This week has been a short work week for all of us at Saint Paul College due to unprecedented cold weather and the dangerously low temperatures.
I am extending my most sincere thanks and gratitude to all of our staff and faculty who braved the cold and arrived at work to serve the needs of our students inside and outside the college.
Many thanks to our team members in the facilities and public safety departments for making our campus safe and accessible for all members of our college community before and during this severe cold spell.
Here’s a short recap of a few of my activities this week
Minnesota State Leadership Council
I attended a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Leadership Council meeting where we discussed Minnesota State legislative priorities, outreach and advocacy to elected officials, campus climate and safety, HRSTM, Enterprise shared services, Reimagining Minnesota State initiative, and Minnesota State on-line strategies.
Minnesota State Board of Trustee Meeting
I attended the
Minnesota State Board of Trustees meeting.
Minnesota State College and Universities Showcase at the State Capitol
I along my president colleagues attended the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities showcase at the State Capitol to highlight the importance of the Minnesota State FY2020-FY2021 legislative budget request. More information is available in our news release:
Saint Paul College Participating with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities at the Capitol to Highlight Legislative Budget Request Needs
Metro Alliance Meeting
I attended the Metro Alliance Presidents meeting.
Health Career Pathways - Central Corridor Anchor Partnership (CCAP)
I had a phone conference with the executive director of the
Central Corridor Anchor Partnership to discuss the participation and engagement of Saint Paul College in Health Careers Pathways along with non-profit community based organizations.
In the news
Chef Nathan Sartain receives Community Hero Award the Charlie Awards
Saint Paul College Culinary Arts instructor, Chef Nathan Sartain, received the “Community Hero” award for using his platform to better the community through service and mentorship. He was recognized at the annual
Charlie Awards, for best in local food and drink. All recipients were announced at the January 27 Charlie Awards ceremony, followed by a food event featuring cuisine prepared by culinary students from ProStart™ and Saint Paul College. Congratulations to Chef Sartain for receiving this well-deserved award!
We thank Jason DeRusha of WCCO for this photo of Chef Sartain at the Charlie Awards, and this congratulatory tweet and recognition on “DeRusha Eats”:
MN DEED Press Release:
Minnesota Unemployment Rate Steady at 2.8 Percent: Annual employment gains 1.1 percent over last November
Mankato Free Press:
Local manufacturing jobs jump 5% in November
Star Tribune Editorial: Setting a new course for the Minnesota State system: Its schools are vital, but the sprawling system faces budget and demographic challenges. (2/1/2019) Many thanks to our faculty and staff for your intentional efforts that helped earn Saint Paul College being listed as a fast growing campus within the Minnesota State system.
I thank you all for your service and commitment to Saint Paul College and our community.
I wish you a relaxing weekend.
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College