Fire Near CSP Campus Saturday Aug. 21

Colleagues:

Many blessings on this day the Lord has made. I pray your rest and worship have refreshed you this weekend.

Saturday night, as some of you may be aware, a three-alarm fire occurred just north of the Selby Avenue bridge immediately west of our Kohler Building (west of the baseball field. The blaze totally destroyed the building to our west. It was used as a storage facility for tires and a host of other items. The Kohler building was spare complete destruction. However, two new vehicles used by our Sodexo partners were destroyed as were some of the other contents. We do not yet have a full estimate of the damage. The Kohler building has been used by CSP for decades as the location of our building department’s shop.

The Fire Marshall has launched an investigation into the cause of the fire and our assessment and clean-up efforts begin in earnest tomorrow. We are grateful for the tremendous work done by St. Paul Fire and Rescue and Police Departments to battle the blaze, secure the area and divert onlookers from the fire. The blaze began about 6:00 pm last night. The crews worked through the night and Sunday morning one of the fire department “towers” was still pouring water onto the burn site. Saturday night there were 5 towers battling the blaze at one point. Overall there were 16 fire crews and a total of 86 emergency service personnel on-site.

The property destroyed is one that we have worked to acquire over the years without success. Perhaps the owner will now be more open to selling the property to us. Because it is adjacent to both the baseball and softball complex and Parking Lot D it would be an ideal location to acquire and would provide several options for expansion to the southwest side of the campus.

As additional information is available, I will communicate it with you. Our Critical Incident and Sodexo teams did a great job supporting the work of the fire department. Our RAs, who are on campus for training, also did an excellent job of helping to secure the area and to bring water to the firefighters.

God is so good and continues to bless CSP abundantly. His Guardian Angels attended many last evening.

God’s peace be with you,

Brian

KSTP Story HERE
Fox story HERE

Snap a Selfie: CSP Reads Goes Virtual for 2021

CSP Reads

As has so much during the 2020-21 Academic Year, our annual CSP READS promotion is going to look a bit different. For this seventh year of showcasing our campus community on READ posters during the month of April in celebration of National Library Week we are asking you to reflect on how quarantine restrictions or reading in the time of COVID-19 impacted your habits – did you read more, did you avoid or gravitate to a certain genre, did binge-watching a show on Netflix or Hulu lead you to a book (Hello, Bridgerton! Hello Little Fires Everywhere!)?
If you agree to take part in this fun event promoting literacy and the library – and we sincerely hope you do – we invite you to snap a selfie (no photoshoots in the library this year) and fill out this Google Form. Your participation as a poster model, showcasing a favorite book, is a necessary ingredient for making this a success! As in the past, the READ posters will be highlighted both in the Library and online.

Please consider taking part in this fun event promoting literacy and the CSP Library, and encourage a colleague or classmate to join in the fun! We love the enthusiasm that people from all across campus have shown toward the Library and this project in the past and can’t wait to showcase this year’s posters, and we’d like YOU to be a part of it!

We look forward to hearing from you by the submission deadline on Friday, April 9!

If you have any questions, please reach out to CSP Library’s Jeanine Gatzke and Megan Johnson-Saylor.

Safety Update from the SPPD and CSP Security

SAFETY UPDATE FROM ST. PAUL POLICE DEPARTMENT

The St. Paul Police Department (SPPD) has shared that carjackings are on the rise in St. Paul (this is also a trend in other urban centers – not just here). SPPD is working hard to investigate and respond around the clock to apprehend suspects and prevent future incidents and you can help!

Here are 15 ways to protect yourself:

 WHILE DRIVING

• Keep your doors locked

• Drive with a companion (if possible)

• When you stop in traffic, leave enough room to see the tires of the vehicle in front of you (the extra space allows for maneuvering away if your vehicle is bumped)

IF YOUR VEHICLE IS BUMPED

• Don’t stop or get out if you think it was deliberate

• Signal the other driver to follow you

• Call 911 while driving to a secure location (such as a police station)

• Don’t go home

IN PARKING LOTS

• Be aware of your surroundings

• Stay off your cell phone

• Have your vehicle keys in your hand

• Exit and enter your vehicle promptly

• Lock your doors while inside.

A note from CSP Security – We share this not to increase fear of our city or community. St. Paul is an amazing city and our community is full of neighbors who seek out ways to help each other. We share this because it is important to be aware and be prepared so that if there is an occurrence, you are able to respond in the best way possible. Think of it like you would a fire drill – it might not happen, but you still want to know that exit plan.

Center for Hmong Studies Involved with TPT Documentary on Vietnam

TPT’s documentary, American’s Secret War: Minnesota Remembers Vietnam, a film based on the Hmong experience in Laos during the Vietnam War, featured a number of still images from CSP’s Center for Hmong Studies. Concordia alumnae Kaolee Vang (’11, M.A. ’15) who is employed by Twin Cities Public Television, was part of the production team for the film.

Students from CSP’s CHUSA Club (Concordia Hmong Unity Student Association) assisted with TPT’s special viewing and discussion event for the project Oct. 3. Lee Pao Xiong, Director of Hmong Studies at Concordia, served on the panel. Xiong said the Center for Hmong Studies involvement shows the importance of having this valuable resource to help share stories of the Hmong people.

“As the only Center for Hmong Studies in the world and with large archival collection of documents and photos about Hmong history, culture, and language, our expertise have always being sought by scholars, reporters, and researchers,” Xoing said. “The recent Secret War documentary film produced by TPT is just one of the many media outlets that utilized our knowledge, connections, and archival collections to enhance their productions.”

Xiong added TPT will air another documentary film in November titled Hmong Pioneers that prominently features CSP’s Center for Hmong Studies.

View the TPT documentary here.

Read more about the documentary here. (Star Tribune article)

CSP and Huaihua University Sign Memorandum of Understanding

CSP and Huaihua University of Hunan, China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the end of August. An MOU allows educational institutions to have the opportunity collaborate with one another. The MOU outlines the two universities’ cooperation in the following areas: student exchange programs, faculty exchange for research, teaching and discussion, study abroad programs, graduate program pathways, and collaborative research activities.

The MOU is effective for five years.

Pictured: Left to Right Kelly Matthias, Director Community Action and Leadership; Dr. Cheryl Chatman, Executive Vice President; Prof. Lee Pao Xiong, Director, The Center for Hmong Studies; Dr. Paul Hillmer, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences; Professor Bu Ai Hua, Visiting Professor, The Center for Hmong Studies (from Huaihua University); Dr. Sally Baas, Professor of Education and Director of Hmong Culture and Language Program; Dr. Marilyn Reineck, Vice President of Academic Affairs; Dr. Zhang Ling, Vice President International Exchange, Community Service and University Library, Huaihua University Also present but not pictured: Dr. Bruce Corrie, Associate Vice President University Relations