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BHC closed for Thanksgiving, but students can register online

All Black Hawk College locations and facilities will be closed Nov. 27-29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Saturday classes will NOT be conducted Nov. 29. Classes will resume Monday, Dec. 1.

Students are reminded that they can register online for minimester and Spring 2015 classes during Thanksgiving break. Priority enrollment ends Dec. XX.

Minimester classes begin Monday, Dec. 22, and Spring 2015 classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Click here to register for classes through myBlackHawk.

IHSA founder Bob Cacchione to attend BHC IHSA Team competition Nov. 22-23

Bob Cacchione

Photo courtesy of Equestrian Quarterly

Black Hawk College is honored to have the founder of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association attending the Zone 9, Region 2 competition this weekend, Nov. 22-23, at the college’s East Campus near Kewanee.

“This weekend we will be hosting the largest show of the season in our Region,” said coach Donna Irvin, professor of equestrian science at Black Hawk College.

“It is a special honor to have Bob Cacchione as our guest this weekend. It is his first visit to our Region, and we are excited to show him how we do it in the Midwest!” Irvin said.

A record 11 colleges will be represented with 260 entries. Competition begins at noon this Saturday, Nov. 22 and at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 23 in the college arena. Concessions will be available. The public is invited to attend – admission is free for spectators.

“Our students are very excited about getting the chance to meet the man who made this weekend’s events possible,” Irvin said. “Bob is a very personable individual with an upbeat zest for the IHSA.”

A meet-and-greet session is scheduled as well as an opportunity to get pictures taken with Cacchione.

The IHSA has grown and developed since it was established in 1967 through the prototype competition program Cacchione – with the help of his professor, Jack Fritz –  started when he was an 18-year-old sophomore at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.

When Cacchione’s parents told him they would no longer pay for his riding, he negotiated free use of horses at a local stable in exchange for giving riding lessons, soon gathering up what became a team. Holding a show using donated horses grabbed the attention of nearby colleges.

From its beginning with just two intercollegiate competing colleges, the IHSA has grown to an organization that encompasses 37 Regions in eight Zones with almost 400 member colleges in 45 states and Canada – representing more than 9,000 riders in both Hunter Seat Equitation, Western Horsemanship and Reining.

In a world where show winners are often those who can afford the finest horses, the IHSA levels the playing field.

Highly praised for its structure of competition, the association was founded on the principle that any college student should be able to participate in horse shows, regardless of his or her financial status or degree of experience to compete individually or on a team. Competition plays a role, but student enthusiasm and team spirit are the major objectives. Emphasis is on learning, sportsmanship and fun.

Students ride horses that are furnished by the host college and chosen by drawing lots. The use of personal tack is not allowed, and schooling is not permitted. The theory behind this structure is to equalize variables of the competition and test the horsemanship of the contestants. Classes range from walk/trot for first-year students to the Open Division for the more experienced riders.

Cacchione is quick to point out that the IHSA enables low-level riders to compete in college shows along with some of the top riders of their generation. This not only widens the circle of equestrians, but is a driving factor in the growth of the overall horse industry, as many IHSA alumna have gone on to build companies and careers inspired by their love of horses.

The IHSA also has gained significant media attention. Publications such as Practical Horseman, Horse & Rider, Equus, Dressage Today, Western Horseman, The Quarter Horse Journal, Chronicle of the Horse, The New York Times, Horses International, Horse Play, Horse Illustrated and the USEF magazine Horse Show have written stories about the IHSA and Nationals.

For more information about the IHSA, visit

Black Hawk College East Campus is located five miles south of Kewanee, Ill., at 26230 Black Hawk Road, Galva, Ill. For more information about programs at the East Campus, call 800-233-5671.

Petitions for 2015 BHC trustee election available

Nominating petitions and other election materials for the 2015 Black Hawk College Board of Trustees election are available at the college.

In April 2015, there will be three (3) six-year terms up for election.

Election materials are available in office of the chief financial officer in Building 1 at the college’s Quad-Cities Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline, and in the office of the vice president for East Campus, 26230 Black Hawk Road, Galva (five miles south of Kewanee).

The Black Hawk College district includes all or part of nine counties in west central Illinois, consisting of more than 280 individual precincts.

Completed petitions may be filed beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15 through 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22 in the office of the chief financial officer at the Quad-Cities Campus.

For more information, call 309-796-5302.


Shop for unique gifts Dec. 3 at International Holiday Bazaar

Shop for unique holiday gifts at the International Holiday Bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 at the Quad-Cities Campus.

BHC celebrating the holidays with free concerts

Black Hawk College is hosting several free concerts to celebrate the holiday season.

