Last evening, (Thursday 4/9/15), as I was looking out my office window at the “beautiful” snow globe scene of huge snowflakes falling – and thinking “winter is back,” I just keep in mind that we have a warm and caring place at Saint Paul College, and it makes this elongated winter merely a nuisance. I hope the same is true for you.
Here is an update of all the activities that I was engaged in during the week.
On Monday and Tuesday, I attended Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Presidents’ meeting. We are grateful to Governor Dayton for releasing his jobs bill, which includes funding for Saint Paul College on two fronts: The Higher Education Asset Preservation as well as the construction of Health and Sciences Alliance Center on campus. Investment in higher education promotes economic development for all Minnesotans as well as opportunities for prosperity for our students and the communities in which they live. I also attended a phone conference with a foundation where we discussed potential funding for College’s Construction Sector Pathways Training. I also attended a phone conference with Minnesota Philanthropy.
On Tuesday, I attended the State Senate Hearing on Higher Education where Minnesota State Colleges and Universities presented its legislative Budget request of $142 Million. If funded, specifically, for Saint Paul College, we will be able to:
- Expand STEM, health, manufacturing, IT, and construction programs required to prepare students for careers in high-demand fields;
- Provide students with internships and clinical experiences in high-demand fields to meet employer needs;
- Offer college readiness coursework to over 7,000 underprepared students each year;
- Have resources to fully serve a growing number of students who are Pell Grant eligible (from 4,300 to 5,300 since 2010).
I also met with a consultant to discuss the status update of the Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation Strategic plan. On Tuesday evening, I attended a celebration event at the Ordway Theater where we recognized the accomplishments of and honored the Executive Director and President of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, The Saint Paul Foundation.
On Wednesday, I met with members of the College’s Executive Leadership Team to continue discussions on matters related to the College’s operations. The College hosted a successful Spring Open House on Wednesday evening, where we welcomed approximately 180 prospective students and their family members and friends, altogether 350 attendees. Many thanks to our dedicated faculty, staff, student senate members and leaders, student ambassadors, and Power of YOU students for pitching in and making everyone feel welcome.
On Thursday, I met with a national consulting firm and engaged in a dialogue as to how to measure community impact initiatives. The College also hosted Leadership St. Paul, Higher Education Day, and after giving the welcome, I participated on a panel discussion with three other higher education leaders and discussed higher education issues. I also attended the College’s Management team meeting where the Management Team members worked on special projects which supports the College’s long range goals 2014 and beyond. For more information, please refer to:
On Friday, I participated in the Neighborhood House Strategic Planning session. I also participated in a Town Hall Meeting with Congresswomen Betty McCollum. At noon, I attended a weekly Legislative Web EX meeting with all Minnesota College and Universities Presidents.
As a final thought for the week, as I walked around the spring 2015 College Open House on Wednesday evening, I noticed how our faculty and staff demonstrated their care for both our prospective students and individuals who accompanied them. There is a reason Saint Paul College was ranked as the #1 college in the U.S. by the Washington Monthly. We truly care for our students and our students are at the center of all we do at the College. Many thanks to our hardworking and committed faculty and staff at the College.
At the end of this thirteenth week, I offer my gratitude to our staff, faculty, and members of our administrative team who go the extra mile to help our students so when they start here, they can go anywhere.
To our students, I hope you enjoyed the 13th week of the semester. Final exams are coming! Don’t forget to register for Summer and Fall Terms! The Wall of Fame event is coming up next week. A moment of celebrating our community partner of the year, honorable Mayor Chris Coleman and Alumni of the Year, Mr. Curt Southward, Electrical Technology, Class of 74.
I wish you a safe and relaxing Weekend.