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Hilbert Students Raise Money for Local Church

Hilbert College students are getting together to help raise money for a local church.

The event will take place on November 11th at Renovation Church in Buffalo. At this event you can expect basket raffles, live music, food sponsored by Rosina Food Products, and more entertainment.

Jon Evans, a senior at Hilbert College, and his team Voita, Lexi and David, are hosting an event at Renovation Church in Buffalo, aiming to raise money for school supplies along with the food drives that the church hosts every year.

Evans, a business management major going into his senior year at Hilbert College, has been a musician for Renovation Church for five years and is now the music director and event manager. He enjoys playing, writing, and producing music.

“This is a time where we can all get together, have a good time and raise money for a good cause,” said Evans. The students are looking to raise around $300 and other donations are accepted as well.

Evans will perform live at this event as well. He has been performing here for over five years, and he recently was able to perform with some famous Gospel artists. After the recent shooting at the Tops on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo, Evans helped as a sound engineer at the Greater Refuge Temple of Christ Church, to honor the victims of the shooting. At this event he was able to work with Israel Houghton, Bebe Winans and Hezekiah Walker. Each of these artists have won a Grammy Award for their music.

If you are looking to donate even though you cannot attend, there will be donation boxes set up around Hilbert’s campus and a GoFundMe set up. There is also a donation link on the Renovation Church’s website. More information will be posted around campus, and on Hilbert’s social media accounts.

Hilbert IT Working to Improve WiFi Access

It has been difficult for for some students to access Hilbert’s wireless service as more students, and devices, have come to campus in recent semesters.

But new access points will be added to the residence halls “between fall and spring break when everybody’s home”, said Chief Information Officer Jeremy Trumble.  

There have been several challenges the Hilbert IT team has had to deal with. Outdated technology with a combination of the residence halls at capacity has made Wi-Fi a top priority for them.  

The residence halls average “4 devices per student” which “stresses our infrastructure” said Trumble. 

New, upgraded access points were ordered for the entire campus this summer but due to “delays in the supply chain,” only fifteen have arrived. The ones that arrived were added to the academic buildings. “Paczesny and Bogel Hall have been completely revamped with new wireless” Trumble added.  

The next priority is the residence halls. After this, the remainder of the campus, even outdoor spaces. New access points will allow students and staff to connect better with devices and have a faster, stronger, more secure connection. Before this year, there was a limit of sixty-four access points on campus which has been upgraded to an unlimited amount. 

Freshman Beckham Blair acknowledged the improvements in Wi-Fi in the academic buildings since the beginning of the year. Blair said there has been a “noticeable difference” in performance since the access points have been added. Blair lives in the residence halls and says that it has been a “struggle” so far.  

The new access points should help accommodate students that are having issues with connection. IT is focusing on one thing at a time, as access points are received, it will keep improving the connection for students and staff. 

This is a big step for the campus, Trumble said.

“This will help us meet the needs of the increase in devices and our students.” 

Hilbert Helps Out

Hilbert kicked off Franciscan week with the annual Franciscan Day of Caring with students, faculty and staff participating in serving Hilbert’s community partners.

Franciscan Day of Caring allows the Hilbert community a significant chance to experience the value of service to others.

One of Hilbert’s community partners is Compeer, a non-profit organization, which is located in Buffalo, NY. At Compeer their mission is to promote good mental health through meaningful friendships. Their services include one-to-one and small group mentoring that is available to youth, adults, older adults and veterans. Compeer is always looking for office volunteers and volunteers that want to help with assisting individuals who are dealing with mental health.

Hilbert volunteers traveled to Compeer and assisted the organization with a few organizational and cleaning tasks. There were two tasks: one involved cleaning up the area around the building, the other involved stuffing envelopes with Compeer information to distribute to various nearby businesses.

Rijaa Khan, the Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at Compeer, talked about how much it meant to their organization to get volunteer help from the Hilbert community.

“It means a lot to us especially after the pandemic,” Khan said. “It’s really nice to see that youth are trying to get involved with Compeer because a lot of youth clients, especially post pandemic, are really looking for that kind of social support.”

She said that having students volunteer helps spread the word and gets others to want to volunteer. Compeer recently partnered with Hilbert College in bringing their organization to the campus. This will be campus based which will allow students to connect with people from the Hilbert community. The organization looks forward to accomplishing a bunch of things with this partnership, Khan said.

“First of all, just the fact that we can help students on that campus is just another avenue for us to provide our services to other groups that might not have received them otherwise,” she said. “Brand awareness and getting our name out there so that people can learn more about Compeer in general.”

