Seventeenth Week of Spring Semester 2019
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Seventeenth Week of Spring Semester 2019

This week we honored our employees at our Employee Recognition & Appreciation Event, which is held annually to thank all of our employees for their exceptional contributions and service.

Special recognition is given to employees for their years of service: first year faculty and employees serving 1 year and every 5th​ year after that, and to those who are retiring. Excellence awards are given to individuals who have been nominated by their peers with the finalists determined by the Human Resources Committee for Individual Faculty Excellence Award; Individual Staf​​f Excellence Award; and Collaborative Team Excellence Award.

Team Excellence: Academic Effectiveness & Innovation Team  

Team Excellence: Academic Effectiveness & Innovation Team

Team Excellence: City View Café Team

Team Excellence: City View Café Team

Staff Excellence Nee Na Xiong  

Staff Excellence Nee Na Xiong

Staff Excellence Keitha-Gail Martin-Kerr  

Staff Excellence Keitha-Gail Martin-Kerr

Staff Excellence Bushra Rizvi

Staff Excellence Bushra Rizvi

Faculty Excellence Julie Evans  

Faculty Excellence Julie Evans (left)

Faculty Excellence Alli Vainshtein  

Faculty Excellence Alli Vainshtein

What a wonderful, hardworking group of dedicated me​n and women who are making significant differences in the lives of our students. Our faculty and staff have grit, are resilient, model professionalism, and possess the ethics of care. I am so proud of our faculty, staff, and administrators. Together, we construct bridges of hope, opportunity, and success for our students throughout the year.

Congratulations to New Unlimited Faculty
At a separate celebration, the College hosted a reception honoring nine new Unlimited Faculty members. Each division dean honored individual faculty with warm words of recognition for their contributions as faculty members in the following program areas: American Sign Language Studies, Welding Technology, Truck Technician, Math, English, Practical Nursing, Physics and Business. The dedication and commitment of faculty to our students is personified by these instructors, and we wholeheartedly welcome them to the Academe! View photos from this event

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:

Minnesota State Leadership Council

Minnesota State Leadership Council

I attended a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Leadership Council meeting where we discussed student transfer, student success, guided academic pathways, Minnesota State legislative priorities, outreach and advocacy to elected officials, campus climate and safety, enterprise risk management, and the Reimagining Minnesota State initiative.

College Leadership Meeting

I attended the College Leadership Team meeting along with members of the Executive Leadership Team to discuss college updates on strategic initiatives, as well as tactical matters concerning the governance and operation of the College.

Generation Next

Generation Next

I attended the Generation Next Board meeting where we discussed policies, funding, and practice strategies that promote wellness, reading and math literacy, and college and career readiness. Saint Paul College is an intentional partner at the Generation Next table.

Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Investment Network (MSPWIN)

Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Investment Network (MSPWIN)

I attended a MSPWin board meeting to discuss legislative priorities, final report on Equity Works, postsecondary proposal exploration workgroup, policy, MSPWin Strategic Planning, workforce issues facing the Metro area and surrounding communities, WOIA Governance Committee, and National Workforce Initiative.

Central Corridor Anchor Partnership (CCAP)

Central Corridor Anchor Partnership (CCAP)

I attended the Central Corridor Anchor Partnership Executive Committee meeting to discuss and promote workforce system strategies for the healthcare occupational sector.

Science Museum of Minnesota Board Retreat

Science Museum of Minnesota Board Retreat

I attended the Science Museum of Minnesota Board Retreat. They serve a vital role in the community, providing resources and opportunities for learning that are valued by families, educators, funders, and policy-makers.

Surgical Technology Program First Cohort Celebration

I am proud of Saint Paul College first cohort of our Surgical Technology program. I attended their celebration. I am grateful to Surgical Technology faculty members who have developed these new Health Science programs as another pathway for students in the healthcare field.

Education Advisory Board (EAB)

Education Advisory Board (EAB)

Members of Saint Paul College Executive Leadership Team and I met with the Education Advisory Board Team to discuss new trends, services, and product that EAB has developed as well as about the Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

2019 Power of Work Fundraiser

2019 Power of Work Fundraiser

I attended the 2019 Power of Work Fundraiser for Goodwill-Easter Seals of Minnesota. Goodwill-Easter Seals has been a leader in employment services for 100 years. It provides customized support to eliminate barriers to work and independence. The work of their dedicated staff and partners brings the underserved individuals in our community one step closer to a world where everyone experiences the power of work.

In the news

Pioneer Press, Fred Melo, 5/2/19:Science-focused incubator in St. Paul cuts ribbon on $6.4M expansion
On Thursday, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter joined a broad cross-section of life science-based entrepreneurs to cut the ribbon for a sizable new building addition at UEL, one of the state’s most unique business incubators.

Business Facilities, March/April 2019 Issue:Business Facilities STEM Leaders: Moving To The Head Of The Class
The battle for America’s future as a global technology leader is being waged in locations that have initiated innovative programs to increase the number of graduates with STEM skills.

Finals week officially begins for students on Saturday, May 11. So we all wish our students all the best as the face the final week of the semester and finish up their classes. Of course many minds are concentrating on graduation and the commencement ceremony next week on Thursday, May 16. Graduation is such special life event for so many people. It’s very uplifting to see the pride in our graduates and the admiration and excitement their friends and family exude at the ceremony!

I wish you all a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.

Best, Rassoul
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
President/CEO
Saint Paul College

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