Campus Connections: January 10, 2022
Jayson Boyers, EdD - January 10, 2022
Dear Members of the Rosemont Community,
Welcome back to campus! I hope everyone had a happy and healthy break. As we begin the semester, my focus is on establishing COVID mitigation protocols that allow us to continue to provide in-person instruction while supporting the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Unfortunately, COVID did not take a break throughout the holiday, and the new fast-moving Omicron variant is increasing infection rates. Please read through the important updated COVID-19 policies below and further details online.
I am excited to share with you that we are also launching our new Good News series. Each week, look for good news such as congratulating staff and faculty on new accomplishments, promotions, employee of the month, and more. Please read below about our first Employee of the Month – Liam Fennell!
In this week’s issue, you’ll find:
- Important Upcoming Dates
- Campus COVID-19 Policies
- Rosemont Joins Elite Federal Academic Alliance
- Good News: Employee of the Month
- January Centennial Reflection
- Day of Service Opportunities
- This Week’s Game Schedule
- And More…Read Below
Quotable Cornelia: “Let us no longer fail but now try our very best saying―I will now begin.”
January 10: Spring Semester begins for undergraduate campus programs and accelerated online Professional Studies and Graduate
January 15: Cornelia Connelly’s birthday
January 17: Martin Luther King Dr. Day – Day of Service; No Classes/Administrative Offices Closed
January 18: Spring Semester begins for traditional graduate programs
Add/drop ends. All internship paperwork for Spring 2022 must be finalized
The Many Things Happening on Campus
Campus COVID-19 Policies
The Rosemont community has shown throughout this pandemic that we will work together to protect the health and wellbeing of our community, which includes preserving our ability to continue with in-person instruction. This is why I ask that you review and adhere to the COVID protocols (see detailed protocols here). These protocols were developed upon careful review of CDC guidance, as well as review of current efforts by other colleges and workplaces. There are three updated recommendations related to mitigating the spread and impact of Omicron, which has proven to have increased spread:
- Masking—specifically use of KN95 of N95 masks which are more effective in reducing small particle spread.
- Vaccination—full vaccination required for all new students, faculty, and staff, and boosters required for everyone by February 28, 2022.
- Isolation during infection—those who test positive will need to isolate off campus for 10 days.
Read more about the updated protocols.
Athletics News: No spectators permitted at home events
In light of rising covid cases and the safety of our students being of utmost priority to us, we will not be allowing outside spectators to our sporting events until further notice. We have defined “Outside Spectators” as visiting team fans, students, parents, and home team fans and parents. The only fans that will be permitted are Rosemont College students that reside on campus, are vaccinated, adhere to our covid protocols, and wear a mask while attending the event.
Visiting teams will be required to wear KN95 or N95 masks when arriving to our campus and while they are inside any of our facilities. The only time individuals will not need to wear a mask is if they are the head coach during the contest or if they are an athlete actively playing during warm-ups or during competition; all members on the bench will need to mask at all times. Immediately following the match, all coaches and athletes will put their masks back on. We ask that teams do not mingle or shake hands prior to, during, or after competition.
Rosemont College Selected to Join Elite Federal Academic Alliance
On Friday, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management announced the addition of Rosemont College to the Federal Academic Alliance. This will enable more than 2.8 million federal employees nationwide, their spouses, and eligible family members to pursue affordable, online higher education degrees and certificate programs at more than 50 percent less than the standard tuition rates through Rosemont’s Momentum Program. Rosemont becomes one of just 27 post-secondary institutions to join the Alliance nationwide.
Good News: Employee of the Month
As we begin a new year, we have launched a new series called Good News. There are endless examples of amazing things happening at Rosemont. We need your help in amplifying these stories so that everyone can share the pride in the individuals that help to make Rosemont an amazing community.
Liam Fennell has been selected by the Rosemont community as our inaugural Employee of the Month! Please congratulate him the next time you see him on campus!
Do you have recommendations for the next Employee of the Month or other good news you think our community may want to know? Fill out the submission form.
Anniversary of Cornelia Connelly’s Birthday is January 15
Saturday, January 15 is the anniversary of Cornelia Connelly’s birth in 1809 in Philadelphia. Cornelia Connelly, an American-born wife and mother and a zealous convert is the founder of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus in England in 1846. The heritage of respect for the dignity of every human being, which Cornelia gave her community, has been translated through the generations as a spirit of trust and of reverence for all God’s people. Learn more about the life of Cornelia Connelly.
January Centennial Reflection
Hit pause for a few minutes each month to pray and reflect with the College community.
For the month of January, former Rosemont President Sr. Ann Marie Durst, SHCJ, shares a reflection as we begin 2022. As a community, we will journey together in gratitude for the many
blessings of Rosemont’s Centennial Year.
Listen to January’s Centennial reflection
Day of Service Opportunities, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Prayer Service,
January Mass Schedule
Campus Ministry is offering two opportunities for service in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One is at the Center for Environmental Transformation in Camden, NJ on Saturday, January 15 from 10:00 am-1:00 pm. The other is on campus at the Greenhouse on Monday, January 17th from 10:00 am-1:00 pm. Learn more and register here.
All are invited to a prayer service the Community Center on Monday, January 17 at 5:30 p.m.
There will be in-person Sunday Mass in the chapel at 4:00 pm on January 16, 23 and 30. Food and fellowship follow in the Campus Ministry lounge. All are invited.
Counseling Center Hours for the Spring Semester
Rosemont College Counseling Center provides individual, group, and drug and alcohol counseling services designed to support students in becoming the best version of themselves, reaching individual goals, and improving quality of life. Counseling services are free of charge to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Rosemont College. The Center is currently offering in-person counseling sessions with masking and social distancing and telehealth counseling sessions. The Counseling Center also hosts Community Events each week on Monday through Thursday from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in the lobby of Hirsh Community Center. Please stop by a Community Event to learn about a health and wellness topic, engage in an activity, and chat with the counselors.
The Counseling Center is located in the lower level of the Immaculate Conception Chapel in Room 9 and is open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Monday through Friday. If you are interested in learning more about counseling services or scheduling a time to speak with a counselor, please reach out to the Counseling Center by email (email@example.com), telephone (610-527-0200 x2416), or visit the Center during operating hours.
This week cheer on the Ravens at the following events:
Men’s Basketball, 7:00 pm vs. Clarks Summit University
Women’s Basketball, 7:00 pm at Cairn University
Women’s Basketball, at Wilson College
Men’s Basketball, 3:00 at Wilson College
Stay up to date on the latest information. Let’s Go Ravens!
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