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Black Hawk College Horse Judges Congress Champions

2014 Congress Champs

Pictured from left are: Coach Aaron Callahan, Makayla Maciejewski, Marissa Chapa, Breanna Grebin, Skylee Hemp, Mary Kandis, Heather Dufek, Amy Martin, Jamie Wall, Bella Frisk, Daniele Neisendorf, Riley Ryburn, Shelby Riley, Rachel Riddle and assistant coach Kindra Callahan.

The Black Hawk College Horse Judging Team members finished their first sophomore year contest with a 1st Overall win at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio. This makes the eighth time in 10 years Black Hawk College has placed 1st Overall at this prestigious contest.

Team A came home Congress Champions by placing 1st Overall, 1st in Halter, 1st in Reasons and 1st in Performance. Team B followed with a 2nd in Performance, 4th in Reasons and a 5th in Halter to earn a 4th Overall placing.

Congress Overall Individual rankings, BHC had six students place in the top 10 rankings:

  • Danielle Neisendorf of Genoa, Ill. – 1st Overall, 1st Reasons, 1st Performance, 2nd Halter
  • Jamie Wall of Pierceton, Ind. – 2nd Overall, 2nd Performance, 5th Reasons
  • Breanna Grebin of Rochester, Minn. – 3rd Overall, 3rd Performance, 3rd Reasons
  • Riley Ryburn of Earlville, Ill. – 5th Overall, 4th Halter, 8th Performance, 10th Reasons
  • Rachel Riddle of Stanford, Ill. – 7th Overall, 1st Halter, 2nd Reasons
  • Shelby Riley of Noblesville, Ind. – 10th Overall, 5th Performance, 7th Reasons
  • Marissa Chapa of Maple Park, Ill. – 4th Performance
  • Makayla Maciejewski of Downs, Ill. – 5th Halter

Rounding out the two teams were Heather Dufek of Platteville, Wis.; Bella Frisk of Atkinson, Ill.; Skylee Hemp of Milford, Ill.; and Mary Kandis of East Moline, Ill.

The sophomore horse judging team members will finish out their BHC judging careers mid-November at the American Quarter Horse World Show in Oklahoma City, Okla.

The Illinois Youth Team also gained the Congress Champion spot in their division. Two team members are Black Hawk College East Campus freshmen – Rebecca Janes of Peotone, Ill., who placed 1st Overall and Hana Murphy of Monroe City, Mo., who placed in the top 10 Overall.

Double red cell donation comes to Black Hawk College East Campus

Emalee Brink

Emalee Brink of Cambridge donates double.

Black Hawk College East Campus students, employees and public volunteers rolled up their sleeves for a good cause Oct. 22, donating 25 units of blood during the Student Life-sponsored blood drive. There were 12 first-time donors.

Whole blood donations contain red blood cells, platelets, plasma and white blood cells. Red blood cells are the most frequently used blood component and are needed by almost every type of patient requiring transfusion. Nineteen pints of whole blood were collected during the day.

The Peoria Chapter of the American Red Cross team brought a special machine that allows the donor to safely donate two units of red blood cells during one donation while returning plasma and platelets back to the donor.

During double red cell donation, blood is drawn from one arm through a sterile, single-use needle set to a machine. The machine separates and collects two units of red cells and then safely returns the remaining blood components, along with some saline, back to the donor through the same arm. Three double pints were collected using this procedure.

Benefits to this type of donation include:

  • Saves time and makes donations go further – For donors who are extremely busy, committed to donating blood and an eligible type O, A negative or B negative donor, double red cell donation may be ideal. Each procedure lets the donor give more of the product that is needed most by patients. Double red cell donation takes approximately 30 minutes longer than a whole blood donation and can be done approximately every four months.
  • Feel better – With all of the platelets and plasma returned along with some saline, the donor doesn’t lose the liquid portion of their blood and may feel more hydrated after their donation.

Seventy-five people will benefit from their donations.

Early voting available Oct. 31 at QC Campus

Explore professional, continuing education programs Oct. 29

Professional and Continuing Education Fall 2014 ScheduleAre you interested in taking a computer class, but not sure where to start? Or do you want to pursue a job in health care? Learn a foreign language? Make jewelry, stained glass or floral arrangements? Become a better photographer?

Learn more about the variety of programs and classes offered by Black Hawk College Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) at the PaCE Information Night.

The event will be from 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 at the college’s new Adult Learning Center, 4610 Blackhawk Commons Drive, Rock Island.

From language classes to online learning, PaCE has something for everyone.

