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SC4 is Well Endowed

Raymond Robinson

Managing Editor

   SC4 will use a $10,000 National Endowment for the arts grant to bring award-winning writers Beth Ann Fenelly and Tom Franklin to Campus in April.

   They will both be part of a “Patterns” recognition ceremony, reception, guest author readings and provide students with writing advice. This will take place from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, April 25 in the Fine Arts Theatre and College Center Atrium.

   Fenelly an associate professor of English at the University of Mississippi in Oxford has published four books of poetry and nonfiction including “Unmentionables” as well as having poems published in well over 40 anthologies.

   Franklin a writer-in-residence at the University of Mississippi is an author of three books and his fourth “Crooked Letter Crooked Letter” is due out in September, some of his novel excerpts and stories have appeared in more than 40 publications.

   Fenelly and Franklin are married and live in Mississippi.

   According to a press release from executive director of public relations, marketing and legislative affairs Shawn Starkey, the grant money will also be used to benefit SC4’s “Patterns” publication which showcases the best in student work.

   The publication has the distinction of being the longest running community college literary and arts magazine in Michigan. This year will mark the 52 edition of Patterns.

   This is the second time SC4 has been awarded the National Endowment for the Arts grant. SC4 received the grant back in 2008, being awarded $10,000 which was used to bring in guest authors and help with the publication of the 50 anniversary edition of “Patterns.”

   This year’s grant is thanks in part to a collaboration between James Frank professor of English and French, and Shelly Simmons Senior Accountant.

SC4 Alumni Sponsor Quiz Bowl

Patrick Sullivan

Staff Writer

   On Saturday, Feb. 6 the SC4 student alumni organization held the 2010 Regional high school quiz bowl, where both Port Huron Northern and Brown City schools walked away with the prize for their respective divisions.

   Both teams were presented with medals, trophies and a 500 dollar scholarship to SC4 each. The competition was organized into a 3 round format. The winners of the Regional’s may have a chance to win the state competition.

   It began early Saturday morning in the SC4 campus’ North building, where students from 10 high schools participated in quizzes for both A, B, C and D divisions.

   The tone of the day was generally light, and laughter between participators was common. The questions covered a wide range of topics from history, to mathematics, to pop culture.

   The organizers from the SC4 alumni organization were represented by 18 volunteers, including six student ambassadors. The event was coordinated by Chrystal Lilly for the sixth time in her eight years of volunteering at the event.

   The final quiz was held in the theater of the Fine Arts building, between Port Huron Northern and Yale high schools in the A and B divisions. Brown City and Carsonville-Port Sanilac high schools competed in the C and D divisions.

   The final scores were 375 to 110 for Port Huron Northern, and 240 to 140 for Brown City.

   One advisor for the Port Huron Northern team, Lisa Schleicher, an algebra teacher at Port Huron Northern for 13 years, said she was proud of her team and that she would take them out for ice cream after they had won.

   A member of the Port Huron Northern team, Kelson Thomas, said that his team mates had been a part quiz bowl for most of their high school careers, and that they met to practice twice a week in preparation since early January.

Feminine Protection

Twana Pinskey

Photo Editor

   Girl’s night out is no longer mother’s “Tupperware” party for the members of  

Ladies Friday Fun Night at the Blue Water Sportsmen’s Club. It is located on Ravenswood in Kimball, Michigan.

   Picking out glassware has given way to picking up brass casings for reloading. These women would

rather ditch “Tupperware” parties for a night at the gun range.

The Ladies

   They are seated at a table, discussing gown selections for an upcoming wedding. At another table, more are sharing scrapbooks and photo albums.

   Wives, students and mothers sharing hope dreams for themselves and their children over a cup of coffee. It could be a kitchen table in any town, in any city. Not the clubhouse at Blue Water.

   Leaving husbands, children or boyfriend, to spend the evening at the gun range, learning about firearms in a stress-free, relaxing environment. That’s why these women chose the Blue Water program.

   Retired Marysville school teacher, Linda Campbell from Fort Gratiot, attended her first fun night session Jan. 22.

   “I was surprised to find out this program was here. A lot of people don’t even know it exists,” said Linda Campbell.

