The First Week of Spring Semester
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The First Week of Spring Semester

​We had another successful start to a new semester, thanks to all the preparation of our students in getting ready for the start of their classes. We are so grateful to our students for selecting Saint Paul College!

We also owe such a smooth start to all of our dedicated, committed and hardworking faculty, staff, and team of administrators who diligently and patiently worked harmoniously to meet the needs of our students.

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

Be Bold. Be Inspired. Be Relevant

Here is a recap of my week as we started the new semester:

  • Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul - The College is assessing the feasibility of partnering with Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul to promote civic engagement for our students. I met with the Executive Director on our campus to provide him with an opportunity to experience the great things at Saint Paul College and further discuss a partnership.
  • Pancake, Ice cream Social, and Pizza Party - To welcome our students and ease in spring semester, administrators, staff and I hosted a pancake breakfast, ice cream social, and pizza party. We look forward to these informal events where we get a chance to talk with our students and get to know them even better.
  • National Leadership Study Mission, Nashville – I met with leaders as they visited on our campus to discuss the potential of our hosting the event of the International Chamber of Commerce. This group was interested in learning about College partnerships.
  • Minnesota State College and Universities Branding Steering Committee Meeting (MnSCU) - I along with Director of Marketing and Communication attended the MnSCU Branding Steering Committee Meeting.
  • Presentation to Community Leaders - I was invited to speak at a luncheon to discuss state of higher education and Saint Paul College and its role in promoting economic prosperity for all Minnesotans.

In the news this week and noteworthy items:


Over the past semester, Saint Paul College carpentry students have been building a home for a disabled veteran through the Housing Our Heroes MN program. They hosted an open house today so sponsors and community members could see the work they’ve done. It is anticipated that the home will be complete in May.

In addition to the Community Service Award f​rom Merrick Community Services​, Jeremy Sartain, instructor in our Massage Therapy program, has received another community recognition award for neighborhood leadership by the Payne-Phalen District Five Planning Council. You can read more about Jeremy in this article: Bike theft inspires man to be neighborhood helper.

I am blessed to have the honor to work with people like Jeremy and others every day, where together we serve our students and our community.

To our students, we are excited that you are back to campus for spring semester. Let me assure you that as a college, we promise that we will go the extra mile to ensure that you meet your academic goals, and will provide you with a place to thrive. Thank you for choosing Saint Paul College.

Reminder: Saint Paul College will be closed on Mon​day, January 18, 2016, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.

I leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr., “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” from the King Center blog.

May you find your own inspiration and way of doing good things for people in your life.

My best,


Rassoul Dastmozd
President/CEO 651.846.1335

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