Final preparation for the start of Fall Semester on Monday has been the predominant theme this week at the College. Whether through our fall in-service for faculty, orientations for students, and special efforts to help students finalize their enrollment, our work has been non-stop.
I am grateful to our dedicated staff and faculty who consistently worked with our students so we can start them on the right path. There’s real excitement in the air as we get ready to welcome new and returning students to campus next week.
Here’s a short recap of my week:
- Health Workforce Model discussions - I along with presidents of metro area Minnesota State Colleges and Universities met with the President/CEO of a major national health service provider to discuss how our institutions can address their workforce needs as well as labor demands on short and long term basis. We also discussed new health occupations of the future and skills needed to prepare students at each of our institutions.
- MN Philanthropy Partners Board Meeting - I attended a Minnesota Philanthropy Partners Board of Directors meeting.
- Conversation about Equity - the dean of Liberal and Fine Arts and I met with presidents and executives of several institutions of higher education in the metro area to discuss equity and inclusion; how can our institutions better serve the needs of students from our community.
- Charting the Future - I attended the College’s Charting the Future implementation team meeting and discussed the progress our team is making with various initiatives at the College for the first and second year of Charting the Future and the College goals.
- Power of YOU Intro Day – over 150 new Power of YOU students attended the “Power of YOU Intro Day” in preparation for their first semester at Saint Paul College campus. Saint Paul College graduate Emmanuel Donaby was the keynote speaker and provided inspirational and motivational views about making choices in life, particularly as students face their new educational journey. I officially welcomed these young men and women to Saint Paul College at the afternoon sessions. The Power of YOU supports as many students as possible based on student need and funds available for the program. Advising and support services are provided to help students succeed at college.
- Fall In-Service (FT and PT faculty) - I gave the keynote address for fall 2016 in-service for both full- and part-time faculty members. This year’s theme is “Through the Lens” to renew our service commitment to students through seeing their experience at the College through their eyes and inspiring new ways to connect with each other.
- Superintendents’ Meeting - the deans of Enrollment Management, Career and Technical Education/Business, and Health Science and Service divisions and I met with three superintendents of suburban schools to discuss the development of Academic and Career Pathways for high school students.
- Central Corridor Anchor Partnership Executive Leadership Meeting - Attended a Central Corridor Anchor Partnership (CCAP) Executive Leadership phone conference with the executive team to discuss the future of health related workforce sector occupations.
- Closing Ceremony with Legacy IT3 Program - I gave the welcome keynote to Legacy IT3 students at their closing ceremony. Saint Paul College has partnered with and will host the Legacy IT3 Program on our campus. This program is designed to promote active participation for high school age students in high demand occupations such as IT, health, transportation, construction, advanced manufacturing and energy.
In the news
Very interesting article in the NY Times: The Movement to Define Native American Cuisine.
One of our recent Culinary Arts graduates, Brian Yazzie, chef de cuisine, is in the article and has one of his culinary creations featured, as part of a movement to revive indigenous cuisine. Congratulations to Brian Yazzie who is already being recognized for his talents as a chef, and kudos to the chef instructors who provide such an excellent learning environment in the Culinary Arts program!
Many thanks to our dedicated employees who, regardless of their roles and responsibilities, exhibit and demonstrate the ethics of caring and the ability to see different perspectives through others’ eyes!
I wish you a relaxing weekend.
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College