The beautiful and peaceful white winter made its way to campus earlier than usual.
Spring 2017 registration is in full swing and students are working hard to prepare for final exams coming up shortly after the break. I am grateful to our dedicated team of faculty and staff for their commitment to serving our students’ needs at Saint Paul College.
Last week, I attended a German-American dialogue sponsored by ASPEN Institute in Germany. The program focused on a range of 21st century issues including entrepreneurship, civic education, migration and integration. I look forward to advancing our local efforts and the important work ahead.
We packed a lot into a short week here at the college:
Neighborhood House – I attended a board meeting focusing on the Neighborhood House strategic plan.
Community Listening Sessions – I participated in two campus-wide community listening sessions, led by our Interim Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Student Life. This engaging event provided a safe place for students, faculty and staff to reflect and have healing discussions following the United States Presidential Election.
Gateway to College – Recently, I was interviewed and featured on the Gateway to College website about our strategic partnership. Saint Paul College and St. Paul Public Schools have been partnering together to help students who are struggling to complete high school earn their diploma and college credits at the same time. I appreciate everyone's collective efforts (the SPPS Team, Saint Paul College Team, and Gateway to College Network Team) to make this partnership a fantastic opportunity for our students. You may also learn more about this program in this public television documentary: Back on Track Journeys to a High School Degree. One of our students is featured in this video and I was interviewed.
I get excited about Thanksgiving because it's a holiday centered on gratitude. As we all take time to think about and give thanks for all we hold dear in our lives, I want to tell you all how grateful I am to be a part of Saint Paul College. I know of no other campus that is as blessed as ours is. We are a wonderfully diverse community of people with generous hearts. All of the dedicated efforts, made by students, staff and faculty, are what make Saint Paul College a great place for learning. Together we celebrate both our similarities and differences, making us stronger.
I wish you a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving and look forward to seeing you next week. May we all return to campus with renewed spirits, ready to engage once again in the mindfulness of student success, and encouraging each other in all that we do.
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College