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ArtSpace Gallery exhibit

November 14 - December 8
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Augustana College visit

December 8 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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BHC Holiday Choral Concert

December 8 @ 7:30 pm
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International Food Competition

December 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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Fall 2016 final exams schedule

Finals begin Monday, Dec. 12.

BHC East Foundation honors scholarship recipients, benefactors

The Black Hawk College East Foundation honored both those who gave and those who received at its annual scholarship banquet Oct. 4, 2016, at Lavender Crest Winery in Colona, Illinois.

Welcoming benefactors, scholarship recipients and their guests, college and foundation leadership, faculty and staff were Doug Parrott, vice chair of the Black Hawk College East Foundation Board of Directors; Liz Breedlove, executive director of the Black Hawk College East Foundation, Dr. Bettie Truitt, president of Black Hawk College; and Betsey Morthland, executive dean.

Dr. Truitt quoted author Steve Goodier saying, “But I give best when I give from that deeper place; when I give simply, freely and generously, and sometimes for no particular reason. I give best when I give from my heart.”

“We express our deep gratitude to those whose generosity opens doors for our students,” Breedlove said. “And we celebrate the students, some of whom have risen above great odds to pursue their college degrees.”

A total of $85,304 was awarded to 72 students. With additional spring scholarships yet to be awarded, the East Foundation is on track to give than $100,000 again this year.

The East Foundation maintains 85 scholarship funds with assets of more than $2.24 million. Since 2010, more than $566,000 has been awarded to East Campus students.

Breedlove encouraged students and guests to establish scholarships in the future through the East Foundation. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law and can be given in memory or in honor of a loved one, friend or colleague.

The mission of the Black Hawk College East Foundation is to serve as the primary support partner of the East Campus of Black Hawk College by providing for and conducting activities that facilitate the growth and development of the East Campus.

For individual photos of the Black Hawk College students who attended the banquet, visit Black Hawk College on Facebook.


The scholarship recipients by hometown are:

(All towns are in Illinois unless indicated otherwise.)

Adel, IA – Rachel Hoy – Norma Denzer Scholarship

Aledo – Cole Thomas – Dean L. Bates Scholarship


  • Blake Roselieb – Walter H. Shreck Scholarship, Giertz Brothers Scholarship
  • Shannon Smith – Walter H. Shreck Scholarship

Auburn, IN – Elizabeth Seely – Holmquist Scholarship

Belding, MI – Brady Blasher – Anderson Memorial Scholarship

Bradford – Cody Scott – Elmer Brose Scholarship, GROWMARK Scholarship


  • Jamie Franck – Amelia Wallen Pageant Scholarship-Henry County World Festival
  • Jacob Jeffries – Harriet McCarthy Scholarship

Cascade, IA – Lillie Beringer – Rosemary E. Ward Scholarship

Castleton – Kaycee Eklund – Frank Gerard Memorial Scholarship

Chicago – Kiovante Buckner – Brick Lundberg Memorial Scholarship, Holmquist Scholarship

Columbia – Lucas Stumpf – Livestock Judging Scholarship

Danville, IA – Sydney Logan – Agriculture Fund Scholarship

Davie, FL – Bradley Nairn – Dave Lapan Memorial Scholarship

Eaton Rapids, MI – Dalton Humphrey – Holmquist Scholarship

Elmwood – Brooke Parrish – Cargill Equine Scholarship, Susan Shipp Memorial Scholarship

Eolia, MO – Katherine Koenig – BHC Equine Endowed Scholarship

Erie – Donald Hayes – Dave Lapan Memorial Scholarship

Fort Wayne, IN – Allison Olinger – Holmquist Scholarship


  • Kendra Clark – Darlene Collinson Memorial Scholarship, Debbie Kitterman Memorial Scholarship, Frank Gerard Memorial Scholarship, John L. Haines Jr. Memorial Scholarship
  • Rachel Heck – Demmler Business/Technology Scholarship
  • Erika Olson – David Bradbury Scholarship, Frank Gerard Memorial Scholarship, Smith Scholarship
  • Amanda Smith – Bea Haines Endowed Scholarship, Educational Assistance Ltd. (EAL) Scholarship
  • Dalton Spivey – Frank Gerard Memorial Scholarship, Henry County Association of Independent Insurance Agents Scholarship, Nancy & Wayne Hier Scholarship
  • Kyle Streeter – Frank Gerard Memorial Scholarship, Robert H. & Bernice E. Eastman Scholarship
  • Jacob Swearingen – BHE Welding Scholarship


