Rosemont Prepares to Welcome Newest Class
Katie DuBoff - July 20, 2020
Student Orientation at Rosemont (SOAR) is ready to take flight!
As of mid-July, SOAR will be from August 19th – 23rd with most activities taking place in person with modifications due to COVID-19. Should orientation need to move to a virtual format, this page will be updated with new information.
Each Raven Peer Leader (RPL) group will be assigned a classroom where they will log in to Zoom as a group. From there, they will join the SOAR workshops virtually.
This will allow all of the new students to interact with faculty and staff at the same time and participate in a live Q&A session about all things Rosemont while also adhering to CDC Guidelines.
“We have been in contact with our First Year students throughout the summer a little bit more than normal so that we can ensure no students fall through the cracks and everyone receives as much information as possible before they come to campus,” said Jessica Burns, Director of Leadership and Engagement.
The Student Engagement and Leadership Office also added an additional Commuter Information Session on August 18th to communicate with those students directly and reduce the number of students coming on and off campus throughout SOAR weekend. However, commuter students are encouraged to attend SOAR weekend as much as possible so they can get to know their fellow classmates.
“Both my office and the Student Academic Success Center have been creating and facilitating a course in Canvas called SOAR 2020,” said Burns. “We have been uploading 'assignments' or items to be completed before students come to campus in the fall, such as to apply for housing or register for CARES Day.
This Canvas course is in its 2nd summer of use and has been crucial this summer since we are not able to see students face to face. The Canvas portal acts as our SOAR Headquarters, and we have directed every student to the page. Incoming students are getting important information they need but also familiarizing themselves with Canvas because they will use the program for all of their courses.”