Fall Fest Offers Many Activities

The Office of Campus Involvement is hosting a Fall Festival.

The Fall Festival will begin on Monday, October 18th and will end Saturday, October 23rd. This Festival will bring the fall festivities that everyone knows and loves to the Hilbert College campus for everyone to enjoy.

Alex Gill, the coordinator for student involvement, said there are many different activities that should offer a chance for everyone on campus to have some fun.

“A great opportunity for students to get to enjoy the fall season while participating in some fun fall activities,” he said.

Some events taking place include scary stories by the bonfire, scary movie marathons, along with a flag football tournament. The sign-up sheet for the flag football tournament will be linked below. The Festival will also be incorporating fall favorite drinks and snacks which include cider and donuts.

The festivities will conclude with a Breast cancer walk, the registration is attached below along with the full list of events that will be held throughout the week with their specified time and location.

Be sure to take a look at the list of events below:

2021 Hilbert College Fall Festival 

 Monday, October 18th

  • Ceramic Pumpkin Painting with Cider and Donuts
    • Lower Level Campus Center
    •  11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Scary Stories by the Bonfire
    • Bogel Fire Pit
    •  7:00 PM

Tuesday, October 19th

  • Scary Movie Marathon with Halloween Snacks and Bills Ticket Raffle
    • Bogel 101
    • 3:00 PM 

Wednesday, October 20th

  • Petting Zoo with goats, sheep, a mini cow, bunnies, an alpaca and llama!
    • Campus Center Quad
    • 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Thursday, October 21st 

  • Farmers Market Vendors & Bubble Soccer
    • Ko’s Kettle Corn (TBD), Sugarcane WNY & Queen City Vintage
    • Campus Center Quad
    • 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    • * Bills Ticket Winners will be announced during this time

Friday, October 22nd

Saturday, October 23rd 

Preview: Hilbert Baseball

The Men’s Baseball team has kicked off their fall-ball season and have high hopes for their Spring season.

Senior first baseman Brandon Job said having a home field to play on has made practices more enjoyable and beneficial to all of their players.

“Having a home field this year has made fall-ball practices more beneficial, more enjoyable, as it’s been more convenient to walk from the classroom or your dorm room to get to the field, rather than driving off campus to practice.”

The team has been holding practices three days a week, where they focus on batting, fielding, pitching, base running, and bat speed work. 

Freshman pitcher Colin Windle said the team is definitely looking good during their practices and scrimmages.

“All of the hard work we have been putting in for the last three weeks during our practices has been paying off and I think we could have some serious potential this year.”

Saturday October 2nd, the men faced Hilbert’s Baseball alumni in a scrimmage on their new field.

“­­­­­­­­­­­­­It was great showing the new field that we got to the alumni and playing against teammates and past players we haven’t seen in a while. We missed our alumni game last year, so it’s a great kick- off to the fall and we have really high expectations going forward as we move through the season,” said Job.

When they’re not practicing, the baseball team has been working the concession stands at the Buffalo Bills games to help fundraise for their Myrtle Beach Tournament, which takes place during Spring Break.

 Freshman pitcher Brendan Walsh says he’s looking forward to the spring break trip and thinks the team will do really well. “I’m really excited for the spring break trip since we didn’t get to go last year, and my junior year of high school, I went down there and it was a lot of fun. In terms of how our team will do, I think we’ll do super well because of all the improvements we’ve made and the hard work we’ve put in at practice.”

The men are scheduled to face Erie Community College on Monday October 11 at 2pm at the ECC North Campus Baseball Field.

Profile: Sarah Bauch

Sarah Bauch joined the Hilbert community this summer when she came on as the graduate coordinator for campus involvement, one of several positions filled recently in the office of residence life.

Sarah graduated from Niagara University with her Bachelor’s in Business Management and is getting her Master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Buffalo State College.

Even though she has only been at Hilbert for a short time, Bauch is very happy to be here, she said.

“I’m excited to be able to bridge the gaps in this area and make a lot of good connections with students here at Hilbert,” Bauch said. “I would love to see student involvement ramp up, and for more students to feel at home here.”

Bauch noticed there is a big need for student guidance and assistance within the area of Residence Life. Sarah Bauch’s office is located in Trinity Hall behind the front desk, she said.

“If a student has any room issues, key issues, roommate conflicts or mental health issues, or just want to say hi, they can come see me,” she added.

So, what do the students think of these new changes? Brandon Kottwitz, a student worker who is very involved here on campus said he thinks the new hires are doing a great job.

“I feel that the new staffing changes within the Residence Life department are allowing for new and creative ideas to be implemented within housing,” Kottwitz said. “The new staff is amazing and already well known by the resident population.”

