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

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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”

Highlights from the Event: Conversation On Movies

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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”

College Night Coming Up at QC Campus– Quick Facts You Need to Know!

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Students attend College Night. Image courtesy of Black Hawk College.

Get ready for Black Hawk College’s 46th annual College Night!

College Night is a free event at the Quad Cities campus that will take place on Thursday, September 28 from 5-7 p.m. in the gym in Building 3. Students will have the opportunity to speak individually with representatives from a host of public and private colleges and universities.

According to Gabriella Hurtado, Recruitment Coordinator for Black Hawk College and host of the event, College Night is one of the largest events on campus. Looking back at the past few years, this event has averaged around 400-500 students. If you are a student who plans to transfer, if you are undecided, or if you would like more information about other colleges or universities, College Night is for you. Continue reading “College Night Coming Up at QC Campus– Quick Facts You Need to Know!”

Carlos Martinez elected as Student Trustee

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Image taken by Ryan Prochaska

The students of Black Hawk have spoken, and there’s a new Student Trustee on campus, one dedicated to making improvements on campus for a better student experience.

Freshman Carlos Martinez, who is pursuing a degree in pre-engineering, was elected as the new Student Trustee to represent the students on the Board of Trustees. Before Election Day, Martinez squared off in a debate with fellow candidate Rowen Burroughs, in a final attempt to influence undecided voters why he would be the best choice for the position.

The debate consisted of questions about how the candidates would go about serving as the Student Trustee, and the changes they intend on making if elected.

Martinez will serve as the Student Trustee for one year, during this time, he looks forward to serving as a voice for his fellow students and hopes to ultimately make Black Hawk’s campus experience better.

Overall, the responsibilities of the Student Trustee is to serve as the voice of the students on the Board of Trustees. The Student Trustee can bring up any concerns or improvements that could be made in the best interest of the students, and that’s exactly what enticed Martinez to get involved and run for Student Trustee.

“I wanted to play a role, and actually be able to influence what’s going on,” said Carlos Maritnez. “Many times, students are only here at Black Hawk for two years, and they really don’t get involved. I want to show the students there’s an opportunity to get involved, and we can make changes on campus to make things better for the students.”

Martinez encourages suggestions on what exactly needs improved at Black Hawk, so if you see him on campus speak up and don’t be shy, it takes a voice for change.

Surviving sans budget and the resulting trickle down effect

chump-moneyLearning to live on a budget is something that many college students need to adjust to sooner or later. For those who have mastered such a feat, Bravo! You are doing better than the State of Illinois.
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Pray for Mizzou

cq5dam.web.1280.1280A series of protests at the University of Missouri related to race, workplace benefits and leadership resulted in the resignation of the president of the University of Missouri System and the chancellor of the flagship Columbia campus. The moves came after a series of events which included a hunger strike by a student and a boycott by the football team.
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