Stories, ceramics, and soldiers

56th edition of Patterns gets re-vamped

Lily Petit
Staff Writer

Coordinator of the Arts, Celeste Skalnek, awards Shelby Castillo of Ruby Township for her first place winning art, “Hand Study.” Photo credit: Lily Petit

Coordinator of the Arts, Celeste Skalnek, awards Shelby Castillo of Ruby Township for her first place winning art, “Hand Study.” Photo credit: Lily Petit

This year, Patterns is about, “featuring and honoring the life, service, and artwork of veterans,” English professor and master of ceremonies, Cliff Johnson, proudly stated during the Patterns reception at 2 p.m. on Sun. April 27.
Artist Richard Casper, author Sean Davis, and poet Brian Turner served on the panel of guest judges this year. Furthermore, they all served in the military. Each is a veteran of the Iraq war, although they come from different branches of the military.
Jim Frank, English and French professor, as well as a veteran himself, is the originator of the veteran theme idea. Frank’s colleagues thought it was fitting considering how many veterans have been attending SC4 in recent years.
Patterns has never had a theme before and Johnson says there are no plans for future themes, although they will be open to ideas.
SC4’s Patterns magazine dates back 56 years, making it the longest continually published community college literary and arts magazine in the state. Per tradition, a panel of judges chooses exceptional written and visual art to be printed in the magazine.
Each genre of writing is blindly judged by three faculty members. The filtered pieces then go to the guest judges. Patterns guest judges are made possible through grants and have been a Patterns tradition for 14 years.
This year’s artwork judges included Dwayne Croff, retired Fine Arts professor, John Henry, and guest judge Richard Casper.
Patterns embraced another change this year with the addition of student designers. “Students not only fill the magazine. They produce it,” said Jim Neese, Associate Dean of Instruction.

English professor, Cliff Johnson, awards Gerald Crower for his first place essay, “Cellphones and Modern Detachment,” during the Patterns reception on Sun. April 27. Photo credit: Lily Petit

English professor, Cliff Johnson, awards Gerald Crower for his first place essay, “Cellphones and Modern Detachment,” during the Patterns reception on Sun. April 27. Photo credit: Lily Petit

Fine Arts instructor, Sarah Slobodzian, brought a fresh look to Patterns by bringing graphic design sophomores Jeremy Wilson, Graig DesJardin, and Sheryl Penzien’s input into the picture. These students “were selected for their exceptional academic and graphic design skills,” says Slobodzian.
Wilson, DesJardin, and Penzien’s artwork are featured in the magazine.
Alongside their work, Lindsey Gofton of Port Huron won first place poem for “Russian Lady.” Jennifer Noble of Port Huron won first place short story for “Stealing Your Heart.” Gerald Crowe of Port Huron won first place essay for “Cell Phones and Modern Detachment,” and Shelby Castillo of Ruby Township won first place art for “Hand Study.”
31 students are featured in the magazine with a total of 53 pieces to enjoy.
“Patterns gives us a vivid look at what inspires and drives our students,” Neese said. To gain that insight, pick up a Patterns book in the Fine Arts building before the building is closed for the summer.
Slobodzian says, “Patterns is important because it gives the college a celebrated opportunity to honor the talents of our most creative students. It is also an important part of the college’s history for which the students get to contribute to. This publication marks the presence of so many; past, present and future. It is exciting to be a part of it.”
Anyone interested in being a part of this celebrated magazine can find information on how to enter artwork and written pieces in the 57th edition of Patterns on SC4’s portal.

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