The Fourteenth Week of Spring Semester
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The Fourteenth Week of Spring Semester

​I often wish there were more hours in the day so that I could spend more quality time with more of our students. I am always grateful for the opportunity to chat with them in our hallways or at events, but this week I am travelling with a group of students from our Phi Theta Kappa Beta Xi Alpha Chapter to Washington, DC and Maryland for the annual PTK convention. Being able to have lengthier discussions with our students and see them in action as they participate in this incredible opportunity, reminds me of how incredibly fortunate I am and what a great opportunity it is for me.

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

  • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Leadership Council Meeting - I attended a Leadership Council meeting along with the other presidents of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities institutions and members of Chancellor Rosenstone’s staff. We discussed progress with the Charting the Future initiative, current legislative session, concurrent enrollment, on-line education, workplace solutions model, MnSCU branding update, and operating budget outlook.
  • Meeting with YWCA Saint Paul - I along with the executive director of Friends of Saint Paul College hosted a meeting for the new executive director of the YWCA of St. Paul. We discussed partnerships between our two institutions and how we can better work together to meet the needs of our students and community members. The YWCA of St. Paul is an intentional partner of Saint Paul College.
  • Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood Partnership Council – the executive director of Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood and I discussed partnership initiatives for summer.
  • Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network (MSPWin) – I attended a Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network Executive Leadership meeting to discuss grant applications and policy issues.
  • NerdNation 2016 - Phi Theta Kappa Annual Convention – many of our College’s Phi Theta Kappa Beta Xi Alpha Chapter students are among 4,000 of the nation’s most high-achieving community college students converging in Maryland for their NerdNation Celebration. Several faculty advisors and I are joining our students at this conference which includes presentations and workshops. I am delighted to see how our students become student leaders and community leaders.
  • Faculty Interviews - I participated in full-time faculty interviews as part of the process in making a strategic investment to promote teaching/learning excellence and student success at the College.

In the news this week:

Minnesota SkillsUSA Championship Conference Competitions – held on April 1-3, 2016, a total of 38 Saint Paul College students registered to compete in twelve different categories, and were accompanied by faculty advisors. The College had seventeen medalists: 10 gold, 6 silver, and 1 Bronze. Ten of our students (gold medalists) have qualified for the SkillsUSA National Championships, which will be held June 20-24, 2016 in Louisville, KY. I am very proud of the achievement of our students, and I am grateful for the dedication and commitment of the SkillsUSA advisors, Tom Hillstead and Keith Setley, and our faculty members whose students competed in the SkillsUSA this year. For more information, please see: Saint Paul College Students excel again in MN SkillsUSA Championship

Upcoming events:

Saint Paul College Open House - Wednesday, April 13, 2016, from 5:00–7:00pm
Please join us at our Open House where you’ll ​be able to meet faculty and students, tour the College and program areas and really get to know us in this informal gathering.

Spring Music Series Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 7:30pm
Rochester Chamber Music Society - Latin Jazz
Free and open to the public
Saint Paul College Theatre

Thank you all for you interest and support of Saint Paul College and our students. I offer my humble gratitude to our hardworking staff and faculty. After all, if we do not take care of our students and our community, who will?

Be bold, inspired, relevant and amazing!

I wish you a relaxing weekend.

Rassoul Dastmozd
President/CEO 651.846.1335​

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