Hawk Eyes – Sept. 29

img_4252Message from your Residence Life staff!

Plan ahead for the holidays. The residence halls will be closing for Thanksgiving. Trinity and St. Joseph’s residents will be required to leave the residence halls by 10 AM on Wednesday, November 23rd.  Halls will reopen at 12 PM on Sunday, November 27th.  All residents in the apartments intending to stay must sign up with Residence Life and are not permitted to have guests.

Please look out for an email from residence life next week with more details and the sign-up sheet. All resources will be made available on the Residence Life website by fall break.

News from Dining Services

Students may now access our menu for the hot line from the Hallmark Website!  Students can also access this by going to the Hilbert website, clicking on living on campus, then clicking on campus dining on the left of the page.

Eco To Go containers should arrive this week!

Attention Sophomores

Have you attended your Sophomore Check-up yet?  Please contact the Center for Career and Community Engagement for more information!


St. Francis Week is October 3 – October 7

Monday, October 3 – Animals & Petting Zoo, West Herr Atrium-12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Tuesday, October 4 – St. Francis Day, St. Clare Chapel – 8:30 am

Peace Walk, Swan Auditorium – 12:30 pm

Picnic Lunch, Main Quad – 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Wednesday, October 5 – St. Francis Week Lunch Feast, Dining Hall – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thursday, October 6 – Keynote Address, Br. Edward Coughlin, OFM, PhD “An Encounter with St. Francis: His Story & Lessons for Today” Swan Auditorium – 3:30 pm

Friday, October 7 – Blessing of the Animals, Main Quad –  3:30 pm– bring your pet or a picture!


Upcoming Events

October 3 – Hire a Hawk, Bogel Front Foyer – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Featuring – Southtowns Family YMCA

Service Learning Orientation, Career Lab – 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

October 5 – CJ/FSI Career Expo, West Herr Atrium – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Federal Job Search Workshop, Career Lab – 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

October 6 – Creating A Powerful Resume, Career Lab – 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

October 7 – Pumpkin Painting, Trinity Hall Lobby – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

News & Notes – Sept. 28

-Tony Wiertel, Asst. VP Business/Finance, was featured in the Meals on Wheels Summer Newsletter for 25 years of volunteer service.  Kudos to Tony! See the newsletter here –https://mealsonwheelswny.org/sites/default/files/Summer-2016-Newsletter.pdf


-Hilbert alum Justine Schaper featured in The Buffalo News Business section –http://www.buffalonews.com/business/business-people/business-people-for-the-week-of-sept-18-20160918

-Celebrate 60 Announcement featured in Niagara Frontier Publications –http://www.wnypapers.com/news/article/current/2016/09/20/125988/hilbert-college-announces-theme-to-commemorate-60th-anniversary

-Hilbert alum Doug Smith has his career highlighted in The Buffalo Newshttp://www.buffalonews.com/business/labatt-usa-executives-beer-career-began-behind-a-bar-while-attending-college-20160918

-Hilbert alum Amanda G. Lumadue featured in The Buffalo News – On the Record http://www.buffalonews.com/business/on-the-record/on-the-record-sept-15-2016-20160915

Hilbert Alum at Center of Free Hugs Video from Charlotte

chris-frunzi-rob-deg-9-26-16A police officer in full riot gear who receives a “free hug” from a peace demonstrator amid the turbulent protesting in Charlotte, N.C. is Chris Frunzi, Hilbert College Class of 2006.  The video, from Free Hugs Project, has been viewed 32 million times and growing!

Frunzi returned to Hamburg (on planned visit to surprise his parents, both Hilbert alums as well) and they all stopped by the Hilbert campus on Monday, Sept. 26.  They visited with Coach deGrandpre (right), among others on campus during the day.

He was also recently featured in a Buffalo News article and on WKBW-TV.

Police officer in viral video from Charlotte is from Hamburg >>>

WKBW-TV featuring Chris Frunzi >>> 

From the Hilbert College Wellness Center – Wash Your Hands

By Kirsten Falcone, RN

Cold and flu season has begun.
Remember to wash your hands!

handwashing-banner1A few cases of the common cold have already been treated in the Wellness Center this fall semester. To avoid becoming sick, please review the following procedure for washing your hands.

