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Campus Connections: May 16, 2022

Jayson Boyers, EdD - May 15, 2022

Dear Members of the Rosemont Community, 

Congratulations to all of our students who graduated over the weekend! I am so proud of everything you have accomplished and enjoyed celebrating this milestone with you on Saturday. I also want to thank all our faculty and staff who volunteered their time over the weekend to ensure that Commencement went smoothly. We could not have done it without you! After this week, look for Campus Connections once a month over the summer. Thanks again to all for a great semester. 

In this week’s issue, you’ll find: 

  • Commencement 2022 
  • Faculty Retirement Celebration 
  • On the Move: Barb Walsh 
  • Congratulations to the Softball Team 
  • Centennial Closing Mass
  • Library Facilities Survey
  • Holiday Schedule
  • And More…Read Below 

Quotable Cornelia: “It is a great thing to know God‘s Will and to be ready to do it generously.” 

The Many Things Happening on Campus 

Graduation Publicity Announcements 

Attention, graduates! The Marketing Department will automatically send each graduate’s name, degree, and honors earned (if any) to students' hometown newspapers. Releases will be sent only for those who have met both their financial and academic obligations. Rosemont would also like to share your achievements on social media. Please fill out the form below that applies to you by Friday, May 20, 2022. Please email Katie DuBoff at with any questions. 

Undergraduate Students 

Professional Studies Students 

Graduate Students  

Best Wishes to our Retired Faculty 

Three of Rosemont’s esteemed professors have retired, and many faculty members, staff, former students and friends gathered to celebrate their decades of dedication to the Rosemont community at a retirement celebration last week. 

We wish all the best to Dr. Tina Bizzarro, who retired as full professor in the Department of History of Art and served as Discipline Coordinator and Major and Minor Advisor for History of Art for over 30 years; Dr. Richard Leiby, who has taught History at Rosemont since 1988 and served as an integral member of the Petaltones, Rosemont’s beloved musical group comprised of faculty, staff, and students; and Patricia Nugent, who has been part of our community for 55 years as an associate professor in the Studio Art & Design program, as well as the Director of the Rosemont College Art Gallery—now named the Patricia M. Nugent Gallery. 

These beloved professors have made a lasting impact on the lives of countless students, and we are truly grateful to each of them for their years of scholarship, mentorship, and friendship. 

Good News 

On the Move: Barb Walsh, Advancement Manager 

Barb Walsh has joined the Institutional Advancement (IA) team as Advancement Manager effective May 1. In this role, Barb has become a key member of the team focused on the database, many special projects, and expanding the use of technology in IA operations. She will also assist with the feasibility study for the campaign and support the other members of the team with events and outreach. 

“For the past eleven years, I’ve had a number of different roles and responsibilities here at Rosemont,” said Barb. “I look forward to my new position in Institutional Advancement to help contribute to the success of the College.” 

 “We are thrilled to welcome Barb to our team! She brings extensive project management experience, great institutional knowledge, and a lot of excitement to this position,” said Jennifer Tuberosa, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “We are proud to welcome her to a great team at a tremendous time where great successes are happening.” 

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.  

Shout-out to James Yarrish, Operations Manager, and Jen East, Executive Administrative Assistant  

Shout out to James and Jen for all their coordination in planning Commencement. I know it must have taken countless hours to organize all the logistics, and their attention to detail was evident in how smoothly everything ran over the weekend leading up to our graduates' special day! 

Shout-out to Catarina Moreira, Executive Director of Admissions 

Congratulations to Catarina Moreira who got engaged last month when she returned home from working at Rosemont's Admitted Students Celebration!  

Do you have good news you think our community may want to know? Fill out the submission form. 

Softball Team Completes Another Record-Breaking Season! 

For the first time in Rosemont history, the softball team went 13-3 in conference play and 17-15 in the overall season. This was also the first season the team was seeded second and advanced to the conference championship. In addition, the team was ranked 19th in the nation for stolen base attempts.  

“I could not be more proud!! said Coach Bill Relyea. “These young women have demonstrated resilience and discipline while forging a new high-performing culture for themselves, holding one another accountable and supporting each other simultaneously through every challenge. And, most importantly, as a result they have begun to establish a legacy of competitiveness for Rosemont College Softball that is exhilarating to behold and share with one another.” 

Congratulations to all the members of the team on this successful season! 

New Exhibit at Nugent Gallery 

The Nugent Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition: Shine On, featuring work by artists Anne Leith and Kathleen Spicer. The exhibit will run through May 31.  

Centennial Closing Mass 

Closing Mass with Archbishop Nelson Perez 

Sunday, June 5 at 10:30 am 

Please join us to close out our Centennial Year during our Reunion Weekend for our Closing Mass celebrated by His Excellency Nelson Perez, the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. 

