Hawk Eyes – Dec. 2

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Time Management is Key

The last couple of weeks of the semester can be extremely stressful.  Here are some tips to help you stay focused and complete those last assignments, papers and projects.

  • Unplug – now is the time to focus, so turn off your social media and cell phone!
  • Find a quiet place that is away from family and friends to get your work done.
  • Bring along a healthy snack and a water bottle.
  • Take breaks – a brisk walk or taking time to stretch will help you regain your focus.
  • Reward yourself. After you complete an assignment or project – take time to be proud of what you accomplished!

Resources on Campus

If you need someone to look over your paper or presentation, stop by the Academic Services Center or the Library.  Many students often look to their friends for assistance, but remember that everyone is extremely busy at this time of the year.  Professional staff members are here to help and support you.


Important Upcoming Dates

December 2 – Wellness Session, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Hafner Conference Room

Christmas Around the World, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Katherine 1

December 4 – Sunday Night Mass, 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm, St. Clare Chapel

December 5 – Hire-A-Hawk, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, Bogel Front Foyer

Ornament Decoration, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Trinity Lobby

December 6 – E-Tone Workshop, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Career Development Center

December 7 – Mass, 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm, St. Clare Chapel

Relaxing in the Lounge, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, St. Joe’s First Floor

December 8 – Holidaze, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, West Herr Atrium

Paws for Stress Relief, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, 2nd Floor Lounge

December 11 – Children’s Christmas Party, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Hafner Gym





News & Notes – Nov. 15

  •   Dr. Andrew Kolin, Professor of Political Science, has written Blogs on ‘Hillary Clinton and Labor’ which will appear in Informed Comment and Labor Online.
  •  Carraugh Reilly Nowak, Asst. Professor of Forensic Science, was accepted to present at the American Academy of Forensic Science’s Annual Meeting, February 13th – 18th, 2017.


Her presentations include:
Poster: NamUs Database Reconciliation: “No Body” Murder Trials and Missing Persons
Oral Presentation: A Death Investigator’s Perspective: Lessons Learned in Response to the Crash of Flight 3407

  •   karihuberKari Huber, Hilbert Class of 2016, recently graduated from Erie County Peace Officer Academy and have now become a Mounted Reserve Deputy of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.  Congrats Kari!

In the News

Hilbert student and veteran, Holly Tabor is featured on WKBW-TV.  Her charity Holly’s Holiday Hope takes donations to help veterans during the holiday season.

Hilbert College freshman organizes 5K to benefit Kaely’s Kindness

Hilbert alum, Carla Nagel, publishes a children’s book

Hilbert alum, Geri Ratchuk, Named Manager at Quaker Crossing Travel and Insurance Center

Current student, Adam Droz, featured in hometown paper

News & Notes – Nov. 2



  • Hilbert English Professor Herb Kauderer’s poem “After” leads off the October/November issue of Asimov’s SF Magazine.  In addition, Professor Kauderer is a featured poet in the October issue of Outposts of Beyond with the poems “interplanetary swing”, “cold eclipse”, and “mall bones”.


In the News

  • David Rhodes, Vice President for Enrollment Management, is featured in People on the Move by Buffalo Business First.

Hawk Eyes – Halloween Happenings

HawkEyesHappy Halloween!

This will be a busy week for the Hilbert Community. There are many fun and educational programs planned. Also, many tests, papers and projects will also be due this week. Make sure you take time to study, read and review important academic material. The semester will be over before you know it!


Veteran’s Helping Others

Holly Tabor was featured on WKBW for an amazing service project she has started. Check out the link below to hear her story.



Residence Life

Residence Life is hosting The Room Exchange, which is a process for students to exchange rooms for the Spring 2017 semester. This student driven program allows students to relocate to any residence hall on campus. The only way an exchange will be denied is if: the bed is occupied and not available, mixed identified genders are sharing a bathroom or a traditional first year student intends on living with someone who is or will be turning 21.

For more information including The Room Exchange and Withdraw from Housing forms are made available on their website: http://www.hilbert.edu/student-life/living-on-campus/residence-life/current-residents/change-my-room


Communications Career Expo – November 1st

Filmmaker and Hilbert College alumnus Tom Wills ’12 will be speaking about his experiences in the film industry from 10:00 am – 11:00 am in Swan Auditorium. Then, speak with professionals about internship and career options in the communication field from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm in West Herr Atrium,


Wellness Fair – Be Healthy – Stay Healthy! – November 2nd

Our Annual Hilbert College Wellness Fair will be held Wednesday, November 2nd in West Herr Atrium from 10 am to 2 pm. We have over 30 tables of vendors with health and wellness information. If you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, no worries, bring your insurance card with you…Rite Aid will be here to provide flu and pneumonia vaccines.

