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Black Hawk College East Foundation kicks off 2015 employee giving campaign


employees“On the Brink of the Future…On the Wings of BHC!”

On March 23, 2015, the Black Hawk College East Foundation kicked off its employee giving campaign, an annual event that began in 2006. In 2011, it was given the name of e4e (Employees for Education) Employee Giving Campaign.

Since 2006, employees have supported education by contributing $83,196 to fund special initiatives for the Black Hawk College East Campus, including faculty/staff mini-grants, scholarships, lower lounge furnishings, front entrance and Building A landscaping, artwork for the Learning Resources Center and the soon-to-be-completed e4e Fitness Trail and Science Lab art installation. All of these projects benefit the students, faculty, staff and visitors of the East Campus.

Since 2012, retired employees, the East Foundation Board of Directors and the BHC Board of Trustees have been included in the campaign, as it gives them the opportunity to demonstrate a unified commitment to the employees’ efforts on behalf of the East Campus.

Last year, $10,079 was raised for the new Brink Outdoor Sculpture and scholarships.

Our two-year campaign continues in 2015 with a goal of $12,000 to help fund a new outdoor sculpture called “Brink”. The tentative location for the artwork will be on the grassy area by the atrium of Building A, to the right of the entrance road. Brink will be enjoyed by students, employees and visitors who pass it each day. Because of the size and scope of the project, the 2014 and 2015 e4e Employee Giving Campaign proceeds will be utilized to fund the sculpture.

Brink has been commissioned by sculptor and Western Illinois University art professor Duke Oursler.

“My proposed sculpture speaks to the core disciplines and activities at Black Hawk College East Campus,” Duke said.

“The intent of Brink is to act as a physical and metaphorical portal or entry point for the campus. Upon physically entering the campus and passing by the sculpture students and faculty are crossing a metaphorical threshold to the future; they are stepping beyond the ‘brink’ of their current knowledge and exploring new ideas and possibilities,” he said.

Brink resembles the wings of a hawk. It is intended to encourage both students and faculty to reach for new ideas and solutions and push their craft to new heights. The focal point of the sculpture is a large illuminated sphere constructed from numerous icons/images that reference the various vocations, research and potential of the students and faculty of Black Hawk College.

Brink will have a presence both day and night. The sculpture will be constructed from 304 stainless steel, which will embrace the ambient light during the day and reflect the colored light emitted from its center point at night. Patterns of the icons will be projected onto the surrounding areas allowing the sculpture to interact with its surroundings while creating a place of significance for the campus.

“We take great pride in what the current and retired employees, as well as members of the East Foundation board and BHC trustees, have accomplished for the East Campus through the foundation’s annual employee giving campaigns,” said Liz Breedlove, executive director of the Black Hawk College East Foundation.

“Their personal contributions make a significant difference in the lives of our students, faculty, staff and visitors to the East Campus by supporting many special initiatives that are not otherwise funded through the college. We are very appreciative of their support,” she said.

Last updated 3/24/2015

BHC closed April 3, no classes April 4

All Black Hawk College facilities will be closed Friday, April 3. No classes Saturday, April 4.

English honor society at BHC welcomes 30 members

The Black Hawk College chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta, the English honor society for two-year colleges, will induct 30 new members March 26, 2015, at the college’s Quad-Cities Campus in Moline.

To join, students must have earned an A or B in an English course, completed at least 12 credit hours, and attained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students are not required to be English majors.

The inductees – listed by hometown – are:

  • Adel, IA — Rachel Renee Hoy
  • Cambridge — Savanna Marie Walker
  • Coal Valley — Jessica Jane Estes
  • Davenport, IA — Juan Ramon Collazo
  • East Moline — Bryce Tyler Allison, Julie Ann McLaughlin and Aissatou Sow
  • Eldridge, IA — Ryan Edward Prochaska
  • Galva — Reiha Marie Morgan and Krystina Alice Short
  • Geneseo — Luke Michael Verplaetse
  • Kewanee — Danielle Michelle Heintz, Kayleen Marie Prins, Genie Marie Ray Kingston and Lindsey Grace Sunderlage
  • LeClaire, IA — Janice Ruby Vrombaut
  • Moline — Ines Afi Djondo, Sarah Ann Duesterhaus, Ana Virginia Ferreira, Amanda Sue Gordon, Elizabeth Suarez Moore and Amy Elizabeth Slovak
  • Orion — Darby Christine Hepner and Ali Marie Schnerre
  • Port Byron — Isaac Ross Jacobs
  • Rock Island — Kori Cozene Korthals
  • Sheffield — Emily Michele Thurston
  • Sherrard — Michael Ray Baker
  • Silvis — Miranda Kaye Cunningham and Emily Christine Thorngren


Last updated 3-20-2015

Black Hawk College Student Leader Award 2015

The Black Hawk College Student Leader Award is an opportunity for students pursing the Business Management & Marketing AAS degree or the Accounting Specialist AAS degree to be recognized as the most promising leaders. Registration deadline is Tuesday, April 7, 2015. The students who receive the award will be granted free admission to the Quad Cities Leadercast event Friday, May 8, 2015.