The biggest help that Compeer needs is more volunteers. Khan mentions that there are over 200 clients that are on their wait list who are waiting to be matched with someone. After the pandemic, the number of volunteers took a big hit which put them in need for more volunteers. They are also looking for people who are willing to travel to the Buffalo area since majority of their clients are located there.

There were 11 students in the volunteer group, predominantly freshman but also some juniors. Ryan Fitch, a junior, was able to give some feedback on his experience with Compeer and the Day of Service.

Fitch said Compeer’s services are something that many people don’t use but should. He adds that this is something he would volunteer to do again.

“People underestimate how important mental health is and if I could give back to the community that helps people who have bad mental health issues then I’ll do it in any way I can”, Fitch said.

The Franciscan Day of Caring is a big event for the Hilbert community in which it helps people get involved.

“Coming from a Franciscan background in high school, I completely agree that there needs to be some type of day or activity such as this to help us give back to our community and help those that might be less fortunate than us,” said Fitch.

Compeer is just one of the many community partners that Hilbert is partnered with. If you or anyone you know are looking to volunteer, Compeer is the place to go. As mentioned, Hilbert and Compeer are partnering to bring their services to campus so stay tuned for that.

Hilbert Hawks Women’s Hockey Partners with Beauts

Hamburg, N.Y.- Hilbert Colleges new Women’s Ice Hockey team already has an exciting start with its new partnership with the Buffalo Beauts, Buffalos professional women’s hockey team.

This is a very exciting opportunity for the athletes on both the teams, and for the students of Hilbert, coach Cole Klubek said.

“This is for our entire campus community and not just the hockey program” he said. “The partnership is great for Hilbert as it provides our students with internship and volunteer opportunities within a professional sports organization.”

Opportunities like these can have great benefits for those in the Sports Industry Management program at Hilbert College. Having some of the Beauts around will have a great impact on the players of this new team and it will show throughout the season, Klubek added.

“It is a great reminder to our players that there are potential playing and operational opportunities in professional hockey after college which will be very motivational for some.”

Hawks Men’s Soccer Loses Final Home Game, But Clinches Playoff Spot

HAMBURG, NY – Today the Hilbert Hawks Men’s Soccer Team faced off against Alfred State at home. The game was back and forth and a very tight battle. Eventually the Alfred State Pioneers would win the game 4-2. This game was their final home game but they did clinch a playoff berth.  

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Hilbert  2  |  Alfred State  4
  • Location: Hawk Field  |  Hamburg, NY
  • Records: Hilbert  5-9-2 AMCC 2-5  |  Alfred State  9-5-4 AMCC 4-2-1

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Hawks kicked off against Alfred State on a beautiful fall day for their final home game at 3:00. 
  • Less than a minute into the game Alfred State took the lead and for the next fifteen minutes both teams battled hard and could not find an edge. 
  • In the sixteenth minute Jason Vullo struck one on a breakaway with his right foot into the bottom right corner of the net to tie the game at one. 
  • Only eight minutes later Jason Vullo put a beautiful cross in for Chris Smith who just had to tap it home for Hilbert to take a one goal advantage. 
  • Alfred State was not finished though as they cashed in two more times before the half to make it a 3-2 game with 45 minutes to go. 
  • The entire second half was a deadlock as neither team could get an edge. As Hilbert began to push up in the final minute looking for the tying goal they would get caught out and eventually get scored on. Hilbert would go on to lose the game 4-2. 

GAME NOTES

  • The Hawks took a total of 3 shots throughout the contest. They were heavily outshot as Alfred State took 10. This led to Alfred State having an advantage in corners, Alfred State had 5 and Hilbert had 2. 
  • Jason Vullo led the Hawks today with two shots on goal and was followed by Chris Smith who recorded 1. 
  • Logan Peck played outstanding today recording six saves in the loss. 

UP NEXT

The Hawks head back to the program’s first post-season tournament since the 2015 season.   As the No. 6 seed, Hilbert will travel to No. 3 Alfred State on October 29 with a 12 noon first kick due to that campus’ double header play-off series.  The winner of the First Round game will advance to play at No. 2 Pitt-Greensburg on November 3.

AMCC Tournament seedings:
No. 1 Penn State Behrend
No. 2 Mount Aloysius
No. 3 Alfred State College
No. 4 Pitt-Greensburg
No. 5 Penn State Altoona
No. 6 Hilbert

First Round Games: October 29
Semifinal Games: November 3
Championship Game: November 6

Hawks Celebrate Season at First Homecoming Game

On a cold and windy Friday night in Hamburg, New York, the first homecoming football game in Hawk’s history took place at the Hawk’s Nest against a very talented D2 team, Lincoln University from Oakland, California.

The frigid weather didn’t stop Hawks fans from showing their support for their team. The environment was electric as fans showed their excitement throughout the duration of the game cheering loud and proud. “With this being their first season in history,” one fan said, “I would like to congratulate them on being their very best with the very best coaches we have around here.”

