Fall is in the air at Saint Paul College! As the crisp, autumn air starts to set in, students are settling into their courses and busy schedules. I would like to thank all our team members for ensuring that our students’ educational needs are met as we finish the fourth week of fall semester.
Here’s a short recap of my activities and meetings this week:
- Neighborhood House Resource Development – I attended a resource development 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. All of their programs are offered for free to participants.
- Central Corridor Anchor Partnership Executive Leadership Meeting – I had a conference with the Central Corridor Anchor Partnership executive team to discuss the future of health related workforce sector occupations.
- Minnesota State Leadership Council meeting - I attended a Minnesota State Leadership Council Retreat meeting along with the other presidents of Minnesota State institutions and members of Chancellor Rosenstone’s staff. We discussed the legislative session, enrollment, on-line education, the workplace solutions model, concurrent enrollment, long-term financial sustainability, and operating budget outlook.
- Generation Next Stakeholder – I attended the Generation Next Stakeholder meeting at Thrivent Financial in Minneapolis. We discussed literacy, math, career and college readiness strategies, and post-secondary education options/pathways. Through our partnership with Generation Next, we have helped several elementary-school aged children in the community by placing Saint Paul College student tutors at various schools within the St. Paul Public School system.
- District Energy St. Paul – I attended a District Energy St. Paul board meeting. District Energy St. Paul is considered the most notable in the United States for its use of renewable energy sources and implementation of energy conservation measures. My board membership was unanimously renewed for a second term as a mid-size customer.
- MN Philanthropy Partners Board Meeting - I attended a Minnesota Philanthropy Partners Board of Directors Governance Committee meeting.
- Faculty Shared Governance Meeting – The Executive Leadership of the College and I met with the Faculty Shared Governance team to discuss systematic and strategic planning at the College. We also discussed fall enrollment, marketing and recruitment, innovative projects, legislative priorities, and Saint Paul College Foundation strategic initiatives
- Mortenson Construction Appreciation Event – The Vice President of Finance and Facilities, the Dean of Workforce Training and Continuing Education, and I attended the Mortenson Construction appreciation event. Mortenson is an intentional partner of Saint Paul College by providing direction and counsel on construction occupational clusters.
- Marx in Soho at Saint Paul College – Saint Paul College Student Life and Sociology Department sponsored a performance of Howard Zinn’s Marx in Soho on Wednesday, September 15 at the Saint Paul College theatre. Marx, performed by Bob Weick of Philadelphia’s Iron Age Theatre, is a passionate, funny and moving defense of Karl Marx’s life and political ideas. Many students, faculty, and staff attended the performance which used current news and events to show how Marx’s ideas still resonate.
This week, I had a chance to speak with a student who transferred to Saint Paul College from a major university. He told me about his interactions with faculty and staff and mentioned how dedicated our employees are to the success of our students and how he truly feels cared about here.
I offer my sincere gratitude to all of our students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community supporters who make the College a special and welcoming place. After all, if we do not take care of our students, who will?
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College