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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. 

What's Happening: Week of April 20 to 26

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What's Happening Headline

All events are free, unless otherwise noted. If you know of events that might be of interest, please email Chris Stout, cstout@southeastmn.edu.
Scroll down to the bottom for events that are available multiple days every week. 


Wednesday, April 22, 11 am to 1 pm
Red Wing Student Commons
Connect with local employers - attend a breakout session - bring your resume!
Free food & prizes - held in conjunction with the spring picnic.  


Healthy Monday - "HIGHer Education"
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: WSU, Integrated Wellness Center, 175 Mark St., Winona
Room: 138
WSU Health & Wellness will host "HIGHer Education" to present a session focused on marijuana "high" and how THC impacts short term memory and other health concerns.
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/nyd9p9u 


Fit Stop "De Stress Kits"
Time: 11:00 - 12:-00
Where: Winona State University - Integrated Wellness Complex, 175 Mark St., Winona
WSU Health & Wellness will host "De Stress Kits" as part of Fit Stop Tuesdays.
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/lfdql4a

"Green World Rising" Films & Discussion
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Environmental Learning Center, 442 Guernsey Lane, Red Wing
Short films and discussion.
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/npq39f9

UM-Rochester Connects Professional Lecture Series
Oneota Archaeology in the Lower St. Croix Valley: Current Research at the Sheffield Site
Ed Fleming, Curator of Archaeology at the Science Museum of Minnesota
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: University of MN, Rochester, room 417, 4th floor of University Square, 111 S Broadway, Rochester, MN
Clusters of massive Oneota farming villages once dominated the river valleys and prairie landscapes of southern Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa (AD 1100 - 1500). The Sheffield site is an anomaly as the only Oneota village currently known within the woodlands of the St. Croix valley, and differs from its southern cousins in a number of ways. This lecture will discuss current archaeological studies of this and other sites in the St. Croix valley by the Science Museum of Minnesota.
More information: http://tinyurl.com/lvpkxoy

Author Michael Orange Reading at Fair Trade Books
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Fair Trade Books, 320 Bush Street, Red Wing
Author Michael Orange Reading "Fire in the Hole, A Mortarman in Vietnam"
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/mlfsmfj

70-20-10 Formula for Successful Networking
Time: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Where: Riverport Inn, 900 Bruski Dr, Winona
Learn how this simple formula can be applied to both face to face networking and relationship building and over social media. Build Trust. Provide Value. "He is a vibrant, energetic person... He does a good job at giving you a great overview of the things to know and remember [while networking]." Deb Bengtson, Director - Windsor Heights Chamber of Commerce. $15 (RSVP to Chamber)
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/ongwhjb 


Wellness Wednesday - "Earth Day - Recycled Crafts"
Time: 3:00
Where: WSU, Integrated Wellness Center, 175 Mark St. Winona, Room: 138
WSU Health & Wellness and the Public Health Club will host "Earth Day - Recycled Crafts," teaching attendees how to take things from around their dorms or homes and recycle them into practical and artistic crafts. This is part of the Wellness Wednesday events.
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/n3zfk3s

Guest Artist cellist Ka-Wai Yu
When: 7:30 PM
Where: St. Mary's University, 700 Terrace Heights, Winona, Figliulo Recital Hall
Originally from Hong Kong, Yu is active as a recitalist, chamber musician, and music educator. He has given solo and chamber performances at major concert halls in Canada, China, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available at the Saint Mary's Box Office, 507-457-1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or online at www.pagetheatre.org.
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/lfk4eoc

Earth Day "Deep Green" film/discussion
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Fair Trade Books, 320 Bush Street, Red Wing
Earth Day, Film/Discussion - "Deep Green"
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/mtdy625

Income Inequality: A Conversation with Economists
When: 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 22
Where: 1309 Centennial Hall, La Crosse, WI
Please join economists from the Department of Economics at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for a conversation about Income Inequality. We will discuss some of the factors responsible for rising inequality in the United States and many other countries of the world. Our goal is to inform the public conversation, while highlighting the areas of agreement and disagreement between academic economists. We look forward to the conversation.
More Information: http://www.uwlax.edu/events-calendar/?eventId=10781&date=20150422

Free Supper on Wednesdays
Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Where: Wesley United Methodist Church, 114 West Broadway Street, Winona
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 


Sun Power in the Red Wing Wing Area
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Red Wing Public Library, 225 East Avenue, Red Wing
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/poaaw54

Sleep Apnea: A to ZZZs
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Mayo Clinic Health System Garden View Café, 701 Hewitt Blvd, Red Wing
Learn how you can improve your quality of life. Untreated sleep apnea not only leaves you excessively sleepy during the day but can also lead to heart problems and other complications. Learn how you can improve your quality of life at a free educational seminar. Call 651-267-5822 to reserve your spot.
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/jvltmkx

