We celebrated America’s independence this week. I hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July holiday. I think about how America’s independence allows such places as Saint Paul College to exist! I am delighted to be a part of Saint Paul College, where we celebrate our differences and commonalities, knowing it makes us a stronger and richer campus community.
With few outside meetings and event obligations, this week has been a great catch up week for me to tackle all the pending paperwork that has awaited me.
National SkillsUSA Conference Competitions
I was also notified that Saint Paul College students represented us well at the
SkillsUSA 54th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) competitions in Louisville, KY, June 25-29. More than 16,000 people (students, teachers and business partners) gathered from across the country for this conference. The SkillsUSA competition theme for the 2017-18 year was
SkillsUSA: Champions at Work, Job-Ready Day One.
Tom Hillstead, Saint Paul College SkillsUSA advisor wrote, “Our students performed excellently in their competitions and represented Saint Paul College in the most professional manner! Congratulations to the Quiz Bowl team who took home a third place Bronze medal and to our Esthetics students who put on an impressive competition. They should be very proud!” I know I am extremely proud of them, and grateful they have chosen Saint Paul College as their college!
Our students who participated are pictured below: Saint Paul College SkillsUSA Esthetics: Laura Seaboy, contestant, Alisa Gabdulling, model Saint Paul College SkillsUSA Quiz Bowl: Ryan Elg, RayAndrea Giles-Scott, Victor Durham, and Cornelius McCabe
In the news
Star Tribune - Commentary: Why we defend — and still foster — the American dream.
The commentary was submitted by a group of people from organizations who support and assist many of our New American students: Bob Oehrig is executive director and Michelle Eberhard is director of refugee arrival services of Arrive Ministries. Tim Marx is president and CEO of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Robert Tereba is executive director of Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota. Jane Graupman is executive director of the International Institute of Minnesota. Jodi Harpstead is CEO of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. The Rev. Curtiss DeYoung is CEO of the Minnesota Council of Churches.
Culinary Arts Faculty in Taiwan
I am proud of the work Saint Paul College Culinary Arts faculty are doing. Of significance, please check out the short video clip of Chefs Ross’s and Sartain’s most recent travel to Taiwan.
Behind every successful and accomplished student, there is a team of hardworking and knowledgeable staff and faculty who unselfishly give of themselves by going the extra mile so our students reach their higher education aspirations. I am grateful to our staff and faculty for being there for our students and caring for them.
Each and every day, our faculty and staff continues to create opportunities for discovery for our students so they have a real pathway to further enrich their own lives – as well as their families. When our students thrive and prosper, so does the community around us!
I wish you a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College