Stories of Confidence and Commitment
Ginnie D'Antonio '59
Rosemont defined who I am as a person. It has truly been my alma mater. I attended
Rosemont on a full tuition scholarship that I won by virtue of a miracle. There was
only one scholarship available and I still don’t know how I beat out some of my future
classmates to win it. I have always felt that God wanted me to be at Rosemont to help
shape me into the person I have become. I feel strongly that I should pay this gift
forward so that others can benefit as much as I have. What excites me most about Rosemont’s
future is that it is having one! There is a niche for a new co-ed Rosemont based on
Cornelia Connelly’s philosophy of education.
- Ginnie is the retired treasurer of the Villages of Plandome Manor and Plandome Heights, New York.
Charlie and Ann Marshall '66
After the historic decision to go co-ed, there is vitality to Rosemont. Students are playing frisbee on the lawn, gathering in the new Ravens’ Cafe outside the renovated Cardinal Hall dining room in the evening, cheering loudly for the soccer team (on that beautiful new grey field) and the basketball team. We went from a little too quiet, to alive and thriving. There is a focus on academics, recruiting serious students, and better quality of life on campus. We are watching this happen – how can we not be excited about Rosemont’s future?
Our donation to Rosemont is needed much more than any of the other academic institutions we have ever been involved with, and it is needed now – we have come so far! The decision to give to a small faith-based college to ensure its future has been crystal clear to us from the start.
- Charlie is the former President and COO, Genesse & Wyoming Inc. and Ann is a trustee of the College. Together they chair the Campaign for Rosemont College.
Kevin and Sharon Clark '74
A vibrant spirit of engagement permeates the Rosemont community. Our mission and values,
the Cornelian philosophy of education, a shared commitment to excellence, and how
we value diversity are as evident in the Rosemont community today as they always were.
We stand humbly on the shoulders of each and every individual who has contributed
since 1921 to shaping the Rosemont of today.
I was the first in my family to go to college, and Rosemont provided me a full scholarship. My husband Kevin and I want other students to have the same opportunity that I did. Our gift honored my parents through a scholarship in their names.
- Kevin is an educator and Sharon is the director of HR, IT and Shared Services for The Wallace Foundation. Sharon serves as the secretary of Rosemont College's Board of Trustees.
Dan and Margo Polett '61
We are excited about Rosemont’s future because there is a perceptible energy driving Rosemont forward. The faculty and staff and students are cohesive in their desire to enhance Rosemont’s curriculum and its mission statement. Margo and I are active at Rosemont because we believe in the sincerity of the Rosemont message—one that is focused on the power of personal relationships.
- Dan is the owner of Wilkie Lexus and Margo is a trustee of Rosemont College.
Rosemont College is very special to me. Over 17 years ago, I had the opportunity to
join the Board of Trustees. From that very first meeting, the mission of the Society
of the Holy Child Jesus and the story of our foundress, Cornelia Connelly, inspired
me to serve without hesitation. “Meeting the wants of the age,” as Cornelia said,
captured my imagination.
I feel that Rosemont offers something that other institutions cannot or do not offer…it’s what we now call “the Power of small.” The faculty and administration really do care about students and help them in many ways, large and small, in order to be successful. I’ve watched the College not only survive over time but thrive in an exciting environment.
- Ron retired as the Senior VP, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of K-Tron and served as the chair of the Board of Trustees for Rosemont College.
Jeff and Diane A. Rotwit '98
We believe that there is nothing more valuable than the opportunity to learn in an
intimate classroom setting versus a huge lecture hall. The ability to know who your
classmates and professors are on a personal basis is extremely beneficial in a learning
environment. The POWER of small and all of the connections made through the Rosemont
family give you an important network of people who will be there for you if you need
We want to insure that the uniqueness of Rosemont will continue. The Campaign is providing exciting physical changes on the campus, as well as changes not visible to the naked eye. The ripple effect of our gift will be felt and hopefully enjoyed for many, many years to come.
- Jeff is the founder of Sun Center Studios and Dianne is an active community volunteer.
Fred and Kathy Rotondaro '65
Being a trustee has allowed me to see the great work Rosemont is doing today and to reconnect with my own Rosemont experience. While the student body has changed to include men, Rosemont remains a beautiful campus and continues to offer the personal experience that enabled me and so many other women of my generation to go on to successful and productive lives. We support Rosemont financially because we believe the College continues to prepare its students to meet today’s challenges and to contribute to society in meaningful ways.
- Fred is a senior fellow for the Center for American Progress and Kathy retired as the president of Quadel Consulting Corporation.