DEARBORN — Thirteen Henry Ford College students will receive individual awards and recognition at the 2017 Liberal Arts Network for Development Conference, a statewide community college competition, this month in Muskegon.
For the second year in a row, HFC has the largest number of winners from a single college at the onference. Last year, HFC had nine winners. This year’s 13 winners is a new record.
“As one of the few statewide conferences devoted specifically for community college students that rewards excellence in the liberal arts, the recognition given to the talent and the abilities of our own students in such a wide range of areas is especially meaningful,” said Peter Kim, an HFC English professor and LAND steering committee representative.
The students who won in the Student Scholars category and their presentations are:
• Bashair Pasha and Brittney Arafat, “Oakland North End Mile Project.”
• Sophia Hart, “The Book of Kells – The Work of a Student.”
• Farah Safieddine and Kutaiba Alrefaai, “Effects of Mobility Habits on Joint and Muscle Stress.”
• Amanda Chatila, “The Lost Generation and Millenials.”
• Tabitha Sheronick, Mahdi Berry and Ryan Atkinson, “Keep Growing Detroit.”
The students who won in the Art Contests and the name of the artwork they submitted are:
• Sarah Williams placed third in the 2-D art contest with her illustration “Fairytale Invasion in Black and White.”
• Shandra Dicks placed second in the 3-D art contest with her sculpture “Dali’s Self Portrait.”
The students who won in the three Writing Contest categories and the names of their work are:
• Arafat, in her second win at the LAND Conference this year, won first place for “The Stains of the Surface” in the LAND Writing Contest – Creative Writing/Essay category.
• Malik G. Clifton won second place for “Awaybound” in the LAND Writing Contest – Fiction category.
• Gloria Niles won second place for “A Time Before” in the LAND Writing Contest – Poetry category.
The mission of LAND is to develop and promote a network for strengthening liberal arts education across all 28 of Michigan’s community colleges. LAND sponsors five student competitions to recognize outstanding student work in the liberal arts: student scholars, creative writing, illustration, fine arts and digital literacy.
“It’s exciting being able to bring students from across Michigan and having their creative works on display,” said Steve Glazer, an HFC ceramics/fine arts professor and LAND steering committee representative. “It’s really nice seeing this exhibition of community college and seeing how my students compare to other students across the state.”
Williams, of Redford, confessed she wouldn’t have thought to submit her “Fairytale Invasion in Black and White” until Glazer encouraged her to do so.
“It was an honor to be chosen,” she said. “I’m exploring art formally for the first time. (Glazer) is a very encouraging teacher. I never would’ve submitted my work on my own.
“I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I won. I’m looking forward to seeing everybody else’s artwork at the LAND Conference. It’s an honor to be among that many talented people.”