Open Mic at Marie's Underground Grill & Tap House
Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: Marie's Underground Grill & Tap House, 217 Plum Street, Red Wing
Open Mic with drinks and happy-hour prices for performing artists.
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/ma38c4j

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/

Lyceum Series: Jake Runestad
Time: 7:30 PM
Where: WSU- Performing Arts Center Main Stage, 175 West Mark Street, Winona
WSU Alumnus Jake Runestad will speak to WSU as a part of the Lyceum Series. He is an award-winning composer, with a diverse musical background, credited as one of the most creative composers of his generation.
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/m5tkrlz 


WSU Music Department Gala Weekend- Orchestra
Saturday April 24 and Sunday April 25 at 2 pm
Where: WSU- Performing Arts Center, 175 West Mark Street, Winona
Vivian Fusillo Main Stage Theatre
The WSU Music Department presents a concert by the Orchestra as a part of their annual Gala Weekend. Free admission.
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/kw4vxk3

Sheldon Theatre Brass Band
When: Saturday, April 25 at 7 pm
Where: Sheldon Theatre, 443 West 3rd Street, Red Wing, MN 55066
The spring concert, "Blooming Brass," showcases the band's traditional British-style brass music in a variety of musical styles.
Cost: Advanced Tickets: $17.50 - $11.50* Day of Show (add $3 per ticket): $20.50 - $14.50*
More Information: http://www.sheldontheatre.org

Put More In, Get More Kid Out: Healthy Kids Day 2015
Date: April 25, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: YMCA, 434 Main Street, Red Wing, MN 55066
FREE community event is open to all kids and families and will be filled with fun, active play and education opportunities. Register for Summer Kids Adventure Club Day Camp and enter to win 25% OFF tuition for the entire summer. Register for YMCA Camp Pepin Resident Camp and enter to win 25% OFF tuition for one week.
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/l4dnezh

Saint Mary's Chamber Orchestra "A Tribute to Arvo Pärt"
When: 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26
Where: St. Mary's University, 700 Terrace Heights, Winona, MN 55987
The event will feature guest cellist Dr. Ka-Wai Yu from Indiana Wesleyan University and will be held in Figliulo Recital Hall. The mystical Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is loved by many around the world for his hallmark of great beauty, meditative quality, and simplicity. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and are available online at www.pagetheatre.org or at the box office, 507-457-1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
More Information: http://tinyurl.com/qg8wbmr

Dule Hill: Artist in Conversation
When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26
Where: Auditorium, Graff Main Hall, UWL, La Crosse WI
Popular film, television and stage actor Dule Hill will discuss his life and work, and take questions from the audience.
More Information: http://www.uwlax.edu/events-calendar/?eventId=10726&date=20150426

Winona Volunteer Services - 25 Cent Sale day at the Clothes Shop
Where: 416 East 2nd Street, Winona
Description: Every month, on the 25th day of the month, everything in The Clothes Shop will see for twenty-five cents! Come down and stock up on items for only 25 cents.
More Information: http://www.winonavs.org/calendar/ 


Where: Red Wing YMCA, 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!
More Information: Please call 651-388-4724 to make arrangements

Volunteers Needed at the Goodhue County Historical Society
Where: GCHS, Address: 1166 Oak Street, Red Wing
Phone:(651) 388-6024
Here are just a few of the ways that you can spend your time volunteering at GCHS: tour guide, library assistant, collections volunteer, and with programming and events.
More Information: http://goodhuecountyhistory.org/get-involved/volunteering/

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/

Mayo Clinic on Winona campus March 25 to present on medical support careers

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Mayo Clinic to visit Winona campus, present on medical support and administrative assistant careers

Mayo Clinic Receptionist

Representatives from Mayo Clinic, Rochester, will on the Winona campus on March 25, 2015 giving a recruitment presentation for the following program areas:

  • Medical Secretary
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Health Unit Coordinator
  • Patient Appointment Coordinator
  • Clinical Assistant

There are many positions available in the above areas at Mayo, Rochester -- for qualified applicants.  This meeting will help determine how to meet those qualifications.

The Medical Support Careers area along with the Administrative Assistant program area would like to invite all interested students and friends to attend this presentation.  

Mayo will show a video regarding the above positions.  This video also shows the benefit package Mayo Clinic has to offer (insurance, PTO time, bus transportation, etc.).

The presenter enjoys questions from the audience. She gives tips for resume writing, cover letter contents, interview preparation, phone interviews, and much more.  In other words, she explains what Mayo will be looking for in submitted resumes and cover letters.

Here are the details:

  • Date:  Wednesday, March 25, 2015
  • Time:  10 a.m.
  • Place:  Room 205
  • Attire:  Casual Business Attire -- please!

If you have any questions, please contact one of the following instructors.  RSVP is not needed; however, feel free to e-mail us with your plans to attend.

If you will be looking for employment now or in the future, this is the meeting to attend!!