Black Hawk College sweeps NACTA Judging Conference

NACTA 4-16-16 sweepstakes winnersCongratulations to Black Hawk College East Campus students and coaches for winning the 2016 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference Sweepstakes Award!

This marks the eighth time Black Hawk College has garnered the top prize at the national judging conference. BHC students brought home the Sweepstakes Award in 1981-85, 1989 and 2009.

The 2016 conference attracted 575 college students from 15 two-year schools and 23 four-year schools. They competed in contests focused on agriculture and natural resources.

Awards are presented to the top three individuals and top three teams in each contest in both the two-year and four-year categories.

Black Hawk College competed in 15 of 16 contests and won nine contests – Agribusiness Management, Agriculture Sales, Dairy Judging, Hippology, Horse Judging, Horticulture, Knowledge Bowl, Livestock Judging and Wildlife.

“I am very proud of these students. They rock!” said Drew Cotton, coach of the Agribusiness Management Team, Hippology Team and Horse Judging Team.

“Not only are they very successful competitively, but even more important they are great people!” he said.

“Our students were really prepared and the competition was tough,” said Jeffry Hawes, coach of the Crops Team, Horticulture Team and Landscape Design Team and co-coach of the Knowledge Bowl Team.

“With success comes energy and excitement,” said Andrew Larson, Soils Team coach.

The 2016 NACTA Judging Conference was hosted by the University of Minnesota Crookston. Black Hawk College hosted the conference in 2015.

Click here for 2016 contest results.


Last updated 4/27/2016

Spring 2016 final exams schedule

Finals begin Thursday, May 12.

Get cash for your books at buyback May 14-20

Sell your books for cash!

Both campuses will have book buyback beginning Thursday, May 12. ID is required for buyback.

East Campus Bookstore buyback hours are:

  • May 12 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • May 13 – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • May 16-18 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Quad-Cities Campus Hawk’s Hub buyback hours are:

  • May 12-13 – 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • May 16-17 – 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • May 18-20 – 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Quad-Cities Campus students – Rental books must be returned by Friday, May 19.

Enjoy free concerts by BHC music students in May

musical notesEnjoy a variety of musical performances by Black Hawk College students in May.

All events are open to the public. Admission is free.

BHC Piano Recital – Monday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Butterworth Center, 1105 8th St., Moline

BHC Electronic Music Concert – Wednesday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.  at the Quad-Cities Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline, Building 4, Room 115.

BHC Spring Choral Concert – Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. at 1st Congregational Church, 2201 7th Ave., Moline

BHC Community String Orchestra Concert – Monday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1330 13th St., Moline

BHC Vocal Recital – Monday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Deere-Wiman House, 811 11th Ave., Moline

BHC Community Band Concert – Tuesday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Quad-Cities Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline, Building 4, second floor, Hawk’s Nest

For more information, contact Jon Palomaki at 309-796-5478 or

April is Tornado Awareness Month

Monthly safety tip from your Black Hawk College Safety Committee

Spring is here bringing a season change that will create warmer weather for us along with a potential for tornadoes. Tornadoes mostly occur from March through September. It is important to have a plan on what to do and where to go as well as know the difference between a tornado watch versus a warning.

  • Tornado watch indicates the weather is favorable for tornado formations.
  • Tornado warning indicates a tornado has been spotted and/or detected on a radar.

A plan to implement before a tornado watch or warning occurs:

  • Identify a safe place to go at your home, work and school.
  • Practice tornado drills at school and home.
  • Have a plan for how to contact family members during the emergency.
  • Prepare a disaster supply kit.

Examples of a disaster supply kit:

  • First aid kit
  • Essential medication
  • Canned food, can opener and water
  • Protective clothing, bedding or sleeping bags
  • Battery powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries

What to do if a tornado is in your area:

  • At your house – move to a basement or storm shelter. If these are not available, go to the lowest level of your home and into a bathroom or interior hallway.
  • In vehicle – get out of your vehicle and find shelter. If no shelter is available, lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area.
  • If at school – Follow the institution’s emergency plan (interior hallways/lowest level possible).

