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Open House and Career Fair in Red Wing, April 10

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Community Open House & Career Fair - Red Wing Campus

Red Wing Open House and Career Fair 2017

Monday, April 10, 3-5 pm
Red Wing Campus (308 Pioneer Road, Red Wing, MN)

Minnesota State College Southeast will host a Community Open House and Career Fair on Monday, April 10, from 3-5 pm at its Red Wing campus, 308 Pioneer Road, Red Wing, MN.

This is an opportunity for everyone to visit the campus and tour new spaces such as the Applied Engineering Lab and Welding Lab. Learn about our many educational offerings, especially in health care, Criminal Justice, online programs, musical instrument repair, and the new Associate of Arts degree option.

The campus is also holding a Career Fair with 20-plus area employers present who are eager to meet with prospective employees. Bring your resume and take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about employment possibilities in our community! 

If you're interested in pursing a four-year degree, you may want to meet with representatives from universities in the Southeast Minnesota Region. 

Confirmed as of 3/23/17:

  • Accra Home Health
  • Augustana Care Service
  • BIC Graphic
  • City of Red Wing
  • EXIT Realty Rivertown
  • Express Employment Professionals
  • Knobelsdorff Electric Inc.
  • ManPower
  • Mary Kay
  • Mayo Clinic Rochester
  • Minnesota Corrections Association
  • MN Dept of Corrections
  • MN State Patrol
  • MN Workforce Center RW
  • New York Life Insurance Co.
  • Northfield Hospital & Clinics
  • Red Wing Family YMCA
  • Red Wing Shoe Company
  • REM River Bluffs
  • Saint Mary's University
  • Samaritan Bethany
  • Slumberland Red Wing
  • St. Crispin Living Community, Benedictine Health System
  • St. James Hotel
  • Treasure Island Resort & Casino
  • Trinity Meyer Utility Structures LLC
  • Welchert, Realtors - Jewson Properties
  • Winona State University

What's Happening - March 22 to March 26

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What's Happening

What's Happening is 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. To submit items for What's Happening, email David Echelard, dechelard@southeastmn.edu.

Monday March 20

Saint Mary's University Presents: I have a Dream
700 Terrace Heights, Winona, 6:30
Have a Dream tells this inspirational story of this great leader's struggle and his dream of lifting "our nation from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood."

Thursday March 23

Sheldon Theatre Presents: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
The Sheldon Theatre 443 West 3rd Street Red Wing 7:00
Phoenix Theatre performs Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about their lives. When their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike, old resentments flare up. Phoenix Theatre takes up this 2013 Tony Award Winner for Best Play, and it is sure to be hysterically funny.

Photographer Doug Ohman Presents Photo exhibit of Farm Equipment of Yesteryear
Winona Public Library 151 West Fifth Street, Reception @6:00

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Presents: Artaria String Quartet
The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts 1164 W. 10th St., Winona, 4:00
Artaria's refined and thoughtful playing has brought them to major venues throughout the United States and Europe, on national television and public radio stations, and at top summer festivals including the Banff Centre in Canada, Festival de L'Epau in France, and the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, MA. Admission Free.

Friday March 24

Sheldon Theatre Presents: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
The Sheldon Theatre 443 West 3rd Street Red Wing 7:00
Phoenix Theatre performs Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about their lives. When their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike, old resentments flare up. Phoenix Theatre takes up this 2013 Tony Award Winner for Best Play, and it is sure to be hysterically funny.

Saturday March 25

Chatfield Center for the Arts Presents: The Gustavus Adolphus Symphony Orchestra
Chatfield Center for the Arts 405 Main St S, Chatfield, MN  7:30  free admission
The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra is an integral musical contributor to Gustavus Adolphus College, the city of St. Peter, and beyond. Featuring talented and dedicated students from diverse majors, the orchestra performs a variety of symphonic repertoire

Oak Center Store Presents: Dan Newton, aka Daddy Squeeze and his Café Accordion Orchestra
The Oak Center General Store  67011 Hwy 63  Lake City, MN 8:00
French Musette, vintage swing, Euro-Latino dance music. Dan Newton, aka Daddy Squeeze and his Café Accordion Orchestra (CAO) performs an eclectic mix full of French flare, Latin heat and Bohemian attitude. The heart of the CAO repertoire is the romantic, gypsy-influenced valse-musette. The group complements the musettes with swing, ballads, tangos, cha chas, rumbas, and cumbias to create a wonderfully varied show. 