Held in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception during Reunion Weekend, this liturgy will serve as the final event of the Centennial Year. All are welcome to join the Reunion Classes for Brunch in the Community Center immediately following Mass. (Brunch tickets are $30 per person.) So that we may appropriately plan, please register online for Mass and/or the brunch. 

Alumni Video Series 

As part of our Centennial year of celebration, we spoke with nine accomplished and diverse alumni who shared their personal stories of how Rosemont College’s mission and values have shaped their chosen path in life. Please join us in listening to their reflections about Rosemont’s spirit, how they felt seen and heard in a learning community where professors fostered independent thinking and personal growth, and what it has meant to be part of a caring and supportive community imbued with respect for each person while building friendships that have endured long after graduation.  

Note that the following interviews were recorded via Zoom during the Centennial year. 

Brianne Wetzel '05  

Brianne Wetzel strives to have the Holy Child partnership school in Washington, DC that she leads to be the same joyful learning community she experienced at Rosemont - one reflective of the charism of Cornelia Connelly and to bring forth every child’s unique gifts in a safe and joyful space. She credits being “seen and heard” to Rosemont’s small-class environment and professors who believed in each student’s ability to achieve great things. And she feels a responsibility to carry forward the principles of social justice, equity, and fairness that were nurtured at Rosemont.   

Watch Brianne’s alumni interview. 

Centennial Commemorative Book 

Own a piece of Rosemont history!  

As we celebrate our milestone year, take a walk down memory lane in this limited-edition keepsake photo book of Rosemont's storied history. This commemorative Centennial book features Rosemont's evolution through each decade as well as the story of Cornelia Connelly, the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, and more.  

Now available for $30. Click Here to order. 

May Centennial Reflection 

“From the moment Rosemont launched its Centennial celebration, it was appropriately frothed with optimism and promise of things to come. For those who have clicked on these monthly reflections, this focus on meeting the wants of the age with compassion was an attempt to punctuate the celebration with touches of more sober topics. Not to squelch the festive side of things, but to season it, because it’s always best to ground our hopes and dreams in reality.” 

Sr. Ann Marie Durst, former Rosemont president, discusses in her final reflection the need for hope amid tragedy. 

Listen to the May reflection 

Share Your Stories from the Summer  

Students, do you have an exciting internship, job, or volunteer role over the summer? 

Share it with us along with a photo for a chance to be featured in a future Campus Connections and on Rosemont’s social media!  

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month  

 May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the U.S. on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869 of which the majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. 

Learn more about the significance of this month in this PBS video 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month 

 May is Mental Health Awareness month. Mental Health Awareness (MHA) month has been observed every year in the United States during May since 1949 and was created to create awareness, advocate, spread resources and reduce the stigma around mental health. Learn about mental health resources in Montgomery County, PA.  

Counseling Resources Over the Summer 

 The Counseling Center is now closed for summer break. Thank you for the opportunity to support you this year. Please see the information below on mental health resources over the summer. We wish you a great summer and look forward to talking again in the fall!  

Food Pantry is Open This Summer 

The Food Pantry (located in the lower level of the Chapel) will be accessible during the summer from 6:00 am until 10:00 pm Monday through Friday. 

Faculty and Staff, Please Complete the Library Facilities Survey 

As you may know, staff at the library have been hard at work on shifting collections, clearing out old storage, and revitalizing various interior spaces. When the current phase of this work is completed this summer, we will have several areas within the Library ready to be put to new uses. To plan for our next steps, we need your help evaluating the Library's current facilities and gathering feedback on what you might like to see in the future. 

Please take a few minutes this week to complete the following survey:  

Library Facilities Survey 2022 

Your input is most appreciated! Please reach out to Brice Peterson with any questions at 

Summer Hours 

 In recognition of and appreciation for the hard work and dedication shown by the staff of Rosemont College over the past year, we will once again institute the practice of “Summer Fridays” during Summer 2022. Effective with the week beginning Monday, June 6th, and continuing through the week ending Friday, August 5th, the College will observe the following office hours: Monday through Thursday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (30 minutes lunch). Offices will be closed on Friday with some exceptions. This schedule does not apply to the week beginning July 3rd, which we resume regular hours (9 am to 5 pm with 1 hour for lunch) observed Tuesday through Friday. Some departments will be unable to take advantage of summer hours because of other obligations and schedules. In those cases, department VPs and their senior leaders must approve alternate schedules to ensure office coverage on Fridays. We will resume our regular business hours of Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Monday, August 8th. 

Thanks for reading Campus Connections. I’ll be back with more in June.  

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

President Boyers