The Second Week of Spring Semester 2018
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The Second Week of Spring Semester 2018

It was a short week after the holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, providing us the opportunity to provide a day of service to others. As Martin Luther King Jr. so eloquently stated, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter."

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank our faculty and staff who assist our students with their academic journey each and every day, as well as helping students to find the additional services and resources offered at Saint Paul College that enhance their learning experience.

Here's a short recap of my week:

Health Career Pathways - Central Corridor Anchor Partnership (CCAP)

Health Career Pathways - Central Corridor Anchor Partnership (CCAP)

I had a phone conference with the executive director of the Central Corridor Anchor Partnership CCAP to discuss the participation and engagement of Saint Paul College in Health Careers Pathways along with non-profit community based organizations.

Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network (MSPWin)

Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network (MSPWin)

I attended a meeting at Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network to discuss intentional investment on various workforce and talent development strategies and systems, such as on-ramps into pathways to prosperity. An intentional partner of the College, MSPWin is a philanthropic collaborative committed to strengthening the workforce in the seven-county Minneapolis Saint Paul region.

President’s Advisory Council

Members of the College’s Executive Leadership Team and I met with President’s Advisory Council members to provide tactical and strategic updates about the operation of Saint Paul College.

Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation Board Meeting

Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation Board Meeting

I attended the Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation board meeting where we discussed progress with the Foundation’s strategic planning process, scholarships, endowments, and upcoming scholarship fundraising events.

Equity in Higher Education Think Tank Series

Equity in Higher Education Think Tank Series

I along with several member of Saint Paul College team attended the Equity in Higher Education Think Tank Series. This powerful Equity Think Tank Series was one of the largest regional gatherings of higher education leaders in Minnesota to address the most critical topics of equity, diversity and social justice issues challenging campuses today. Staff and faculty participants will develop strategic plans for their institutional areas and bring that work back to their own campuses for implementation

Saint Paul Winter Carnival Senior Royalty Coronation

Saint Paul Winter Carnival Senior Royalty Coronation

The crowning of the new2018 Senior Royalty Court will take place Friday evening in the Saint Paul College Theatre. I am thrilled to give the welcome for this event. The Senior Royalty Coronation is sponsored by the Saint Paul Winter Carnival Senior Royalty Alumni Association. Here's a link to more information about the Senior Royalty Coronation: https://www.twincities.com/2018/01/19/60th-annual-winter-carnival-senior-royalty-coronation/

In the News:

student Amethyst OConnell

Saint Paul College Student Selected to Visit NASA this February
I’m so proud of our student Amethyst O’Connell, who is one of 171 community college students from across the U.S. to be part of the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS). NCAS is a highly competitive program that gives scholars the opportunity to interact and network with NASA engineers and scientists. NCAS can become a stepping stone for a future career in STEM. Congratulations Amethyst!

MIT Technology Review

What Skills Will You Need to Be Employable in 2030? - MIT

MinnPost

For First Time in Decade, Wages in Minnesota Appear to be Growing

Pioneer Press/Twincities.com

Minnesota has the most refugees per capita in the U.S. Will that continue?

Red Bull Crashed Ice

Crashed Ice returns to St. Paul this weekend (1/19-20/2018). The course starts at the Cathedral of St. Paul, just across the street from the College, and ends downtown. Parking will be available for $20 at Saint Paul College.

I will end this week’s blog by thanking all members of our college community who through their dedication, commitment, and tireless contributions facilitate success for our students and our community.

I wish you a relaxing weekend.

Best,

Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
President/CEO
Saint Paul College

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