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.

Hilbert’s BSU/MSA Club Promoting Equality

Hilbert College’s Black Student Union and Multi-Cultural Student Association Club, ran by Tyshawn Jones and Adrionna Wright are always promoting equality on campus. The clubs have an emphasis on acceptance while welcoming students of all races and ethnicities.

On a college campus, there are many different cultures and some students may feel that they struggle to fit in. BSU/MSA Club attempts to bridge that gap on Hilbert’s campus. “Who doesn’t want to feel comfortable and see things change on campus” Jones said. “The club is all about promoting and educating people on history and cultures.”

Jones and Wright said they plan to hold events students can look forward to on campus this semester. A potential movie night and guest speaker are in the works. Both Jones and Wright, made it clear that they’re always open to any suggestions. The clubs emphasis is on equality, making anyone welcome and all ideas are to be considered.

“It’s important to learn about other people; where they’re from, where they grew up,” Wright added. Although it hasn’t been confirmed yet, they club plans to meet again in about two weeks, while the first event is estimated for the end of March. Stay tuned for postings on meeting times and events. For more information, feel free to contact Adrionna Wright or Tyshawn Jones at any time.

Residence Life: Getting Involved While Supporting Programs

There have been many drawbacks because of the coronavirus pandemic. Events have been canceled and rescheduled. Students feel that their college experience is being ripped away. Hilbert college, however, is doing their very best to host events. Whether they are running virtually through zoom or held in person, while following proper social distancing guidelines, there are many opportunities still going on for students to get involved in.

Residence Life hosts RA events weekly this semester including, spa nights, make your own door decorations, virtual trivia night, and so many others. Students are highly encouraged to get involve and form relationships with other students at Hilbert.

Resident Directory, Brett Kane said his department has been trying to give resident students things to do, despite the challenges presented by covid.

“A big focus of ours this semester is doing service and social justice programming … we’re trying to get more speakers, we’re trying to support other department programs, and not focus on recreating programming, but supporting programming on campus,” Kane said.

One way students can do this could be by simply attending an event you would not usually attend, just to show support to peers, Kane said.

Some other events to look forward to include scavenger hunts, where your “home” unit on campus will work as a group so we are not mixing multiple living spaces at once, more virtual trivia nights, and additional socially distanced events.

The virtual events seem to have been very popular this semester. Events that are more convenient for students to attend make the participation steady as well. Within these programs, students might be pleasantly surprised with the relationships and friendships they can form with other students as well.

“The RAs have been focusing on building strong relationships, and giving students personalized invites,” Kane said.

ResLife is continuously working to get students involved, especially during times like this. It is highly encouraged for students to get involved and participate in events and programs in their college community, RA Jordan Salomone said.

“Put yourself out there and find new people to talk to…even if it’s something you’re not interested in,” Salomone said.

It will not hurt to stop by an event or click the zoom link and make some friends in a program that catches your interest. Kane explains that the virtual events in particular focus on “a connection that is focused on similarities, focused on support, and focused on bringing residents together in a different way.”

Honors Program Provides Students with Opportunities

Freddie Ando has been participating in Hilbert College’s honors program since last semester. He said that he was nominated by his English teacher to be in the honors program.

“I decided to do it because I get to register first and I also get access to the honors lounge. It also looks good on a resume.”

I got in touch with Freddie Ando, a member of the honors program, to get information on what it is like. Freddie says that “This program has really changed his life and I would recommend any student to get involved with my program. At first there’s a lot of work involved but it is worth it in the end. You meet all new people, along with getting involved with the community, and learning new experiences.”

Freddie gave us a lot of information regarding the honors program, to get you more a background of what it is like. One of the first questions that I wanted to ask is what activities do you do when you are in the Honors Program.

The main activity that honors program students participate in is mainly Volunteer work. Each year we must complete a total number of 20 service ours to be in this program,” Ando said. “When you take the entry level honors course, the class participates in a food drive where we must donate food to a local food pantry. Majority of the money for the food comes from either a GoFundMe account or on campus fundraiser. As a class we also went to both Resurrection Life food Pantry and Feed More WNY to help those that are in need of food. To me I love fun activates and it keeps me more involved. So, when I found out that there is a lot to do and that this program keeps you involved it got me more intrigued.”

There are a lot of people hurting right now regarding Covid, many families are struggling and every scholarship helps.

