Fellowship-Winning Student Looks Forward
to Media Career
When Jaquon Heath ’13C receives his bachelor’s degree from St.
John’s University in May, he will complete an undergraduate career
notable for wide-ranging achievements. The English
major has embraced the Vincentian tradition by distinguishing
himself in the classroom, through service, and as a budding media
A high point came last summer, when he was awarded a fellowship
from the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS)
Foundation, Inc. He was one of only 15 students—from among 1,000
applicants nationwide—chosen for the organization’s competitive
Fellowship Program. The fellowship provided him with
broadcast-industry experience through an internship at CBS News in
New York City.
“I was so excited to receive this fellowship,” said Heath, who
is interested in television writing and production. “I’ve always
wanted to work in media. This gave me an inside look at the field.”
Through the internship, he attended networking sessions with
industry leaders. The IRTS Foundation is a charitable organization
that promotes educational opportunities for current and aspiring
It was University Career Services, Heath said,
that originally helped him to obtain the fellowship. Through the
center, he participated in an IRTS Foundation workshop that teaches
students about media-related fields. He went on to apply to the
Career Services strengthened Heath’s desire to help others. For
example, he served as one of the office’s Peer Mentors, assisting
classmates as they prepared for jobs and internships. “I wanted to
do the same things for my fellow students that my own Career
Services mentor did for me,” he said.
Volunteering also enriched Heath’s other activities at St.
John’s. He worked in the Writing Center on
the Queens, NY, campus, advising fellow students on creative
analysis and strong writing, and he regularly took part in Campus
Ministry's Midnight Runs, which distribute food to the
homeless. “I’ve been involved with community service since I was a
child,” he said. “The University’s Vincentian Mission inspires
Heath’s other extracurricular activities included writing for The Torch, St.
John’s weekly student newspaper, and serving as vice president of
Theta Epsilon, the University chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity Fraternity, Inc. In addition, he founded The Food 4 Thought poetry
club. "Poetry," he noted, "is a wonderful form of self-expression.
If something is going on in my life I can always use the power of
words through poetry, and others can relate to it. It forms a
connection with people."
Under Heath’s leadership, Food For Thought has
been active in on-campus events—including the Spring Week Poetry
Slam and the Black History Month Cotton Club Dinner—as well as
community service activities for the past four years. "Every week,”
he said, “Food For Thought went to P.S. 156 Laurelton Middle School
in Queens, NY, where we talked with the kids about college and
worked on poetry with them. It was a really nice atmosphere."
As he looks forward to graduation, Heath is continuing his
education in his craft. He is taking writing classes in
Manhattan—including television writing, while serving as the
Managing Editor of The
Sphinx magazine, his fraternity’s national publication,
and as editor of Sales Success for the Rookie and
Sales Success for the Seasoned Sales Veteran, books both
by author Steve Lentini.
These experiences, Heath said, confirmed the impression St.
John’s made on him during his first campus visit. “I knew I had to
come,” he said.