The Eleventh Week of Spring Semester
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The Eleventh Week of Spring Semester

Communication is key at every level of activity at the College, just as it is everywhere around us. I often talk about civility and respect in discussions about communication, and I really strive to have those principals at the core of my interactions. As I review my week of activity, I am grateful to all who share the desire to grow in our knowledge of each other and our differences, and gain additional enlightenment from sharing our ideas.

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

  • President’s Advisory Council - our administrative t​eam members joined me at our President’s Advisory Council meeting. The highlight of​ this meeting was a presentation about our Pharmacy Technician program, given by faculty and students. The program recently received accreditation from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). For more information, about the program go to
  • Breakfast with Saint Paul College Student Senate - to promote open and transparent communication, members of Saint Paul College leadership team and I met with the current Student Senate leadership team and introduced to the newly elected 2016-2017 Student Senate officers. I am very impressed by the dedication and caliber of our students serving on the Student Senate.
  • 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.
  • 2016 Legislative Friends Breakfast Meeting - The College hosted a Legislative Friends Breakfast meeting as way for Saint Paul College to present an update about the state of our College. MnSCU Chancellor Rosenstone provided remarks on how the College and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities are part of the solution to eradicating the opportunity gap, racial disparity and inequities in Minnesota. A special panel of our students discussed “The Student Experience” and how the College is preparing them for the next stage of their careers and education. Always eloquent through speaking so authentically, our students’ stories resonated with the elected officials, as well as our business and industry partners.
  • City of St. Paul Economic Development Partners - I met with the representatives for economic development from the City of St. Paul, Executive Director/President of Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Ramsey County Deputy Commissioner, president of Greater Saint Paul Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), President/CEO of St. Paul Port Authority, and Executive Director of Riverfront Corporation to discuss economic development and workforce development issues related to the city of St. Paul and Ramsey County.
  • Exploring Educational Pathways and Opportunities with our partners – I attended four different meetings with Community leaders to discuss educational partnerships that promote educational and career pathway options for the youth of our community (high school age) and adult individuals to take college courses at Saint Paul College.
  • Strategic Planning Session - I along with a group of faculty, staff, students, and community partners attended a Saint Paul College Strategic Planning session. The purpose of the 2015-2016 Strategic Planning process at the College is two-fold. The primary purpose of the strategic plan is to provide the institution with long-range strategic goals to help guide and prioritize the work of Saint Paul College. It is important to ensure that our strategic goals remain relevant to the direction of the College and consider the impact of educational and system trends upon the College. Secondly, Saint Paul College is engaging in strategic planning to align with the initiatives and strategic framework of the Minnesota State Colleges and University system.
  • Neighborhood House – I attended a Board Orientation session at Neighborhood House, an intentional partner of Saint Paul College.
  • New Employee Listening Session - I along with the leadership team at the College attended a new employee listening session when we listened to our new employees concerns and feedback, and their experiences as the new employees of the College.

Events at the College:

  • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System Brand Identity – East Metro Regional Tour meeting - Saint Paul College hosted the MnSCU Brand Identity meeting held with the purpose of giving the branding project update to the System colleges and universities in the East Metro.
  • SPC Talks: Racial Equity and Diversity - To continue with the Racial Equity and Diversity dialogues on campus, the Office of Student Life and Diversity provided a unique day-long event “SPC Talks: Racial Equity and Diversity” to promote campus-wide conversations about racial equity and diversity from a variety of perspectives. To learn more about the extraordinary day, go to

In the news this week and noteworthy items:

  • Educational Exchanges in Europe - Two faculty members and three students traveled to our sister city Neuss, Germany and Berufsbildungszentrum Neuss Weingartstraße and Berfuskolleg, and two faculty members traveled to the Basque region of Spain. These exchanges and travels are tremendous learning experiences for our students, who then have the opportunity to share their experiences with their classmates.

Rabea Maschke (teacher/exchange G), Elke Stirkens (Head of district school board), Christina Lucht (student), Susan Senger (exchange coordinator Saint Paul College) Ian McCann (student), Rainer Breuer (mayor of Neuss), Hans-Jürgen Petrauschke (district chief executive/county governor of the Rhine County Neuss), Tillmann Lonnes (Head of district/ county Department Education)

Hilde Moore (exchange co-ordinator G), N.N., Gabi van Bebber (vice president of BK Neuss), Linda Michel (instructor, Saint Paul College), Dieter Bullman (president of BK Neuss), Kevin Doyle (student)

MPR News – both of these articles are so pertinent to Saint Paul College and our plans for our future and how cognizant we need to be of what is happening in our communities and our state:

For over a century, Saint Paul College, as a public institution, has continued to change and grow in order to meet the needs of people in our community. We are as committed to student success and creating a learning environment where students can thrive. I had the chance to meet this with week with several alumni who reminded me of how important education and the College has been in their lives, and how they have found success in their careers and educational journeys. If you haven’t done so, please read – or even share your own alumni story - at ​! You’ll be as inspired by our alumni as I am.

Be bold, inspired, relevant and amazing!

Rassoul Dastmozd
President/CEO 651.846.1335

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