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Campus Connections September 21, 2020

Jayson Boyers, EdD - September 21, 2020

Campus Connections: An Update from Pres. Boyers for September 21, 2020

Dear Members of the Rosemont Community,

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

the POWER of small Podcast

Today, our Director of Alumni Relations, Joe Darrah, and I are launching Rosemont’s first official podcast.  Our first episode is an interview with Yoli Alovor, PhD, our new Chief of Staff and Vice President for Diversity and Belonging.  Dr. Alovor shares her thoughts on her new position, gives us insight into the importance of listening, and explains what it is about Rosemont that drew her to move from Missouri to the Main Line.  You can download this episode and others at www.rosemont.edu/podcast.

This Fall, and again during the Spring semester, we will be chatting with members of the College community and others about the POWER of small and a host of other topics.  We hope to keep you informed, give you insight, make you think (and even laugh), and help you get to know the people who put the POWER in the POWER of small.

Board of Trustees To Hold Committee Meetings This Week

The members of our Board of Trustees, chaired by Maria Feeley, Esq. ’93, will gather this week via Zoom for Committee meetings in advance of the Board meeting on October 2.  I am looking forward to the contributions of each member of the Board, as we work together in the coming year.

 Undergraduate College Update

This past week, a third member of the College community received a positive test result as a result of our baseline screening of returning upper class students. The asymptomatic Undergraduate College student lives off campus, is currently self-isolating and asymptomatic, and will not be permitted on campus until 14 days have passed.  Contact tracing revealed that the student did not have contact with any member of the College community.

As of today, there are currently 3 students quarantining on campus.  These students had interactions with the commuter student who was diagnosed last week (the College’s second asymptomatic positive).  During quarantine, students are not permitted interaction with any other member of the community and are housed in designated isolation rooms.  They participate in class virtually and all meals are delivered outside their doors.  To date, none of the students have exhibited symptoms of coronavirus. I am pleased to see that our contact tracing is working, and I am optimistic that it and our required quarantining, will keep our campus safe.

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 has declined to 3.0%, 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 is 3.8%. Rosemont’s positivity rate is 0.7% with one positive test result of an asymptomatic staff member and two positive test results of asymptomatic students living off campus.  A reminder that www.rosemont.edu/Rosemont2020 contains a Dashboard of this information that will be updated weekly each Monday.

Help to Fight the Flu

A reminder that CVS will be in the Community Center tomorrow, September 22 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm to offer flu shots to students, faculty, staff members, and our Parkhurst and Aramark employees. Registration is required; no walk-in will be accommodated. Registration ends at midnight tonight! Click here to register on the CVS portal to reserve your timeslot.  For tips on registration, please visit the Wellness Center's website. If you are insured, your insurance will be billed for the vaccination.  If you are uninsured, the College will cover the cost of the vaccination.

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

President Boyers