Ando said that the Honors Program has recently acquired a scholarship of $1,000. He also said that he wished that, “the scholarship should be worth more based on how much work it takes to stay in this program.” Even though the honors program is a lot of work, Ando says that he likes it. He also said that when you are involved in the Honors Program you get to be with the Honors Lounge. He said that “The Honors Lounge is a big room with computers, a printer, couches, with a conference style tables and chairs. It is a nice quiet place where I can complete assignments. The Honors Lounge to me is very rewarding because it symbolizes all the hard work that I have put into my schooling. The Honors Program has really opened my eyes to the world through the volunteer work. When I was completing my 20 service hours at Resurrection Life Food Pantry, I realized how many people need help in our community. This has made me internally grateful for the life that I have today.”

Right now, it is hard to get involved on campus because of Covid-19 but the campus is having more and more zoom meetings to have on campus so students get involved. The Honors Program is another way to get involved at Hilbert. Freddie Ando says “Our impacts from volunteering outside of college really show how powerful Hilbert really is. It shows that the students who attend classes their have big hearts full of passion to help the community through both law enforcement and community service. I have created many new friendships from the honors program. I have mainly acquired these friends through the honors course. We have worked together for the greater good of our community and I believe that it makes our friendships stronger.” I also wanted to ask the director of the honors programs, Dr. Smith, some questions regarding the program. Dr. Smith says that there are approximately 50 total students in the honors program. Dr. Smith says “The Honors Program is designed to develop the skills that employers and graduate schools are looking for, including problem solving, critical thinking, and communication skills.  Participating in the program is a way of setting yourself apart from your peers when it comes time to apply for a job or graduate school and showing that you have the skills employers are looking for. The Honors Program provides students with opportunities to grow personally as they challenge themselves academically and to develop leadership skills as they give back to their communities.”

Hilbert Receives Largest Grant in College History

Hilbert College was awarded a $500,000 grant from Mother Cabrini Health Foundation early this year.

This is the largest foundation grant in Hilbert’s history and will be used to create the Hilbert Franciscan Advocacy & Resource Center. This new center will be used to help students overcome life issues and support their ability to transition and thrive in an educational setting.

“I am extremely grateful to The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation for this record-setting grant. The creation of this new Franciscan Advocacy & Resource Center at Hilbert will truly be transformative for the students we serve and the community at large.” Hilbert President Michael S. Brophy Ph.D. said in a prepared statement

The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation was created to honor of Mother Cabrini, a nun who worked with the poor in 19th century New York City, and continue her legacy of helping those in need.

“We intend these grants to have a significant impact in ameliorating food insecurity, helping providers as they deliver care and services in this challenging environment, offering mental health services, and sustaining other essential resources,” said Msgr. Gregory Mustaciuolo, Chief Executive Officer of the Mother Cabrini Health foundation in the statement.

This new center will be led by Jeffery Papia, Vice President of Mission Integration and Campus Ministry. The creation of the Center will include five separate intervention strategies to ensure student success. These interventions include:

  • Wellness Center
  • SOAR: Success, opportunity, Advising, and Retention
  • Campus Ministry Outreach Program
  • Adult Services Initiative
  • Learning commons

This grant will also support the creation of a new position to support diversity and inclusion initiatives at Hilbert.

Krispy Kreme Fundraiser helps Lenten Project

Hilbert’s Lenten project raised nearly $500 through a Krispy Kreme donut sale early this month.

The fundraiser was to contribute towards helping families that are served by the Family Help Center this Lenten season.

The Director of Service Learning & Community Engagement Rachel Wozniak said the donut sale went a long way toward helping the project achieve its goal.

“The Krispy Kreme Fundraiser for the Lenten Project was very successful,” Wozniak said. “The donut fundraiser generated nearly $500 in proceeds”.

This event was one of many fundraisers for the Lenten Project; there was also the Pie-O-Mine Fundraising Night Amazon Gift Card Raffle and the Easter Egg toss. Be on the lookout for other fundraising events to help those in need.

Spring Weather Brings Threat of Car Break Ins

Hilbert students recently received a campus safety alert email about potential car break ins.

In spring, as the weather gets warmer, there is a rise in property crime. The email goes into detail about what the criminals might be after and ways to reduce the chance your car is targeted.

How to prevent and deter a break in:

  1. Always lock your doors and roll up your windows when you park.
  2. Know where you’re going and plan routes that avoid high crime areas whenever possible
  3. Park in well-lit areas
  4. Never leave your car unattended if it’s running
  5. Activate your security system if you have one.
  6. Use after-market measures, like mechanisms that lock the steering wheel to protect your car and alert thieves that you’ve taken extra security measures.
  7. Don’t use the console or glove box as mobile lock boxes. These are obvious to thieves, too.
  8. Don’t hand them the keys

What they might be after:

  1. Phone
  2. Purse or wallet
  3. Laptop (or its bag)
  4. A briefcase or backpack
  5. Shopping bags
  6. An MP3 player or other small electronics
  7. Cash – yes, even loose change/coins
  8. Your keys – it actually happens!