After the tornado:

  • Listen to the radio for news and weather updates.
  • Stay away from power lines and broken glass.
  • Stay out of any damaged building and only come out of your shelter if you have an “all clear” signal.



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.

QC Campus hosting Asian Film Festival

See films from China, India, Japan and Korea at the Black Hawk College Asian Film Festival April 25 through May 3.

All films will be shown at 5:30 p.m. in Building 1, Room 306 (theatre) at the college’s Quad-Cities Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline. Admission is free.

Monday, April 25
The Grand Master (2013) – Drama (China)
The story of Ip Man, the kung fu master who taught Bruce Lee.

Tuesday, April 26
Kahaani (2012) – Thriller/mystery (India)
Set against the backdrop of the Durga festival in Kolkata, a pregnant woman searches for her missing husband.

Monday, May 2
Spirited Away (2001) – Animation, fantasy (Japan)
Ten-year-old Chihiro moves to a new neighborhood and enters the spirit world.

Tuesday, May 3
I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK (2006) – Comedy, drama/romance (Korea)
A girl who is convinced that she is a combat cyborg finds love in a psychiatric hospital.

The Asian Film Festival is organized by the Black Hawk College Asian Studies Development Program.

For more information, contact Melissa Hebert-Johnson at or 309-796-5465.

Disability Awareness Week events April 26-30

Disability-Week-2015Black Hawk College is hosting three events at the Quad-Cities Campus for Disability Awareness Week.

• Tuesday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Assistive Technology and Social Services Expo. Building 1, upper and lower lobbies. Free and open to all.

• Wednesday, April 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – “Who Let the Dogs In? Differences Between Comfort and Service Animals.” Building 4, second floor, Conference Rooms 1 & 2. Free and open to all. Lunch will be provided at no charge. Presented by St. Ambrose University.

• Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Sign Language Interpreter Workshop on Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence. Cosponsored by Associate Continuing Education Tracking, Deaf Iowans Against Abuse, Family Resources, Illinois Department of Human Services/Office of Rehabilitation, the Iowa State Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and Safe Path Survivor Resources. There is a fee for this workshop as CEUs will be provided.

Mark your calendars and help us celebrate diversity and people with disabilities.

Questions? Need accommodations? Contact Susan Sacco at

Events are sponsored by the Disability Services Office and the Counseling Department at Black Hawk College.

BHC student earns perfect score in public speaking at ag conference

Kelley Koester - webA Black Hawk College student recently earned a perfect score in public speaking at a national agriculture conference.

Kelley Koester of Elizabeth earned a perfect score (320 of a possible 320 points) and tied for first place overall at the 2016 National Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) Organization Conference in Kansas City, MO.

After a tie-breaker, Koester was second overall in Speakers in Agriculture – Prepared.

Each state PAS association may enter its first place and second place state winners to compete at the National PAS conference. Koester finished second place at the Illinois PAS State Conference last fall.

For the prepared speakers competition, students write and deliver a six- to eight-minute speech about a current agriculture-related topic. The topic of Koester’s speech was farm safety.

Koester is an ag transfer student at the Black Hawk College East Campus.

PAS was founded in March 1980. The organization provides opportunities for individual growth, leadership and career preparation. It is open to students in agriculture/agribusiness/natural resources postsecondary programs at approximately 550 institutions in all 50 states. The membership of 1,400 members from 62 chapters in 18 states.

East Foundation inducting Maguire into Wall of Fame on April 22

Ken Maguire

In 1992, the Black Hawk College East Foundation welcomed the first inductees into the Wall of Fame, honoring its founders Robert Eastman, Robert Glidden, Gust “Brick” Lundberg, E.O. Good and Roy “Tex” Reynolds.

