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Campus Connections August 24, 2020

President Jayson Boyers - August 24, 2020


Dear Members of the Rosemont Community, 

Beginning today, expect an email from me each Monday morning.  It’s my way of keeping you connected to all that is happening at Rosemont. 

Classes Begin Today 

Our First Year and transfer students of the Undergraduate College are on campus and will begin in-person instruction today according to the hybrid model of Two Terms, One Focus. Our sophomores, juniors, and seniors will take their courses fully online for 3 weeks and will begin in-person instruction on September 14. 

 We’ve honored students’ requests to be fully online. Approximately 20% of the Undergraduate Student body has opted to live off campus and take their courses fully online for the Fall semester. 

The courses of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies will be fully online for the Fall semester.   Read more in my August 3rd message. 

 COVID-19 Testing Update 

As you know, as of August 19 all new students and employees are required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test dated within 7 days of their first day on campus. Of the students and employees who have been tested, to date, we’ve had only one positive result – an incredible .3% positivity rate.   The PCR positivity rate in Montgomery County in the last 7 days according to the Commonwealth's COVID-19 Dashboard is 3%, which is lower than the 5% that the CDC has determined is the threshold for in-person instruction to take place. 

Our New Students 

The First Year and transfer students of the Undergraduate College completed Orientation last night.  I am so grateful to the Raven Peer Leaders and the Offices of Student Life and Leadership/Engagement for all they did to welcome our new students in such a meaningful way. 

So, who are our new students? 

    • 43% men, 57% women 
    • 11% from Private High Schools, 89% from Public High Schools 
    • Average High School GPA is 3.26 and Average SAT is 1063 
    • 8% are Honors Students 
    • 3 are the children of Rosemont Alumni.  (2 of them are the recipients of the 2 prestigious Cornelian Scholarships) 
    • 70% are from Pennsylvania; 14% are from New Jersey; 3% are from Texas; 2% are each from Virginia, Colorado, and Delaware, and there is one student from the following states: California, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, and New York,  
    • 38% are Black 
    • 37% are White 
    • 29% are Hispanic  
    • 6% are Multiracial 
    • 2% are Asian  

My First Cap and Gown Ceremony 

Last night under a tent on Connelly Green, we held a socially distanced Cap and Gown Ceremony.  The Ceremony followed Mass in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception and dinner in the Dining Hall, and was the final event of SOAR: Orientation Weekend. TRUST, COMMITMENT, COURAGE, & CARE was the theme of my first Cap and Gown remarks.  The Ceremony was livestreamed so that those not on campus could view it.  If you missed it, you can catch the recording on the College’s Facebook page. 

Student Academic Success Center Relocating to Good Counsel Hall 

SASC will have a new home on the first floor of Good Counsel as of Thursday, August 27.  Until then, they are offering tutoring, advising, and support services remotely.  Email for more information or to set up an appointment. 

Wellness Center to Open in Alumnae Hall on September 9 

A new Wellness Center is taking shape in Alumnae Hall and is set to open on Tuesday, September 9. The new Center will feature a dedicated (socially distant) waiting area, private exam rooms, and will allow us to expand our partnership with Main Line Health.  If you need Wellness services before the new Center opens, please call x2420 or visit the Wellness Center page on our website. 

 Raven Safe Smartphone App  

This week we implemented use of our Raven Safe smartphone app. Students and employees need to complete a daily COVID-19 self-assessment via the app to gain access to campus and the Dining Hall.  Faculty may also request that students show their app clearance before entering a classroom. Read more about the Raven Safe app here. 

Pizza for Breakfast, In a New Way 

A “breakfast” pizza was the most popular items served in the Dining Hall over Orientation.  I expected it to be pizza, because some things never change, do they?  The fact that it is “breakfast” pizza makes me realize the Class of 2024 is going to surprise us in many ways, and I am excited about that. 

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

President Boyers