   Campbell expressed satisfaction in the warm welcome she received and felt she learned a lot about safety and would like to see more women come out.

   SC4 student, Rachel Kobylas of Port Huron, has participated for two weeks.

   “I have enjoyed both my experiences. I really appreciate their emphasis on safety,” replied Kobylas.        

   She was first introduced to shooting sports at the age of 11, participating in an event sponsored by the YMCA for dads and daughters camping together.

   She would use bb guns and air rifles with her dad. “I think skeet shooting is really, really cool,” said Kobylas.

   Sportsmen club member, Penny McCloud of St. Clair, has been shooting since marrying her husband, thirty years ago.

   McCloud focuses on her favorites shooting sports: the Friday fun night programs and shooting for twenty years as a member the North South Skirmish Association. McCloud is a part of the seventh Tennessee regiment. She shoots vintage and reproduction Civil War era firearms.

   “I love shooting my original Smith carbine,” said McCloud. McCloud also likes shooting her revolver, and feels she has benefited by participating in the Ladies Friday fun night program.

   “I definitely feel safe being around the people that participate because of the focus on safety,” replied McCloud.

The Instructor

   Work roughed hands, five o’clock shadow with coffee cup in hand and dressed in camouflage pants wearing a Marines t-shirt, Mark McDougal enters the downstairs basement range.

   Mark, known as “Mac” to his ladies, is the lead instructor of the Friday fun night program. 

   His voice booms out instructions to the participants. “Ok ladies, muffs and glasses. The line is going hot.”

   Each group of participants has volunteers that are men at the club standing by to offer assistance. Also to answer questions and watch to see that everyone is observing safety guidelines.

   “Women are often better students, because they are coachable,” said McDougal. “Men will sometimes come to a range, thinking they already know how to shoot and handle a firearm safely.”

   McDougal was instrumental in starting the Blue Water program over five years ago to offer women the opportunity to learn about fire arms and safety in a stress-free environment.

   During the women’s time on the ranges, the only men allowed in the room are the instructors and safety volunteers.

   “Women are more relaxed and better able to focus if they aren’t worried about loved ones, such as husbands and boyfriends watching them,” replied McDougal.

  Volunteer and safety instructor, John McCloud of St. Clair, offered that this was a non-competitive program designed to introduce women to shooting sports with proper instruction and the focus on learning safety and having fun.

   McCloud felt that the men really respect the ladies that participate in the program and the men willingly offer assistance to those who participate.

   “You bet ya, the men respect our ladies,” replied McCloud. Both McCloud and McDougal implement activities such as shooting at a paper dart board, or shooting at bowling pins, as well as games such as playing “tic-tac-toe” to improve the ladies capabilities.

   How to handle themselves in a dangerous situation is also addressed by the instructors.

“Don’t make our schools a killing zone”

   Defensive shooting, concealed carry and both sides of these issues are openly discussed. Both men and ladies fun night participants readily share knowledge about their opinions.

   If passed, Michigan Senate Bill 747 would allow concealed carry on college campus and in dormitories.  Law abiding citizens, who have concealed carry permits, would be able to carry on all public college campuses and in dorms statewide (http://www.usacarry.com and www.legislature.mi.gov ).

   “I believe that everyone who does not have a criminal record should be able to conceal carry. They should definitely be able to carry on campus,” replied Penny McCloud. 

   Sc4 Student, Rachel Kobylas, shared similar sentiments. “People who aren’t criminals who have taken the proper training should be able to choose for themselves whether or not they wish to have a concealed carry permit,” Kobylas said. 

   She felt students and employees at colleges, who have concealed permits, should be allowed to carry on campus. “Absolutely. If they have had the training, why not,” replied Kobylas.

   “Most gun owners are very safety conscious and are law abiding. Gun ownership and concealed carry has been shown to detour crime,” said Penny McCloud.

   But, not all of the women participating in the program agree.

   Linda Matthews, of Kimball Township, participates in the ladies program. She has been around firearms since she was a child, growing up in a home that had firearms.

   Matthews loves to hunt, and she is against concealed carry on college campus, for both faculty and students.

