The Ninth Week of Spring Semester
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The Ninth Week of Spring Semester

​​While it is Spring Break on campus, there still has been a steady stream of students here, taking advantage of our open computer labs, library, and Learning Commons area, all with plenty of study space and free computer access available. We could even spot a few faculty members here catching up on things. Just the break from routine is a nice respite, and I hope all have enjoyed the break. I’m looking forward to everyone returning to campus on Monday.

Our new Health and Science Alliance Center construction has begun. Entrances to the building are being redirected during this time. So while we’re very excited about this new center being built, I offer you my humble apologies in advance for the noise and inconveniences that you may encounter!

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

  • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Leadership Council Meeting - I attended a Leadership Council meeting along with th​e 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, the upcoming legislative session, concurrent enrollment, workplace solutions model, MnSCU branding update, operating budget outlook, and the business case for ISRS Next Generation.
  • Academic Program Collaboration and Partnerships for MnSCU Metro Institutions - Attended a meeting with presidents of Metropolitan State University and Minneapolis Community and Technical College to discuss instructional programming collaboration and partnership, as well as sharing of services among our three institutions to promote efficiencies.
  • CyberWatch West National Science Foundation ATE - I chaired a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education CyberWatch West site visit at Whatcom Community College (WA), the only ATE western regional center for cybersecurity. The CyberWatch West Center is comprised of four founding regional institutions and additional educational members and industry partners. The primary initiatives are student development, curriculum development/revision/ dissemination, faculty development, and outreach/partnership development.

In the news this week and noteworthy items:

MPR News

  • There has been a lot of media focus on the high school graduation gap in Minnesota as reported by the U.S. Department of Education, and several MPR News articles caught my attention:

    At Saint Paul College, we take the challenges related to graduation gap in Minnesota seriously. The College has been intentional in implementing various initiatives such as Gateway to College, College Readiness Academy, Summer Credit Recovery programs, Summer Bridge Course Work, and the High School Math Readiness after school tutoring initiative. We have been intentional about our actions by working with our partnering non-profit community based organizations, as well as local public school districts (

  • OutFront Minnesota Youth Summitwas held at Saint Paul College on March 10, 2016. The theme of the 2016 Youth Summit was “Courage” and hundreds of LGBTQ youth and allies had the chance to hear from a panel of LGBTQ community leaders, participate in two workshops, and speak directly to legislators about many issues. The event was sponsored in kind by our PRISM Campus Alliance student organization. I’m so glad to be on a campus that embraces the advancement of equity.

Upcoming Event on Campus​
Please put our spring play on your calendars for next week:

a mid summer nights dream play

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare
- Free and open to the public, in our Theatre
- Friday March 18 and Saturday March 19, 2016, at 7:30pm

  • ASL Interpreters available Friday, March 18 performance
  • Opening night reception by the Culinary Arts Department

All details can be found at

As always, thank you for your support of Saint Paul College and your interest in what we do here. We never feel like an island, and are very cognizant of how lucky we are to be surrounded by such a wonderful community. Our students, faculty and staff know and appreciate how connected we are to business, industry, community organizations, and even our local and state government – we are grateful to all who invest in the future of this College!

I wish you a relaxing weekend.

My best,
Rassoul Dastmozd
President/CEO 651.846.1335

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