beautiful spring! The rain drops freshened the Saint Paul College landscape
this week, often and frequently. The colors of spring are gorgeous. Finals are
well underway and our graduation commencement ceremony is next week!
Here is an
update of all the activities that I was engaged in during the week.
I attended the Hmong American Education Foundation (HAEF) meeting where volunteers
reviewed applications for HAEF scholarships. We match up to $1,000 of HAEF
Scholarships at the College.
the VP of Student Development, Executive Director of Friends of Saint Paul
College and I met with a major Twin Cities Foundation to discuss Early College
and Career Pathways for high school age students. The VP of Academic affairs
and I had lunch with several first and second year faculty members to assess
their perception of how things were going at the College. On Monday and Tuesday,
I also attended a meeting of presidents of two-year Colleges and Universities.
We remain steadfast and support Governor Dayton’s proposal for Minnesota State
Colleges and Universities, $142 Million Budget request. Fully funding higher
education is the right thing to do as budgets are moral documents. Budgets such
as the one that Governor Dayton is proposing, will help drive Minnesota’s
prosperity and keep our colleges and universities competitive!
On Tuesday, I
also attended our End of the Year College Employee Recognition celebration. Our
associates at the College are fantastic. What a wonderful, hardworking group of
dedicated men and women who are making significant differences in the lives of
our students. I am proud of our faculty, staff, and administrators. Their
ultimate goal is to help students succeed. I also met with the Executive
Leadership Team to assess the progress of the College’s Work Plan and our
College goals for 2015-2016. My day ended by attending the Jeremiah Program
celebration at the College. The Jeremiah Program is a partner of the College.
For more information, please see: http://www.jeremiahprogram.org/
I attended the GenNext Leadership Council meeting. We discussed the importance
of healthy social and emotional development of St. Paul Public Schools and
Minneapolis Public Schools students.
participated in the Minnesota Philanthropy Grant and Community Initiative and
Community Impact Assessment meeting. I had a meeting with the Executive
Leadership team of the College, where we discussed budget and college work
plan. My day ended by attending a Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation
members of the Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation and I met with the
Executive Director of a Non-Profit Community Based Organization and a
Minneapolis based foundation that funds new Americans. We are proud of our
students who are new Americans. They are fulfilling their American dreams, like
many of us and our ancestors, seeking out America as the land of opportunity. I
had lunch with a Gateway to College director of initiatives on campus. I
attended the Extended Management team as well as the President’s Advisory
Council meeting where we discussed the College’s long range goals:
I am proud of
our Management Team members; they did an exceptional job with their
presentations and status updates on each goal. I am also grateful to our
President’s Advisory Council Members who unselfishly volunteer and offer their
services at the College. What a wonderful group of individuals who advocate for
Saint Paul College and support our efforts with student success.
On Friday, I
updated the College’s Work Plan and worked on the College's Goals for
2015-2016. I also met with two Foundations from Minneapolis to discuss training
that lead into gainful employment and the potential for low income adults to
earn a livable wage. I attended a WebEx meeting with the Presidents of all
MnSCU institutions to discuss legislative policies and updates.
I wish all of
our students much success for the remaining days of this semester. stay
focused, you can do it! Don’t forget to register for Summer and
Fall Terms! I wish you a safe and relaxing weekend.
Thursday is Saint Paul College’s Commencement Ceremony. We celebrate our
students’ success, their achievement with major milestones in their lives – it
is always a delightful experience!
thanks to ALL of you who lent a hand to ensure student success on campus.Kudos
to all members of our college community.