This week is Teacher Appreciation week. Where would Saint Paul College be without our teachers? They are fundamental to the success of our students and fundamental to the success of Saint Paul College. The caring, motivating and supportive nature of our faculty inspires and drives our students to persevere and excel.
The connections our faculty make with students is based on their honest and sincere interest in our students as people, and interest in making a difference in this world one student at a time. Our faculty know every student’s name. They know their back stories and they know what their goals and ambitions are. As a former teacher, I often miss the daily classroom connection with students, but I am very grateful to be on this campus where I can see the connections faculty make with students and the contributions they make to the College as a whole.
Our faculty are integral to our mantra of “If we do not take care of our students and our community, who will?” And I thank them wholeheartedly for choosing Saint Paul College as the institution where they want to teach.
Here’s a short recap of a few of my activities this week:
- Caux Round Table Workshop – The College hosted a Caux Round Table (CTR) workshop with participants from across business and industry.This workshop promoted the values of Caux Round Table by engaging the participants in a dialogue about human potential, human capital, and the critical role it plays in creating a stable economic development, and stable social conditions, and a civil society.
- Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Leadership Council Meeting - I attended a MnSCU Leadership Council meeting along with the other presidents of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities institutions and members of Chancellor Rosenstone’s staff. We discussed progress with the Charting the Future initiative, short legislative session, legislative priorities, and operating budget outlook 2017-2018. I also attended a farewell reception for interim President of Metropolitan State University.
- Metro Alliance President’s meeting – MnSCU presidents in the Metro area met to discuss strategic planning and approach to promoting access, affordability, and student success among our institutions and advancing the Charting of the Future goals and strategies.
- Charting the Future - I attended the College’s Charting the Future implementation team meeting and discussed the progress our team is making with various initiatives at the College. I also attended a Charting the Future Advising Workgroup meeting, we discussed promising practices that promote intentional student advising among MnSCU institutions.
- Central Corridor Anchor Partnership Leadership Meeting – I attended a Central Corridor Anchor Partnership Committee Board meeting where we discussed the future of health related workforce sector occupations as well as how the Educational and Medical institutions can bundle their purchases.
- Generation Next - I attended the Generation Next Board meeting where we discussed literacy, reading, math, career and college readiness strategies. Saint Paul College is an intentional partner at the Generation Next table. The College has deployed ten volunteer students by placing them in various elementary schools with St. Paul Public Schools.
- Mexican Consulate in St. Paul - The College hosted a farewell reception for the Counsel General of Mexico who will be moving to Washington, DC. I also met with the new Counsel General of Mexico. Both are supporting partners of Saint Paul College.
- Annual End of Year Recognition & Appreciation Celebration – Our college held its annual recognition event and meeting with updates on the College, and also recognizing all faculty, staff and administrators for the work they have done throughout the past year. Our team members are awesome and phenomenal. They are dependable, approachable, and go the extra mile to provide our students with extraordinary service, support and educational experience.
In the news this week:
Collaborating to Help New Americans Succeed in Community College: An Example from Minnesota
I’m very proud of the partnerships that Saint Paul College is cultivating. We are featured as being in “an innovative partnership between the International Institute of Minnesota and Saint Paul College” by National Skills Coalition, a broad-based coalition based in Washington, DC. National Skills Coalition's vision is of an "America that grows its economy by investing in its people so that every worker and every industry has the skills to compete and prosper.” Please read Collaborating to Help New Americans Succeed in Community College: An Example from Minnesota.
In closing, I want to share with you three wonderful incidents that I experienced this week. One, I met with two of students who will graduate from Saint Paul College on May 16, 2016. Both students are recipients of The President’s Scholarship and will be attending the University of Minnesota next year. Two, I attended a Neighborhood House Constance Currie Scholarship celebration recognizing the recipients. We’ll be seeing these students at the Saint Paul College commencement next week. Three, Saint Paul College ESL students invited me to lunch. I am so proud of our students. They made it through this semester. Our students are resilient and possess grit. Our students motivate me as they are our future, and the future of our community.
Be Bold, Be Inspired, Be Relevant. Amazing things are happening at Saint Paul College.
I wish you a relaxing weekend.
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College