The Second Week of Spring Semester
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The Second Week of Spring Semester

This was a four-day week due to the celebration of Martin Luther King Day on Monday, which hopefully for all of us, was a day “on” of service, and not just a day off.

For Saint Paul College, we are ending this week with a three-event day, which included a luncheon on our campus, featuring three student speakers reading speeches from Dr. King and a spoken word performance, plus mid-afternoon Volunteer/Civic Engagement Activities at different sites in St. Paul.

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

  • Saint Paul Civic Symphony Annual Children’s Concert - I attended the Saint Paul Civic Symphony Annual Children’s Concert at Mount Zion Temple, St. Paul. It is heartwarming to see how our surrounding community supports the arts, and how the Saint Paul Civic Symphony, as a non-profit organization made up entirely of volunteers, seeks to “provide children with imaginative, interactive performances with the goal of instilling in them a love of music.”
  • Martin Luther King Day Breakfast Celebration - I attended the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast at the Minneapolis Convention Center. I am inspired by this event every year. The theme this year was “Civil & Right – Are you living the dream?” With excellent speakers and entertainment, we all were energized by the event, and more importantly, encouraged by the number of people who attended the event to celebrate Dr. Kings legacy and to carry on his work and service in our communities.
  • President’s Advisory Council - I along with our administrative team members attended our President’s Advisory Council meeting. The highlight of this meeting was an engaging presentation by our TRIO Program Director, as well as our students, about the TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) college success program for students currently attending Saint Paul College, who will earn an Associate’s Degree and who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university. TRIO SSS provides individualized advising, transfer planning, team-building & leadership development, and a supportive community focused on empowering students to succeed at Saint Paul College.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Community Engagement – I attended the Martin Luther King Celebration and Community Engagement luncheon at Saint Paul College, and the Banquet dinner at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. I am proud of our Student Senate leadership team and also our Chief Diversity Officer/Director of Student Life & Diversity, who all worked so tirelessly to organize this day at the College, as well as a joint event with Minneapolis Community and Technical College, which included a film of a lost speech of Dr. King’s, and the featured presenter, Dr. John Wright, speaking on “King in Crisis: The Lost Minnesota Speech and the Dark Side of the Dream.” Bus transportation to and from MCTC was provided for our students.Dr_Nekima_LevyPounds.jpg
  • Dr. Nekima Levy-Pounds was the keynote speaker at our Martin Luther King Celebration and Community Engagement luncheon.

Meetings attended:

  • Minnesota State College and Universities Brand Steering Committee Meeting (MnSCU) - I along with Director of Marketing and Communications attended the MnSCU Brand Steering Committee meeting to review the Brand Identity System Work Plan.
  • Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Meeting - I participated in DEED’s interviews for the Assistant to Commissioner for Equity and Diversity.
  • Saint Paul College Charting the Future Implementation Meeting - I attended the College’s CTF implementation team meeting and discussed how this group will initiate the CTF roll out initiatives at the College.
  • Charting the Future Academic Advising Workgroup – At this Charting the Future Advising Workgroup meeting, we discussed promising practices that promote intentional student advising among MnSCU institutions.
  • Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation Board Meeting - I attended Foundation Board Meeting of Saint Paul College. I am grateful to our board members who provide us their support and are passionate about providing financial support for our students, making education more affordable.
  • Student Associations Meet with Chancellor Rosenstone – I attended a meeting held by the Chancellor with the Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) and Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA) at the MnSCU System Office.

Events on campus

  • Saint Paul College Music Series - I attended the Rochester Chamber Music Society Trio performance Thursday, which was the second performance in the 4th Annual Saint Paul College Music Series. I thoroughly enjoyed their concert, and I am very enthused that the Liberal Arts division can provide our students, supporters and partners with the opportunity to enjoy and experience such cultural enrichment right on our campus.​
  • 2016 Saint Paul Winter Carnival Senior Royalty Coronation - the crowning of the new 2016 Senior Royalty Court took place at the Saint Paul College Theatre on Friday evening. This event is sponsored by the St. Paul Winter Carnival Senior Royalty Alumni Association.

Upcoming Events

  • Art Exhibit Featuring Aaron Jacobs, College Faculty – Art instructor Aaron Jacobs is one of four artists invited to exhibit plein air paintings at Groveland Gallery. Congratulations to Aaron, another one of our extraordinary faculty members, on this achievement! The opening reception at Groveland Gallery is Saturday, January 23, 2016, from 2 to 5pm. The exhibit runs through March 5, 2016.

Throughout the year, the importance of volunteering and service learning is part many of our programs and courses, whether it is our Power of YOU students volunteering at “Feed My Starving Children” or our carpentry and cabinetmaking students participating in the service learning projects with “Homeward Bound.” So many of our students, faculty and staff volunteer on their own time, and their sense of service enriches Saint Paul College by virtue of the generous spirits and giving. That spirit of selflessness spills over into the dedication and tireless work that makes all the operations of the College run so smoothly. Together, we continue to put students at the center of what we do at the College.

My best,
Rassoul Dastmozd
President/CEO 651.846.1335 ​​

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