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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, and 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.


What's Happening - April 24 to 30

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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. This will be the last edition of "What's Happening" for the 2016-2017 school year! We'll see you in the fall semester.

Monday April 24

Tuesday April 25

Winona State University's Department of Music: Chamber Ensembles
WSU Performing Arts Center Recital Hall 7:30

Wednesday April 26

Mary Jo Klinker: Feminist Hashtags as a Bridge to Feminists Pasts
Hosted by Winona State University's CLASP Series
WSU Stark Hall auditorium, room 103 7:00
Klinker will theorize how the roles of social networking platforms have become politicized spaces for feminist media scholars, which expose the reverberating concerns of racism amongst feminists. Her presentation will also feature how economic priorities have systematically erased historically important coalitions and dialogues.

Thursday April 27

Friday April 28

Mid West Music Fest WINONA
The Mid West Music Fest brings together more than 70 bands and musical acts at various venues around the Winona community.  

Sheldon Theatre Presents: Brian Brooks MOVING COMPANY- WILDERNESS
The Sheldon Theatre 443 West 3rd Street Red Wing
Control and chaos collide in Wilderness, performed by the critically acclaimed and award-winning Brian Brooks Moving Company with live music by Sandbox Percussion. Within the walls of a pristine white room, an enigmatic world exists at the intersection of order and impulse. Like molecules of compressed energy, eight dancers hurtle through composer Jerome Begin's relentless percussion score and rise to choreographer Brian Brooks' signature challenge to suspend the limits of the body and the imagination. 

Andy Grammar at WSU
WSU McCown Gymnasium 7:30
Winona State University's University Programing Activities Committee (UPAC) will host Andy Grammer as the headlining act for the 2017 Spring Concert

Bluff Country Studio Art Tour: South East MN
10:00 -- 5:00
The Bluff Country Studio Art Tour is your chance to visit artists' studios, meet the artists, see demonstrations, and purchase original one-of-a-kind pieces directly from the artist and features more than 20 artists, several galleries and a museum, the tour includes the area of southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa.

MN Conservatory for the Arts Presents: ROBIN HOOD
MCA 1164 West Howard, Winona
Prairie Fire Children's Theatre's original musical production of "Robin Hood".

Saturday April 29

Bluff Country Studio Art Tour: South East MN
10:00 -- 5:00
The Bluff Country Studio Art Tour is your chance to visit artists' studios, meet the artists, see demonstrations, and purchase original one-of-a-kind pieces directly from the artist and features more than 20 artists, several galleries and a museum, the tour includes the area of southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa.

Mid West Music Fest WINONA
The Mid West Music Fest brings together more than 70 bands and musical acts at various venues around the Winona community.  

The Oak Center Store Presents: Joe and Vicki Price "Homegrown, Get-down Blues"
The Oak Center General Store 67011 Hwy 63  Lake City
Vicki and Joe Price are a husband and wife blues duo from SE Iowa. They do some dynamite blues in the old traditions as well as a good measure of high-powered originals

The Crossing Presents: Wylie & The Wild West
State Theatre 320 East Ave Zumbro Crossing
Wylie & The Wild West play the kind of Cowboy music that comes from a real place in America that often gets overlooked by the corporate music machine.

Sunday April 30

The Gate City Jazz Band plays Dixieland favorites
@ Jefferson's Bar & Grill  Downtown WINONA

The Sheldon Brass Band: Blooming Brass
The Sheldon Theatre 443 West 3rd Street Red Wing
Dedicated to preserving and advancing the British Brass Band tradition, this group of regional musicians follows their passion for brass and percussion to create two annual concert favorites on the Sheldon's season: Holiday and Spring. 

Bluff Country Studio Art Tour: South East MN
10:00 -- 5:00
The Bluff Country Studio Art Tour is your chance to visit artists' studios, meet the artists, see demonstrations, and purchase original one-of-a-kind pieces directly from the artist and features more than 20 artists, several galleries and a museum, the tour includes the area of southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa.



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
Hike or bike along the Cannon Valley Trail, 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.

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.


MSC Southeast, UL to offer Knowledge Solutions curriculum in April

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Contact: Katryn Conlin, Communications Director

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:   

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 (, 651-385-6320), or visit  


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

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