Eighth Week of Fall Semester 2018
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Eighth Week of Fall Semester 2018
Join us for open house, tuesday october 23 5 - 730pm

Next week on Tuesday​, October 23, from 5 to 7:30pm, is our Open House. It’s a premier event where we can showcase our state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you haven’t seen our newly renovated laboratories and our new Health Science & Alliance Center with a spectacular Simulation Center, attending our open house is a great way to see what Saint Paul College is all about. Please join us – and let anyone you know who is considering college, that this is a great way to talk with program instructors and student services staff! More info: https://www.saintpaul.edu/openhouse

I want to share some exciting news about the awards received by the College at the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 5 conference. Our district includes the community, technical and junior colleges in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, the Canadian province of Manitoba, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Congratulations to our Saint Paul College Marketing & Communications Department, for the gold, silver, and bronze Medallion awards received for our magazines and videos:

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I am grateful to our team of Audrey, Pam, Thao and Ryan for their hard work, dedication, and sharing their talent, expertise, and creativity. Recognition from your own professional peers is very gratifying! The Marketing and Communication team works consistently and tirelessly to advance Saint Paul College's brand recognition each and every day.

I am appreciative of their dedication to excellence, and their shared commitment to communicating and expressing our students' narratives.

Please join me by offering our kudos and congratulations to our Marketing and Communication team!

Here’s a short recap of a few of my activities this week:

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President's Visit

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President's Visit

I along with the dean of Business Programs and Workforce Training and Continuing Education, and the dean of Career and Technical Education hosted the President Neel Kashkari of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and his team of economists. We discussed issues facing Minnesota’s employers and workforce talent shortage, and provided a tour of our Health Science and Career and Technical Education labs. President Kashkari tweeted his support of Saint Paul College as a strong contributor to our Minnesota workforce: https://twitter.com/danita_ng/status/1051875469379993600

Mindstretch Group Meeting

Many thanks to a group of thoughtful retirees from our St. Paul community who invited me to their monthly meeting to discuss the critical role that Saint Paul College plays in our community by providing bridges of opportunity and success for our students and workforce training. The Mind Stretch Group is a visionary group of professional share their passion, dedication, expertise, leadership, and talent so generously for many initiatives in our community. Our community is a better place because of their generosity. As Margaret Mead so eloquently said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” The Mindstretch group is indeed the type of citizens alluded to by Margaret Mead.

Meeting with a Community Leader

I met and hosted a community leader who is passionate supporter of Saint Paul College and perhaps, a Friends of Saint Paul College, Foundation Board Prospect. We discussed philanthropy and Minnesota’s current and future economic and workforce trends.

Higher Learning Commission Site Visit Prep

Higher Learning Commission Site Visit Prep

The College hosted two college wide workshops in advance of and preparation for the upcoming Higher Learning Commission Site visit October 29 & 30 2018.

Genesys Works Twin Cities receives the Neighborhood Builders Grant

Genesys Works Twin Cities receives the Neighborhood Builders Grant

I attended the Genesys Works Twin Cities Neighborhood Builders celebration award for 2018 through Bank of America. This grant award includes $200,000 in flexible, unrestricted funding in support of our mission. Only one grant award is given per market region, and we are in an elite group of organizations in the metro area who have been recipients in the past, including Northside Achievement Zone and College Possible.

Minnesota State Leader Development Program and Dinner

Minnesota State Leader Development Program and Dinner

I along with the vice presidents of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs attended a Minnesota State Executive Leader Development program and dinner celebration at Anoka Ramsey Community College. Dr. Erika Garms, organization development and leadership consultant, provided a keynote address on Radical Leadership. Erika is CEO of Working Smarts and author of “The Brain-friendly Workplace: 5 Big Ideas from Neuroscience that Address Organizational Challenges” and “Management Smarts.”

Central Corridor Collaborative Anchor Partnership

Central Corridor Collaborative Anchor Partnership

I had a phone conference with the executive director of the Central Corridor Anchor Partnership CCAP to discuss the participation and engagement of Saint Paul College in Health and Business Careers Pathways along with non-profit community based organizations.

For your reading pleasure at your leisure:

MPR News:Minnesota students above the national average on the ACT

Star Tribune:

Our campus is blessed with a beautiful tapestry of humanity that makes Saint Paul College so unique. Let's continue to take care of each other, and appreciate our differences, as well as our common bonds, by promoting a safe and welcoming environment. Kudos to our faculty and staff who provide exceptional service to our students. To our students, best wishes with your mid-term exams.

I wish you ALL a relaxing and safe weekend.

Best, Rassoul
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
President/CEO
Saint Paul College​

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