In 1992, the Black Hawk College East Foundation welcomed the first inductees into the Wall of Fame honoring its founders: Robert Eastman, Robert Glidden, Gust “Brick” Lundberg, E.O. Good and Roy “Tex” Reynolds.
Including the five inaugural inductees, the East Foundation has inducted a total of 28 individuals and awarded 19 individuals and/or organizations the Distinguished Service Award as part of the Wall of Fame program.
On Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, Dr. Arthur W. DeCabooter will be inducted into the East Foundation Wall of Fame at a ceremony at the East Campus.
The 2017 Wall of Fame Reception & Induction Ceremony will begin with a social hour from 6-6:30 p.m. An hors d’oeuvres and dessert reception will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. followed by the program and induction ceremony at 7:30 p.m.
Registration is $30 per person before Friday, Sept. 8, and $35 per person after Sept. 8. A portion of the registration will go toward the new, endowed Dr. Arthur W. DeCabooter Scholarship.
For more information on becoming a sponsor, contact Liz Breedlove at email@example.com or 309-854-1715.
To register for the event, contact Kaylyn Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-854-1718.
ABOUT DR. ARTHUR W. DeCABOOTER
Dr. Arthur W. DeCabooter was the acting provost and dean of students at the East Campus from 1971-73 and vice president for academic affairs and provost of the East Campus from 1974-78. He also served on the Illinois State Board of Presidents and as a consulting evaluator for the North Central Association. In this role he chaired more than two dozen visits for NCA.
Dr. DeCabooter was an active community member and proud supporter of Kewanee. He was a member of Rotary – serving as a board member and president – as well as president of Pilot House (now Abilities Plus) and the YMCA. He also was a member of the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, a civic group that performed many community services.
Dr. DeCabooter went on to become president of Scottsdale Community College in Arizona, a position he held for 30 years until his retirement in 2008.
Although Dr. DeCabooter left Black Hawk College nearly 40 years ago, he maintained his affection for the college and the community. He supported East Campus through his work with the East Foundation. It is an extraordinary person who will continue to work on behalf of students and a community for so many years after leaving. His philosophy of service is that each of us should set an example of giving and caring. He has done that, and we continue to benefit from it.
Dr. DeCabooter earned his doctorate in education and his master’s degree in education from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. A native of Omaha, NE, he was a student of theology at St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward, NE, and undertook graduates studies at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN.
Family and faith have always mattered most to Dr. DeCabooter. He and his wife, Mary, have three children – Kristen, Laura and David – and seven grandchildren – Luke, Lily, Henry, Doran, Eli, Ronan and Michaela.