The Seventh Week of Fall Semester 2015
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The Seventh Week of Fall Semester 2015

Saint Paul College’s Gateway to College program has been selected to receive a 2014-2015 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Academic and Student Affairs award for Innovative Partnering and Collaboration. Awards were selected by peer Academic and Student Affairs campus and system administrators based on such criteria as sustainability, responsiveness to marketplace, enhanced education opportunities and student achievement. Congrats to all involved with this program! I am proud of the work you do.

With mid-term right around the corner, let me take this opportunity to thank all of our hardworking and dedicated faculty and staff for ensuring that our students’ educational needs are met as the semester continues.

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

  • Lutheran Social Services (LSS) - Met with executive director to discuss workforce strategies for new Americans
  • Catholic Charities of St. Paul & Minneapolis - Met with executive director to discuss workforce strategies for new Americans
  • Friends of Saint Paul College, Foundation - Attended the Board of Directors meeting discuss details about an exciting 5th Annual Scholarship Gala on December 4, 2015.
  • Ujama Place Transformation Breakfast - Attended a Meet and Greet prior to the Ujama Place Transformation Breakfast, where I was delighted to meet with Joshua DuBois.
  • Principals’ Breakfast - Saint Paul College hosted Principals’ breakfast to explore potential partnerships to promote student success and intentional pathways from high school to college.
  • Minnesota Philanthropy Partners - Attended the 75th Anniversary Celebration of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners,  featuring Harry Belafonte as the keynote for this celebration.
  • St. Thomas University –  I, along with other community college presidents, planned potential pathways and partnerships for community college students to attain four-year degrees at St. Thomas University.
  • Workforce Investment Board – Met with the Executive Director and her team to discuss Minnesota State Workforce Strategies.
  • Caux Round Table (CTR) – The College will be partnering with CTR to host a workshop for Business/Industry leaders to promote the values of Caux Round Table.

Renovation Celebrations:

CNC/Machining Lab - We hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of completion of the $1.5 Million renovation of the CNC/Machining Lab/Classroom. The training facilities spans 25,000 square feet with approximately $2.0 million investment of equipment all under one roof. Programs like Machining/CNC help advance the economic prosperity for all Minnesotans. Learn more about the program here. View photos here

Culinary Arts Kitchen Lab - We celebrated the new $1.5 mil culinary arts kitchen lab spanning 3,400 square feet. View photos here. We will be hosting a Culinary Information Session for prospective students on October 22 – register here.


In the news this week:

Moment of Silence - Yesterday, with the rest of the Nation, the Saint Paul College community observed a moment of silence for the victims of Umpqua Community College. We offer our heartfelt condolences to Umpqua Community College in Oregon, and to the friends and family members of those who lost their lives. Our hearts are filled with sorrow and sadness for the tragic incident.

KARE11 feature: Saint Paul College culinary arts student was featured on KARE11: Fresh and tasty fall menu ideas on the mind of Twin Cities chef Beth Wells. Easy fall salad idea: Roasted Beet and Fig Salad in Maple Vinaigrette.

To our community partners, thank you for yo​ur continued support to the students we serve!
I wish you a much deserved, relaxing weekend. Be Bold. Be Inspired. Be Relevant.

Rassoul Dastmozd

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