1 Blog, 5 Students


Wesley Marcum

  • Resource manager
  • Major: Integrated Advertising and Corporate Communication
  • Minor: Political Communication
  • Contact: marcumwa@dukes.jmu.edu

Wesley Marcum is currently a junior at James Madison University. He enjoys learning about advertising as an industry and a discipline,  and has a driving passion for multimedia storytelling. While he is proficient in many of the tools used to tell stories today (photography, videography and the Adobe suite of programs) he is more interested in the why’s and how’s of modern storytelling. Why do we choose certain media over others? How do we craft compelling narratives? Most importantly, how do we get our message across and stay on top of communication trends? Wesley hopes to illuminate these questions in this blog and in the rest of his career.


Shannon Quinlan

  • Creative Director
  • Major: Integrated Advertising and Corporate Communication
  • Minor: Sports Communication
  • Creator of graphics and blog image headings
  • Contact: quinlasm@dukes.jmu.edu

Shannon Quinlan, a native of Wilton, Connecticut,  is a third-year student athlete at James Madison University.  Shannon is eager to find a professional job that advances her drive and interest in the fields of advertising, graphic design, corporate communications, pharmaceuticals, sports marketing or sports broadcasting. Shannon is a hard worker who works well in challenging environments and understands commitment and relationship building on a team as a division 1 lacrosse athlete. She is interested in exploring a range of work opportunities that will lead to a creative and inspiring position.  In studying Advertising and Corporate Communication, she has expertise in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Garage Band, and IMovie.            


Corinne Schmidt

  • Project Manager
  • Major: Integrated Advertising and Corporate Communication
  • Minor: Sports Communication
  • Contact: schmidcc@dukes.jmu.edu

Corinne Schmidt is a junior while also playing collegiate lacrosse at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Corinne is from Long Island, New York where she attended Bay Shore High School. Corinne has learned from being a collegiate athlete time management, commitment, and how to work with people from lots of different backgrounds. Corinne’s strengths are  being a leader, hard worker and focused. She  worked as a sailing instructor for the past 5 years and it taught her how to be patient, problem solve, and learn from mistakes all while working with parents and children. While studying in the School of Media Arts and Design (SMAD) she has mastered the skills of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Garage Band, and IMovie. While studying Sports Communication she was taught social media . In high school she took photography and advanced photography as well as music production, and wrote for her high school award winning paper, The Maroon Echo. Corinne is looking to pursue a career with a professional sports team where she would help create advertising for games, and work with social media.


Kirsten Matthewman

  • Print Editor
  • Major: Integrated Advertising and Corporate Communication
  • Minor: Creative Writing
  • Contact: matthekh@dukes.jmu.edu

Kirsten Matthewman is currently a Junior at James Madison University. She is currently a member of the JMU Advertising Club: Madison American Advertising Federation and is looking forward to working with them throughout the next year. From her Creative Writing minor, Kirsten has learned how to get messages across more readily, and has also learned that it is more important to ‘show’ your story, rather than just simply ‘tell’ it. In Music Industry, Kirsten has learned a lot about how to specifically manage your own music business, as well as other financial aspects of the Music Industry. So far, from her classes in Media, Arts and Design, Kirsten has learned how to proficiently use Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Illustrator, Garageband and iMovie. She is very interested in all aspects of advertising, including figuring out what the best way to get your message across is and also how to properly target your intended audience.


Alanna Goodman

  • Print Editor
  • Major: Integrated Advertising and Corporate Communications
  • Minor: Economics and Creative Writing
  • Contact:goodmaac@dukes.jmu.edu

Alanna Goodman is a junior at James Madison University.  She is studying abroad in London in the spring of 2017 and plans on taking an internship while she’s there with some sort of creative marketing company. She is a fast learner and is hard-working and driven. She’s been passionate about pop culture for a long time and would love to incorporate that into her future career. She’s currently learning how to do HTML and CSS coding as well as manipulate images through Photoshop, Illustrator, and other platforms. She’s no stranger to social media with accounts on nearly every forum, and also helps run her sorority’s tumblr page.