BHC 5K Hustle raises $8,000 for PTA scholarships

PTA BHC 5K Hustle donation 2015 - webThe 2015 Black Hawk College 5K Hustle raised $8,000 to provide scholarships for students in the BHC Physical Therapist Assistant Program.

The annual road race was Nov. 14, 2015, at the college’s Quad-Cities Campus in Moline.

Since 2012, the event has raised $30,500. The proceeds from the 2015 race will be awarded to PTA students during the 2015-16 school year.

Pictured from left are David Emerick, chair of the BHC Board of Trustees; Dr. Bettie Truitt, BHC president; Jerry Lack, race co-chair; Cathy Lack, race co-chair; and Jessica Malcheff, executive director of the BHC Foundation.



Last updated 11/25/2015

BHC sophomore horse judges ranked No. 1 nationally

BHC horse judges 2015 Congress Champion

Team members Rebecca Janes, Lauren Peterson, Nicole Norton, Hana Murphy, Brooke Catterton and Lillie Beringer, Assistant Coach Kindra Callahan and Coach Aaron Callahan.

The Black Hawk College Sophomore Horse Judging Team ended its 2015 season by becoming the AQHA Junior College World Champions for the 8th time in 10 years.

“Each year our teams compete against the best junior colleges in the country. We are very proud of this year’s AQHA World Champions,” said Dr. Bettie Truitt, president of Black Hawk College.

The BHC team score was 2,561 – 45 points ahead of the second-place team.

“The success of our Horse Judging Team demonstrates that excellent instructors coaching great students can achieve amazing results,” she said. “Congratulations to Coach Aaron Callahan and his students!”

The AQHA World Championship Collegiate Judging Contest in Oklahoma City was the last competition for BHC sophomores. The freshmen team will begin competing in March.

The sophomore team members are:

  • Lillie Beringer of Cascade, Iowa
  • Brooke Catterton of Harwood, Md.
  • Rebecca Janes of Peotone, Ill.
  • Hana Murphy of Monroe City, Mo.
  • Nicole Norton of Minooka, Ill.
  • Lauren Peterson of Wyanet, Ill.
Halter Performance Reasons Overall
Team results placing 1 1 1 1
Individual results placing
Nicole Norton 1 4 1 2
Lillie Beringer 7 2 4 3
Brooke Catterton 6 5 5 5
Hana Murphy 4 10 2 7
Rebecca Janes 14 23 6 19
Lauren Peterson 24 28 24 28

In the senior college division, Black Hawk College also had two former judges on the Oklahoma State University World Champion team and four former judges on the Reserve World Champion team for West Texas A&M University.

In October, the BHC Sophomore Horse Judging Team also won the All-American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio, for the 9th time in 11 years.

Halter Performance Reasons Overall
Team results placing 1 1 2 1
Individual results placing
Rebecca Janes 5 1 6 1
Hana Murphy 1 5 1 2
Nicole Norton 15 8 5 9
Lillie Beringer 2 16 10 11
Brooke Catterton 18 13 15 14
Lauren Peterson 14 20 17 18

Four former BHC students were on the senior college division champion team from West Texas A&M University.


Last updated 11/23/2015

BHC closed Nov. 26-28 for Thanksgiving, but students can register online

All Black Hawk College locations and faciturkeylities will be closed Nov. 26-28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Saturday classes will NOT be conducted Nov. 28. Classes will resume Monday, Nov. 30.

Students are reminded that they can register online for minimester and Spring 2016 classes during Thanksgiving break.

Minimester classes begin Monday, Dec. 14, and Spring 2016 classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 19.

The Spring 2016 class schedule is available on the college’s website at Registration information is available at

Click here to register for classes through myBlackHawk.

BHC celebrates Veterans Day by sending packages to troops

Veterans Day boxes 11-10-15 026 (small)To celebrate Veterans Day, Black Hawk College students put together 32 care packages to send to troops serving overseas.

BHC employees and students donated hundreds of items for the care packages. Students wrote notes of encouragement and thank you cards that were included in the boxes. Trinity Lutheran Church in Coal Valley also donated money to purchase items.


