This has been a great first week of the new spring semester. I am glad to see so many students on campus, eager in their pursuits of knowledge and education, getting acclimated to new classes and new schedules.
On Monday morning, I attended the Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation Fund Raising Taskforce meeting. In the afternoons on both Monday and Tuesday, I attended the Minnesota State ...Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Leadership Council meeting.
On Tuesday, the College hosted the Fourth Annual Legislative Friends Breakfast meeting. We had a wonderful turn out for this events. Special thanks to our student, Ms. Tola Oladipupo, and Professor Rachel Hudson for explaining why our funding requests are so important, and thanks also to all the other students, faculty and staff members who showed their support by attending. They made a compelling argument why the state should invest in higher education and Saint Paul College’s projects. Messages from Mayor Coleman and Chancellor Rosenstone also attested to the importance of higher education, the work we do at the College, and why providing a higher education for our students is a pathway for prosperity for Minnesota and our economy.
On Wednesday morning, I attended the Generation Next meeting, and we will be partnering with them to facilitate their college readiness goals, as well as high school diploma recovery initiatives. At noon, I had lunch with the Chief Diversity Officer from MCTC; and later met with the College’s Executive Leadership Team.
On Thursday, I met with the United Hospital CEO/President, President and Executive Director of Foundation. I also had a meeting with the MN Philanthropy Executive Team at the HealthPartners, Bloomington.
On Friday, I attended a joint meeting with Chancellor Rosenstone and MSCSA students. I am proud of our MSCSA students and all they contribute to our colleges and our state. Friday ended with a meeting with the St. Paul Public Schools (SPPS) Superintendent and her team to discuss partnerships to assist SPPS students with their higher education needs.
Have a wonderful and productive week!