Here are just a few of the tables that will be in attendance:

  • Western NY Dental
  • LA Fitness
  • Accelcare Urgent Care
  • TAWNY (Therapy Animals of Western NY)
  • Terra Wellness (Essential Oils)
  • Plus, many more!!!

There will be prizes to win if you attend the fair and fill out an evaluation form.

Stop in and see how you can BE HEALTHY and STAY HEALTHY!! See you Wednesday!!


Important Upcoming Dates

October 28 – Project Linus – Blankets for Babies, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm, Trinity 2nd Floor

Pot Luck Dinner – 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Leo Lobby

October 29 – Learn How to Register for Classes, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Trinity Basement

Appreciation Station, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Trinity Lobby

October 30 – Children’s Halloween Party, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Hafner Gym

Sunday Night Mass, 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm, St. Clare Chapel

Polished Man, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Trinity Lobby

October 31 – Hire-A-Hawk, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, Bogel Front Foyer

Breast Cancer Awareness Info Session, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, St. Joes Lobby

Senioritis No More! 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Katherine Apt. 1

November 1 – Communication Career Expo, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, West Herr Atrium

All Saints Day Mass, 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm, St. Clare Chapel

November 2 – Wellness Fair, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, West Herr Atrium

November 3 – Mass, 8:00 am – 8:30 am, St. Clare Chapel

Creating A Powerful Resume, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Career Development Center

Eight Days A Week, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Hamburg Palace Theatre

Hilbert Ranks as 3rd Best College Dorms & 2nd Safest Campus in NYS

2017bestcollegedormsAccording to Niche, Hilbert College ranks third on list of 2017 Best College Dorms in New York.  Hilbert ranks 82nd on the national list of Best College Dorms.  According to the website, the ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews.  The Best College Dorms ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the quality, safety, and cost of on-campus housing. This grade takes into account key factors such as student housing crime rates, average cost, and student reviews in an attempt to measure overall quality of college housing options.  The website says that factors that are considered include, student surveys (weighted 70%), average housing cost (10%), housing capacity (10%), and student housing crime rate (10%).

Best College Dorms Ranking Methodology 

Check out more on Hilbert’s Residence Life

Hilbert also came in as the second Safest College Campus in New York State and the 29th Safest College Campus in America.  According to Niche’s rankings, the 2017 Safest College Campuses ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Top-ranked colleges offer a safe and healthy environment with little or no campus crime, drugs, or alcohol usage.

Safest College Campuses Ranking Methodology

Hilbert also came in as the 68th Best Catholic College in America according to Niche.

Here is Hilbert’s full report card from Niche


Hawk Eyes – Stay Informed!

It’s Cultural Awareness Week!

Did you take pictures of any of the events that have been planned this week?  We want to see them!  Please send any pictures to dharris@Hilbert.edu and I will include them in next week’s blog post.  We want to see how you participated in the events scheduled this week.


unytsThere was a UNYTS blood drive on campus on Thursday thanks to the service learning students from Dr. Meredith Ezak’s genetics class and the Hilbert Helpers! To prepare for this event, the students visit UNYTS and learned about their organizations.  I hope you had the opportunity to stop by and say hi to the students and staff helping to collect donations and learn more about this amazing organization.

unyts2Students also had the opportunity to learn about UNYTS organ donation program and how it helps to save lives.


Academic Advising

Please be sure to stop by your advisor’s office and sign up for an advisement appointment.  You must meet with your advisor prior to registering for classes.


Midterm Grades

Midterm grades have been posted for all first year students and athletes!  Review your grades on Self Service and see how you are doing academically.  If you are struggling in any of your classes –now is a perfect time to stop and ask for help.  From who?  Your academic advisor, your coach, your GS 101 instructor, a tutor – we are all here to help you succeed.


