I am blessed to listen to the personal stories of our students each and every day. Earlier this week, I had the pleasure and honor of meeting a student who, after taking early retirement at the age of 61, chose to pursue her education at Saint Paul College. She spoke of the positive experiences that she is having at the College, and how glad she is that she decided to “un-retire,” so to speak, and continue her educational journey. There is always something compelling about all the different journeys our students take. Like the individuals we all are, no two journeys are exactly the same, yet somehow our paths intersect at Saint Paul College as we find common ground in the necessity of education in our lives, and for many of us, the love of education, and the transformation that takes place in us as we learn – not only in our classroom and labs – but from each other as well. When I’m looking for inspiration, I need go no further than to talk with our students and really listen to what they have to say.
Here’s a short recap of some of my activities this week:
Rotary Club of Saint Paul Luncheon Speaking Engagement - I made a presentation at the Rotary Club of Saint Paul that focused on Minnesota’s current education and workforce outlook by highlighting local and regional demographic trends and economic well-being. I discussed the role and future of higher education in Minnesota to create a concerted effort to promote student success and strengthen the workforce by eliminating racial and economic disparities.
Minnesota State College and Universities Branding Steering Committee Meeting (MnSCU) - I along with Director of Marketing and Communications attended the MnSCU Branding Steering Committee Meeting.
Hamline University Partnership Exploration - The College hosted a meeting with the new President of Hamline University, where we discussed potential partnerships and programming to better serve the needs of our students. This meeting was both productive and constructive.
National Science Foundation STEM Workshop - The College’s STEM Division and Workforce Training and Continuing Education Division hosted a National Science Foundation STEM Workshop about NSF federal grant opportunities for Metro Colleges. Several faculty and deans from Metro two year colleges attended this event. The program director of the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education led the panel discussions, and two Saint Paul College chemistry faculty members also served on the panel. Kudos to our faculty members and deans of STEM and Workforce Training and Continuing Education for making all arrangements for this successful event.
Metro Alliance Presidents Meeting - I attended Metro Alliance President meeting and a joint meeting with Metro Chief Academic Affairs Officers hosted by Metropolitan State University.
Customer Service Training - Our executive leadership team members, deans, managers, directors, supervisors, staff and I attended a customer service training workshop conducted by Dr. Jermaine M. Davis, an international speaker on leadership, communication, motivation, relationship-based selling, and diversity and inclusion. This is part of our commitment as an institution to aspire to provide the highest level of customer service to enhance the learning experience.
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Induction Ceremony - I attended and provided welcome and congratulatory remarks to the newest members at the College’s Phi Theta Kappa Beta Xi Alpha Chapter’s induction ceremony. PTK is the international honor society of two year colleges, and our chapter continues to grow and flourish. It is inspiring to see such a talented group of students.
Kappa Beta Delta Induction Ceremony - I attended the Alpha Beta Gamma Chapter induction ceremony at the College. Kappa Beta Delta is an academic honor society for business majors. Kudos to our talented students and future leaders.
I had the chance to meet with three more alumni who reminded me of how important a role Saint Paul College has played in their lives, and how they have found success in their careers and educational journeys. Again, if you haven’t done so, please read about our wonderful alumni – or even share your own alumni story.
I will end this week’s blog by thanking our dedicated and hardworking faculty and staff who go the extra mile to deliver on our promise to be a student-centered institution. I am also grateful to our community partners and business and industry leaders who support our students and our college.
Be bold, inspired, relevant and amazing!
I wish you a relaxing weekend.