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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."

What's Happening October 24-30

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What's Happening 2016-2017

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. If you know of events that might be of interest, email dechelard@southeastmn.edu

Monday October 24

Minnesota Stately Spirits, Stories, Tales and Legends from Local Haunted Places
Wabasha Public Library 168 Allegheny Ave Wabasha, 6:30
Minnesota's Stately Spirits is interactive theater at its best and you will learn about some of Minnesota's most renowned haunted places and experience strange phenomena. Presented by the Lyceums, Robert and Lynn Halbrook.

James Otto in Concert & Thom Bresh Fillmore County Deputy Sheriff's Association Benefit 
Chatfield Center for the Arts 405 Main Street South Chatfield, MN 7:30

Stage on Screen Screen: Frankenstein starring Benedict Cumberbatch
Weber Center for the Performing Arts 428 Front Street South La Crosse, WI 7:00
Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein's bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.

Tuesday October 25

Great River Reading Series: Kristine Bigalk
Winona State University - Stark Hall 175 West Mark Street Room: 103  5:00
Kris Bigalk is a poet and writing professor.

The History of Norwegian Sweaters
 Winona County History Center 60 Johnson Street, Winona, MN 7:00
Nothing says Norwegian quite like a Norwegian sweater. The presentation will focus on the history and different styles of Norwegian sweaters. Learn about the symbolism behind some of the patterns and colors on sweaters and consider both the technology and artistry of this iconic garment.

What we know about Riverine Food Webs and how humans impact them.  Lecture by Michael Delong
Goodhue County History Center 1166 Oak St  Red Wing 6:00
Dr. Delong explores the modern ecological challenges facing the Upper Mississippi, while tying each organism in the ecosystem together, and will discuss the food system of the Upper Mississippi River and how each organism relates and balances one another.

Wednesday October 26

Page Series: Shanghai Acrobats of the People's Republic of China
Page Theatre Saint Mary's University Winona  7:30
Founded in 1959, the Shanghai Acrobats of the People's Republic of China has more than 100 performers and is one of China's most renowned acrobatic troupes. From magic tricks to gravity-defying stunts, you won't want to miss their newest production, "Shanghai Nights," which celebrates scenes from the nighttime skyline to the Shanghai countryside.

Thursday October 27

Christopher Rude @Trempealeau Hotel 
11332 Main Street 6:00
The guy has a cum laude Master's degree in Guitar Performance, traveling the world to study under countless masters, owning a studio and teaching guitar professionally, Chris is most certainly one of the area's most experienced players.

La Crosse Community Theatre Presents: Peter and the Starcatcher, the Neverland you never knew
428 Front Street South, La Crosse Oct. 7:30
With ingenious stagecraft and boundless creativity, Peter and the Starcatcher upends the Peter Pan story and brings the legend to life.

Friday October 28

New Work: An evening with Author Kathie Giorgio 
Sutra Imports 570 Main St., Dakota, MN, 6:00
Sutra Imports is pleased to host Wisconsin Author Kathie Giorgio, who will read from her recently published books and answer your questions about writing, getting published and living a big life!

Fall Fest at the Red Wing YMCA 
434 Main St Red Wing, 6:30
Join the Fall Fest to play carnival games, make arts & crafts, play creepy games, jump in the inflatable castle as well as many other activities at the YMCA. It is open to everyone in the community 

La Crosse Community Theatre Presents: Peter and the Starcatcher, the Neverland you never knew
428 Front Street South, La Crosse Oct. 7:30 
With ingenious stagecraft and boundless creativity, Peter and the Starcatcher upends the Peter Pan story and brings the legend to life.

Under Paris Skies - Sip to Save Lives fundraiser
Cargill Room 332 Front St S La Crosse 5:00
Under Paris Skies - Sip to Save Lives fundraiser is a beer and wine tasting fundraiser for the Coulee Region Humane Society with live music by Under Paris Skies  & help support a great cause!

Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Sheldon Theatre 443 West 3rd Street Red Wing 11:00
In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker and a creepy butler. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named "Rocky."

Saturday October 29

Long Time Gone: Classic Traditional and Original Bluegrass Music
Hobgoblin Music & Stoney End Harps 920 MN-19 Red Wing 7:30
Long Time Gone isn't just about traditional bluegrass. The band branches out into old-timey songs of the 1920s and original songs written by band members. Double fiddle tunes, a touch of Celtic, hard-driving banjo instrumentals and quite a bit of instrument swapping keeps Long Time Gone shows entertaining.

