Employee Awards & Accomplishments - Black Hawk College

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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Students collect $1,700 in care package items for soldiers

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The Black Hawk College Student Veterans of America recently coordinated a very successful care packages donation drive at the Quad-Cities Campus. The students collected an estimated $1,700 worth of items such as candy, granola bars, drink mixes and jerky. The donations from BHC employees, students and the community were given to the USO of Illinois. […]

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Onder, Steele receive Golden Apple Award from students

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The Phi Theta Kappa chapter at the Quad-Cities Campus recently presented the Golden Apple Award to two faculty members. During the honor society’s Nov. 24 induction ceremony, the Golden Apple Award was given to: Dr. Seref Onder, criminal justice instructor – nominated by Alexia Ramirez Linda Steele, adjunct ESL instructor – nominated by Blaise Kinto […]

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Congratulations to East holiday door-decorating winners!

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Congratulations to the Community Education Center for winning first place in the East Campus door-decorating contest! Student organizations voted for the winners. Pictured with the new traveling trophy – made by Chad Kilstrom – are Shawn Oetzel, Shannon Westphal and Debra Rhoades. Their door décor theme was “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” Taking second place was […]

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BHC volunteers sort 865 pounds of trash

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Black Hawk College students and employees recently dug into dozens of bags of trash, sifting through 865 pounds by hand to find out what recyclables are ending up in the trash. Every five years, the college is required by the State of Illinois to identify the kinds of waste generated on campus and how much […]

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