Last updated 11/20/2015

Shop for unique gifts Dec. 2 at International Holiday Bazaar

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

BHC celebrating the holidays with concerts

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

Except where noted, admission is free.

BHC Jazz Band Fall Concert
Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Quad-Cities Campus, Building 1, Room 306 (theatre)

Jazz pianist Dr. Michael Stryker, associate professor of jazz piano at Western Illinois University, will join the Black Hawk College Jazz Combos in a concert of selections by Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Bill Evans, Johnny Mercer and many others.

Information – Dr. Edgar Crockett at 309-796-5479 or

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BHC Community Chorale at Festival of Trees
Sunday, Nov. 22 at 5:30 p.m.
RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, Iowa
Admission charged.

Information – Jon Palomaki at 309-796-5478 or

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BHC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers at Festival of Trees
Monday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m.
RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, Iowa
Admission charged.

Information – Jon Palomaki at 309-796-5478 or

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BHC Student Piano Recital
Monday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Deere-Wiman House, 811 11th Ave., Moline

Piano students from beginners through seasoned performers will play a wide range of piano literature.

Information – Jon Palomaki at 309-796-5478 or

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BHC Student Vocal Recital
Monday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Deere-Wiman House, 811 11th Ave., Moline

Voice students will present a variety of songs from the Renaissance through the early 20th century.

Information – Jon Palomaki at 309-796-5478 or

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BHC Community Band Concert
Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Quad-Cities Campus, Building 4, Hawk’s Nest (second floor)

The BHC Community Band is a combination of college band students and community band performers. Sean Talbot directs the BHC Community Band in classic concert band repertoire and some holiday favorites.

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BHC Holiday Choral Concert
Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
1st Congregational Church, 2201 7th Ave., Moline

Three choral ensembles join forces to present a joint concert of holiday standards and new music. Several soloists and instrumentalists will also join the festivities.

Information – Jon Palomaki at 309-796-5478 or

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BHC Community String Orchestra Concert
Sunday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1330 13th St., Moline

Roxanne Croegaert directs the chamber string ensemble in nostalgic pieces from the past.

Information – Roxanne Croegaert at 309-787-4025

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Vocalist Sara Gadzarak – Visiting artist
Thursday, Dec. 10 from 11-11:50 a.m.
Quad-Cities Campus, Building 4, Room 115

With three highly acclaimed CDs under her belt at age of 30, jazz vocalist Sara Gadzarak has been hailed by the LA Times as “the next important jazz singer.” She is steeped in the jazz tradition, but is not afraid to embrace the music that moves her generation. Gadzarak is a faculty member at the University of Southern California, leading the award-winning vocal jazz ensemble there and teaching privately.

Her visit is sponsored by Quad City Arts Visiting Artist Series.

Information – Jon Palomaki at 309-796-5478 or


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 slip, 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. If you want to wear heels, simply carry an extra pair with you to change into.
  • Walk slowly and stay alert. Watch out for wet areas, ice and ice that may be covered by snow.
  • Don’t put your hands into your pockets when you are walking on ice or snow. If you slip, you will need your arms to restore balance.
  • Use handrails on steep inclines and stairways.
  • Be careful getting into and out of your car.
  • When entering buildings, clean footwear. Take small careful steps instead of large one.
  • 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.

BHC students, alumni awarded American FFA Degree

FFA American degree 10-31-15Three current Black Hawk College East Campus students and two 2015 grads recently received the American FFA Degree at the 88th National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Ky.

The American FFA Degree is awarded to members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs).

Pictured from left to right are:

  • Adam Lloyd of Aledo – Current BHC student, 2015-16 student trustee on the BHC Board of Trustees and president of the BHC Ag Ambassadors
  • Kristi Smith of Princeville, Ill. – 2015 BHC graduate
  • Haley Verhaeghe of Walkerton, Ind. – 2015 BHC graduate
  • Kelley Koester of Elizabeth, Ill. – Current BHC student

Not pictured is Rebecca Riggs of Glenwood, Ind., current BHC student and president of the East Campus Student Government Association.

