Senior Psychology Students Begin Data Collection

Hilbert senior psychology students have begun collecting data for their senior capstone studies.

Five senior students spent last fall researching topics of their interest to use to run their own study this spring. Assistant Professor of the psychology department, Dr. Caitlin Szalkowski is overseeing the students’ studies.

“Students get to understand what life as a researcher looks like in the field of psychology” Dr. Szalkowski said when asked about the benefits of senior psychology students completing their own study.

“Students also gain skills like organization, time management, and problem solving, that are needed in all professions” said Szalkowski.

Data collection for these studies has started and will continue through April 13th, 2022. If you wish to participate in any of the five studies, please contact Dr. Szalkowski at CSzalkowski@hilbert.edu.

St. Joe’s Will No Longer Offer Single Dorm Rooms

Residence Life recently announced that they will not be offering single rooms in the St. Joe’s dorm building, starting in the fall.

This change in the dorm room set-up is mainly due to the new addition of sports teams, including football, women’s ice hockey, and track and field. The idea with this is to increase availability with dorm space, to allow the incoming freshman and transfer students to live on campus and not have to worry about housing issues in the upcoming semester, Grace Adams, Interim Director of Residence Life, said.

Adams mentioned that this has not been the only reason for change in the housing selection process in recent years.

“The pandemic and amount of space was the impact changing how housing selection has been conducted the last two years,” she said. “The decision to not offer singles at housing selection was in anticipation that we may have a higher number than normal of incoming students and will need the potential for full occupancy between all buildings”.

St. Joe’s dorm rooms are already quite small, and students who have their own room enjoy having their own space to themselves.

“There are always growing pains with change,” Adams said. “Our hope is to thoroughly train our staff in the fall to be prepared for the possibility of increased tension or mental health concerns. While St. Joseph Hall rooms are not as big or as new as Trinity Hall, they are still larger than a handful of options at other schools in Western New York. St. Joseph Hall is on our list to make improvements and part of doing that is getting feedback from students who live there for what would be most beneficial.”

Residence Life is allowing students to join a waitlist, and depending on availability, may be permitted to reside in their own space, but there is no guarantee. The waitlist determination is based on student status, as well as credit hours achieved by the next semester, Adams said.

The Resident Assistants (RA’s) in each of the dorm buildings will continue to reside in their own space, as ‘it is important for their role and their mental health’.

Adams also mentioned that there have been concerns about not offering singles for the next academic year and are willing to take feedback under consideration for future processes and will make adjustments as needed.

“We hope to take the student insight and perspective to apply positive change and improvements over the next few years”.

SGA Voting Continues Throughout the Week

The Student Government Association elections are now open and will remain so through Friday.

Students can find voting stations where they will be directed to a voting website through a QR code throughout campus:  two in Bogel Hall at the chapel and switchboard, one in Paczesny Hall near the 78 West Cafe, one in the Campus Center lower level and one in Franciscan Hall’s Student Involvement Center.

Voting is open through 10:30 p.m. Friday and students can learn about the platforms of various candidates at the voting stations.

Kody Harrison, the current SGA president, who is up for reelection, said he hopes Hilbert students will feel compelled to make their voices heard in this election.

“I know personally that there are some students that believe that their voices are not being heard and this is the greatest way to be that one voice,” Harrison said in an email. “The SGA Senate are the people who represent the student body as a whole. This is the opportunity for students to have their voice heard by choosing who represents them in these large scale decisions that are being made on campus.”

Advisement Begins

The process of academic advisement is beginning for all Hilbert students as the semester has headed into April.

This is a time in which students must meet with their advisors to discuss which classes they plan on taking for next semester.

During this meeting, it is also a time to ask any questions about certain classes, such as which ones are available and which ones are still needed to be taken for a student’s specific program and the modules within it.

Jin Zhang, professor and advisor, said that the advisement process is very beneficial to students

“Academic advisement can assist you in better understanding the requirement of your major, help to make an appropriate academic schedule, provide relevant information for tutoring sessions, and explain how the registration and course selection process goes,” said Zhang.

If your advisor has not yet emailed you about scheduling a meeting, it is important to reach out to them as soon as possible. This can be said for all future academic advisement periods as well.

Registration will also be starting shortly after the advisement process, and the Hilbert academic calendar provides the registration dates for each class level.

Students can register for their classes on self-service and will only be able to register with their advisor’s approval, which is why this process is essential.

Hilbert student Mckenna Staruch said she takes her meetings with advisors seriously.