Brandon is not only a resident here on campus, but an active part of the Residence Life team.

“For Residence Life I mainly work in the Trinity Mailroom,” he said. “When working I am tasked with obtaining student packages from the Switchboard, logging and labeling student packages in our system and making sure the correct student is getting their mail or package. Other part of that job includes doing various tasks that the Residence Life department need done.”

Students are encouraged to stop by Trinity Hall to meet the members of the Residence Life team so they can familiarize themselves with staff who are here to help answer any residential questions and to get all the news about events that are happening around campus. Bauch really wants to be able to get to know each and every student in Residence Life, she said.

“I have an open-door policy, come see me if there is anything you need, or you just want to chat.”

Everything You Need to Know for St. Francis Week

One of the most eventful weeks at Hilbert College is right around the corner.

St. Francis week kicks off Sept. 30 with the Franciscan Day of Caring and wraps up with the New Mural Dedication on October 7. This week provides many fun events for students and staff, but also celebrates the Franciscan values here at Hilbert.

Some of the past events bring the same fun each year, such as the Franciscan Day of Caring. One of the favored returning events is the Blessing of the Animals, where students and staff can bring their pets to be blessed.

Tiffany Kuwik, a student at Hilbert College, plans to attend the Blessing of the Animals this Friday. “I’m most excited for the pet blessing,” Kuwik said. “I’m so excited to bring my puppy on campus.”

Jeff Pappia, Vice President for Mission Integration and Campus Ministry, has been part of the Hilbert community for about 4 years. His favorite part of St. Francis week is bringing people together for the events while celebrating Franciscan values.

“My favorite thing about St. Francis was that he was so influential. He started a worldwide movement, but he didn’t do this by having the most money. He did this by doing the exact opposite,” Pappia explained. “He dwelt and lived serving the poor, the forgotten. He was humble and meek. It speaks to the power of kindness, of love and of compassion.”

One of the new events this St. Francis Week is the lecture, “Brother Sun, Sister Thea: A Celebration of the Franciscan Life and Legacy of Sr. Thea Bowman through the Art and Stories of Brother Mickey McGrath, OSFS.” Sister Thea Bowman is just one of six African-Americans in the Catholic Church on the path to Sainthood.

Pappia said her story and the effort to make her a saint exemplifies Franciscan values.

“Our Franciscan identity doesn’t just suggest we do the work of racial or social justice, it demands it,” he said. “So this is incredibly important.”

Papia is also excited about the mural by Br. Mickey McGrath and how it will bring the community together. He clarified that this event will involve group participation. “He’s going to trace the mural and then people from the community will help paint it. So if you’re walking by and there’s a brush available, grab one and help paint!”

Be sure to check out all of the events this week! Below is the full St. Francis Week schedule:

2021 St. Francis Week Schedule

September 30: Franciscan Day of Caring

Time: 800am-2:00pm

October 1: The Blessing of the Animals

Location: Outside of St. Clare Chapel (Rain Location: Chapel)

Time: 12:00pm

October 4: Mass for the Feast of St. Francis

Location: Main Quad Tent (Rain Location: Chapel)

Time: 12:00pm

October 5: College-Wide Picnic Lunch

Location: Main Quad Tent (Rain Location: Dining Hall)

Time: 11:00am-12:15pm

October 5: Keynote Lecture with Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS

Location: Swan Auditorium

Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm

October 7: New Mural Dedication

Location: West Herr Atrium

Time: 4:30pm

Women’s Softball Set to Kick Off Season

The women’s softball team is set to kick off their fall-ball season.

The team has been practicing every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday and are will hold their first scrimmage this Saturday October 2.

Freshman pitcher Rebecca Marmorato said the hard work they’ve been putting in during practice is preparing the team for their upcoming season.

“The team has been working a couple days a week to strengthen our pitching, infield, and outfield, while also trying to improve our communication on the field,” Marmorato said.

The women hope to have a better season this spring than they had the previous year and are looking forward to playing on their new field.

As of right now, the team is looking strong and there are many players looking strong ahead of the upcoming season, Lily Zimmerman, a freshman third baseman said.

“The team is looking pretty solid so far and we have a lot of new players to contribute to our upcoming season.”

When the team is not practicing, they are continuing to work the Buffalo Bills games in hopes to fundraise for their annual Myrtle Beach Spring Break trip where they will participate in a tournament with several other Division 3 softball teams.

“Hopefully all of these hours we’ve been fundraising will pay off and we will be able to experience the Myrtle Beach trip that was canceled because of Covid-19 last season,” freshman outfielder Gabrielle Jansen said.

As the softball fall-ball season comes to an end, the Men’s Baseball team is preparing for theirs to begin.

