Atlantic Cape’s Kathleen Corbalis, APR Receives Community College Spirit Award

TRENTON, N.J.— On June 17, during its annual New Jersey Community College Awards Ceremony, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges presented the 2013 Community College Spirit Award to Atlantic Cape Community College Executive Director of College Relations  Kathleen Corbalis, APR, for her exemplary service to New Jersey’s community colleges.

“Since its inauguration in 1993, the Community College Spirit Award has been an honor bestowed to those who embody the community college spirit – perseverance, dedication and excellence,” said NJCCC Chairman Bakari G. Lee, Esq.

Corbalis, of Mays Landing, was recognized for her work in helping to gain support for the $750-million Building Our Future Bond Act, which will provide $200 million for construction at the state’s 19 community colleges, as well as funding for public and private four-year colleges and universities.

“We are honored to recognize Ms. Kathleen Corbalis of Atlantic Cape Community College for her statewide contributions to the Building Our Future Bond referendum last fall,” said NJCCC President Dr. Lawrence A. Nespoli. “Kathy’s dedication led to an overwhelming number of voters throughout the state voting in favor of this issue back in November. This support from the voters means that $200 million in capital funding will be made available to our community colleges to expand and renovate facilities so that we may continue to provide outstanding academic programs to students at an affordable cost.”

Corbalis has served for nearly 30 years at Atlantic Cape Community College where she also acts as Associate Director of the Atlantic Cape Foundation. She has won more than 100 awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Public Relations Society of America, and the Jersey Shore Public Relations and Advertising Assn. Actively involved in professional development for community college communicators, she has served on the NCMPR Board of Directors for seven years, most recently as vice president/president elect, and has made numerous presentations on crisis communication, branding and marketing.

Corbalis is a graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in newspaper journalism and Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) with a master’s in communication.  She will retire from Atlantic Cape on July 1.

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing New Jersey’s 19 community colleges. As an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents, the Council is the voice of the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government. The Council is also the state coordinating organization for all community colleges in New Jersey.Corbalis_Spirit

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