BHC hosting Scholastic Bowl Saturday, Feb. 27

Black Hawk College East Campus is proud to host the 2016 Lincoln Trail Conference Scholastic Bowl Meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27.

More than 100 high school students from 10 schools in the Lincoln Trail Conference will compete against each other to answer questions from a variety of categories, such as history, literature, mathematics, music and science.

Feb. 4 game night fundraiser for Braves volleyball coach

The Black Hawk College Braves basketball program is sponsoring a game night fundraiser for BHC volleyball coach and alumna Mary Davis.

On Thursday, Feb. 4, Black Hawk College will host “Hoops for Mary” to raise money for Davis, who has been battling cancer for a number of years and was hospitalized in early January.

Want a pool job this summer? Take lifeguard training now

lifeguards for webBecome a lifeguard by training at the Quad-Cities Campus this winter.

Students must be:

  • At least 15 years old
  • Able to swim 300 yards
  • Able to retrieve a diving brick from the deep end and swim 20 yards with the brick
  • Able to swim with head and eyes in water without goggles

The class will meet six times Feb. 19-28. Cost is $175. The registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 12.

For more information, call 309-796-5601 or visit the BHC Community Aquatic Center.

Fall 2015 honors lists

Make personal safety part of your New Year’s resolution

Monthly safety tip from your Black Hawk College Safety Committee

What is your New Year’s Resolution? Weight loss? Stop smoking? More exercise?

Have you ever considered making your personal safety part of your New Year’s resolution? By taking proactive measures and being aware of your surroundings and potential dangers, you can reduce your personal safety risk. Here are a few easy to implement safety tips for work, home and play.

Be prepared for the unexpected at work:

  • Locate the nearest fire extinguisher to your office, classrooms, conference rooms and break rooms.
  • Be familiar with the locations of the first aid kits in each building that you work in.
  • Retake the A.L.I.C.E. training that is available online through myBlackHawk.

Contact Risk Management at for locations of fire extinguishers and first aid kits or for questions regarding A.L.I.C.E. training.

Keep your personal information safe at home:

  • Shred mail, receipts, or any documents that contain your personal information (excluding tax documents).
  • Review your credit report regularly.
  • Keep your Social Security number and PINs confidential and secured.
  • Remove personal information from family websites, social media or cell phones.

When out, park smart:

  • Park and walk in well-lit, heavily trafficked areas.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and remove headphones or earbuds.
  • Have your keys in hand and look into your vehicle before entering.
  • Lock the doors as soon as you are in your vehicle.
  • Do not roll down the window if someone inquiries about directions.
  • Walk with others when possible. Ask for a security escort.

It is never too late to start. Don’t wait till next year to start your safety resolution!



Disclaimer: These tips have been provided as general information for increasing safety awareness and for informational purposes only. Black Hawk College does not accept any liability for the information or advice (or the use of such information or advice) that is provided. We make every effort to insure the integrity and validity of the data provided. Always, check with your care provider before making any changes.

Vintage Rods donates $3,500 to student scholarship fund

QC Vintage Rods donation 12-2015 - web

Club members Larry Fells of Silvis (left) and Leonard Peterson of East Moline (right) presented the check to Dr. Bettie Truitt, Black Hawk College president, and Jessica Malcheff, executive director of the BHC QC Foundation (right).

Quad City’s Vintage Rods car club recently donated $3,500 to the Black Hawk College QC Foundation to support student scholarships.

Since 1984, Quad City’s Vintage Rods car club has given more than $70,000 to the Black Hawk College Foundation and has donated to the college for more consecutive years than any other organization.

The donations are generated by gate admissions to the group’s annual car show held every fall at the college’s Quad-Cities Campus.

The 44th Quad City’s Vintage Rods Annual Car Show was Sept. 27, 2015, and attracted more than 450 registered antique cars, hot rods, street rods and special interest vehicles.

The donation supports the Vintage Rods scholarship, which is available to Quad-Cities Campus students with excellent academic performance. Two students received a scholarship in Fall 2015, four students received a scholarship in Fall 2014, and four students received a scholarship in Fall 2013.

Bazaar raises $635 for international student scholarship

ISA donation 12-7-15The International Student Association (ISA) at Black Hawk College recently donated $635 to the Black Hawk College Foundation for the International/English as a Second Language Scholarship.

Since 2004, the ISA has donated more than $7,400 to the BHC Foundation with money raised by the annual BHC International Holiday Bazaar.

Pictured are Trista Wang from China; Janeille Chin from Jamaica; Jessica Malcheff, executive director of the BHC Foundation; Adele Tossou from Togo; and Emin Huseinbegovic from Bosnia-Herzegovina.

BHC receives Moline Recycling Super Hero award

Pictured are Clean Sphere members David Koffi and Andrea Ochoa-Raya, advisor and biology professor Marilynn Bartels, groundskeeper David Shelangouski, and Clean Sphere member Alondra Rosas.

