The campus was mostly quiet this week while students, faculty and many staff were off enjoying Spring Break. For many of us working this week, it has been a great “catch up” week. I’m especially grateful to our facilities team who take this opportunity to deep clean Saint Paul College classrooms, labs, cafeteria and commons areas. We all take pride in our campus and know how important it is to provide a welcoming atmosphere to all who come through our doors.
Here’s a short recap of my activities this week:
Meeting with Governor Dayton’s Chief Inclusion Officer - I along with the presidents of several Metro colleges and universities, and the commissioner of Minnesota Office of Higher Education met with Governor Dayton’s Chief Inclusion Officer at the State Capital to discuss challenges that Minnesota is currently facing to fill the talent gap challenges that companies in Minnesota are experiencing in order to stay competitive. The message from Governor’s Office is clear and succinct - what strategic priorities and initiatives are currently underway in each of our institutions that promotes the retention, completion and graduation of individuals from communities color who are traditionally underserved by higher education? What are our institutions doing to provide employment opportunities for communities of color traditionally underserved by higher education? At Saint Paul College, these challenges issues are addressed by formulating Saint Paul College Equity and Inclusion Plan.
Meeting with Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) - I along with Chancellor Rosenstone and the Sr. Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs met with students from MSCSA, the public two-year college student association, to discuss their legislative priorities as well as to provide updates on the Minnesota State Chief Diversity Officer position and updates from the March Leadership Council meeting.
Public Charter School Higher Ground Academy - our Vice President of Finance and Facilities, Director of Facilities, and I met with the Executive Director of Higher Ground Academy public charter school to discuss partnerships and their educational needs, and the role Saint Paul College can play in addressing their educational needs.
Weekly Legislative WebEx - I along with presidents of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities attended a Legislative WebEX to discuss the legislative bills that are currently being reviewed in both Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota Senate.
Governor Dayton and Lt. Governor Smith Visit Saint Paul College - I am proud of our team of staff and administrators who welcomed and hosted Governor Dayton and Lt. Governor Smith when they addressed the OutFront Minnesota Youth Summit for students in grades 9-12. This event brings hundreds of LGBTQ youth and allies together for leadership development, networking, and the chance to speak directly with state legislators about issues that matter. The College knows how important Safe Schools for All is to the governor, our community, and particularly the young people who participated in the Youth Summit.
Announcing 2017 Wall of Fame Award Recipients
I’m pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Wall of Fame Awards. The 2017 Wall of Fame Celebration will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2017, 4:00pm - 6:00pm at Saint Paul College, when we will be honoring these two outstanding recipients:
- 2017 Distinguished Alumna of the Year – Ms. Pamela Wellumson
Pamela Wellumson graduated from the Sign Language Interpreter program in 1981. She is the owner of Dynamic Communications and ASL Interpreting Services (ASLIS) and employs many Saint Paul College graduates, and also offers internships to our ASL students. She is also a member of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens (MADC). She and ASLIS manage the Minnesota Hospital Consortium by providing emergency interpreter services to Minnesota Hospital and Urgent Care Centers.
- 2017 Friend of the College – Representative Alice Hausman
Representative Alice Hausman is a tireless advocate of higher education and Saint Paul College. As a retired educator, her support of education initiatives and her advocacy for the well-being of her constituents, so many of whom are Saint Paul College students, has contributed greatly to the success of the College and our students. Representative Hausman is a genuine leader who truly cares about all Minnesotans. She currently represents District 66A and is in her fifteenth term as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives.
We, at Saint Paul College, are so very honored and privileged to have such esteemed alumni and friends, who support this institution year after year, and help us to provide the quality of education and learning experience to our students for which we are known. We cannot do this alone, and to all of those who join us in creating this extraordinary environment for our students, we cannot thank you enough.
I wish you all a relaxing weekend.