Head Coach Jim Kubiak said he loved seeing fans coming out to support the team. “ I think the atmosphere was very positive. Friday night game for our players, a lot of them from Western New York, very exciting.”

Unfortunately, the Hawks couldn’t get it done on their home turf losing 70-0 to the Oaklanders. “We had an opponent who was in from California; has played a bunch of Division 1 teams. We knew they were going to be big and physical, and they were big and physical.”

Although the score was not what the coaching staff wanted from their squad, there were some positive takeaways that came out of this game. In the first quarter, the Hawks showed signs of strength in the first drive on the defensive side of the ball, shutting down the Oaklanders forcing them to punt the football away. By the end of the first, the score was 14-0 in favor of Lincoln. Defensive linemen Taivaughn Roach and Clifford Zeigler both led Hilbert in tackles with 11 each.

By the end of the 1st quarter, everything started to go downhill. Lincoln scored 56 unanswered points in the last three quarters of the game. Despite losing by 70, Coach Kubiak was still positive and appreciative of his team for never giving up and playing their best until the clock hit zero. “ I thought our guys continued to fight, and they played as hard as they could, and when bad things happened, they kept on fighting, and that’s what we were asking them to do. I was very happy with them coming back in the second half and giving everything they had.”

As Hilbert’s season comes to an end with only three games remaining, the program has dealt with many ups and downs from the beginning of the season to present. “ We came out to put a new program together from ground zero,” Kubiak said, “And that means that we have all freshman and sophomore guys. I think overall I’ve been really pleased with the guys who have stuck with it and continue to grow in the weight room and the leadership from some of our defensive guys and we need to continue to get better.”

Leaving the stadium, a fan shared, “I think Hilbert’s off to a little bit of a rocky start but, hey, I think they’ll pull through in the end. I mean, it’s going to take a while. This is a brand-new team and they’ve got a lot of potential, so we’ll see where it goes.”

Hilbert travels to Wooster, Ohio to play The College of Wooster Scots Saturday, October 22nd at 1:00 pm, aiming for their first win of the 2022 season.

Men’s Cross Country Finishes Strong

CHILI, N.Y. – The Hilbert Men’s Cross Country team also competed against their largest field of competitors this morning when they raced at the 33rd Annual Harry F. Anderson Invite hosted by and on the campus of Roberts Wesleyan University.

The Hawks finished with 425 points, in a two-way tie with Keuka for 13th place but fell to 14th based on head-to-head finishes between the two teams.  Today was just the second time in program history where the men’s team, racing in a 10+ team competition at the Anderson race, broke 500 points.

The Geneseo men’s team easily claimed the team title after placing their top scorers in the first eight slots.  But it was Ryan Cory from Cortland who out distanced the Knights for a first place finish.  His 24:50.9 time was 21-seconds quicker than Geneseo’s Alex Hilyard.

Geneseo had a big cushion in points (24) over Cortland who took second with 13 better than the hosts, Roberts Wesleyan who combined for 110 points.

TEAM RESULTS:
1. Geneseo, 24 points
2. Cortland, 97 points
3. Roberts Wesleyan, 110 points
4. St. Bonaventure, 111 points
5. Fredonia, 125 points
6. Gannon, 149 points
7. SUNY-ESF 175 points
8. Mercyhurst, 189 points
9. Le Moyne, 277 points
10. Alfred State, 290 points
11. Corning CC, 352 points,
12. Finger Lakes CC, 358 points
13. Keuka, 425 points
14. Hilbert, 425 points
15. Bryant & Stratton (Bflo), 453 points


Hilbert College 8K results:
31:25.8 #74, Kenneth Trometer
32:02.4 #77, Matthew Domagala
36:10.1 #86, Josh Kidder
38:00.6 #90, Jonathan Heck
45:54.2 #98, J Bowman
47:38.6 #99, N Letizia
47:43.5 #100, J Ortman

The Hawks have two weeks to train and prepare for their next meet.  Hilbert College will host the 14th Annual Meghan Memorial Race October 8th on the 5K course on campus.  Follow this (LINK) for more information on the annual race honoring a former teammate and friend to the program.

– Kara Rehbaum

Editor’s Note: This story was written by the Hilbert Athletics staff and shared with The Scribe

Hawks Football Wins Exhibition Game

BROCKPORT, N.Y. – The Hilbert Hawks football team traveled to SUNY-Brockport for a mid-season exhibition against the Golden Eagles JV team on Monday. The Hawks took care of business and headed back to Hamburg 14-7 victors!