Important Upcoming Dates

October 21 – Cultural Awareness Week, Common Ground and Diversity Student Union Ice Cream Social, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Trinity Main Lobby

October 22 – Book of Life, 7:00 pm – 10:30 om – St. Joe’s Second Floor Lounge

October 23 – Sunday Night Mass, 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm – St. Clare’s Chapel

October 24 – Hire-A-Hawk, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm – Bogel Front Foyer

October 25 – Hilbert Feud – 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm – St. Joe’s Second Floor Lounge

October 26 – Mass, 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm – St. Clare Chapel

I’m Here for You, 6:00pm -7:30 pm – Rufino Apt 1

Every Piece is Different, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm – St. Joe’s 1st Floor Lounge

October 27 – Zombie Day, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm –  West Herr Atrium


News & Notes – Scribe Reception Today

20161006_083559— Recently, five student leaders and Director of Multicultural Affairs and Social Justice Initiatives, Ahyana King, attended the SheLeads Conference in New York City.  The students that attended are: Rebecca Crawford, Nautica McCoy, Shalimar Duplantis, Khailia Henderson, and Courtnie Halsey.  Check out the website for more information about the program – http://www.sheleadsmedia.com/events/she-leads-2016/overview.html

— Reception for the new student news service, The Scribe. A blessing will be offered for the newspaper and its staff by Fr. Jud Weiksnar. Also, refreshments will be served and you’ll have a chance to meet the Scribe‘s advisor, Prof. Dan Higgins as well as the student news staff. Hope to see you there! Tuesday, October 18 at 3 p.m. in West Herr Atrium



Yahoo! Finance News – Five Star Bank Names Ted Oexle Buffalo Regional President (Hilbert Trustee)

Buffalo Business FirstFive Star rehires commercial banker to lead Buffalo market

Hawk Eyes – Oct. 13

Next week, October 17th– 21st, 2016 is Cultural Awareness Week at Hilbert College.  While our campus community is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion all year long, we are taking time next week to be even more purposeful in the conversations, engagements, celebrations, and opportunities we partake in as a campus community.  Our theme this year is People, Power, Potential.  As a community there is strength, power, and endless possibility in who we can become and what we can achieve when we share our stories, avail ourselves to be a part of each other’s stories, harness our collective power, and maximize the potential possibilities we have to make ourselves, campus, community, and world a place where we are thriving. As the African Proverb shares “Alone we go fast, together we go far.”

Whether there are individuals sharing their stories from studying abroad, guest speakers talking about the politics of the NBA and discrimination, faculty members encouraging us to examine our philosophy of forgiveness, this week was curated with the hope to honor, engage with, learn from, and grow with each member of the Hilbert Community.  We hope you take a moment to attend as many of these free events as you are able.

If you have any questions about the week or will be in need of accommodations to best enjoy a particular event please email aking@hilbert.edu.



2016-2017 All Hilbert Reads Selection – Coming Clean by Kimberly Rae Miller

Presentation and book signing on October 18th at 7:00 pm in Swan Auditorium.


Academic Advisement – IMPORTANT INFORMATION!

This year students must meet with their assigned advisor.  October 25th starts advising week, advisors must meet with their advisees and provide approval to register online.  This must be done prior to their registration date.

Registration dates are as follows:

Veterans & Honors:                November 2, 2016

Seniors (90+ credits):              November 7, 2016

Juniors (60+ credits):              November 8, 2016

Sophomores (30+ credits):     November 9, 2016

Freshman (0+ credits):            November 10, 2016

If you have any questions, please contact your academic advisor or Director of Student Records, Caprice Arabia at carabia@Hilbert.edu


Important Upcoming Dates

October 16 – Budget and Prioritizing, Trinity Hall 2nd Floor– 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Mass, St. Clare Chapel – 7:30 pm – 8:00pm

Game Night, Trinity Hall 2nd Floor – 8:00pm – 10:00 pm

October 17 – Hire-A-Hawk, Bogel Front Foyer – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Untys Jeopardy, Lower Level Campus Center, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

October 18 – Creating A Powerful Resume, CDC – 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

October 19 – Mass, St. Clare Chapel – 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Hilbert Feud, St. Joe’s Second Floor Lounge – 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm




Hawk Eyes – Sept. 22

HawkEyesA note from the Financial Aid Office

The Financial Aid Office will notify current students later this fall with specifics regarding FAFSA deadlines and when students can expect their packages to go out.  Any questions – please contact the office at 716-649-7900 ext.


Update from the Counseling Center

All new resident transfer students are invited to a Social Gathering this Monday, September 26th at 3:30 pm in St. Joe’s Res. Hall.  Come make new friends, learn about Hilbert and have some fun!


