Week before the Start of Fall Semester 2018
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Week before the Start of Fall Semester 2018
Saint Paul College Campus West Entrance

On Monday August 27, 2018, fall semester will begin. There’s a positive energy and a can-do-attitude on campus as we get ready to welcome new and returning students to campus.

I think of Saint Paul College as the intersection of success and opportunity for our students. Our facu​lty and staff are the people who are the forces behind making this institution so great, and why students choose Saint Paul College.

There has been a marathon of extraordinary effort exerted by faculty and staff in preparation of the new semester. Thank you for your contributions, and lending a hand with an encouraging smile to our students prepare for the new semester, and the next leg of their educational journey.

Here’s a short recap of a few of my activities this week:

New Faculty Welcome
I welcomed new faculty during their new faculty in-service this week. Investing in hiring full-time faculty is a strategic priority, and advances our commitment to Teaching and Learning

Fall 2018 In-Service
I welcomed all faculty members during their fall in-service this week. My theme for this year’s in-service was Saint Paul College is at the intersection of opportunity and success. We are blessed by having so many of our students from diverse backgrounds and experiences who come to us at Saint Paul College in search of bettering their life conditions and their community. We play a critical role by providing excellence in education for our students.

The Saint Paul and Minnesota Community Foundations Board Recruitment and Board Meeting

The Saint Paul and Minnesota Community Foundations Board Recruitment and Board Meeting

I along with another Saint Paul and Minnesota Community Foundations Governance Committee board member and the vice president of strategies met with a prospective board member. I also attended a St. Paul Foundation and a Minnesota Foundation Board of Directors’ Board meeting.

Saint Paul Public Schools Orientation/Welcome

Saint Paul Public Schools Orientation/Welcome

I gave the welcome address to Saint Paul Public Schools faculty members who will be teaching concurrent Saint Paul College courses at high schools during the 2018-2019 academic year. There concurrent courses are a wonderful opportunity for SPPS students who can earn college credits while attending their high schools. Providing access to an affordable, exceptional higher education experience is one of Saint Paul College’s Strategic Priorities.

Minnesota State Fair Education Booth

Minnesota State Fair Education Booth

Along with our team from Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation, I took part in the in the Minnesota State Fair as representatives from Saint Paul College at the Minnesota State booth. Our team from Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation rock! I also participated in a Minnesota Office of Higher Education promotion to encourage savings plans for students who want to pursue higher education in Minnesota.

In the news

News release from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED): State Gains 11,200 Jobs in July - Unemployment rate drops to 18-year low

I will end this week's blog by sharing a quote from Kofi Atta Annan, 1938-2018.

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.

I want to thank our faculty and staff for their commitment to our students throughout their journeys at Saint Paul College. Regardless of their roles and responsibilities, our employees exhibit and demonstrate the ethics of caring, and the ability to see different perspectives through others' eyes! Our team continues to promote and create an equitable learning environment.

I wish you a relaxing weekend.

Sincerely, Rassoul
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
President/CEO
Saint Paul College

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