SC4 honors students for academic achievements

St. Clair County Community College is proud to honor more than 150 students for their outstanding accomplishments in and out of the classroom during the 2020-21 academic year.

“It’s truly impressive to see the number of students being recognized by SC4 faculty and staff for their accomplishments this year, especially considering the disruption the world-wide pandemic has caused,” said Vice President of Student Services Pete Lacey. “Their success demonstrates an outstanding level of personal commitment and hard work, as well as a reflection of the support provided by the entire SC4 team to assist them along the way. We are honored to recognize the achievements of our students.”

Achievement awards in academics, leadership, service and personal accomplishments

Savannah Adkins, Seth Aguinaga, Courtney Angebrandt, Kyla Archer, Shawn Baker, Megan Baltierra, Caroline Banka, Adam Baszewski, Jacob Beem, Onika Bishop, Amanda Bolotta, Keegan Bonesteel, Katherine Bosma, Natalie Brown, Megan Burns, Melanie Carlson, Alexander Carpenter, Alexzandra Carr, Austin Chase, Mandy Chrzanowski, Hailey Clink, Lily Connelly, Whitney Cook, Sara Day, Maranda Decker, Cristina De Gregory, Tangela Demetroff, Caitlyn Diss, Cameron Doenges, Maegan Donajkowski, Muranda Dore, Tanya Earl, Shelby Eveland, Daniel Ferrone, Amber Fields, John Fields, Madison Fleming, Lucy Forlastro, Janice Fritz, Marie Frohriep, Amy Golm, Nickalos Gonzales, Jennifer Goulette, Analisa Harrington, Calsi Henry, Jennifer Heuer, Alyssa Hoist, Jacob Horvath, David Hovis, Carnell Hughes, Shane Hunt, Eden Jenkins, Marc Jones, Emily Jurkiewicz, Leah Kain, Jordan Kelly, Kari Kelly, Maxwell Kenny, Zachary Kerhoulas, Holly Kidd, Dakota Killingbeck, Maggie Kimmerly, Danielle Kinsman, Ashley Klemkow, Stephanie Kluger, Leigh Knox, Paul Kraemer, Daryll Krueger, Aniela Kujda-Roche, Janie Lacroix, Samantha Lada, Jacob Lamb, Eric Lardie, John Legaspi, Lucas Logsdon, Jacqueline Ludwig, Brendan Lyons, Kristin Malcolm, Grace McCarthy, Maryann McLeod, Mikala McMullen, Laura McNeill, Kaitlyn Meldrum, Taisha Mentzer, Ann Mole, Ekam Motwani, Amanda Muxlow, Lillian Nelson, Gabrielle Nicholas, Scott Obarzanek, Christopher Photiades, Devin Porrett, Kayla Putman, Cynthia Reager, Leah Rospierski, Carrie Rush, Amanda Salisbury, Violet Sanchez, Jennifer Sater, Gail Sayers, Brooke Scheffler, Rachel Schmaltz, Brandi Schmitz, Doug Schoenberg, Reese Schomer, Samantha Schovan, Raymond Selman, Trent Sheldon, Thomas Short, Denise Sly, Alyssa Soave, Jordan Sommers, Paige Stone, Jacob Stoner, April Storey, Thomas Strunk, Brianna Swantek, Diane Sylvia, Lindsey Tabor, Nelson Thorn, April Tracy, Jordan Vanallen, Jessica Vollstaedt, Anna Wahls, Troy Walcott, Brittany Watts, Gailvonia Weaver, Ryan Weglarz, Cori Weidman, Elizabeth Wells, Avery Westbrook, Zachary Wieland, Kyle Williams, Ginger Wise, Bryan Worden, Lauren Woznak, Renee Young, Julia Zuniga and Julija Zuravskaja.

All Michigan Academic Team winners

Hailey DeMerritt and Elisabeth Westrick.

Faculty Memorial Awards

Michaelia Day is the award winner of the Faculty Memorial Award for a continuing student. Other nominees included Trevor Arcieri, Mark Donnellon, Samuel Gordon, Daniel Rich, Brandi Schmitz and Doug Schoenberg.

Katherine Bosma is the award winner the Faculty Memorial Award for a graduating student. Other nominees included Jeffry Beem, Samuel Gordon, John Legaspi, Shane Markel, Kathryn Oliver and Thomas Short.

TRIO Student of the Month — Rachel Fredendall

Living with mental health issues can often keep people from choosing to continue their education beyond high school. Without additional support and understanding, the typical challenges of college become even more overwhelming.