The High 48's @ Hobgoblin Music Loft
Hobgoblin Music & Stoney End Harps 920 MN-19 Red Wing, 7:30
The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences far beyond Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs. 

Sheldon Theatre Presents: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
The Sheldon Theatre 443 West 3rd Street Red Wing 7:00
Phoenix Theatre performs Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about their lives. When their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike, old resentments flare up. Phoenix Theatre takes up this 2013 Tony Award Winner for Best Play, and it is sure to be hysterically funny.

Winona Symphony Orchestra presents 3 Bach's Brandenburg Concertos
Winona State University - Somsen Hall  7:30

River City Ballroom Dancers Present: "Latin Night!"
Winona Athletic Club 2nd Floor Ballroom 5th and Mankato Ave. 7:00
Escape the cold for a HOT night of dancing! Ballroom, Swing, and Latin Dance. Music is lively - Dances are smoke-free - Casual attire - No dance experience required - Couples and singles of all ages welcome! 

The LaCrosse Pump House Presents: The WhiskeyBelles
119 King Street  La Crosse, 7:30
The WhiskeyBelles are an all-female traditional country and Americana trio based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Belles are widely known for captivating shows featuring their own take on classic and obscure vintage-country, Americana, folk-revival and roots-country tunes, with their witty originals sprinkled in.

Wabasha National Eagle Center Presents all Day Program & Expo
50 Pembroke Ave  Wabasha  -- All day long
March is here and it's time to SOAR with the Eagles in Wabasha! This year's lineup of presenters and exhibitors includes some exciting new things and some old favorites including flying bird shows, live animals, arts & crafts, exotic birds, insects and more! Don't miss out --- there's something for everyone, so bring your family and friends!

Sunday March 26

Crossings at Carnegie Presents: John McCutcheon
Crossings at Carnegie 320 E. Ave  Zumbrota 7:00
A superb instrumentalist able to play the hammered dulcimer as easily as the banjo, the nyckelharpa as well as the guitar, McCutcheon adds in his voice and expert storytelling skills. It's little wonder audiences flock to see him perform, whether he's playing classic folk tunes or children's music.  

Wabasha National Eagle Center Presents all Day Program & Expo
50 Pembroke Ave  Wabasha  -- All day long
March is here and it's time to SOAR with the Eagles in Wabasha! This year's lineup of presenters and exhibitors includes some exciting new things and some old favorites including flying bird shows, live animals, arts & crafts, exotic birds, insects and more! 

Sheldon Theatre Presents: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
The Sheldon Theatre 443 West 3rd Street Red Wing 3:00
Phoenix Theatre performs Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about their lives. When their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike, old resentments flare up. Phoenix Theatre takes up this 2013 Tony Award Winner for Best Play, and it is sure to be hysterically funny.

Gate City Jazz Band @ Jefferson's 6:00
Jefferson Pub & Grill 58 Center St, Winona

Acoustic Café Musician's open jam
77 Lafayette Winona, 8:00
A space for area musicians to get to know each other, share songs and ideas...an opportunity to try out new material or jam on old favorites among fellow musicians and appreciative listeners...a musical potluck! All acoustic musicians welcome. Bring instruments, voices, songs or just come to listen. 8-10pm. 

WSU's Department of Music will host Lindsey Nelson and Elizabeth Sorensen for a voice student concert
Winona State University - Performing Arts Center 1:30

WSU's Department of Music will host Haley Rafferty on cello and Ian Schultz on piano for a student recital
Winona State University - Performing Arts Center 4:00

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Options every week

Livewell: Volunteer opportunities hub & links for Winona

Winona INDOOR Farmers Market 
East End Rec Center, 210 Zumbro St, Winona 9:00-12:00 (Select dates)
32 Vendors Offering Locally Grown Food

Rochester's Saturday Winter Farmer market Hours and Location 

Free Student Tuesdays at the Marine Art Museum
10:00 - 5:00   800 Riverview Drive Winona  

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.  Hike, walk or bike the trail this spring!

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
Art gallery, Commonweal Theatre and art events in a beautiful region -- an 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. 

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
Ongoing exhibitions in gallery as well as summer concert series.

 

Freezing Eyelashes and Fur Coats

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Rebecca Moore

Freezing Eyelashes and Fur Coats

Distance learning student Rebecca Moore visits the coldest city and coldest village on Earth

See a Facebook photo album with more of Rebecca's photos!

There are colder places on the planet, but you won't find a colder city than Yakutsk or village than Oymyakon, where the record low is a bone chilling -96F. Makes a cold winter day in Minnesota seem like a summer afternoon!

