Seventeenth Week of Spring Semester 2018
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Seventeenth Week of Spring Semester 2018
The College hosted a reception honoring our new Unlimited Faculty members

Faculty L-R: David Vorderbruggen (Auto Techncian); Marcie Smith-Fields (Cosmetology); George Schaus (Electrical Technology); Angela De La Cruz (Foreign Language); Jake Yernberg (Auto Technician) and Scott Nordahl (CNC/Machining)​

The College hosted a reception honoring our new Unlimited Faculty members (pictured above). It was an exceptional celebration to recognize the contributions of our faculty members. The dedication and commitment of faculty to our students is personified by these instructors, and we wholeheartedly welcome them to the Academe!

I am grateful to all of our faculty for going the extra mile in teaching our students, and preparing them for their futures. Their expertise is instrumental in the College being able to deliver on our promise, when our students start here, they can go anywhere.

Here's a short recap of a few of my activities this week:

Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood

Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood

I attended a Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood Board of Directors meeting to discuss progress with current strategic planning, Promise Neighborhood outcomes, and current strategies in progress, as well as steps we must take as a council as we embark on the new strategic planning process. I also took part in Strategic Planning processes/long term planning and Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood - Saint Paul Public Schools Alignment Processes. I also met with the executive director of St. Paul Promise Neighborhood to discuss their strategic planning.

St. Catherine University

St. Catherine University

I had a phone conversation with the president of St. Catherine University to expand on our conversation about a partnership to formulate an engineering program for students of Saint Paul College who will transfer to St. Catherine University.

Hmong College Prep Academy Signing-In Ceremony

I along with a Saint Paul College recruiter attended the Hmong College Prep Academy Signing-In Ceremony. Sixteen students from Hmong College Prep Academy committed to pursue their education at Saint Paul College.

Interview by Students

I had a wonderful experience being interviewed by two of our students about initiatives that the College can undertake to provide wrap around services for students. Our students inspire me and I marvel at individual stories of our students, and how articulate they are in sharing their ideas.

Attending Students Potluck Luncheon

I was invited to a student luncheon this week. I had a wonderful time listening and interacting with our students. Our faculty do an exceptional job of establishing a community that truly cares for our students.

Mental Health: Mind Matters Exhibit, Science Museum of MN

I attended the Mental Health: Mind Matters at the Science Museum of Minnesota. This is the newest traveling exhibition. For more information, please see:

Minnesota State Executive Leadership Development Meeting

Minnesota State Executive Leadership Development Meeting

I met with my president colleagues to review the nominations of a special group of talented administrators for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Executive Leadership Development Training.

Central Corridor Anchor Partnership (CCAP)

Central Corridor Anchor Partnership (CCAP)

I attended the Central Corridor Anchor Partnership quarterly meeting to discuss the participation and engagement of Saint Paul College in Health Careers and Business/Finance Pathways, shared purchasing and services for transportation and procurement services.

Saint Paul Downtown Alliance Meeting

Saint Paul Downtown Alliance Meeting

I attended the Employer Attraction, Retention, and Growth Committee meeting of Saint Paul Downtown Alliance, which will work with partners to assess and fill gaps in downtown property that support job creation; identify and attract resources to enhance downtown property; address challenges to attracting jobs including parking, transit access, and pedestrian way finding; coordinate strategic business retention visits; and champion projects and policies that support business growth.

Community Member and Wall of Fame Honoree

Community Member and Wall of Fame Honoree

I along with executive director of Friends of Saint Paul College foundation met with the Wall of Fame honoree and an alum of Saint Paul College to discuss further engagement with the Foundation and Saint Paul College.

Meeting with a Community Leader

I met with a community leader who is a passionate supporter of Saint Paul College to discuss philanthropy and Minnesota’s current and future economic and workforce trends.

Family Financial Health Initiative Meeting

I attended a Family Financial Health Initiative Meeting formed in partnership with McKnight Foundation, Thrivent Financial, St. Paul Foundation, and United Way, which undertook a project to better understand the landscape and impact of family financial health initiatives in the Greater MSP metro area. This meeting provided me a collective understanding of the field, a shared conversation, and greater alignment moving the family financial health field forward in the region.

Applied Voice and Piano Recital

I attended Saint Paul College students' piano and voice recital. We are so fortunate to have so many talented men and women attending Saint Paul College, as well as their talented instructors: Linda Chacholiades, piano instructor and Michael Olsen, voice instructor. What a marvelous experience.

2017-2018 American Indian Graduation Event

I along with presidents of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities attended the 2017-2018 American Indian Graduation Event. The celebration honors students from many different American Indian tribes earning certificates, associate and bachelor degrees from public and private colleges from Minnesota and North Dakota. Congratulations to all on these achievements and milestones.

​Saint Paul College in the news

Amid a tight labor market, this Twin Cities Company Hires Employees before it has a Specific Job for Them

Minn Post

Saint Paul College and Dr. Rainer Haarbusch, our new dean of Career and Technical Education, are featured in the MINNPost article discussing solutions to workforce and talent shortage for the Twin Cities and the state. Dr. Haarbusch said “companies throughout the Twin Cities come to the school on a regular basis to work closely with faculty members and students…In order to understand what an industry needs, we need constant feedback from employers to shape our curriculum…and to prepare our students for a better future.” Check out our Career and Technical Education programs by visiting

I will end this week’s blog by thanking all of our faculty and staff who work very hard each and every day to promote student success at Saint Paul College. Thank you for going above and beyond, tending to the needs of our students and answering their questions with an encouraging and caring smile. Undoubtedly, Saint Paul College is where everyone’s success starts!

Best, Rassoul

Rassoul Dastmozd, PHD
Saint Paul College

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