This week, we welcomed new and returning students back to campus for the start of Spring Semester. The Office of Student Life and Diversity sponsored several Welcome Week Events, including the Pancake Breakfast, Hot Chocolate Social and a Pizza Party. Administrators, staff and I hosted and served at these events, which is something we really enjoy as we get a chance to talk with our students and get to know them even better.
As I walk around the hallways, labs, and classrooms, I experience a sense of dynamic energy and optimism from everyone all around the College.
I am amazed by the capacity and tenacity of our staff and faculty who go the extra mile to make sure the educational needs of our students are met – inside and outside the classroom. Our students know and can attest to our staff and faculty being here to partner with them in attaining their goals. We are so grateful to our students for selecting Saint Paul College!
Here's a short recap of my week:
Greater Metropolitan Workforce Council Board Meeting
Private and public sectors leaders and I attended the
Greater Metropolitan Workforce Council board meeting to discuss strategies that will benefit members of our communities who have traditionally been underserved and underemployed, with a special focus on sector partnerships and career pathways to prosperity. Saint Paul College plays a critical role by training qualified talent for Minnesota’s workforce. Check out
Wallin Education Partners
The Minnesota State senior vice chancellor of academic and student affairs, the vice president of academic affairs of the College, and executive director of the Friends of Saint Paul College and I met with the president/CEO of
Wallin Education Partners to discuss scholarship opportunities for Saint Paul College students. Wallin’s mission is to enable college and career success for high-potential Minnesota students with financial needs through scholarships, comprehensive advising support, and data informed collaboration with educational, business, and philanthropic partners. For more info go to
Reeher LLC Reception
I attended a reception for the new offices of
Reeher LLC, the developer-manager of a software platform designed to improve the efficiency and yield for higher education fundraisers through customized tools that track and measure effectiveness, engage prospective donors and maintain relationships with donors.
ITASCA Project: Regional Impact Update Meeting
I attended the
ITASCA Project regional impact meeting where we discussed the progress made through the Itasca Project Executive Discussion Cohorts in partnership with the Wilder Foundation, with particular emphasis on efforts to decrease employment disparities through equity and inclusion. This think tank is comprised of CEOs of public, private and philanthropic organizations working to create tangible change that harnesses the diversity of this region.
Employee Giving Celebration
Members of the executive leadership team of the College and I hosted four college units that had 100% participation for employee giving and donations to the
Friends of Saint Paul College foundation. I am proud of all our employees who give so generously by being actively engaged and support student success at the College.
Minnesota State Interim Chancellor Malhotra and I met with
LeadMN members as part of their monthly meeting. LeadMN represent students from all of Minnesota State’s two-year colleges and universities./p>
Public Policy Neighborhood House
I attended a policy development committee meeting at
Neighborhood House, an intentional partner of Saint Paul College. Neighborhood House helps members of our community each year with basic needs, education, youth programs, and health and well-being. Their programs are offered for free to participants.
Generation Next Leadership Retreat
I attended the
Generation Next Leadership Retreat along with CEOs and executive leadership of higher education, Fortune 500 companies, philanthropic organizations, K-12 schools and charter schools, where we discussed the annual report, progress with each of the
six major goals of Generation Next. We also reviewed the new strategic plan of Generation Next.
Meeting with Saint Paul’s Director of Business Development
I met with the
new director of Business Development with the Department of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Saint Paul to discuss economic development efforts in St. Paul and our region. We discussed and explored opportunities for partnerships.
In the News
Here are two news items that might be of interest to you:
Campus is closed on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, Monday, 1/15/2018. I am reminded of a quote by Dr. King about his notion of Beloved Community:
“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.”
Dr. King’s words of wisdom resonate with me as I think of Saint Paul College’s environment and our commitment to equity, inclusion and equality. For almost 107 years, the College has sought to
fill the gaps and
bridge the divide in every aspect of life that separates people from one another. I am honored to be a part of this caring community.
I wish you a relaxing weekend.
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College