The annual awards honor students at the college’s Quad-Cities sites who have shown outstanding commitment to excellence in one or more areas and recognize students who have gone the extra mile to be successful. BHC employees may nominate one student per year.
The 2016 Student Commitment to Excellence Award recipients are:
This year’s banquet, sponsored by Black Hawk College Agriculture Alumni, recognized student achievements which included 20 honor graduates, three who earned a perfect 4.0 GPA; 96 scholarship recipients; 36 achievement award winners; nine Founders Scholars and 30 Phi Theta Kappa honor society inductees.
Coaches also recapped the accomplishments and highlights of the competition teams, accomplishments and highlights of the competition teams, beginning with the National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization(PAS), an extension of high school FFA at the college level. This past fall nine students competed at the Fall Leadership Conference held in Dixon, Ill. Students were coached by Jeff Hawes.
The Horse Judging Team, coached by Aaron Callahan, competed at four contests. The sophomore team (12 members) finished their two-year judging career placing 1st and 4th at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress and 1st and 2nd at the American Quarter Horse World Show contests this fall.
Six of the students were members of the Academic All American Horse Judging Team, chosen by the National Horse Judging Team Coach Association. Students earning this honor must have a 3.5 GPA or higher and be in the top 10 overall at the national level. Distinguished Academic All Americans have a GPA of 3.80 or higher. Members included: Makayla Maciejewski of Downs; Jamie Wall of Pierceton, Ind.; Shelby Riley of Noblesville, Ind.; Marissa Chapa of Maple Park; Rachel Riddle of Stanford and Breanna Grebin of Rochester, Minn.
The freshmen team (8 members) took over this spring with Team B placing 1st at the Middle Tennessee State University contest followed by Team A placing 3rd with teammates taking 4 of the top Individual 10 spots: Nicole Norton of Minooka, 1st; Rebecca Janes of Peotone, 2nd; Hana Murphy of Monroe City, Mo., 3rd and Lillie Beringer of Cascade, Iowa 7th. Two teams competed at the “The Spring Contest” held in Gainesville, Texas. Team A placed 2nd, Team B 3rd. Janes placed 2nd in the Individual ranking followed by teammates Norton 3rd; Beringer 6th, Brooke Catterton of Harwood, Md. 7th and Murphy 9th.
The Soil Judging Team, co-coached by Andrew Larson and Scott Wiesbrook, competed at the American Society of Agronomy Regional Contest this fall at the University of Wisconsin-Stephens Point. The 9-member team placed 1st Overall. Tanner Clementz of Elkhart, placed 1st in the Individual ranking followed by teammates Trevor Nelson of Toulon, 2nd Conner King of Kewanee, 3rd; Jamie Kraklow of Toulon, 6th; Zane Torrance of Biggsville, 7th and Blake Hall of Sterling, 8th. Other members included: Krystina Short of Topkea, Andrew Draminski of Kewanee and Kimberlee Ewart of Wapello, Iowa.
The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Team, coached by Donna Irvin, Drew Cotton and Brooke Byers (35 participants), finished the regular nine-meet season earning four team championships and three reserve championships; placed as High Point Team Champion at the Regional competition; and a 3rd finish at Semifinals. The team had 10 students compete at the Regionals and nine went on to compete at Semifinals.
Eighteen of the students were members of the Academic All American IHSA Team, chosen by the IHSA Coaches Association. Students earning this honor must have a 3.5 GPA or higher and have shown in two or more meets. First Team with a GPA of 3.8 or above included: Hannah Buser of Shiocton, Wis.; Marissa Chapa of Maple Park; Rachel Hoy of Adel, Iowa; Rebecca Janes of Peotone; Haley McWhorter of Manito; Makayla Maciejewski of Downs; Nicole Norton of Minooka; Wendi Schmid of Sheboygan, Wis. and Kaitlyn Wending of Kaneville. Second Team with a APR of 3.5 or above included: Lillie Beringer of Cascade, Iowa; Isabella Frisk of Cambridge; Breanna Grebin of Rochester, Minn.; Alexandra Logan of Oxford, Mich.; Peyton Nobis of Lockport; Lauren Peterson of Wyanet, Judith Showalter of Corunna, Ind.; Maggie Steen of Franklin, Tenn. and Lindsey Sunderlage of Kingston.