  • Cortney Atkisson – Eleanor Washburn Scholarship
  • Samantha Casteel – Walter H. Shreck Scholarship

Glenwood, IN – Matthew Hoel – Walter H. Shreck Scholarship

Henry – Mary Trim – Barbara J. Curran Golby Memorial CNA Scholarship


  • Rhaelynn Brody – Black Hawk East Foundation Scholarship, Ron & Theresa Brown Memorial Scholarship
  • Lindsey Brown – Amelia Wallen Pageant Scholarship-Henry County World Festival
  • Diana Cervantes – Kewanee Kiwanis Club Scholarship, Kewanee Rotary Club Scholarship, Otto Schwefel Scholarship, Theodore & Penny Vlahos Scholarship, William & Elizabeth Dolieslager Scholarship
  • Kaylynn McNamee – Kewanee Area Business Women’s Scholarship, Mehaffey Memorial Scholarship
  • Joseph Pollard – 25 for 25 Scholarship
  • Amber Rodgers – Eleanor Washburn Memorial Scholarship
  • Marshall Shimmin – Hyer Fund Scholarship
  • Thomas Vanwassenhove – Butch Downs Memorial Auto Mechanics Scholarship, Dave Lapan Memorial Scholarship
  • Mason Wentworth – George & Mary Lee Wilsey Skilled Trades Scholarship


  • Justin Hoben – Walter H. Shreck Scholarship
  • Alec Lester – Walter H. Shreck Scholarship

Lafayette, IN – Ronalee Austin – Dale & Helen Swanson Scholarship

Lafayette, NJ – Amanda Clawson – Educational Assistance Ltd. (EAL) Scholarship, Kandis Family Equine Scholarship, Lyle & Marie Blodgett Memorial Scholarship

Laura – Haley Smith – Black Hawk East Foundation Scholarship

Ligonier, IN – Luke Wechter – Cory Lowderman Freshman Challenge Award Scholarship, Cory Lowderman Memorial Scholarship

Martinsville – Adeline Shotts – Dean L. Bates Scholarship

Melrose Park – Fabiola Corral – Dale & Helen Swanson Scholarship, Dean W. Stoner Scholarship, Frank Gerard Memorial Scholarship, Jeff Owens Memorial Scholarship

Metamora – Noelle Pearson – Robin Moreland Memorial Equine Scholarship

Milford, IN – Elise Rollins – Cargill Equine Scholarship

Mokena – Jayme Goesel – Amelia Wallen Memorial Scholarship

Monmouth – Kaylyn Hall – People’s National Bank Scholarship

Monroe City, MO – Hana Murphy – Robert & Jean Wolf Memorial Scholarship

Morehead City, NC – Mirai Kaneshi – Erickson Family Endowment Scholarship

Mount Pulaski – Kamryn Aylesworth – BHE General Scholarship

Plattsburg, MO – Carter Ward – Elmer Hoge Memorial Scholarship, Mid-Continent Fund Scholarship

Pocahontas, AR – Brittany Luttrell – Verlin & Joan Jackson Foundation Endowed Livestock Judging Scholarship

Poneto, IN – Jordyn Sills – Livestock Judging Scholarship, Todd DeMay Memorial Scholarship

Powell Butte, OR – Kinsey Ayres – BHC Equine Endowed Scholarship, Dean L. Bates Scholarship

Prophetstown – Matthew Wagenecht – Janssen-Ewoldson Scholarship

Rockford – Samantha Grams – Colwell Scholarship

Tampico – Kali Fetrow – Glenn Webb Education Fund


  • Crystal Brady – 25 for 25 Scholarship, Brick Lundberg Memorial Scholarship
  • Tyler Dorsey – Dean L. Bates Scholarship
  • Madison Deruiter – Amelia Wallen Pageant Scholarship-Old Settler’s Association
  • Kaley Rouse – CNA Scholarship

Viola – Payton Carlson – Amelia Wallen Pageant Scholarship-Mercer County Queen

White City, OR – Keenan Skudlarek – Verlin & Joan Jackson Foundation Endowed Equine Scholarship

Williamsfield – Curtis Howerton – Walter H. Shreck Scholarship

Wisconsin Rapids, WI – Hunter Langholff – Livestock Judging Scholarship


  • Bradley Bowman – Dr. Gene Gardner Impact Scholarship, George & Mary Lee Wilsey Skilled Trades Scholarship Endowed
  • Allison Hand – Black Hawk East Alumni Club Scholarship, Piper Scholarship


  • Courtney Frisby – Amelia Wallen Pageant Scholarship-Henry County Fair Festival, Amelia Wallen Pageant Scholarship-Old Settler’s Association
  • Lucas Wisnefski – Livestock Judging Scholarship


Last updated 11/18/2016

BHC celebrates Veterans Day by sending packages to troops


Pictured with the care packages are members of the Military Students and Veterans Club. From left to right are Bobby Cain (Marines), Andre Lewis (Navy), Marceia Duhm (advisor), Ashley DeSplinter (Air Force) and Rob “Forrest” Mayne (Navy).

