Welcome home hawks!
Hilbert welcomed a new class of graduate students at the 2019 Graduate Orientation. Students and their families learned about their programs, toured campus, and met their professors and fellow classmates. New this fall, graduate programs feature Saturday-only classes.
Welcome Cohort #9!
Hilbert Athletics hosted boys and girls basketball camps in July.
Hilbert alumna Cindy Kazukiewicz Gronachan ’77, together with her Class of 1974 Lakeshore Central School classmates, organized a benefit in memory of former Lakeshore School Superintendent George Johengen. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Johengen Family Scholarship Fund at Hilbert. Mr. Johengen was a former Hilbert Board of Trustees member, and a long time support of the college.
As a recipient of the scholarship during her time at Hilbert, Cindy wanted to give current students the same opportunity she had. The total donations were over $3,000 and Cindy visited Hilbert to present the check to Hilbert President Dr. Michael Brophy. Thank you to Cindy and your LCS Class of ’74 classmates!
We recently welcomed our incoming class of Hilbert students at New Student Orientation for the Fall of 2019. New this year, orientation spanned two days of activities – giving students a glimpse of the Hilbert experience with an overnight stay in our residence halls.
Did you attend New Student Orientation? Share your favorite memories in the comments below!
One key component of The Hilbert Difference lies in The Hilbert Blueprint, a four-year college experience that bolsters student involvement and leadership potential.
The Hilbert Blueprint kicks off with our First Year Experience and Foundations Seminar, designed to get all students acquainted with the college experience. The First Year Experience includes participation in a minimum of two ‘passport’ activities on campus. To further familiarize freshmen with college expectations, all first year students will also participate in the Hilbert College Reads program.
Hilbert College Reads is a common reading experience that engages students and creates a sense of community through cross-disciplinary conversations. Each student will receive a complimentary copy of the year’s selected text and potentially have an opportunity to meet the author.
This year’s selected text is “What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen” by Kate Fagan. What Made Maddy Run is the heartbreaking story of college athlete Madison Holleran, whose life and death by suicide reveal the struggle of young people suffering from mental illness today. What Made Maddy Run spent one month as the #1 New York Times best-seller on the Sports list in 2017. The book addresses the important issues of anxiety, depression, and suicide in a perfectionist, social-media driven society.
Author Kate Fagan is scheduled to speak on October 22, 2019 in the Swan Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.
Click here to hear from author Kate Fagan, and stay tuned for more information on her campus visit!
Moving in to a new place always comes with a learning curve. Especially when paired with a busy new class schedule, settling in to living on campus can be a tedious process. While we can’t promise your new living arrangements will feel exactly like home, there are a few simple ways to make yourself comfortable faster in your new residence hall digs.
Here are our top 3 Residence Hall Hacks:
- Organization is key. A simple desk organizer, closet storage, and shower caddy system can go a long way in making things more “home-y,” not to mention clutter-free! Luckily the rooms and suites here at Hilbert are plenty spacious, but they seem even bigger and you’ll feel less anxiety when everything has its place!
- Make it efficient. It’s important to establish healthy study and living habits right away. To help make your residence hall room more efficient, consider setting up different spaces for both study and leisure. If you’re most productive sitting at your desk, de-clutter cords with alligator clips and be sure to save plenty of space for notebooks, worksheets, textbooks, etc. If you’d rather work from the comfort of a lounge or propped in your bed, a lap desk is a great item to have (especially for late night study sessions down the road!).
- Give it character. There are, of course, a few limitations on what you can do to your room (no painting the walls, for instance), but there are plenty of ways to make your new space your own. Display your favorite photos, bring a favorite lamp and bedding, coordinate with your roommate’s side by bringing in a decorative rug. The possibilities are nearly endless and a touch of personal style will go a long way in making your room cozy and comfortable!
The 29th annual scholarship golf tournament was a success! The money raised will continue to benefit scholarships for deserving students, which helps to keep Hilbert College one of the most affordable four-year, private colleges in New York State. You can learn more about the tournament here: https://giving.hilbert.edu/2019-golf-tournament-registration
Special thanks to our sponsors and supporters for another successful event to benefit future Hawks!
Written by Hilbert College graduate, Lauren Carlin (’19)
President – Enactus
President – Phi Beta Lambda
Vice President – Young Americans for Freedom
Secretary – Franciscan Spirit Club
Over my last four years at Hilbert College I have been involved with a variety of different student clubs and organizations. One is Enactus which is an international organization that stands for ENtrepreneurial ACTion through US. Enactus is dedicated to creating a better and more sustainable world!
Through my time in Enactus I have volunteered both locally and internationally. We have worked within the Buffalo community with the Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program by creating educational workshops in the areas of budgeting, communication, and job placement to help refugee students receive a job for a sustainable life here.
In 2017, we teamed up with Akron Varsity Softball on the “Pack-A-Plane” project to collect school and recreational supplies, which were then airlifted from the Niagara Falls Airforce Base to the Dominican Republic. In total, more than 5,400 lbs. of goods, valued at over $13,000 were delivered to the community that we served called Bani, Dominican Republic. This was my first service abroad experience and the most rewarding part was seeing the children’s smiles and hearing their laughter even though they are impoverished and malnourished. Although I was there to teach and help the children, it was their innocent spirit which taught and inspired me to realize how blessed I am with the ability to be able to help others.
The following year through a connection I had at my church Hilbert Enactus formed a relationship with Ann Marie Zon the founder of the “Nicaraguan Mission Project.” We supported this organization by collecting household items and packing donations in containers in Buffalo for shipment to those in need in Nicaragua. During Winter Break 2018, Hilbert College Enactus had the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua and stay at a children’s home called Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos, meaning “our little brothers and sisters.” Over the course of the trip we organized and completed a variety of projects for the NPH community, such as creating beaded necklaces and bracelets, delivering care packages to seniors in a nursing home, bringing school supplies to the children, and digging up a large vegetable garden. One of the projects that I led was called “Lollipops for Learners” where I educated the children on how to create, market, and sell lollipops that were donated by Parkside Candy. A few days after the lesson we sold the lollipops at a beach to locals and tourists where all the profit came back to help NPH. This mission trip showed me how grateful, thankful, and blessed I am to be able to serve God and his people.
This past year Enactus students and I arranged a project called “Buffalo Serves Bani” which was a Co-Ed volleyball tournament hosted at Hilbert that was to generate funding for Hogar De Ninas Hijas de la Altagracia, a girls orphanage in the Dominican Republic. In January 2019 Enactus students participated in a service trip where all net proceeds from the event were used to create a volleyball court, fund other recreational equipment, and to help improve the overall quality of life in the community we served. During our one week journey there we completed several legacy projects as well as creating tie pillows, building structures, and teaching educational workshops to women entrepreneurs. Next year, Enactus already has plans to continue its relationship in the Dominican Republic by funding for the drilling of a water well.
None of this could have been possible without the support and encouragement of Professor Dan Roland and Dr. Amy Smith. During my time with Hilbert College Enactus I am happy and humbled to say have impacted hundreds of people and helped to make this world a better place.
On Monday May 13th 2019, a ribbon cutting ceremony took place on campus announcing the opening of SCORE’s new south towns office that will be located on Hilbert’s campus in the McGrath Library! SCORE is a small business counseling organization that offers free mentoring and business advice from planning, starting up, management and growth.