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Eighth Week of Spring Semester 2015

This week has been a busy week for all of us. Here is an update of all the activities that I was engaged in during the week.

I hope you all are doing well, particularly our students, as many of you make your way through your midterm exams.

On Monday, a graduate student interviewed me about leadership, leadership styles, and what I think makes a great leader. I also attended the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Leadership Council meeting, which also continued the next day. My Monday ended by attending a meeting with Minnesota State-Mankato President and presidents from two metro colleges and our provosts to discuss the delivery of an Integrated Engineering degree in the Metro area.

On Tuesday, the College hosted a delegation from Mexico comprised of presidents and provosts from several universities and polytechnics. This visit and meeting was arranged by the Mexico Consulate in Saint Paul and MnSCU Chancellor and his team, including the presidents of MnSCU colleges and several private metro colleges.

I take great pride in our college and campus-wide efforts every time we have the opportunity to host special delegations, especially those from other countries. The personal touches, the personal investment of our faculty, staff and students as they welcome our guests, provide tours, give personal testimony about their experiences here at the College, make the real difference in these gatherings. This time was no exception. I want to thank our faculty and students in the Culinary Arts program who provided a fabulous luncheon. I also want to thank admission specialists, Friends of Saint Paul College, Marketing, Facilities and IT who went above and beyond, by paying attention to all the details and welcoming our guests. The Mexican delegate visit provides our college the opportunity for faculty and student exchanges. What a wonderful way to enrich the experiences for our students and faculty at the College.

On Wednesday and Thursday, I attended a National Science Foundation (NSF) CyberSecurity CyberWatch site visit to CalPoly Pomona. I chair this NSF national visiting evaluation team. This particular NSF grant provides training and development opportunities for the entire west coast of the U.S.

On Friday, I attended Metro Alliance President meeting and a joint meeting with Metro Chief Academic Affairs at Anoka Technical College. I also attended a Legislative WebEx meeting, a meeting with Promise Neighborhood team at the Wilder Foundation.

I will end blog by thanking our hardworking employees at the College who make our students' experiences a special one each and every day.

To our students and anyone else enjoying the semester break next week, I wish you a safe and relaxing spring break.

Best,
Rassoul​


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