Monday, Nov. 24
BHC Student Piano Recital
7:30 p.m.
Deere-Wiman House
811 11th Ave., Moline
Contact Jon Palomaki at 309-796-5478.

Tuesday, Nov. 25
BHC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers at Festival of Trees
1 p.m.
136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, Iowa
Contact Jon Palomaki at 309-796-5478.

Monday, Dec. 1
BHC Student Vocal Recital
7:30 p.m.
Deere-Wiman House
811 11th Ave., Moline
Contact Jon Palomaki at 309-796-5478.

Sunday, Dec. 7
BHC String Orchestra Concert
4 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church
1330 13th St., Moline
Contact Roxanne Croegaert at 309-787-4025.

Tuesday, Dec.  9
BHC Community Band Concert
7:30 p.m.
Black Hawk College
Quad-Cities Campus
6600 34th Ave., Moline
Building 4, second floor, Hawk’s Nest
Contact Jon Palomaki at 309-796-5478.

Thursday, Dec. 11
BHC Holiday Choral Concert
7:30 p.m.
1st Congregational Church
2201 7th Ave., Moline
Contact Jon Palomaki at 309-796-5478.


Thursday, Nov. 20
BHC Jazz Combos with Michael Stryker, piano
7:30 p.m.
Black Hawk College
Quad-Cities Campus
6600 34th Ave., Moline
Building 1, Room 306 (theatre)
Contact Dr. Edgar Crockett at 309-796-5479.

Sunday, Nov. 23
BHC Community Chorale at Festival of Trees
5:30 p.m.
136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, Iowa
Contact Jon Palomaki at 309-796-5478.

Ballet Folklorico performing Dec. 2 at QC Campus

Winter weather safety message

Monthly safety tip from your Black Hawk College Safety Committee

Winter is near and with it the increased likelihood of weather-related accidents. Rain, snow and ice can create slippery conditions in the parking lots and along walkways and stairs.

The majority of the injuries reported at Black Hawk College are slips, trips or falls.

The best way to avoid a serious slip or fall is to recognize hazardous conditions and take the proper precautions.

  • Wear footwear that is appropriate for weather conditions. Avoid smooth soled and high-heeled shoes.
  • Walk slowly and stay alert. Watch out for wet areas, ice, and ice that may be covered by snow.
  • Use handrails on steep inclines and stairways.
  • Be careful getting into and out of your car.
  • When entering buildings, clean footwear.
  • Don’t carry large or otherwise cumbersome packages, especially on slippery surfaces.
  • Report hazardous conditions to the Facilities Department.
    – At the Quad-Cities Campus, Adult Learning Center, Illinois workNet Center and Outreach Center, call 796-5251.
    – At the East Campus and Community Education Center, contact the Welcome Center at 854-1701 or by dialing “0” from an on-campus phone.

Each of us has a responsibility to prevent our own injury, as well as that of others.


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.


Last update 11/12/2014

BHC East Campus volleyball team finishes season as District Runner Up

Dominique Miller

Dominique Miller

Shelby Rickelman

Shelby Rickelman

Susan Timofeyev

Susan Timofeyev

The Black Hawk College East Campus women’s volleyball team finished its season in competition Saturday, Nov. 8 at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Ill., at the Region IV Championships. The Warriors qualified for the Final Four by defeating Moraine Valley on Thursday, Nov. 6 to advance to the Championship on Saturday for the first time in the history of the program.

Three players also were named to the All-Tournament Team – Dominique Miller, Susan Timofeyev and Shelby Rickelman.

The Warriors began the Region IV Championships facing the No. 1 seed, Sauk Valley Community College, a team that entered the competition ranked 18th nationally. Black Hawk East played very well in the first two sets before falling by identical scores of 21-25.

“Each set came down to just a couple of plays that Sauk made and we were unable to make,” said coach Bob Grabbe. “I was very happy with our preparation and execution. Our chemistry and energy level were both very high. We had 12 kills and hit .250 in the first set and hit .320 with 10 kills in the second set.

“The third set got away from us, 14-25, as Sauk Valley got on a roll and we were just unable to slow them down. We were only able to manage six kills and a .238 hitting percentage. I was very happy with how we competed every point despite the score,” he said. Final score: 21-25, 21-25 and 14-25.

Leaders against Sauk Valley were:

  • Susan Timofeyev of Moses Lake, Wash. – 8, .615
  • Brianna Hobbs of St. David, Ill. – 7, .333


  • Dominique Miller of San Antonio, Texas – 11
  • Brianna Hobbs of St. David, Ill. – 7, .333
  • Katelyn Wolf of Quincy, Ill. – 9


  • Shelby Rickelman of Martinsville, Ind. – 9

As a team the Warriors had 14 block assists:

  • Lindsey Sunderlage of Kingston, Ill. – 4
  • Brianna Hobbs – 3
  • Ellie Baldinger of Nashvile, Tenn. – 3
  • Shelby Rickelman – 2
  • Susan Timofeyev – 2

Black Hawk East’s second match of the day was against Kankakee Community College who entered the day ranked 20th nationally. The Warriors – looking to stay alive in the hunt for a trip to the National Finals in Phoenix, Ariz. – played one of the most exciting matches of the day and the season.

