Retirement on Horizon for BHC President

By Ray Castellano

Black Hawk College will transition into a new era when Doctor Bettie Truitt retires from her position as the college’s president on January 1st, 2018.

Truitt was hired as a mathematics instructor  two weeks prior to completing her Master’s Degree at Iowa State University in 1989.  She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa while teaching full time at Black Hawk College in 1998.  She would go on to work with the Higher Learning Commission, after six years of working on her Ph.D., while continuing her career in an administrative position.  She was named intern president at Black Hawk College in 2014.  She became the sixteenth President of Black Hawk College the following year.
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Film History Lives Vibrantly at BHC

By Ray Castellano      

Black Hawk College’s best kept secret can be discovered in Building 3 on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Room 310.

Tom Vaccaro is Black Hawk College’s lone instructor for TV 212, History of Motion Pictures.  Leading students through the cultural history of film, however, only slightly factors into how this man enriches Black Hawk College.  Continue reading “Film History Lives Vibrantly at BHC”

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. Continue reading “High Student Engagement at BHC- Fall Fest Reflections, Upcoming SGA Projects”

“The Meaning of Fear”– Halloween Themed Event Coming Up at BHC QC Campus

Fall– a time for pumpkins, jumping in leaves, picking apples, eating apples, harvesting the crops, enjoying campfires, spending time with family and friends, and, yes, fall is the  time for Halloween. Halloween, for kids, usually translates as a time to dress up as our favorite characters and score a bunch of free candy.

Unfortunately, as adults, we usually (usually) no longer have that privilege. Instead, many adults entertain themselves by focusing on the scary aspects of Halloween, such as haunted houses and horror movies.  Continue reading ““The Meaning of Fear”– Halloween Themed Event Coming Up at BHC QC Campus”

Get Ready, Campers– Fall Fest is Almost Here! SGA Highlights

Some exciting events are coming up on campus! The Quad City Campus Student Government Association met last Wednesday, October 11 to discuss some of the activities that are in the works.


The SGA will be helping out with the Veteran Relief Boxes project, sponsored by the Military Students and Veterans Club (MSVC). For this project, bins will be set out and 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.  Continue reading “Get Ready, Campers– Fall Fest is Almost Here! SGA Highlights”

Highlights from the Event: Conversation On Movies

Students discuss film at the first monthly Conversation Event for October in the Restaurant in Building 4, Hawk’s Nest.

The first Conversation Event for the month of October, sponsored by the Christian Conversation Club, included loads of interesting discussion about students’ favorite movies and why they appreciate them. One topic was whether the students attending prefered movies with a lot of action or movies that are more dramatic, with a heavy focus on character, or those with a little of each. In addition, there were some great conversations about how the films discussed (and films in general) make an impact on our lives.  Continue reading “Highlights from the Event: Conversation On Movies”

Gabbing with Grunt: If you’re grown up and you know it, clap your hands *clap**clap*

Sometimes my back hurts, or my knees ache. My joints get stiff all the time. You can blame it on what you will (me laying in bed watching Netflix is so not the root of my pain) but my body did not always ache this way.

I blame it on age, but older people tell me I’m too young. Poppy-cock!

If you’re old enough to vote, you are old enough to crab about your back hurting. You are definitely old enough to bark about the money you don’t have. I’d say you even have full reign to “pause for dramatic effect” make your own decisions.

Older folk look down on our generation at times and criticize us for being on our “cellular devices” too much – yes, phones have snagged us into some trouble a time or two – but just because we have more technology does not necessarily mean that we don’t have fewer problems.

I’m not going out on a limb by saying that growing up is tough. Granted, having more control over what monopolizes my time is pretty fantastic, but so much changes along the way.

“I started to feel like an adult when I had to start to buying my own things, like food,” offered BHC student Brett Banfield. “Going out to eat and doing other things, I use my own money instead of asking for a couple bucks to go out.”

Madison Krause, a BHC student hunting for a major in criminal justice, reflected, “The moment it hit me that I was a grown up was when I walked in on my first 8 AM summer class. I thought to myself ‘Well this sucks, so I must be a grown up now!’”

There’s no fancy award for when you have to act like an adult, which is too bad because it would make doing what you don’t want to do that much easier.

Before you know it, you’re caught in a cycle of the same thing every single day, then every week. Work, school, work, school…did I mention I have work and I go to school?

Being on your feet for 6 + hours a day at a job can make you feel like an adult pretty quick. Especially when you have a job where you have to think and act quickly, all the while keeping a smile plastered to your face.

“I think I realized I was finally an adult when I was going to school from 9 AM to 5 PM, then work from 6PM to 1 AM, and then having to do it all over again the next day,” sighed Trisha Rutledge, a BHC student preparing herself for the nursing program.

“I was so drained everyday that I’d forget what day it even was. One night I was so tired after work I just broke down on the way home, but that’s when I realized working so hard is worth it to be successful.”

It’s pretty rare that anyone straight out of high school has their dream job right off the bat, which is why many of us are attending college. You start hearing that phrase “Well at least I’m making money” being used as an excuse for working miserable hours.

BHC student Payton Loete agrees, “I think the most frightening thing about being an adult is the troubles of finance. Making decisions based upon money makes me crazy. It is extremely hard to balance the things I need with the things I want.”

Sometimes the universe has a funny way of testing to see whether you sink or swim. Work and school may seem like they take up a large expanse of our time right now, but every one of us has some type of stressful life situation we have to deal with on top of everything else.

Life, thou art a heartless *bleep**bleep**bleep*.

“Growing up to me has been rough,” confided BHC student Logan Hamilton. “Growing up with depression, especially, has hastened the experience because you learn to cope a lot quicker. It’s great to feel the satisfaction that new responsibilities and experiences bring, but I miss waking up and feeling a sense of wonder.”

BHC student Holly Block admitted, “I had to grow up at a young age. I felt like an adult throughout high school. After graduation, I felt more in place with the world. It wasn’t me realizing I was an adult, it was me finally being accepted as an adult.”

Yes, we now have bills and obligations and adult-ish things to do – reading a newspaper, completing a crossword puzzle, or maybe balancing a checkbook – but there was a reason why all throughout high school we were looking forward to this!

Have you taken the time today to appreciate that you are old enough and capable enough to achieve anything you set your heart on?

There will always be bumps in the road, but it’s how you maneuver around, shoot over, or blast through them that matters. Your goof-ups now will just make for entertaining stories for your kiddos and (gasp) grandkids. Gray hairs won’t really be too noticeable at first on my little blonde head, will they?