From the Keep Moline Beautiful Commission/City of Moline:

America Recycles Day, a program of Keep America Beautiful, has been a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States since 1997. Every year on or around Nov. 15, individuals, clubs and organizations highlight and educate the importance of recycling in our homes and communities. Keep Moline Beautiful sponsors contests for elementary schools and recognizes efforts made in our community by honoring nominees with our Moline Recycling Super Hero award. From our first recipients in 2010, the Paydens, who collected recyclables after every MHS sporting event to the MHS special education students who collect and sort all of the recycling at their school, we are happy to honor recycling efforts in our city.

Black Hawk College and Clean Sphere

It seems that Black Hawk College celebrates America Recycles Day … everyday! In just 10 months of 2014, Black Hawk College recycled 60,000 lbs of mixed paper, 20,000 lbs of cardboard, and 4,000 lbs of plastic bottles and cans! That of course kept all of those items out of the landfill and were then recycled into new paper and cardboard, new plastic bottles and cans saving energy, natural resources and money!

The recycling program at Black Hawk College has been in effect for more than 20 years. The state of Illinois requires that a waste sort must be conducted every five years. This report determines the current recycling efforts and identifying the kinds of waste being generated and how much of it is recyclable materials. At the last sort, there were more than 50 student/staff and faculty members who volunteered! Lead custodian Janet DeVilder noted that recycle containers are always needing to be emptied and feels students are now in the habit of recycling versus throwing away … all efforts helping the environment!

If you had been lucky enough to attend the waste sort, you would have met students who are members of Clean Sphere! Over the past 10 years, biology professor Marilynn Bartels has been the staff advisor to this active environmental club at Black Hawk College. Clean Sphere has organized many campus cleanup events where they then separate the trash from the recyclables including any scrap metal that is found. Clean Sphere has participated in the nationwide RecycleMania competition. Also, they have participated in Alternative Spring Break activities. So instead of heading to Florida, students have stayed home and participated in local cleanups! Many transparencies are used in classrooms, are collected by club members and then sent to 3M for recycling. They have also been active in recycling education efforts on campus, including a program where they rewarded students “caught being good” because they were recycling! These busy students have also put together educational displays during the college’s Fall Fest, Spring Fling and Earth Day activities that are held on the QC Campus.

Their mission statement is as follows: “Clean Sphere strives to encourage environmental appreciation, awareness and stewardship among the students, faculty, staff and alumni of Black Hawk College.” So along with all of the club’s efforts and the colleges successful recycling program, Keep Moline Beautiful is happy to present both Black Hawk College and Clean Sphere with our Moline Recycling Super Hero award.


Last updated 12/15/2015

BHC designated a Military Friendly School for sixth year

MFS16_LogoBlack Hawk College has been named a 2016 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.

The 2016 Military Friendly Schools list highlights 1,400 institutions that exhibit leading practices to support military students. Schools earned rights to the Military Friendly® trademarked designation via qualifying scores from a rigorous survey assessment.

Black Hawk College was designated a Military Friendly School in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 but serving veterans is not a new mission for the college.

When the college conducted its first classes in September 1946, 73 percent of the 239 students were World War II veterans.

This semester, there are 135 Black Hawk College students receiving veterans’ benefits.

“As a Military Friendly School, we are constantly striving to find new ways to best serve our veterans, military students and their families,” said Marceia Duhm, coordinator of career and veterans services at Black Hawk College.

“Our Veterans Resource Center encourages our military students and veterans to be active in the college and their communities,” she said. “It provides support for those needing a little direction and encouragement as they transition from the military to civilian life.”

The college also has the Military Students and Veterans Club, a chapter of Student Veterans of America.

Victory Media’s Military Friendly® ratings recognize colleges with leading programs for veterans, members of the Armed Forces leaving military service and military spouses.

Institutions of higher learning complete an extensive survey covering 10 indicators of success, including:

  • Support for student veterans on campus.
  • Graduation and employment outcomes.
  • Military spouse policies.

Safety with snow removal

Monthly safety tip from your Black Hawk College Safety Committee

The National Safety Council recommends the following regarding snow shoveling:

  • Shoveling snow should not be done after eating or while smoking.
  • Do stretches before and after shoveling.
  • Shovel cautiously and slowly.
  • Try to shovel the snow when it is fresh and powdery as it is lighter.
  • Push the snow when possible instead of lifting it.
  • If you must lift the snow, use a small shovel or only partially fill the shovel.
  • Lift with your legs to help prevent back injury.
  • Work slowly in short time increments not to the point of exhaustion.

If you have a history of heart disease, do not shovel snow without the health care provider stating that it is safe for you to do so. If you feel tightness or pain in the chest or experience dizziness, stop immediately.

The American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons encourages all to use these safe practice actions when using a snowblower.

  • If the blower jams, always turn it off.
  • Keep your hands away from all moving parts.
  • Do not drink alcohol when using the snowblower.
  • Be aware of there is a carbon monoxide risk when running a snowblower in an enclosed space.
  • Refuel your snowblower only when it is off, never when it is running.



Disclaimer: These tips have been provided as general information for increasing safety awareness and for informational purposes only. Black Hawk College does not accept any liability for the information or advice (or the use of such information or advice) that is provided. We make every effort to insure the integrity and validity of the data provided. Always, check with your care provider before making any changes.