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Honor society inducts 53 Black Hawk College students

Black Hawk College recently inducted 53 students into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society chapter at the college’s East Campus.

To be eligible for membership, a student must complete a minimum of 12 hours of associate degree course work and have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Phi Theta Kappa holds business and membership meetings, sponsors speakers and holds events for the campus. Participation in the chapter enables members to take advantage of scholarships, plus participation in special activities.

Alpha Phi Beta, the East Campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, was chartered in Spring 1992. In 2005, the chapter won the Pinnacle Award – a membership enhancement program that rewards both chapters and regions with scholarship stipends – in recognition of the local chapter’s success in recruitment of new members. The local chapter now has 235 members.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions.

More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.

Inductees and their hometowns are listed below. All towns are in Illinois unless otherwise noted.

Phi Theta Kappa Inductees

Adel, Iowa – Rachel Hoy
Aledo – Kevin McCutchan
Altona – Brent Nelson
Annawan – Davette Malufka, Jennifer VanDeGenachte
Cambridge – Kevin Beuseling, Emily Brink, Isabella Frisk, Katie Miller
Cascade, Iowa – Lillie Beringer
Danville, Iowa – Jon Rubey
Davis Junction – Jennifer Bathje
Downs – Makayla Maciejewski
Elizabeth – Kelley Koester
Galva – Matthew Endress, Rachel VanDeVelde
Geneseo – Evan Blunk, Paige Charlet, Sheridan Saskowski
Kewanee – Karl Branom, Carols Bretado, Brigida Castillo, Joshua Denzer, Nicole Lee, Guadalupe Lopez, Jessica Manthe, Kathryn Thomson
LaFayette – Caleb Stahl
Laura – Joshua DeGroot
Lincoln – Kaitlyn Frizzell
Loami – Lakken Troxell
Lynn Center – Mary Fielding
Makinaw – Marli Schaley
Manito – Jamie Kraklow
Middlebury, Ind. – Brian Pluimer
Moline – Anna Smith, Shelley Wolfe, Sarah York
New Windsor – Rosemary Phillips
North Henderson – Mason Flack
Oxford, Mich. – Alexandra Logan
Rock Island – Patricia Parker
Sheffield – Emily Thurston
Toulon – Victoria Beaver, Brooke Eckstein, Corinna Wyant
Walcott, Iowa – Samantha Rathjen
Wapello, Iowa – Kimberlee Ewart
Wildwood, Ga. – John Reasor
Winamac, Ind. – Mackenzie Brandt
Wyanet – Kalie Rumbold
Wyoming – Patricia Hamilton, Victoria West

Last updated 5/28/2015

BHC Founders’ Scholars honored at reception

2015 EC Founders Scholars
Seated from left: Marissa Chapa, Savannah Speckhart, Corinna Wyant and Jessica Lewis
Standing from left: Colton Geiger, Jamie Wall, Brianna Hobbs, Hope Kensinger, Rachel Hill and Shelby Riley

Black Hawk College East Campus recently honored 20 students at the 31st annual Founders’ Scholars Awards Reception.

The event is named after the founders of East Campus ­– Dr. Glenn Case, James Golby, Gust Lundberg, Ted Vlahos and Robert White. Current members of the college’s Liberal Arts and Science Department presented the awards.

Students receiving the award for academic excellence must have a minimum 3.75 grade point average and have completed 30 hours of coursework (through the fall semester) in anticipation of receiving an associate of arts or associate of science degree at commencement in May.

In addition to this year’s honorees, invited guests included Founders’ Scholars honored from 2011-2014. A large plaque listing all of the past honorees is located on the wall across from the Welcome Center at the East Campus.

The 2015 Founders’ Scholars inductees and their hometowns are listed below. All towns are in Illinois unless otherwise noted.

  • Atkinson – Isabella Frisk
  • Bradford – Samantha Peterson
  • Columbia City, Ind. – Colton Geiger
  • Delavan – Hope Kensinger
  • Dixon – Rachel Hill
  • Galva – Nicola Cone, Taylor Newman
  • Kewanee – Carlos Bretado, Madison Costenson-Segura, Melissa Hill, Jessica Lewis, McKenna Walters
  • Maple Park – Marissa Chapa
  • New Windsor – ­Stephanie Adams
  • Noblesville, Ind. – Shelby Riley
  • Pierceton, Ind. – Jamie Wall
  • Princeville – Kathleen Reay, Savannah Speckhart
  • St. David – Brianna Hobbs
  • Toulon – Corinna Wyant

Last updated 5/28/2015

Galva High School places first at Lincoln Trail Conference Scholastic Bowl

Galva High School

Galva High School Top Team from left to right: Austin Holder, Matt McCoy, Chris North, Ryan Olson, Alex Samuel (front row next to Chris), Mike Bersell, Billy Comer (dark hair in back row), Rhett Holt, Guido Zaffagnini, Ryan Russell, Victoria Albertson, James Hopping, Brett Wexell, Coach Adam Norway and Matt Nordstrom.