“We’re ending our fall-ball season on October 2nd with a scrimmage against Niagara County Community College. It will be exciting to see how it all unfolds,” Marmorato said.

Hilbert to hold Involvement Fair

Hilbert’s Office of Campus Involvement will host an Involvement Fair this Tuesday.

The event will showcase clubs, organizations and departments from across Hilbert’s campus and will give students and opportunity to learn about the many ways they can become more involved int he campus community. Students can visit the quad – or West Herr atrium in the case of rain – to chat with department heads and club organizers about the offerings this semester.

Alex Gill, Hilbert’s coordinator of student involvement, said students can find many opportunities for learning and fun at the involvement fair.

“We hope that students are able to discover new opportunities to grow and challenge themselves, while furthering a sense of belonging on, and off campus,” Gill said.

Residence Life Welcomes Students Back

Resident Assistant Bailey Walter hosted an outdoor event for resident students on campus earlier this month, part of a push from the Residence Life office to help students get comfortable on campus.

“My goal for this event was to kick off the new school year by bringing everyone back together,” Walter said.

The event took place in the Residence Quad where a variety of yard games and activities were available for the students. Corn hole, Kan-jam, and volleyball were some of the main activities.

Tyshawn Jones, a student who attended the event, said he couldn’t stay for long, but playing games and seeing people back together on campus was very enjoyable.

“This event felt like a breath of fresh air,” Jones said. “It felt good to see our Hilbert community coming together and having fun. After the last year, it was a reminder that things will eventually get back to normal and I’m looking forward to things on campus.”

There are many events planned for this upcoming semester and students are encouraged to check Hilbert’s social media accounts to stay in the loop.

“Residents should look forward to a lot of fun memory-making programs this semester,” Walter said.

Student Activities is always encouraging students to bring new ideas to the table on what they’d like to see on campus.

“I would also recommend getting involved with Student Government Association so if there is anything you’d like to see on campus, you can voice the ideas,” Walter said.

HAWK Radio Kicks Off Semester

HAWK Radio held its first meeting of the semester last week, jump starting the fall semester.

Hilbert’s online  media outlet and radio station gathered in Fran Hall, where 15 members discussed potential shows, events, and programming ideas and welcomed several new members.

Don Vincent, the HAWK Radio faculty advisor, said he is excited about the line up for the upcoming semester.

“It’s to give students another outlet to be creative and to express themselves”, Vincent said when asked what the goal of Hawk Radio was. “Not everyone that is involved is interested in broadcasting, but it certainly gives them a taste of what broadcasting is like”.

The station also offers experience in marketing and graphic design as well as opportunities to develop programs. 

Jonathon Heck, a junior majoring in cyber security, is new to the radio station. He is planning to host a late-night show discussing “life, space, and time” and “even some music and sports with a twist each week”.

Heck will be hosting his show with junior Carl Zarcone hopefully Friday nights between 9 and 10PM.

This school year is shaping up to be a busy one for HAWK Radio, with “Eternity Matters” with Sonja on Mondays at 2:00PM, news and sports blasts with Andrew on Tuesdays at 11:00AM, “Hawk Rock Block” with E-Dawg on Thursdays at noon, and much more.

HAWK Radio is always looking for new members to join. Those interested can contact Don Vincent at dvincent@hilbert.edu or contact Hawk Radio directly at hawkradio@hilbert.edu.

To listen to HAWK Radio, visit https://www.hilbert.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/dmac/hawk-radio.

Journalism Camp: Hit and Run

Editorial Note: This story was produced as part of a mock exercise. There has been no accident at Hilbert College

by Duncan Schiff

A student was struck by a car in a hit and run at Hilbert College Monday.

At 9:15, an unnamed female student at Hilbert was struck by a maroon Honda CRV, owned by an unnamed University of Buffalo student with no known affiliations to Hilbert. At the scene, a blue life preserver was found on the hood, as well as a hockey stick on the ground about a foot away from the victim. Police have released no further information.

“The driver, described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, fled on foot, leaving the vehicle behind in the parking lot” Joseph LaRosa, assistant director of Hilbert Campus Safety, said at a press conference.

A witness attempted to give chase, but gave up after the driver got too far into the woods. The victim is possibly the witness’s friend, a student from Amherst. It is believed to not have been intentional, but that may change as the police investigation progresses. Hamburg Police and the Erie County Sheriff’s office with helicopter and k9 units are searching for the perpetrator at the moment.

Curiously, LaRosa, claimed medical service and campus security arrived immediately on scene, but even nearly 5 hours later, medical service operators were not on scene. The student in question was still there, baking on asphalt under a white sheet, with LaRosa refusing to comment further than this after being pressed. “I can’t answer that. That’s something you’d need to talk to emergency medical.”