Pop Wagner and Bob Bovee
Crossings at Carnegie State Theatre 320 East Ave Zumbrota, MN 7:30
A Wagner-Bovee performance offers a generous dose of authentic cowboy songs, plenty of square dance tunes and other instrumental numbers, country blues, comic and sentimental songs of the south, and perhaps an original or two. The two are likely to throw in a cowboy poem and some of Wagner's lariat spinning, along with history, folklore and jokelore.

The High 48's : Classic Bluegrass with a modern attitude
The Oak Center General Store   Hwy 63  Lake City 8:00
The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass. original songs and a wide range of influences far beyond Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs.

Test Pilot: A Dance Opera
The Sheldon Theatre 443 West 3rd Street Red Wing 7:30
Choreographer Penelope Freeh, Composer Jocelyn Hagen This innovative chamber dance-opera tells the legendary story of the birth of flight, as seen through the eyes of the Wright Brothers' sister, Katharine. Test Pilot explores the wonder of creativity in an unexpected narrative, told by a string quartet, six singers, four dancers and a video artist. 

Water Plant tours by the city of Red Wing
Municipal Water Treatment Plant, 1468 Pioneer Road  Red Wing, 9:00 - 3:00
Have you ever wondered what happens to water before we use it? Or before it's put back into the environment? Take time out of your day to explore water's journey from nature to the home and back again. This program is administered and run by the City of Red Wing, and connects local residents to their local water treatment plants. Tours will be held at the City Water Treatment Plant. 

Teague Alexy@Trempealeau Hotel
11332 Main Street 6:00
Teague Alexy's music and writing is deeply rooted in Americana music.

La Crosse Community Theatre Presents: Peter and the Starcatcher, the Neverland you never knew
428 Front Street South, La Crosse Oct. 7:30 
With ingenious stagecraft and boundless creativity, Peter and the Starcatcher upends the Peter Pan story and brings the legend to life.

Wabasha Farmers Market
Sat. 9:00 -noon & Wednesdays 3 -7
Main Street West & Alleghany Ave

Winona Farmers Market and the Winona Artisan Market
7:30 -1:00 Downtown Winona, 2nd and Main Street
The Winona Artisan Market is a collective of artisans who embrace quality craftsmanship and offer exceptional goods in a communal atmosphere.  

Red Wing Farmers Market
8:00 -1 Train Depot 420 Levee St Red Wing
Enjoy shopping for local produce, baked goods, and artisan items in a beautiful outdoor setting.
Live music performances from 10-noon

Simon & Garfunkel Tribute Concert by COLLECTIVE UNCONSCIOUS
Chatfield Center for the Arts 405 Main Street South Chatfield, MN 7:30

Returning the Favor
Acoustic Café 77 Lafayette Winona 8:00
Bringing some tunes to the mix, Returning the Favor is a five piece alt-rock band from La Crosse, WI. With intense, driven, originals  and cover songs with a little Returning the Favor flavor. 

Sunday October 30

Live music: Dixieland Jazz
Jeffersons Pub 8 Center Street, Winona 6:00
The Gate City Jazz Band will play dixieland jazz music.

La Crosse Community Theatre Presents: Peter and the Starcatcher, the Neverland you never knew
428 Front Street South, La Crosse Oct. 2:00
With ingenious stagecraft and boundless creativity, Peter and the Starcatcher upends the Peter Pan story and brings the legend to life.

WSU Orchestra 
Winona State University - Performing Arts Center 175 West Mark Street


Options throughout the week

Cannon Valley Trail
The Cannon Valley Trail is 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 in beautiful southeastern Minnesota.  Take a bike ride, walk or break on the trail.

River Junctions Arts Council
Check out the website for the amazing variety of music held in Wabasha under the bridge, the park and other unique venues.

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
Lanesboro art gallery, Commonweal Theatre and consistant art events in a beautiful region and 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.

Trester Trolly Downtown Tours
The Trolley will offer tours of downtown Winona during the week.  

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

WSU Fitness Center
Monday - Friday 6am- 10pm
Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 12pm-10pm


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


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
308 Pioneer Rd
Red Wing, MN  55066 

Julie Haedtke, Winona campus
1250 Homer Rd
Winona, MN  55987 


  • 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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Louise Spencer Story - 1

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

 Media Coverage:

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!"

Tom Gierok - Louise Spencer - Webb Weiman
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." 

Louise Spencer Story - 2

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.

Dr. Duran presents certificate of completion
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."

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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