Atlantic Cape Produces Successful Communicators
May 16, 2012
After graduating from Atlantic Cape Community College on Thursday, May 17, Corinthea Harris, Erin Martin and Madison Russ, three of the college’s top communication majors, will transfer to the most prestigious communication programs in the region.
Corinthea Harris, 20, of Ocean City, is the epitome of the word “driven.” She was home-schooled with her eight siblings and self-taught before she earned her GED and enrolled at Atlantic Cape full time.
Throughout her childhood, Harris had yearned for a structured education, and she flourished at Atlantic Cape--academically and socially.
“Maintaining a 4.0 grade point average, while also participating in extracurricular functions is an exhilarating process, demanding my time, energy and dedication,” Harris said.
The 2011 Communication Major of the Year is also a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society member, and she served as a student panelist for Atlantic Cape’s annual Public Relations Panel and at the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations’ 2012 national conference in San Francisco. Most recently, Harris, who was the business manager of the college’s student newspaper, the Atlantic Cape Review, won a 2011-2012 New Jersey Collegiate Press Association award for her article, “Pizza lures crowd but SGA doesn’t hold them.”
In addition, Harris has earned vital public relations experience through internships with Volunteers in Medicine of Cape May County, WMGM TV NBC-40 and Suasion Communications Group. In June, Harris will begin a prestigious 10-week internship with the Business Public Relations Department at Toys “R” Us, Inc.
This fall, she will pursue a bachelor’s degree in public relations and minor in journalism/advertising at Rowan University’s College of Communication in Glassboro. Harris plans to become an active member of Rowan’s student-run public relations agency, PRAction, and chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).
Across the bridge in Philadelphia, Harris’ colleague, Erin Martin, 21, will also continue her studies in communication this fall.
“When it comes to the city, I’m clueless,” Martin said.
After graduating with honors from Atlantic Cape, Martin’s next aim is to master Philadelphia’s public transportation system when she moves from Mays Landing to pursue a bachelor’s degree in communication at Temple University’s School of Communications and Theater.
“My goals are to work with a nonprofit organization with campaigning or fundraising,” Martin said.
During her five semesters at Atlantic Cape, Martin was involved in the planning and production of the annual Communication & Art Awards Show, held at the end of the spring semester. Martin is the recipient of the 2011 Public Relations Council of Greater Atlantic City Shore Scholarship, which is awarded to an outstanding Atlantic Cape student who resides in Atlantic County and majors in communication.
Martin is dedicated to learning all forms of communication, and she is studying American Sign Language, hoping to one day earn her certificate in Sign Language Interpretation.
“I’m going to my dream school and living on my own for the first time. This makes me scared, but I’m overtaken with excitement to become an adult,” Martin said.
She will not be left to conquer Philadelphia alone. Ocean City resident and Atlantic Cape journalism all-star Madison Russ, 22, plans to be her roommate.
Since she was six years old, Russ has dreamt of a career as a journalist. But when her right arm was shattered in seven places after a drunk driver hit her during the fall 2010 semester, her dream was threatened.
“I had my arm operated on twice during this entire process. It was speculated that I would never write again if it went poorly,” Russ said.
Determined to become a journalist, she learned how to write with her left hand and attended months of physical therapy. Since the accident, she served as editor of the Atlantic Cape Review, is a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society member and has maintained a 4.0 GPA. In addition, Russ has won New Jersey Collegiate Press Association awards, including: third place for “Cape May Campus ID Policy” in 2009-2010, and first place for “Crime Logs Available for Students and Anti-Bullying Policy” in 2011-2012.
Russ will transfer to the University of Pennsylvania this fall to major in communication at the esteemed Annenberg School of Communication.
“I’m living proof that going to Atlantic Cape can be one of the most important stepping stones of someone’s life. If not, I wouldn’t be going to an Ivy League school,” Russ said.
Harris, Martin and Russ’ achievements affirm the success of Atlantic Cape’s communication degree program, one of the newest programs offered at the college. Atlantic Cape established the communication associate in arts degree program at the start of the fall 2011 semester. The program, which prepares students to transfer to a four-year school, or for careers in the newspaper, radio, television, magazine, film, public relations, advertising and digital media industries, based on track selection, features six tracks: communication arts, creative writing, journalism, public relations, radio production or television production.