Speakers Bureau

Black Hawk College offers top-quality speakers to local community groups, churches, schools and businesses through the Black Hawk College Speakers Bureau.

All speakers are employees and retirees of Black Hawk College and come from departments and disciplines across the college.

Click here to view a list of speakers and their topics. »

Jeannie Amyette

  • The Benefits of Water Aerobics for All Ages

Eldon “Bud” Aupperle (retiree)

  • Currier & Ives Dinnerware by Royal China Co.

Dr. Bill Hampes (retiree)

  • The Colonel Davenport House
  • The Humor of Abraham Lincoln
  • Humor and Personality

Bill Hannan (retiree)

  • The Big Radio
  • The Big Radio II
  • Tutankhamen: The Final Journey
  • Looking for Black Hawk or Someone Like Him
  • The Christmas Card Affair

David Harris

  • My Kid Just Won’t Listen!
  • Raising Kids to Be Responsible (Love and Logic Overview)

Richard Harwood

  • Australia: A Travelogue
  • Chile: Volcanoes, Deserts, and Glaciers
  • Energy: Sources and Suppliers
  • Geology Goes to Hollywood: Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Dinosaurs, Oh My!
  • Geology Goes to Hollywood, Part 2: Volcanoes, Glaciers and the End of the World!
  • Global Warming: Evidence and Causes
  • Honduras: A Peace Corps Perspective
  • Natural Hazards: Questions and Answers
  • U.S. National Parks and Monuments Geologic Overview

Dr. Bruce LeBlanc

  • Sexual Minorities: The Science of Sexual Orientation
  • AIDS: The Current Facts
  • AIDS: Reducing the Risks
  • Let’s Talk About Sex
  • Sex and Aging
  • Creating a Meaningful Life
  • Finding Your Own Spiritual Path

Galen Leonhardy

  • Nez Perce/Native American Humanities (focus on singing)
  • Writing Narration for the Sake of Personal Exploration

Lawrence Lorensen (retiree)

  • The American Political System
  • Political Parties, Interest Groups and Political Campaigns
  • The Role of State and Local Governments in the American Political System

Becki Maxson (retiree)

  • Careers in Health Care
  • Cancer — Hope, Progress, Answers
  • The Gift of Life: Organ Donation Fact vs. Fiction
  • Three Billion Beats
  • Health and Wellness for a Long and Happy Life
  • What Every Person/Patient Needs to Know About Their Health Care

Rich Morthland

  • Solid, Surprising, Sublime: An Insider’s Tour of the Illinois State Capitol

KeeKee Pregracke (retiree)

  • Chad Pregracke’s River Cleanup Projects

Dr. Bruce Storey

  • Exploring Careers
  • Job Search for the 21st Century
  • History of Baseball
  • The Magic of Disney World


Once you find a speaker who interests your organization, complete our online Speakers Bureau Request Form here to request the speaker. Please allow at least four weeks to arrange a speaking engagement.

In order to schedule a speaker, we will need to know the following:

  • Your organization’s name and contact person
  • Presentation date, time and location
  • Speaker’s name and topic desired
  • Approximate audience size and age group
  • Desired length of presentation

When requesting a speaker, have a second and third choice in case a speaker is not available, or alternate dates if a particular speaker is desired.

Thank you for your interest in the Black Hawk College Speakers Bureau.

Holly Smith
Public Relations Specialist & Speakers Bureau Coordinator


Last updated 4/7/2017