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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.

BHC recycles more than 16,800 pounds of electronics

Black Hawk College recently was honored by Vintage Tech Recyclers Inc. for the college’s electronics recycling efforts.

In 2010, the college kept more than 16,800 pounds of electronics out of landfills by recycling the materials through Vintage Tech Recyclers. The fall 2010 pickup included 7,642 pounds of electronics consisting of computers, CRT monitors, LCD monitors, servers, printers, microwaves, televisions and other miscellaneous electronics.

Vintage Tech Recyclers has a “no landfill” policy and all of the material was recycled.

“Black Hawk College is committed to the sustainable use of resources so the needs of the college community are met without negatively impacting future generations,” said Mike Phillips, vice president for administration.

BHC nursing students collect 60+ packages of diapers for shelters

During the Fall 2010 semester, the Black Hawk College chapter of the National Student Nurses Association sponsored a Diaper Drive at the college’s Quad-Cities Campus in Moline.

Students and employees donated more than 60 packages of diapers that were distributed to area women’s shelters.

The diapers were given to Christian Care in Rock Island, Ill.; St. Joseph the Worker House in Rock Island, Ill.; and Freedom House in Princeton, Ill.

Pictured are BHC nursing students Ashley Diesch, Colona (standing) and Patricia Heggen, Rock Island; and Shakira Hargis with St. Joseph the Worker House.

Additional members of the Diaper Drive committee were Chris Adamson, Silvis; Dana Eastin, Andover; and Angela Walrath, Rock Island.

BHC collects items for soldiers overseas, homeless in QC

In November 2010, the Military Students and Veterans Club (MSVC) at Black Hawk College conducted a holiday care package drive for soldiers and homeless veterans.

MSVC members, other BHC students and BHC employees donated to the cause. Pictured with the donations are MSVC president Chad Stephenson (left) and club member Ricardo Cardoso (right), both of Moline.

The care packages included snacks, toiletries, playing cards, games, holiday cards signed by BHC students and employees, and cards handmade by Cub Scout Pack 101 of Erie.

The packages were sent to:

  • SPC Jacob Gunn, Afghanistan
  • 2nd Lt. Bill Hayes, Afghanistan
  • Staff Sgt. Kevin Ott, Afghanistan
  • 1st Sgt. Tadd Jennings, Iraq

Gunn, Hayes and Ott are former Black Hawk College students.

Donations of winter hats, scarves, gloves/mittens, sweatshirts, socks and toiletries went to a local homeless veterans outreach center. Numerous hats and scarves were handmade by Frances Moon, the wife of Matthew Moon, an HVAC mechanic at the college and Korean War veteran.