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Tenth Week of Spring Semester 2015

​This week has been an impactful and an exciting week at the College because we welcomed back our students from Spring Break. We are also excited about Governor Dayton’ support of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities legislative request of $142 Million. Investment in higher education will keep education affordable for our hardworking students and significantly contribute to Minnesota’s prosperity. Many thanks to all of you for your advocacy and support.

Here is an update of all the activities th​at I was engaged in during the week.

On Monday, I along with Executive Director of Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation met with YWCA St. Paul Executive Director and his Executive Team to discuss Work Readiness Training in the area of Construction Skill Trade Training and programming. I also met with an Academic Dean from the University of Minnesota, as well as a team from College Possible, to discuss potential partnerships. The College currently hosts a College Possible advisor/navigator on site to address student transfer to four year colleges and universities. For more information about College Possible, please see: http://www.collegepossible.org/

On Tuesday thru Friday, several members of our leadership and management team and I interviewed finalists for the dean of Liberal Arts and Fine Arts position at the College.

The Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, Saint Paul College, and Metropolitan State University hosted a community forum featuring the Honorable Daniel A. Clune, the U.S. Ambassador to Lao PDR, which was held at the College. This was Ambassador Clune’s first visit to Minnesota since his appointment by President Barack Obama to his post in August, 2013. This forum was also intended to be an educational opportunity for both Ambassador Clune and Minnesota’s Lao and Hmong communities. Ambassador Clune engaged in a dialogue with these communities about U.S. foreign policy toward Laos and other issues. I also attended a dinner reception in honor of Ambassador Clune, with Hmong Community Leaders, MN elected officials, and business leaders in attendance. I would like to thank our team of personnel from President’s Office, Public Safety, Catering, Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation, Communication/Marketing, and IT/Media for making all arrangements for this event that flowed so smoothly.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, I listened to Minnesota State College and Universities Board of Trustee meeting via WebEx. I met with the Charting the Future Gallery Walk Team. The College will host its second Charting the Future Gallery Walk event on March 24, 2015, from 10:30am - 1:30pm, in the Learning Commons. You are cordially invited to attend this event. For more information, please see: www.saintpaul.edu/ChartingTheFuture.

On Wednesday, I met with members of the College’s Executive Leadership Team. We continued our discussions about the College budgets for 2015 and 2016. We reviewed the timelines to document each of the College Unit’s progress with the College Work Plan and our progress with the College’s long range goals. For more information, see: ​

I also met with the MN Philanthropy Board to discuss grant development processes and assessing impacts of their grant giving. I had a phone conversation with the former mayor of Minneapolis to discuss how Saint Paul College initiatives align and promote the goals of Generation Next. Please see: http://www.gennextmsp.org/goals/

On Thursday, I participated in the Strategic Planning process for Neighborhood House, another one of Saint Paul College’s intentional partners. I attended the Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation Board meeting. One of the topics we discussed was the 105-Year Fund Honoring 105 Years of Education. To our alumni, we are also interested in hearing your stories: www.saintpaul.edu/alumni. At the Foundation Board meeting, we also discussed Wall of Fame Recognition Event. This is a celebration event where we will recognize our community partner of the year and an alumni of the year. Thursday ended as I and members of College’s Executive Leadership Team attended the President’s Advisory Council meeting.

On Friday, I attended a college sector meeting with the presidents of two-year institutions from MnSCU. I participated in a weekly Legislative WebEx Meeting where we discussed various House and Senate bills. I also met with a Saint Paul Company to discuss their workforce and training needs. My day ended by meeting with the Executive Director of Minnesota Museum of Art to discuss potential partnership with them.

As a final thought for the week, I want to share what is an example of how much our employees care about our students. The other evening as I was getting ready to leave campus, I saw a student in distress with a flat tire. I called our Public Safety Department, who responded quickly. The tire got changed and the student was on her way home. I am very proud of the consistent and hard work of the Saint Paul College Public Safety Department Team. I must say, assisting our students along the way matters to them. These special touches makes Saint Paul College what it is - a special place for everyone.

To our students and anyone else, I hope you enjoyed the tenth week of the semester, as well as the beginning a beautiful spring season, even though they tell us snow is on the way. Don’t forget to register for Summer Term!

I wish you a safe and relaxing Weekend.

Best,
Rassoul


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