This has been a great first week of spring semester. It was terrific to greet our new and returning students – thanks for choosing Saint Paul College! Throughout the week, I attended several Welcome Week events, which included a Pancake Breakfast, a Hot Chocolate Social, and a Pizza Party. I am grateful to the Office of Student Life & Diversity staff of who coordinated these events, as well as our faculty and staff volunteers who helped serve the refreshments at each event.
I sincerely thank our dedicated and tireless faculty and staff who generously collaborate and construct bridges of hope, opportunity, and success for our students each and every day.
Here’s a short recap of a few of my activities this week:
Minnesota State Legislative Request Presentation at State Legislature
I along with vice presidents of Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Finance & Operations attended two separate hearings: House Higher Education Committee and Senate Higher Education Committee. Chancellor Malhotra, Minnesota State Board Chair, and a few presidents from colleges and universities of Minnesota State, made a presentation about our legislative request. For more information, please go to http://minnstate.edu/legislative/
United Hospital Foundation Executive Director of Advancement
I met with the executive director of development from United Hospital Foundation. We discussed the strategic plan and priorities of the United Hospital Foundation.
Minneapolis Saint Paul Workforce Innovation Network Meeting
I met with the MSPWin board to discuss assessment and evaluation of postsecondary education, and various institutions and organizations that provide post-secondary education. Discussions included opportunities and challenges and policy/practice implications. MSPWin is an intentional partner of Saint Paul College.
Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation Board Meeting
I attended a Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation Board meeting to discuss strategies for donor engagement, fundraising, and promoting philanthropic engagement to garner financial support to fund student scholarships. The Friends of Saint Paul College mission is to inspire philanthropic giving for scholarships and programs to promote student success at the College.
Central Corridor Anchor Partnership Executive Committee Meeting
I attended the Central Corridor Anchor Partnership quarterly meeting to discuss the participation and engagement of Saint Paul College in health careers and business/finance pathways, shared purchasing and services for transportation and procurement services.
Breakfast Meeting with Commissioner of Revenue
I had a breakfast meeting with the current commissioner of the Minnesota State Department of Revenue. We discussed opportunities for the colleges and universities of Minnesota State.
Minnesota State Weekly Legislative WebEx
I attended the weekly Minnesota State Legislative WebEx conference call where we discussed the latest developments of the Capitol and the legislative priorities of the colleges and universities of Minnesota State.
Career and Technical Education and Workforce Training Legislative Request
I along with several Minnesota State presidents from two-year colleges and the senior vice chancellor of Minnesota State attended a workgroup meeting to discuss Minnesota State the career and technical education and Workforce Training Legislative request.
Student Success Metrics Work Group
I along with several of my peers from the colleges and universities of Minnesota State attended a meeting to discuss relevant metrics that can be used to measure student success.
Neighborhood House Finance Committee Meeting
I attended a Neighborhood House board meeting. Their mission is to help people gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to thrive in diverse communities. We discussed and approved Neighborhood House’s new strategic plan. Neighborhood House is an intentional partner of Saint Paul College.
U.S. Bank Stadium Workforce Needs Meeting
I along with select members of Saint Paul College administrative team met and discussed workforce training and talent needs of U.S. Bank Stadium in the areas of service, culinary, and hospitality occupational clusters. We also discussed the potential for partnering by devising apprenticeship programs with the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority.
Faculty Shared Governance 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
In the News
Minnesota has a persistent higher-ed gap: Are new efforts making a difference? Unless more residents get to and through college, the state won’t be able to fill jobs that require higher education, by Kelly Field, The Hechinger Report | 01/15/2019
I am sharing with you an article that was published by the Hechinger Report, and reposted by MinnPost. The article focuses on racial disparities in college attainment in Minnesota. The author, Kelly Field, reached out to Saint Paul College and other colleges and universities within Minnesota State during fall semester. She met with our students, Power of YOU Team, Marketing, Communications and Recruitment staff, director of Power of YOU and Make it Count, Institutional Research, Effectiveness/Planning and Grants team, and dean of Student Success. I am grateful to our team who conveyed information about Saint Paul College so well. The College was prominently and positively featured, and was noted as the most racially diverse institution in the Minnesota State system.
MPRNews: Report: College students are hungry and government programs could do more to help
MPRNews: Moon magic: University of Minnesota Bell Museum celebrates lunar eclipse, all things astronomy this weekend
Saint Paul College will be closed on Monday, January 21, 2019, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Day. I am reminded of a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, “Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.
College a special place for our students and our community. Thank you for sharing your leadership, commitment, passion, talent, and expertise with Saint Paul College and our students.
I wish you a relaxing weekend.
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College