College celebrates 62nd edition of Michigan’s longest-running, student-led literary and arts magazine

PORT HURON — St. Clair County Community College students are being recognized for their work in the 62nd edition of Patterns magazine, Michigan’s oldest literary and arts publication aimed at showcasing student writing talent and works of art.

Patterns is completely designed, proofed and published by SC4 students. Melissa Dekett, Sophie Steinborn and Emily Swierkosz led the publication’s design team, while faculty members Sarah Flatter, Jim Frank and Gary Schmitz provided direction and support to students.

Patterns is an opportunity to celebrate being creative and to recognize the unique talents of our next generation of artists,” said Flatter, professor of fine arts at the college. “We congratulate all of those who contributed to the 62nd edition of Patterns and honor their success while at SC4.”

In recognition of student efforts, a rescheduled exhibition is planned as a showcase in the college’s Fine Arts Gallery from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday from Aug. 24 to Oct. 1. Copies of Patterns will be available for the public visiting the exhibition. Masks are required on campus.  See sc4.edu/returning-to-campus for additional safety protocols at SC4.

Patterns award winners:

Special honors

Patrick Bourke Award

  • Sophie Steinborn, Port Huron

Eleanor Mathews Award

  • Mackenzie Hiller, Avoca

Essays

  • First place (Kathleen Nickerson Award) — Remy Reynolds of Port Huron for “A Modern Odyssey”
  • Second place — Mackenzie Hiller of Avoca for “Share It Fairly”
  • Third place — Zacchaeus Gilbert of St. Clair for “Failure Leads; Success Follows”

Short stories

  • First place (Richard Colwell Award) — Rilee Meyers of Goodells for “Bakery Box”
  • Second Place — Mackenzie Hiller of Avoca for “Our Circumstances of Being”
  • Third Place — Skyler Streeter-Fye of Port Huron for “Monday Massacre”

Visual arts

  • First place — Soren Swegles of Port Huron for “Descension”
  • Second place — Vera Klimovich of Smiths Creek for “Change In Climate”
  • Third place — Eva Kue of St. Clair for “Sushi box Packaging”

Poetry

  • First place (Blanche Redman Award) — Brendan Pittiglio of Algonac for “A Walk in the Forest”
  • Second place — Kayla Plenda of Yale for “Bedside Table”
  • Third place — Kaitlyn Ziehm of Memphis for “Keepsake”

Literary selections of merit

  • Breanna Sylvia of Port Huron for “Season of Mystery”
  • Stephen Muzzi of Marysville for “Ballade”
  • Kayla Plenda of Yale for “Romance from a Science Book”
  • Kathryn Oliver of Capac for “My Name is Depression”
  • Kaitlyn Ziehm of Memphis for “Existential Bliss”
  • Makenna Joppich of Kenockee Township for “Remember the Name”

Visual arts selections of merit

  • Alejandro Bueno of Port Huron for “Sadness without Cause”
  • Sabrina Mason of Clyde Township for “By the Docks,” “Lola” and “Island”
  • Rebecca Wend of Marine City for “Untitled”
  • Alexis Scott of Jeddo for “Montage”
  • Katriana DeAngelis of Lake Orion for “Moss Tea Cup”
  • Ann Mole of Marysville for “Peaceful Scene”
  • Emma Thurman of Kimball Township for “Crow of Pride”
  • Melissa Dekett of Fort Gratiot for “New Life”
  • Elaina Penn of Port Huron for “A Study of Fabric”
  • Kirsten Brown of Port Huron for “Muschboghdotlhbech”
  • Virginia Regan of Marysville for “Purple Plight”
  • Soren Swegles of Port Huron for “Self-Portrait”
  • William Patterson of Lexington for “Objects in Motion”
  • Skylar Todd of Port Huron for “Journey”
  • Natalie Loznak of Port Huron for “Untitled”

Production of Patterns is made possible by financial support by St. Clair County Community College and SC4 Friends of the Arts. A digital copy is available to view and download at sc4.edu/patterns.

