High Student Engagement at BHC- Fall Fest Reflections, Upcoming SGA Projects

Students (from left corner, clockwise) Ashley Ramos, Devin Martel, Katrina Williams, and Sean Naylor paint pumpkins at Fall Fest.

During their last meeting on Wednesday, October 25, the Student Government Association discussed the overall outcomes of both the Social Services Fair and BHC Fall Fest. The Social Services Fair, held at the Black Hawk College Quad City Campus, was a great experience for both students and the organizations that attended.

Wendy Bock, of the BHC Counseling Services department, spoke to SGA and reported that the organizations that attended the Social Services Fair were especially grateful for the help they received from SGA students. According to Bock, the organizations said, “They were very outgoing and constantly asking, ‘Can I get you anything?’” Bock was also thankful for the students who helped with this major event.

This year, SGA members planning the annual Fall Fest had two goals in mind: generate a lot of student engagement, and have a lot of fun. Fortunately, both goals were completed in spades. There was a large crowd at the event (which ran from 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.) and, by noon, they were out of food and had to order more. There was a lot of student involvement in the activities, which included T-shirt decorating, pumpkin painting, and more. The Black Hawk College Administration was pleased with the turnout at the event.

The success of Fall Fest was largely due to advertising efforts by the SGA, including promotional videos, plenty of signage, and personal engagement. SGA members went to the different buildings on campus, including Building 2 and the Health Sciences Center, to encourage students who might not normally pass through Building 4 to attend.

The best part about Fall Fest was seeing students enjoying themselves. Jana Koch, an advisor for SGA, says, “It was really nice to see that positive energy on campus.”

In further news, the SGA is planning more exciting upcoming events on campus. The executive officers and senators voted to lend their support to the Veterans Day care packages project, sponsored by the Black Hawk College Military Students and Veterans Club (MSVC). The SGA will help place tubs at certain locations around campus for donated items and help set up on the day of the packaging event.

For this project, various items will be collected to send in boxes to troops serving overseas. They will be sending boxes to local troops this year, as the Iowa Army Reserves was deployed.

A recent myBlackHawk announcement stated that donated items can be dropped off at the Career Services Center in Building 1, the Veterans Resource Center (Building 4, Room 117), or the SGA office (Building 4, Room 202A in the Hawk’s Nest). Also, if you know someone who is currently serving overseas, you may leave their name(s) and address(es) at the above locations as well. Suggested items to donate for the packages include trail mix, granola bars, beef jerky, toothbrushes, cough drops, et cetera. A full list of items can be found in the announcements in myBlackHawk.

Additionally, the SGA will be holding a New Beginning Fundraiser, “Wrapping for Kids”, on December 5-8. The fundraiser will benefit University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital through the University of Iowa Foundation. The campus is invited to bring in presents to be wrapped. Also, there will be a student actually rapping at the event as well.

Furthermore, the SGA is considering having a Thursday night activity at the BHC basketball games, such as tailgating and a student cheer squad.

Author: Elodie R. Bouwens

I am currently in my second year at Black Hawk College. I'm a 2016 graduate of Geneseo High School. Besides writing, I love to walk long distance (goal is 20+ miles), bake, watch The Walking Dead, and read. I absolutely love to write, and I'm excited to write for the Chieftain. If you have any ideas for a topic or story, feel free to contact me at ebouwens@mymail.bhc.edu.