This week we honored our employees at a year-end Recognition & Appreciation Celebration, which is held annually to thank all of our employees for their exceptional contributions and service each and every day to the College.
Special recognition is given to employees for their years of service: first year faculty and employees serving 1 year and every 5th year after that, and to those who are retiring. Excellence awards are given to individuals who have been nominated by their peers with the finalists determined by the Human Resources Committee for Individual Faculty Excellence Award; Individual Staff Excellence Award; and Collaborative Team Excellence Award.
Our dedicated 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. Our faculty and staff have grit, are resilient, model professionalism, and possess the ethics of care. They are the game changers at the College. Our faculty and staff are the solid cornerstone of Saint Paul College. I am proud of our faculty, staff, and administrators. Together, we ALL work to ensure that ALL Saint Paul College students succeed.
Here’s a short recap of my activities this week:
I attended the
Generation Next board meeting where we discussed Minneapolis Public Schools and Saint Paul Public Schools secondary education updates. Also discussed, were the practices and policies that GenNext will advocate to promote the recruitment and training of teachers of color and increased funding for secondary schools.
Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Investment Network (MSPWIN)
I attended a
MSPWIN board meeting to discuss legislative priorities, final report on Equity Works, postsecondary proposal exploration workgroup, policy, MSPWIN Strategic Planning, workforce issues facing the Metro area and surrounding communities, WOIA Governance Committee, and National Workforce Initiative.
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Leadership Council
I attended the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Leadership Council meeting with other
Minnesota State presidents. We discussed NextGen/ERP, Capital Projects, Finance, Campus Safety and Emergency Readiness, Minnesota State Legislative Priorities, 2019-20 Budget Planning, Student Success Metrics, Career and Technical Education narratives, System Online Strategies, and System Wide Enterprise Human Resource Transactional Services.
Minnesota State Weekly Legislative WebEx
I attended the weekly
Minnesota State Legislative WebEx conference call where we discussed the latest developments at the Capitol and the legislative priorities of the colleges and universities of Minnesota State.
Twin Cities Metro Baccalaureate Plan
I met with several Metro area college presidents and
Minnesota State System Office leadership team members (Twin Cities Metro Baccalaureate) to discuss a Metro area Baccalaureate Plan.
Neighborhood House Board Finance Committee Meeting
I attended a Neighborhood House Board Finance Committee at
Neighborhood House, an intentional partner of Saint Paul College.
United Hospital Foundation Funding Priorities Meeting
I attended a United Hospital Foundation major funding priorities and strategies meeting.
College Leadership Team Meeting
I attended the College Leadership Team meeting along with members of the Executive Leadership Team to discuss updates on Higher Learning Commission update, strategic initiatives, as well as tactical matters concerning the governance and operation of the College.
Saint Paul College Spring Concert
I attended the Saint Paul College Spring Concert Songs of Love, Peace and Dance, presented by the Saint Paul College Choir and Applied Voice and Piano students. We are so fortunate to have so many talented men and women attending Saint Paul College, as well as their talented piano and voice instructors and the exceptional piano accompanist. Our students inspire us and what a marvelous experience!
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Ninth District Advisory Council Meeting
I was invited to take part in
Federal Reserve’s Ninth District Advisory Council meeting. The Ninth District consists of Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Montana, northwestern Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The council advises the bank about regional economic conditions. Members of the advisory council represent a broad range of economic sectors that are germane to the Ninth District economy, and they provide anecdotal information about what economic effects each of the participants are seeing in their respective sectors and geographies. The Council consists of business owners, labor leaders, non-profit representatives, and others.
The Ann Bancroft Foundation
I welcomed Ann Bancroft Foundation board members to campus. The Ann Bancroft Foundation empowers girls to imagine something bigger and helps them reach their full potential. Saint Paul College is proud to partner with the Ann Bancroft Foundation to ensure that they meet and exceed their mission and strategic priorities. For more information, please see:
Meeting with a Community Leader
I met with two Friends of Saint Paul College, Foundation Board members who are passionate supporter of Saint Paul College to discuss philanthropy and Minnesota’s current and future economic and workforce trends.
Higher Ground Academy
I met with the Executive Director of
Higher Ground Academy to discuss educational partnership and access to higher education at the College for their students.
Central Corridor Anchor Partnership (CCAP)
I attended the
Central Corridor Anchor Partnership Executive Committee meeting to discuss and promote workforce system strategies for the healthcare occupational sector.
I along with a team from Saint Paul College attended
Genesys Works 2018 Breaking through Ceremony to celebrate the young professionals finishing their internships and beginning their post-secondary journey in the Genesys Works alumni program. Genesys Works alumni often continue their studies at Saint Paul IT programs. For more information about Genesys Works, please see:
Student Art Showcase
Saint Paul College student art was on display that had been created in various
art courses. I am very impressed by, and proud of, our students’ creativity and talent. Their creative expression is encouraged by our exceptional faculty members who teach, guide, and support our students. What a wonderful learning community! Kudos to ALL.
In the News
I am sharing with you three articles of interest that are worth of your review. In each of these cases laid out in these articles, Saint Paul College plays a pivotal role to prepare the much needed exceptional workforce talent and expertise that Minnesota’s employer need to survive and compete in the global economy.
For your reading pleasure:
Minnesota chamber expands-integrates efforts to produce more workers for employee-hungry economy
PBS News Hour:
Why community colleges can’t ignore the needs of part-time students.
Dillon Donnelly: Let’s get to work on workforce development
I marvel at all of our students who pursue their dreams and careers, and represent us so well. Being a part of each student’s journey and success, and providing them the opportunity to receive an exceptional education is why Saint Paul College exists. I
sincerely thank our faculty and staff who go above and beyond to ensure that we deliver on our promise, when
our students start here, they can go anywhere.
Saint Paul College rocks!
I wish you all a relaxing weekend.
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College