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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.

Hawks Football Improves in Second Outing

HAMBURG, N.Y. – The Willamette University Bearcats flew in from Salem, Oregon, for the matchup against the Hilbert College Hawks and found a much-improved Hawks team awaiting them.

How It Happened:

1st Quarter:
Bearcats quarterback Aidan Kuykendall scored early on an 8-yard run. Hilbert followed their scoring drive by running an end around pass from WR Andre Augustiniak that resulted in an 18-yard touchdown to Joseph Stover. A successful onside kick by Eric Cline gave Hilbert the ball right back. The ensuing drive was capped off by a 22-yard touchdown pass from Jeremiah Caviness to Nicholas Rinker. Willamette answered on a 34-yard passing touchdown by Kuykendall. End of 1Q: 14-14.

2nd and 3rd Quarter:
Willamette controlled the second and third quarters adding a field goal from Dirnberger and two passing touchdowns from Kuykendall. End of 3Q: 31-14

4th Quarter:
Jake Dressel completed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Deondre Rice. The two-point conversion attempt was no good. Final Score: 31-20.

Talking Stats:
Caviness completed 16 of 21 passes for 96 yards and a touchdown. Jalen Henlon picked up 61 yards on the ground. Joseph Stover led all receivers with 6 catches for 61 yards and a touchdown. Defensively Emmanuel Land IV and Taivaughn Roach provided 9 and 8 tackles respectively for a defense that was much harder to move a ball against this week. Thomas Howard Jr. had 5 tackles and an interception when Willamette was driving in the second half. Punter Scott Essig averaged 38.7 yards per punt on 3 punts today and pinned the Bearcats at the 1-yard line with a 47 yarder on his first punt of the day. Eric Cline made his first collegiate extra point and followed it up soon after with his second.

Up Next:
Hilbert travels to Milton, Massachusetts, next weekend to take on Curry College in the team’s first official NCAA DIII road game. The Colonels are currently 1-2 after picking up a 33-25 win today against Dean College.

– Cole Klubek

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

Hilbert Community Gets Back Into Rhythm

Class is back in session for the Fall 2022 semester at Hilbert College and students, staff and teachers are all getting back into the rhythm of campus life.

Students and professors said they have mixed feelings about getting back into their school routines as the semester kicks off.

Graduate student Mia Loschiavo is a bit stressed starting off this semester but is excited to start her new journey in the graduate program.

“I am super happy to be back at Hilbert,” Loschavio said. “I am obviously overwhelmed and a little stressed out starting graduate school, but I know it will all work out in the end and I am excited to be a part of such a great program with great friends.”

The first day of undergraduate classes took placed on Monday, August 29th and graduate classes started Saturday, September 3rd.

Professor Colleen Kumiega had a lot of advice to give students starting off the semester.

“These are the best days you’ll remember,” she said. “Trust the plan. you never know the people you meet or the paths you cross and where they may lead you or how they may influence you.”

The Hilbert Community makes quite an impact on students from a personal and educational standpoint.

Grace Boyd is a student who recognizes the impact Hilbert has made on her education and is excited to

start her final year at Hilbert, she said.

“After a much-needed summer vacation, I am eager to enter my fourth year here at Hilbert College,” Boyd said. “Although this fall may be much different than previous years, I am excited to continue my collegiate career as well as build onto my preexisting knowledge I’ve gotten from Hilbert.”

Getting involved on campus and creating meaningful relationships throughout your college career can help you in your future.

“Life comes around full circle, so make an impact and touch everyone’s lives you cross. Find meaning in the relationships you build as they will be of support for you in your future endeavors,” said Kumiega.

Hilbert Honors Sisters of St. Joseph

On the 65th anniversary of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph founding Hilbert College, the college honored the sisters with the unveiling of the new FSSJ wall in the Bogel Hall foyer.

The wall includes a timeline of Hilbert all the way from it founding to present day, an interactive touchscreen tv, which has videos promoting Hilbert as well as pictures of people from the college from past and present.

In attendance were the current Franciscan Sisters as well as college President Michael Brophy, Dr. Diedre DeBose and other Hilbert College faculty.

DeBose gave a glowing speech in honor of the sisters.

“Thank you all for the sacrifices that you made. You have dedicated your entire lives to ensuring that others are ok,” she said. “Thank you for your commitment to servitude, simplicity and  joy.” 

Graduate Department Hosts Barbecue

The Hilbert College Graduate Department hosted a barbecue last weekend for current and incoming students to the graduate programs.

The Graduate Department hosted the event in hopes that current graduate students, incoming graduate students, faculty, and alumni could have a chance to interact with one another before classes start.

Amanda Steffan, Director of Graduate Admissions and Student Services said the barbecue enabled students and staff to mingle and new students were able to gain some insight on the graduate programs from current students and alumni.

