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Campus Connections August 31, 2020

Jayson Boyers, EdD - August 31, 2020

Dear Members of the Rosemont Community,

It is the second Monday of our Fall semester. Here is what is happening at Rosemont.

First Week of the Semester is Behind Us

I am pleased to share that our first week of the semester was a good one. No one on campus has been diagnosed with or shown symptoms of COVID-19.  The Wellness Center has only seen one student for a routine health concern and one employee for a minor injury.  94% of our Undergraduate College students have participated online or in-person in their courses.  Mask use and social distancing are being observed by our students, faculty, and staff members. All of this is encouraging news, and I hope that it continues, but I also acknowledge that we must all continue to approach our everyday activities with vigilance, care, and patience.  As we are seeing at other colleges and universities in our region, our situation could quickly change.  Never have the words, “There but for the grace of God …” been more true.

PCR Positivity Rate in Montgomery County and Pennsylvania

The PCR positivity rate in Montgomery County in the last 7 days according to the Commonwealth's COVID-19 Dashboard is 3.1% which is lower than the 5% that the CDC has determined is the threshold for in-person instruction to take place. The PCR positivity rate over the last 7 days in the Commonwealth is 3.2%, a decrease of 353 confirmed cases.

On Campus COVID-19 Testing on September 8

A reminder that Main Line Health will be on campus on Tuesday, September 8 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm to test faculty and students who will arrive on campus for their first day of classes on September 14.   Registration is required; no walk-ins will be accepted.  Reserve your appointment time online. Please bring your Rosemont ID card and insurance card to your appointment. Test results are expected in approximately 3 to 5 days via the Main Line Health portal or via the College’s Office of Human Resources. The College will cover the cost of the on campus COVID-19 test, if you are uninsured. If you are insured, your insurance will be billed. 

Raven Safe Smartphone App

Over 400 employees, First Year students, and Transfer students have downloaded and are now using our Raven Safe smartphone app. Students and employees need to complete a daily COVID-19 self-assessment via the app to gain access to campus and the Dining Hall.  Faculty may also request that students show their app clearance before entering a classroom. Read more about the Raven Safe app here.

Main Line Health Gives Seal of Approval to Campus Facilities

Infectious disease system and design professionals from Main Line Health completed a walk-through of Rosemont’s campus this week to assess our facilities for compliance with the most current guidelines for reducing the spread of COVID-19.  Main Line Health gave their approval to our signs, furniture configurations, and other campus modifications.

Alumni Volunteering as Mentors for New Students

Twenty-five alumni of the College have volunteered to serve as mentors for the First Year and Transfer students through their Connections Seminar course.  Alumni will meet with students via Zoom periodically over the Fall semester to help guide them in their transition to Rosemont.  The interaction of alumni and new students within the Rosemont community is the POWER of small at its best.  I am looking forward to the relationships that will grow from these connections. Special thanks to the Office of Alumni Relations and the faculty of the First Year Connections Seminar for organizing this important effort.

100 Days - A Look Back and Our Way Forward

Believe it or not, September 8 will be my 100th day as Rosemont’s President.  I’d like to share with you my thoughts on these past 100 days and have a conversation with you about Rosemont’s future, especially one beyond all that COVID-19 has required of us.  I’ll be hosting this conversation via Zoom on Thursday, September 10 over three hour-long sessions – faculty and staff at 10:00 am, students at 3:30 pm, and alumni at 6:30 pm.  Register online; a link will be sent prior to each session. Please come with your comments, suggestions, and questions - none are too big or too small.

Honors Students Play Games, Talk Ice Cream and Travel

This week, 15 Honors Students gathered with our Provost and our Associate Dean/Director of the Honors Program on Zoom for a game of Scattergories.  Their evening also included discussion of their favorite flavors of ice cream and the places they dream of visiting post-pandemic. Mint chocolate chip and Australia ruled the day!

 

Thanks for reading and connecting with campus.  I’ll be back with more next Monday.

President Boyers