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Fifth Week of Summer Session 2017

Saint Paul College is proud to be hosting students from Saint Paul Public Schools who are completing their coursework this summer. These students are working hard everyday to complete their high school diploma and I am inspired by their resilience and grit.

I am grateful to our dedicated staff who facilitate new and returning student registration and to our faculty who are so involved and engaged with our students.

This week, I was fortunate to meet two students from visiting colleges who are taking courses this summer at Saint Paul College. Both these students spoke of their positive experiences at the College and shared with me how impressed they are by our caring and knowledgeable faculty and staff.

If we do not take care of our students and community, who will?

My Week at a Glance:

Twin Cities Pride Parade – I was proud to walk alongside the Saint Paul College PRISM Campus Alliance club, college faculty and staff, and their friends and family, as we carried the Pride flag in the Twin Cities Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25.

2017 pride parade

2017 Twin Cities Pride Parade
Photo Credit: GLEN STUBBE – STAR TRIBUNE

Central Corridor Anchor Partnership – I attended the Central Corridor Anchor Partnership Executive Committee meeting to discuss and promote workforce system strategies for the healthcare occupational sector.

2016 H.E.R.B.I.E Award Luncheon – The Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Charitable Foundation announced Neighborhood House and Mayor Christopher Coleman as recipients of the 2017 H.E.R.B.I.E Award. The H.E.R.B.I.E. Award recognizes individuals and businesses that exemplify the traits inspired by its namesake, Herb Brooks: Humanitarian, Enterprising, Resilient, Bold, Inspiration and Ethical. Each year two recipients are selected by the Chamber's Foundation Board. Last year, Saint Paul College was the recipient of this prestigious award. I was proud to present Neighborhood House the recognition at this year’s luncheon.

Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood Council Meeting – I attended a Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood (SPPN) Leadership Council meeting to discuss issues related to education, literacy, and inclusion for communities traditionally underserved by educational institutions. The College partners with SPPN to help end multi-generational poverty in the community and creates pathways to college and career success.

Vice President of Student Affairs and Faculty Interviews – I interviewed the finalists for the Saint Paul College Vice President of Student Affairs position this week. The College also hosted open forums for employees to meet the candidates. I also interviewed faculty finalists for an English teaching position at the College.

Minnesota Philanthropy Partners Board Meeting – I attended an agenda setting meeting as the Minnesota Philanthropy Partners​ Board of Directors Governance Committee Chair.

Public Charter School Higher Ground Academy – Our Vice President of Finance and Facilities, Director of Facilities, and I met with the Executive Director of Higher Ground Academy public charter school to discuss partnerships, educational needs, and the role Saint Paul College can play in addressing those needs.

Canada's Sesquicentennial C​elebration in MinneapolisI attended Canada's Sesquicentennial Celebration in Minneapolis where I met with the Counsel General of Canada, Khawar Nasim, and the Consulate General of Canada staff, Lise Beaulne Nasim.

Philando Castile Scholarship – Saint Paul College is excited to welcome the first Philando Castile's Scholar this fall! What a wonderful opportunity and honor! Please stay tuned for more information on this scholarship.

Saint Paul College Culinary Arts Farm to Table Treat – The Saint Paul College Culinary Arts department partners with Community Homestead, a non-profit organic farm in Osceola, WI., which teaches adults with developmental disabilities about sustainable agriculture and supplies them with ingredients needed to prepare a healthy and well-rounded meal. As part of the Saint Paul College Culinary Arts Sustainability class, our students spent two days at Community Homestead learning about stewardship of the Earth and seeing how organic farms operate. What a fantastic opportunity!

Saint Paul College has a short week next week due to Independence Day, and I want to express what an honor it is for me to be part of such a welcoming and able community. Saint Paul College provides an array​ of opportunities to our students by giving them the tools, support, and encouragement needed to master their trade and excel in their chosen field. This not only benefits our city and state, but also the entire nation.

Happy Birthday America!

To all, have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

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

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