This award is intended to support and promote student leadership development. Leaders from the Quad-City region will gather for QC Leadercast, a one-day simulcast from Atlanta, GA, to learn from recognized leaders from across a wide spectrum of organizations and industries.

2015 Leadercast speakers »

2015 Leadercast speakers:
Andy Stanley: Leadership author and communicator
Malala Yousafzai: “Bravest Girl in the World” – CNN live via simulcast
Ed Catmull: President of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios
Seth Godin: Bestselling author and leadership expert
Rudy Giuliani: 107th mayor of New York City (1993-2001)
Aja Brown: Mayor, city of Compton
Bill McDermott: CEO of SAP AG
CMDR Rorke Denver: Navy SEAL commander and author
Plus special guest: Super Bowl-winning quarterback and five-time MVP
This one-day event will offer leadership development and networking opportunities with other leaders from Quad-City area. This event is to inspire and have a positive impact on one’s personal and professional development.

The BHC Student Leader Award eligibility criteria are:

  • Enrolled to graduate from BHC with Business Management & Marketing AAS degree or Accounting Specialist. AAS degree will receive first priority above student pursuing other degrees.
  • Completed cumulative of 12 credit hours at BHC.
  • Completed Business Relations I and III or who is currently enrolled in those courses, and successful completion of each course can be verified.
  • Cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Submit essay with the application no later than Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

    Guidelines for the essay:

    • Personal introduction, including leadership/volunteering experience and goals/aspirations.
    • How earning your degree will advance your goals/aspirations.
      What are some of the greatest challenges of today’s leaders, and how can they be overcome?
    • Describe an exemplary leader and what makes them worthy of following.
      800 words or less, Times New Roman, 12-point, double-spaced.

      Registration deadline: Tuesday, April 7, 2015

      Click here to register and submit your essay for the Black Hawk College Student Leader Award.

After the QC Leadercast event, students will complete a brief survey.

For additional information or questions regarding the Black Hawk College Student Leader Award or QC Leadercast, contact Ewelina Bergert at or 309-796-5268.

Ways to keep in touch with QC Leadercast:
LinkedIn: Search for Chick-fil-A Leadercast Quad Cities
Twitter: @leadercastqc

Remember to practice exercise safety

Monthly safety tip from your Black Hawk College Safety Committee

The health benefits of being active are well known but there are associated risks. Risks are increased for an individual just starting a fitness plan. This should not stop you from becoming more active but a few basic precautions will assist with lowering one’s injury risk.

Muscle, joint and bone injuries are the most common exercise-related injuries. Hot weather or long, intense workouts may lead to dehydration or in rare cases a heart attack or sudden death. But remember active people have a decreased risk of serious or fatal heart problems than inactive individuals.

Sedentary individuals should initiate activity that requires light to moderate effort. Examples include walking, dancing, gardening, yard work, bicycling, dancing and swimming. Gradually increasing the level and duration of the activity decreases the risk of injury.

Other considerations to reduce the risk of injuries include:

  • Choose physical activity that is appropriate for one’s current fitness level and health goals.
  • Gradually increase activity level, duration and intensity of activity.
  • Use appropriate protective gear, look for safe environments, follow provided or recommended rules and policies for the activity you are choosing to participate in.
  • Consult your health care provider about the appropriate type and amounts of activity for you.
  • Pay attention to the weather, dress appropriately and exercise in the cool of the day in the summer.
  • Drink adequate amounts of fluid to prevent dehydration.
  • Warm up and do stretching exercises prior to and at the completion of the activity.

Remember safe physical activity offers multiple health benefits for everyone. Black Hawk College has multiple classes and opportunities for individuals to safely exercise.


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.

References: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. 2008. Accessed March 21, 2014, from

Harvard School of Public Health, Exercise Safety. 2008. Accessed March 21,2014, from

STEM Camp for Girls


STEM Camp for GirlsWhen:
April 17-18
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m

Black Hawk College
East Campus, Building A
26230 Black Hawk Road
Galva, IL 61434

A fun-filled overnight science adventure. Study the stars … learn about computers …solder and weld … and so much more!

