Coffee House Poet Night at Hilbert

Olivia Gatwood at Hilbert College
sponsored by SHARE and the Counseling Center

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
7:00 p.m.
St. Joseph’s Lounge    

Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Olivia Gatwood has received national recognition for her poetry, writing workshops, and work as a Title IX Compliant educator in sexual assault prevention and recovery.  As a finalist at Brave New Voices, Women of the World and the National Poetry Slam, Olivia is an active member of the slam poetry community and has been featured on HBO, Verses & Flow, Button Poetry and Huffington Post, among others. Olivia has traveled nationally to perform and teach workshops on gender equality, sexuality, and social justice at over 70 colleges and 30 high schools nationwide.

Olivia will be performing some of her poetry on Wednesday, March 22nd at 7 p.m. in the St. Joseph’s Lounge as a part of “Relaxing in the Lounge” weekly activity sponsored by the Counseling Center. This event is sponsored by the S.H.A.R.E. Committee and the Counseling Center.

The Opening Act for Olivia Gatwood will be Hilbert College student Brynn Biesik, who will be reading three of her poems.

Hilbert Starz Win BIG with Sportsmanship

by Jill Cole-Splawski


Row 1: Becca Giurdanella, Katie Eleczko, Kaitlin Graw, Taylor Achtyl, Taylor Smith, Emily Doan, Kelsi Sajdak. Row 2: Emily Weimer, Kaylee O’Donnell, Haley Sunday, Kimmie Cox and Paula Barton.

The Hilbert Starz Cheerleaders have engaged in a long season that ended in a victorious manner for the Starz. The season began with a competitive try out that ended with 13 athletes on the team. The team would practice regularly on Sunday and Wednesday nights from 8 PM- 11 PM. The team also cheered at almost every home basketball game for the Women’s or Men’s game.

The team then went to two competitions to show their Hilbert spirit. The first competition was the Chardon Cupid Cheer and Dance Challenge in Ohio where the team won first place on February 19th, 2017. The second competition was the Sanborn Falls Freeze Cheer and Dance Frenzy here in Western NY on February 26th, 2017 where they won second place after the RIT Tigers. The Hilbert Starz however won the Outstanding Sportsmanship Banner for the whole competition.

Hilbert Seniors Taylor Smith, Paula Barton and Kelsi Sajdak

Hilbert Seniors Taylor Smith, Paula Barton and Kelsi Sajdak

The 2016-2017 season is wrapping up, but throughout this season, the three “seniors” led the organization with developing authentic relationships with new students to ensure a strong future for the team. Taylor Smith and Kelsi Sajdak were the elected captains to the team who were asserted in finding a group of talented athletes from move in day to late September when try-outs occurred. The captains coordinated efforts for side lines, game prep and spirit along with assisting in organizing the competitions the team would attend. Team Mediator Paula Barton was also an influencer by helping with team morale and spirit. The seniors set a precedent on what it means to be a Hilbert Starz and the fans has reciprocated with an immense amount of support at games and competition.

Please take a moment to say thank you to the Hilbert Starz Cheerleaders who have worked hard all season to infuse Hilbert Spirit into our community. The team was comprised of; Taylor Smith, Kelsi Sajdak, Paula Barton, Becca Giurdanella, Katie Eleczko, Emily Doan, Kaylee O’Donnell, Haley Sunday, Taylor Achtyl, Emily Weimer, Kaitlin Graw and Kimmie Cox. The team was coached/advised by Jill Cole-Splawski (Director of Residence Life & Judicial Affairs) and Colleen Kumiega (Assistant Professor of Human Services).



Hilbert Students Help “Pack-A-Plane”

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.

People Then Politics

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!)



From the Hilbert College Wellness Center | Eating Healthfully in the Winter

by Kirsten Falcone, RN

Watch Your Figure!
Eating Healthfully in the Winter

Healthy eating collage. Lots of fruits and vegetables, nuts and whole grains are included.

Have you found a little extra padding around your middle lately? You are not alone!

Many people find that wintertime eating is tricky when it comes to maintaining weight. This is due to many factors, including the types of food available, the need for “comfort food” in the dark winter months, and the availability of traditional wintertime favorites. The holidays, and their fattening menu have just passed, New Year’s resolutions are almost forgotten, and we are back to our old habits.

Here are a few tips that may help you reach the warmer days of spring, with your waistline intact:

Water. Instead of pop or sweetened drinks, substitute water. The dry winter air tends to dehydrate us, and what we mistake for hunger is often just thirst. Drinking a glass of water before you eat will hydrate you and will help curb your appetite. Also, skim milk is mostly water, but also contains a good amount of calcium and vitamin D. Vitamin D has been shown to help with seasonal depression, which many people encounter during the winter.

Fruits and vegetables. A good rule of thumb is to make certain half your plate is fruits and vegetables. Try to pass up anything with fat or sugar added, such as fruit compote or au gratin potatoes. Fresh fruit and steamed vegetables are your best bet. Eat your vegetables and fruit before you eat your main course, so that you acquire the nutrients you need and don’t overdo it with the more highly caloric entrée. (And no, French fries and potato chips don’t count as vegetables!)

Lean meats. Given a choice between a hot dog, cheeseburger, or a chicken breast, choose the chicken breast more often. It is lower in fat, and fat does tend to end up around your middle during the months you are not exercising as much.

Whole grains. Choose whole wheat products instead of white bread. The fiber in a true whole grain product is better for your heart and digestion. Also, whole grain products have not been stripped of their nutrients. If you read the label on a whole grain product, it should list at least three grams per serving.