   “It’s not the gun that is the issue; it’s the person that picks it up,” stated Matthews. She explained the person handling the firearm had to know safety.

 She explained she could see both the pros and the cons on campus concealed carry.

   “I am against it. We have a lot of 18 year-olds that are hot headed kids. I just don’t think the maturity level is there,” stated Matthews. She felt that even faculty should not be allowed to carry on college campus.

   SC4 does not have concealed carry on its campus. The administration’s policy prohibits it, as it does any weapons on their campus.

 Policies regarding concealed carry on college campus vary nationwide.

   According to MSNBC, nationwide there are 38 states that ban weapons at schools.

   According to National Conference of State legislatures, 16 states explicitly prohibit weapons on campus, while in other states each school is allowed to make its own decision.

   Michigan, one of these states that allow each school to make this decision, could soon have to change policy, should Senate Bill 747 pass.

   “Don’t make our schools a killing zone,” replied John McCloud. Mr. McCloud is among those at the fun night program that felt incidents such as the massacre at Virginia Tech that left 33 dead could have resulted in less carnage if faculty and students had been allowed concealed carry. Virginia is one of the states banning firearms at school.


   Participants in the fun night program remove their muffs and glasses and begin securing and packing away their firearms as another evening draws to a close.

   Ladies smile as they make plans to gather for dinner, meet for events on college campus or simply go their separate ways.

   In this lies the success of the fun night program. Each individual is respected, no matter their point of view.

   If we want to be respected for our points of view, we must respect others point of view, even if we don’t agree with them,” replied Kobylas.

EMT Class

Patricia Kenner
Staff Writer

   In 2009, SC4’s Work Force Training Institute added the emergency medical technician program. This semester is the third time the class has been offered.

   The course is a 254 hour, Michigan certified program that focuses on emergency services. The class covers everything from how to handle a crime scene to how important it is to de-stress one’s self from the job.

   The class is fully equipped with all the equipment used by professionals. There is even a CPR mannequin that can hold fake vomit in the stomach, so students know what it is like to have someone throw up when giving CPR.
    This program started because in order to become a firefighter, one has to have EMT training. Before SC4 offered these classes, fire fighter students had no choice but to go off campus to get trained.

   At least half of the students enrolled in the EMT class are either in the fire fighter program or are looking to get enrolled in the program.
    When it came to choosing the instructors Kevin Powers, Fire Program Facilitator, and Madison Heights, fire fighter, chose the best of the best. Powers stated, “Altogether the instructors have an average of 10 years teaching experience and 17 years in field experience.”

   Another reason why Powers chose the instructors he did was for the students’ benefits. Before SC4 offered this program, students had a low success rate on the National Registry EMT exam.    

   Now with the class being offered, the instructors are making sure they can help the students as much as possible to pass the exam. Instructors are even willing to give out their e-mails, personal phone numbers, and help facilitate study groups.
     There has been positive feedback from both the students and the administration. Powers said, “Students really enjoy the class. It is a hard program, but it is very rewarding and the students like the challenge.” 

   The administration realizes now that there was a need for this program. Starting in the fall of 2010, SC4 is offering a paramedic program. That program is going to be about 1,000 contact hours between the class room and clinic.

Creativity Abounds

Twana Pinskey

Photo Editor

   For 42 years, area middle school and high school art students have shined in the Beatrice Thornton Student Art Exhibit.

   SC4, in cooperation with Port Huron Art Museum, is presenting the forty-second annual event.

The exhibition was split into two shows, with middle school and high school art work shown Feb. 4 through Feb. 26 and elementary student’s art work shown March 4 through March 26.

     The shows namesake, Beatrice Thornton, was an art teacher in the Port Huron school district. According to SC4 professor, David Korf, she was a champion of her students, pushing to have their art work showcased in exhibits.

   Home schooled students as well as students selected by their teachers from all over St. Clair county, were invited to have their artwork  displayed during the two shows.

   Students in the middle school and high school showings were treated to an opening day reception of finger foods. Also the chance to tour artwork currently in progress by SC4 students.

   The students’ work that will appear in the March 4 gallery showings will have an opening day reception that day.

