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Second Week of Summer Term 2015

What a wonderful week! The College grounds look picturesque. Many thanks to our grounds crew for their attention to detail in all of their landscape work. We are also delighted to see so many students at Saint Paul College for summer term. The registration for some courses is still underway, accommodating different start dates. I am proud of our faculty and staff who work so hard to meet the many needs of our students. It truly makes a difference.

Here is an update of all the activities that I was engaged in during the week.

On Monday, the Executive Director of the Saint Paul College Foundation and I met with officials from Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) and Greater Twin Cities United Way to discuss Early College Models. I also met with the leadership from Plumbers Local 34 to discuss local curricular issues. In the afternoon, I attended a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Leadership Council meeting. In the evening, I attended the 10th year anniversary celebration of the Consulate of Mexico, which was held at the Harriet Island Pavilion. What a glorious event! The Consulate of Mexico is an intentional partner of Saint Paul College. At this event, I ran into a Saint Paul College graduate who is currently studying at the U of M, Carlson School of Business. He is doing very well for himself. We are so proud of our students – current and former; it’s always a pleasure to see our alumni doing so well.

On Tuesday morning, I attended another Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Leadership Council meeting. In the afternoon, I attended a Minnesota Advanced Manufacturing Partnership grant meeting. Saint Paul College is a partner along with twelve MnSCU institutions on this grant, which is geared to promote workforce training in the areas of Manufacturing, Welding, and Mechatronics.

On Wednesday, I attended a Minnesota Philanthropy Partners Board of Directors meeting where we approved the hiring of the organizations new president and chief executive officer. I am excited that Dr. Eric Jolly will join Minnesota Philanthropy Partners as the next president and CEO. It’s such a fine and impactful organization dedicated to supporting so many companies and organizations in their charitable work with community issues. For more information, please see: Eric Jolly named as the next president and ceo of minnesota philanthropy partners

The Vice President of Academic Affairs and I interviewed a potential faculty candidate. I had a meeting with the executive leadership team of the College. We discussed the budgets 2015-2016, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years, as well as the work plan and the details of our upcoming retreat. In the evening, I attended the end of year celebration for the College Ready program, funded by the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. The 10th and 11th graders from SPPS and Charter Schools were so inspiring as they shared their personal stories filled with hope, confidence, imagination, resiliency and grit. Their energy drives me and members of our college team to do what we do every day to provide service to our students.

On Thursday, I met with the president of Hennepin Technical College, the interim president of Minneapolis Community and Technical College, our MnSCU Chancellor and a global manufacturing firm to assess their workforce needs and initiate a dialogue about developing talent pipelines. I also met with a team from MCTC to discuss potential for developing more partnerships. In the afternoon, I met with some members of College’s Leadership Team when we discussed Racial Equity Framework. More information to come on this important topic.

On Friday, I attended an all-Metro Colleges and Universities Presidents meeting. I also took part in a Legislative Hearing at the State Office Building, where our elected officials held a hearing on several issues including the Capital Bonding Bill. Hopefully the Special Session will be coming soon! For more information, please see: http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2015/06/agreement-reached-on-bonding-bill/

We are grateful to our visionary and committed elected officials who support Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and Saint Paul College. After all, strategic investment in higher education is the catalyst to Minnesota’s prosperity and the economic health of our community, and of particular importance to our students and their families. On behalf of our Saint Paul College family, we offer our humble gratitude and are indebted to you for your support!

Various construction projects including renovations for the Culinary Arts Lab, and Machining/CNC and Sheet Metal Labs are well underway. To our patrons, students and associates - thank you for your patience and flexibility.

Thank you to our Saint Paul College community of faculty and staff for facilitating opportunities of our students. If we do not take care of our students, who will? I am grateful to you all for your efforts and contributions to promote student success.

I wish you a relaxing weekend.

Best,
Rassoul

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