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Distinctively Stockton

Stockton alumni are helping to give back to their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are a few of their stories.

Mary McMonagle '16

As gyms closed and social events moved to a virtual space, McMonagle found a way to give back to the local community while still maintaining social distance protocols. McMonagle, owner of True Vibe, partnered with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations to host virtual yoga and meditation sessions via Zoom. 

Mary McMonagle
Mary McMonagle '16

Jaime Hannigan '06

Hannigan and her sister, Lisa Muratone, owners of White Lotus Boutique, created an online fundraiser for medical supplies to get face masks and hand sanitizer to those in need. The first delivery of face masks arrived in March and donations were made to both nurses at AtlantiCare and Shore Memorial hospitals.

Kristen DiVario '08

DiVario has been working tirelessly to sew masks for nurses and first responders. She researched straps to use and makes personalized professional-quality masks that she delivers herself.

Jennifer Wurst '02

Wurst is a registered nurse in AtlantiCare’s Emergency Room. A few years ago, she left the post-surgical unit to challenge herself by joining the ER team. She’s been spending her time off behind her sewing machine to help stop the spread.

Jennifer Wurst
Jennifer Wurst '02 | Photo by Ben Wurst 

Lauren Hall '16, MS '18

Hall recently started her career as an Occupational Therapist, but her OT duties have shifted in order to assist COVID-19 patients in New Jersey hospitals. From performing PPE checks on doctors and nurses to assisting patients on ventilators, Hall has shared with close friends how grateful she is to be able to help doctors, nurses and patients at this time.

From donating to food pantries and keeping them up and running, sewing masks, and staying connected to isolated individuals, the Stockton community found several ways to give back to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more stories on how Ospreys are helping to #StopTheSpread.


As Stockton plans to welcome students back to campus, we are asking all members of the Stockton community to help keep the campus safe and healthy by following new health protocols, including wearing face coverings, maintaining a distance of at least six feet apart from others and washing hands for at least 20 seconds. Learn more about Stockton's return to campus plan at stockton.edu/fall2020

 Soar Safely, Ospreys! Mask Up, Back Up, Wash Up