Eighth Week of Spring Semester
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Eighth Week of Spring Semester

I am amazed by the talent and creativity of our students each and every day. This week our students will be performing in Charlotte’s Web. There are two remaining performances – tonight, March 3 at 7pm and Saturday, March 4 at 1:30pm. ASL Interpreters will be available for the Saturday performance. Please put this terrific theatrical production performance on your calendars – it’s free and open to the public! After each performance there is a small reception in the City View Café, catered by the Culinary Arts Department.

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

High School Counselors Breakfast - Saint Paul College hosted a high school counselors to explore potential partnerships to promote student success and intentional pathways from high school to college. Over 25 area counselors attended this event. The highlight for this event was two faculty members and two of our own students who addressed the audience by sharing their own personal life narratives and experiences at the College.

MN Philanthropy Partners Board Meeting - I attended a Minnesota Philanthropy Partners Board of Directors​ Board meeting.

Development Committee Meeting - I attended a Friends of Saint Paul College, Foundation Development Committee Meeting to discuss strategies for donor engagement.

Neighborhood House Public Policy Subcommittee Meeting - I attended a Public Policy Subcommittee meeting at Neighborhood House, an intentional partner of Saint Paul College. Neighborhood House helps members of our community each year with basic needs, education, youth programs, and health and well-being. All of their programs are offered for free to participants.

City of St. Paul Councilmember - I met with a City of St. Paul Councilmember to discuss strategies to promote and recruit innovative companies and jobs to the City of Saint Paul for our economic future. For more information: St. Paul aims to attract more innovation and technology jobs.

United Hospital Foundation - As a United Hospital Foundation Board member, I attended the United Hospital Funding Priorities and Major Gifts Committees Meetings.

Metro Alliance Presidents Meeting - I attended a Metro Alliance Presidents meeting and a joint meeting hosted by Saint Paul College.

Student Senate Leadership Discussion - Several members of Saint Paul College senior leadership team and I met with the College’s Student Senate leadership team to promote positive student experiences on campus.

East Metro Pulse - I attended an event at the Wilder Foundation sponsored by Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, where the East Metro Pulse survey results were unveiled. Commissioned in 2016 by The Saint Paul Foundation, the East Metro Pulse community survey and measures community vitality and quality of life in Dakota, Ramsey and Washington Counties. The East Metro Pulse report can inform Saint Paul College in terms of developing its strategic priorities in 2018 and beyond. The report provides snapshot of how East Metro residents feel about community connectedness, economic opportunity and security, education and other areas​​.

Weekly Legislative Web Ex - I attended the Governmental Relations Weekly Web Ex meetings where we discussed the Legislative Priorities of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

Meeting with a Community Leader and Employer - I met with a community leader and employer who is a passionate supporter of Saint Paul College to discuss philanthropy and Minnesota’s current and future economic and workforce trends in the IT occupational cluster sector, and the critical role that Saint Paul College plays in providing relevant and innovative programs to produce well-educated and well-trained workers who contribute to our economy and a prosperous Minnesota.

International Women’s Day Tea – On Sunday, March 5, several members of Saint Paul College and I will attend the International Women’s Day Tea at the International Institute of Minnesota (IIM), which will honor the Institute’s belief that that New American women can strengthen our community and improve our world. Attending the event will be a wonderful way of showing our support for our community based organization partner.

In the news:
I would like to share a wonderful story about a Saint Paul College Massage Therapy program alumna who is featured in the Northfield News series Names of Northfield: Thailand-born Prathurng is fueled by a mother's inspiration. From Thailand to Northfield, MN and how Saint Paul College became part of her journey, she shares her story of perseverance and finding her own inspiration, career and owning her own business.

I am proud of our College for attracting students from all over U.S. as well as many locations from around the globe. The most exciting and rewarding part of my job is to chat with our students. This week, I met a student who is originally Oregon, who is pursuing studies in health science field at Saint Paul College. This student spoke of a new beginning and a real sense of belonging when expressing what it feels like to be a student at Saint Paul College.

Learning about each other’s global experiences in an academic setting is enriching for our entire college community. We are honored that students trust us with their future. Building a trusting relationship with students is central to what we do and affirms our commitment to them. When our students start here, they can go anywhere.

I end this blog by thanking members of our college community for going the extra mile for assisting our students with their needs and welcoming our guests who visited Saint Paul College as I was in travel mode this week. They extend themselves and have a tremendous capacity to ensure that our students are successful and attain their educational goals.

Thank you and I wish you a relaxing weekend.

Rassoul Dastmozd

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