To celebrate Veterans Day, Black Hawk College students assembled 21 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 put in the boxes.



Last updated 11/17/2016

BHC’s Kopel gives back during retirement

When Jim Kopel accepted a teaching position with Black Hawk College in 1967, he had no idea it was the beginning of a 32-year career that would combine his love for teaching accounting and finance with his passion for helping people manage and invest their money.

“Cash” Kopel, as he became known, shared his knowledge with students and coworkers alike, writing a weekly advisory letter to employees on investing and business.

Five years after his retirement in 1999, Jim’s wife died causing him to refocus his plans. He accepted a position with the U.S. Army Department of Defense at the Rock Island Arsenal. The next 5½ years brought two deployments, one to Afghanistan and the second to Kuwait.

While many 70-year-olds can be found on the golf course, fishing or doing some volunteer work, Jim was hunkered down on an Army base in Afghanistan working as a civilian and listening to enemy bombs.

“If you left the base, you would probably die,” he said. The flag-draped coffins of our soldiers waiting to go home are still etched in his memory. The daily blog Jim wrote during both deployments helped ease the stress and keep friends and family back home informed.

Kuwait was less dangerous but just as fulfilling. But Jim knew it was time to close this chapter on the adventure that was his life and move on to the next one, one that took him to the Philippines. It was here Jim met a couple involved in real estate development, eventually becoming partners with them in housing projects. The couple provided onsite management and Jim provided the financing.

After several years of success, Jim decided to move beyond financing and try his hand at development. He purchased a lot with plans to develop a single family home on it. The lot location was less desirable than others and the project wasn’t real successful. “It was a dumb idea,” Jim reflected.

The lot may have been a bad investment but it quite possibly change Jim’s life and the life of a young Filipino mother. On a flight to Manila in the seat next to him, Jennifer, a single mother of four, introduced herself and shared her story. She was contracted to a family in Hong Kong to provide domestic help and was returning there after a short leave home.

Jennifer’s oldest daughter was responsible for raising her three siblings while she was away. One hour of conversation convinced Jim that Jennifer’s children had few chances to reach their potential and realize a fulfilling life. He thought of his Black Hawk College students, each one with potential and each one trying to reach it. Just as he had done for those 32 years, Jim decided to act. Education he knew, was the key to their success.

Although Jim hasn’t seen Jennifer since that plane ride high above the Philippines, they have stayed connected by email. Jim continued to provide moral support to her but things weren’t working for her family. Jim could see this and understood something needed to change. He formulated a plan.

Jim told Jennifer that if she quit her job in Hong Kong and returned home, he would pay tuition and expenses for the children. All he asked was for Jennifer to earn enough money to pay for food.

“Without education your chances are limited. Jennifer’s children are bright and talented. I felt compelled to keep that light shining,” Jim said. Jennifer accepted the offer and moved home.

The agreement worked. Jennifer found work in a call center for Direct TV.

Vinz, her oldest daughter, will graduate in pharmacy next year and plans to enroll in medical school. The other children, Jabez, Jazel, and Josh, will enjoy the same opportunity as their sister Vinz, thanks to Jim’s generosity.

Jim is pleased to see the amazing “return on his investment” and has since gone on to help other deserving families.

“Education opens doors anywhere and everywhere in the world, from the Quad Cities to the Philippines. Investing some of my retirement money in people’s futures is as rewarding as it gets,” Jim said. He plans a trip to the Philippines next year to attend graduation and see Vinz walk across the stage.

It has been a big commitment but one he is glad he made.

In closing, Jim said, “God isn’t going to ask how much money you have. Rather, did you leave the world a better place?”



Last updated 11/15/2016

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.
  • 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 on slippery surfaces.
  • Report hazardous conditions to the Facilities Department.
    – At the Quad-Cities Campus, Adult Learning 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 celebrating the holidays with concerts

Black Hawk College is celebrating the holiday season with music.

Except where noted, admission is free.