Galva High School finished first at the 2015 Lincoln Trail Conference Scholastic Bowl Meet hosted by Black Hawk College. Fifty high school students from 10 schools in the Lincoln Trail Conference competed Feb. 28 at the college’s East Campus near Kewanee. Annawan High School placed second, and Wethersfield High School took third.

In this event, student teams compete to answer questions from a variety of categories such as history, literature, mathematics, music and science. This was the fourth year Black Hawk College hosted the event.

The participating schools were AlWood, Annawan, Cambridge, Galva, Mercer County, Princeville, ROWVA, Stark County, West Central and Wethersfield.

Pictured below are the Top 10 Individual award winners from left to right: Kirk Watson (Black Hawk College faculty), Claire Fettis (4th, Annawan), Liz Wolf (5th, Annawan), Jetta Taylor (tied for 9th, Princeville), Jenna Speer (tied for 9th, Mercer County), Tristan Akers (3rd, Cambridge), Chris North (1st, Galva), Sean Welch (6th, R.O.W.V.A), Brock Titlow (7th Wethersfield), Audrey Vice (2nd, West Central) and Alan Abbott ( Black Hawk College faculty). Not pictured was Grace Klooster (8th, Stark County).

top 10 winners

2014 Ag Alumni Banquet

2014 Ag Alumni Banquet

Andy RashAndy Rash, of Kewanee, Ill., left, received the 2014 Outstanding Ag Alumnus Award Jan. 25 at the annual meeting and banquet of the Black Hawk East Agri-Business Club Alumni.

Rash grew up in central Indiana, attended Eastern Hancock High School, and was very active in 4-H and FFA livestock judging and showing.

After high school he came to Black Hawk College on a judging scholarship and completed his Associate of Science degree in 2000. He continued his education and judging career at Western Illinois University. He graduated in 2002 and began teaching as an adjunct faculty member and assistant livestock coach at the East Campus. After finishing his master’s degree in ag education, he was BHC’s ag business instructor for the next three years.

In 2006, he accepted a position with Cargill and spent the next seven years in multiple roles of leadership. Most of his tenure was in sales leadership, and his last responsibility was a national marketing manager for the pet food and wildlife feed division. During this time he and his family moved from Illinois to Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota and back to Illinois.

Andy left Cargill to pursue business ownership focused on retail agriculture, sport dog and wildlife products sold at major retail chains across the U.S. He still retains ownership in the custom packaging business but recently re-joined Cargill as a sales leader for their Ag Horizons division to lead a team that offers a risk management portfolio to Illinois farmers.

While working in academia and the business world for more than 10 years, he has been fortunate to put his love of and education in livestock evaluation to use judging many national and regional shows. This spring he will be judging the barrows at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the NJSA Southeast Regional.

Andy and his wife, Tara, now reside in Kewanee where they enjoy watching their three children start their livestock-showing careers.

Andy Rash credits Black Hawk choice with making difference
by Dave Clarke, Star Courier

Keynote Speaker was Troy Coziahr of Cambridge, Ill., an alum who received an AAS degree in Agri-Business in 1991. After graduating from the East Campus, Coziahr transferred to Illinois State where he received a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education in 1994 and his master’s degree in crop sciences from the University of Illinois in 2001.

Coziahr was a high school ag teacher and FFA Advisor for 11 years and returned to work for Black Hawk College East Campus as the Recruiter and an academic advisor for three years before joining Monsanto as an agronomist in 2008. In 2011 he accepted the position of manager of the learning center at Monsanto’s Monmouth facility.

Kelly Craig of Galva, Ill., Administrative Assistant to the VP for the East Campus and the Agriculture Department since December of 2005, was honored as the 2014 Friend of the Alumni. The ag faculty, Agri-Business Club and the Agri-Business Club Alumni members agree that with Craig it would be harder to host events such as this banquet. Her willingness to assist, organizational skills and attention to detail and perfection go far above and beyond.

Villas at BHC, LLC

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Villas at Black Hawk College, LLC will break ground on a private student housing development Tuesday, March 19 at 3 pm. The site is located on the north-east corner of Parking Lot 4. The Villas are a private development consisting of 120 beds specifically designed to serve Black Hawk College students. The Villas will consist of student-centric living quarters with common indoor and outdoor amenities. The common indoor area will consist of the manager’s office, mailboxes, social room / recreation center, and a 24-hour fitness center along with study rooms and state-of-the-art laundry facilities. The outdoor common area will consist of a patio for social and recreational use, along with a variety of outdoor entertainment amenities. Additional services include academic and social programming, shipping and receiving, and 24-hour maintenance. The Villas will be built on land owned by the Black Hawk College Foundation.

“Black Hawk College is excited to partner with Bluffstone to provide a high-quality housing opportunity for our students. This public/private partnership will enhance our students’ college experience.”