For more information, call PaCE at 309-796-8223 or visit

Bring kids to East Campus on Oct. 30 for Trick-or-Treat Trail

From 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, the East Campus will be transformed into a haunted, trick-or-treat extravaganza for more than 1,500 local ghouls and goblins at the annual Trick-or-Treat Trail.

To make it a special treat for visitors and our equine students, there will be a costume contest for the horses in the barn with fantastic prizes awarded to the owner(s) of the first, second and third place costumed winners!

All-USA Community College Academic Team application open

Applications are now being accepted for nomination to the All-USA Community College Academic Team Awards. Twenty team members are named annually with each receiving a $2,500 scholarship, a total of $50,000 in scholarship awards. In addition to scholarships, team members are featured in the USA TODAY newspaper and presented at the annual President’s Breakfast  during the American Association of Community Colleges Annual Convention.

The Quad-Cities Campus may nominate two students for this prestigious honor. Nominated students become eligible for a number of competitive scholarships. Full details are available at Whether or not they are ultimately chosen for the national team, BHC nominees will be celebrated at a banquet in April in Springfield with a plaque and a medal.

The All-USA Community College Academic Team Awards process is rigorous; it requires writing essays and obtaining targeted letters of recommendation. But judging at the college and national level is based not just on consideration of academic performance. Involvement in campus and community activities, as well as hardships or obstacles that have made it difficult to reach academic goals, are also taken into consideration.

Below are the initial requirements. Please review them carefully. You may start the application process on your own by visiting and creating an account (Phi Theta Kappa members should use their login and password). However, to be considered for nomination, you must contact Melissa Hebert-Johnson ( for an interview and guidance during the process.

Eligibility requirements:

• Minimum of a 3.50 or higher GPA out of 4.0 in all college-level coursework completed in the past five years (Fall 2009-present).
• Currently enrolled at the Quad-Cities Campus through December 2014.
• Minimum of 36 semester college-level credit hours completed at or transferred to BHC by Dec. 31, 2014 (minimum of 30 at a community college in last five years).
• Be on track to complete a minimum of 48 semester college-level credit hours by Aug. 31, 2015.
• Record free from academic suspension, probation or other serious disciplinary action.
• Hold temporary or permanent U.S. residency or possess a visa.


Last updated 10-15-2014

Black Hawk College East Campus kicks off 2014 United Way Campaign

Black Hawk College East Campus kicks off 2014 United Way campaign

Black Hawk College East Campus United Way team members Rhonda Ballard and Barb Bolser take donations for “An Apple a Day for United Way” apples and paper pumpkins for the “All-In” pumpkin auction syndicate from student, Sarah Hughes of Kewanee, far left. Looking on is Chief Executive Director of Kewanee Area United Way, Deann Schweitzer, far right.

Black Hawk College East Campus recently kicked off its 2014 United Way Campaign with the theme “An Apple a Day for United Way.”

An apple tree with field underneath – hand-painted by art professor John Hartman on the large cafeteria windows – overlooks the drive onto campus. The tree and field are being steadily decorated with paper apples and pumpkins signed by students and college employees who donate to the campaign.

Of course, the pumpkins are just a precursor to the Stampede Auction of Champion Pumpkins coming up later this month.

“Faculty, students, staff and friends of United Way have activities planned for October and November to raise funds and get the message out about the importance of helping our community,” said Gary Werkheiser, associate professor of applied sciences.

At the kickoff, flyers were distributed to students about United Way agencies, and everyone was given the opportunity to get involved.

“The kickoff was great,” said United Way team member Rhonda Ballard. “Students are very interested to learn about the agencies supported by United Way and how they better our community.”

Thirteen campus groups and organizations have supported the United Way campaign over the last few years, including AFT/IFT union, Ag Business Club, Auto/Ag Mech Club, East Campus athletes, BHC East Foundation board members, Christians on Campus, equine students, staff and friends, Horticulture Club, Liberal Arts and Sciences Department, Phi Theta Kappa, Science Club, Student Government Association and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union.

There are 16 members on this year’s East Campus United Way team. Black Hawk College East Campus has now increased their giving to United Way for 19 consecutive years.

“Students get real life lessons about being involved in their community and the whole campus feels the responsibility of making a positive contribution,” Ballard said.

Ladder safety

Monthly safety tip from your Black Hawk College Safety Committee

Leaves are falling and gutters will begin to be filled with debris. That means it’ll be time to pull out your ladder to clean your gutters and get ready for the winter months ahead. Use the right ladder and be safe.

