The Eighth Week of Spring Semester
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The Eighth Week of Spring Semester

​​The talent and creativity of our students continues to amaze me. On Wednesday evening, I watched our students practice in our theatre for the upcoming production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Please put this theatrical production on your calendars – it’s free and open to the public! Performances are Friday and Saturday, March 18-19, 2016, at 7:30 pm. The ASL Interpreters will be available for Friday's performance, plus there will be an opening night reception in the City View Café, catered by the Culinary Arts Department.

Whether our students are in Career and Technical Education, Health Science and Service, Workforce Training programs or Liberal Arts/Fine Arts or STEM, the College provides opportunities for them so they can receive a well-rounded education beyond the classroom walls. Kudos to our hard working and dedicated faculty and tireless staff members who collaborate each and every day to provide our students a world class experience in their journey.

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

  • Collaboration brings renowned journalist of Der Tagesspiegel to campus - Many of our business students, their instructor and I all attended The Crises of “Made in Germany” and how Germany can Recover presentation by the award winning journalist, Dr. Christoph von Marschall, the Chief Diplomatic Correspondent of Der Tagesspiegel. This event was sponsored by the German American Chambers of Commerce (GACC) Midwest MN Chapter, American Council on Germany, Travelers EDGE and Saint Paul College, and was held on our campus.
  • Jewish Community Center Partnership Exploration - I along with executive director of Friends of Saint Paul College met with the president/CEO of the Jewish Community Center to discuss potential partnerships with this organization.
  • Partnerships and Higher Ed Opportunities for SPPS Students – I met with the new chair of the Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) Board of Education to discuss partnerships and higher education opportunities for SPPS students and provided him with a tour of our campus.
  • 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 GenNext table.
  • United Hospital Foundation - I attended United Hospital Foundation meeting to discuss major gift priorities and strategies.
  • Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Investment Network (MSPWIN) – I attended a MSPWIN Steering Committee meeting to discuss legislative priorities, policy, and workforce issues facing the Metro area and surrounding communities.
  • Charting the Future Initiatives - I met with the College’s Charting the Future Implementation Team to discuss their findings and investigations in support of Charting the Future Strategies. All Committees at the College as well as Management Team group are moving various components of Charting the Future Strategies for Saint Paul forward in their intentional work. I also attended a Charting the Future Advising Team meeting at the System Office.
  • MnSCU Branding Steering Meeting-I along with Director of Marketing and Communication met with the MnSCU Branding Steering Committee to discuss various branding options.
  • Metro Alliance - Saint Paul College hosted presidents, chief academic officers and provosts from MnSCU colleges. We meet regularly and work collaboratively to discuss important tops and plan critical initiatives.
  • Women in Construction Trades Reception - I along with the dean of Workforce Training and Continuing Education attended the Woman in Construction Trades reception at the College. Saint Paul College has been intentional in promoting the participation of women in skilled trades occupations by establishing Women in the Trades and the Trading Up initiative.

Get Giving Employee Challenge
The Friends of Saint Paul College provided cake and ice cream to employees to celebrate the success of our Employee Giving campaign and to say “Thank you” to all employees who donated during the 2016 Ge​t Giving Challenge!
Paul Hugo, Kate Heider and Jimmy LeDuc (pictured) all had are part in the successful celebration and campaign efforts. Thanks to all the other Team Captains who went the extra mile in getting the word out and encouraging their colleagues to participate.
Friends of Saint Paul College's goal was to get 75% of employees to donate funds that go directly to student scholarships and programs - a big jump from just 18% when the Challenge began in 2011! Thank you, once again, for making the program a success and for making a difference in the lives of our students.

Upcoming Event on Campus

  • Hungry for Equity Partner Forum - at the upcoming Hungry for Equity Partner Forum being held on campus on Saturday, March 5, 2016, our dean of STEM programs, and I will be giving a talk about the work that Saint Paul College is doing to promote equity and opportunities for student success. Saint Paul College Student Life and Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) are proud to be partnering with Growth & Justice and several other organizations to present this forum to explore solutions, policies and practices that drive equitable college and job opportunities in Minnesota.

Today is National Employee Appreciation Day and I want to say that our employees are second-to-none. I try not to miss a chance whenever I’m speaking about the College, to acknowledge all the good work that is done day in and day out by our employees. The College would not be where it is today without all the fine people who have chosen to work here. Our employees are what makes it possible for us to make The Student Is… a reality at Saint Paul College.

I wish you a relaxing weekend and a terrific Spring Break for those of you who will be off campus!

My best,
Rassoul Dastmozd​
President/CEO 651.846.1335

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