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Campus Connections: November 9, 2020

Jayson Boyers, EdD - November 9, 2020

Dear Members of the Rosemont Community,

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

the POWER of small Podcast

Today, the eighth episode of Rosemont’s first official podcast is being released.  It is an interview with Dr. Mika Nash, Rosemont’s Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, about what drew her to become a part of the College community, why serving students is such a critical part of her life, and how life in Philadelphia and Vermont differ. 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 no one 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 5.2% which slightly higher 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 6.9%. Rosemont’s cumulative positivity rate since the start of the semester remains at 1.4%.

Last Wednesday, I shared an email with the campus community and the family contacts of our Undergraduate College students regarding the rising PCR positivity rate in our region.  In that message I wrote that in determining what is best for Rosemont College given the increase we are seeing, we’ve worked closely with the consulting physician of our partner, Main Line Health.   Main Line Health’s recommendation is that the College use the measurement of its own PCR positivity rate, rather than that of Montgomery County, as well as the capacity of our quarantine rooms, to determine when in-person instruction may take place. 

Main Line Health’s recommendation means that for in-person instruction to cease at Rosemont, we would need to reach or exceed a cumulative PCR positivity rate of 5% on campus since the start of the Fall semester and no longer have availability in our 50 quarantine rooms. As a point of reference, over the Fall semester, the maximum number of quarantine rooms utilized at one time has been four, and our on campus cumulative PCR positivity rate since the start of the Fall semester has remained at 1.4% for four weeks.

You can find the full text of my November 4th message on our website. 

A reminder that www.rosemont.edu/Rosemont2020 contains a Dashboard of the PCR positivity rates of Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, and the College that is updated weekly each Monday.

Real-Talk: Transforming Diversity into Belonging

Phase Three of our Diversity and Belonging Listening Sessions with Dr. Alovor will be held this week.  This final phase will wrap up our three-week session. An executive summary will follow to outline the findings of these discussions. As a reminder, please encourage all students to check their student email accounts to determine if they were selected to participate.

 “Media Ethics and Fake News” Hosted by the Institute

The Institute for Ethical Leadership and Social Responsibility colloquium series will host their November session “Media Ethics and Fake News” featuring Joyce Evans (retired) and Shawnette Wilson, both of FOX 29 News Philadelphia tomorrow, November 10 at 6 pm on Zoom. Learn more or register on our website.

Non-Profit Lecture Series

You are invited to attend the Non-Profit Lecture Series with speaker Terrill Haigler of YaFavTrashman on November 12 at 4:30 pm and with speaker David Meyers, a nature conservation finance expert, on November 16 at 4:00 pm.  For more information and access to the Zoom link, please contact Professor Jennifer Zoga at Jennifer.zoga@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 our website.

Veterans Remembered in Prayer

This Wednesday is Veterans’ Day.  As a College community, we are grateful to all veterans for their service and sacrifice. Veterans of all branches of the military will be honored in a simple, yet special way in Campus Ministry’s daily prayer service.  All are welcome to join from 11:00 to 11:15 am on Zoom.  Email ministry@rosemont.edu for a link.   

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

President Boyers