“Meeting with my advisor and looking at my program sheet always helps me figure out the classes I should take, and if I am on track with my planning,” said Staruch. “It is overall beneficial to have that kind of help.”

Hilbert Hosts Resume Writing Workshop

Last month the Hilbert Office of Career Development held a resume writing workshop lead by Rachel Wozniak.

The Office of Career Development at Hilbert provides many Skillshops as opportunities for students to advance their resume and cover letter writing. They also plan events that consist of learning about interview preparation, and appointments for sophomores to discuss their career plans.

The skillshop provided instruction about the six C’s of resume writing, the formatting of a resume, and what specific information should be included.

Hilbert student Kaylanna Szuniewicz attended the workshop as well and said that it helped her with her resume writing.

“I think the workshop was pretty good, and highly beneficial. I think being only you and I, while also already having a basis of a resume also helped.” Szuniewicz said.

Wozniak works with each student directly to help them improve their resume, and to make them feel more secure in their writing.

The Career Development section in Blackboard also has a variety of information about resume writing, as well as an example provided for students to base theirs on.

There will be many more upcoming Skillshops throughout this semester, which can be viewed in more detail and registered for on Handshake.

Todd Boberg, the Graduate Assistant of Career Development, said these upcoming Skillshops are beneficial to all students.

“All these upcoming Skillshops offer a great opportunity to learn more about resume and cover letter writing, as well as preparing for interviews,” he said. “Students at any class level can benefit from these events, especially those graduating in May.”

Author Talks to Hilbert Students

Hilbert First Year Experience Program held their annual “Hilbert Reads” speaker event earlier this semester.

Throughout the fall semester, all freshmen at Hilbert College participate in the “Hilbert Reads” program, where they read and discuss a book in their GS 101 classes. In the past, they’ve read Maid by Stephanie Land, and What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan. This fall, the freshmen read Normal Sucks by Jonathan Mooney, who spoke to students over zoom.

Mooney’s book explored the challenges of living and learning with differences such as ADHD and dyslexia, as well as attempts to answer the question of “what is normal?”. These topics opened a wide range of discussion opportunities for GS 101 classes, including Brett Gomez’s. Gomez is a freshman in Dr. Reis’s GS 101 class, studying Digital Media and Communication with Graphic Design.  

“I did enjoy the book. It definitely brought out some thoughts about growing up in the public school system.” Gomez said regarding the book, “You see these things he talks about, the discrimination against some kids by making them go into these special classes. And as Mooney says in the book, they’re not worse or stupider in any means, they actually can be smarter than us.”

 Gomez’s class talked about these things during group discussions. “Its always easier to talk about things and express how you feel via verbal communication”, he said. Overall, this is a goal of the Hilbert Reads program, as students practice open communication on difficult topics.

In Mooney’s presentation, he further discussed the book’s topics of not being “normal”, and fielded questions from students.

“It was very helpful to get a better point of view on what he believes about the whole situation”, Gomez said when asked about his thoughts on the presentation. “It definitely brought it (the book) more to life when he expressed his emotions. You could hear it in his voice when he would talk about certain things, so it made it a little more emotional.”

As the first year experience program wraps up this fall’s Hilbert Reads, it looks towards next fall and the incoming freshmen class.  

Email Outage During End-of-Semester Crunch

Many Hilbert students have been dealing with an email outage in the last week, just as the end-of-semester crunch gets underway.

Students trying to access their email have been consistently receiving an error message since the power outage on late Wednesday, November 18th, 2021. Professors’ emails were back up and running as soon as Thursday, however that was not the case for students.

Network Administrator Jeff Wirth has sent out a message to students via email regarding the outage and how to fix the problems you may be experiencing.

“If you are experiencing issues logging onto the Hilbert email system… try clearing your browsers cache, if that does not fix the issue, please try using a different browser.”

Senior commuter students Nicole Hueber and Sheila Le both said that the outage has made school more difficult.

Le said that her email is something she regularly checks to make sure she is up to date on the happenings of the school. She said that it is something that has affected her negatively and made her anxious.

“I always constantly check my email every single day to make sure I’m not missing out on stuff… I’m worried I might miss anything like a quiz or a test,” she said.

Hueber said that not being able to access her email at a crucial part of the semester has made school more difficult.

“How am I supposed to get my schoolwork done if I can’t read my emails?” Hueber said. “Especially for three weeks in the grad program when you are constantly getting new information every other day.”