Approximately 3,500 American FFA Degrees are handed out each year at the National FFA Convention & Expo. That number represents less than half of one percent of all FFA members, making it one of the organization’s highest honors.

The Black Hawk College Agriculture Program is located at the East Campus and offers a variety of career and transfer programs, including Agribusiness Management, Agriculture Mechanics, Agriculture Production Technology, Agriculture Transfer, Horse Science Technology, Equestrian Science, Horticulture Science, Horticulture Transfer and Pre-Veterinary Medicine.

For more information about agriculture programs at Black Hawk College, visit


Last updated 11/13/2015

Pumpkin auction raises $5,600 for Kewanee Area United Way

Male livestock judging student evaluating pumpkinsAn auction of perhaps the world’s most eclectic gathering of pumpkins raised more than $5,600 for the Kewanee Area United Way.

The 13th Annual Stampede Auction of Champion Pumpkins was Oct. 21 at Black Hawk College East Campus. BHC alum and auctioneer Bill LeSage had the audience laughing as they opened their hearts and their pocketbooks.

The multitude of donated squash ranged from a glass pumpkin filled with candy to a real pumpkin accompanied by a basket of gourds, decorative corn and fall leaves.

The glass pumpkin and accompanying purple BHC sweatshirt (pictured) were a tribute to Diane Jones, a beloved East Campus employee who passed away in the spring and was a strong supporter of United Way. That pumpkin raised $1,000.

Glass pumpkin filled with candy and purple BHC East Campus sweatshirt

“We are a community college which means that we contribute to the community in many ways,” said Amy Snyder of the BHC United Way Team. “Students, staff, faculty and friends believe that the United Way is important to making the Kewanee area a great place to live.

“People need help and those agencies provide it. Many Black Hawk College students receive help from United Way-supported agencies,” Snyder said.

The auction was organized by the BHC Agribusiness Club, and the pumpkins were evaluated by members of the sophomore Livestock Judging Team.

Pumpkins were donated by Nature’s Creations of Kewanee, BHC employees Rhonda Ballard, John Hartman, Paula Luft, Janel Smith and Amy Snyder, the Science and Math Club, and Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

Female livestock judging student evaluating pumpkins

To see more photos from the auction, visit Black Hawk College on Facebook at

Upcoming United Way fundraisers include:

  • Phi Theta Kappa members will take photos of costumed trick-or-treaters at the Trick-or-Treat Trail on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
  • BHC equestrian students and the United Way Team will sponsor the concession stand at speed shows on campus Saturday, Dec. 5. The public is invited to learn about the college’s equestrian program and support United Way while enjoying a great fall outing.

“Students have a few other fundraisers in the works for United Way,” Snyder said. “They are learning life lessons about being involved in your community while taking care of your future.”



Last updated 10/26/2015


BHC to merge athletic programs

Black Hawk College announced plans Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, to merge the three athletic teams at its East Campus in Galva with the athletic teams at the Quad-Cities Campus in Moline effective at the end of the 2015-16 academic year. The affected teams include women’s volleyball, women’s basketball and men’s basketball.

“This decision was very difficult and one that was not made lightly. The uncertainty of state funding and rising costs contributed to this decision,” said Dr. Bettie Truitt, Black Hawk College president.

Dr. Truitt said the merger will save the college more than $150,000 annually.

Black Hawk College is one of only five community colleges in the nation with multi-campus athletic programs. This move will allow the college to focus resources more efficiently during challenging budget times.

“We are proud of the success our East Campus student-athletes have enjoyed on the court but just as importantly, in the classroom,” Dr. Truitt said.

“We also appreciate the dedication of our coaches and athletics staff and the support from our fans and the community, all of whom have contributed to the success of our East Campus student-athletes.”

Black Hawk College currently fields teams in men’s basketball, women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, men’s baseball, women’s softball and men’s golf at the Quad-Cities Campus. Athletic tuition waivers for all of the East Campus players will be honored through the 2016-17 academic year. The college will assist each student-athlete as they evaluate their future educational plans.


Last updated 10/23/2015