Following Semifinals, the team competed at the West Texas Junior College Equestrian Championships in Canyon, Texas. Team 2 place Reserve High Point followed by Team 1 5th Overall. Heather Burroughs of Muscatine, Iowa earned Champion in Reining and Sunderlage earned Champion in Beginner Horsemanship. Four received Reserve Champion spots: Brooke Catterton of Harwood, Md., Advanced; Codi Reed of Woodhull, Novice; McWorter, Intermediate and Maciejewski, Reining and a 6th in Open Horsemanship. Also placing at the contest were: Janes, 3rd in Intermediate Horsemanship; Zach Safley of Muscatine, Iowa, 5th in Novice Horsemanship; Dalton Kelman of Watertown, Wis., 5th in Beginner Horsemanship; Grebin, 7th in Open Horsemanship and Showalter, 7th in Advanced Horsemanship.
At the IHSA Nationals competition in Springfield, Mass., Black Hawk College finished 7th Overall in the nation. Individually, Danielle Neisendorf of Genoa finished National Champion in Individual Intermediate and 6th in Novice Horsemanship. Maciejewski earned Reserve National Championship in Individual Reining and qualified for the NRHA Collegiate Challenge. Also earning Reserve National Champion titles were McWorter in Intermediate Horsemanship; Grebin in Open Horsemanship and Mary Kandis of East Moline. Burroughs placed 6th in Team Reining and 8th in AQHA Cup. Catterton finished 7th in Advanced Horsemanship; Sunderlage 7th in Beginner Horsemanship and Reed 8th in Individual Intermediate.
For three days in early April, Black Hawk College hosted hundreds of youth and college competitors for the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference held at the iWireless Center in Moline.
Contestants competed in the following areas: Agribusiness, Agricultural Mechanics & Material Handling, Agricultural Communications, Computer Applications, Crops Judging, Dairy Judging, Horse Judging, Horticulture Judging, Knowledge Bowl, Livestock Judging, Meat Animal & Livestock Management and Soils Judging.
Some conference stats: 12 contests, 24 states, 51 schools, 173 teams, 325 youth contestants, 834 individual entries and 49,896 meals packaged for the River Bend Food Bank.
The theme for this year’s conference aligned with the Agriculture Department’s mission statement, “What starts here changes the world, one student at a time.”
The Livestock Judging teams (17 sophomores and 22 freshmen) were coached by Dan Hoge and Jared Boyert. The freshmen traveled to five contests placing in the top 10 in their team competitions. The sophomore team finished their two-year career judging 12 national contests placing in the top 10 in those competitions.
Outstanding student award plaques were provided by the Black Hawk College East Foundation. This year special awards were given to freshmen and sophomores for their outstanding achievements:
All hometowns are in Illinois unless otherwise noted.
Susan Shipp Memorial Scholarship – given to a freshman horse judge with an emphasis on oral reasons, personal character as well as first semester GPA. Rebecca Janes of Peotone
Pard’s Western Store Award – given to the sophomore horse judge who earns the most points in national contests their sophomore year. Marissa Chapa of Maple Park
Robert & Jean Wolf Memorial Scholarship – given annually to the sophomore who participated on the horse judging team all four semesters, set high goals, made major progress in both placing scores and reasons scores, finished strong and plans to further their education and judging career. Danielle Neisendorf of Genoa
Cory Lowderman Freshman Challenge Award – given to a freshman livestock judge, who maintains a minimum 2.5 GPA, completes a minimum of 30 credit hours and had the best combined scores for the year. Michael Scott of Townsend, Del.
Denzer Memorial Award – given to a sophomore livestock judge who best exemplifies Norma’s dedication and determination to always do your best and never, never give- up attitude. Colton Geiger of Columbia City, Ind.
Ken Urban Memorial Award – given to a sophomore livestock judge who combines the highest total scores in all the national swine judging competitions their sophomore year. Hayden Wilder of Remington, Ind.
Denny Benoodt Memorial Award – given to the sophomore livestock judge who accumulates the highest score in cattle judging at national competition. Lauren Prill of Wichita, Kan.
Gwen Peterson Memorial Award – given to the outstanding sheep judge at the national level. Kade Knapp of Stanwood, Iowa
Elmer Hoge Memorial/Mid-Continent Scholarship – given to the sophomore livestock judge who compiles the most points all around during the year. Clayton Boyert of Seville, Ohio
BHE Livestock Judging Reasons Award – given to the sophomore judge with the highest reason scores in national competition. Maggie Neer of Urbana, Ohio
Todd DeMay Memorial Award – given to an outstanding freshman majoring in Ag Transfer; selection based on academic excellence and participation in extra-curricular activities. Rebecca Janes of Peotone
Agriculture Business Award – given to the best all-around sophomore majoring in Agri-Business. Matthew Vatland of Ottawa
Agriculture Production Award – given to the best all-round sophomore majoring in Ag Production. Nolan Dykema of Morrison
Horticulture Award – given to an outstanding sophomore student in the Horticulture program. Athens DeMartini of Laura
Verden and Verna Lee Broers Stockman’s Award – given to two outstanding agriculture students who have competed two years in the agriculture programs; one student from the agriculture related programs and one student from the equine related programs. This award is given to students who have exemplified excellence in demonstrating interest and tremendous effort in supporting the animal sciences activities both on and off campus. Melissa Knowles of Deland, Fla. and Thomas Trout of Huntington, Ind.
