This busy week is almost coming to an end for our dedicated and hardworking staff. The diligence and dedication demonstrated by our front line staff significantly impacts our students, ensuring they will have a successful start to the fall semester. Thank you to each and every one of you for your tireless contributions.All three major renovation projects at the College are near completion. Thank you for your patience. Our facilities team has done a tremendous job preparing us for the new semester. We look forward to welcoming our students back on August 24 when classes begin again.
Here’s a short recap of my activities and meetings this week:
- Hmong American Education Foundation http://www.thehaef.org/ - A Saint Paul College student received a scholarship at this event, making it possible to attend the College in fall 2015.
- STEM Read Aloud Project - As part of the Freedom STEM Read Aloud Project sponsored by the Science Museum of Minnesota, I read a book to 59 middle school students at a St. Paul City School about the development of 3M Post It Notes. What a wonderful experience.
- Minneapolis Foundation - https://www.minneapolisfoundation.org Met with the VP of Community Impact Initiatives to discuss the College’s vision, mission, strategic plan, strategic priorities, and the alignment with the Minneapolis Foundation priorities.
- Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network (MSPWin) http://mspwin.org/ - Met with a consultant to discuss the design of Career Pathways Maps for manufacturing, health, construction, and IT occupation sectors.
- USEED www.Useed.org - Discussed crowdfunding as a means of promoting philanthropic activities and garnering support for Saint Paul College programs.
- Faculty Interviews - Interviewed two candidates for faculty positions at the College.
- Donor Meeting - Met with a supporter from high Technology/Innovation sector and discussed fundraising priorities for the College.
- Employee International Potluck – On Thursday, staff gathered for lunch to enjoy a taste of dishes from many cultures.
- Metro Alliance Presidents Meeting
- New Student Orientation – This was the largest orientation held so far for fall semester. I sincerely appreciate our staff’s outstanding work executing this impressive event.
In the news this week:
- Highland Villager – Shot in the arm – Saint Paul College will begin work on a $19M wing to meet demand for professionals in health science
- Pioneer Press – Metro Area Veterans Stand Down (featuring Joseph Buhain, Saint Paul College Respiratory Therapy Faculty and Bronze Star recipient)
To all members of our college community, as well as those from outside our college community, who advocate for Saint Paul College: we know we cannot do this alone. It is this great sense of community that makes this college so strong, and we are grateful for all that you do.
Have a great weekend,
Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D.