Already we’re at the end of the fifth week of fall semester. Thanks to our dedicated faculty and staff for ensuring that our students’ needs are met as the semester continues. That is why students matter, after all, if we do not take care of our students and our community, who will?
Here’s a short recap of my activities and meetings this week:
- Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul - I met with the CEO of Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul to discuss community engagement and grass roots organizing on issues that matters to our community.
- Friends of Saint Paul College, Foundation Board Meeting - I attended the Friends of Saint Paul College board meeting where we discussed the progress with the Foundation’s strategic planning process, scholarships, endowment, and the upcoming scholarship fundraising events: 2016 Scholarship Gala and the Culinary Arts Chef’s Dinner.
- Minnesota Business Partnership Annual Dinner - I along with several members of our team from the College attended the Minnesota Business Partnership Annual Dinner. This was a wonderful opportunity to network and get involved with their priorities, education, workforce development, and talent development. We are excited that we are intentional about Saint Paul College mission, which fulfills all three of the initiatives that Minnesota Business Partnership is taking on and will be leading.
- Sunrise Bank Breakfast Meeting - the executive director of Friends of Saint Paul College and I attended the Sunrise Bank annual breakfast meeting where the keynote speaker focused on issues related to upcoming elections. This breakfast meeting was a wonderful professional networking opportunity.
- President’s Advisory Council Meeting - I along with our executive leadership team at the College attended the President’s Advisory Council meeting where various issues related to strategic planning, enrollment management, finance/budget, facilities, fundraising, and the state of the College were discussed.
- Trade Union Business Managers Luncheon – Hosted a number of union business managers to discuss training opportunities, labor demands, for our community members.
- Saint Paul Foundation Career Academies Site Visit - I attended the St. Paul Foundation United Way Career Academies site visits at the Minnesota Philanthropy Office. The intentional investment from Greater Twin Cities United Way is remarkable in terms of developing guided career pathways for students in partnering high schools with a clear and explicit end in mind so these young talents can pursue and continue with their education at Saint Paul College for high skills, high demand, and high wage skilled occupations.
- Staff In-Service - I attended the Staff In-Service on Friday and provided some insight and gave the keynote “Through the lens,” sharing some of my experiences as a student, and how it really matters to view our work at the College through the lens of our students.
- Meeting with MAPE Employee Bargaining Unit – I along with our executive leadership team met with the MAPE employee bargaining unit representatives to discuss operations of the College in their respective work areas.
In the news this week:
MPR’s article Red Lake Nation holds first indigenous food summit features recent Culinary Arts graduate Brian Yazzie, Chef de Cuisine in The Sioux Chef team. MPR reports that hundreds of tribe members and others from around the region spent the past weekend on the Red Lake Nation reservation in northern Minnesota learning how to grow and gather indigenous food. We’re very proud of “Yazzie” and sharing his culinary knowledge and expertise at such an amazing event. The more we all learn about each other and native cultures, the richer we become as human beings.
I am grateful to all of our faculty and staff for viewing our students through their lens and going the extra mile for them, both inside and outside the classroom, so when our students start here, they can go anywhere.
I wish you a wonderful and relaxing weekend.
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College