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Campus Connections: October 5, 2020

Jayson Boyers, EdD - October 5, 2020

Dear Members of the Rosemont Community,

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

Heritage Week Begins Today

This week’s activities include: Heritage Holy Hour, Mission Orientation for New Employees, Student Celebrations, Conversations, and Community Outreach, and a special Heritage and Mission Retreat open to all students, faculty, staff, and alumni titled “Traditions Old & New” on Sunday, October 11 from 1 to 3 pm in the Chapel and on Zoom.  Mass to celebrate the College’s founding will be held on Wednesday, October 7 at 12:05 pm in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception and livestreamed on Facebook Live. Fr. Joe Narog, OSA will preside.  For more information or to register for the Retreat on Sunday, October 11, visit our website.

the POWER of small Podcast

Today, the third episode of Rosemont’s first official podcast is being released.  It is an interview with Patrick Rowley, PhD, Assistant Professor of Graduate Counseling at Rosemont College, about the impact that the coronavirus has had on mental health and the role that tele-counseling plays as the pandemic continues. You can download this episode and others at www.rosemont.edu/podcast.

Undergraduate College Update

As of today, there is currently 1 student quarantining on campus, as a result of a positive test result at the end of their original 14-day quarantine.  The student will remain in quarantine until October 9. To date, the student has not exhibited symptoms of coronavirus.

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 remains at 2.5%, 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 3.7%. Rosemont’s cumulative positivity rate since the start of the semester is 0.9%.  A reminder that www.rosemont.edu/Rosemont2020 contains a Dashboard of this information that is updated weekly each Monday.

October 12 - COVID-19 Testing on Campus for Term Two

On Monday, October 12 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. To schedule an appointment, sign up online today. No walk-in appointments will be accommodated.

Ravens’ Nest Hours Extended Beginning October 12

Beginning next week, the Ravens’ Nest will remain open until 10:30 pm to provide a space for students to relax, unwind, and socialize in the evenings (in a safe and socially distant way).  Food service will end at 8 pm.  We recognize that now that the weather is turning cooler, the Tent on Connelly Green can be chilly in the evenings.

Alumni Board Meets This Week

On Wednesday evening, the Alumni Association Board of Directors will hold their first meeting of the 2020-2021 year via Zoom.  New officers beginning two-year terms include: President, Linda Romanowski `75; President-Elect, Karen Santillo Fiorillo `84, `02; Vice President, Margaret McManus`78; and Secretary Jennifer South `16, `17.  You can view a full list of Directors on the College's website.

Society of the Holy Child Jesus Begins the Celebration of Their 175th Anniversary

Beginning this month, the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus will join with friends, family, alumni, schools, and ministries worldwide to celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus. The year-long celebration will offer opportunities for prayer, service, and gatherings that center on the Society’s past, present, and future to Love & Serve.  You can learn more on the SHCJ website or by watching this short video.  You are also invited to join the Society in weekly prayer by joining them in  Actions for Our Dear Planet.

Sunday Reflections From Jeanne Marie Hatch, SHCJ

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. Written though the lens of the Holy Child tradition and with Sr. Jeanne’s joy and care, her reflections are thoughtful, approachable, and warm, and always leave me with much to consider.  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