Black Hawk College honors 18 exceptional QC students

Black Hawk College recently celebrated the accomplishments of 18 outstanding Quad-Cities students at the 2017 Student Commitment to Excellence Award ceremony and banquet.

The annual awards honor students at the college’s Quad-Cities sites who have shown outstanding commitment to excellence in one or more areas. The awards recognize students who have gone the extra mile to be successful. BHC employees may nominate one student per year.

The 2017 Student Commitment to Excellence Award recipients are:

  • Colona – Alejandra Martinez, Carlos Martinez Rodriguez, Jacob Miller
  • Davenport – Keil Huber
  • East Moline – Jeanne Kaseya Kangoyi, Josie Koueviakoe, Emile Panu, Thi Pizano, Laura Vargas
  • Hampton – Bryant Jefferson
  • Moline – Jesus Aguirre, Sabrina Alonso, Libna King, Brittany Young
  • Rock Island – Donique Blackwell, Tommy Davies, Gary Fogle
  • Viola – Katelyn Mack


Last updated 5/24/2017

BHC closed Monday, May 29

All Black Hawk College facilities will be closed Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day. The college will reopen Tuesday, May 30.

Five BHC baseball players on Region IV Team

Five Black Hawk College baseball players have been named to the 2017 Division II All North Central District/Region IV Team.

First Team
Pitchers — Zack Erdman, sophomore (St. Laurence H.S., IL)

Infielders — Connor Lowrie, sophomore (John Paul II H.S., TX)

Outfielders — Pedro Alfonseca, freshman (North Kansas City H.S., MO)

Designated Hitter — Gama Martinez, sophomore (Port Arthur Memorial H.S., TX)

Second Team
Infielders — Gunnar Haskins, sophomore (Alleman H.S., IL)


Last updated 5/18/2017

BHC baseball MVP, six players on All-Conference Team

Congratulations to the Black Hawk College baseball team for an outstanding 2017 season!

The Braves won the Arrowhead Athletic Conference with a 15-3 record and went 36-8 overall. The team then competed in the NJCAA Region IV Finals and finished the year with a 37-10 final record.

2017 Arrowhead Athletic Conference Baseball Most Valuable Player

  • Gama Martinez (Port Arthur Memorial H.S., TX)

2017 Arrowhead Athletic Conference Baseball All-Conference Team


  • Gama Martinez (Port Arthur Memorial H.S., TX)
  • Connor Lowrie (John Paul II H.S., TX)
  • Anthony Smith (Oak Ridge H.S., TX)


  • Pedro Alfonseca (North Kansas City H.S., MO)


  • Zack Erdman (St. Laurence H.S., IL)
  • Roger Wilson (St. Laurence H.S., IL)



Last updated 5/22/2017

BHC golf team wins 32nd Arrowhead Conference title

The Black Hawk College men’s golf team recently concluded a very successful season by winning its 32nd Arrowhead Conference Championship.

Seven players earned All-Conference honors. Arrowhead Conference qualifies 12 All-Conference awards.

The Black Hawk College All-Conference golfers are:

  • Medalist – Jake Beck (Ankeny IA Centennial High School)
  • 2nd Place – Austin Jump (Geneseo IL High School)
  • Tied for 3rd Place – Dennis Reedy (Byron IL High School) and Ryan Hurley (Sterling IL High School)
  • 7th Place – D.J. Bell (Assumption Davenport IA High School)
  • 8th Place – Lake Koenig (Durant IA High School)
  • Tied for 9th Place – Trafton Otting (Rockridge IL High School)

Also competing for Black Hawk College were Connor Carroll (Rockridge IL High School), Keil Huber (Bettendorf IA High School) and Nathan Lauritzen (Geneseo IL High School).

During the Fall 2016 season, the team won the Region IV Championship. Four BHC golfers placed in the top 15 and will compete May 21-26 at the 2017 NJCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship in Mesa, AZ:

  • Region IV medalist – Austin Jump
  • 5th place – Lake Koenig
  • 9th place – Dennis Reedy
  • 10th place – Jake Beck

The fifth member of Black Hawk College’s NJCAA tournament-qualifying team is Ryan Hurley.


Last updated 5/15/2017

11 students honored at Founders’ Scholars reception

Pictured are 10 of the 11 Black Hawk College East Campus 2017 Founders’ Scholars. Standing from left to right are Frey Guerrero-Vizcarra, Mirai Kaneshi, Brody Elliott, Dalton Humphrey, Matthew Wagenecht, Isaac Goldner and Katie Miller. Seated from left to right are Shelby Brenner, Amanda Clawson and Erika Olson. Not pictured is Amin Rahhal.

Black Hawk College recently honored 11 East Campus students for their academic excellence at the 33rd Annual Founders’ Scholars Awards Reception.

