This week has been a catch up week for all of us at the College. Our dedicated faculty, staff, and administrators are working tirelessly to complete the details of spring semester and register students for summer term.
With the legislative session in our rear view mirror, we are disappointed that a bonding bill wasn’t passed, as the projects on Minnesota State Colleges and Universities campuses ensure our classrooms and laboratories will remain state-of-the art, safe, warm, and dry. However, are encouraged by the Governor’s statements of support for our colleges and universities. While the session didn’t end as expected, we are hopeful that the legislature and Governor Dayton will reach accord in the coming days. I am optimistic! After all, the state’s investment in Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is a wise and prudent decision as we transform lives and seek economic prosperity for all Minnesotans.
Here’s a short recap of a few of my activities this week:
- Minnesota Philanthropy Partners – Met with the CEO of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners and vice president of Philanthropic Services to discuss cultivating relationships, engagement, and networking opportunities that help advance its development efforts.
- Construction System Workforce System Change – I along with Dean of Workforce/Continuing Education and Director of Grants met with the representatives from philanthropic organizations to review the College’s progress with this cross sectorial partnership to better meet the talent gap for construction related occupational clusters. This project is funded by the McKnight Foundation and Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network and Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).
- Partnership Programs with Saint Paul Public Schools - I met with a Saint Paul Public Schools representative to discuss strengthening our program partnerships, which include Gateway to College, PSEO, Early College, high school credit recovery, and the new re-entry program.
- Charting the Future Implementation Meeting - I attended the College’s Charting the Future implementation team meeting and discussed how this group will roll out the initiatives at the College.
- Minnesota State College and Universities Brand Steering Committee Meeting - I along with Director of Marketing and Communications attended the MnSCU Brand Steering Committee meeting to review the Brand Identity System Work Plan.
Of special note:
Saint Paul College will be closed Monday, May 30, 206 in honor of Memorial Day (Observed)
We want to honor and remember all those men and women who have lost their lives while serving our nation in the military, and express our heartfelt gratitude for safeguarding our liberty. There are several Minnesota War Memorials nearby the College in the Minnesota State Capitol grounds, including the Minnesota Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Minnesota Korean Veterans Memorial, and the World War II Memorial. I encourage all of us to visit and pay our respect.
On Memorial Day holiday, may we all remember the people who died while serving in our country's armed forces, and also extend our gratitude and thanks to all who have served or are currently serving.
I can only offer you my heartfelt and humble “Thank you” to all members of our Saint Paul College family who give so generously, day in and day out, to making this such a great place for our students! I wish all of our students a relaxing and safe holiday weekend!
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College