The Ninth Week of Fall Semester 2015
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The Ninth Week of Fall Semester 2015

This week, all of our guests, visitors and prospective students have enjoyed a vivid array of fall colors on our campus, with the city of Saint Paul giving us an additional backdrop of a beautiful autumn. I think of our surroundings as a “bonus” to the educational opportunities we provide here at Saint Paul College.

Here is a recap of my week, much of which was spent at the national AACC ATE Principal Investigators and AACC MentorLinks conferences:

  • Delegation of Educators from Basque Spain - Saint Paul College hosted a delegation of educators from Basque Spain, as well as local industry representatives this week. The Saint Paul College Machining/CNC program hosted two faculty members from Basque. Opportunities such as hosting and interacting with the Basque delegation provides our faculty and students an exposure to global cultural competencies and interactions.
  • 2015 ATE Principal Investigators Conference – The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), with the support of the National Science Foundation, held the 22nd National ATE Principal Investigators Conference in Washington, DC. The conference brings together approximately 850 people to focus on the critical issues related to advanced technological education. Key people working on ATE projects across the country participate in the conference. Conference attendees represent community colleges, business and industry, secondary school systems, four-year colleges, and research and development centers covering projects in a wide variety of areas such as: information technology, engineering technology, micro- and nanotechnologies, chemical technology, biotechnology, and others.

    I attended the National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education (ATE) conference accompanied by two Saint Paul College STEM faculty who are currently leading Saint Paul College Mentor Connect grant in the Science Technician program. I am proud of our STEM faculty leaders for their contributions, dedication, commitment, expertise, and talent.

  • AACC MentorLinks Conference - I also attended the MentorLinks conference in Washington, DC. I serve as the master mentor for the Mentors in the MentorLinks program/projects. The MentorLinks Advancing Technological Education program, supported by the National Science Foundation, is designed to help colleges develop or strengthen technician training programs in STEM fields through mentoring, professional development opportunities, and technical assistance; to establish connections for colleges to identify new ideas and relationships through networking opportunities at program meetings and Advanced Technological Education (ATE) National Conferences; and to help colleges gain insight about support for building and sustaining new programs.

In the news this week and noteworthy items:

Jeremy Sartain Merrick Community Center Award.jpg 

Recipient of Work in the Community Award, Jeremy Sartain – Jeremy Sartain, instructor in our Massage Therapy program, received the prestigious Work in the Community award from Merrick Community Services. Jeremy received their annual award this year for his good work with youth in St. Paul's Eastside. Merrick Community Services is an East Saint Paul nonprofit that provides a number of community services from employment services, food shelf, to youth and family programs. We are very proud to have Jeremy on our faculty

Pictured in the photo are Jeremy Sartain, (center) and Brendan Ashby, dean of Health Sciences (left) and KSTP news anchor Bill Lunn (right) who hosted the Merrick Mix and Mingle Fundraiser event on October 22, 2015.

Pioneer Press Op-Ed pieceEric Jolly: Looking for agents and agencies of change (Dr. Eric Jolly is the new president and CEO of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners)

Events on Campus:

  • ISRS Next Generation Listening Sessions – The College hosted Integrated Statewide Records System (ISRS) ISRS Next Generation Listening Sessions on October 22, 2015, to collect insights from staff, faculty, and students on what is working well, what needs improvement and what added features would add more value to the ISRS system.

Upcoming Events on Campus:

Don’t miss our November 4: Open House Wednesday, November 4, 2015, between 5 – 7:30pm.


Please join us: Music Series: ​Blues and Ragtime: Hilary Thavis & Butch Thompson, November 4, 2015, 7:30pm


Let me take this opportunity to thank our college community for going the extra mile by serving the needs of our students and the guests that the college hosted as I was in travel mode this week. The members of Saint Paul College are awesome. They extend themselves and have a tremendous capacity to ensure that our students are successful and attain their educational goals. A special thanks to our faculty and staff for your heartfelt passion for your work.

Be bold, relevant and amazing!

Rassoul Dastmozd

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