The 1st Week of Fall Semester 2015
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The 1st Week of Fall Semester 2015
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As I walked around campus this week, I witnessed our dedicated faculty and staff engaging our students in their learning journey. Fall Semester 2015 is off to a smooth start.

I will be remiss if I did not recognize the hard work of our entire team who seamlessly works together from our front line staff and specialists in the Enrollment Services, to Human Resources, Financial Aid Office, Tuition Office, Business Services, Security/Public Safety, Student Life, Bookstore, Transfer Office, Registrar’s Office, Cafeteria, Library, Ground and Facility Crews, Marketing & Communication, Foundation, Workforce Training and Continuing Education, Academic Deans and their support staff, Power of You team, Parking Office, Copy Room, and IT departments.

We managed to address the needs of our students patiently and with a smile, even during this hectic time. This is a noteworthy accomplishment. Thank you for going the extra mile. Together, we can make amazing things happen at Sa​int Paul College.

Let’s continue to deliver on this year’s theme:

Be Bold. Be Inspired. Be Relevant

After all, if we do not take care of our students who will?

Here’s a short recap of my activities and meetings this week:

  • Welcome Week Activities – The College hosted a pancake breakfast, ice cream social, and a pizza dinner for all students.
  • Hallie Q. Brown Community Center – Met to discuss various partnerships such as career exploration, college engagement, and programming that promote promising gainful workforce opportunities in Early Learning Sector Occupations.
  • Breaking Bread Café – Met with a team from the Breaking Bread Café in Minneapolis to discuss a potential partnership for workforce training and employment opportunities for culinary arts and hospitality sector occupations.
  • Ramsey County – Met with officials from Ramsey County to discuss internship and employment opportunities for Saint Paul College graduates.
  • Partnership with Basque region of Spain – Spoke with a President Colleague about potential faculty and student exchanges from Spain. A Basque delegation will visit Saint Paul College in October
  • Friends of Saint Paul College – Met with the Foundation to discuss strategies to seek funding for financial assistance for adult students.
  • Met with Economic Development Partners from city of St. Paul to discuss various initiatives that lead to economic development, workforce training, and gainful employment opportunities with various indust​rial sectors.
  • MnSCU State Fair Booth  – Took part at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) State Fair booth to promote higher education opportunities.
  • Trade Union Business Managers Luncheon – Hosted a number of union business managers to discuss training opportunities for our community members.

In the news this week:

Bike theft inspires man to be neighborhood helper, Lillie Suburban Newspapers – Featuring Saint Paul College faculty, Jeremy Sartain. I’m inspired by his wonderful act of generosity and intentional giving.

I wish you all a semester filled with positive energy, excellence, encouragement, and above all, student engagement and success.

Have a safe and relaxing weekend,

Rassoul Dastmozd

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