SC4 Gallery Exhibit to feature works of former Professor David Korff

St. Clair County Community College is presenting “Timelines: Progression of a Vision,” a memorial exhibition of works created by SC4 Professor of Visual and Performing Arts David Korff, who passed away in January 2021.

David was a 30-year professor at the college before retiring in 2011. The galleries will feature 44 works including 10 watercolors, 14 drawings and 20 collages. As Chairman of Visual and Performing Arts at Lambton College in Sarnia, and later, the same role at SC4, he followed his Plan A for 45 years. There never was a Plan B. The blue water between Canada and the United States ran through his veins and influenced much of his work, which has been featured in many galleries and museums, as well as private collections.

His wife Katherine shared the following, “We are all given time and purpose, but time is less important if the purpose is a life well lived. If you really care about the world you live in and the space you inhabit within that world, you may have been a student of David Korff.”

David was an art advocate not only with his students but in the local community and beyond. He was a founding member of the Port Huron Art Initiative, served on the Art Committee for the Community Foundation of St. Clair County and was a board member of the International Symphony and Port Huron Museum.

Korff was an integral part of Patterns, a magazine of SC4 student literature and art that has been published annually for more than 60 years. The memorial dedication in the 63rd edition of Patterns states, “David was a teacher and artist of diverse talents and tastes. When it came to music, the graphic and plastic arts, literature, dance or theatre, he dedicated himself to supporting all of them and seeing them flourish on our campus.” There is no part of our community connected to the arts that has not in some way, been touched by David’s presence. “It is his lasting gift to us.”

Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from Nov. 15, to Dec. 17, in SC4’s Fine Arts Gallery. Extended Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 20, 27, Dec. 4 and 11. The gallery is closed Nov. 24 to 26.

Community members are encouraged to visit campus for a stroll through the galleries to view the works of David Korff and share their thoughts in an Exhibition Journal, which will be kept by the family.

Native American History Month presentation planned Nov. 5

In recognition of Native American History Month, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is sponsoring a presentation titled ‘We Are Still Here’ by Banashee (Joe) Cadreau and Giddigongookskwe (Jade) Green. The presentation will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 5, in the Fine Arts Theatre.

The event will be a discussion and presentation on Indigenous culture and history in Michigan, the United States and Canada. The importance of identity and the real history of the three fires people of Michigan (Ojibwa, Odawa and Botawatami) and how we are still here and why our history was never told due to colonization and assimilation.

Banashee (Joe) Cadreau

Banashee is an enrolled member of the federally recognized Sault St. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. He was raised in both traditional and urban upbringings, both on reservation and a major metropolitan area. In his adolescent years, refusing to acknowledge his culture led to many difficult times as he struggled to find his place in the world. He later recognized his calling was to fight for social justice and equity. He is an active community advocate for Anishinaabe people and all Indigenous people throughout the country and globally.

He travels across the state delivering diversity presentations for schools, universities, museums and corporate clients.

Giddigongookskwe (Jade) Green

Giddigongookskwe, a 14-year old from Howard City, is co-founder of Bimose Ode. She has a passion for speaking about her journey with her Indigenous identity and issues that indigenous youth face today and in the future.

The oldest of four siblings she helps to instill traditions and a sense of Native pride for her family. She is particularly concerned with issues surrounding racism in the battle for clean water and access to healthy food. She spends her time volunteering and getting involved in social activism and community organizations.

Email dei@sc4.edu to reserve a seat for this event.

SC4 to host virtual Financial Aid Night Oct. 12

St. Clair County Community College will host its annual Financial Aid Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, via a virtual Zoom meeting.

Open to students, families and all area residents, the event connects SC4’s financial aid experts with the community to share valuable information about financial aid processes, opportunities and tips to maximize the money students can receive.

The 2022-23 Federal Application for Free Student Aid (FAFSA) opened Oct. 1, so students can now begin applying for next year. The event provides timely assistance for anyone who wants to learn more about paying for college. While Financial Aid Night is hosted by SC4, students and families interested in any college are welcome to attend.

The presentation will provide information on all type of financial aid, including loans, grants, and scholarships. SC4 representatives will explain how to apply for financial aid and give tips for obtaining maximum awards. A question-and-answer period will also be available.