Rebecca Moore is a distance learning student studying Computer Aided Design (CAD) Drafting Technologies at MSC Southeast. She lives in Moscow, but in February she took a trip to Siberia to experience the polar opposite of a tropical vacation. We caught up for an email interview with her in March.

Frozen Room - RussiaWhy are you living in Russia, and how did you happen to pick the coldest city in the world to visit?

I work for a Department of State contractor at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. In January, it dropped to -20F in Moscow and everyone freaked out! After a few days of this, I read an article about how this other place in Russia was laughing at the Moscovites because it was -46F there. I guess I like a challenge, or I'm just an "Anti-Tourist"; I said, "That's the place for me!" And I immediately started looking into how to visit the coldest inhabited place on earth.

Tell us about your trip to Yakutsk and Oymyakon.

When I flew from Moscow and landed in Yakutsk, it was -38F. When I left Oymyakon, it was -48F. In Yakutsk, you can see places where steam has just built up. It looks like snow, but it's actually steam, car exhaust, or even people's breath that has frozen to something and looks like snow. Obviously, ice sculptures can survive outside all winter. There are indoor grocery stores, but fresh markets outside; frozen fish and meat are displayed openly in wooden boxes. No freezer needed! 

fur-coatsMost people try to avoid wearing eyeglasses -- the metal will freeze to your face. I wore plastic frames and was fine, but mostly wore contacts. The people there wear a lot of fur. Even in Yakutsk, which is a large city and the capital of the Sakha Republic, most people wear reindeer skin boots. There isn't a lot of wind, which helps immensely, but still, my face, fingers and toes were always cold. 

The trip from Yakutsk to Oymyakon takes 20-24 hours. When you stop for a break, you have to leave the car running. At night, we put the car in a heated garage. Truck drivers just leave their trucks running 24/7 for weeks at a time. 

A lot of the driving was over or even down rivers, using them like a road. Some places we visited, you can't even get to them in the summer. There are no bridges, so you can only get there when the rivers freeze over. In November, the local government goes out to the major river near Yakutsk, clears a road, and puts out road signs. On the river!

How did you find out about MSC Southeast and why did you choose our CAD drafting program?

I have an undergraduate degree in International Business and a graduate certificate in Project Management. Mostly I work with tradespeople, and I wanted to have more skills to become qualified for contract jobs around the world. It's important to me that the school has a brick and mortar location. I was familiar with AutoCad from high school, so I cast about the internet looking for AutoCad degrees online, and that's how I found MSC Southeast. I wasn't looking for SolidWorks classes (truth be told, I didn't even know what it was), but now that I'm studying that as well, I love it!

Russian signHow does being a full-time online student work for you?

I work about 50 hours a week, so having a calendar is key! When I get the schedule of due dates for the classes, I lay them all out on the calendar, along with my work schedule, holidays, etc. On weekends, I'll often spend 8 hours straight on homework, but mostly, that's because I really like what I'm studying! I still have time for a social life, but maybe not as much as when I'm not in school. You just have to always be looking ahead and portioning out your time.

Where are you from in the States?

I'm from North Carolina. It's funny, I live in Moscow and I study through a Minnesota school, but there is another student in one of my online classes, not just from Western North Carolina, but from my actual home town!

What's it like living in Moscow?

Several of us from the Department of State contract live in the same neighborhood outside the center of the city.  In the summer, we cook out nearly every weekend. My contribution is often boiled peanuts. It's a snack from the South that I love, and one that many people have never heard of, so that's what I like to bring.  

Moscow itself has everything you would need and more, plus a fantastic metro system that makes it easy to get around...if you can read a bit of Russian!  If you plan to visit Moscow, do yourself a favor and learn the alphabet, it helps a lot!


Strings, Winds and Brass - variety showcase at The Sheldon in Red Wing on April 8

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Strings, Winds & Brass at Red Wing's Sheldon Theatre on April 8

MSC Southeast students, staff and friends share their incredible talents at The Sheldon Theatre for "Strings, Winds & Brass" variety showcase

2017 Strings, Winds & Brass

Photo: Blue Wing, Batman-ManBaT, The Kelsey & Cora Duet 
See our Facebook photo album of all of our bands!

From Classical, Cajun, and Celtic to Bluegrass, Big Band and Broadway, Strings, Winds & Brass is an opportunity for the students, staff and friends of Minnesota State College Southeast to share their musical artistry at the annual variety showcase. 

