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The Twelfth Week of Fall Semester 2015

Every week I’m reminded through meetings and events I attend – whether held at the Saint Paul College or elsewhere – that there is a very strong common thread that weaves its way through our community – and that is the belief that access and opportunity for all to get a good education is paramount to a healthy society and economy.

I am blessed to be a part of one of the most diverse colleges in Minnesota. Every day I see people from around the globe, from many different backgrounds, heritages and experiences. Our students come to us in search of the transformative experience that education brings. Our students enrich our college community. Let’s continue to embrace our commonalities, while acknowledging, honoring and celebrating our differences!

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

  • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Leadership Council - I attended the MnSCU leadership council meeting, held for a day and a half, with other MnSCU presidents.
  • BestPrep 40th Anniversary Celebration and Educational Forum - “Education is the Key to Economic Empowerment” was the theme of the BestPrep 40th Anniversary Celebration and Educational Forum I attended. Grammy Award winning Angelique Kidjo, educational activist and UNICEF ambassador, gave the keynote address and also performed. BestPrep is a statewide nonprofit organization with a mission to prepare 4-12 grade students with business, career and financial literacy skills through hands-on experiences that inspire success in work and life.
  • Preparing America’s Diverse Workforce for Tomorrow Forum - I was a panelist at the University of St. Thomas Diversity Insight | Preparing America’s Diverse Workforce for Tomorrow public forum, sponsored by University of St. Thomas, McKinsey & Company (and Itasca Project), and GREATER MSP. For more information on the forum and Diversity Insights, please read Diversity Insights: The Changing Face of the Heartland
  • Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM) - I attended the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM) 2015 Meet and Greet with several employees from the College. This event provided everyone with the opportunity to network and make social and professional connections.
  • College Possible 15 Years of Results Celebration - I attended the “College Possible 15 Years of Results by Degrees” event at the CHS field (Saint Paul). College Possible is an intentional partner of Saint Paul College.

Meetings attended:

  • Minnesota Philanthropy Partners - Met with the CEO of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners to discuss their strategic framework.
  • Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network (MSPWin) - I attended the board meeting of MSPWin.
  • Neighborhood House Strategic Planning Session - I attended the Neighborhood House Strategic Planning Session. Neighborhood House is an intentional partner of Saint Paul College.
  • Minnesota State College Faculty (MSCF) - I met with the president of the Minnesota State College Faculty (MSCF) bargaining unit at the College to set the agenda for next week’s Faculty Shared Governance meeting.
  • Saint Paul College Student Senate Meeting and Luncheon - The executive leadership team at the College and I met with the Student Senate leadership and discussed various initiatives at the College.
  • Statewide Student Organizations Meeting with Chancellor Rosenstone - I attended a meeting of statewide student organizations with Chancellor Rosenstone.

Events on campus

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Veterans Day Observance (November 10, 2015) Flag Raising Ceremony In observance of Veterans Day, the College held a flag raising ceremony to honor all veterans, but in particular, the 115 veterans who are students at Saint Paul College, as well as the 15 employees who are veterans. I am grateful to the members of our college community who attended, and to the Director of Student Life and Chief Diversity Officer who organized this event. Moreover, I offer my gratitude to the many brave men and women who have made, and are making, major sacrifices for our freedom, democracy, safety and sovereignty. We want each and every veteran to know how much pride we have in your courage to serve our country.

Police Perception: A candid discussion about diversity, community and policing (November 13, 2015, 7:00-8:30pm) - Every year, the College’s Beta Xi Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, which is the international honor society of two year colleges, chooses a Honors in Action project. This year, the Beta Xi Alpha Chapter chose to explore the following question as their Honors in Action project: "How are people’s perceptions of the police affected by race, age, gender, socioeconomic status, and previous interactions?" The final portion of their Honors in Action project is tonight’s panel discussion Police Perception: A candid discussion about diversity, community, and policing with expert panelists. This event is hosted by Saint Paul College Beta Xi Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, in conjunction with the Office of Student Life & Diversity, and the Criminal Justice Club. The event is free and open to the public. (Register for your free tickets at Eventbrite: https://goo.gl/088XBd). I’m very proud of our students’ civic engagement and their very thought-provoking project.

In the news this week and other noteworthy items:

Upcoming Events:

Health & Science Alliance Center Groundbreaking Ceremony – November 19, 2015

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Saint Paul College will be holding a Groundbreaking Ceremony for our new Health & Science Alliance Center, on Thursday, November 19, 2015, from 2:45-4:00pm, at the west entrance of the building.

You can read more about our new Health & Science Alliance center in our college news: Saint Paul College poised for new building project: Health and Science Alliance Center and in Pioneer Press article St. Paul College to break ground on $19M science center

Thanks to all for your support of, and involvement with, all things Saint Paul College! We cannot make the impact that we do as the only public 2-year community and technical college in Saint Paul without you. Your commitment help​s us to be bold, inspired and relevant. Amazing things are happening here.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Rassoul Dastmozd
President/CEO 651.846.1335
rassoul.dastmozd@saintpaul.edu


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