At this year’s Spring Open House, Hilbert welcomed prospective students and showed them all that Hilbert has to offer. Students got the chance to talk with professors, meet club leaders, and even take pictures with Bert. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success!
Hilbert students, faculty, staff, and the local community recently gathered for our annual Easter celebration. To celebrate, children and their families participated in arts and crafts, activities such as pin the tail on the bunny, and of course… enjoyed plenty of candy!
The Hilbert community gathered for a memorial service in honor of beloved student Marina Kostadinovski, who passed on April 5, 2019. Marina would have graduated this year with a degree in Legal Studies.
Hilbert Title 9 coordinator kicked off Quadfest with “Teal Day” for Sexual Assault Awareness month. During this event, students painted a fingernail to spread awareness of the I Ask campaign, championing the message that asking for consent is a healthy, normal, and necessary part of everyday interactions. Teal is the color chosen to represent support for the cause.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month is a campaign to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it. Teal Day was one of many Quadfest events that gathered the Hilbert Community to personify #TheHilbertDifference.
Ahh… such majestic creatures. Alpaca sandwich and spend some time with these furry friends.
Who Doesn’t Llove Llamas??
To help relieve stress during the end of the semester, Hilbert College brought in some more four legged stress relievers…this time in the form of Llamas! Students, faculty, and staff had fun petting both of the llamas and many selfies were taken!
Read about last week’s special guests here: https://community.hilbert.edu/2019/04/11/puppy-power-photo-gallery/
Whats better than passing a test? Whats better than sleeping in? And most certainly, what’s better than a five-page essay?
Well dogs of course! To help reduce some end-of-the semester stress, Hilbert “released the hounds” to lighten up the day. Students were able to give these good dogs all the cuddles they could handle.
A big thank you goes out to Paws for Love, as well as the volunteers, faculty, staff, and students that helped make this event a success!
The 2019 Graduate Pinning Ceremony took place on March 28. An alumni reception was held in honor of Hilbert’s new President, Dr. Michael Brophy, and following the reception, the accomplishments of Hilbert’s graduate program students were celebrated during the annual Pinning Ceremony.
On Saturday, April 6, Hilbert College celebrated Accepted Students Day! Accepted students had the opportunity to meet faculty, current students, and alumni. During this event, students could continue the enrollment process, such as reserving their place for the incoming class and becoming the first to sign up for registration. The event was a success, with an excellent turn out. Thanks to the faculty & staff who pitched in to help!
A permanent condition in a “temporary” culture
by Kirsten Falcone, RN
Hilbert College Wellness Center
Hearing loss. You think it inflicts only elderly people, right? Think again. Recent research reveals that more young people are developing permanent hearing loss, and they may not even realize it. According to the CDC, 20% of people aged 20-29 already have noise-induced hearing loss.
Why is this such a concern? Because, unlike many other ailments, hearing loss is permanent. Over time, a loss of hearing in someone young will accumulate and exacerbate that person’s eventual age-related hearing loss. Experts predict hearing-related issues will be even more pronounced for the current younger generation when they reach retirement age.
Which noises cause hearing loss? Anything over 85 decibels for an extended period of time, or much louder and shorter bursts of noise for a shorter period of time, are both damaging.
Which noises are higher than 85 decibels? According to a Purdue University Website:
- Garbage disposals
- Freight trains (50 feet away)
- Diesel trucks traveling at 40mph (50 feet away)
- Food blenders
In the 90 to 110 decibel category:
- Jet planes taking off (at 1,000 feet)
- Lawn mowers
- Motorcycles (at 25 feet)
- Outboard motors
- Car horns (at 3 feet)
- Live rock music
- Public bathroom hand dryers
At 150 decibels, such as what occurs at 80 feet away from a jet taking off, your eardrums will rupture.
Wearing ear buds, as many people do, can intensify noise because they are put directly into the ear canal. This can raise noise levels by nine decibels. At maximum volume, ear buds can reach 105 decibels!
What can you do to prevent hearing loss?
- When listening to electronic devices, wear “noise-canceling” headphones that cover the whole ear. Ear buds (which sit in the ear canal) tend to let other sounds in, thus making it necessary to turn up the volume.
- If you insist on wearing ear buds, invest in custom ear buds that fit your ears. They have a tighter fit, and you won’t have to turn up the volume to hear with them.
- Follow the 60/60 Rule: Limit your ear-bud/ear-phone listening to under 60 minutes per day, and keep the volume under 60 percent.
- Wear ear plugs at concerts.
- Plug your ears with your fingers when an ambulance passes, during traditional gun salutes, or when the fire trucks blast their sirens at parades.
- Don’t sit right under the annual fireworks without ear protection.
- Wear ear protection when you know you will be exposed to loud noises for long periods of time, such as mowing the lawn.
- Use paper towels in public bathrooms instead of the hand dryers.
- In traffic, keep the windows rolled up.
- Get your ears tested to find your baseline. Start taking precautions from now on.
Here’s your takeaway: There are many health conditions that are temporary and improvable by changing your lifestyle or by taking medicine. But, hearing isn’t one of them. When it’s gone, it’s gone.
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