Rosemary E. Ward Memorial Scholarship – given to an outstanding sophomore student in the Ag Transfer program. Shelby Riley of Noblesville, Ind.
Horse Science Award – given to the best all-around sophomore majoring in Horse Science. Makayla Maciejewski of Downs
Equestrian Science Award – given to the best all-around sophomore majoring in Equestrian Science. Heather Burroughs of Muscatine, Iowa
Equine Emeritus Award – given to a graduating equine student that has demonstrated outstanding dedication and work ethic! Marlee Gensler of Toluca
Sophomore Automotive Technician Award – given to the outstanding automotive technician student who completed two years in the Auto Mechanics Career Work Experience program and exemplified an extra effort of achieving excellence in the classroom, on work experience and involvement in extracurricular activities.Kenneth Kuehn of Neponset
Award recipients at the Black Hawk College East Campus Ag Recognition Reception are, standing from left: Makayla Maciejewski (Downs); Thomas Trout (Huntington, Ind.); Hayden Wilder (Remington, Ind.); Heather Burroughs (Muscatine, Iowa); Melissa Knowles (Deland, Fla.); Shelby Riley (Noblesville, Ind.); Michael Scott (Townsend, Del.); Danielle Neisendorf (Genoa); Kade Knapp (Stanwood, Iowa); Athens DeMartini (Laura); Kenneth Kuehn (Neponset); Marissa Chapa (Maple Park); Rebecca Janes (Peotone); Matthew Vatland (Ottawa); Lauren Prill (Wichita, Kan.); Maggie Neer (Urbana, Ohio); Colton Geiger (Columbia City, Ind.); Clayton Boyert (Seville, Ohio) and Marlee Gensler (Toluca). Missing from the photo was: Nolan Dykema (Morrison)
Verden and Verna Lee Broers Stockman’s Award
From left: Dan Hoge, Thomas Trout of Huntington, Ind. and Deanna Hoge
Verden and Verna Lee Broers Stockman’s Award
From left: Dan Hoge, Melissa Knowles of Deland, Fla. and
From left: Makayla Maciejewski of Downs (Horse Science Award), Heather Burroughs of Muscatine, Iowa (Equestrian Science Award) and Marlee Gensler of Toluca (Equine Emeritus Award).
Denny Benoodt & Ken Urban Memorial Awards
From left: Lauren Prill of Wichita, Kan. (Denny Benoodt Memorial) & Hayden Wilder of Remington, Ind. (Ken Urban Memorial)
Susan Shipp Memorial & Todd DeMay Memorial Awards
Rebecca Janes of Peotone
Cory Lowderman Freshman Challenge Award
Michael Scott of Townsend, Del.
Carlos Martinez of Colona was elected by his peers to be the student representative on the Black Hawk College Board of Trustees for 2016-17. He was seated at the board’s April 28 meeting and will serve until April 2017.
Martinez is a member of the Black Hawk College Math Club, Engineering Club and the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS). He also is a mentor in the mentor/mentee program for international students, works as a math tutor and assists in the ESL Department.
His goal is to earn an associate in science degree from Black Hawk College and transfer to Iowa State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
Monthly safety tip from your Black Hawk College Safety Committee
Make water safety your priority. Follow these safety tips from the Red Cross:
Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system!
Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and Learn-to-Swim courses.
Never leave a young child unattended near water, and do not trust a child’s life to another child. Teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
Establish rules for your family and enforce them without fail. For example, set limits based on each person’s ability, do not let anyone play around drains and suction fittings, and do not allow swimmers to hyperventilate before swimming underwater or have breath-holding contests.
Even if you do not plan on swimming, be cautious around natural bodies of water including ocean shoreline, rivers and lakes. Cold temperatures, currents and underwater hazards can make a fall into these bodies of water dangerous.
If you go boating, wear a life jacket! Most boating fatalities occur from drowning.
Avoid alcohol use. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination; affects swimming and diving skills; and reduces the body’s ability to stay warm.
Prevent unsupervised access to the water
Install and use barriers around your home pool or hot tub. Safety covers and pool alarms should be added as additional layers of protection.
Ensure that pool barriers enclose the entire pool area, are at least four-feet-high with gates that are self-closing, self-latching and open outward, and away from the pool. The latch should be high enough to be out of a small child’s reach.