   Admission to view the art work is free to the public. The SC4 galleries housing the artworks are open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The galleries will be closed March 12.

That’s How I Kroll

For students, sitting at a place such as Denny’s or The Raven Coffeehouse is just a way to kill some time. For former student Robert (Bob) Kroll it is almost like coming home.
Bob Kroll, 27, of Almont graduated from St Clair County Community College in 2004 with an Associate in Fine Arts. He then went on to earn his Masters in English from Wayne State University.
Sitting across the table from Bob, you don’t find yourself looking at a teacher, but someone who not long ago was a student trying to earn that A just like anyone else.
I sat there with Bob talking about everything from music and movies to his feelings about coming back to Port Huron.
I’m sure that almost every student has sat in class and wondered what it would be like to be on the other side of the desk, having the students look at them. When asked this, Bob said that it was “surreal” because of the fact that just a month ago he was in that situation at WSU.
He also made the comment, “I feel that I can learn as much from my students as they can from me.” He hopes during his time here that he will be able to help students achieve their goals and become better writers.
During the winter semester Bob is teaching English 50, 101 and 102. He hopes that he will be able to work some of his personal interests into his teaching. In his classes he has a “mystery film” assignment, which he seems really excited about.
When Kroll was a student here at SC4 he was a member of this publication where he held the positions of Staff Writer, Managing Editor and Editor in Chief. Bob also has an essay on Star Trek and James Bond that he eventually would like to get published.
As the night wound down I asked him what has changed during his time gone. He responded saying that, “Denny’s isn’t as big of a deal as it was back in the day, but the things that I loved most about the area have remained intact more or less.”

Tuba Fascination

Dale Harris played the tuba for a packed crowd in the Fine Arts Theatre at SC4 on Thursday, Jan. 28. The concert at noon on Thursday was accurately entitled, Tuba Fascination, and by the end of concert the audience was on the edge of their seats.
Lillian Maley, SC4’s artistic director described Harris as “a humble man”. He pleased the crowd with short stories that his wife informed him to leave out, giving a bit of humor to the performance.
Harris played songs like “Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep” by E. DeLamater and “Emmett’s Lullaby” by G.E. Holmes, featuring Marcia Collins on the piano. Harris also played “The Surf Polka” by F. Steinhauser, which earned him his first win at a local talent show decades ago.
The audience received a great value for the free Thursday at noon concert.
One audience member, Marion Abern, 54, out of Casco Township said, “I thought the performance was great. I’m impressed with his love for the tuba and performing.”
Another satisfied guest, Gloria Atcheson, said, “I enjoyed the last song the most. It was quite comical. Never did I think I would enjoy the show so much.”
That last song Harris played was “Irish Washerwoman” by J. Dugan. The 70 year-old tuba player attempted to blow out a light bulb after 97 straight notes. The bulb was a stand in for a candle, humorous and none the less fascinating.
Dale Harris has been pleasing ears for years, and says he has no reason to retire.
Thursday noon concerts are free and open to the public. For more information or reservations for lunch after concert series’ events please call: 1(810) 989-5709 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

SC4 Offers Free Software Help to Small Business Owners

Small business owners experiencing software problems can now turn to SC4 students for help – completely free of charge.
The college’s Workforce Training Institute has developed a Software Solutions Center where supervised Microsoft-Certified student advisers take and answer call-in, and e-mail software support questions.
The students at the Software Solutions Center are registered in a one-year long training program called “Computer and Office Skills for the Administrative Assistant”. As they progress through their training, they become certified in multiple Microsoft applications: Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.
The program is taught by Cheryl R. Russell, and supervised by Bonnie DiNardo. Both women are Microsoft Office Certified.
Bonnie DiNardo is the Workforce Training Institute’s Training Administrator. She says she recognizes that “employees in small companies wear so many hats. Sometimes they just don’t have the time to devote to troubleshooting problems.”
The idea for this program, she said, came from a focus group on campus that her boss, Michelle Mueller, heard and relayed to her.
“I thought to myself, this is a great idea; there really isn’t a negative to this initiative,” said DiNardo. “The benefit for the students is that they get real problems to help find a solution. The benefit for the company is that they can get some free assistance.”
SC4’s Software Solutions Center, which is intended for St. Clair County businesses, offers assistance in many areas, including: building an Access database; using Excel; doing mail merges in Word and creating PowerPoint presentations.
Small business owners wanting help from the Software Center can call (810) 989-5787 or e-mail wtisupport@sc4.edu. Requests are received on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. (so long as the college is open).
This costless support is designed for general software application questions from local business owners. SC4 does not warranty work or provide data confidentiality assura

