What is a Rosemont College experience? It is what happens in our classrooms or the library, in study groups or labs, and in our students’ minds and hearts as they learn and make discoveries about themselves and the world around them.
But it is also the hours spent with classmates over meals, meetings with a faculty advisor over coffee, being a part of a club, attending events, or just spending down-time with friends.
It is the COMMUNITY that develops from these shared activities. It is how classmates become friends and faculty become mentors, and how the bonds that tie us to Rosemont are nurtured and grown.
For alumnae who experienced Rosemont in the decades of the 1930s to 1970s, that COMMUNITY was fostered in the “T”. For those in the 1980s and 1990s, that space was the Grind. For others, it has been Commuter or Residence Hall lounges.
But, there has never been a place on campus that brings together all members of the COMMUNITY – students of all ages, faculty, staff, and our neighbors – in one place to live, learn, have fun, eat, exercise, and just be.
Dedicating the Building
The Community Center, which is more than 73,000 square feet in size and extends from the current Cardinal Hall, provides the campus with informal gathering spaces, and areas for large and formal events.
A generous anonymous donor chose to grant their earned naming rights to President Hirsh, resulting in the Center’s designation as the “Sharon Latchaw Hirsh Community Center.”
The Center will also house all of the offices for Student Life/Residence Life, the College’s bookstore, expanded dining areas, five new smart classrooms, multiple study rooms, a conference room for group meetings, and a brand new fitness center.
The 6,000 square foot Sister Mary George Community Room will be the largest room in the Center. It is named for the late Sister Mary George O’Reilly, SHCJ, through the generosity of many Rosemont alumni who collectively gave more than one million dollars in her honor.
The Community Room will be used for College functions. It can also be used as a volleyball court and can be divided into smaller spaces, increasing its flexibility.