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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.”

Staffing Issues Lead to Shortened Hours at the Dining Hall

Changes at the campus dining hall are among the many shifts in campus life during the coronavirus pandemic

Students have been wondering when these new changes might go back to normal. However, this may not happen anytime soon. Due to staffing issues, there is not much that the dining hall staff can do.

One of the changes that has occurred are the hours of the dining hall. Before the pandemic the hours were 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The hours were changed to 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. after students returned to campus . This has caused problems for some with classes or sports that continue after 7 p.m. Logan Peck, from the men’s soccer team said he has a hard time getting to the dining hall before it closes on days where he has practice.

“I get out of practice at 7 p.m. and I either have to starve or go eat someplace else and spend money,” he said.

The other major change to dining hall is the food options. These have been changing for the past couple years. There are no more meal tickets for people to write down custom orders. Instead students must eat what is off the line or in the salad bar. Josh Grugnale, a junior, said the old protocol offered students more choice.

“I prefer the meal slips because they would give you more options, because some people may want a different diet,” Grugnale said.

Director of Dining Services, Jessica Lively, said the recent shortage of staff has made serving students more difficult for her and the rest of the staff.

“Normally I spend about a third of my week in the kitchen, but now I am spending about eighty five percent in there.” Lively said.

This takes away from some of the normal day to day business operations that she oversees, such as payroll, catering and the financials.

There have been two supervisors that have been cooking meals as well as a cashier that has been filling in for a dishwasher. And sometimes staff has to stay extra hours and do jobs that they have not been trained to do, she added.

With the majority of businesses going through major staff shortages, the Hilbert dining hall is no different. With nine open positions currently, there are only a total of eight applicants that have even showed interest. As compared to last year, there were four job openings with 49 applicants.

“Pretty much everybody here has had to help in some other fashion” Lively said.

Lively said students can apply to work at dining hall. It is not a work study and is an actual part time job that they can apply for. All positions are posted onto the website Indeed.com or, if they want, can go into the dining hall and ask for an application there.

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.

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.