PTK Blog Addresses Student Concerns

Since everything is going global, should there be a foreign language requirement for all courses of study? Do you think there should be housing at SC4? What makes a good consultation with a professor?
If you ever have questions like these, or any questions regarding college or global affairs, the Lambda Mu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa may have just what you need.
The Lambda Mu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society has a web log dedicated to answering student concerns, allowing students to ask questions often by asking questions of students themselves.
And it’s not just SC4 students that are getting involved in the discussions. The blog has visitors and interactions from visitors around the world.
According to the visitor map available on the webpage that tracks the home locations of page viewers, the blog has had over 1000 unique visitors from 37 different countries around the world, spanning every continent with the exception of Antarctica.
Questions and topics like those mentioned before are updated frequently and are open to public commentary. Content is created by many different college officials such as college president, Dr. Pollock, who upon returning from Qatar, answered any questions that those interested posed about his experiences.
The blog, which has a link on the SC4 homepage, can be found at sc4ptk.wordpress.com. For more information about the blog contact Phi Theta Kappa club advisor Angela Heiden at 810-984-3881.

Hackstock is music to student’s ears

Famous poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, “Music is the universal language of mankind.”
Living proof of this quotation is SC4’s new Music Appreciation and piano instructor, Mary Hackstock.
In 2004, Hackstock, 29, broke language barriers and studied piano abroad in Trapani, Italy. There, she studied under Salvatore Spano, an accomplished pianist.
According to Hackstock, Spano not only taught her many things about teaching and music, he also helped her get adjusted to the Italian culture and language.
Hackstock summed up her learning experience in Italy in one word: wonderful.
Before studying in Italy, Hackstock went to Eastern Michigan University for a year, then transferred to Wayne State University in 2004 and earned a Bachelors degree in Music and Piano performance.
After attending Wayne State, Hackstock earned a Masters degree in Piano Performance from the University of South Florida.
Hackstock’s extensive education has paid off, according to SC4 student Kenneth C. Grim, a 34 year-old music major from Ann Arbor.
“She’s been very helpful. She brings a fresh approach to the music program,” Grim said. “I actually look forward to going to class. She meets you half way and makes learning really fun.”
“I try to make class interesting,” Hackstock said. “I try not to teach only out of the book and add extra other things because I know students hate it when teachers only teach out of the book.”
Tom Weidig, a general/transfer student at SC4 and a student in Hackstock’s Music Appreciation class, had very good things to say about the new instructor.
“Music Appreciation is a really fun class. The music we listen to is really interesting. And Ms. Hackstock is a righteous dude,” Weidig said.
In addition to playing piano, Hackstock plays organ and sings. She also teaches private piano and organ lessons.
Hackstock first got interested in music when she was young, but dropped out at the age of eight. When she was 13, Hackstock picked up lessons again with the goal of going into music.
“I don’t know why, but something just made me want to go back,” she said.
Hackstock has performed on stage many times, but her favorite was this November when she and several other pianists played all of David Del Tredici works in New York.
“Only some of his works are recorded, and some the pieces we played weren’t even published yet. So it was really cool just being able to put that music out there.”
Hackstock was born in Mt. Clemens to Ann and Tom Hackstock. She lived in New Baltimore until the age of 10, and then moved to Richmond. She attended grade school in St. Clair, and then was home schooled in high school.
“I hated home schooling at the time. Looking back, I think it was probably a good thing.”
When Hackstock isn’t playing piano, she enjoys tap dancing and hanging out with her dog, Oscar. Oscar is a Pekepoo, which is a Pekingese and Poodle hybrid.
In the future, Hackstock hopes to still be teaching but more in college and less in private lessons.
“And, of course, performing a lot too,” she said.