Unexpected losses and tragic events have been utmost in our hearts and minds this week. As we all try to comprehend what is incomprehensible, such as the senseless violence that took place in Orlando, we try to find comfort in our shared sorrow with friends, families and the community around us.
The singular, sudden loss of President Earl Potter III of St. Cloud State University, shook their campus and all of us who knew this kind and purposeful leader. He was my colleague and friend, and we all mourn his loss.
In our daily lives, we all know of people who are suffering through their own personal losses and heartrending events, and the most important thing for us to do is care for them and support them. We all must, and do, carry on in our daily lives, whether at work, at home, at school. We have each other, and for that I know we all are grateful.
I offer my humble gratitude to our dedicated faculty, staff, and administrative team members who interact with our students in a pleasant and helpful manner. We are committed to meet and exceed the needs of our students and our community. Our students are our community and our community is our students.
Here’s a short recap of a few of my activities this week:
- Phi Theta Kappa Minn-Kota Regional Chapter - the vice president of Academic and Student Affairs and I met with the president of PTK Minn-Kota Regional Chapter. We discussed the Chapter’s needs, his leadership role, and the advocacy that we can provide to support our student leaders and our PTK chapter at the regional level. I am proud of Saint Paul College student leaders.
- Goodwill Easter-Seals Learn and Lead Lab - the vice president of Academic and Student Affairs and I met with representatives of Goodwill Easter-Seals to discuss a “Learn and Lead Lab” at Saint Paul College to focuses on construction, transportation, and finance/business occupations Sector partnerships. Saint Paul College is an intentional partner of Goodwill Easter-Seals on a number of programs including Pathways to Prosperity, a DEED funded initiative.
- University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education - the vice president of Academic and Student Affairs and I met with the University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education team to discuss potential partnerships between Saint Paul College and University of Minnesota for the development of seamless academic pathways and dual admission options for students who want to pursue their education in construction, IT, health, and manufacturing occupational sectorial clusters.
- International Institute of Minnesota Medical Career Pathway Commencement - I attended the International Institute of Minnesota Medical Career Pathways for New Americans commencement. In partnership with Saint Paul College, the Institute offers financial and academic support for qualified individuals who are enrolled in the Academic Advantage section of Biology (BIOL 1730) and a pre-Phlebotomy course for those completing Saint Paul College’s Phlebotomy Certificate Program.
- Central Corridor Anchor Partnership - I attended a Central Corridor Anchor Partnership Executive Committee meeting where we discussed workforce system strategies for the healthcare sector.
- Meeting with Community Leaders - the executive director of Friends of Saint Paul College and I met with a retired executive director of a community based organization to discuss Minnesota’s current and future economic and workforce trends, and the critical role that Saint Paul College plays in creating opportunities for a prosperous Minnesota through all of our programs, as well as new and innovative programs on the horizon.
- Retiree Luncheon - We hosted over 80 Saint Paul College retirees on campus for a special luncheon. It’s wonderful to welcome so many of our dedicated and passionate retirees back to the College. I always gain insight from these sages of our institution, and I feel re-energized and committed to what we all do as a whole community to serve our students. We celebrate Saint Paul College’s past, honor its present and explore the future.
In the news this week in the Pioneer Press:
- While the University of Minnesota was the headline in UMN offers middle-class students more tuition help, Saint Paul College’s efforts are noted for already offering free tuition to middle-class students through our Make it Count program and MnSCU 2-Year Occupational Grant program.
- Saint Paul College Chef Nathan Sartain, culinary arts instructor and program director, is featured in the article New nonprofit Good Acre helps small farmers boost bottom line and he discusses how the “farm to table” concept is a great learning tool for students.
Since it is Father’s Day on Sunday, I will end this week’s blog to urge us all to celebrate our fathers or those individuals who kindly served in fatherly, guiding, and supporting roles in our lives.
I wish you a relaxing weekend!