According to the National Safety Council, more than 30,000 people are injured each year by falls involving ladders. Most of the accidents occur because users violate the basic rules of ladder safety. Remember five safety rules when using a ladder:

Select the right ladder
There are many types of ladders. The most common ladder is the straight (single or extension) ladder and stepladder. Read and follow all label markings on the ladder. Be sure the ladder is long enough and sturdy enough. Do not exceed the maximum load rating of the ladder.

Inspect your ladder before you use it
Inspect the ladder for loose or damaged rungs, steps, rails or braces. Make sure the spreaders on the stepladders can be locked in place. Never use a ladder that is defective! Painting can hide defects so do not paint a ladder.

Set up your ladder correctly
Ladders must not be placed in front of closed doors that can open toward the ladder. Block the door open or lock it so it is not opened. Use a barricade if the ladder will be in a traffic area in order to prevent collisions.

Ensure closed doors are secured so that they cannot be opened into the ladder. The base of the ladder should be on a solid, level surface that is kept uncluttered. If you plan to climb onto a roof be sure the ladder extends at least three feet above the edge.

Use caution when climbing and descending
Always face the ladder, maintaining a three-point contact with the ladder. It’s also good to have a second person with you when descending a ladder to hold the ladder stationary if needed. Wear clean and slip resistant shoes. Use your personal protection equipment if it is needed.

Use common sense
Never reach too far on either side when using a ladder. Keep your stomach between the ladder side rails and always keep one hand on the ladder. Never climb higher than the second step from the top of a stepladder or the third from the top of a straight ladder. Never attempt to use the highest rung of a ladder.

Use care when carrying or transporting a ladder to avoid injury to yourself and others or damage to your ladder. Ladders should be stored in a ventilated area and in a position that will prevent sagging or warping. If you feel tired or dizzy, are prone to stay off the ladder. Never use a ladder in high winds or storms.

Sources: National Safety Council, American Ladder Institute

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, but as always, check with your care provider before making any changes.


Last updated 10/14/2014

Illinois Small Business Development Center (IL SBDC)/International Trade Center host “Growing With Israel – Agricultural Potential for the Quad Cities Region”

Event: “Growing With Israel – Agricultural Potential for the Quad Cities Region”
When: Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
Time: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: I-Wireless Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline, IL.
Cost: Free. A box lunch will be provided.
RSVP: RSVP’s are required. To RSVP call (309) 797-2771 or email

Description: This interactive event is designed to promote education and networking regarding agricultural developments from Israel and new opportunities for businesses from that sector in the Quad
Cities Region.

The panel-style program will feature trade representatives from Illinois and Iowa as well as
Israel’s Trade Mission to the Midwest in Chicago. The event also serves to inform businesses
about the services provided by the Illinois Small Business Development Center (IL SBDC)/International Trade Center (ITC) and Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) regionally through Black Hawk College.

“We work every day to inform small businesses about the ways they can expand their efforts
through exports,” said Michelle Lewis, Director of the IL SBDC/ITC. “Events like these allow
businesses to see what opportunities there are and if interested, we can train them on all aspects of
the process and even locate funds to assist them.”

“Israel is among the world’s leaders in research and development, especially in agriculture,” said
Glenn Kass, Owner, Catch Driver Marketing. “This is the country that changed a desert into a
fertile land and it continues to innovate in this sector. If we can help companies from the Quad
Cities Region combine their knowledge base with these opportunities it will be beneficial to

“Growing With Israel – Agricultural Potential for the Quad Cities Region” was made possible through a partnership with Illinois Small Business Development Center (IL SBDC)/International Trade Center and Catch Driver Marketing, as well as the following promotional partners:

The Quad Cities Chamber, America-Israel Economic Forum, Iowa Economic Development, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Iowa State University/Scott County Extension, University of Illinois Extension for Rock Island, Henry, Mercer and Stark Counties, Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities and America-Israel Chamber of Commerce Chicago.

Last updated 10/14/2014

‘From Generation to Generation: Folk Arts of Illinois’ exhibit

Folk art exhibit in QC Library 10-14 (web)The Quad-Cities Campus Library is hosting “From Generation to Generation: Folk Arts of Illinois” — a traveling exhibit that highlights Illinois folk artists — through Friday, Dec. 5.

Using banners, the exhibit tells the stories of 13 Illinois artists with art forms representing a wide variety of traditions such as duck decoy carving, Irish fiddle, Mexican murals and African-American quilts. Every artist is part of a larger tradition, and their stories prompt questions that ask all of us to consider, “What will I pass along?”

The exhibit includes a banner featuring Roy DePauw, a rolle bolle maker in Geneseo, and a banner featuring Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico.

For more information about the exhibit, visit

From Generation to Generation: Folk Arts of Illinois was produced by Company of Folk with partial support by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the National Endowment for the Arts.