True Blue Weekend!

Get ready!  Hilbert College has a full schedule of events planned this weekend to celebrate our annual True Blue Weekend – September 23 – 25.  Please visit this website for more details https://giving.hilbert.edu/TrueBlueWeekend


Hilbert College SHARE Week

Monday, September 26th– Friday, September 30th

Monday, September 26th:

Consent Ribbon Pledge 

12:30pm-2:30pm Bogel Hall Front Foyer

Students will take part in an activity to recognize the importance of consent and the understanding of “yes means yes”. They will sign a pledge stating that they will consciously seek out potential partners’ consent and will also have the opportunity to put on a temporary tattoo reaffirming the importance of consent.

Hilbert in Heels

6:30pm Trinity Hall 1st Floor

Male-identifying Hilbert students will lead a walk from Trinity Hall around campus to the Pond in front of Franciscan Hall in order to raise awareness of the difficulty and vulnerability female-identifying student experience walking in heels. The male students will be accompanied and supported by female students who cheer them on as they experience role reversal.

Candlelight Prayer Service

7:00pm Pond

Led by the Director of Campus Ministry and Mission Integration, Jeff Papia, students will gather in front of the Pond at the conclusion of the Hilbert in Heels walk. Jeff will lead the students in prayer and also ask the students to take part in reading some passages. This reflection is meant to pray for those who been sexually assaulted and increase awareness of the severity of these acts on our campus and around the world.

Tuesday, September 27th:

The Hook-Up (Hilbert Passport Event)

1:45pm Swan Auditorium

The Hook Up, designed by Catharsis Productions, is an engaging audience-participation program led by trained educators who speak “student.” It’s an unflinching, fun, and transformational approach to the hot-button topic of hook-up culture and sexual violence on virtually every campus.

Family Feud: Shatter the Myth

7:00pm Upper Level Campus Center

We surveyed 100 students and they said to come to this “edu-taining” program! After polling the students at Hilbert on consent and sexual health we will post their most popular answers on a screen, Family Feud-style, for teams of 5 to win fantastic prizes! Come out to enjoy this engaging game show and learn something while you’re at it.

Wednesday, September 28th:

Cultural Competency Training (Hilbert Passport Event)

3:15 Bogel Hall 160

Cultural Competency training, also known as Safe Zone Training, will be presented by the Pride Center of WNY. The focus of the training is for members of the Hilbert community to be trained on being sensitive to the thoughts, feelings, and experiences of their LGBT students and co-workers. Topics that are addressed include the basics of appropriate language, definitions of terms, deconstruction of stereotypes, and more specialized issues, as needed.

Thursday, September 29th:

Act Now Training (By-stander Intervention Training)

7:00pm Bogel Hall 145

Director of Residence Life & Judicial Affairs, Jill Cole-Splawski, will be leading Act Now training to educate students on effective ways to be proactive in helping others. The training will help students develop skills and confidence when responding to problems on campus including alcohol abuse, hazing, eating disorders, sexual assault and discrimination, among others.

Friday, September 30th:

Date Night

7:00pm Upper Level Campus Center
Relax at the end of SHARE Week with a night with close friends or significant others. The Upper Level Campus Center will be used for students to celebrate their healthy relationships while going through some small activities on how to maintain them.


Important Upcoming Dates

September 22nd – Greys and Games, Trinity 2nd Floor/St. Joe’s 2nd Floor – 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

September 26 – Hire a Hawk – FedEx, outside of Bogel 101 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

September 27 – Make Your Own Doormats, Trinity Hall Lobby – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

September 28 – Mass, St. Clare Chapel – 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

September 29 – Service Learning Orientation, Career Lab Fran Hall – 12:30 pm– 1:30 pm

News & Notes – Sept. 14





— Plymouth Crossroad’s Executive Director Jennifer McAndrew, a Hilbert College grad, was recently featured in the Lancaster Bee — Plymouth director teaches life skills

— Hilbert grad Matt Bergman ’05, who has become a successful standup comedian, is featured in The Buffalo News – Gusto >>>


— Hilbert English professor Herb Kauderer had four poems published in the August 2016 14th Anniversary Issue of Scifaikuest.  The poems are the haiku “too close to the sun” and “romance not quite gone”, the mirrored fibonnaci “xenopologist”, and the cinquain “awaiting permission for re-entry”.