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Campus Connections: November 2, 2020

Jayson Boyers, EdD - November 2, 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 seventh episode of Rosemont’s first official podcast is being released.  It is an interview with alumna Christyn Moran ’94, Rosemont’s Vice President for College Relations, about marking her 20th year at Rosemont and how she became a part of the College community. It also includes lots of debate about Halloween candy!  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.

Undergraduate College Update

As of today, there is one student and one professional staff member who resides at Rosemont in quarantine on campus.

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 4.6%, 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 6.1%. Rosemont’s cumulative positivity rate since the start of the semester remains at 1.4%.  A reminder that www.rosemont.edu/Rosemont2020 contains a Dashboard of this information that is updated weekly each Monday.

Wellness Center Update

As some on campus are aware, Helen “Hennie” Cline, RN MS retired from her position of Director of the Wellness Center last Friday.  I know I speak for everyone at Rosemont in thanking Hennie for all of her efforts in keeping our students healthy, especially her work during these last few months of the pandemic, and in wishing her well in her retirement.

Beginning this week, we are expanding our partnership with Main Line Health to include staffing of our Wellness Center.  On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 am to 1 pm a nurse from Main Line Health will be on-site. On Tuesday and Thursday, a nurse will be on site from 8 am to 4 pm.  After hours needs will be directed a Main Line Health facility.  I am excited to have Main Line Health’s services offered in our Wellness Center, and look forward to the medical support and expertise that they will bring to our campus community.

Election Day is Tomorrow

Tuesday, November 3 is Election Day.  Don’t forget to vote!  If you are registered to vote using the College as your address, your polling location is Ashbridge House located at 1301 West Montgomery Avenue, right across Montgomery Avenue from the College. In-person voting will take place between 7 am – 8 pm. If you need a ride to the polls, please email activities@rosemont.edu and the College van will take you there between 9 am-6 pm, or earlier/later, if needed.  If you have a mail-in ballot issued by Montgomery County that you need to drop off, the closest ballot box to campus is located at 5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue in Bryn Mawr. Ballots must be dropped off by 8 pm.  For more information, visit www.votespa.com

Real-Talk: Transforming Diversity into Belonging

Phase Two of our Diversity and Belonging Listening Sessions with Dr. Alovor will be held this week.  I know that Dr. Alovor is honored to chat with each of you and listen to your lived experiences. Please encourage all students to check their student email accounts to determine if they were selected to participate.

Homecoming for the Class of 2020

I am excited to be hosting a Homecoming event on Zoom this 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 our website.

Save the Date: Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Now that we’ve entered the month of November, I am reminded that Thanksgiving will be here before we know it.  And with it, our annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service.  This year’s service will be held in the courtyard outside of the Community Center for those who wish to attend in person and livestreamed for those who wish to join virtually. Mark your calendars for Monday, November 23 at 11 am.

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

President Boyers