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Campus Connections - October 12, 2020

Jayson Boyers, EdD - October 12, 2020

Dear Members of the Rosemont Community,

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

Global and Civic Engagement Week Begins Today

Featuring a voter registration drive, a 2021 Vision Board, the POWER of Series, a Red Cross Blood Drive, a Spotted Lantern Fly Egg Hunt, and more. Be sure to visit the week’s webpage for a complete list of activities and programs.

College Adds Baseball and Women’s Track

Last week, our Office of Athletics announced the additions of Men’s Baseball and Women’s Track for the 2021 – 2022 Academic Year.  Read the official announcement on our website.

the POWER of small Podcast

Today, the fourth episode of Rosemont’s first official podcast is being released.  It is an interview with Madden Levin ’22, the President of the Student Government Association, about why she chose Rosemont and what life is really like on campus as the pandemic continues. You can download this episode and others at www.rosemont.edu/podcast

Real-Talk: Transforming Diversity into Belonging

Over the next few weeks, Dr. Alovor; Chief of Staff and Vice President of Diversity and Belonging, will begin hosting campus wide Diversity and Belonging Listening Sessions with students, faculty, and staff. This is an opportunity for you to share your insights about these topics with Dr. Alovor to help inform her understanding of Rosemont’s culture. Those invited to participate will be notified via email by this Friday, October 16.

 Undergraduate College Update

As of today, there are no students quarantining on campus, and no new positive COVID-19 test results.

Thank you for all that you are doing across campus to help Rosemont remain healthy, safe, and open. Our ability to continue to offer an on-campus experience to our Undergraduate Students, is dependent upon our continuing to follow the policies and procedures of Rosemont 2020.  Thus far, we have been very successful. Our cumulative positivity rate is now a very low 0.8%, and the continued success of these efforts depends on your ongoing commitment. To this end, we ask that Undergraduate College students remain on campus in between Term One and Term Two, in an effort to minimize travel and possible transmission of the coronavirus. At the end day, the most important thing we can do to support one another and keep each other safe is to socially distance, wash our hands regularly, and wear a mask.  We are only six weeks away from Thanksgiving and the end of in-person instruction on campus.  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 has decreased to 2.4%, 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 has increased slightly to 3.9%. Rosemont’s cumulative positivity rate since the start of the semester is 0.8%.  A reminder that www.rosemont.edu/Rosemont2020 contains a Dashboard of this information that is updated weekly each Monday.

COVID-19 Testing on Campus Today for Term Two

Today from 1 to 3 pm, Main Line Health will be on campus to provide COVID-19 testing for those Undergraduate College students and faculty who will be on campus for the first time on October 19 for the start of Term Two.   If you are uninsured, the College will cover the cost of your test, otherwise, your insurance will be billed. No walk-in appointments will be accommodated.

An Invitation from the International Society of the Holy Child Jesus

This week we continue our remembrance of Rosemont’s heritage on October 13th and 15th, the founding days of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus. These days begin a year-long celebration of the Society’s 175th anniversary. The international Society is inviting everyone connected with the Society to join in “A Retreat in Daily Life Together” beginning on October 18 online. If you are interested in learning more, please email Sr. Peg Doyle at margaret.doyle@rosemont.edu.

Sunday Reflections From Jeanne Marie Hatch, SHCJ

Don’t forget that each Sunday, Sr. Jeanne Hatch, the College’s former Vice President for Mission, treats the College community to insightful reflections on the day’s Gospel and New and Old Testament Readings. You can read them on the Campus Ministry page of the College's website.  

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

President Boyers