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Campus Connections - September 28, 2020

Jayson Boyers, EdD - September 28, 2020

Dear Members of the Rosemont Community,

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

Opportunity to Meet Our New Vice Presidents

As you read on Thursday, the College now has a new Provost/Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Mika Nash, EdD, and a new Vice President for Finance and Administration, Marty Mehringer. Both will be joining me over Zoom this week to introduce themselves to faculty and staff.  Yoli Alovor, PhD, our new Chief of Staff and Vice President for Diversity and Belonging, will also join us.

 A Zoom session for staff members and administrators will be held at 11:00 am tomorrow; a session for all faculty will be held at 4:00 pm on Thursday, October 1.  Faculty Council will distribute the link to the 4:00 pm faculty session.  Staff members and administrators should register for the 11:00 am session online today. A link will be emailed to all those who register by 10:00 am tomorrow.

the POWER of small Podcast

Today, the second episode of Rosemont’s first official podcast is being released.  It is an interview with Christine Hagedorn, D.M., MBA Assistant Professor, Discipline Coordinator Business Department, and NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative, about the intersection of academics and athletics. You won’t want to miss Dr. Hagedorn’s insights into how our student athletes have been managing without a Fall season. You can download this episode and others at www.rosemont.edu/podcast.

US News Ranks Rosemont as a Top Performer in Social Mobility in the North

Ranked as #15, Rosemont is the only college in the Philadelphia region ranked in the Top 25 for Top Performers on Social Mobility - Regional Universities North in the US News Best Colleges Rankings.

According to the US News Best Colleges report, “Economically disadvantaged students are less likely than others to finish college, even when controlling for other characteristics. But some colleges are more successful than others at advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students awarded with Pell Grants.”

Undergraduate College Update

As of today, there are currently two students quarantining on campus, as a result of exposure to a commuter student who tested positive two weeks ago.  Both will be tested for COVID-19 today and will remain in quarantine until they receive a negative test result.  To date, neither of the students has 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 has declined significantly to 2.3% 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 also decreased to 3.2%. Rosemont’s positivity rate remains at 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.

Save the Date: COVID-19 Testing on Campus for Term Two

On Monday, October 12, 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. Times and registration information will be announced in next week’s Campus Connections.

Wellness Center Has a New Home on Campus

The College’s Wellness Center is now open in the lower level of Alumnae Hall.  Complete with a large (socially distanced) waiting room, a private exam room, and isolation space, the Wellness Center will serve the needs of all Rosemont College students from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each weekday.  To make an appointment to visit the new Center, please call x2420 or 610-306-6581.

RoCo Magazine – Coming to Your Inbox Tomorrow

The September issue of RoCo Magazine will be released tomorrow.  View it online to stay up to date on the many things happening at Rosemont.

Heritage Week

And, last but not least, our annual Heritage Week will be soon upon us. Stay tuned for details on the events of the week, including the Mass to celebrate the College’s founding on Wednesday, October 7 at 11:55 am in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception Chapel. Fr. Joe Narog, OSA will preside.

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

President Boyers