Rachel Fredendall knows this all too well. She has an array of mental health barriers, plus a learning disability. But Anne McPherson, SC4’s Coordinator of Academic Success and Disability Services, recommended the college’s TRIO Student Support Services program, and it’s been a great help to Fredendall.

“It’s really hard for me to get motivated because of my depression and OCD issues,” Fredendall explained. “After I have a depressive episode, I go into a 24-hour manic episode of hyper-motivation, where I really take advantage of time. It really came down to the two annoying (just kidding!) people that pestered me to keep on track. I couldn’t have gotten this far without my fiancé and my best friend.”

Thanks to TRIO and several great SC4 professors, Fredendall is on track to graduate in May. She regularly spent time between classes in the TRIO space on campus, where TRIO Director Shawne Jowett helped her develop an effective study plan. She also singled out Criminal Justice professor Jim Jones, Earth Science professor Bob Hunckler, and retired English professor Cliff Johnson for being understanding and accommodating when it came to her physical and mental health disruptions.

“There are no words that can describe how thankful I am for them,” Fredendall said.

Fredendall is transferring to Saginaw Valley State University to work on her bachelor’s degree in secondary education, focusing on English and general social studies. Her ultimate goal is to become a teacher at her former high school.

“I’d like to be on a first-name basis with my old teachers,” she laughed. “After that, we’ll see!”

For her success in the classroom and beyond, Rachel Fredendall is the May TRIO Student of the Month. Congratulations, Rachel!

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at SC4

Sign up now to receive a free COVID-19 vaccination this Friday, April 30, at the SC4 Fieldhouse. All individuals at least 18 years of age can register by completing the online form at: https://communityclinicscheduler.as.me/?calendarID=5424751

This opportunity is open to everyone. Appointments are available between 9 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. on a first-come first-served basis. Participants must bring a driver’s license or other form of identification to their appointment. After receiving a vaccination, a second dose appointment will be scheduled.

Walk-up opportunities may be possible based upon appointment availability. Please contact the health department at (810) 987-5300 with questions. Additional vaccination information can be found on the St. Clair County Health Department website at https://www.stclaircounty.org/offices/health/.

Registration for SC4 fall classes is open — We’re here for you.

Registration for fall classes at St. Clair County Community College is open, meaning it’s time for you to schedule the classes you need to get your degree, transfer to a four-year college or start on your path to a new career.

Fall semester begins on Monday, Aug. 23. And through May 21, there’s no deposit required to register for fall classes!

The world changed this year because of the pandemic, and many students are finding it hard to decide what to do this fall. We understand that, and we’re here for you.

You’ll notice that many of our classes are back on-campus this fall, while we also have many online options available. We’ll continue to be cautious, of course, but we believe that a return to something closer to normal is possible.

So how do I register?

If you’re a current student at SC4, or you have already gone through the steps for enrollment, you can register online through your student Portal or on the SC4 mobile app.

Not sure which classes you need to take? Have questions about degree and certificate programs, class selection or other concerns? New college students and those transferring from other schools can set up a phone or virtual advising appointment by visiting sc4.edu/advising.

If you’re not quite ready to register and want to get an idea of what’s out there, you can also browse available classes for the fall semester by visiting sc4.edu/schedule.

Not a student yet? Or maybe you haven’t even applied? There’s still time. Visit sc4.edu/starthere and fill out your free application today.

When you start here, it’s a smart decision that will help you go anywhere. SC4 students benefit from affordable tuition, flexibility, a high-quality education, a vibrant campus community, and faculty and staff dedicated to maximizing student success.

If you have other questions related to registration, email enrollment@sc4.edu.

SC4’s Lambda Mu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa receive awards

The national Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) recognized SC4’s Lambda Mu Chapter with the Distinguished College Project Award during PTK Catalyst 2021, the Society’s annual convention, which was broadcast live from Orlando, Florida, from April 8-10.

Only 51 of PTK’s chapters worldwide received the Distinguished College Project Award this year. The purpose of the College Project is to establish or strengthen a supportive relationship between the chapter and college administration. Lambda Mu’s project, “Tips for Success in Online Learning,” compiled online learning advice offered by SC4 faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The advice was edited into 30 “tips” and shared online.

Successful completion of the College Project is one of the criteria needed to be a Five-Star Chapter, a status the Lambda Mu Chapter maintained for the 2020-2021 academic year. Lambda Mu is also a REACH Chapter, which signifies a membership acceptance rate of over fifteen percent.

