Ron Sutton from Key Bank presented the Key Bank Scholarship Award to Hilbert’s Vanessa Encisco. Vanessa is a senior in the Psychology program here at Hilbert and is from San Antonio, Texas. She is actively involved on campus, particularly with Hilbert Helpers, a community service club aimed toward giving back to the campus and surrounding area.
by Jill Cole-Splawski
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.
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 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.
— Hilbert’s Director of Multicultural Affairs & Social Justice Initiatives, Ahyana King, was a presenter at the National Conference on Student Leadership in Orlando. Her presentation was titled: Launching Leading Ladies. Below is a description of her presentation.
While more women attend college than ever before, and women make up more than 51 percent of the U.S. population, women are still struggling to launch into roles of leadership on campus and in their post-collegiate professional lives. This workshop reveals ways to create campus environments that lay the foundation for launching females into leadership roles. Topics include mentoring and sponsoring, involving and supporting alumni, women-centered work and conversations from women’s history month, as well as supporting students as they overcome the discrimination that often comes with being a woman who desires to lead.
— Professor of Political Science Dr. Andrew Kolin’s new book “Political Economy of Labor Repression” has been nominated for two book awards. The Philip Taft Labor History Book Award, which is offered by the International Labor Research School at Cornell University, in cooperation with the Labor and Working Class History Association. The second nomination is for the Lemkin Book Award sponsored by Notre Dame University.
— Hilbert professor, Dr. Megan Witzleben, recently moderated a panel on Social Architecture: Forming Victorian Life at the Social Victorians 2016 North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) Conference in Phoenix.
— Hilbert English Professor Herb Kauderer recently had three book reviews published in Speculative Poetry Book Reviews on the SFPA website, and excerpted in Star*Line magazine. His review of Sacrificial Nights by Bruce Boston & Alessandro Manzettti, and his review of What Strange Miracles by James Brush appear at http://sfpoetry.com/sl/slreviews.html , while his review of the Nostrovia! Winning Moon Facts by Bob Schofield appears at http://sfpoetry.com/sl/reviews/15reviews.html.
Professor Kauderer had two poems appear in the British magazine BSFA Focus #66 for Summer 2016 and actually published October 27. Apparently Britain has a more interesting calendar than the US. The poems are “All the Way Down” and “after the cancer”. The first poem is a reprint from professor Kauderer’s first collection of poetry Olives: A Jar Full of Small Pokes published in print in October 1995, and as an ebook in October 2015.
— Below is the link for the December edition of Mission Monthly, featuring “No-Gift Christmas,” “Rediscovering Christmas,” “Chaplain’s Corner,” and “Franciscan Funnies.” Thank you to Rachel Wozniak and Fr. Jud Weiksnar for your contributions!
Her presentations include:
Poster: NamUs Database Reconciliation: “No Body” Murder Trials and Missing Persons
Oral Presentation: A Death Investigator’s Perspective: Lessons Learned in Response to the Crash of Flight 3407
In the News
Hilbert student and veteran, Holly Tabor is featured on WKBW-TV. Her charity Holly’s Holiday Hope takes donations to help veterans during the holiday season.
In the News
According to Niche, Hilbert College ranks third on list of 2017 Best College Dorms in New York. Hilbert ranks 82nd on the national list of Best College Dorms. According to the website, the ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews. The Best College Dorms ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the quality, safety, and cost of on-campus housing. This grade takes into account key factors such as student housing crime rates, average cost, and student reviews in an attempt to measure overall quality of college housing options. The website says that factors that are considered include, student surveys (weighted 70%), average housing cost (10%), housing capacity (10%), and student housing crime rate (10%).
Hilbert also came in as the second Safest College Campus in New York State and the 29th Safest College Campus in America. According to Niche’s rankings, the 2017 Safest College Campuses ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Top-ranked colleges offer a safe and healthy environment with little or no campus crime, drugs, or alcohol usage.
Hilbert also came in as the 68th Best Catholic College in America according to Niche.
— Recently, five student leaders and Director of Multicultural Affairs and Social Justice Initiatives, Ahyana King, attended the SheLeads Conference in New York City. The students that attended are: Rebecca Crawford, Nautica McCoy, Shalimar Duplantis, Khailia Henderson, and Courtnie Halsey. Check out the website for more information about the program – http://www.sheleadsmedia.com/events/she-leads-2016/overview.html
— Reception for the new student news service, The Scribe. A blessing will be offered for the newspaper and its staff by Fr. Jud Weiksnar. Also, refreshments will be served and you’ll have a chance to meet the Scribe‘s advisor, Prof. Dan Higgins as well as the student news staff. Hope to see you there! Tuesday, October 18 at 3 p.m. in West Herr Atrium
IN THE NEWS
Yahoo! Finance News – Five Star Bank Names Ted Oexle Buffalo Regional President (Hilbert Trustee)
Buffalo Business First – Five Star rehires commercial banker to lead Buffalo market