Director of Campus Safety Vito Czyz said that while the Hilbert Campus does not see property crimes like this often, it’s worth keeping these precautions in mind.

“Since my arrival here in Fall of 2017, I have not investigated any forced entry vehicle break ins. There has been reported thefts from vehicles that were either attributed to the vehicle being left open or someone having used a key,” Czyz said.

Last year there were no cars stolen, no car break ins and only a few items found missing from cars on campus, according to figures provided by Czyz.

The college is planning to invest in new cameras for the parking lots to help prevent theft and other crimes, he added.

Hilbert Holds Stand Up to Bias Event

With Hilbert’s Unity Within Our Community month kicked off, things look different, but many events are available for the Hilbert College community.  

The Stand Up to Bias information session was hosted by Jeff Papia, Vice President of Mission Integration and Campus Ministry, via Zoom last month. Here students learned how to repair and restore the Hilbert College community by responding and standing up to bias.

Through the collaboration of faculty and staff Stand Up To Bias was revived with an intent to provide the community with a reliable source to strive and build unity. 

“We want to have a process by which to address these things because at Hilbert, and by being Franciscan we care about our community, we care about relationships and we want to make sure that everybody is happy, healthy and successful here at Hilbert and these harmful actions can prevent that from being so,” Papia said.

The event explained the procedure to fill out the Bias Incident Reporting Form, which can be completed by any individual at the Hilbert website. The event also educated students that this may be an ongoing process, but with the guidance and resources provided they will be able to reflect and grow despite the circumstances. By walking through the procedure students were made aware of the importance of their safety and how closely each investigation will be monitored. “I want to see numbers. We know there are incidents happening,” Papia said. 

“The goal is to make room for those expressions in so far as it’s healthy in so far as the dialogue is constructive, in so far is the goal and the intent is to learn in and throughout your expression and in so far as it creates a space where everybody can feel comfortable sharing their identity with us,” Papia said. “As a Franciscan community we cannot tolerate bias.” 

For more information, students, faculty and staff can visit the Hilbert College website http://hilbert.edu/bias or can reach Jeff Papia at jpapia@hilbert.edu and Gregory Roberts, Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students groberts@hilbert.edu.

Hilbert Library to Host News Literacy Game

If you’re a social media aficionado, or someone who feels confident enough to distinguish articles that are absurd from the ones that are logical — now is your opportunity to put that talent to the test.

Melissa Laidman of the McGrath Library will be hosting Fact or Fiction, a virtual game of news literacy hosted through Zoom, on March 1st, at 6 p.m.  

Fact or Fiction is a new program at Hilbert College that designed to test even the wisest and most rational thinkers, a fun game of fact-checking where participants are able to remotely compete against friends and fellow students.

“I ran the program in the Fall Semester at (Erie Community College),” Melissa Laidman, Hilbert’s reference librarian, said in an email, “It was really successful at ECC and the students gave me lots of positive feedback.”  

Though the program will remain similar to that of its original form at Erie Community College, Laidman has plans to expand on the program’s questionnaire with things that will be more timely.

“It will be mostly the same,” Laidman said “But I am switching up some of the questions because some didn’t work that well.”

In an age where false news has become a valid concern with the widespread dissemination of misinformation on social media and other platforms, having an idea of what is and what isn’t misleading information is invaluable to those who find themselves spending more and more time indoors and online with eyes glued to social media during the coronavirus pandemic. Fact or Fiction being available remotely will give more people an opportunity to learn about the identifying of false or speculative information in a rewarding manner. Though the current event will be hosted remotely to allow for more students to participate, Laidman hopes to one day make the event available in person as well.

If you’re interested in participating in Fact or Fiction, you can register to sign up by visiting https://hilbert.libwizard.com/f/factorfiction. Winner of the event will also receive a $10 Amazon e-card. The event is slated to run from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM EST. Participants will be sent a Zoom link prior to the event starting. For further information, potential signees can contact Melissa Laidman with any inquiries or concerns at mlaidman@hilbert.edu.

Hilbert to hold Covid Informational Session

Hilbert’s Counseling and Wellness Center will host a virtual informational session on covid-19.

The session, held over Zoom at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, will offer information on symptoms, impacts, vaccines and treatment of the disease and an opportunity to ask questions of health professionals, including Kalieda Health’s Dr. Kenneth Snyder.

Hilbert’s Allison Chatley said the session is open to all members of the Hilbert community.

“The goal of this collaboration with Kaleida Health Services is to give Hilbert’s community first-hand information about the current state of COVID, the development of the vaccine and allow a space for students and staff to voice concerns or fears they may be having,” Chatley said.

Community members can access the session with the link below: