Employee Awards & Accomplishments - Black Hawk College

Retiring professor creates scholarship for students with disabilities

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Biology professor Dr. Xixuan Collins is retiring from Black Hawk College but she and her family will be connected to the college and BHC students for years to come. Dr. Collins and her husband have created an endowed scholarship fund through the Black Hawk College Foundation at the Quad-Cities Campus. Once fully endowed, the ABC […]

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Nelson, Snook receive Golden Apple Award from students

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Two Black Hawk College faculty members recently received the Golden Apple Award from the college’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter at the Quad-Cities Campus. During the honor society’s Virtual Spring 2021 Induction Ceremony, the Golden Apple Award was presented to: Sarah Nelson, assistant professor of psychology – nominated by Tori Nielsen Laura Snook, math professor – […]

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Former speech instructor creates new scholarship for BHC students

head & shoulders portrait of Diana Corley Schnapp

Dr. Diana Corley Schnapp taught speech at Black Hawk College for 22 years and touched the lives of hundreds of students. She left the Quad Cities in 1992 but Black Hawk College remained in her thoughts. “The best part of my experience was getting to work with the wide variety of students,” she said. Now […]

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Golby family expands scholarship investment to help more BHC students

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Ten years ago, the family of Barbara J. Curran Golby decided to honor her memory by establishing an annual scholarship for students who are studying to be certified nursing assistants or CNAs. Recently, family members decided to make additional contributions so that the scholarship through the Black Hawk College East Foundation would be endowed. “That […]

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BHC music instructor publishes pandemic-related research

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Black Hawk College music instructor Dr. Irene Apanovitch-Leites co-authored a study that recently was published in American Choral Directors Association’s scholarly publication, Choral Journal. “COVID and the Choral Educator: Preparedness, Perceptions, Attitudes, and a Way Forward” was published in the February 2021 issue. The study investigated the extent to which choral directors working in collegiate, […]

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Appuhn, Seevers receive Golden Apple Award from students

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Two Black Hawk College employees recently received the Golden Apple Award from the college’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter at the Quad-Cities Campus. During the honor society’s Virtual Fall 2020 Induction Ceremony, the Golden Apple Award was presented to: Chris Appuhn, associate professor of math – nominated by Jay Dykstra Mike Seevers, lead writing tutor – […]

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East Campus donation drive helps community

Employees at the East Campus recently coordinated a donation drive to help others in the community. With a sign that said, “Do a good deed and help those in need” as the backdrop, BHC employees staffed three drop-off sites in Kewanee and Galva in late June and early July. “Our goal is to lift others […]

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Jodi Becker receives Golden Apple Award

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The Phi Theta Kappa chapter at the Quad-Cities Campus recently presented the Golden Apple Award to a well-deserving faculty member. Although the physical ceremony planned for April 26, 2020, had to be canceled, the chapter created a virtual ceremony and announced this semester’s award selection: Jodi Becker, assistant professor of child development and co-chair of […]

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BHC women’s basketball coach, players win awards

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The Black Hawk College women’s basketball team wrapped up a successful 2019-20 season with several players and their coach winning awards. In only his second year at Black Hawk College, Logan Frye was named the Arrowhead Conference Coach of the Year. In 2019, the Braves ended their season 2-22. For 2020, the team was 22-11, […]

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Bizarri reaches coaching milestone

Darren Bizarri leaning on cage of basketballs

Congratulations to Darren Bizarri for recently reaching a milestone – winning his 200th game as the Braves men’s basketball coach. “You focus on the next game. You try to be as good as you can be each night,” he said. “I’m fortunate to have had really good players and assistants. Over time, it adds up.” […]

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