Once again, Southeast
Community College’s literary magazine grabbed the top spot in an annual competition.
“Illuminations” won first place in the Literary Magazine category in the Community
College Humanities Association competition’s Small College, Central division.
This is the fifth time the
publication has won this award, and the third consecutive year.
“It’s an honor to win the
award three years in a row,” said Kim Vonnahme, editor and faculty coordinator
of the publication. “Beyond any personal satisfaction, however, is the delight
I take in seeing our contributors succeed with a larger audience. It’s also
rewarding to see SCC nationally recognized for artistic success.”
creative prose, poetry and visual art, as well as academic and literary
writing. Students, faculty and staff contribute their own original work.
“The most rewarding aspect is
seeing my student contributors recognized for their artistic merit,” Vonnahme
said. “Students are the backbone of this publication.”
In addition to the magazine
award, a student also won first place. Lanny Tunks, an Electrical &
Electromechanical Technology student, won for his submission in the Artwork
category. His portrait of a woman was titled “The Girl.” Tunks created many
pieces of artwork for “Illuminations.”
Vonnahme says they are always
striving to create a better magazine than the year before.
“We’d like to continue
publishing quality work and experimenting with format and presentation to meet
the needs of an evolving audience,” Vonnahme said.
The CCHA’s literary magazine
competition highlights student work from all over the nation. Its mission is to
shape and strengthen students with their personal and professional growth in
The “Illuminations” magazine is
published in February and will be celebrating its 20th edition in