$25 includes dinner, snacks, breakfast and
supplies. Download Registration Form.
Registration deadline is Friday, April 10.
(A limited number of scholarships are available for applicants with a financial need.)
Space is limited to 40!

Girls must currently be in 8th-12th grade.

This Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camp is coordinated with the help of the University of Illinois Extension and QCCTEC. This event is 100% funded through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006. Black Hawk College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin or ancestry, age, disability, unfavorable discharge from the military, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, or the operation of its educational programs as specified by State and Federal laws and regulations. The Title IX coordinator can be contacted at 309-796-5005.

Last updated 3/10/2015

BHC East Campus Livestock Judging Contest April 9

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Register now!

The Black Hawk College East Campus Judging Team cordially invites you to participate in the 29th Annual BHE Livestock Judging Contest on Thursday, April 9 in conjunction with the NACTA Judging Conference at the iWireless Center in downtown Moline, Ill.

Registration is available online with check‐in available at the iWireless lobby from 7-7:45 a.m. Please be prompt! The contest begins at 8:00 a.m.

The contest will include two divisions to run simultaneously. The reasons division will consist of ten classes: four beef, three swine, two sheep and one Boer goat doe with four sets of reasons, two beef, one swine and one sheep/goat. The questions division will include 10 classes of placing with three sets of ten questions, one per beef, per swine and per sheep/goat. Performance data will be included when available.

The same teams and individuals may not compete in both the reasons and questions division. However, a school may enter teams and individuals in both divisions. A team will consist of four members with the three highest overall scores composing the team score. A team of three individuals may also compete.

All FFA team members must be current FFA Chapter members from the school they are entered. All 4‐H team members must be from the same county and currently enrolled in 4‐H and must not have completed a semester of college.

Entry fee
An entry fee of $100 per team will be charged in the reasons division which will cover contest expenses and the cost of a catered meal. Individuals may enter at a cost of $20 per contestant.

In the questions division an entry fee of $50 per team will be charged. Please note that the price of a meal is not included in the entry fee and therefore lunch will be on your own. An individual may enter at a cost of $15 per contestant.

Phone: 309- 854‐1834

Lodging information is available on the NACTA website –

We hope to see you on the 9th!


Last updated 2/11/2015

Galva High School places first at Lincoln Trail Conference Scholastic Bowl

Galva High School

Galva High School Top Team from left to right: Austin Holder, Matt McCoy, Chris North, Ryan Olson, Alex Samuel (front row next to Chris), Mike Bersell, Billy Comer (dark hair in back row), Rhett Holt, Guido Zaffagnini, Ryan Russell, Victoria Albertson, James Hopping, Brett Wexell, Coach Adam Norway and Matt Nordstrom.

Galva High School finished first at the 2015 Lincoln Trail Conference Scholastic Bowl Meet hosted by Black Hawk College. Fifty high school students from 10 schools in the Lincoln Trail Conference competed Feb. 28 at the college’s East Campus near Kewanee. Annawan High School placed second, and Wethersfield High School took third.

In this event, student teams compete to answer questions from a variety of categories such as history, literature, mathematics, music and science. This was the fourth year Black Hawk College hosted the event.

The participating schools were AlWood, Annawan, Cambridge, Galva, Mercer County, Princeville, ROWVA, Stark County, West Central and Wethersfield.

Pictured below are the Top 10 Individual award winners from left to right: Kirk Watson (Black Hawk College faculty), Claire Fettis (4th, Annawan), Liz Wolf (5th, Annawan), Jetta Taylor (tied for 9th, Princeville), Jenna Speer (tied for 9th, Mercer County), Tristan Akers (3rd, Cambridge), Chris North (1st, Galva), Sean Welch (6th, R.O.W.V.A), Brock Titlow (7th Wethersfield), Audrey Vice (2nd, West Central) and Alan Abbott ( Black Hawk College faculty). Not pictured was Grace Klooster (8th, Stark County).

top 10 winners

Look for a job March 25 at 2015 Job Fair

Visit dozens of employers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 at the 2015 Job Fair at the Quad-Cities Campus.

Volunteers needed to tutor adult readers

The Black Hawk College Literacy is For Everyone (LIFE) program needs new volunteers to tutor adults who cannot read beyond the 9th grade level.

Tutors are needed for GED students, English as a Second Language students and students who struggle with learning disabilities (many with reading grade levels 0-2).

Tutoring times will be determined by the tutor and the student. The ideal volunteer time commitment is one to three hours per week during the school year.

For more information, contact Jane Duax at or 309-796-5703.