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Southeast Tech Foundation establishes scholarship fund in honor of Jim Johnson

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Southeast Technical Foundation establishes endowment fund in honor of President Jim Johnson

Scholarship funds will help students stay in college and complete education

The Southeast Technical Foundation has established an endowment fund honoring the legacy of President Jim Johnson, who will retire on June 30, 2014.  Jim Johnson, St. James Hotel, 5.1.2014

The Jim Johnson Legacy Scholarship Fund is designated to help students complete their education. Organizers originally set a goal of raising $25,000, but have since exceeded that goal and are continuing to raise money in Jim's honor.  "After 32 years of dedication, service and leadership, it is with gratitude and honor that we recognize Jim's commitment to higher education by creating this endowment fund in his name," says Chris Schabow, Foundation Director.

Johnson, however, expresses that he doesn't want the fund to be about recognizing his accomplishments - he wants contributors to be aware of the needs of current and future Southeast Technical students, who struggle to complete their education as state support declines, college costs rise, and student loan debt soars. 

"I want to thank all the supporters of the Legacy Fund as the gifts you bring to this drive will have a significant impact on our current and future students.  Over my career at Southeast Tech I have seen countless students drop out of their programs due to lack of funds. Many say they will return after they can raise some money. The sad truth is too many of those students never come back," Jim Johnson says. "A fund like this can help the college retain students who just cannot continue due to finances.  Thank you for being there for Southeast Technical and our students ... your gift counts." 

Donations for the Jim Johnson Legacy Scholarship Fund are welcome, and can be made online at www.southeastmn.edu/donate or by mail to: 

Southeast Technical Foundation
Tandeski Center
1200 Storr's Pond Road
Winona, MN 55987

For more information, contact Chris Schabow, 507-453-1423, cschabow@southeastmn.edu.

Red Wing Wows ‘Em in Chicago!

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Band Instrument Repair Chicago Clinic 2008 This past December 19th and 20th, Lucas Pemberton, John Huth and Greg Beckwith had such an opportunity at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, IL. In a presentation entitled, “It’s Gotta Work – NOW!” the Red Wing Repair Program Instructors gave advice to band directors on how to responsibly keep an instrument functioning long enough to get it to the repair shop.

Over 350 attendees learned about simple temporary fixes that do not compromise instrument performance, longevity, and appearance using common simple items. Examples included using cable zip ties to secure broken solder joints, using pipe cleaners and hair scrunchies to secure waterkeys, using piper cleaners or bread ties (instead of paperclips) to secure sax key guards, appropriate and inappropriate applications of masking tape, how to pull a stuck mouthpiece and much more: all simple things we want them to know. The three also emphasized common mistakes made by directors, students and parents, warning of the dangers of using superglue, rubber bands, pliers, screwdrivers and mallets by the inexperienced and untrained, equating common mistakes with the associated costs of money and time.

Each session closed with a sobering conversation on the need to provide our aspiring musicians with instruments that are worthy and play their best at all times, encouraging directors to establish and maintain strong relationships with their repair shop.

The complete presentation including handouts is available at www.redwingmusicrepair.org.

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