How it Happened:

1st Half – Much like the matchup last week against Curry College, the Hawks and Golden Eagles played a first quarter game of field position with neither team scoring any points. Six seconds into the second quarter Brockport quarterback Evan Gordon connected with Mitchell Mackissock for a 22-yard touchdown pass. That would be the last time Brockport would score on their home turf for the day. It was also the only points of the first half.

2nd Half – With Nicholas Rinker at the helm, the new look Hawks offense started clicking right away after returning from the halftime break. Andre Augustiniak hauled in a 54-yard touchdown reception from Rinker early in the 3rd quarter and followed it up with a 1-yard rushing touchdown two minutes later. The Hawks defense, led by Ben Kirkland and Taivaughn Roach, had 69 tackles on the day including 6 tackles for a loss. The Hawks defense also had 4 interceptions including one late in the game that sealed the victory.

Final Score – Hilbert 14 – Brockport 7

What’s Next – Hilbert College hosts NCAA DII independent Lincoln University from Oakland, California, for their final home game of the season on October 14th at 7PM at Saint Francis High School in Hamburg, New York.

– Cole Klubek

Editor’s Note: This story was written by the Hilbert Athletics staff and shared with The Scribe

Women’s Soccer Bested by Soaring Eagles

ELMA, N.Y.  – The Hilbert Women’s Soccer team hosted  Elmira College this afternoon at the Sahlen’s Sports Park due to playing conditions back on campus.

The Hawks stayed with the Soaring Eagles the first 45-minutes but lost their momentum in the second half and fell in a 4-nill non-conference contest.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score:  Elmira 4  |  Hilbert 0
  • Location:  Flash Field  | Sahlen’s Sports Park
  • Records:   Hilbert 3-3-2  I  Elmira 4-5

HOW IT HAPPENED  

  • Due to the rain earlier in the week, Hilbert moved the game to a neutral site in order to get the non-conference contest in the books. 
  • The light rain stopped by the time the women’s game started at 3:30 pm so the turf was wet but still fast.
  • Elmira took a one-goal lead in the 9th minute after carrying the ball down the left sideline and finished with a centering pass to the box that landed in the back of the net.
  • Macy Kisner had a terrific opportunity in the first half, sprinting with and then past an Elmira defender which left her alone in a 1 v  1 with the keeper who was credited with a save in the 24th minute.
  • The Soaring Eagles scored back-to-back goals from up top off hard shots that sailed over the Hilbert keeper, and they repeated that same feat six minutes later from the same spot on the turf for the win.

GAME NOTES

  • Hilbert closed the game with 11 shots and four corners while Elmira led with 21 and 7, respectively.
  • Hailey Kuder was credited with seven saves in 69:32 minutes before Tahlia Kosek traded in her field jersey to finish the game in net with one save.
  • Grace Zabawa led the charge with three shots and Kisner, Hannah Brock and Gabrielle Avallone added two each.

UP NEXT

Hilbert opens the AMCC portion of their schedule this weekend when they travel to Pitt-Greensburg Saturday, October 1st.

– Kara Rehbaum

Editor’s Note: This story was written by the Hilbert Athletics staff and shared with The Scribe

Men’s Soccer Falls to Elmira

ELMA, N.Y.  – The Hilbert Men’s Soccer team took on Elmira College today and lost by a score of 4-0. It was a hard fought game from start to finish playing on the turf at Sahlen’s Sports Park.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score:  Elmira 4  |  Hilbert 0
  • Location:  Flash Field  | Sahlen’s Sports Park
  • Records:   Hilbert 3-4-2  I  Elmira 6-2-1

HOW IT HAPPENED  

  • Due to the rain earlier in the week, Hilbert moved the game to a neutral site in order to get the non-conference contest in the books. 
  • The turf was wet but fast and so was the speed of the game.  Both team passed the ball well, but Elmira built a 2-goal lead by intermission.
  • The Soaring Eagles connected in the 8th and 12th minute as the Hawks’ defense elevated their efforts to the break.
  • Hilbert played even with Elmira, but a trip in the box led to a PK goal in the 71st minute and distracted the Hawks for a minute.  Elmira padded their lead 100-seconds later and took the shutout victory.

GAME NOTES

  • Hilbert stayed with Elmira in the first half, credited with four shots to the Soaring Eagles eight.
  • The Hawks were outshot throughout the contest which led to them having a deficit in corner kicks and scoring opportunities.
  • Logan Peck made six saves but faced multiple 1 v 1 looks in the second half.
  • Carter Burke and Beckham Blair each took two shots today.

UP NEXT

Hilbert opens the AMCC portion of their schedule this weekend when they travel to Pitt-Greensburg Saturday, October 1st.

– Justin Evoy

Editor’s Note: This story was written by the Hilbert Athletics staff and shared with The Scribe