Twelfth Week of Fall Semester 2017
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Twelfth Week of Fall Semester 2017
welding instructors greet prospective students

This week the College held an Open House where faculty and staff met with about 400 prospective students and their families and friends. They participated in campus tours, visited classrooms and labs and were helped with applications and registration. It’s always a great way for visitors to see the wealth of programs and services we have.

I am proud of our staff and faculty who go the extra mile by welcoming all of our guests with genuine, warm Saint Paul College hospitality. A great example of that spirit is shown in the photo, above of welding instructors Victoria LeMay and Caleb Paulson, who both happen to be alumni. Our faculty and staff are the cornerstones of the College and make this institution a remarkable place, a community centered institution where we take care of our community and students.

Here’s a short recap of my week:

minnesota state leadership

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Leadership Council - I attended the Minnesota State leadership council meeting with other Minnesota State presidents (pictured above). We discussed progress with Minnesota State’s Strategic priorities, on-line education strategies, ERP/Next Gen, strategic approaches to capital Bonding Legislative request by investing on higher education, long term financial sustainability plan, equity and inclusion, innovation and collaborative funding, developmental education road map, and the supplemental operating budget outlook.

Food Resource Meeting - the director of Equity and Inclusion, the vice president of Student Affairs and I met with the executive directors of Martin Luther King Center and Keystone Community Services to discuss the availability of the Keystone Foodmobile on campus for our students, as well as internship opportunities for our students. Both community based organizations are intentional partners of Saint Paul College.

Generation Next - I attended the Generation Next Leadership Council meeting where we discussed literacy, reading, math, career and college readiness strategies. Saint Paul College is an intentional partner at the Generation Next table.

Interview by College Alum - I was interviewed by an alum of Saint Paul College who went on to complete his BA degree from the University of Minnesota, and now is pursuing his graduate studies at Metropolitan State University. I am so proud of this student who is such a great example of our motto when our students start here, they can go anywhere.

New Dean of Institution Research, Planning and Grants - the VP of Academic Affairs and VP of Student Affairs and I met with the new dean of Institutional Research, Planning, and Grants. This position is a critical one at the College, responsible for strategic planning, accreditation, compliance, and overall planning at the College.

Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network (MSPWin) – I attended a meeting at MSPWin to discuss intentional investment on various workforce and talent development strategies and systems, such as on-ramps into pathways to prosperity. MSPWIN is an intentional partner of Saint Paul College.

College Leadership Meeting - I attended the College Leadership Team meeting along with members of the Executive Leadership Team to discuss updates on strategic initiatives, as well as tactical matters concerning the governance and operation of the College.

President Advisory Council - members of Saint Paul College Executive Leadership Team and I met with President Advisory Council members to provide tactical and strategic updates about the operation of the College.

In the news:

Saint Paul College embarked on promoting the use of Open Education Resources (OER) materials by establishing a workgroup. Here’s an article you may find of interest: OER: Bigger Than Affordability, Open education resources can catalyze a much-needed national conversation about what we mean by “public” higher education.

saint paul college flag raising

Veterans Day Observance (November 9, 2017) Flag Raising Ceremony
In observance of Veterans Day, the College held a flag raising ceremony to honor all veterans, but in particular, the 176 veterans who are students at Saint Paul College, as well as the 14 employees who are veterans. I am grateful to the members of our college community who attended, and to the director of Student Life and Chief Diversity Officer who organized this event. I offer my gratitude to the many brave men and women who have made, and are making, major sacrifices for our freedom, democracy, safety and sovereignty. We want each and every veteran to know how much pride we have in your courage to serve our country.

I share with you a quote from former president Barack Obama: “In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country, can change it.”

For ordinary civilians like myself, it is a privilege to share our love of this country with our veterans. Please remember to thank our veterans, especially during our nation’s Veterans Day Observance on November 10.

Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College

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