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Campus Connections: May 9, 2022

Jayson Boyers, EdD - May 8, 2022

Dear Members of the Rosemont Community, 

Commencement week is here! I am looking forward to celebrating with all our graduates and your families on Saturday. If you have friends and family who will not be attending, please let them know the ceremonies will be livestreamed on our Facebook page. 

I invite you to a special celebration on Wednesday at 12:30 in Main to honor three of our distinguished faculty who have retired during this year: Pat Nugent, Richard Leiby, and Tina Bizzarro.  

Please note that next Monday will be the last regular Campus Connections of the academic year. Over the summer Campus Connections will be sent once a month rather than weekly. 

In this week’s issue, you’ll find: 

  • Commencement 2022 
  • Senior Week 
  • Faculty Retirement Celebration 
  • Congratulations to the Counseling Center 
  • Mental Health Awareness Month 
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 
  • New Exhibit at Nugent Gallery
  • Alumni Forum Video Series 
  • Baseball Team Honored
  • And More…Read Below 

Quotable Cornelia: “Be strong in faith.” 

The Many Things Happening on Campus 

Commencement 2022 

Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 14: 

Undergraduate College Ceremony: 10:00-11:30 am | Connelly Green 

Baccalaureate Mass: 12:30 pm | Chapel of the Immaculate Conception 

School of Graduate and Professional Studies Ceremony: 2:00-3:30 pm | Connelly Green 

Please be sure to check rosemont.edu/commencement for further details. 

Coinciding with Rosemont’s Centennial year, the theme for Commencement 2022 draws on a statement from Rosemont’s mission statement: “fostering joy in the pursuit of lifelong learning.”  

Rosemont’s 2022 Commencement speakers:  

  • David Gould, Chief Diversity and Impact Officer at Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment, will deliver Rosemont College’s Undergraduate Commencement Address.  
  • Jacqueline Adams Stevens ‘09, mental health advocate and content creator, will deliver the School of Graduate and Professional Studies Commencement Address. 

Learn more about the speakers. 

Faculty Retirement Celebration 

Join us for a celebration to honor Professors Pat Nugent, Rich Leiby, and Tina Bizzarro. 

Wednesday, May 11 at 12:30 in Main Building. 

Please RSVP to susan.carey@rosemont.edu by Monday, May 9. 

Good News: Congratulations to the Counseling Center, Site of Excellence 

Rosemont’s Counseling Center was recently named a 2022 Site of Excellence by Villanova University. Every year, the Villanova University Graduate Counseling Program recognizes one “Site of Excellence.” These sites are recognized for providing Villanova counseling practicum and internship students with high-quality supervision that effectively meets their developmental needs. Sites that are selected have supervisors and staff who go above and beyond expectations to support students and help them to learn and grow as counselors. Sites of Excellence are nominated by both students and faculty across the Villanova counseling program. Rosemont’s Counseling Center was honored at a dinner on May 3 where Dr. Thomas DeGeorge accepted the award.  

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 Department of Public Safety 3rd Shift 

Working overnight can be very difficult especially when you're working a 10 hour shift. But the men and women on this shift always show up and to make sure the campus and students are safe. They're there to answer calls for maintenance or assist Resident Life with any issues that pop up. I'm always getting stopped by students and staff telling me how wonderful the overnight crew is. I thank Sgt. Vince Nichols for his constant support and always making himself available when called upon. I would also like to shout out officers Qadyir Sabur and Lance Irons. At least once a week a student or member of Res Life tells me about how professional and helpful you are when you're on duty. They appreciate the kindness and courtesy you show them and the willingness to go above and beyond to get issues resolved quickly. Last but not least officer Samaya Najeeullah although new to the department she has quickly adapted to the campus, she takes initiative to learn and take on new responsibilities. Thank you, third shift, for all that you do! 

Shout-out to Parkhurst Team (Lisa Redfern, Jeff Chesney, Larry Washington) 

They are an outstanding team! The attention to detail and care for the Golden Rose luncheon was second to none. From the table settings to the service to the food and dessert. The team, including the wonderful servers, made our alums 50+ years out of Rosemont feel the love and joy! 

Shout-out to Kim Beaver (Aramark) 

Kim is one of the most amazing people on this campus! She is always able to solve a problem, lend a helping hand, and ensure that things are running smoothly all while being genuinely kind and interested in the people she is working with. Kim is detail focused and always ready to jump in and lend a hand! 

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

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.  

President Boyers Named to 2022 Higher Education Power 100 List 

President Jayson Boyers was recently named one of 100 powerful educators by City & State PA, a premier news organization covering Pennsylvania's federal, state and local government, political and advocacy news.  

Let’s Go Ravens! 

Baseball Team Honored with CSAC Team Sportsmanship Award 

The Rosemont College Baseball team has been honored by the Colonial States Athletic Conference with the 3-D Award for Team Sportsmanship. This prestigious accolade recognizes the teams in each sport that best demonstrate the NCAA Division-III philosophy of “Discover, Develop, Dedicate.” 

Golf Team Advances to NCAA Tournament 

Wishing our men's golf team the best of luck as they travel to Florida for the Division III NCAA Tournament. The championship will be held May 10-13 at Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. 

Softball Team is #2 

Congratulations to women's softball on their #2 spot in CSAC! 

Stay up to date on the latest information. 

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. 

Raveen James ‘08 

In founding Beautiful Blessings, whose dolls seek to inspire a positive self-image, and through her professional career in pharmaceutical development, Raveen James has been guided by her strong Christian foundation and respect for diverse cultures. At Rosemont, she experienced a learning community of caring relationships grounded in the understanding of and respect for dignity of each person. 

Watch Raveen’s alumni interview. 

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 

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 promote 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. 

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 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