SC4 to present K-12 student art exhibition

St. Clair County Community College will present the 52nd annual Beatrice Thornton Student Art Exhibition in February and March in the college’s Fine Arts Building.

The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, will feature art by students from across St. Clair County at schools in East China, Marysville, Memphis, Port Huron, Yale/Avoca and more.

The exhibition will be split into two shows.

  • Elementary school art will be in the first show Feb. 3 through 15, with an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6.
  • Middle school and high school art will be in the second show Feb. 24 through March 7, with an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27.

Hours for both shows are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

St. Clair County students who are home-schooled and want to display art can call Debbie Sta Cruz at 810-989-5760 or dstacruz@sc4.edu to have their work considered for the exhibition.

Pictured above: 2019 51st annual Beatrice Thornton Student Art Exhibition

SC4 announces free winter concerts, continues fall series

St. Clair County Community College is pleased to release its winter concert calendar for the upcoming semester. Similar to fall 2019 concerts, all winter 2020 concerts are free admission.

Stone Sound Collective 2The winter concert calendar kicks off Thursday, Jan. 16, as the Stone Sound Collective (pictured at right) heads to campus to perform celebrated world percussion traditions of Africa and India with the lyricism of cello and saxophone. The series also features performances on Thursday, April 9, by Detroit’s Queen of the Blues Thornetta Davis (pictured above), a highly celebrated, award-winning performer who has headlined countless shows and opened for legendary blues and R&B greats such as Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Etta James and many more.

In addition, the winter concert schedule also showcases evening performances by the college’s Symphonic and Jazz Bands and the SC4 Choir. Check out the full schedule of performances below and find complete details at sc4.edu/arts.

Those interested in reserving free seats must call 810-989-5789. Seats are reserved by ticket until 15 minutes prior to showtime at which time all individuals are admitted until the theatre is full.

The below list includes remaining fall 2019 concerts as well as the winter 2020 offerings. All performances take place on campus in the SC4 Fine Arts Theatre.

Thursday, Nov. 7
Smokin’ 45s Rock & Blues Review
Noon and 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 23
SC4 Choir
7 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 5
Michigan Opera Theatre
Noon and 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 13
SC4 Symphonic and Jazz bands
7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 16
Stone Sound Collective
Noon and 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 6
Kanola Band
Noon and 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15
SC4 Symphonic and Jazz bands
7 p.m.

Thursday, March 5
Finvarra’s Wren (music)
Shannon Irish Dancers (dancers)
Noon and 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 9
Thornetta Davis
Noon and 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 18
SC4 Symphonic and Jazz bands
7 p.m.

Saturday, April 25
SC4 Choir
7 p.m.

 

 

 

SC4 heads to Stratford Oct. 12

St. Clair County Community College has announced another community trip — open to all area residents — to the Stratford Festival Theatre for a production of “The Merry Wives of Windsor” on Saturday, Oct. 12.

For $150, participants can enjoy luxury bus travel, priority seating at the theatre, lunch at the scenic Marquee Restaurant overlooking the Avon River, a walk around the Stratford Festival Theatre gardens, museum and gift shop, and refreshments and prizes.

“These trips provide a great opportunity for our college and community to come together and share in some truly special cultural experiences,” says Bonnie DiNardo, SC4’s director of community and alumni relations.

Located in Stratford, Ontario, the Stratford Festival Theatre is North America’s largest classical repertory theatre company, presenting a dozen or more productions across four distinct venues each year.

Set in the 1950s in a town not unlike Stratford, Ontario, “The Merry Wives of Windsor” brings Shakespeare’s rollicking comedy close to home and hearts. It follows two respectably married women and their would-be seducer who fails to anticipate that his targets are comparing notes.

Space is limited. Those interested must register by Oct. 1. Visit sc4.edu/trips to learn more and secure a spot.