Did you know washing your hands is the best proven way to reduce the spread of illness? Wash your hands before and after touching food, after using the bathroom, after contact with another person (such as shaking hands), and after they are soiled. You can also wash your hands as soon as you walk in the door of your dorm room or home, to keep your roommate or family from catching anything you drag in with you. Hands can become “soiled” even if they do not appear that way. Some ways this can happen are by touching your face, touching common surfaces that may contain microorganisms, or from poor hygiene.

Not everyone knows the proper technique for washing hands. Here it is:

  1. Using tepid or warm (not hot) water, wet your hands and then lather up with soap. Antimicrobial soap is not necessary; any hand soap will do.
  2. Let the water run, while you lather and rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds (long enough to sing the Happy Birthday song twice).
  3. Make certain to wash under your nails, between your fingers, the backs of your hands, and even your wrists. Rinse these areas well.
  4. Keep the water running, while you dry your hands on a paper towel. (Or have a separate cloth towel for each roommate or family member.)
  5. Finally, turn the water faucet off with a dry paper towel or clean cloth towel.

If you are not able to wash your hands, using a gel hand sanitizer is an acceptable alternative. Use enough to wet the entire area, and rub it in until the gel is dry. (Two exceptions are when hands are visibly soiled, and when you have already used hand sanitizer several times.)

For more information, please visit these Web sites:

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention):



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. 21

— Hilbert alum Amy Pickard, who received her BA in English, was featured in a news story on WGRZ-TV about a little-known Mark Twain story that appeared in the Buffalo Express when Twain was editor.  Amy is currently the Rare Books Curator at the main branch of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library: http://www.wgrz.com/news/local/unknown-stories/unknown-stories-of-wny-mark-twains-walking-dead/317136472

— Hilbert’s new Director of Multicultural Affairs, Ahyana King, featured in Buffalo Business First – People on the Move – ow.ly/xOLL304dz56

Hawk Eyes – Sept. 15

Is your semester off to a great start? Here are some tips to ensure this is a great semester

  • Visit your favorite professor during their office hours.
  • Stop by the Office of Student Life and pick up your FREE student planner!
  • Login to Blackboard and make note of all important due dates and tests.
  • Visit your advisor, stop by and let them know how your semester is going!
  • Get involved by attending the Involvement Fair on Thursday, September 15! 

FAFSA Changes

Did you know you can file your FAFSA early this year! You can file your FAFSA as early as October 1, 2016.   Filing early helps ensure you will get the most institutional aid possible.  Any questions?  Contact Jody Lang in the Student Finance office at jlang@Hilbert.edu

Wellness Center

The Wellness Center is open and available to both commuters and residence students.  The center is located on the first floor of St. Joe’s.  The hours of operation are 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

passportPassport Events

There are many events for students to attend around campus.  All first year students need to attend 4 Passport approved programs.  One of those has to be the All Hilbert Read’s Speaker which is scheduled for October 18th at 7:00 pm in Swan Auditorium.  Look for this symbol on flyers to see if the event you are looking to attend is actually a “Passport” approved event!  Of course we welcome and encourage you to attend any program or workshops sponsored by Hilbert College, but if you are looking to fulfil your passport requirements for GS 101 – look for this symbol!!!!

Important Upcoming Dates

September 18 – Sunday Night Mass, St. Clare Chapel, 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm

September 19 – Hire a Hawk – Fetch Logistics, outside of Bogel 101 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

What Makes You True Blue, Bogel Front Foyer, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Service Learning Orientation, Career Lab, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Video Games/Movie Night, Trinity 2nd Floor, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

September 20 – Creating A Powerful Resume, Career Development Center, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

LGBTQIAP+ Meet Up Group, St. Joe’s Lounge, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

We Didn’t Start the Fire, Trinity Parking Lot, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Making Leadership FUN!, Swan Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

September 21 – Mass, St. Clare Chapel, 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Graduate Schools Expo, West Herr Atrium, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Ice Cream Social, Residential Quad, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Grocery Bingo, St. Joe’s 2nd Floor Lounge, 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

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

September 23 – 25 – True Blue Weekend – Full listing of events https://giving.hilbert.edu/TrueBlueWeekend