Unprocessed food. Try to stay away from quick fix solutions, like cereal bars, protein bars, and other foods in prepackaged containers. Whole foods are better and have fewer additives. If you are going shopping at the grocery store, the unprocessed whole foods are usually the ones you will find if you walk around the perimeter of the store. They include dairy, eggs, meat, produce, and more.

Eat just half. It is okay to eat only half of the food on your plate, or just use a smaller plate. Don’t let your conscience guilt you into retaining your membership in the Clean Plate Club. Your mom is not looking over your shoulder.

Sample the fattening choices. Yes, it is okay to do this. Just limit it to a spoonful or two, so you don’t feel as if you have deprived yourself.

Junk food. Do not even think about it! Keep away from the bags of chips, cookies, popcorn, and other temptations. This is a good time to “just say no.” If you need something to munch on, go for the carrots, almonds, apples, bananas, and other easily tote-able foods.

Dessert. Save dessert for one day per week. This will take some doing, especially when in certain environments. Or, make fruit your dessert daily. It really just takes a different mindset, and fruit can be a delicious end of the meal.

For more information on eating healthfully in the winter, visit these Web sites:


CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention):

United States Department of Agriculture:



From the Hilbert Wellness Center – Stay Healthy on Winter Break

From the Hilbert College Wellness Center
by Kirsten Falcone, RN

Keep it “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”:
How to Stay Healthy on Winter Break!

holiday-1It’s mid-December, and you’re looking forward to your semester break. Congratulations! But, because of the considerable stress most students endure at the end of the semester, they are often more susceptible to illness during the holidays. It is a bummer to be sick during the best time of the year. Here are some tips to help you fight off holiday illness:

  1. Maintain proper hygiene by washing hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and covering your sneezes and coughs.
  2. Drink enough water. Try to drink at least 64 to 96 ounces (or more) per day or the equivalent of four to six 16-ounce bottles of water, or eight to 12 8-ounce glasses of water. Another way to measure is to drink 50 to 100 percent of your weight number in ounces. For example, if you weigh 150 lbs., drink 75 to 150 ounces of water every day.
  3. Manage your stress by not over-scheduling, sticking to a budget for gifts and entertainment, and avoiding negativity, e.g., watching too much TV news, letting a negative relative influence you, negative self-talk.
  4. Catch up on your sleep by going to bed at the same time each night. After all, you won’t have to study for any tests! Try to get at least seven to nine hours of sleep each night.
  5. Stay warm and dry, and dress in layers.
  6. Eat healthfully, and avoid too many sweets. It is okay to take only one cookie or to save room for your favorite dessert, and forego having a slice of each one. Also, when you are consuming a large meal, eat your veggies first.
  7. Exercise wisely. It might be safe to go for a walk each day, but then again, there could be ice or snow in your way. Use proper footwear, or exercise indoors. Even in the winter months, exercise is important to maintain a healthy body and brain, and it keeps your immune system strong.
  8. Don’t smoke. Smoking exacerbates respiratory illnesses, and it lowers resistance to illness and disease. If you smoke, it is pertinent to your long-term health to quit now. You will never regret that decision!
  9. Be wise when drinking alcohol. Drinking alcohol is generally not healthful. In fact, the only alcohol recognized as beneficial is one glass (five ounces) of red wine per day for women (two for men). If you do happen to drink beyond what is considered healthful, here are some guidelines to follow: One drink per hour is all your liver can metabolize. In order to maintain fluid levels, drink eight ounces of water per hour also. (In addition, this will help ward off a hangover the next day.) Don’t binge drink, which is defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) as imbibing five or more drinks for men, or four or more drinks for women, in a two-hour period.
  10. Down time. Make certain this involves praying, listening to music you enjoy, thinking positive thoughts, a hobby you love, and/or spending time with someone you enjoy.
  11. Be a blessing to others. Remember, holiday time is not all about you. The more you give of yourself, the more blessed and healthy you will be. So go caroling, visit an old friend or a nursing home, smile at and hug your negative relatives, and go to church. Do something good for someone else. Spiritual health and physical health are not two separate entities; they complement each other.

For more information on managing your health during the holidays, visit these Web sites:

CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA):

The Wellness Center wishes you a very healthy and happy Holiday Season and New Year!

Post-Election Forum at Hilbert

Members of the Hilbert Community —

In the wake of the election on Tuesday, I want to remind us all of the importance of community here at Hilbert.

Some of us are shocked, discouraged, and frightened by the results, while others of us are pleased and excited. Both of these responses are natural – the United States is passing through a very challenging time politically, with many of us holding strong convictions about various issues that are reflected in our feelings today. As the election campaign has shown, it is easy to let these convictions divide us.

It would be foolish to pretend that we do not have our differences, some of which are intense and passionate. But we are a Franciscan community brought together by a shared purpose, and this must never be forgotten.

After this tumultuous political season, it is now time for Americans to work together for the common good, and to redouble their efforts to do what is best for our country and for one another. A college, our college, has a special role in continuing to bring out the best in each person, in holding strong the Franciscan values we believe in: service, respect, compassion, peace, joy, integrity, and vision. At Hilbert, we have the opportunity to model good citizenship through civil and thoughtful dialogue, asking questions and seeking truth.

On November 10 at 1:30 pm in the Library Conference Room, I invite you to discuss and process the election outcome with Hilbert colleagues, facilitated by Dr. Kris Lantzky-Eaton, Dr. Jim Golden, Ahyana King, and Jeff Papia. Please consider attending and engaging in this important conversation.

Cynthia Zane

Hilbert College