The first set went back and forth with both teams playing at a high level. The Warriors hit an outstanding .406 with 19 kills and prevailed 30-28 to take a 1-0 lead. KCC evened things up in the second set with a 25-19 win.

“Our offense struggled some in the second set, and we were only able to manage to hit .065 with 9 kills. We bounced back in the third set hitting a respectable .222 with 16 kills to win 25-20, taking a 2-1 lead,” Grabbe said.

As is often the case in volleyball, the momentum shifted several times in the fourth set. The Warriors jumped out to a nice lead of 8-3 before Kankakee rallied to take the lead 16-14.

“We got tentative in the fourth and started playing not to lose instead of playing to win. There was a stretch about 3/4 of the way through the fourth set where we lost focus and energy before I called a timeout and challenged them,” Grabbe said.

“I was very happy with how they responded and we made a very nice run, but it was too late as Kankakee held on for the 25-21 win with the Warriors hitting .071 on 9 kills,” he said.

“The fifth and deciding set started out about as bad as one could imagine,” Grabbe said. “We missed our first serve and made three or four errors in a row to fall behind 6-2 and 8-3 before turning things around. We made a couple of runs to close the gap to 13-8 before going on a big run to take the lead 14-13.”

“KCC called a timeout and it was effective. We missed our serve on match point and even though the next two points were very hard fought with both teams hitting the ball really hard, Kankakee was able to score the final two points of the set to win it 16-14 and the match 3-2.”

The Warriors had eight kills in the shortened set and hit .222 before bowing out at 30-15. Final scores: 30-28, 19-25, 25-20, 21-25 and 14-16

Leaders against Kankakee were:

  • Shelby Rickelman – 9, .318
  • Kylie Acuna of Enumclaw, Wash. – 11, .049
  • Brianna Hobbs – 10, .259
  • Susan Timofeyev – 9, .000


  • Dominique Miller – 25 assists
  • Katelyn Wolf – 21


  • Kylie Acuna – 21
  • Dominique Miller – 18
  • Shelby Rickelman – 16
  • Alexis Smith – 14
  • Katelyn Wolf – 13
  • Lindsey Sunderlage – 10

Susan Timofeyev had one solo block and two assists.

“The girls took the loss pretty hard. They gave every ounce of effort they had and left it all on the court, “ said Grabbe. “We battled injury and illness most of the season, especially the past three weeks or so, and they never quit along the way or today. They realize that they might have let one get away, especially against Kankakee, and their dream of a trip to Nationals along with it.

“Despite coming up short of their goal, this volleyball team advanced farther than any team in school history. There are hundreds of teams across the country who would trade places with them in a heartbeat. To finish in the Final 4 as District Runner is a great accomplishment. I hope when the pain and the sting dissipates, they can look back on this season and realize that.”

“I have been coaching a long time and have had the privilege of coaching some great kids and some great teams. I can say without a doubt that this was the strongest team I’ve had the good fortune to coach,” he said.

“I am closer to this group of players than I have ever been to any other, and that is saying a lot because I have developed some great relationships over the years. I miss them already!”

Swim lessons, aquatic exercise, pool parties and more at BHC

Aquatic CenterDoes your child need to learn to swim? Would you like to try an aquatic exercise class? The BHC Community Aquatic Center at the Quad-Cities Campus has youth learn-to-swim classes, adult aquatic exercise classes, open swim, lifeguard training, pool party rentals and more.

Find out more about the Quad-Cities Aquatic Center.

Lady Warriors advance in Region 4 tourney

by Mike Landis of the Kewanee Star Courier 11-4-14

The Black Hawk East volleyball team rolled into the semifinals of the Region 4 Tournament with a three-set sweep of Illinois Valley Monday night.

Behind 17 kills from Susan Timofeyev, BHE defeated Illinois Valley 25-17, 25-15, 25-20 in the opening round of tourney play at the Kewanee Armory.

Other leaders for the Lady Warriors (29-13) were Kylie Acuna with 12 kills, 13 digs and two aces; Brianna Hobbs with eight kills; Dominique Miller with 28 assists and 10 digs; Katelyn Wolf with 12 assists; Ellie Baldinger with two blocks; and Alexis Smith with 17 digs.

Wednesday night’s semifinal opponent and site of the match was unavailable at press time.