Fifth Week of Fall Semester 2017
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Fifth Week of Fall Semester 2017

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In my 34 years of working in four distinct educational institutions, I have found that I still firmly believe that working in higher education is a higher calling. I can say with confidence, that I believe a majority of the people working at Saint Paul College feel the same way. 

The hallmark of a caring organization is how we treat each other and our students. Every day, I witness random acts of kindness and caring throughout Saint Paul College as demonstrated by our faculty and staff. Whether a student is struggling with his or her studies or how to navigate his or her way through the higher education maze, I witness our dedicated faculty and staff listening carefully, rolling their sleeves up and proactively assisting students to find their way and accomplish their goals.

Our concerted purposeful teamwork and efforts, regardless of our titles, positions, work space size, and level of education translates into transforming students’ lives. I am grateful to all of our faculty and staff for promoting student success by going the extra mile for them, both inside and outside the classroom, so when our students start here, they can go anywhere.

My week at a glance

Welcoming Week, a Conversation about the Contributions of New Americans - I was a panelist along with the executive director of the International Institute of MN and a Representative from Minnesota Chamber to discuss the workforce talent opportunities that state of MN will be experiencing and the critical role that new Americans as well as Saint Paul College plays in narrowing the talent gaps. This panel conversation was moderated by the Wilder Foundation.

Facing Race Awards - I attended The Saint Paul and Minnesota Community Foundations’ Facing Race Awards at the Ordway Theater. Congratulations to 2017 Facing Race Award recipients Hamse Warfa and Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood who were recognized for courageously working to eliminate racism and its effects in Minnesota. For more information, please go to:

Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation Board Meeting – I attended the Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation board meeting where we discussed progress with the Foundation’s strategic planning process, scholarships, endowment, annual audit, and upcoming scholarship fundraising events.

Housing & School Stability Conversation - Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood joined with over 50 communities across the country to advocate for housing justice and bring the conversation into the national spotlight. I joined this conversation as a Promise Neighborhood Board member and a representative of higher education. Higher education and community stakeholders joined the conversation about housing stability and student educational outcomes. The conversation centered on the perspectives of students, parents, and other school stakeholders.

President’s Advisory Council - Members of our executive leadership team and I met with the President’s Advisory Council to discuss our Strategic Plan, strategic priorities, College’s enrollment, 2018 fiscal year budget, Trading Up Initiative, IT initiatives, Marketing, Communication, and Recruitment update, Academic Affairs update, Human Resources update, and Friends of Saint Paul College, Foundation update/upcoming events as well as the hiring of new employees.

Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood – I attended a Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood (SPPN) Board of Directors meeting to discuss the progress of the SPPN Strategic plan

Meeting with Saint Paul Public Schools - I along with the executive team met with the Office of College and Career Readiness (OCCR) Executive Director to discuss further development of the partnership between Saint Paul Public Schools and Saint Paul College.

Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program Coordinator - I met with a program coordinator from Hubert Humphrey Fellowship, a Fulbright program, about hosting several Fulbright fellows here to discuss workforce development and Career and Technical Education Training partnership.

In the news

In the Star Tribune, you can read the letter to editor COLLEGE COSTS There’s no tuition ‘sticker shock’ at Minnesota State schools that Ginny Arthur, President of Metropolitan State University and I wrote in a response to an article that was published about the increasing pace and price of higher education at private institutions.

Finally, I want to mention that last week I had attended a fund raising reception for a hospital in St. Paul. Attending the event were many Sain​t Paul College alumni who are now employed in every facet of the metro area workforce: healthcare, businesses, and service industries. A community is only as strong as its caring and engaged citizens, and I am so proud of our alumni who are paying it forward as they contribute to and serve our community.

Kudos to all of our students and faculty members, as well as our alumni for representing the College so well and serving our community!

I wish you a wonderful and relaxing weekend.


Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College

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