The Third Week of Spring Semester
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The Third Week of Spring Semester

​Sometimes our world can seem huge, even a little overwhelming. I know that often happens to students settling into a new semester, whether at a large university or a college such as ours. It’s our connections to each other as people that br​ings greater meaning to our lives, and often helps ease the hectic pace of our lives.

That’s why when I see posts from alumni on our Facebook page that say “Thank you Saint Paul College,” or when I run into former students who tell me how their success here has led to more success at a four-year university, I know we are on the right track here in providing accessible and meaningful educational opportunities for our students.

That is why it is so important for me to continue to cultivate our relationships with community, business and educational partners.

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

  • Addressing the Critical Issue of Poverty - I along with the Presidents of MnSCU Colleges and Universities, Board of Trustee members and MnSCU Student Organizations leadership attended a workshop addressing poverty, led by Dr. Donna Beegle, Communication Across Barriers. Addressing a crucial issue such as poverty is central to the development of our Diversity and Racial Equity framework and plan at Saint Paul College.
  • Developing Citizenship Skills to Improve Our Global Community - I met with the Executive Director of Caux Round Table (CRT) to discuss Saint Paul College’s important role in creating opportunities for Minnesotans by ensuring that our graduates develop citizenship skills - respecting diversity and promoting human dignity. We also spoke about the critical role that CRT plays in promoting a free, fair and prosperous global society through moral capitalism and responsible government.
  • Twin Cities Regional Workforce Investment System Initiative - The College hosted the Twin Cities Regional Workforce Investment System Initiative meeting. Participants included construction firms, community based organizations, labor unions, employer organizations, and representatives from philanthropic organizations. This project is funded by the McKnight Foundation and Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network.
  • Minnesota Campus Compact meeting - Along with several presidents of public and private colleges and universities attended the Minnesota Campus Compact meeting. As presidents, we agreed to “redouble our efforts with a renewed commitment to preparing students for democratic citizenship, building partnerships for change, and reinvigorating higher education for the public good.”
  • Generation Next Leadership Retreat – I attended the Generation Next Leadership Retreat along with CEOs and executive leadership of higher education, Fortune 500 companies, philanthropic organizations, K-12 schools and charter schools, where we discussed the annual report, as well as a report card on all six major goals of Generation Next.
  • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Leadership Council (MnSCU) - I attended a two-day meeting with presidents from two-year colleges and four-year universities at the MnSCU System Office, discussing several issues related to strategic operation of each of our respective institutions.
  • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees Meeting - I attended the MnSCU Board of Trustees meeting.

Meetings on Campus

  • AFSCME Meet and Confer – I met with the AFSCME employee bargaining unit to discuss operations of the College, including safety, budget, Charting the Future initiative, communication, governance, strategic plan, information technology security, and the design and construction of the new Health and Science Alliance Center.
  • Team Building Training - The Executive Leadership and I at the College attended a team building training.

In the news this week and noteworthy items:

  • Wall Street Journal - The Secret of Immigrant Genius: Having your world turned upside down sparks creative thinking  The auth​or ends this article by stating "But as we wrestle with our own immigration and refugee policies, we would be wise to view the welcome mat not as charity but, rather as enlightened self-interest. Once creativity is in the air, we all breathe a more stimulating air." It reminds me of Saint Paul College.
  • Pioneer Press Editorial Good growth at Metro State, Saint Paul College gives us recognition as points of pride for St. Paul and the east metro, “…we shouldn’t underestimate the potential of these two key players when it comes to our jobs and our future.”


Congratulations to Chef Nathan Sartain, CEC, CCE,
upon being named Educator of the Year by the American Culinary Federation Minneapolis Chefs Chapter. 

I am grateful to Chef Sartain for his tireless leadership and contributions to advance Saint Paul College’s mission and vision.


I end this blog by challenging all of us to go the extra mile, and to continue to help our students to fulfill their goals at the College.

Keep connected with our students and each other.

My best,

Rassoul Dastmozd
President/CEO 651.846.1335​​​

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