The Third Week of Spring Semester 2017
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The Third Week of Spring Semester 2017

​I’m a firm believer that the little things in life, such as how we greet and interact with our students, are extremely important. We never know what others may be going through, and by treating everyone with respect and kindness, we can perhaps ease some stress and bring a little positivity to their lives. I recognize that, at times, we all can feel like the world is overwhelming. Our dedicated staff is here to assist our students through various stages of their lives. At Saint Paul College, the student is the most important person on campus. Thank you for being here and present for our students.

My week at a glance:

Minnesota State Leadership Council meeting – I attended a Minnesota State Leadership Council meeting along with the other Pre​sidents of Minnesota State and members of Chancellor Rosenstone’s staff. We discussed Charting the Future, on-line education, long term financial sustainability, community impact statements, Minnesota State Legislative priorities, and our operating budget.

President’s Advisory Council – The Saint Paul College executive team and I attended the President’s Advisory Council meeting where we discussed the College’s strategic planning process. We also discussed tactical issues and shared Saint Paul College operational updates.

Minnesota Philanthropy Partners Board Meeting – I attended a Minnesota Philanthropy Partners Board of Directors​ Governance and Executive Committee meeting where we focused on racial equity framework. House and Senate Higher Education Committee Hearings – I attended the House and Senate Higher Education committee hearings where Minnesota State Colleges and Universities presented their Legislative Priorities Ask to legislators.

Kayleen McCabe Visit – Saint Paul College was excited to welcome DIY Network star, Kayleen McCabe to campus to tour our trade and technical program areas. Kayleen works with SkillsUSA and is an advocate for technical education. Kayleen’s energy and passion is contagious and we are honored that she lends her voice and passion to these incredibly important training programs.

Spring In-Service Key Note Address – I gave the keynote address to Faculty during the College’s Spring In-Service. My central message focused on themes of encouragement and being there for our students:

“We often need to pull our students along and when they are ready, give them a little push to succeed on their own, but we never stop giving encouragement. I see day in and day out that you are attentive to the needs of our students. You are always seeking to be and do better and become more effective in your work. You work with honesty and humility and exemplify the values of equity and inclusion. For this, I am thankful. I thank you for your continued passion, persistence, innovation, and creativity that you bring to Saint Paul College today, and always.”

I thank you for all you do for our students and our community. After all, if we do not take care of our students and our community, who will?

I wish you a relaxing weekend.

My best,
Rassoul Dastmozd

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Kayleen McCabe with Career and Technical instructors and SkillsUSA students.

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