Itinerary:

  • 9 a.m. – Depart SC4 College Center parking lot. Enjoy learning about Shakespeare and the “Merry Wives of Windsor” while relaxing on the luxury bus.
  • 11:30 a.m. – Lunch at the upscale Marquee Restaurant overlooking the beautiful Avon River.
  • 1 p.m. – Take time to explore the Stratford Festival Theatre gardens, museum and gift shop.
  • 2 p.m. – Enjoy “Merry Wives of Windsor.”
  • 5 p.m. – Depart for Port Huron while enjoying a special treat, a video and popcorn.
  • 7 p.m. – Arrive at SC4’s College Center.

Call today at 810-982-7433 to reserve tickets or purchase online.

SC4 sets fall schedule for Free Thursday Concert Series, band and choir performances

St. Clair County Community College has released its fall concert calendar for the upcoming semester, which includes the return of the popular Free Thursday Concert Series.

The concert series kicks off Thursday, Sept. 12, as the Lexington Bach String Quartet returns to campus. The series also features a performance by Devin Scillian & Arizona Son on Thursday, Oct. 10. The popular country and western band, led by the WDIV-TV newscaster, will perform at noon and 7 p.m. in SC4’s newly renovated Fine Arts Theatre.

In addition, the fall concert schedule also showcases evening performances by the college’s Symphonic and Jazz Bands and the SC4 Community Choir. Check out the full schedule of performances below and find complete details at sc4.edu/arts.

Please note: All concerts are free admission in the fall. Tickets are required to reserve seats. Seats are reserved by ticket until 15 minutes prior to showtime at which time all individuals are admitted until the theatre is full. Call 810-989-5789 to reserve tickets.

All performances take place on campus in the SC4 Fine Arts Theatre.

Thursday, Sept. 12
Lexington Bach String Quartet
Noon and 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 10
Devin Scillian & Arizona Son
Noon and 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 12
SC4 Symphonic and Jazz bands
7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 7
Smokin’ 45s Rock & Blues Review
Noon and 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 23
SC4 Community Choir
7 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 5
Michigan Opera Theatre
Noon and 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 13
SC4 Symphonic and Jazz Band
7 p.m.

SC4 bands to play concerts on the water this summer

This summer, St. Clair County Community College’s symphonic and jazz bands will perform three free concerts in the Riverside Pavilion adjacent to the college’s campus along the Black River.

Led by Erick Senkmajer, the bands will play classic and contemporary songs for audiences of all ages. Families and friends are invited to join us on campus for three entertaining summer evenings.

June 21, 2019
7 p.m.

July 12, 2019
7 p.m.

Aug. 9, 2019
7 p.m.

All concerts take place at the Riverside Pavilion.

SC4 to offer a number of arts and athletics summer camps starting in June 

St. Clair County Community College will host a variety of athletics and arts camps this summer for youth in grades 4 through 12.

All athletic camps take place in the SC4 Fieldhouse, except for softball camps at North River Road Park and baseball camps at Sanborn Park. Camps are led by SC4 coaches and student-athletes. To find more information and register for SC4 athletic camps, visit sc4.edu/camps, email athletics@sc4.edu or call 810-989-5670.

Arts camps are organized by the Riverbank Theatre and take place in SC4’s Fine Arts Theatre. To find more information and register for summer arts camps at SC4, visit riverbanktheatre.com/rpaa-summer-2019.

“These camps provide a wonderful opportunity to learn from collegiate coaches, athletes and experts,” said SC4 Athletic Director Dale Vos. “We are thrilled to offer these experiences and look forward to welcoming youths to camp this summer.”