If you have an above-ground or inflatable pool, remove access ladders and secure the safety cover whenever the pool is not in use.
Remove any structures that provide access to the pool, such as outdoor furniture, climbable trees, decorative walls and playground equipment.
Keep toys that are not in use away from the pool and out of sight. Toys can attract young children to the pool.
Maintain constant supervision
Actively supervise kids whenever around the water, even if lifeguards are present. Do not just drop your kids off at the public pool or leave them at the beach. Designate a responsible adult to supervise.
Always stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions when supervising children around water.
Know what to do in an emergency. If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.
Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
If you own a home pool or hot tub, have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
Enroll in Red Cross home pool safety, water safety, first aid and CPR/AED courses to learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies.
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.
Pictured are 11 of the 15 Black Hawk College East Campus 2016 Founders’ Scholars. In the front row from left to right — P. Celeste Hamilton, Kimberlee Ewart, Jamie Kraklow, Mary Fielding & Kalie Rumbold. In the back row from left to right — Elijah Hamilton, Lauren Peterson, Hayden Swanson, Caleb Stahl, Rebecca Janes & Rachel VanDeVelde
Black Hawk College recently honored 15 East Campus students for their academic excellence at the 32nd Annual Founders’ Scholars Awards Reception.
The event is named after the East Campus founders – Dr. Glenn Case, James Golby, Gust Lundberg, Ted Vlahos and Robert White.
“This is the time of year when we recognize the outstanding achievements of our students,” said Dr. Betsey Morthland, executive dean. “At East Campus, these achievements constitute a very long list.
“We honor our top academic scholars at the East Campus with the Founders’ Scholars award. They are the crème de la crème,” Morthland said.
Students receiving the award must have a minimum 3.85 grade point average after 30 credit hours at Black Hawk College with 12 credit hours taken at the East Campus. Students also must be graduating this month with an associate of arts or associate of science degree.
From left to right – Alan Abbott, Cathy Maguire, Ken Maguire and Betty Pillen. Abbott and Pillen are members of the 2016 Wall of Fame Committee.
Professor emeritus Ken Maguire recently was inducted into the Black Hawk College East Foundation Wall of Fame in a ceremony at the college’s East Campus south of Kewanee.
The Wall of Fame represents individuals and organizations that have made Black Hawk College East Campus the quality higher education institution it is today.
As one of six original East Campus faculty members hired in 1967, 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 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.
Maguire is a longtime member of the Kewanee Elks Club and served as chairman of the Kewanee Human Relations Committee.
At the April 22, 2016, Wall of Fame induction ceremony, Maguire received tributes from professor emeritus Steve Sams who retired in 2003 with Maguire; BHC alumnus Brock Tumbleson of Schueneman & Tumbleson Funeral Home; BHC alumna RaeAnn Tucker, director of health promotion for the Henry & Stark County Health Departments; and Dr. Dennis Gerleman of Gerleman Chiropractic Clinic and president of the Illinois Elks Association.
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.
To honor Maguire for his outstanding career and contributions to higher education, the foundation established the Ken Maguire Liberal Arts & Sciences Scholarship. It will provide financial assistance to East Campus liberal arts and science transfer students for many years to come.
More than $22,000 has been raised for the scholarship in cash and pledges, including a generous donation from Ken and Cathy Maguire.
As of May 3,2016, scholarship donors include:
Dallas and Jan McCleery
Dan and Liz Breedlove
Dan and Deanna Hoge
Alan Abbot, Ph.D.
Tim and Linda Black
Janene Blodgett Lourdeau
Milt & Mary Carlson & Sue Carlson Colgan
Nelson M. Lay
Dallas and Jan McCleery
Peoples National Bank of Kewanee
Steve and Janice Sams
Union Federal Savings and Loan
Mr. and Mrs. Spike Young
Carolyn & Lanny Anderson
Eldon R. & Virginia E. Aupperle
Dorothy & Byron Beck
Mark and Sue Bowen
David L. Bradbury
Del & Meg Chance
Chuck & Sharon Deahl
Dave & Lori Emerick
Bill and Loretta Fulton
Dr. Dennis & Mrs. Jeanette Gerleman
Mary Jo Gibson
James & Alice Ann Golby
Bill & Norma Good
Tom and Jovone Miler
Kalvin, Jeremy & Ryan Peart
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry A. Pyle
Toni E. Smith
Steve & Sandy Spivey
Gary Taets Family
Dr. & Mrs. Charles Warthen
John & Beverly Wohlrab
The 2016 Wall of Fame Committee members are:
Janene Blodgett Lourdeau, co-chair
Betty Pillen, co-chair
Alan Abbott, Ph.D.