You’re Invited to the Hawk Radio Legacy Event

Hawk Radio is throwing a party – and everyone’s invited! Join the Hawk Radio crew and special alumni guests for the Hawk Radio Legacy Party in the lower level of the Campus Center on Thursday, November 29th from 7:00-10:00 PM.

The party will feature a special LIVE broadcast with former on-air personalities, free food, a photo booth for all your Instagram-worthy moments, and games. Oh, and did we mention free food?

While you’re feeling the music at the party, you can also feel good about attending the event by donating much needed items to Compass House, a local organization near and dear to Hilbert’s heart. Hawk Radio will be collecting donations of personal items throughout the event to benefit this Western New York based not-for-profit, which provides young men and women shelter, counseling, and other services. While any donation is appreciated, a complete wish list of items can be found on the Compass House Website.

If you can’t make it to the celebration in person, you can prevent FOMO by listening in to the special live broadcast on Hawk Radio from any web browser (on any computer or mobile device) at

RSVP to the event and share the invite with friends here.

14 Ways Thankfulness Can Improve Your Health

Thankfulness Significant in Good Health
From the Hilbert College Wellness Center
by Kirsten Falcone, RN

Ask any health practitioner what the keys to good health are, and he or she will tell you exercise, proper nutrition, enough sleep, and (especially in this culture) the properly prescribed drug.

However, this season of Thanksgiving is the perfect timing to point out the connection between thankfulness (or gratitude) and good health.

Gratitude is defined as a highly positive feeling of being thankful for phenomena that are of personal value and significance.

Studies show that feeling gratitude has a positive correlation to good health.

Here are 14 of the many ways people with gratitude benefit:

  1. They take good care of themselves (exercise, healthy diet, regular physicals)
  2. They can handle stress better, thereby reducing ailments such as heart disease and cancer
  3. Their optimism boosts the immune system, protecting them from colds, flu and disease, but also making existing disease less damaging and more minor
  4. They are less affected by severe loss because they focus on what is positive, not what is negative
  5. Their gratitude can be a buffer against post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  6. Counting their blessings helps take the focus off negative thought patterns
  7. They live longer and have a slowed aging process
  8. They have lower rates of depression
  9. They are more patient
  10. They have healthier relationships
  11. They have greater willpower and self-control
  12. They have higher self-esteem
  13. Their feelings of thankfulness improve their quality of sleep
  14. They know the difference between instant gratification and true gratitude

What are some ways to show gratitude?

  • Being kind and respectful
  • Acknowledging that your good fortune is a result of a connection to something larger than yourself, such as other people, your environment and/or God
  • Thanking people! In person, or with a thank-you note
  • Thanking God! People who pray cultivate gratitude more easily than those who do not
  • Smiling—smiling produces positive feelings that improve mood

How can someone increase gratitude? Some ways are:

  • Showing gratitude (see above) can actually help increase gratitude
  • Keeping a gratitude journal
  • Writing a list of things in your life that you take for granted
  • Using positive self-talk
  • Finding a new perspective on your situation, to reframe it in a positive manner
  • Expressing your thankfulness to someone else
  • Finding the humorous side of your situation
  • Choosing to spend time with positive people
  • Practicing kindness
  • Thinking positive thoughts on purpose, especially about people and situations in your life

Many wise people have said, “What you choose to focus on will grow.” This Thanksgiving (and every day thereafter), choose to focus on gratitude!

If you read this article to the end, and you would like to enter the Hilbert College Wellness Center monthly drawing, stop by the Wellness Center between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or send me an email with a brief description of what you learned, at

For in-depth information on how Gratitude can improve physical and mental health, visit these sites:

Web MD:

Mayo Clinic (Positive vs. Negative Self-Talk):

Mayo Clinic (Practicing Kindness):

Harvard University (Information on Research and More…):

Time Magazine (Research on the Health Benefits of Gratitude):

Mind Body Green:

Today (Be Thankful: Science Says Gratitude is Good for Your Health):

Happier Human (31 Benefits of Gratitude):

Psychology Today (7 Scientfically Proven Benefits of Gratitude):

Psychiatry (Research abstract on “Gratitude and Well Being, the Benefits of Appreciation”):

American Heart Association:

Alum Bill Haas Represents Team USA

This past July, Hilbert alumnus Bill Haas ’08 represented Team USA in the International Triathlon Union’s Long Course World Triathlon Championships held in Fyn, Denmark. The event, which took Haas just over 8 hours to complete, included a 3 km swim (1.9 miles), 121.5 km bike (75.5 miles), and a 30 km run (18.7 miles) done in sequence.


Haas qualified for Team USA at the Long Distance Triathlon National Championships in Miami last November. Bill’s mother Karen, wife Bryana, and three children (Levi 7, Hannah 5, and Aliza 5) worked almost as hard cheering for 8 hours as he swam, biked, and ran. Haas’ family celebrated with a two week European vacation and, of course, a trip to Disneyland.


Congratulations Bill!

Mother Colette’s Crosswalk Dedication Ceremony | PHOTO GALLERY

Two student organizations at Hilbert College, Enactus and Rotaract, held a dedication ceremony for “Mother Colette’s Crosswalk”. This project brought new flowers, plants, and landscaping to the area around Hilbert’s St. Clare Chapel.

Special thanks to the generous support of Kevin Monaco ’01  Proprietor of Monaco Enterprises Of WNY, Inc., for donating the plants & materials!