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Campus Connections: August 30, 2021

Jayson Boyers, EdD - August 29, 2021

Dear Members of the Rosemont Community, 

Happy first day of the semester to all. I am very excited to welcome our largest incoming class in a decade and welcome returning students to campus. I am looking forward to a great year! While we are beginning another year amid the pandemic, things are different. We have much more knowledge and an essential tool—the now FDA-approved Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine—to support us in safely reopening. As we start the new academic year, we have established a series of safety policies and procedures including a firm vaccine requirement, baseline testing, limitations on visitors, and more so that our community is a safe place to learn, live, and work. Please read through the policies below and online 

Don’t forget, Rosemont’s Centennial year kicks off next month! The year will feature a packed schedule of events from September through April, all of which are open to the entire College community. Be sure to check back regularly – further details will be shared as they become available. 

In this week’s issue, you’ll find: 

  • COVID-19 Campus Safety Protocols
  • Register for the Centennial Run/Walk 
  • Welcome Week
  • CACREP Accreditation
  • September Mass Schedule
  • Rosemont in the News
  • And more…read below 

Quotable Cornelia: Do not resist the interior voice speaking to your heart. It is the voice of the Holy Spirit.” 

The Many Things Happening on Campus 

COVID-19 Campus Safety Protocols 

Starting the new academic year is an exciting time, and we all need to do our part to ensure our campus is as safe as possible. By now more than 90% of our campus is fully vaccinated. We expect this only to increase now that the FDA has given full approval to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine because those students, faculty, and staff who had received a philosophical exemption now MUST be fully vaccinated by September 30. 

Please click here to view the full policy 

Campus Access 

The Wendover Road entrance will serve as the single point of entry to campus. It will be staffed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week by the Office of Public Safety. All students and employees will be required to show their ID and Rosemont Raven Safe app vaccine verification to enter campus. All guests will be required to complete a Wellness Check at entry to campus. Guests will be required to mask at entry to campus and remain masked throughout their visit. 

Baseline Testing 

As in past semesters, Main Line Health recommended that the College community undergo baseline COVID-19 testing. This recommendation aligns with the CDC recommendation for institutions of higher education. We are confident that our vaccination, testing policy, and visitor requirements will help to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus. 

Contact Tracing 

Rosemont College will contact trace any students, faculty, and staff with a positive COVID-19 test result, whether through surveillance testing or symptomatic testing. Students, faculty, and staff who test positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate off campus for 10 days, regardless of vaccination status. 

Campus Life: Welcome Week 

From social events to learning sessions, you are invited to continue getting to know members of the Rosemont community during Welcome Week! Check the events calendar for further details. 

Centennial Celebrations are Coming Soon!  

Save the Date for the Run/Walk for Service on Saturday, September 18 

Grab your running (or walking) shoes! As part of our ongoing Centennial celebration, we will be hosting a Run/Walk for Service on campus Saturday, September 18, at 10 a.m. As part of this event, we are asking all who attend to consider donating non-perishable food items in honor of Rosemont's mission of service to the Providence Center, which will have staff and children onsite to accept the donations. Register today! 

Month of Service Kicks Off in September!  

The Centennial Service and Spiritual Sub Committee invite you to do service in your own community as a way of honoring Rosemont College’s Centennial Year. Long a hallmark of a Rosemont education, giving back is a special way for all members of our community to bring attention to Rosemont College.  

Participation is easy! Simply volunteer in any way in your own neighborhood during the month of September 2021. You can elect to serve at food banks, libraries, nursing homes, hospitals, homeless shelters – any organization that accepts volunteers! 

Log your hours and list the organization at which you volunteer online via the link below so that we can measure the collective impact of our service. Also be sure to download “Flat Renny” and post about your service on social media using the hashtag #roco100serves. Don’t forget to wear your Rosemont gear as you volunteer, too! 

LOG YOUR SERVICE 

DOWNLOAD FLAT RENNY 

One Century, One Book 

Have you always wanted to know more about the life of Cornelia Connelly, the founder of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus?  Have you wondered about the motivations of this Philadelphia-born woman to leave her family life to found the religious order that, in turn, founded Rosemont College? Join the Centennial Service and Spiritual Committee by reading Yes, Lord, Always Yes by Sr. Elizabeth Strub, SHCJ and meeting monthly with others for discussion and reflection. Meetings will take place via Zoom from October through March. 

You can access a free digital download of Yes, Lord, Always Yes. Those wishing for a printed copy may order one by September 15 for $25. 

Counseling Programs Receive CACREP Accreditation 

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the following programs in Rosemont College's School of Graduate and Professional Studies: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA degree) offered at both Rosemont College in Rosemont, PA, and partner institution Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA, and School Counseling (MA degree) at Rosemont College in Rosemont, PA. The CACREP Board of Directors met in July 2021 and awarded accreditation to these counseling programs through October 2029.   

The Board based the accreditation decisions on an extensive review of the self-study documents, the site review team’s report, and the institution’s response to the site review team’s report.   

Based on this decision, graduates of Rosemont’s MA in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and School Counseling specialty areas will be considered graduates of a CACREP-accredited specialty area if they received their degree on or after July 10, 2019.   

Facilitated by faculty members who are current practitioners in the field of counseling, both the school counseling and clinical mental health counseling programs are in alignment with national standards in counseling.   

Campus Ministry: Season of Creation 

From September 1 to October 4, Christians around the world are praying and caring for creation. It is the “Season of Creation.” Since 1989, when the late Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I proclaimed September 1 a day of prayer for the environment, Christians worldwide have been encouraged to pray and act on ecological issues. This year’s theme is “A home for all? Renewing the Oikos (home/household) of God.” 

Rosemont has two committees addressing this value - Catholic Climate Covenant and Rosegrow.  

Rosemont’s Food Pantry Is Open 

The Rosemont Food Pantry, located in the lower level of the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, is available to any student, faculty member, or staff member on campus. It is stocked with a variety of snacks and meals that require little or no preparation. To access the Pantry, simply enter the Chapel from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm any day, including Saturday and Sunday, and proceed down the stairs to the lower level.  The Pantry is located in the hallway on the right.  Look for the signs!  For more information on the Food Pantry, email campusministry@rosemont.edu 

Rosemont News 

And check out our July and August roundup of more Rosemont in the News 

Don’t Miss this Week’s Sunday Reflection from Jeanne Marie Hatch, SHCJ 

Each Sunday of the semester, Sr. Jeanne Hatch, the College’s former Vice President for Mission and Ministry, 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.  

 
Thanks for reading Campus Connections. I’ll be back with more next week. 

In the meantime, be in touch with me at president@rosemont.edu about what you might like to see included in the next Campus Connections. 

President Boyers