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May 9 Student Guitar Show

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May 9 Student Guitar Show at MSC Southeast in Red Wing showcases the sights and sounds of newly-built instruments

Student Guitar Show 2017 STUDENT GUITAR SHOW
Minnesota State College Southeast, Red Wing campus
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
308 Pioneer Road, Red Wing, MN

Guitars, guitars, guitars in all directions. And the occasional mandolin. That's what it's like at the annual Student Guitar Show at Minnesota State College Southeast every spring. A bumper crop of beautiful woods and intricate inlay. Flat top acoustic guitars, archtop guitars, electric guitars, as far as the eye can see!

The Student Guitar Show is an exhilarating experience for anyone who loves handcrafted musical instruments, but most of all, it's a thrill for the students who race right up until the last day to finish their instruments on time. The event takes place at MSC Southeast (308 Pioneer Road, Red Wing, MN) on Tuesday, May 9 from 11 am to 1 pm.

The Guitar Repair & Building (first year) and Guitar Development & Production (second year) diplomas at MSC Southeast are unique full year accredited college-level programs that draw students from all over the United States. 

"We expect to see about 50 instruments at the Student Guitar Show this year," says long-time instructor David Vincent, an avid luthier himself. "But we won't just see them -- we will find out if they sound as good as they look. The students will get to hear their acoustic guitars and mandolins played in concert by Chris Silver, Mike Cramer, and Phil Heywood."

Ann Iijima is in the first-year program this year. She has a B.A. from Carleton and a law degree from the U of MN, but it was "back to school" for her last fall. Ann says, "I came to MSCS as a recent retiree, having spent most of my career in law and education (and legal education). The guitar program is the most interesting, challenging, and FUN thing I've ever undertaken. Wonderful instructors, students, and staff!" 

Ann is building a small bodied (Single 0) 12-fret guitar with Indian rosewood back, sides, and fingerboard, Engelmann spruce top, herringbone rosette, and her signature "Silver Cranes" logo inlaid on the headstock.

Michael Heimdinger came all the way from Austin, TX to learn guitar building in Red Wing. Now in his second year, he putting the finishing touches two instruments: an archtop guitar and a small bodied guitar based on a Gibson L-1. Second year students learn advanced finishing techniques, such as the sunburst. Michael applied a small sunburst to his flat top in the old Gibson style.

"I came to Southeast because it was the most in-depth program for guitar building. No other school offers two years of training. Plus it's a public college, so it was the most affordable option for me," Michael says.

Come see and hear Ann's and Michael's instruments -- and dozens of others -- on Tuesday, May 9 at Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing!

About the Musicians


Mike Cramer

Guitarist Mike Cramer is a music major from the University of Northern Iowa. His award-winning flatpicking technique has earned him championship titles in both the Minnesota State Fair Flatpicking Competition and Wisconsin's Upper-Midwest Flatpicking Contest. A fluid and powerful guitarist, Mike is as comfortable playing jazz standards as he is playing Bill Monroe instrumentals. He currently plays guitar in The Good Intentions with Chris Silver.

Phil Heywood

Fingerstyle guitarist Phil Heywood has been based in Minneapolis-St. Paul since the mid-1980s, performing locally and regionally while also establishing himself in the greater guitar and acoustic music world. In 1986 he won the National Fingerpicking Championship, and followed up in 1987 by winning the American Fingerstyle Guitar Festival Competition. He plays with a bluesy swing and tone, lyricism, and groove.

Chris Silver

A veteran of top bluegrass bands including Stoney Lonesome, Tangled Roots, and the Kate Mackenzie Band, Chris Silver now plays with The Good Intentions. He is an award-winning flatpicking guitarist and an accomplished fiddle and mandolin player. Chris is featured on many recordings that showcase his ability as a guitarist, stretching beyond the boundaries of traditional bluegrass into jazz, blues, roots, and global music.


MSC Southeast, UL to offer Knowledge Solutions curriculum in April

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Contact: Katryn Conlin, Communications Director
651-385-6364, kconlin@southeastmn.edu

For Immediate Release

MSC Southeast collaborating with UL to offer "Knowledge Solutions" curriculum 

Red Wing, MN (February 1, 2017) -- Minnesota State College Southeast and UL are proud to announce a pilot program to bring UL Knowledge Solutions curriculum to the college's campus in the historic town of Red Wing, Minnesota.

UL is the global leader in developing technical expertise that covers hundreds of industries and thousands of products with demanding regulatory and performance requirements. UL Knowledge Solutions provides the educational resources needed to develop, manufacture, install and deploy safer products throughout the global marketplace.

"MSC Southeast is excited and honored to collaborate with such a prestigious organization as UL," says Dr. Dorothy Duran, President of Minnesota State College Southeast. "Their Knowledge Solutions training will help provide education opportunities to our industrial communities and our state. This collaboration also falls in line with our goal to pursue new technical training, coursework, and programming opportunities to meet the needs of today's workforce. "

This pilot program will begin with a two-day course: 

Course Title: Industrial Control Panels UL 508A and Short-Circuit Current Ratings & UL 698A 3rd Edition, Industrial Control Panels Relating to Hazardous (Classified) Locations 
Length: (Two Days) April 25, 2017 - 8 am to 5 pm; April 26, 8 am to 5pm
Location: Minnesota State College Southeast, 308 Pioneer Road, Red Wing, MN 55066
Cost: 15% discount if registered using MSC Southeast exclusive code MSCSTRAINING
Includes: Catered breakfast & lunch

This initiative is intended to bring UL's subject matter expertise locally to all manufacturers, industry, and technical professionals near MSC Southeast. Located only an hour southeast of the Twin Cities, Red Wing is easily accessed from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Rochester, the Eau Claire/Chippewa Valley region, and the La Crosse area.

"For those looking to spend more time in historic and beautiful Red Wing, discounts will be made available at participating hotels," says Travis Thul, MSC Southeast Dean of Trade and Technology. "Limited seating will also be offered at the Winona campus for those interested in taking this course through a remote interactive simulcast at no additional fee. Commuting to our campuses will provide less cost, travel time, and traffic congestion compared to training sessions held in metropolitan cities." 

In the future, the college plans to expand its UL curriculum in additional competencies and offer courses on both the Winona and the Red Wing campuses.

For more specific information about the course or to enroll, go to: ulknowledgesolutions.com   

Use exclusive discount code MSCSTRAINING at the time of registration to save 15% off of the list price.   

For more information contact Calli Ekblad, Director of Business Relations (cekblad@southeastmn.edu, 651-385-6320), or visit www.southeastmn.edu/training.  


About Minnesota State College Southeast

Minnesota State College Southeast is a two-year technical and community college that prepares students for a lifetime of learning by providing education for employment, skill enhancement, retraining, and transfer, to meet the needs of students and the community. The Winona campus opened in 1949, merging with the Red Wing campus in 1992 and updating its name to Minnesota State College Southeast in 2016 with the change of mission to offer both technical training and the associate of arts degree. Minnesota State College Southeast is a member of Minnesota State. For more information, visit www.southeastmn.edu.

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