  • BHC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will perform at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 at the Festival of Trees, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. Admission fee.
  • BHC Student Piano Recital will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28 at the Deere-Wiman House, 811 11th Ave., Moline.
  • BHC Chamber Singers will perform at noon Friday, Dec. 2 at the Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St., Moline.
  • BHC Concert Choir will perform at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at Gloria Dei Presbyterian Church, 4200 12th St., Rock Island.
  • Student Recital – Music of Robert Schumann – Advanced BHC music majors will perform vocal and instrumental selections by composer Robert Schumann at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at First Lutheran Church, 1600 20th St., Rock Island.
  • BHC Student Vocal Recital will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 at the Deere-Wiman House, 811 11th Ave., Moline.
  • BHC Community Band Concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec.  6 at the college’s Quad-Cities Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline, in Building 4, second floor, Hawk’s Nest.
  • BHC Holiday Choral Concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at 1st Congregational Church, 2201 7th Ave., Moline.
  • BHC String Orchestra Concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1330 13th St., Moline.




BHC horse judging students take 1st, 3rd at Quarter Horse Congress

bhc-sophomores-all-american-quarter-horse-congress-2016The Black Hawk College Horse Judging Team took 1st Place and 3rd Place at the 50th Anniversary All-American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio.

The collegiate and youth divisions award individual and team high-point awards in halter, performance and oral reasons categories, as well as overall awards. Scores are determined based on the accuracy of contestants’ placings as compared to the placings of a panel of approved judges.

The BHC sophomore Team A came in 1st Place overall with members Amanda Clawson of Branchville, NJ; Brooke Parrish of Elmwood, IL; Shelby Dibling of Butler, IN; Katy Hawkins of Needham, IN; and Kyle VanDerleest of Morrison, IL.

The BHC sophomore Team B came in 3rd Place overall with members Keenan Skudlarek of Sams Valley, OR; Kaylin Duke of Channahon, IL; Elizabeth Seely of Auburn, IN; Samantha Grams of Rockford, IL; and Alyssa Gustus of Orion, IL.

Sophomore Cynthia Venneberg of Geneseo, IL, competed as an individual.

The BHC freshman team came in 1st Place overall in the Youth Division with members Grayson Cottrell of Fairbury, IL; Addie Shotts of Martinsville, IL; and Courtney Wiedenmann of Coal Valley, IL.

The teams are coached by Aaron Callahan and are located at the Black Hawk College East Campus near Kewanee, IL.

Here’s how Black Hawk College students fared:

(Junior College Division)
Halter Performance Reasons Overall
Team A 2nd 1st 2nd 1st
Team B 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd
Individuals who placed in the top 10
Halter Performance Reasons Overall
Brooke Parrish 8th 1st 3rd 1st
Katy Hawkins 2nd 6th 3rd
Amanda Clawson 1st 5th 4th 5th
Shelby Dibling 7th 8th 8th
Keenan Skudlarek 5th 7th 9th
Kaylin Duke 9th 10th 10th
Kyle VanDerleest 9th
(Youth Division)
Halter Performance Reasons Overall
Team 1st 2nd 2nd 1st
Grayson Cottrell 8th 3rd 10th
Addie Shotts 3rd 9th
Courtney Wiedenmann 2nd 6th 9th 2nd


Last updated 11/9/2016

BHC Sophomore Livestock Judging Team wins 3rd place in Tulsa

Congratulations to the Black Hawk College Sophomore Livestock Judging Team for winning 3rd Place overall at the Tulsa State Fair Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Contest in Tulsa, OK.

The team members were Kiley Elder of Pleasantville, IA; Hannah Lauffenburger of Queen Creek, AZ; Jordyn Sills of Poneto, IN; Kip Wallace of Emerald, WI; and Luke Wechter of Ligonier, IN.

The team also came in 2nd Place in cattle, 3rd Place in swine and 4th Place in reasons.

Awards were presented to the top individuals and top teams in cattle, sheep, swine, reasons and overall competition in the junior college sophomore contest.

Competing individually were sophomores Hunter Langholff of Wisconsin Rapids, WI; Blake Roselieb of Annawan, IL; and Lucas Stumpf of Columbia, IL.

Here’s how Black Hawk College students fared individually:

  • Hannah Lauffenburger – 4th Place in reasons, 5th Place in swine and 9th Place overall
  • Luke Wechter – 4th Place in swine
  • Jordyn Sills – 7th Place in cattle
  • Blake Roselieb – 8th Place in swine
  • Lucas Stumpf – 8th Place in cattle

The team is coached by Dan Hoge and Tyler Gradert and is located at the Black Hawk College East Campus near Kewanee, IL.