Additionally, the Blue Water Alumni Association (BWAA) was recognized as a Five-Star Alumni Association for 2020-2021. BWAA is the PTK alumni chapter for the St. Clair County area.

The Lambda Mu Chapter was also honored with the following awards at the PTK Michigan Regional Convention 2021, held virtually March 24 to 26:

  • Distinguished Chapter Officer Team – 3rd Runner Up: Tara Brown, Lisa Green, Lillian Nelson, Rachel Schmaltz
  • Honors in Action Theme 4 Award: Expressions of Truth – 1st Runner Up
  • College Project Award – 1st Runner Up
  • Angela Heiden, SC4 PTK Advisor, was honored for thirteen years of service

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in the United States and internationally. More than three million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.

If you’d like to be a part of an award-winning chapter, both the Lambda Mu Chapter and the Blue Water Alumni Association are currently looking for new members and officers for the 2021-2022 academic year. Contact PTK Advisor Angela Heiden at aheiden@sc4.edu for details.

Naima Turner’s winding road to success included a stop at SC4

Naima Turner arrived in Michigan in August 2009. She had an eight-day-old newborn and three other children aged ten, nine and two and was facing a new life as a single mother after separating from her husband. She had no income, no car, no furniture, and her only support system was her mother.

Turner had one thing going for her, though, and that was her certainty that she knew what she wanted to become, though she wasn’t quite sure how she would get there – yet. She was starting her life over again with nothing but love and determination.

She and her children stayed in her mother’s one room basement for three months until she got her own place in a trailer home. She had to ask for assistance from the Michigan Department of Human Services to survive. In order to get help from Michigan Works she needed to volunteer. So, she volunteered, cared for children, and started going to school full time at SC4, taking the prerequisite courses needed to get into the Associate Degree Nursing program.

Although Macomb Community College was closer, Turner’s aunt Crystal was already in the SC4 nursing program and recommended it to her niece. She told her that the instructors were outstanding, which Turner found out was absolutely true.

“Tami Turney, Kim Murphy, and Laurie Lamont were amazing!” Turner recalled. “They were personable, yet professional. Their compassion as nurses shone through in their roles as educators, as well. Their teaching styles were exactly what I needed to drive the subject home and help me remember. They used stories – and laughter – to help us recall difficult content and make it more applicable.”

Turner was so inspired by her SC4 instructors that she decided to follow in their footsteps and become a nursing instructor herself.

“Nursing is about so much more than just skills and knowledge,” she explained. “It’s also about the standards and characteristics that the profession requires and demands. I love being able to contribute to the development of extraordinary nurses who go out and serve our communities.”

Turner completed her ADN degree at SC4 in May 2013, then continued her education at Chamberlain University, getting her BSN and her MSN degrees there. For her MSN, she majored in nursing education. She’s currently completing her DNP degree at Chamberlain and expects to graduate this year.

She’s served for nearly eight years as a staff nurse in obstetrics, including labor and delivery, antepartum, and post-partum care; as a clinical instructor in OB and pediatrics; a didactic nursing instructor, and is currently the Director of Nursing for a program in California.

Her experience getting started at SC4 left a lasting impression of the value of a community college education.

“It’s priceless,” Turner said. “It’s vital for communities to accommodate adult learners, their schedules, and their lives, while enabling them to reach their goals and dreams. Community colleges aren’t as costly but are just as reliable and valuable when it comes to the education and experience gained. Students who choose community colleges receive a great educational experience and go on to do great things.”

Turner is certainly an example of that. Despite her difficulties when she moved to Michigan a decade ago, her current success is inspiring and shows the power of self-determination and hard work.

“It was extremely rough and difficult, but I persevered despite all the difficulties and barriers,” Turner said. “God is merciful, and he saw me through it all. If someone is determined to reach their goals, no circumstance or obstacle can deter or stop them. No matter where you are, where you’re destined to be and who you’re destined to become is a realty that only you can make come true.”

TRIO Student of the Month – Adam Baszewski

Soon after starting at SC4, Adam Baszewski experienced something many new college students do: a need for some extra help to get through some of his more challenging classes. He heard about SC4’s TRIO Student Support Services program and decided to check it out.

“I needed some support with some assignments that I was having difficulties with,” Baszewski explained. “TRIO helped me by providing a tutor for an advanced class, which helped me succeed.”

He soon discovered that TRIO offers more than just academic help.

“They also offered to help me with my career planning,” he said. “I plan to use that to my advantage soon.”

