University Community Pitches in During the Pandemic

Many members of the University community have pitched in during the pandemic, delivering meals and packages, contact tracing, COVID testing and more.
Student volunteers deliver meals on campus.
Student volunteers deliver meals on campus.
"The students have always been the center of our work."- Brad Troy, Director of Residence Life

Meal delivery. Contact tracing. Package delivery. Communications. Check-ins. Testing. Soup delivery.

Many members of the University community have volunteered their efforts on top of their regular work responsibilities. They are coaches, administrative assistants, vice presidents and other administrative staff, police officers and professors, as well as students who are juggling schoolwork, club activities and more.

Lauren Rivera, J.D., Ed.D., assistant vice president for student life and dean of students, who helped to manage staffing and meals for those isolating or quarantining, said she was grateful for all the volunteers. 

"We had a massive team of contact tracers, and we've been delivering up to 140 meals on campus at a meal period," she said, remembering that one particular student this fall wasn't able to eat the meals provided. 

"The student could only eat soup, so three different University staff members jumped in to deliver soup around the clock to this student," said Rivera.

The Residence Life team has helped students transition to temporary spaces when they have had to quarantine or isolate themselves on campus.

"At this time last year, we could have never imagined the realities we’re facing and how it would impact our work. Our team has been committed to serving our students to the best of our abilities and we try to bring a positive attitude to our work each day," said Brad Troy, director of Residence Life. "To have the opportunity to contribute to some level of normalcy for our students is a privilege. The students have always been the center of our work."

Troy was especially appreciative of the students helping their peers through this difficult time and said they "deserve recognition for their efforts."

"Having to isolate or quarantine is a disruptive experience and can be stressful for students for a variety of reasons. In addition to students who have had to move to temporary housing, we have a number of students who have volunteered countless hours to support their peers," he said. 

"I have been amazed by the students, faculty and staff who come together to keep our community safe."- Jeff Colucci '21

Jeff Colucci '21, student government president, delivered meals.

“Whether I’m delivering meals to students in quarantine or meeting with leaders on campus to discuss reopening plans, I have been amazed by the students, faculty and staff who come together to keep our community safe," he said. "Throughout the past year, one thing that has always proven true is that people on this campus care so deeply about the students here and have done everything to keep us connected and safe.”

Liz Garcia, executive director of Equity and Diversity, Title IX coordinator and special assistant to the president, gained another title this past summer: Pandemic Safety Officer. Not only does she oversee the pandemic safety ambassadors and answer questions and enforce rules related to the Royals Safe Together Plan, but she also coordinates and delivers meals to students in isolation and quarantine. She noted that her call for meal, package and water delivery volunteers has been answered by the University community.   

"Serving our students is why we are here, including feeding them and checking on their well-being while in quarantine or isolation.  This responsibility falls on all of us, and so many from our community have stepped up. We have volunteers from all divisions and titles stepping up to assist," said Garcia.

Find the growing list of meal volunteers, below.

Barbara Eagan

Chris Whitney

Bailey McLaughlin

Cassondra Steiner

Rebecca Dzikowski

John Burke

Jennifer Pennington

Patti Tetreault

Barbara King

Casey Welby

Jeff Colucci

Dan Shuck

Amy Fotta

Robert Farrell

Jose Sanchez

Brian Loughney         

David Schweitzer

Michael Meyer

Barbara King

Susan Bowen

Kimberly Curran

Jean Lenville

Meg Ambrose

Don Bergmann

Lynn Gavin

Liz Garcia

Melissa Abda

Tim Pryle

Michelle Boughton

Reka Shayka

Emmanuel Aidoo

Susan Falbo

Amy Hoegan

Patricia Cummings

Janet Schieber

Paige Friesema
Stephen Klingman

Gerry Zaboski

Kristi Klien

Ryan Van Zelst

Aaron Lichtenwalter

Eric Morton
Joseph Fitzhenry

Robert Davis

Jeff Gingerich

Michael Ritterbeck

 Helen Wolf

Lori Moran


Matt Marcotte

Christine Black

Maria Marinucci

Natalie Gray

Julia Hack

Patricia Sayitts

Stephanie Adamec

John Gatto

Bridget Chomko

Nicolena Vega

Sarah Brown

Brandon Loftus

Jonathan Wells

Kaitlyn Lewis

Alexandra Maier

Julia Kulpa

Taylor Roman

Sophia Gonzalez

Jane Johnson

Cheryl Collarini

Madison Beers

Dante Malleo

Sinead Girdusky

 Amy Black

Brad TroyCathy Seymour

Kaycee O'Neil

Sean Brennan

Brian Sawyer

 Alyssa Olcott

Meghan KimballRaven Thomas

Danielle Higgins

Devanski Shah

Ansis Romolins

Thomas Helmstetter

Ashley Scovni

Sarah NeffGuillermo MartinezAlexandra ManiscalcoBrittany AngrosinaBenjamin McFadden

Bobby Hermes

Laurie McCoyRachel Gallagher
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