Hilbert College Zombie Run

The Hilbert College Student Veterans Association and Leadership Program will be hosting their 1st ever Zombie Run on Saturday, September 23. The event will run from 8:00AM to 4:30PM, and is located on the soccer field behind Trinity Hall. 

An early bird special will run from now until August 7, or for the first 25 people for $15. Tickets after the special will be $30 and can be purchased on the day of the run. The money raised helps to send our Veterans to San Antonio, Texas for a national conference run by the National SVA. The money will also go to helping the Leadership Program build a patio for St. Joe’s.

For more information and to purchase your tickets head to  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hilbert-college-5k-zombie-run-tickets-35825122907


Criminal Justice/Forensic Science Club Updates

The CJ/FS Club will host their annual Adopt-A-Highway program on Saturday, April 1.  The group will meet in the lower level of the Campus Center at 9:30 a.m.

The club will also host a Chicken BBQ on April 1, Noon-4 p.m. in the Swan Lobby.  Meal includes 1/2 chicken, spud potatoes, coleslaw, and a roll for $10.  Ticket are available at the door, or in advance from Mark Paoni or Hoby.

The club will also hold a Fish Fry and basket raffle on Friday, April 7 at 4-7 p.m. in the Campus Center Dining Hall.

April 7, 2017 | 4-7 PM
Hilbert College Campus Center
$10.50 Adult Meals
$6.50 Kid Meals

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.

Phi Beta Lambda Fish Fry – March 24

Phi Beta Lambda logoTo help raise funds for Hilbert’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda,​ the business club is hosting
a fish fry on Friday March 24, 2017. The fish fry will go from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the dining hall on campus, which is located on the second floor of the campus center. Adult meals are $10.50 per person and kids meals are $6.50 per kid. There is a menu for both adults and kids. The club will also be conducting a 50/50 raffle during the event.

March 24, 2017 | 4-7 PM
Hilbert College Campus Center
$10.50 Adult Meals
$6.50 Kid Meals

Phi Beta Lambda Business and Accounting Association is a nationwide organization that’s mission is “to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.”  Hilbert College’s chapter meets every week and has accomplished placing in state competitive testings for several years, planning and attending numerous business tours and networking events throughout the Western New York community, and currently preparing for a business trip to Ohio this semester.

Young Life Heads to New Orleans

Spring break is upon us! What are your plans this spring break? Keeping true to their Franciscan identity, 10 Hilbert College students plan to volunteer their time this break to help rebuild housing in New Orleans, Louisiana from the lingering devastation from Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters. The student organization, Young Life, will be representing Hilbert College for its second year in New Orleans while serving with an organization called Saint Bernard Project.

Saint Bernard Project (SBP) is a non-profit organization established in March 2006 to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina within St. Bernard Parish, located in Southeast Louisiana. A little more than 11 years later and there are still and estimated 3,000 families in New Orleans whose homes are in need of repair. To date, SBP has rebuilt nearly 700 homes in New Orleans and lends its helping hand in 11 US states.

Students will spend their days hard at work, doing varying tasks from carpentry and construction to demolition and landscaping. As these students prepare to leave on Saturday March 4th, they ask for your prayers and good intentions to accompany them. Follow along in their journey by keeping tabs on #HilbertNOLA17 on Twitter and Instagram!

If you wish to learn more about these students’ journeys, email Jpeters@hilbert.edu for more information!

Photos from last year’s trip

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!)