Eighth Week of Spring Semester 2018
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Eighth Week of Spring Semester 2018

​​​​I marvel at the talent and creativity of our students each and every day. This week our students will be performing in Animal Farm. There are two remaining performances – Friday, March 2 at 7:30pm and Saturday, March 3 at 1:30pm. ASL Interpreters will be available for Friday's performance. Please make this terrific theatrical production performance part of your plans – it’s free and open to the public! After each performance, there is a small reception catered by the Culinary Arts Department. 

This week, I also sparked a conversation with one of our faculty members who is currently completing a Ph.D. degree. Our faculty and staff are lifelong learners in search of excellence in teaching and service to our students. Our college community is a better place because of the commitment and dedication of our staff and faculty. 

Here's a short recap of my week:

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundation Board Meeting

I attended The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundation Governance and Executive Committee meeting. The common board of The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations governs the Foundations' shared services.​

Student Success Metrics Work Group

Minnesota State Leadership Council meeting

I attended a Minnesota State Leadership Council meeting along with the other presidents of Minnesota State and members of Chancellor Malhotra’s staff. We discussed strategic and operational priorities associated with the colleges and universities of Minnesota State.

Student Success Metrics Work Group

Hennepin County Workforce Leadership Council Meeting

I attended the Hennepin County Workforce Leadership Council meeting to discuss the Hennepin Career Pathways and the role that Saint Paul College can play in devising career pathways in construction, IT, business, finance, health, service, manufacturing, transportation, and skilled trades.

United Hospital Foundation Funding Priorities Meeting

I attended a United Hospital Foundation major funding priorities and strategies meeting.

Metro Alliance Presidents Meeting

I attended a Metro Alliance presidents meeting at the Minnesota State system office, where we discussed the alliance work plan for this year, focusing on student success, sharing core services, and metro four-year degree completion. Additionally, we discussed grant collaborative efforts, marketing initiatives, foundation services, intercity leadership visits, and sharing of services.

Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood

Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood Saint Paul Public Schools Alignment Workgroup Meeting

I attended a Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood strategic planning meeting to discuss progress with current strategic alignment and planning with Saint Paul Public Schools.

Devinder Malhotra to Continue as Chancellor of Minnesota State

The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has voted to name Devinder Malhotra as the chancellor of Minnesota State. Malhotra has been serving as interim chancellor since August 2017. Congratulations to Dr. Malhotra.

In the news:

Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood

I am so proud of our culinary arts faculty and students who took part in the Charlie Awards.  The Charlie Awards are the "Academy Awards" for the greater metro-area’s foodservice community. The Charlies are a chance to celebrate both the diversity in the Twin Cities restaurant community as well as its excellence. Proceeds from the awards program Afterparty and VIP dinner go towards Open Arms, a nonprofit meal delivery service providing nutritious meals for people fighting life-threatening disease. Culinary arts students cooked and served food for the after party. Watch this feature Fox9 filmed on campus.



"Even though women make up nearly half of the labor market today, they’re overwhelmingly underrepresented in technical and trade industries across the United States." See the MinnPost article about what we are doing at Saint Paul College to change this situation: Doing weld: How Twin Cities community and technical colleges are trying to get more women into the trades​.

I will end this week’s blog by thanking our faculty and staff for their continuing hard work and dedication. Our students reach higher milestones because our faculty and staff inspire them. In turn, our students inspire us ALL.

I wish you a relaxing weekend.

My best,
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College

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