Eleventh Week of Fall Semester 2018
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Eleventh Week of Fall Semester 2018
​​​Certified etiquette trainer - Juliet Mitchell
uliet Mitchell with Etiquette Dinner participants
Juliet Mitchell demonstrating proper hand- shake
Etiquette Dinner -table setting

Employers consider “soft skills” an integral part of the skill sets their potential and current employees must possess. And employers know that Saint Paul College students are taught the essential skills that provide employers with well-prepared workers.

This week I had the opportunity to attend a special Etiquette Dinner: Business and Social Dining Etiquette event that was free to our students (see above photos). Juliet Mitchell, certified etiquette trainer and business coach, discussed and demonstrated key elements of good social business communication, personal manners and technology etiquette and offered tips, strategies and techniques for personal growth and life success.

Many thanks to mentors and table guides who facilitated the informal conversations and networking opportunities. This event was made possible through Career Services at Saint Paul College and Great Lakes Higher Education, and held in collaboration with Pathways Advising and the Friends of Saint Paul College foundation.

This whole event put a spotlight on the commitment Saint Paul College has to providing opportunities and tools for our students to be successful in every aspect of their lives and careers. It also showed the commitment our students have to taking advantage of every opportunity open to them to help ensure their success and make their dreams a reality.

Whether in a machine shop, hospital setting or in a business, our instructors and staff know how valuable it is for students to cultivate these skills in order to contribute to the future success as an employee. That’s part of our mission of “Education for Employment … Education for Life!”

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

Minnesota State Leadership Council meeting

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 campus wide emergency planning, phases one and two, and processes related to reimagining Minnesota State initiatives.

District Energy St. Paul and Ever-Green Energy Joint Board Meeting​

District Energy St. Paul and Ever-Green Energy Joint Board Meeting
Ever-Green Energy

​I attended the Ever-Green Energy and District Energy St. Paul joint Board meeting. In the district energy field, District Energy St. Paul is considered the most notable in the United States for its use of renewable energy sources and implementation of energy conservation measures. Presenters from private and public sectors made discussed and made presentations about private and public sector(s) partnerships and initiatives that promote sustainability and energy efficiency systems.

Generation Next

Generation Next

I attended the Generation Next Board meeting where we discussed policies, funding, and practice strategies that promote wellness, reading and math literacy, and college and career readiness. Saint Paul College is an intentional partner at the GenNext table.

Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Equity Summit

Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Equity Summit

I attended the inaugural Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Equity Summit as a guest of McGough Construction, a company that is a tremendous advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion, and also is a partner of Saint Paul College. The event focused on connecting leaders doing important work in diversity, equity and inclusion, and discussing best practices, the language of inclusion, exploring tools to identify unconscious bias and ways to create action plans.

Saint Paul College Leadership Training

I along with members of Saint Paul College Leadership Team attended a Sexual Harassment Prevention Training meeting at the College.

Faculty Shared Governance Council Meeting

The Executive Leadership of the College and I met with the Faculty Shared Governance Council to discuss various strategic priorities of Faculty Shared Governance Council and the Administration.

Workforce Training & Continuing Education ProStart Culinary Boot Camp

Saint Pa​ul College Culinary Arts students mentored​ over 30 high school students who attended the ProStart Culinary Boot Camp on our campus this week. Students worked on knife skills, dessert and pastry activities, and finished with a mock competition with our chef instructors doing the final taste tests.

students taste testing
cooking demo
chef jones gives taste test
plated dish by hs student
In the news

Food Service News: Hangin’ With Klecko: An Interview with Baker Joe Dark
An interesting interview with Saint Paul College Culinary Arts alum Joe Dark who is very proud of the training and education he received. Klecko also mentions that he thinks Saint Paul College is the best in the business!

ASA Newsletter: Minnesota State Faculty Use OER to Save Students Over $1,000,000 on Textbooks
Article in the Academic & Student Affairs at Minnesota State Newsletter about Open Educational Resources (OER) providing students alternatives to expensive college textbooks.

Southside Pride: Roosevelt educator hopes to make life skills part of the curriculum
Saint Paul College Culinary Arts alum Ben Rengstorf, and recent James Beard Foundation Scholarship recipient, introduced culinary arts and food nutrition techniques to his students to help close educational gaps

Congratulations to four of our students who are beginning special Ramsey County Progressive Internships! I’m very proud of these students who will also be pursuing 4-year degrees at Metropolitan State: Four Saint Paul College Students Land Ramsey County Progressive Internships

Here’s a reminder that Saint Paul College is closed on Monday, November 12, 2018, in observance of Veterans Day. We will be having a ceremony on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. We all owe a debt of gratitude to all the veterans who have served this great nation. So please honor any veterans you know or may meet at this special time

I share with you a quote from Alexander Hamilton, “There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.”

For ordinary civilians like myself, it is a privilege to share our love of this country with our veterans. Please remember to honor and thank any veterans you know or may meet at this special time and thank them for all that they have done.

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

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