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Business notebook: Alsop takes new job at Southeast Tech

Becky Alsop of Red Wing is Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical's new associate dean. She started the position Feb. 1.

Alsop has been a faculty member since 2005, teaching fundamentals of biology, English and career planning, among other subjects. She also has served as the lead adviser for the individualized studies associate degree program and chaired both the English and humanities departments.

"I'll definitely miss teaching, but I'm looking forward to working with students in other capacities," she said.

In her new role, Alsop will concentrate on improving students' academic success. Helping students connect to the greater college community is part of that. So is bridging secondary and post-secondary education.

"I'm also looking forward to encouraging more cooperation with other educational institutions, encompassing pre-K, K-12 and adult basic ed," she said.

Alsop added that connecting the college to the community also is high on her list.

"I'm looking forward to working on more diversity events such as the Chinese New Year and Multicultural Event we had Thursday," she said.

Alsop will split time between the Red wing and Winona campuses.

• Paul Witte of rural Lake City placed third in the 24th annual Minnesota State Auctioneer Association contest Jan. 26.

Five judges scored the contestants based on presentation chant/voice and effective auctioneering. In the final round, contestants participated in an open interview session, in which three auction industry-related questions were asked.

Witte graduated from auctioneering college in 1990 and was the Wisconsin novice bid calling champion in 1992. He has worked in the livestock auction market industry for over 20 years and is employed at Central Livestock in Zumbrota.

Witte is a member of the Wisconsin and Minnesota state associations. He has served as a director on the MSAA contest auctioneer board.

• Deb Wilkinson of Zumbrota was recently elected board chair for the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys. She will serve a two-year term.

Wilkinson, a civic leader and volunteer, served two terms on the Zumbrota City Council. She also served on the Zumbrota Economic Development Authority and as chair of the city's Strategic Plan Update. She is a charter member and past president of the Zumbrota Rotary Club.

• The South Country Health Alliance board has named Leota B. Lind as its chief executive officer. Lind, who previously served as the chief operations officer, had been serving as interim chief executive officer since April 2011, following the departure of former CEO Brian A. Nasi.

Lind has been with South Country since its inception in 2000.

Anne Jacobson

Anne Jacobson has been editor of the Republican Eagle since December 2003. 

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