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2016 Launch Party Success!

Well, our first ever launch celebration is one for the books–people came, ate, mingled, looked, listened, and left with their hearts filled with a new found appreciation for the talented students of IVCC. Here’s a little look-see of what went down.

stack of booksart gallery longstudents looking at bookjay and ariart gallery pointing



2016 IVCC Creates Contest Winners

Thanks to everyone who submitted work to the 2016 IVCC Creates Contest–as writers and artists ourselves, we know how simultaneously exciting and nerve-racking it is to share your work with others.

Our 2016 Selection Process

The contest results were decided by means of a blind selection process where submissions and file names did not reference author or artist . River Currents student staff editors viewed visual submissions saved as high quality color files. Editors voted for their personal winner, runner-up, and honorable mention for each category and any ties were discussed before a re-vote. Results appear below and were published in our 2016 issue.

Art/Photography Category:

“Pieces to the Puzzle” by Arinze Ochuba, winner
“Land of the Dances” by Arinze Ochuba, runner-up
“Enter Gollum” by Arinze Ochuba, honorable mention

Writing/Prose Category:

“and the sky was made of amethyst,” fiction by Brianna Broooks, winner

Poetry/Experimental Category:

“The Salamander Room,” poem by Joe Czarney, winner
“Haiku Series,” poetry by Elena Cornelius, runner-up

2016 Launch Party

Calling all students, faculty, administration, staff, and community members: please join us to celebrate the talented contributors and student staff of River Current’s forthcoming 2016 issue Wednesday, April 20 at IVCC’s Fireplace Lounge, B-216, Oglesby campus.

Contributors: staff will provide you with copies of this year’s issue, a thank-you packet for your participation and interest in the publication, and the opportunity to read or present your work to a captive audience at the launch party.

2016 IVCC Creates Contest winners: bask in the wonder of your achievement!! You will also receive copies of this year’s issue and a thank-you packet for your participation.

Students and public: meet the contributors, view the contributor art gallery, read your poetry/fiction/prose during an open-mic hour, feel the welcoming embrace of those interested in the creative arts, and hob-nob with IVCC’s talented students.

2016 Student Staff


Michael Westerman

Assistant Editors

Anna Klobnak
Corey Winchel

Design Team

Peggy Schneider
Michael Westerman

Graphic Design Intern

Peggy Schneider


Brianna Brooks
Jessica Bursztynsky
Allison Hawbaker
Daniela Rios

Faculty Advisor

Tracy Lee

The staff thanks Francie Skoflanc, Graphic Design Technology Department Coordinator, Lori Cinotte, faculty advisor to the IV Leader student newspaper, and art instructor Karen Zeilman for all their encouragement, advice and assistance in the production of this book. This book salutes them and others who have been steadfast and courageous in their commitment to bring fine art to the campus and the community.

River Currents 2016 Issue

DISCLAIMER: The views expressed herein are not necessarily those of the staff or faulty of IVCC. The River Currents staff encourages freedom of speech and the integrity o artistic expression.