This week, the College hosted our 2017 Legislative Breakfast. Close to 60 Legislators, business and industry partners, employers, Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation Board members, and President’s Advisory Council members attended this event. I am proud of our students who participated as the panelists and attendees of this event, as well. The highlight of this event was a dialogue among employers and graduates of Saint Paul College about the major challenges that the State of Minnesota will face in terms of shortages of qualified and skilled workers. We need the State of Minnesota to invest in higher education and workforce training programs.
If the State of Minnesota does not adequately fund higher education at the adequate level, in a nutshell, Minnesota will not remain globally competitive.
For more information about Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Legislative Priority ask, please see: http://www.minnstate.edu/legislative/ Minnesota State is indeed the economic engine and catalyst for Minnesota’s prosperity.
And for, Saint Paul College Legislative priority ask, please see:Saint Paul College FY2018-FY2019 Legislative Request Minnesota State
Here’s a short recap of my activities and meetings this week:
Faculty Shared Governance Meeting – The Executive Leadership of the College and I met with the Faculty Shared Governance team to discuss systematic and strategic planning at the College. We also discussed enrollment, marketing and recruitment, program evaluation, construction projects, legislative priorities, and Friends of Saint Paul College strategic initiatives.
United Hospital Foundation - I met with a major gift officer and development officer from United Hospital Foundation to discuss my work plan as the board member of United Hospital Foundation, as well as setting major gift priorities, strategies, and board development opportunities.
Weekly Legislative Web Ex - I attended the Governmental Relations Weekly Web Ex meetings where we discussed the Legislative Priorities of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.
Neighborhood House Finance Committee Meeting - I attended a Neighborhood House Finance Committee meeting. We discussed policies, and financial strategies. Neighborhood House is an intentional partner of the College.
Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation Development and Executive Committee Meetings - I along with the internal team from Friends of Saint Paul College, attended a development committee and executive committee meetings. We discussed the goals for Get Giving Challenges, 2017 Wall of Fame event, and Spring Scholarship Recognition Celebration. For Friends of Saint Paul College, these activities will promote relationship building, philanthropy, fund raising and donor cultivation to secure charitable gifts and grants to benefit the students and programs at the College, making college more affordable and accessible for our students.
Minneapolis Club - CLB Talk - This week, I had the opportunity to speak at a luncheon at Minneapolis Club about the critical role that Saint Paul College plays in providing a pool of qualified and competent diverse workforce that Minnesota needs to stay competitive globally and promote its economic prosperity. For more information, please see: http://www.mplsclub.org/events/clb-talk-education/
Meeting with a Major Twin Cities Professional Sport Team - I had the pleasure to host and tour the director of diversity marketing for a major professional sports team. We spoke about opportunities for Saint Paul College in the areas of leadership, internship, and employment with this professional franchise.
Innovation Cabinet Networking Event - The Innovation Cabinet is a project of St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Council Member Chris Tolbert, and I, along with CEOs of high technology and innovation firms, the president/CEO of St. Paul Port Authority, Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce, VP of business/industry recruitment from the Greater MSP, the City of St. Paul Economic Development, elected public officials and commissioner of DEED, met to discuss how we can promote and recruit innovative companies and jobs to the City of Saint Paul for our economic future. Read more about the Innovation Cabinet: Group works to add innovation, technology jobs to St. Paul.
In the news this week:
Kelly McKown, Child Development instructor, was tapped for her expertise on the KARE 11 Breaking the News segment for First borns have mental edge, study shows.
Grants help explore ways to get more ‘near completers’ across the college finish line: Mike Ojibway, associate dean of student success, was interviewed regarding how the grant funds will be used to pilot a fundamental shift in the way advising is done. Saint Paul College has received grant funding from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation & Affiliates to implement added supports for these “near completers.”
Finally, Monday, February 20, 2017 is President’s Day, and honors presidents of the United States, including George Washington, the first President of the United States. I will leave you with a quote from President Washington, which is from his Farewell Address given on September 17, 1796: “Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.”
Rassoul Dastmozd, PhD
Saint Paul College