This has been a short but a busy week due to the Labor Day holiday. The pinnacle of the week for us all was our annual
Lunch on the Lawn event held on Thursday, which was sponsored by
Saint Paul College Student Life.
Students enjoyed the music and DJ, a Criss-Cross Obstacle Course, a henna artist and a caricature artist. The delicious food prepared by Food Services and Culinary Arts students was served by administrators, faculty and staff. Many of us wore our “I am Saint Paul College t-shirts. What a great way to kick off an exciting fall semester and promote engagement and a sense of belongingness for our students and the entire college community. View a short video of our 2018 Lunch on the Lawn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bRdXPBMdLY
Here’s a short recap of a few of my activities this week:
Meeting with Minnesota State Governmental Affairs Executive Director
I along with VP of Finance met with the executive director of Minnesota State Governmental Affairs to discuss strategies for the upcoming year how to partner with our state legislators and how to promote opportunities for engagement and advocacy for our elected officials.
Metro Alliance Presidents Meeting
I attended a Metro Alliance presidents meeting via teleconferencing, where we discussed higher education issues and challenges facing our respective institutions.
Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network (MSPWin)
I attended a meeting at
MSPWin to discuss intentional strategic investment and priority-setting on various workforce and talent development strategies and systems, and policy advocacy related to funding workforce initiatives.
MSPWin is an intentional partner of Saint Paul College.
Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations Governance
In anticipation of the
Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations Governance Committee meeting, I met with the vice president of strategy to devise the meeting agenda for the upcoming Governance Committee meeting.
Genesys Works Board Governance Meeting
I attended a
Genesys Works board meeting. We discussed prospective new board member recruitment, the Strategic Plan/Priorities for the
Genesys Works Governance Committee. Genesys Works alumni often continue their studies in
Saint Paul College computer science and IT programs.
Faculty Shared Governance Meeting
The Executive Leadership of the College and I met with the Faculty Shared Governance Council to discuss various strategic priorities of Faculty Shared Governance Council and the Administration.
Meeting with the Science Museum of Minnesota Board Chair
I attended a meet and greet breakfast meeting with the chair of the Science Museum of Minnesota to discuss my participation and engagement as a board member.
Hosting Lunch for Mortenson Construction
Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation hosted a luncheon for
Mortenson Construction in appreciation of their partnership for sponsoring the 2017 Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation Gala. We are grateful to Mortenson Construction for supporting student success celebration at Saint Paul College.
In the news
Minnesota's unemployment rate hits an 18-year low, with good trends for blacks, hispanics and teens - Minnesota is enjoying its third highest 3-month job growth rate since 1990.
Welcome Week Message from Chancellor Malhotra
I want to share with you a heartfelt and sincere message from Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra to all students, welcoming them to the new academic year. You can view the video message at:
Finally, I am delighted to witness how our dedicated faculty and staff interact and partner with our students, especially during these first two weeks of the semester.
Thank you to our students for choosing Saint Paul College as your premier institution of higher education. I would like to extend my humble gratitude to our faculty and staff who offer care and model professionalism towards the members of our college community. Without intentionality in our work, we will not be able to deliver on
our promise of when our students start here, they can go anywhere.
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College