Last updated 11/8/2016

BHC horse show team starts season with consecutive wins

equine-ihsa-truman-fall-2016-1Black Hawk College Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Team members started their season on a high note, winning their first two meets at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.

Black Hawk College competes against schools in Zone 7, Region 5 (central and western Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas). At the Truman State meets, Black Hawk College was the only two-year college, competing against riders from the following four-year schools – Augustana College, Illinois State University, Iowa State University, Truman State University and Washington University (St. Louis).

Black Hawk College was Champion Team at both meets, scoring 33 points the first day and 27 the second day. There were 10 classes each day, and BHC riders won nine of them each day.

Freshman Kinsey Ayres of Powell Butte, Oregon, was High Point Open Rider the first day with her undefeated two 1st Place finishes in Open Horsemanship and Reining. Sophomore Shelby Brenner of Hopkins, Michigan, won this event on the second day.

The team is coached by Donna Irvin, Drew Cotton and Rebekah Irish and is located at the Black Hawk College East Campus near Kewanee, IL.

Here’s how the rest of the Black Hawk College IHSA Team fared at Truman State:

Advanced Division

  • Jessie Rasmussen of Summit Lake, WI – 1st Place and 5th Place
  • Heidi Mueller of Madison, WI – 2nd Place both days
  • Haley McWhorter of Manito, IL – 1st Place the second day

Novice Division

  • Brooke Parrish of Elmwood, IL – 1st Place and 2nd Place
  • Olivia Quinton of Rossville, IN – 2nd Place and 3rd Place
  • Haley McWhorter of Manito, IL – 5th Place and Regional Qualifier
  • Allison Gossett of Charleston, IL – 1st Place the second day


  • Brady Blasher of Belding, MI – 1st Place
  • Hannah Campbell of St. Johns, MI – 4th Place
  • Amanda Clawson of Branchville, NJ – 1st Place and 2nd Place
  • Kaylin Duke of Channahon, IL – 2nd Place and 1st Place
  • Taylor Emigh of Sugar Grove, IL – 1st Place
  • Allison Gossett of Charleston, IL – 1st Place and Regional Qualifier
  • Katie Koenig of Folia, MD – 4th Place
  • Noelle Pearson of Metamora, IL – 1st Place and 3rd Place
  • Elise Rollins of Milford, IN – 3rd Place both days
  • Keenan Skudlarek of Sams Valley, OR – 2nd Place and 1st Place
  • Cynthia Venneberg of Geneseo, IL – 2nd Place

Beginner Division

  • KJ Buckner of Chicago, IL – 1st Place and 4th Place
  • Samantha Grams of Rockford, IL – 2nd Place and 5th Place
  • Morgan Kromphardt of Peoria, IL – 3rd Place and 1st Place
  • Abbey Myers of Galesburg, IL – 4th Place and 3rd Place

KJ Buckner, Samantha Grams, Morgan Kromphardt and Abbey Myers (Beginner Division – 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place respectively)


Last updated 11/7/2016

BHC Sophomore Livestock Judging Team wins 3rd place at National Barrow Show

Congratulations to the Black Hawk College Sophomore Livestock Judging Team for winning 3rd Place Team Overall at the 2016 National Barrow Show Judging Contest in Austin, MN.

The team finished only five points behind the second place team and 27 points ahead of the fourth place team.

The sophomore team members who competed were Easton Beard of Oak Run, IL; Kiley Elder of Pleasantville, IA; Hunter Langholff of Wisconsin Rapids, WI; Hannah Lauffenburger of Queen Creek, AZ; Katie Miller of Cambridge, IL; Blake Roselieb of Annawan, IL; Jordyn Sills of Poneto, IN; Lucas Stumpf of Columbia, IL; Kip Wallace of Emerald, WI; and Luke Wechter of Ligonier, IN. The alternates were Kagney Collins of Flanagan, IL; Cody Dawson of Rushville, IN; Wyatt Orr of Mediapolis, IA; and Austin Stoner of Taneytown, MD.

The team is coached by Dan Hoge and Tyler Gradert and is located at the Black Hawk College East Campus near Kewanee, IL.

Here’s how Black Hawk College students fared:

  • 3rd Place Team Overall
  • Luke Wechter – 7th Place Individual Overall and tied 5th Place Reasons
  • Blake Roselieb – 8th Place Individual Overall
  • Kip Wallace – 9th Place Individual Overall
  • Jordyn Sills – Tied 5th Place Reasons



Last updated 11/7/2016