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Campus Connections- September 14, 2020

Jayson Boyers, EdD - September 14, 2020

Dear Members of the Rosemont Community,

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

All Students of the Undergraduate College Are Back on Campus

The third full week of the semester is behind us, and upper class students have returned to campus. In-person classes on campus will take place using our hybrid model of Two Terms, One Focus from today through November 24, just before the Thanksgiving Break.  As was announced on June 3, students of the Undergraduate College will complete their final week of courses and exams online.

This past week, one student living on campus was tested for COVID-19 after exhibiting symptoms, but the test result was negative. In addition, one of the Undergraduate Students tested on campus on September 8th did have a positive COVID-19 test result.  The student lives off campus, is currently self-isolating and asymptomatic, and will not be permitted on campus until 14 days have passed.  We are currently working with the student and Main Line Health to complete contact tracing.  Anyone who had interactions of longer than 15 minutes with the student will be notified and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. I am not surprised that we’ve had a second positive test result in our baseline COVID-19 screening. I’ve expected that to occur as our population on campus has grown, and it is an indication that baseline screening is keeping those with a positive diagnosis from being on our campus.

I want to acknowledge the difficulty we experienced getting the results of the testing done by Main Line Health on campus on September 8.  I recognize some test results were not received in the expected timeframe. Please be assured the delayed turnaround time is not acceptable to me, and that I regret that it has impacted the plans that some of you had to return to campus over the weekend or today.  I am speaking this morning to our partners at Main Line Health and I promise to update those impacted as soon as I can. While the testing delay is unfortunate, I maintain my confidence in Main Line Health, our policy of baseline testing, and the protocols outlined in Rosemont 2020.

By continuing to wear our masks (correctly!), observing social distance, abiding by and enforcing our new Zero-Tolerance Student Non-Compliance Policy, not gathering in large groups, and washing our hands, we each play a critical role in the College’s ability to continue to offer an on campus experience to our Undergraduate College students.

PCR Positivity Rate in Montgomery County and Pennsylvania and Rosemont’s Dashboard

The PCR positivity rate in Montgomery County in the last 7 days according to the Commonwealth's COVID-19 Dashboard is 3.3% 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 4.2%. Rosemont’s positivity rate is 0.5% with one positive test result of an asymptomatic staff member and one positive test result of an asymptomatic student living off campus.  A reminder that www.rosemont.edu/Rosemont2020 contains a Dashboard of this information that will be updated weekly each Monday.

Help to Fight the Flu

A reminder that CVS will be on campus on Tuesday, September 22 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm to offer flu shots to students, faculty, staff members, and our Parkhurst and Aramark employees. Registration is required; no walk-in will be accommodated.  Click here to register on the CVS portal to reserve your timeslot.  For tips on registration, please visit the Wellness Center's website. If you are insured, your insurance will be billed for the vaccination.  If you are uninsured, the College will cover the cost of the vaccination.

100 Days - A Look Back and Our Way Forward

Last week, over 100 members of the College community participated in conversations with me over Zoom to mark my 100th day as Rosemont’s President.  I appreciated the opportunity to share my thoughts about what I have learned over the last 100 days and to talk with you about Rosemont’s future.  Any employee who missed the session for faculty and staff may request a copy of the recording from Human Resources.  The session with alumni will be posted on the College’s website in the very near future.

MFA Reading on Zoom

I am excited to be attending my first MFA Reading this coming Wednesday, September 16.  I’ve heard so much about these terrific events featuring our own MFA students, alumni, and guests.  This week’s event features guest readers Athena Dixon and Kristina Moriconi, both notable authors, as well as MFA students Linda Romanowski, Rachel Kolman, and Kyle Robinson. If you would like to join me at the Zoom event at 7:30 this Wednesday evening, you can find the link on the MFA Program's Facebook page.

the POWER of small – Coming to You as a Podcast

This Friday, September 18, our Director of Alumni Relations, Joe Darrah, and I are launching Rosemont’s first official podcast.  This Fall, and again during the Spring semester, we will be chatting with members of the College community and others about the POWER of small and a host of other topics.  We hope to keep you informed, give you insight, make you think (and even laugh), and help you get to know the people who put the POWER in the POWER of small.

 

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

President Boyers