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Campus Connections: October 26, 2020

Jayson Boyers, EdD - October 26, 2020

Dear Members of the Rosemont Community,

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

the POWER of small Podcast

Today, the sixth episode of Rosemont’s first official podcast is being released.  It is an interview with New York Times Best Selling author and alumna, Erin Entrada Kelly ’16 about her work and her experience at Rosemont, both as an MFA student and now a faculty member.  You can download this episode and others at www.rosemont.edu/podcast.  Remember, you can also find the POWER of small Podcast on Spotify and Amazon.

Presidential Ponderings

The October installment of Presidential Ponderings has been posted to our website. This month I’ve been thinking about how community is created and why ‘belonging’ matters so much.  Those thoughts inspired me to do some digging in my bookshelf to share a quote from one of my contemplative heroes, the late Henri Nouwen. I think you’ll appreciate it as much as I do. I hope that you’ll give Presidential Ponderings a read when you have a quiet moment this week.

Undergraduate College Update

As of today, there are no students in quarantine on campus.

The Undergraduate College’s Spring semester will be delayed by one week and will begin on Monday, January 18 with a campus-wide Martin Luther King, Jr. event.  Classes for Term I will begin in-person on Tuesday, January 19 and will end on March 8.  Reading Day will take place on March 9.   Exams will be held March 10 to 12.  There will be no Spring Break observed.  Term II will begin on Monday, March 15 and will end on April 30.  Reading Days will be held on May 1 and 2.  Exams will be held from May 3 to 5.  For detailed information, please visit the Two Terms, One Focus page of our website.

We are making plans for in-person outdoor Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 15 for the 2020 and the 2021 graduates of the Undergraduate College and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.  We will announce specific plans on April 15, so that our plans reflect the most current guidance from the CDC and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. If large crowds are prohibitive, the College is committed to hosting small in-person outdoor recognition events by academic division or program during the week of May 9. 

PCR Positivity Rate in Montgomery County & 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 increased to 2.9%, 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 to 5.0%. Rosemont’s cumulative positivity rate since the start of the semester is 1.4%.  A reminder that www.rosemont.edu/Rosemont2020 contains a Dashboard of this information that is updated weekly each Monday.

Don’t Let This Halloween Trick You

Undergraduate College students, don’t let this Halloween trick you into letting your guard down. I recognize it is a Saturday this year, and the temptation will be to act as you did pre-COVID-19. We are counting on you to maintain your vigilance and to stay 6 feet apart from others, wear your mask, and practice good hand hygiene whether you are on and off campus.  The College’s ability to continue to offer in-person instruction depends on it!

Real-Talk: Transforming Diversity into Belonging

Panel selections for Phase One of our Diversity and Belonging Listening Sessions with Dr. Alovor will be held this week. Those selected for our second panel discussion will receive a link today to share their availability. Please respond by this Wednesday the 28th to reserve a spot.  Phase Two discussions will take place the week of November 2.  We are eager to chat with each of you.

Trunk or Treat on Connelly Green

In the spirit of Halloween, the Office of Leadership & Engagement is hosting a socially distant “Trunk or Treat” on Connelly Green this Friday from 3 to 5 pm.  Campus offices will have tables decorated for Halloween to give out pre-packaged-COVID friendly goodies, giveaways, or prizes for students. Students - remember to come in your best in costumes!  And, your masks, of course!

Homecoming for the Class of 2020

I am excited to be hosting a Homecoming event on Zoom on Thursday, November 5 at 7 pm for the Class of 2020 to virtually welcome them back to campus.  Graduates of the Undergraduate College and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies are welcome.  RSVP online today!

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.  

All Saints’ Day Liturgy 

Mass for the Feast of All Saints will be celebrated in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at 4 pm this Sunday, November 1st.  Fr. Joe Narog, OSA will preside. Mass will also be livestreamed on Facebook Live on Campus Ministry’s Facebook page.

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

President Boyers