The Bluffstone management team will be directly involved with the Black Hawk College project every step of the way, including a detailed marketing and leasing campaign that is currently underway. Construction will be complete by mid-summer and is slated to be ready for students to occupy by the fall 2013 school year. “We’re very excited to be able to offer our unique product to the students of Black Hawk College, and are looking forward to a mutually beneficial, long-term relationship with faculty and staff.” said Tim Baldwin, Managing Partner of Bluffstone.

The Villas at Black Hawk College are a wholly owned subsidiary of Bluffstone, LLC. Bluffstone is a development firm from Bettendorf, Iowa, who specializes in student-centric housing facilities, known as “The Villas”, for small colleges and universities throughout the Midwest. Bluffstone currently owns and manages over 2,000 beds on nine college campuses.

For information about The Villas or for leasing information, call (309)756-8654, email, or visit

“Enhancing the higher education experience through better living environments”

BHC baseball update (8/1/11)

These Black Hawk College sophomores have signed letters of intent to the following schools:

Chris Burgess — University of Oklahoma
J. Golden — Minnesota State University
Adam Karger — University of South Carolina at Pembroke
Mark VanNatta — Augustana College
KC Wright — Judson College
Cole Dodson — Hannibal-LaGrange College

The Black Hawk College baseball program has announced its 2011-12 incoming class.

The team returns with 19 sophomores and adds 15 freshmen and two sophomore transfers.


Jake Sharp — Alleman
Eann Cox — Erie
Andrew Dobek – Assumption (Davenport, Iowa)
Zack Davis — Riverdale
Jake Johnson — Orion
Kurt Donner — Mt. Prospect
Joe Walsh — Palatine
Beau Kirkpatrick — Erie
Dan Saskowski — Alleman
Max Querin — Assumption (Davenport, Iowa)
Andy Cooper — Riverdale
Justin Hitchcock — Rockridge
Chase Young — Riverdale
Blake Moe — Davenport Central (Davenport, Iowa)
Nate Rauch — Davenport Central (Davenport, Iowa)

Moe and Rauch committed Friday, July 29. Both had stellar seasons for their state qualifying team.

Transfer sophomores:

Trent Muilenberg – Bettendorf, Iowa (Ellsworth Community College, Iowa Falls, Iowa)
Dain Burress – Newburgh, Ind. (Kaskaskia Community College, Centralia, Ill.)

View photos and video: June Jazz Band performance

Dr. Edgar Crockett, BHC music professor, performed with his current and former jazz band students in a free community concert at Stephens Square in Moline on Thursday, June 16, 2011. The Navy Band Great Lakes Jazz Combo also performed at the concert.

Nursing students collect 2,000+ pounds of donations

During the Spring 2011 semester, the Black Hawk College chapter of the National Student Nurses Association collected more than 2,000 pounds of items for shelters in the Quad Cities.

BHC students and employees donated clothing, toys, toiletries and kitchen items. The response was so great that the conference room designated to store the donated items had to be emptied several times.

Nursing students delivered the donations to Winnie’s Place women’s shelter, King’s Harvest homeless ministry in Davenport, Iowa; theplace2b center for homeless and displaced youth at the YWCA in Rock Island, Ill.; and Christian Care rescue mission and domestic violence shelter in Rock Island. Ill.

Pictured surrounded by a portion of the donations are, from left to right, nursing students Joli Sloter, Andrea Laermans, Sonia Herrera, Tabetha Voeltz and Jolene Anderson.

Several people not in the photo helped deliver the donations. They included nursing students Kaitlin Peterson, Brittnee Ayers, Sanela Pilipovic, Jamie Austin, Amber Mourning and Amy Kohl and assistant professor Cynthia Becker and her husband.

Bazaar raises $685 for international student scholarship

In December 2010, the International Student Association (ISA) at Black Hawk College donated $685 to the Black Hawk College Foundation for the English as a Second Language/International Scholarship.

Since 2004, the ISA has donated more than $4,400 to the foundation with money raised by the annual BHC International Holiday Bazaar.

Pictured from left to right are: Khadidjatou Cisse of Senegal, Mohammad Tazin of Bangladesh, Juanita Cañas of Mexico, and Shelly Wells Cain, executive director of the BHC Foundation.

Vintage Rods donates $3,000 to student scholarship fund

Quad City’s Vintage Rods car club donated $3,000 to the Black Hawk College Foundation to support a student scholarship.

Club members Gary Miller of East Moline (left) and Ron Frere of Milan (far right) presented the check Dec. 20, 2010, to Shelly Wells Cain, executive director of the BHC Foundation, and Dr. Gene Gardner, Black Hawk College president.

The money was generated by gate admissions to the Quad City’s Vintage Rods 39th Annual Car Show held Sept. 26, 2010, at the college’s Quad-Cities Campus. The show attracted 375 vintage vehicles entries.

The money goes to the Vintage Rods scholarship, which is available to Quad-Cities Campus students with excellent academic performance. Six students received a scholarship in the fall of 2010.

Since 1984, the rods club has given more than $56,000 to the BHC Foundation and has donated to the college for more consecutive years than any other organization.