talented musicians from across the United States, from as far away as West Virginia, Texas, Colorado, and California. With everything from hurdy-gurdy to sousaphone to electric bassoon by composers ranging from Wolfgang Mozart to Taylor Swift, the concert presented a musical tour that surveyed the range of strings, winds and brass - hence the name of the show! 

The 2015 featured performers were:

  • Carrie Allen - solo poet
  • Chamfered - hurdy-gurdy, hammered dulcimer, electric bass and guitar
  • Cymbalic Brass - trumpet, six trombones, and drums (pictured above)
  • The Dentists - trombone, sax, bass, and drums
  • Currren Effinger - singer-songwriter with guitar
  • Flatt & Square - fiddles, bass, guitar, and mandolin
  • Kyle Nelson - solo electric guitar
  • Pushing Aether, electric hurdy-gurdy, electric bass, and drums
  • Red Rot'n Rhythm - trumpets, saxophones, trombones, and sousaphone
  • Ridiculous Reeds - bassoon and oboe
  • Triple A-Team - clarinet, flute, and oboe (pictured above)
  • Willie G. - electric bassoon with loop effects pedal
  • Winter Birds - string bass, guitar, fiddle (pictured above)
  • Wolf and the Gang - clarinet trio

View a photo gallery of our musicians (dropbox folder)

*$15.50 adult and $5 college student tickets available in the college bookstore. Regular price tickets are available at The Sheldon: call 651-388-8700, toll free 800-899-5759, visit the box office, or go to www.sheldontheatre.org.  All tickets are general admission; doors open at 6:30 day of show.