In observance of Veterans Day, the College held a flag folding and flag raising ceremony to honor all veterans, but in particular, the 153 veterans enrolled here as students, and the 15 veterans who are employed at the College.
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.
Here’s a short recap of a few of my activities this week:
Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network Meeting
MSPWin board member, I attended the Board meeting. We discussed
MSPWin board’s strategic planning and priorities setting in 2019.
Neighborhood House Board Finance Committee Meeting
I attended a Neighborhood House Board Finance Committee at
Neighborhood House, an intentional partner of Saint Paul College.
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Ninth District Advisory Council Meeting
I was invited to take part in the Advisory Council meeting of the
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Ninth District Advisory. The Ninth District consists of Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Montana, northwestern Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The council advises the bank about regional economic conditions. Members of the advisory council represent a broad range of economic sectors that are germane to the Ninth District economy, and they provide anecdotal information about what economic effects each of the participants are seeing in their respective sectors and geographies. The Council consists of business owners, labor leaders, non-profit representatives, and others.
Regional Economic Conditions Conference - Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
I attended the 2018 Regional Economic Conditions Conference where we discussed the impact of immigration on workforce and economic development. Immigration has become a major policy issue in the Federal Reserve’s Ninth District. Panel discussions included immigration and labor markets, long-term demographic trends and learning from community experience. Saint Paul College plays a vital role for this region by providing training and programming to contribute to economic prosperity and economic mobility for our students and community.
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees Meeting
I attended the
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees meeting which focused on fiscal management, student success, collaborative campus and regional planning updates, policy changes and amendments. The Chancellor’s Report was given by Chancellor Devinder Malhotra.
A Celebration of Thanksgiving Event - International Institute of
I attended “A Celebration of Thanksgiving” event at the
International Institute of Minnesota. This event was a networking opportunity, connecting students, volunteers, donors and supporters.
Health Career Pathways - Central Corridor Anchor Partnership
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.
President’s Advisory Council
Our administrative team members joined me at our
President’s Advisory Council meeting. The
President’s Advisory Council members are volunteers and tireless community leaders who provide me and the College with advice about national, regional, and local trends related to programming and various initiatives so we can meet and exceed the needs of students and our community.
In the news
The Future of Higher Education: Will Higher Education Seize the Future or Fall Victim to It? Chancellor Devinder Malhotra was a contributor to this report
Minnesota Private Colleges Opening up to community college students
Minnesota State:Minnesota State Drives $8.0 Billion of State’s Economy
The 30 colleges and seven universities of Minnesota State contributed over $8.0 billion to the state’s economy, plus economic activity of the system supported or sustained 67,717 jobs throughout the state. Here’s a link to information on Saint Paul College’s impact on the economy:
View Saint Paul College’s Economic Impact in Minnesota
Sport Clips Scholarship Awarded to Cosmetology Student
Congratulations are in order to one of our cosmetology students who is the first student in Minnesota to receive a scholarship from Sports Clips Haircuts, a national leader in men’s and boys’ hair care. Sports Clips awards up to 20 scholarships across the nation – congratulations Esmeralda, we are all very proud of your achievement!
I will end this week’s blog by sincerely thanking our tireless faculty and staff who provide exceptional service to our students. I am honored to serve in my role as the president/CEO at one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in Minnesota. Our faculty and staff construct bridges to opportunity and success for our students.
I wish you a relaxing weekend.
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College