Individual camps

Wrestling One-Day Clinic (for boys and girls)
June 24, 9 to 11 a.m., Noon to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.
Limit: 40 campers
Price: $65

Softball Camp (for girls)
June 24-26 (rain date June 27), 9 a.m. to noon
Limit: 40 campers
Price: $115 ($105 if received by June 14)

Volleyball Camp – Beginner/Intermediate (for girls)
July 8-10, 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Limit: 60 campers
Price: $115 ($105 if received by June 28)

Volleyball Camp – Advanced (for girls)
July 8-10, 12:30 to 3 p.m.
Limit: 60 campers
Price: $115 ($105 if received by June 28)

Basketball Shooting Camp (for boys and girls)
July 8-11, 5 to 8 p.m.
Limit: 50 campers
Price: $115 ($105 if received by June 28)

Volleyball Clinic – Hitters and Setters (for girls)
July 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Limit: 60 campers
Price: $70 ($60 if received by June 28)

Basketball Camp (for boys)
July 15-18, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Limit: 50 campers
Price: $125 ($115 if received by July 5)

Baseball Camp (for boys)
July 22-24 (rain date July 25), 5 to 8 p.m.
Limit: 50 campers
Price: $115 ($105 if received by July 12)

Basketball Camp (for girls)
July 22-25, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Limit: 50 campers
Price: $125 ($115 if received by July 12)

Cross Country Camp (for boys and girls)
July 23-25, 9 a.m. to Noon
Limit: 30 campers
Price: $115 ($105 if received by July 12)

Team camps

High School Boys Varsity Basketball Team Camp
June 14-16
Eight games guaranteed. Tournament with teams split by division/level. Minimum two officials, at least one MHSAA-certified for all games. On-site athletic trainer. Housing and meal options. Games held in the SC4 Fieldhouse.
Price: $495 per team

High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team Camp
June 21-23
Eight games guaranteed. Tournament with teams split by division/level. Minimum two officials, at least one MHSAA-certified for all games. Onsite athletic trainer. Housing and meal options. Games held in the SC4 Fieldhouse.
Price: $495 per team

Arts camps

Elementary and Middle School Performing Arts Camp
Students will participate in fun and exciting vocal, dance and acting workshops, as well as audition and rehearse for the live musical performance of “Rock Around the ‘50s!” that they will perform in the SC4 Fine Arts Theatre at the conclusion of the week.

SC4 Port Huron Session: July 15-20
Limit: 25 students
Price: $150

Theatre Tech Camp
Grades 6-12

Calling all future theater “techies!” If you have an interest in learning what goes on behind the scenes of a production, this is your chance. This camp is in coordination with the Middle school “Rock Around the ‘50s” camps and is designed to teach you all of the fundamentals of technical theater, including stage management, lighting, sound and artistic design.

SC4 Port Huron session: July 15-20
Limit: six students
Price: $150

SC4 celebrates 61st edition of Michigan’s longest-running, student-led literary arts magazine

Students in St. Clair County Community College’s arts programs recently were recognized for their role in publishing the 61st edition of “Patterns” magazine, Michigan’s oldest literary and arts publication aimed at showcasing student talent and works of art.

Patterns-61“Patterns” is completely designed, proofed and published by SC4 students. Deonna Camastra, Noah Muxlow and Hannah Wallace led the publication’s design team, while faculty members Sarah Flatter, Jim Frank and Gary Schmitz provided direction and support to students.

“Patterns is an opportunity to celebrate being creative and to recognize the unique talents of our next generation of artists,” said Flatter, professor of fine arts at the college. “We congratulate all of those who contributed to the 61st edition of Patterns and honor their success while at SC4.”

Several students from across the region received awards and recognition during a special ceremony and reception on April 25 in the college’s Fine Arts Theatre.

2019 “Patterns” award winners:

Special honors

Patrick Bourke Award

  • Noah Muxlow, Port Huron

Eleanor Mathews Award

  • Mackenzie Hiller, Avoca
  • Karla Warshefski, Lakeport

Essays

  • First place (Kathy Nickerson Award) — Mackenzie Hiller of Avoca for “The Daughter of Mediocrity”
  • Second place — Devin Bergman of Kimball for “That Didn’t Take Long”
  • Third place — Mackenzie Hiller of Avoca for “The 30-Year Cycle”

Short stories

  • First place (Richard Colwell Award) — Lauren VanEenoo of Croswell for “A Calm Winter’s Day”
  • Second Place — Mackenzie Hiller of Avoca for “To be Normal”
  • Third Place — Karla Warshefski of Lakeport for “Rise and Fall”