“If you’re interested in earning a degree or certificate and want to learn more about federal, state and private funding sources as well as scholarships that might help you achieve your goals, this event is for you,” said Director of Financial Assistance and Services Josephine Cassar.

For those interested in attending, registration is required to receive the Zoom link by emailing financialaid@sc4.edu.

Learn more about making college affordable at sc4.edu/financial-aid.

SC4 sets fall schedule for art and performance events

St. Clair County Community College has released its fall calendar, which includes the popular Free Thursday Concert Series, gallery shows and a theatre production.

The concert series kicks off Thursday, Sept. 16, as the Lexington Bach String Quartet returns to campus for performances at noon and 7 p.m.

In addition, the fall schedule showcases two Fine Art Gallery art shows and a November theatre production of Vintage Hitchcock: A Radio Play.

All Thursday concerts are free admission. Seating is limited and tickets are required to reserve seats. Entry to performances is reserved by ticket until 15 minutes prior to showtime at which all individuals are admitted until the theatre is at capacity. Visit sc4.edu/arts to reserve tickets or call (810) 989-5709.

Tickets for the November theatre production are $10 and available for purchase at sc4.edu/arts.

All performances take place on campus in the SC4 Fine Arts Theatre. Masks are required inside campus buildings.

Thursday, Sept. 16
Lexington Bach String Quartet
Noon and 7 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 20, to Friday, Oct. 15
Collectively Independent VIII by SC4 Art Faculty
Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday

Thursday, Oct. 7
David M. Fisher, pianist
Noon and 7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 4
Steve Wood Quartet, jazz
Noon and 7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 18, through Saturday, Nov. 20
Theatre: Vintage Hitchcock: A Radio Play
Performances at 7:30 p.m. each night

Monday, Nov. 15, through Friday, Dec. 17
David Korff Timelines — Progression of a Vision
Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday
Gallery closed: Nov. 24 to 26

Thursday, Dec. 9
Moxie Strings, Celtic and Americana
Noon and 7 p.m.

Registration open for SC4 late-start fall classes

Registration is open for late-start fall semester classes at St. Clair County Community College. Seats are available in 12-week classes starting the week of Sept. 20 and eight-week classes starting the week of Oct. 18.

Late-start classes allow students to earn credits at a faster pace. More than 85 sections are available for classes in topics which include biology, business, English, history, math, political science, psychology, sociology and more.

Examples of some specific courses offered this fall include:

  • BUS 155-60 — Business Management
  • BUS 186-60 — Internet Marketing
  • BIO 101-65 — Essentials of Biology
  • BIO 271-65 — Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • ECON 222-61 — Principles of Microeconomics
  • ETW 170-04 — Print Reading/Fab Design
  • MTH 104-63 — Foundations of Math
  • HE 101-69 — Math Related to Drug Admin
  • HE 102-65 — Medical Terminology
  • HIS 101-65 — History of Western Civilization to 1715
  • PS 101-66 — Introduction to Political Science
  • PSY 260-02 — Abnormal Psychology

Current students can search for all courses and sections at sc4.edu/schedule. They can register and pay for classes in the SC4 Portal at portal.sc4.edu or on the SC4 mobile app.

New students can get started at sc4.edu/starthere.

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

SC4 campus culture and interaction helped alumnus Christian Jones grow and thrive

Driving through the neighborhood he serves as Executive Director of the Franklin Avenue Mission on the east side of Flint, Rev. Christian Jones sees the immediate realities of loss of jobs and lack of food that happened when the city lost its auto industry employers over the past few decades.

“There are families – men, women, and children – living in absolute, destitute poverty,” Jones said. “Homes are abandoned, burned out, and in some cases even lack running water. If the water is running, there’s little motivation for owners to renovate the pipes to mitigate the lead exposure of their tenants. Most of the schools have been boarded up and abandoned, too.”

The Franklin Avenue Mission serves this community through three key areas: The Franklin Avenue Diner, which served warm, well-balanced meals twice a week during the pandemic (a total of nearly 40,000 so far); the Clothes Closet and Personals Closet, which provide clothing and hygienic products to those who can’t afford them; and the new Luke Clinic will open this fall, providing free mobile prenatal and antenatal health services to mothers trapped in poverty.

