The Stockton Spirit Shines Through

As we navigate these times of uncertainty, we are reminded about the resilient spirit of our Stockton community. Faculty, staff, students and alumni have been showing us in many ways just what it means to be an Osprey in a challenging time. Whether it's supporting small businesses, helping those on the frontline of COVID-19 or finding ways to stay engaged academically, the Stockton spirit inspires us all.

Our faculty and students have moved to remote instruction in the wake of the pandemic, and while not ideal, they have found ways to continue to fulfill our educational mission. For example, Stockton's Economic Society, along with Assistant Professor of Economics Mariam Majd, hosted a Zoom conversation with Doug Cliggot, a former managing director and U.S. equity strategist at JPMorgan and Credit Suisse and currently a lecturer in economics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Gavin Rozzi
Gavin Rozzi

There is also the remarkable story about graduate student Gavin Rozzi that garnered recognition from Governor Murphy during one of his daily briefings on COVID-19, and rightfully so. Rozzi is using his technology hobby to turn household items into masks with respirators. Clearly, Ospreys will not be held back, and that is a trait that will serve them well in the future.

If you are looking for a story to warm your heart, read about our gerontology students remembering our local senior citizens.

Jennifer Wurst '02
Jennifer Wurst '02

Compassion and community are part of our fabric at Stockton. Shining examples of this are Jen Radwanski, director of Parent and Family Partnerships, and Jennifer Wurst '02, who are both getting behind the sewing machine to create masks for those who need it most. After watching Philadelphia-based Boathouse Sports shift their focus from creating sports apparel to outfitting medical professionals, I, too, am threading with a purpose, creating masks that can accommodate filters and have found homes with AtlantiCare workers. My next batch will go to the Stockton Food Pantry so our students can safely access this important resource.

Medical professionals working at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Centers (ARMC), Mainland and Atlantic City campuses, and the Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation currently have temporary housing at Stockton's student housing complex on Chris Gaupp Drive. Offering medical personnel alternate housing reduces the concern that they might infect their families while they treat patients with the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Kelly Kern and son Jordan
Kelly Kern with her son Jordan

I encourage you to read about what Kelly Kern, assistant to the vice president of Facilities & Operations, is accomplishing for both our health care professionals as well as small businesses in the area. This completely grassroots initiative is feeding our heroic frontliners and supporting our local restaurants.

Stay connected to all the ways the Stockton community is helping to #StopTheSpread and share how you are helping by checking out our ongoing feature story.

I have never been prouder to be part of the Osprey family and am so inspired by each and every one of you. Let us continue to support each other, find ways to give back, and most importanly, stay safe.

Be well!