Visual arts

  • First place — Brian Wells of Port Huron for “This is Sparta!”
  • Second place — Sabrina Mason of Clyde for “Mind Over Matter”
  • Third place — Everett Klimovich of Smiths Creek for “It’s Only a Game”

Poetry

  • First place (Blanche Redman Award) — Clea Stevens of Port Huron for “December Morning”
  • Second place — Karla Warshefski of Lakeport for “Saying Goodbye to Mary Jane”
  • Third place — Rilee Meyers of Goodells for “Otherworldly”

Literary selections of merit

  • Breanna Sylvia of Port Huron for “Four Years” and “Familiarity”
  • Rilee Meyers of Goodells for “The Monster in my Bed”
  • Kayla Plenda of Yale for “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Shoe”
  • Sydney Griffor of St. Clair for “The One”

Visual arts selections of merit

  • Sabrina Mason of Clyde for “Remington,” “Mark” and “Tripp”
  • Elijah Ceplecha of Harbor Beach for “Inner Fire” and “Dream Realm”
  • Joella Killion of Clyde for “1428 Post Alley, Seattle, WA”
  • Amethyst Stevens of Fort Gratiot for “Glitched Reality”
  • Jordan Martin-Nichols of Fort Gratiot for “Speak of the Devil”
  • Barbara Rickerman of St. Clair Township for “Pieces”
  • Courtney Angebrandt of Peck for “Stardust Petals” and “Various With White”
  • Emma Thurman of Kimball for “A Gift for my Love” and “Boredom”
  • Ryan Mikolowski of Kimball for “Fun Glasses”
  • Hannah Wallace of Port Huron for “Perspective”
  • Elise Edie of Port Huron for “Spiraling”
  • Spencer Malburg of Capac for “Reverie”

SC4 offers late-start classes for a variety of subjects

Registration is open for late-start winter semester classes at St. Clair County Community College. Seats are still available in 12-week classes starting the week of Feb. 4, and eight-week classes starting the week of March 11. Classes are available in Port Huron and online.

Late-start classes allow students to earn credits at a faster pace. Class topics may include biology, business, computers, English, math, political science, psychology and speech. Examples of specific courses offered this winter include:

  • Art Appreciation, ART 120 64 (online)
  • Microcomputer Applications, CIS 115 64 (online)
  • History Western Civilization to 1715, HIS 101 60 (online)
  • Weight Training 01, PE 128 01 (Port Huron)

Students can search for courses and sections at https://sc4sss03.sc4.edu/Student/courses. They can register and pay for classes online in the SC4 Portal at portal.sc4.edu. Registration service also is available at SC4’s One-stop Student Services Center located in the Dr. James C. Acheson Welcome Center on the corner of Erie Street and Glenwood Avenue on the Port Huron campus. Hours of service are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday.

For more information, contact SC4 Enrollment Services at enrollment@sc4.edu or (810) 989-5500.

Students, local businesses benefit from a graphic design program that goes far beyond the classroom

For the last three years, local businesses from Port Huron to Lexington, Michigan, have been building their brands with the help of students from St. Clair County Community College’s Graphic Design program. The students are enrolled in Graphic Design I and II courses led by Adjunct Instructor Chris Krolczyk, who has helped make practical application and work with real clients a staple of the curriculum.

The projects began in earnest when the City of Port Huron reached out to Krolczyk’s classes for help designing an “Explore Port Huron” map of retailers, restaurants, coffee shops and other hot spots around the city. Then when Cedar Sub and Salad — a Middle Eastern restaurant in downtown Port Huron — was getting ready to open, they came to Krolczyk for help. This presented a perfect opportunity for students to think bigger.

“The owner was in the process of gutting an old Subway restaurant and told me ‘I have a name, but I don’t have a logo, brand or anything.’ So we started executing that, with each student creating their own design and ultimately settling on one,” Krolczyk said. “Not only did the class get to develop the business’ brand identity, but we were asked to help design the interior of the restaurant, too. It was a great experience.”