“I think overall we had a good turnout and an excellent mixture of current students with alumni,” Steffan said. It allowed us to foster conversations around what students are doing who have graduated and how they can become more involved with our current graduate programs.”

This event took place at Buffalo Harbor State Park where food, drinks, and yard games were provided for all who attended. It gave students and alumni a chance to talk with one another as well as their families about the program and their experiences.

Incoming Criminal Justice Administration, 4+1 student, Colin Windle says the barbecue was a good way to start the program since students could chat with one another and get to know their professors.

“I think the barbecue was a great way to get to know who else is in the grad program and a great way to talk to our professors and get to know them,” Windle said. “I am definitely excited to start this new chapter of my life, however I do feel like a freshman again as the grad program is all new to me.”

The first day of Graduate classes will take place on Saturday September 3 for the incoming 4+1 students.

“I know there are a lot of great resources to help me along the way at Hilbert,” Windle said.

There is plenty support from staff and professors involved in these programs and many students succeed.

Overall, the event had approximately 60 attendees and it could be beneficial to future students as well.

Graduate Assistant, Anthony DiNizo said he hopes events like this continue to be held in the future because they can be beneficial to the students.

“I found that it was a great experience to get to network with current 4+1 students, traditional graduate students, alumni, faculty, and staff,” he said. “I hope we explore this option in the future and continue our efforts as a Graduate Program to provide these rewarding experiences for our students.”

Hilbert Kicks Off Semester with Welcome Week

As students return to campus this week they will have many opportunities to mingle with other students and get comfortable with the campus.

The Hilbert Office of Student Involvement has organized a slate of activities for new and returning students throughout the week in an effort to help students settle into the semester.

Alex Gill, the school’s Director of Student Involvement, said he hopes students will take advantage of the opportunities set up by his office to get to know other students and get involved on campus.

“I hope that welcome week gives students the chance to create community with new and old friends,” Gill said. “I hope they are able to see how welcoming and open-minded the Hilbert community is while discovering new and different ways to express themselves.” 

Welcome week activities include:

Gill said he also sees this as an opportunity to reach out to students and let them know that they can help his office plan events throughout the semester.

“We have a lot of fun planned for this semester, but we are always open to new ideas,” he said. “If students are interested in planning, organizing, and implementing events, I would suggest that they get involved in the Campus Activities Board and different clubs or organizations on campus. We are so excited for this year, and we can’t wait to see the many different ways that our students get involved.”

Honors Students Headed to Philly

Dr. Amy Smith has led Hilbert College’s Honors Program since 2001. Smith said students usually have at least one opportunity to travel with the program.

This year, Smith is taking three students participating in this year’s Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference. The conference theme is “A More Perfect Union: Creating and Restoring Community in an Age of Disruption” and Smith’s students will cover topics on political platforms, residential segregation, and substance abuse.

To be considered for the program, students must apply with a letter stating why they feel they deserve a spot in the program and a letter of recommendation.

Smith’s advice for students interested in the program is to come willing and ready to learn.

“The kind of student who is willing to take a little bit of a risk to explore new areas and try different things, they want to expand their horizon,” Smith said. “Sometimes they’re asked to do things they aren’t always comfortable with, but it’s beneficial in the long run. . . I like students who are willing to do that, speak up in class, challenge ideas and opinions, even if they’re mine. Students who are thinking, that’s one of the key things. They aren’t always the best writers or test-takers, but they’re good thinkers and like to think. I think that’s another important attribute to have that aspect to them as well.”

There are many benefits exclusively for honors students; students get early registration, a scholarship, courses solely for honors students, traveling, the honors lounge, and more.

Smith took students to Italy, England, Barcelona, Kenya, Costa Rica, Hawaii, California, and more during that time.

“I enjoy taking students somewhere they’ve never been before,” Smith said, “Even if I’ve been there before, getting to see them experience it for the first time is neat because then it is new for me, also.”

Last spring Smith took her Reading and Writing Buffalo class, offered exclusively to honors students, to San Francisco, CA. Students visited Yosemite National Park, Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate National Recreation Center, and explored the city of San Francisco. During this trip, students learned how to navigate public transportation, and Dr. Smith challenged students to look at different ways to navigate on feet in a big city.

This program budget covers most, if not all, of the cost of the trip.

“Depending on the number of students and where we’re going, sometimes students have had to pay a little bit toward the trip, but I don’t think I’ve ever asked students for more than maybe $50 to $75.” Smith said.

Junior Andrew Wozniak has been in the program since his freshman year and says his favorite part of the program is the opportunity for experiential learning. He took the Reading and Writing Buffalo class and is one of the students who went to San Francisco last spring. Wozniak’s favorite part of the trip was visiting Yosemite National Park. Growing up as a boy scout, he said, “nature was my forte.”

Any student interested in applying to the honors program should contact Dr. Amy Smith at asmith@hilbert.edu.