I am amazed by the narratives of our students and the great work that our faculty and staff do each week to deliver on our promise,
when our students start here, they can go anywhere.
I had several conversations with our students this week around campus. One student strongly confirmed how caring and knowledgeable our faculty and staff have been to him. This young man is applying for admission to almost a dozen medical schools and we wish him the best of luck.
Another student informed me that her admission, registration, and financial aid work was done in less than 24 hours, making her start at Saint Paul College seamless and simple.
Our students are an inspiration for us and our dedicated staff and faculty are truly making a difference in the lives of our students. Thank you for making our students feel like they are cared for and that they have a place they belong.
This week, Saint Paul College students also filled the College with an incredible amount of energy and excitement at the annual Saint Paul College Lunch on the Lawn. The weather was picture perfect and our students were brimming with happiness.
My week at a glance:
Saint Paul College Health and Science Alliance Center Grand Opening – Saint Paul College was proud to host the Health and Science Alliance Center Grand Opening celebration on Thurday, August 31. The event featured special guest speakers including Represetative Alice Hausman, St. Paul City Councilmember Chris Tolbert, and Minnestoa State Interim Chancellor, Devinder Malhotra. Included in this special day was a ribbon cutting and joining our students for Lunch on the Lawn.
Click or tap here to learn more about the Health and Science Alliance Center and the importance of this state-of-the-art facility in order to train professionals in medical fields and STEM.
United Hospital Foundation – I took part in a United Hospital Foundation meeting to discuss priorities and strategies.
Minnesota Philanthropy Partners Board Meeting – I attended a Minnesota Philanthropy Partners Board of Directors meeting where we focused on Racial Equity Framework which is part of the Minnesota Philanthropy Partners Strategic Framework.
Comprehensive Workforce Solution meeting – I attended a Comprehensive Workforce Solution Model meeting to discuss the next steps. This model ensures that we leverage the customized training and continuing education units of our colleges and universities so we can use their expertise and resources to strengthen Minnesota's workforce in a manner that is financially sustainable and market competitive. It will enable us to serve more employers (including larger companies) more proactively, more comprehensively, and deliver greater value that draws upon the broad portfolio of expertise and assets across Minnesota State colleges and universities.
Fair – I took part in the in the Minnesota State Fair as a representative from Saint Paul College at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities booth. I also participated in a Minnesota Office of Higher Education promotion to encourage savings plans for students who want to pursue higher education in Minnesota.
Reception for new Superintendent of Saint Paul Public Schools – I attended a welcome reception for the new Superintendent of Saint Paul Public Schools, Dr. Joseph Gothard this week. A comment Dr. Joseph Gothard made resonated with me;
“we are here for all students and they matter to us.
They are our thing." Our motto at Saint Paul College is not any different from what I heard at this reception.
Students truly matter to us at Saint Paul College and they are at the center of all we do at the College. They are indeed our thing.
After all, if we do not take care of our students and our community, who will?
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As we approach Labor Day, I cannot help but reflect and share a quote with you by Randi Weingarten;
“For working people and union members, Labor Day stands for something special and profound. It's a day to honor the deep commitment each of us has to serve the children we teach, the families we heal, and the communities we love."
This notion of teaching a skill or a trade was one of Saint Paul College's first mission statements. We carry that tradition with us today as we continue to train skilled laborers for the workforce. Although our mission statement has evolved, its meaning remains rooted in the ideals Saint Paul College was built on:
Education for Employment…Education for Life.
To our students, thank you for giving us the honor to serve you and help you reach your goals and find your purpose and mission in life.
I wish all members of the Saint Paul College community a relaxing and safe extended weekend.
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College