The event is named after the East Campus founders – Dr. Glenn Case, James Golby, Gust Lundberg, Ted Vlahos and Robert White.

“This is the time of year when we recognize the outstanding achievements of our students,” said Dr. Betsey Morthland, executive dean. “At East Campus, these achievements constitute a very long list.

“We honor our top academic scholars at the East Campus with the Founders’ Scholars award. They are the crème de la crème,” Morthland said.

Students receiving the award must have a minimum 3.85 grade point average after 30 credit hours at Black Hawk College with 12 credit hours taken at the East Campus. Students also must be graduating this month with an associate of arts or associate of science degree.

Below are the 2017 Founders’ Scholars and their hometowns.

  • Shelby Brenner – Hopkins, MI
  • Amanda Clawson – Lafayette, NJ
  • Brody Elliott – Bradford, IL
  • Isaac N. Goldner – Sherrard, IL
  • Frey Guerrero Vizcarra – Kewanee, IL
  • Dalton Humphrey – Eaton Rapids, MI
  • Mirai Kaneshi – Morehead City, NC
  • Katie Miller – Cambridge, IL
  • Erika Olson – Manito, IL
  • Amin Rahhal – Collierville, TN
  • Matthew Wagenecht – Prophetstown, IL


Last updated 5/15/2017

Kids can learn to swim this summer at BHC

The next session of Swim School for youths ages 4-15 begins Monday, June 5 at Black Hawk College in Moline.

Daily summer classes meet Monday-Thursday for two weeks. Three class times still have openings – 9:15-10 a.m., 10:15-11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to noon. Cost is $60 for eight classes.

To register, call 309-796-5601. For more information, visit


Last updated 5/12/2017

May safety tip

Monthly safety tip from your Black Hawk College Safety Committee

May 6-12 is National Nurse Week. It is a week dedicated to acknowledging and honoring nurses for all their hard work and dedication. It is appropriate to honor nurses this month. Florence Nightingale’s birthday was May 12, 1820. She has been credited as being the creator of modern, professional nursing. In 1860, Florence Nightingale laid the foundation for professional nursing with the establishment of her nursing school at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. It was the first secular nursing school in the world.

Nursing and medicine has come along way since Florence Nightingale’s time. In the late 1800s, first aid kits used by Florence Nightingale would have contained large quantities of soap and scrubbing brushes, along with bandages and other medicines that may have been available. With these items Florence could clean the wards in which they worked, as well as clean and dress the wounds of the injured. There were no sterile dressings or antiseptics available to prevent infectious disease.

Black Hawk College has modern first aid kits available for you to treat minor injuries or ailments.  Do you know where the nearest first aid kit is to you? There is at least one kit in every college building. Contact Risk Management for first aid kits locations.

Kits are stocked according to OSHA requirements. If you feel there should be items added to your nearest first aid kit, email your request to

BHC students elect Heidi Mueller new student trustee

Heidi Mueller recently was elected by her peers to be the student representative on the Black Hawk College Board of Trustees for 2017-18. She was seated at the board’s April 27, 2017, meeting and will serve until April 2018.

Mueller graduated from Verona Area High School in Madison, WI. She attends the college’s East Campus and lives in Toulon.

She is pursuing a transfer degree in business with an emphasis in ag marketing and sales. After graduating from Black Hawk College, she plans to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls then work in traveling sales, specializing in equestrian products and services.

Mueller is a freshman representative on the East Campus Ag Business Club and is a member of the college’s Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Team. She also works through the Tutoring Services Office as a student tutor specializing in general education courses and ag/equine-related courses.


Last updated 5/11/2017

East Campus U.S. 34 bridge replacement project – Summer 2017

The Illinois Department of Transportation will be replacing the bridge on U.S. Route 34 located between IL Route 78 and East 2550th Street. During the bridge replacement, traffic will be detoured onto Black Hawk Road. Prior to the bridge construction, changes and repairs will be made to Black Hawk Road to allow for the increased traffic.

1. Beginning Monday, May 1, 2017, the changes and repairs to Black Hawk Road are scheduled to begin. This means that portions of Black Hawk Road will be closed during this project.

  • A culvert will be installed under East 2550th Street, south of Black Hawk Road.
  • The intersections of East 2550th Street and U.S. 34, East 2550th Street and Black Hawk Road, and Black Hawk Road and IL 78 will all be widened to accommodate additional traffic.
  • Black Hawk Road will receive an asphalt overlay and the shoulders will be reworked. One lane will be closed at a time during this process.

2. This work is scheduled to be completed by Memorial Day.

3. After Memorial Day, barricades will be placed on U.S. 34 east of East 2550th Street and on IL 78 north of Black Hawk Road to detour traffic down Black Hawk Road.

4. The bridge replacement is scheduled to be complete by July 30.


Last updated 5/1/2017