Graphic Design Class Presents to Client02Last year, his classes worked with Water Tower Sports Pub in Lexington to create a new logo, social media ads and two menus. This year, they started working with Chef Shell’s, a well-known restaurant and catering company that has been serving Port Huron for the last 20 years.

“Everyone we’ve worked with has been very supportive and excited about partnering with the college,” Krolczyk said. “They realize it’s a benefit to their business and our students.”

With Chef Shell’s, the classes are working on different projects throughout the year, designing a new house menu, catering menu and labels for the company’s spices and sauces. The first step was all about establishing the art direction. Once that is set, everything else can fall into place.

Graphic Design Presentation 02“These projects are all about practical application, working with real-world clients, going through the procedures and attacking every aspect from concept through production,” Krolczyk said. “It gives our students, whether they are moving on to a four-year institution or elsewhere, the ability to enter the workplace with real-world experience and real work to put in their portfolios, which is more important than anything else when you’re trying to build your career.”

The classes were given the current menu, logo and color scheme, and each student was asked to develop their unique interpretation. In late October, students presented their concepts to the business owners, who narrowed it to two designs. The classes brought those concepts together to finalize the art direction and design full layouts for the six- to eight-page menu.

Photography Chef Shells01While the focus was on graphic design work, the project also allowed for collaboration with other classes. Students in Adjunct Instructor Mark Rummel’s Digital Imaging and Photography class spent an evening snapping shots of carefully crafted meals to be featured in the menu. And students from Professor Gary Schmitz’s English course were brought in later to proofread and copy edit the nearly finished product.

“It gives our students the chance to experience the whole creative process, working with photographers and editors, and really understanding what it’s like to work collaboratively and be part of a team,” Krolczyk said. “It also helps them realize the constant revision involved in the process and how to take constructive criticism.”

With menu designs from each student in hand, Chef Shell’s faced a tough decision. They ultimately decided on work from two students: a full menu and a layout for a breakfast and beverage insert.

“It’s really been an exciting experience. The students were so engaged and they all presented wonderful ideas,” said co-owner Michelle “Chef Shell” Wrubel. “It was a huge blessing for us. We had been talking about menu design, so the timing was perfect, and the product that we’ve seen has been above and beyond our expectations.”

As the fall semester comes to a close, students are making final adjustments and preparing the menus for print in an important stage that complements the Graphic Design program’s Production Processes course. Next semester, students will work with Chef Shell’s on labels for seasonings and sauces, along with a variety of smaller projects.

Business owners across the community are recognizing the benefits of working with the aspiring graphic designers at SC4. In a small program at a small college, the advantages for students are immeasurable.

“Client-driven opportunities, internships, national competitions and award scholarships are all integral parts of the Associate of Arts in Graphic Design program at SC4,” said Professor of Fine Arts Sarah Flatter. “Collaboration with the community, along with college and classroom collaboration, give students confidence and exposure. The contributions made by instructors Chris Krolczyk, Mark Rummel and Professor Gary Schmitz exemplify what makes our classrooms — and our college — such a fantastic place for students.”

As Krolczyk explains, many of his former students have received full-time job offers right out of the program, while others have gone on to four-year institutions with a leg up on their peers because of the real-world experience these projects provide.

IMG_7935“Being a full-time designer, when I’m working on a project I’m constantly thinking ‘My students should be learning this,’” Krolczyk said. “I want to bring things into the classroom that you’re going to encounter in the workplace, from tasks to critiques to hard deadlines. Fictitious projects can be fun, but when you can base a class on real work with real clients — especially when you’re doing it in your own community — I think it benefits everyone involved.”

Learn more about graphic design at SC4 and find out how to apply in time for the winter 2019 semester. If you are a local business or government agency in need of design work, please contact Professor Sarah Flatter at seflatter@sc4.edu or 810-989-5617.