Spring break is upon us! What are your plans this spring break? Keeping true to their Franciscan identity, 10 Hilbert College students plan to volunteer their time this break to help rebuild housing in New Orleans, Louisiana from the lingering devastation from Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters. The student organization, Young Life, will be representing Hilbert College for its second year in New Orleans while serving with an organization called Saint Bernard Project.
Saint Bernard Project (SBP) is a non-profit organization established in March 2006 to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina within St. Bernard Parish, located in Southeast Louisiana. A little more than 11 years later and there are still and estimated 3,000 families in New Orleans whose homes are in need of repair. To date, SBP has rebuilt nearly 700 homes in New Orleans and lends its helping hand in 11 US states.
Students will spend their days hard at work, doing varying tasks from carpentry and construction to demolition and landscaping. As these students prepare to leave on Saturday March 4th, they ask for your prayers and good intentions to accompany them. Follow along in their journey by keeping tabs on #HilbertNOLA17 on Twitter and Instagram!
If you wish to learn more about these students’ journeys, email Jpeters@hilbert.edu for more information!
Photos from last year’s trip
Hilbert College business club, ENACTUS, helped organized the collection of educational commodities to be delivered to those in need in and around the city of Bani in the Dominican Republic. The plane was packed and took off from the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on Friday, February 17. Hilbert College students Lauren Carlin, Maggie Colern, and Calista Mis toured the Air Force Base and watched the plane take off for the Dominican Republic.
In total, more than 5,400 lbs. of goods, valued at over $13,000 will be delivered. Some of the items include; composition notebooks, paper, pencils, crayons, colored pencils, athletic equipment, and more.
Four Hilbert students, Paula Barton, Rebecca Crawford, Nautica McCoy, and Taylor Smith joined more than 1,000 student advocates from over 50 colleges and universities gathered at the State Capitol on Tuesday, February 14, to urge state legislators to continue their commitment to New York college students by improving TAP and other opportunity programs.
In its current form, the Executive Budget proposes to offer financial aid to some and not all of those income-eligible New Yorkers by denying TAP and Bundy awards based on the students’ choice of school.
The Committee for Diversity and Inclusion in collaboration with Dr. Andrew Kolin, professor of political science, hosted an open dialog to provide the Hilbert community an opportunity to learn more about the implications of the most recent US travel ban, how it has been impacting current Hilbert community members, and how it impacts those in our local community. Here are a couple photos from the event held Feb. 13 in Swan Auditorium. (Photo credit: Dr. Jim Golden, Thank you!)
— Hilbert’s Director of Multicultural Affairs & Social Justice Initiatives, Ahyana King, was a presenter at the National Conference on Student Leadership in Orlando. Her presentation was titled: Launching Leading Ladies. Below is a description of her presentation.
While more women attend college than ever before, and women make up more than 51 percent of the U.S. population, women are still struggling to launch into roles of leadership on campus and in their post-collegiate professional lives. This workshop reveals ways to create campus environments that lay the foundation for launching females into leadership roles. Topics include mentoring and sponsoring, involving and supporting alumni, women-centered work and conversations from women’s history month, as well as supporting students as they overcome the discrimination that often comes with being a woman who desires to lead.
— Professor of Political Science Dr. Andrew Kolin’s new book “Political Economy of Labor Repression” has been nominated for two book awards. The Philip Taft Labor History Book Award, which is offered by the International Labor Research School at Cornell University, in cooperation with the Labor and Working Class History Association. The second nomination is for the Lemkin Book Award sponsored by Notre Dame University.
— Hilbert professor, Dr. Megan Witzleben, recently moderated a panel on Social Architecture: Forming Victorian Life at the Social Victorians 2016 North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) Conference in Phoenix.
— Hilbert English Professor Herb Kauderer recently had three book reviews published in Speculative Poetry Book Reviews on the SFPA website, and excerpted in Star*Line magazine. His review of Sacrificial Nights by Bruce Boston & Alessandro Manzettti, and his review of What Strange Miracles by James Brush appear at http://sfpoetry.com/sl/slreviews.html , while his review of the Nostrovia! Winning Moon Facts by Bob Schofield appears at http://sfpoetry.com/sl/reviews/15reviews.html.
Professor Kauderer had two poems appear in the British magazine BSFA Focus #66 for Summer 2016 and actually published October 27. Apparently Britain has a more interesting calendar than the US. The poems are “All the Way Down” and “after the cancer”. The first poem is a reprint from professor Kauderer’s first collection of poetry Olives: A Jar Full of Small Pokes published in print in October 1995, and as an ebook in October 2015.
— Below is the link for the December edition of Mission Monthly, featuring “No-Gift Christmas,” “Rediscovering Christmas,” “Chaplain’s Corner,” and “Franciscan Funnies.” Thank you to Rachel Wozniak and Fr. Jud Weiksnar for your contributions!
- 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
- New episode of Running Wild (Student run sports podcast) – https://youtu.be/vuQuRkK3I24
- Kari 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.
- Did you miss the Hilbert Reads presentation? The Hilbert College Com Club filmed the event and you can watch it below.
- Hilbert is featured in the unyts Newsletter as their Sponsor of the Month! Way to go!
- 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.
- Dr. Andrew Kolin, Professor of Political Science, has published his fifth book “Political Economy of Labor Repression in the United States” New York: Lexington books , 2017.]
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- Congratulations to 2004 Hilbert College graduate Jonathan Rajewski for being one of the speakers at @TEDxBuffalo! https://www.tedxbuffalo.com/2016-tedx-buffalo-event-info/#jonathan
- Did you miss either of the last two Hilbert College Calls of the Game?