Now that the warmer
weather has arrived, our grounds crew team is hard at work, and soon our campus
will be as beautiful as ever! Every person at Saint Paul College contributes to
the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the campus – and it starts with impeccable
grounds that surrounds our buildings. I can’t thank them enough.
Here is an update of
all the activities that I was engaged in during the week.
On Monday, I
received some exciting news about Saint Paul College students who competed in
the Skills USA competitions. Our faculty and students attended the Minnesota
SkillsUSA Conference on April 10-12, 2015. Fifteen of our students who competed
placed either first, second or third! All first place finishers will have the
chance to compete at the Skills USA National Conference June 22-26, 2015 in
Louisville, KY. I want to congratulate all of our students who competed, as
they represented the College so well. You can read more about the competition
On Tuesday, I met
with a concerned community leader/educator from Minneapolis to discuss current
and future trends with secondary and post-secondary education. The College’s
Director of Grants and I met with the Associate General Contractors and Saint
Paul Building & Construction Trades Council to discuss the
development of a workforce system for construction trades occupational sector.
On Wednesday, I had
a meeting at HealthPartners. I also met with several Metro area College
presidents and Chief Academic Officers and System Office leadership team
members to discuss a Metro area Baccalaureate Plan. I also met with members of
the College’s Executive Leadership Team to continue discussions on matters
related to the College’s operations and budget for current year and next year.
On Thursday, I
attended the Wall of Fame Award ceremony. This was a moment of celebrating our
community partner of the year, Mayor Chris Coleman and Alumni of the Year, Mr.
Curt Southward, Electrical Technology, class of ‘74. All the funds raised from
the Wall of Fame event will be dedicated to funding student scholarships. I
also met with the representative of Students for Educational Reform Advocacy
On Friday, I
attended the Charting the Future, Student Success Team meeting. I also attended
the weekly Legislative WebEx meeting. Additionally, I attended the monthly
Chancellor’s meeting with the State Two-Year Colleges Student Organization at
the System Office. Later on, I attended a phone conference with a national
branding and consulting firm to discuss branding ideas and market research for
a Non-Profit Foundation.
A final thought for
the week, we are in the final stretches of spring semester. I am grateful to all
members of our College Community (faculty and staff) who work so diligently to
serve our students. Many thanks to our knowledgeable faculty, hardworking and
committed faculty staff at the College for making opportunities happen for our
At the end of this
fourteenth week, I wish all of our students much success for the remaining days
of this semester. Keep your focus - final exams are coming! Don’t forget to
register for Summer and Fall Terms! I wish you a safe and relaxing Weekend.