Baszewski lives in SC4’s Campus Housing, which gives him some additional peace and quiet.

“I’d recommend TRIO to others because it helps people with disabilities,” he said. “and they can help you plan your future.”

Baszewski will be seeking a job as a website developer with a “company with a good reputation.” For all of his success and growth as a student, Adam Baszewski is the TRIO Student of the Month for April 2021.

Eligible SC4 students may qualify for Food and Nutrition Services

St. Clair County Community College recognizes that we are in different times.  Food insecurity and a family’s inability to access much needed nutrition seems to be a condition impacting many of us.  In an effort to keep you apprised of resources in and around our community that may assist with addressing some of these needs, here is some valuable information.

If you are enrolled half-time this winter (6 or more credit hours), you may qualify for Food and Nutrition Services (Food Stamps or SNAP) during this federal public health emergency.

Congress carved out new pathways to SNAP access for a large number of students in its December relief package. Under Section 702(e) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), students who are eligible to participate in federal or state work-study programs (even if they don’t anticipate holding a job) or students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 can qualify for SNAP, a change that will last for the duration of the federal public health emergency.

You can apply in person, by paper application, or online at https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71547_5527—,00.html . The application will ask if you are “in college or trade/vocational/technical school at least half-time” and will ask you to list the name of your college.  Be sure to check this box.  The staff at Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) may follow up with you to ask you to provide proof of your eligibility.  Students can go to https://portal.sc4.edu  and print a copy of their Registration Statement or Financial Aid Award Letter to give to the  MDHHS staff as proof of eligibility.

If you are interested in this program but haven’t completed the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), it’s not too late to do so.  Go to FAFSA.GOV and complete the FAFSA for the 2020-21 year.  Be sure to list SC4 as one of your colleges on the form.

Jessica Brown completes Cornell University Diversity and Inclusion training

Jessica Brown, SC4’s Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, has been working diligently to develop a comprehensive and cross-functional emphasis on critical issues in relation to our campus community.

To build her skills in this area, Brown recently completed an eight-week certificate course from Cornell University on Diversity and Inclusion. “It was essential to dive deeper into my knowledge and recognize as an individual how critical it is to understand the multifaceted layers of DEI and what I must know to educate DEI in all communities,” said Brown.

Lessons learned during her training have increased her insight and exposure to key techniques, tools, resources, and theories that have expanded her knowledge about DEI to benefit the SC4 internal and external community.

The college created the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion last June to advance the college’s efforts in providing educational access and support for all.

Diversity is the presence of differences that may include race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, language, (dis)ability, age, religious commitment, or political perspective. Equity is promoting justice, impartiality and fairness within the procedures, processes, and distribution of resources by institutions or systems. Inclusion is an outcome to ensure those that are diverse actually feel and/or are welcomed.  

In a short time, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has sponsored speaking engagements, professional development seminars, a book reading discussion series, a podcast series, and other events. Understanding the racial, economic, and social inequities that impact our students, faculty, staff, and community members are key to advancing DEI initiatives at the college.

“I learned to examine the true meaning of trust, fairness, and inclusivity, the tools to identify implicit biases, and actively listen to concerns that impact the institution’s success and productivity,” said Brown. “No one is an expert when it comes to DEI, and all of us must have a willingness to learn to be healthy citizens for ourselves, the future generation, and the community.”

Discussion with Dr. Randa Jundi-Samman on March 25

In recognition of Women’s History Month, SC4’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is hosting a 90-minute fireside chat session with Dr. Randa Jundi-Samman on the topic “History of Women and Their Role in Society- Have We Removed the Barriers?”

This event is 10 a.m. Thursday, March 25, via Zoom. To reserve your spot and receive the Zoom link, please RSVP to dei@sc4.edu.

Jessica Brown will serve as moderator. SC4 faculty, staff, and students, as well as community members, are welcome to attend.

Dr. Randa Jundi-Samman was born and raised in Damascus, Syria, and came to the United States at age 22. Dr. Jundi-Samman received her D.D.S. degree from Damascus University Dental School in 1990 and D.M.D. degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1993. She is the co-owner and one of the dentists at Huron Dental in Port Huron. She is a strong believer in the Blue Water Area and has been involved with many groups, including the Blue Water YMCA, the Community Foundation of St. Clair County, the Port Huron Schools Endowment Fund, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Economic Development Alliance. She is married to Bashar Samman, M.D., a cardiologist in Port Huron, and they have two adult children, Shaker, a writer, and Layla, a law student.