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Campus Connections September 8, 2020

Jayson Boyers, EdD - September 8, 2020

Campus Connections: An Update from Pres. Boyers for September 8, 2020

Dear Members of the Rosemont Community,

Labor Day is behind us, marking the unofficial end of Summer, and it is the third Tuesday of our Fall semester.  Here is what is happening at Rosemont.

Undergraduate College Upper Class Students to Return this Weekend

I am pleased to share that our second full week of the semester has gone well, and our new students are settling in and feeling at home at Rosemont. No one on campus has been diagnosed with coronavirus in the past week.    

Our upper class students arrive on campus this weekend – moving in on September 12 and 13.  All will be required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test dated within 7 days of their first day on campus.  In-person classes on campus will take place using our hybrid model of Two Terms, One Focus from Monday, September 14 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.

As the number of students on campus grows significantly, I want to remind everyone of our shared responsibility to each other.  By continuing to wear our masks (correctly!), observing social distance, 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.  As I see it, this is where the POWER of small will set us apart from larger colleges and universities.  Together, we can do this!

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 3.2% 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%. Rosemont’s positivity rate remains at 0.3%, with only one positive test result of an asymptomatic staff member.  Beginning today, will contain a Dashboard of this information that will be updated weekly each Monday.

 COVID-19 Testing Taking Place On Campus Today

A reminder that Main Line Health will be on campus today in the Community Center 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.   Pre-registration was required; no walk-ins will be accepted. 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. 

Help to Fight the Flu

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.

Remember: You’ll Be Carded on Campus

A reminder to all to be sure to have your Rosemont photo ID with you on campus at all times.  Faculty, staff members, and students, you’ll need to present it to Public Safety when entering campus.  Students, you’ll also need to show your ID to enter your residence hall, the dining commons, the Library, and any other public building or office where you may be asked to do so.

 100 Days - A Look Back and Our Way Forward

Today marks 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 this 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.

 A New Spot on Campus

Our newest addition to campus is a tent on Connelly Green for the community to use for outdoor dining and recreational activities through the end of November.  Complete with strings of Edison lights, Adirondack chairs, a variety of high-top and low-top seating, and incredible views of campus, it is the new spot to hang out in a socially distant, yet fun, way.

Mass of the Holy Spirit

As is the tradition at Catholic colleges at the beginning of each academic year, we’ll be celebrating the Mass of the Holy Spirit in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception on Sunday, September 13 at 4:00 pm.  I hope to see you there.  We all need the blessing and guidance of Holy Spirit this year, more than ever before.

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

President Boyers