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Keeping you in touch with MSC Southeast

Polar Plunge Sunday, January 31, Lake City, MN

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The Lake City Winter Fest Polar Plunge is scheduled for Sunday, January 31st 2:00 – 5:00 pm.  Last year we had a great team from Southeast Tech who plunged into the frigid waters.  Want to join the fun? Interested “Plungers” are invited to join Team SouthICE technical. Each team member is asked to go online and pre-register at www.lcbetterfutures.org/winterfest.html

Each participant also needs to fill out the waiver and pledge form that will be collected at the registration tent at Ohuta Park the day of the event.  The Park is located on Chestnut Street, and can be accessed by turning onto either Park St or Chestnut St from Hwy 61/Lakeshore Drive.

Are you not up to jumping into the frigid waters of Lake Pepin on Sunday?  Pledge with a  team member by stopping in the Information Technology office in Winona or the Receptionist’s desk in Red Wing. Cheerleaders and well-wishers are welcome. Proceeds from this event will be  directed to the Lake City Nursing Home and the Lake City Food Shelf.  Check out last year’s plunge on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMheFHIQphQ.


Pod Transportation Being Explored in Winona

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Is Pod Car Transportation on its way to Winona? City leaders are in support of investigating the possibility of developing a testing station and will be applying for federal funds for a potential test site in Winona. Proposed connections would connect a transit system between Southeast Technical,  retail business, healthcare and industry on the city’s east side. The test lab would  be able to incorporate a number of program resources the college has available in electronics, mechanical drafting, networking and maintenance.  See more in the Sunday, January 24 issue of the Winona Post.


Human Rights Commission Award

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AlexH_NateEThe Diversity Partnership between Winona State University’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity and Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical, Student Services led to the receipt of a prestigious award from the League of Minnesota Human Rights Commission.  Alex Hines Director of WSU’s Department of Inclusion and Diversity and Nate Emerson, Southeast Tech’s Vice President of Student Affairs, were instrumental in combining efforts with Project Fine in Winona. These efforts brought a number of outreach opportunities that involved a Diversity Speaker series and other youth programs that invite exploration of different cultures, lifestyles and issues around us.  For more information, read the Winona Daily News article at http://www.winonadailynews.com/news/local/article_f6dec7a4-0bcc-11df-88fd-001cc4c03286.html


Updated: Notice: Office 2007 Software

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UPDATE (1.20.2010): Downloads of Microsoft Office are again available through e-academy. Mail Order software should be available soon.

Due to ongoing contract negotiations between Southeast Technical's software vendor, e-academy, and Microsoft, Office 2007 products are currently not available purchase.

There are no indications as to when this option will again be available; though we are assured it will be "soon."

A notice will be posted here as soon as Microsoft Office 2007 again becomes available through e-academy.

Until this time, you may purchase software from other vendors offering academic pricing.




H1N1 Update - January 11, 2010

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Update January 11, 2010

Reported cases of H1N1 Remain low on all campuses. As the new semester starts, please continue to protect yourself as another wave of H1N1 could occur over the next several months.

What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue every time you cough or sneeze.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water or an alcohol‐based hand cleaner.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, if possible.
  • Stay healthy: eat nutritious foods, get enough sleep, and exercise.

Find more information on the H1N1 Resources page.

Diversity Presentation: MLK

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NOTICE: This Presentation Has Been Cancelled. It will be rescheuled at a later date.

Topic: Voices of Unknown Women from the Civil Rights Movement
Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 East Hall – 7 p.m. 11 a.m. Southeast Technical College
Guest Speaker: Ms. Joanne Bland (Tentative)

Joanne Bland is co-founder and director of the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute in Selma, Alabama, where she works to promote civil and human rights, and in particular seeks to increase voter awareness. During her lifetime she has been a witness and participant in some of our nation’s most consequential civil rights battles. She began her civil rights activism in 1961 as an eight-year-old attending a freedom and voters’ rights meeting presided over by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Students for a Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) activists organized Bland and other area children and teenagers to participate in the civil rights movement. In the front lines of the struggle, the young Bland marched on "Bloody Sunday" and "Turn Around Tuesday," witnessing brutal beatings, shooting and hosing of fellow marchers by police. Only 11 years old, she has the distinction of being the youngest person to have been jailed in these demonstrations. 

Ms. Bland’s early involvement in the struggle against “Jim Crow”, American apartheid, has been the foundation for her civil and human rights work throughout her life. She continues to be active in local and regional organizations devoted to expanding and securing civil and human rights. These include: SCLC, NAACP, Alabama New South Coalition, Black Belt Arts and Cultural Center, Sunflower Project, Ladies With A Mission, and her church, Ward Chapel A.M.E. A much sought after speaker with a compelling personal story of civil rights activism, Ms. Bland has presented at conferences and workshops from the Smithsonian in Washington, DC to the states Maine, Wisconsin, Vermont, Minnesota, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Texas, South Carolina, and, of course, throughout Alabama. She is an Army veteran and a graduate of the University of Staten Island, where she received her B.A. degree. As we move into another presidential election cycle, Ms. Bland’s presentation on the significance of the Selma struggle and the continuing relevance of voting in our participatory democracy will be especially timely.

Machine Tool Program Installs New Equipment

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Winona, Minn. (MSC-ST) - The Machine Tool & Die program at Southeast Technical received a new piece of equipment that will become an invaluable tool for student learning. The new Comparator Coordinate Measuring Machine, installed this week, will allow students to inspect student-machined parts at a much more accurate level than they could before.  The old machine, which employed technology from half a century ago, is more manual in nature, and is being advertised for sale to the general public, has been replaced with digital, state-of-the-art, precision measuring equipment that better represents current manufacturing practices.

According to instructor Roger Holland, both first and second year students will be using it to verify the quality of their work which will allow them improve their skill and competency levels. The machine was chosen for its “Made in Minnesota” roots and because it was a good fit for learning and instruction.  The machine is a product of Scherr-Tumico, a St. James, Minnesota based manufacturing company.

New Machine

(Photo: Peter Martignacco, Quality Products Manager for David Olson Sales, demonstrates  the features of the new Comparator Coordinate Measuring Machine for students and faculty in the Machine Tool & Die program at Southeast Technical. The machine, which replaces dated technology was put in place to improve student learning.)


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