The gorgeous spring weather has come
back in full swing, and there’s just one more week before Spring Semester
finals begin – let’s hope everyone delays spring fever until after
Here is an update of all
the activities that I was engaged in during the week.
On Monday, I met with a
team from Ramsey County Workforce Investment Board as well as Ramsey County
Workforce Solutions to discuss Saint Paul College’s involvement in a Workforce
Academy that develops a new Workforce System with promising outcomes for TANEF
recipients. The College also hosted a reception for Unlimited Faculty
members. It was a wonderful celebration to recognize the contributions of
our faculty members and welcome them to the Academe.
On Tuesday, I attended an ESOL Class.
What a fantastic experience and opportunity to be able to listen to rich and
textured stories of our students. I was reminded of my own experiences as
a young student in the U.S. in the late 70’s. We all have so much more in
common with each other than differences, no matter where we come from – and one
of the best things is the pursuit of knowledge and education. And yet out
differences are to be celebrated as well – it certainly brings a richness to
our campus. I had a telephone conversation with Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional
Workforce Innovation Network team members to discuss workforce systems
strategies. In the afternoon, I attended the Outstanding Student Reception
where our faculty, staff, and business/industry representatives recognized and
celebrated our students who were nominated for this recognition because of
their accomplishments. I am proud of our students.
On Wednesday and Thursday, I attended
two days of off-campus meetings.
On Thursday evening, I attended the
Soul Food Monologues, stories of food and justice written and performed by the
students of Saint Paul College. The Soul Food Monologues is a project of
nationally recognized Food Justice expert LaDonna Redmond. She is one of 25
citizen and business leaders named a Responsibility Pioneer by Time Magazine
in 2009. For the past month, Redmond has worked with our students
in a series of writing and environmental leadership workshops. I am proud of our students who
performed in this monologue, they are amazing - what a talented and creative
group of students. This event was sponsored by Student Life of Saint Paul
On Friday, I attended a WebEx meeting
with the Presidents of all MnSCU two year colleges to discuss legislative
policies. Additionally, I attended the Metro Alliance Presidents meeting. I
also met with a Fulbright Scholars Board members. This evening I will be
attending the Festival of Nations at Saint Paul RiverCentre, where I intend to
thoroughly enjoy music, art, cuisine, and culture from all over the world.
At the end of this Sixteenth week, for
sure, we are in the final stretches of spring semester. I wish all of our
students much success for the remaining days of this semester. Keep your focus
- final exams are coming! Don’t forget to register for Summer and Fall Terms! I
wish you a safe and relaxing weekend.