Including the five inaugural inductees, the East Foundation has inducted 27 individuals and awarded 19 individuals and/or organizations the Distinguished Service Award as part of the Wall of Fame program.

On Friday, April 22, professor emeritus Ken Maguire will be inducted into the 2016 Wall of Fame at a ceremony at the East Campus.

Maguire began at Black Hawk College in 1967 when the East Campus opened five miles south of Kewanee. He was one of six original faculty members who opened the doors for classes in the Kewanee National Guard Armory. He taught history, sociology and anthropology, retiring in May 2003.

The 2016 Wall of Fame Reception & Induction Ceremony will be Friday, April 22 at the Black Hawk College East Campus, 26230 Black Hawk Road, Galva. There will be a hors d’oeuvres reception from 5:30-7 p.m. followed by the program and induction ceremony at 7 p.m.

RSVPs are requested by Wednesday, April 13. Cost is $25 per person. Late registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis at $30 per person.

A portion of the registration will go toward establishing the Ken Maguire Liberal Arts & Science Scholarship, which will further recognize his dedication to the East Campus and its students as well as his generous support of the foundation and the community. The scholarship will provide financial assistance to liberal arts and science transfer students.

As of March 31, more than $10,000 has been raised for the new scholarship. Donors as of March 31 include:

  • Diamond Sponsor – Anonymous
  • Silver Sponsor – Dan & Liz Breedlove and Patty Varner
  • Bronze Sponsor – Dr. Alan Abbott; Milt, Mary & Sue Carlson; Carla Hillman; Steve & Jan Sams; and Spike & Terry Young.

For more information on becoming a sponsor, contact Liz Breedlove at or 309-854-1715.

For more information about the event, visit

To register for the event, contact Jimalee Driscoll at or 309-854-1718 or register online at



As one of the original East Campus faculty members hired in 1967, Ken Maguire devoted 36 years as a professor of liberal arts and science, teaching U.S. government, sociology, anthropology and other history courses to thousands of students.

Students and faculty peers describe him as one of the best lecturers at the college. Maguire also served as the chair of the Liberal Arts and Science Department for 13 years, interim dean of instruction, and chaired two North Central Association Accreditation studies.

He was a major influence on the athletic programs at the East Campus as co-coach of the first women’s basketball team and founder of the Black Hawk East Booster Club in 1973. He also was co-founder and first president of the Arrowhead Athletic Conference.

Through his dedication and leadership, Maguire was instrumental in the growth and development of the Black Hawk College East Campus. He and his wife Cathy have generously supported the college through the Black Hawk College East Foundation.

Maguire also is a longtime member of the Kewanee Elks Club and served as chairman of the Kewanee Human Relations Committee.


Last updated 3/31/2016

Poison Prevention Week is March 20-26

Monthly safety tip from your Black Hawk College Safety Committee

National Poison Prevention Week was established by Congress on Sept. 16, 1961. In honor of National Poison Prevention Week, March 20-26, here are some general tips to keep your household safe.

  • Inspect your home for medications and household products (detergents, cleaning products, pesticides and fertilizers) that might not be stored properly.
  • Install safety latches on cabinets used for medicines and household products.
  • Re-close medicines and household products when not in use.
  • Buy products in child-resistant packaging.
  • Know the number for Poison Control 800-222-1222.
  • Never call medicine “candy” to get a child to take it.
  • Read labels when giving medicine, and never give more than the prescribed amount.
  • Never “borrow” a friend’s medicine or take old medications.
  • If you don’t understand instructions on the medicine label talk to your pharmacist of doctor before using.
  • Never use empty detergent containers to store anything else.
  • Remove children, pets, and toys before applying pesticides.
  • Use tamper-resistant bait stations for mice/rat control.
  • Turn on fans and open windows when using household cleaners and chemicals.
  • Keep batteries out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home near sleeping areas.
  • Know the name of household plants and remove any poisonous plants from the house and yard.


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.