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Sixteenth Week of Spring Semester 2015

The gorgeous spring weather has come back in full swing, and there’s just one more week before Spring Semester finals begin – let’s hope everyone delays spring fever until after finals! 

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

On Monday, I met with a team from Ramsey County Workforce Investment Board as well as Ramsey County Workforce Solutions to discuss Saint Paul College’s involvement in a Workforce Academy that develops a new Workforce System with promising outcomes for TANEF recipients. The College also hosted a reception for Unlimited Faculty members.  It was a wonderful celebration to recognize the contributions of our faculty members and welcome them to the Academe.​

On Tuesday, I attended an ESOL Class. What a fantastic experience and opportunity to be able to listen to rich and textured stories of our students.  I was reminded of my own experiences as a young student in the U.S. in the late 70’s. We all have so much more in common with each other than differences, no matter where we come from – and one of the best things is the pursuit of knowledge and education. And yet out differences are to be celebrated as well – it certainly brings a richness to our campus. I had a telephone conversation with Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network team members to discuss workforce systems strategies. In the afternoon, I attended the Outstanding Student Reception where our faculty, staff, and business/industry representatives recognized and celebrated our students who were nominated for this recognition because of their accomplishments. I am proud of our students.

 

On Wednesday and Thursday, I attended two days of off-campus meetings. 

 

On Thursday evening, I attended the Soul Food Monologues, stories of food and justice written and performed by the students of Saint Paul College. The Soul Food Monologues is a project of nationally recognized Food Justice expert LaDonna Redmond. She is one of 25 citizen and business leaders named a Responsibility Pioneer by Time Magazine in 2009.  For the past month, Redmond has worked with our students in a series of writing and environmental leadership workshops. I am proud of our students who performed in this monologue, they are amazing - what a talented and creative group of students.  This event was sponsored by Student Life of Saint Paul College.

 

On Friday, I attended a WebEx meeting with the Presidents of all MnSCU two year colleges to discuss legislative policies. Additionally, I attended the Metro Alliance Presidents meeting. I also met with a Fulbright Scholars Board members.  This evening I will be attending the Festival of Nations at Saint Paul RiverCentre, where I intend to thoroughly enjoy music, art, cuisine, and culture from all over the world.

 

At the end of this Sixteenth week, for sure, we are in the final stretches of spring semester. I wish all of our students much success for the remaining days of this semester. Keep your focus - final exams are coming! Don’t forget to register for Summer and Fall Terms! I wish you a safe and relaxing weekend.

 

Best,
Rassoul



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