Jones’ faith led him to devote his time and energy to the underserved and often forgotten residents of Flint. But his journey began over a decade ago on the campus of St. Clair County Community College.

“I started at SC4 in 2010,” Jones explained. “My father is a criminal justice professor at the college, which played a key factor in my decision to start there. It unquestionably made the most economic sense, and it allowed me to complete my associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees for a fraction of the cost of many of my friends.”

Jones has many great memories of his time at SC4 that go well beyond saving money, though.

“Being a student at SC4 was probably the most important and formative two years of my life,” he said. “It’s where I matured from being a high school kid into becoming an adult member of the community. I met my wife as a student at SC4. Some of the closest friends I’ve ever had were introduced to me as a student and through student activities.”

“I had some anxiety at first as I wrestled with the fact than most of my lifelong friends immediately dove into the idealized university model,” he continued. “But when I realized that many of my new SC4 classmates were experiencing the same anxiety, it created such a beautiful environment that it allowed me to form some of the closest friendships I’ve ever had. It drew us together; we organically became family, and supported each other’s dreams, goals, and aspirations in a way I’d never experienced before, and rarely since.”

Jones spent much of his time at SC4 in the Fine Arts Building, participating in The SC4 Players and the student drama club, WSGR radio, and the music club. He also spent many hours in the piano practice rooms, both playing music and using them for studying.

“I think I was labeled as ‘general studies,’ or something like that,” Jones laughed. “But I primarily loaded my schedule with English, theater, and (SC4 Professor) Scott Fernandez.”

He has fond memories for many of the instructors and staff members in the FAB, whether he had them as a teacher or not.

“Stewart Reed, David Korff, Holly Pennington, Lisa Sturtridge, Karen Jezewski, Al Matthews, Paul Miller, Gary Schmitz, Ethan Flick.” Jones paused as he listed some of those who influenced him as a student. “And Alfred Gay, who happened to be an elder at my church growing up. They all passionately fought for and supported the growth of everyone who stepped foot inside that building and their classrooms.”

One instructor was particularly important to Jones, though: Tom Kephart, who taught acting, improvisation, and oral interpretation courses and was the artistic director for The SC4 Players during Jones’ time at SC4.

“He was single-handedly the most important instructor I had across all of my collegiate studies,” Jones explained. “He graciously led by example, taking interpretive risks, showing genuine vulnerability, and giving unwavering support for his students as he challenged us to do the same. He instilled more confidence, empathy, and appreciation for the human experience in his students than any other class I took elsewhere.”

Jones graduated from SC4 in 2012 and was the commencement speaker that year. He transferred to Oakland University, where he finished his Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2014, then moved on to Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, where he received his Master of Divinity degree in 2019.

“When I was placed in Flint after graduating from Concordia Seminary, my wife Krysti and I decided that if we wanted to make an impact here, we were going to stay for the long haul,” Jones said. “Some pastors talk about becoming mega-preacher millionaires, which is foolishness and is not Christianity. As a pastor, I cherish the times when families invite me into their realities to weep, to pray, and to sing songs with them. There is no greater privilege I’ve ever had than to simply be called someone’s pastor.”

Jones has even bigger plans for the Franklin Avenue Mission, including an early childhood education center, a low-income laundromat, and eventually expansion into Flint’s north side. They’re ambitious and service-centered goals, that all began when he graduated from St. Clair High School and walked onto the SC4 campus in Port Huron.

“I wouldn’t be who I am today if dedicated teachers hadn’t put forth their very best personal efforts to see their students grow into game-changers in their communities,” Jones said.

For more information about the Franklin Avenue Mission, visit their website at franklinavemission.com.

Juneteenth Celebration ‘Free-ish’ planned for June 17

SC4’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion invites the community to attend a virtual Juneteenth Celebration ‘Free-ish’ from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 17, hosted by AAmos Consulting Group.

This event features speakers discussing the history behind Juneteenth, bridging the gap between the African and Black Community and the Current State of Black America.

Juneteenth is a nationwide celebration of the end of slavery. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Texas and read the Emancipation Proclamation, announcing all enslaved people were free. This was more than two and a half years after it was issued on Jan. 1, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln.

To reserve your spot, register for the webinar using this link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

For questions related to SC4’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, email dei@sc4.edu.

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.