L to R: Scott Wilson, Vice President, Finance & Operations; Chef Nathan Sartain, Culinary Arts instructor and Department Head; Dr. Connie Gores, President, Southwest Minnesota State; University; Dr. Rassoul Dastmozd, President/CEO Saint Paul College; Dr. Kristen Raney, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer; Dr. Brendan Ashby, Dean of Health Sciences & Services, and Chef Pierre Rabbia, Culinary Arts instructor
Earlier this week, a new partnership agreement was signed by our Saint Paul College Culinary Arts program and Southwest Minnesota State University, providing a pathway for our graduates to earn a bachelor’s degree in the field of Culinology® from SMSU. Their Culinology program is the only one of its kind in the U.S.
Kudos to our faculty and staff from both institutions who worked so diligently to ensure that our students will have a seamless transfer and educational experience. SMSU Culinology® is designed to train students to become future research chefs who can work in both the food manufacturing industry and the food service industry.
Saint Paul College’s Culinary Arts AAS degree and Culinary Arts diploma programs are the only Exemplary Status culinary programs in public education in Minnesota. Exemplary Status programs symbolize the highest educational standards recognized by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC). Rest assured, when Saint Paul College students transfer to Southwest Minnesota State University, they possess the skills and knowledge gained in our state-of-the art culinary kitchens and labs. Our Culinary Arts AAS Degree and Culinary Arts Diploma programs are accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation’s Accrediting Commission (ACFEF). View more info about our Culinary Arts programs:
Schubert Scholarship recipients and scholarship donor L to R: Peter Zau Aung Nhkum, Mrs Schubert, Pa chai Mary Xiong, Jacquie Kerongo
This week several students met with a generous donor and supporter of Saint Paul College, Mrs. Schubert. With a generous heart, kind soul, and intentional giving such as demonstrated by Mrs. Schubert, scholarship recipients feel less of a financial burden and can concentrate more on their academic studies and excellence. We owe significant gratitude to all of generous donors and their support of our students.
Here’s a short recap of a few of my activities this week:
ACBSP Accreditation site visit
Saint Paul College hosted the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs for all associate degree Business programs that we currently offer. I would especially like to thank the Business faculty who participated in crafting of the self-study report over the last year.
In observance of Indigenous Peoples Day, Saint Paul College hosted its first Indigenous Strong luncheon, sponsored by Saint Paul College Student Life Office. Many advisors and Native American students gathered to enjoy indigenous food, while building new connections on campus. I am proud of our alum, Chef Brian Yazzie, who is a community activist, advocate, and a master chef and want to thank him for the delicious indigenous food he prepared us.
L to R: Kyra Engen, Multicultural Program, Coordinator, Salia Price, Lamar Shingles, Director of Student Life, Amanda Ecker, Danielle Polk, Andrew Fairchild, Sarah Butler, Indigenous Strong Advisor, Brian Yazzie
Minnesota State Leadership Council meeting
I attended a Minnesota State Leadership Council meeting along with the other presidents of
Minnesota State and members of Chancellor Malhotra’s staff. We discussed Legislative Priorities, Minnesota State Strategic Priorities, Academic and Student Affairs Division priorities, Capital Planning, regional Planning, and processes related to reimagining Minnesota State initiatives.
Decision Maker Training
I along with college and university presidents of Minnesota State took part in Decision Maker Training as well as Neurobiology of Trauma Training at the Minnesota State System Office.
Greater Metropolitan Workforce Council Board Meeting
I along with private and public sectors leaders attended the
Greater Metropolitan Workforce Council Board meeting to discuss strategies that will benefit members of our communities who have traditionally been underserved and underemployed with a special focus on sector partnerships and career pathways to prosperity. Saint Paul College plays a critical role by training qualified talent for Minnesota’s economy and workforce shortage. Check out
I attended a presentation by Dr. Andre Perry from Brookings Institution about achieving the growth we want by engaging all the talents that exist in our community. Event was sponsored by the Greater Metropolitan Regional Workforce Council.
Conversation with Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Liaison
I along with Sr. Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs met with the
Higher Learning Commission liaison to discuss details in preparation of the HLC site visit.
Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations Board Retreat
I attended a
Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations Board retreat meeting. Newly renamed Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations continue to believe in the best of Minnesota and the power of its communities, and are Minnesota’s largest community foundation and the partner of choice for thousands of donors, nonprofits, and community organizations. We inspire generosity to make Minnesota better for all who call it home.
English for Academic Purposes Program
I attended an
English for Academic Purposes program Advising Day event at the College where I welcome new and returning students. I am grateful to our advising staff and EAPP faculty for making this event possible and come true for our students.
Dream Big Event
I attended the Dream Big Event at the Neighborhood House where the focus of this event was to introduce the youth of our community to higher education and life-long learning opportunities. Saint Paul College recruiters also attended this event.
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.
MN IT meeting
I along with the dean of STEM meet with MN IT team to discuss their workforce talent shortage needs, opportunities for their engagement as well as internship opportunities for Saint Paul College Computer Science students.
In the news
Saint Paul College Alum Receives $20K Scholarship from James Beard Foundation
Ben Rengstorf, a Saint Paul College Culinary Arts alum is one of ten recipients of the prestigious James Beard Foundation 2018 National Scholars program. Rengstorf graduated from Saint Paul College in 2016 with high distinction, and earned a Culinary Arts Associate of Applied Science degree. He’ll be pursuing a Master of Science Degree in Sustainable Food Systems at Green Mountain College in Poultney, VT. Rengstorf plans to use the degree, along with his background in culinary arts and public education, to develop a culinary and food systems program for the students of Minneapolis Public Schools For more info go to
NY Times Opinion Piece: A Really Good Thing Happening in America, by David Brooks --A strategy for community problem-solving does an extraordinary job at restoring our social fabric
This article reminds me of the intentional partnership Saint Paul College has in the GenNext Collective Impact initiative in the Twin Cities
Pioneer Press: Donor-funded free summer remedial classes get students ready for college
Saint Paul College, along with Century College, Normandale Community, Minneapolis College, and North Hennepin, received the 2018-19 multi-campus collaboration award from Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Academic and Student Affairs Division. Kudos to our faculty, staff, and administrator team who worked collaboratively to make this opportunity available for our students. When our students and community do well, we ALL prosper.
Midterms are nearing soon. Our dedicated students are keeping busy with their studies. I sincerely thank our faculty members and staff who collaborate with our students so they can make their journey across the bridges of opportunity and success at Saint Paul College.
I wish you a relaxing weekend.
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College