The college's signature band instrument repair, violin repair, and guitar repair & building programs draw students from across the United States and around the world, many with advanced education and performance degrees. This year, Strings, Winds & Brass will feature the talents of almost 50 performers from 19 states and Japan, Australia, China, and Canada!

Strings, Winds & Brass takes place on Saturday, April 8 (7:30 pm) at The Sheldon Theatre,  443 West 3rd Street, Red Wing, MN. Tickets are available at www.sheldontheatre.org, by phone at 800-899-5759, and in the MSC Southeast college bookstores. All tickets are general admission and student tickets are only $5!

As the audiences enters the lobby of the Sheldon, they will be treated to music by the Kelsey and Cora Duet (clarinet & English horn). 

  • The concert begins at 7:30 with a spirited Celtic "session" and moves on to folk, classical, bluegrass, and jazz. 
  • Backed by piano, a duo calling itself Batman-ManBaT is planning to sing a duet from the Broadway show Wicked. 
  • Poet Carrie Allen will share her wry point of view in spoken word. 
  • It all wraps up with a dynamic big band set by Simple Bricks.
  •  In all, 14 acts will perform on stage; expect a fast paced and exciting show!

Highlight performance: Blue Wing 

Keiko & Jenna

 A ninth grader from Red Wing High School, 14-year-old Jenna Jablonski will be the youngest performer in Strings, Winds & Brass. Keiko Tsuda, who comes to the college from Japan by way of Australia, found housing with Jenna's family for the school year. Jenna and Keiko quickly became friends and share an interest in music. When Keiko heard Jenna sing she realized her amazing talent. Keiko formed a contemporary jazz-rock band with some of her very talented friends from the band instrument repair program, in order to perform in the event and showcase Jenna's singing ability. "Blue Wing" includes Keiko Tsuda, saxophone; Mark McGlinch, bass; Jake Smith, guitar; Jeff Dorman, drums; and Kyle Martin, piano. The band will perform songs made popular by Alicia Keys and Maroon 5 with Jenna on vocals.

This year's concert performers are:

  • Celtic Wednesdays -- fiddles, mandolins, guitar, bodhrán
  • Dawn Parker -- guitar and voice
  • Dah! Quintet -- woodwinds
  • Joseph Rach -- solo piano
  • Batman-ManBaT -- vocal duo with piano
  • Carrie Allen -- poet
  • BIR (Band Instrument Repair) Saxophone Quartet
  • Flatt & Square -- bluegrass/Cajun stringband
  • 13 Below -- brass/woodwind ensemble
  • Steven Charles -- guitar and voice
  • Blue Wing -- contemporary jazz-rock
  • Omobono and the Wedge Hollowers -- violin and cello
  • Thomas Stark -- solo bassoon
  • Simple Bricks -- big band jazz

 

Transportation Career Night on March 30 at MSC Southeast, Winona

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Transportation Career Night set for March 30 at MSC Southeast Winona Campus

Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Norris P. Abts Transportation Center
Minnesota State College Southeast, Winona campus
1250 Homer Road, Winona, MN

Register early for a chance to win a Snap-on Cordless Impact Kit, valued at $750! You must attend the event to be eligible to win. Registration is at www.southeastmn.edu/event

 

Register in advance!

 

Transportation Career Night is coming up on Thursday, March 30 from 6 to 7:30 pm at Minnesota State College Southeast’s Winona campus, 1250 Homer Road, Winona, MN. Four college programs will be represented at the event: Auto Body Collision Technology, Automotive Technology, Diesel Maintenance Technician, and Truck Driving. These programs offer certificates, diplomas, and degrees that can lead directly to high-paying, high growth occupations.

"At Transportation Career Night, we will give tours of our state-of-the-art facilities and have some hands-on activities," says Auto Body Collision Technology instructor Tom Brandt. "Plus, we’ll have industry representatives from all the transportation programs available to discuss opportunities in these high-demand job markets. We want to give current and future students a realistic idea of what transportation careers can offer."

What to expect at Transportation Career Night:

  • Meet industry representatives and talk to truck driving company recruiters
  • Tour our state-of-the-art facilities
  • Try hands-on activities like using shop equipment and spray booth painting
  • See a variety of automotive vehicles and technologies on display
  •  Save $20 – no fee if you apply for admission at Career Night!
  • College student services and financial aid information available

 Register early for a chance to win a Snap-on Cordless Impact Kit, valued at $750! You must attend the event to be eligible to win. Registration is at www.southeastmn.edu/event


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