Are You Ready for Boot Camp?


With our self-study design approved by Middle States, the countdown to our decennial visit begins! It is now time to finalize the assessment framework, which will provide substantive data for our self-study report. In the eight years since the last Middle States visit, assessment has been ongoing and we have refined our assessment through subsequent strategic plans. The foundation of our report has been established including mission statement, goals, outcomes, targets, methods, and baseline data.

In order to streamline our assessment efforts, we will be hosting two Assessment Boot Camps

  • Boot Camp #1 is for ALL Faculty
    o   This boot camp will be related to Standards 12 & 14
    o   Led by Dr. Ron Eskew and Dr. Christopher Holoman
    o   One goal of this boot camp will be to have ALL 2013-14 Assessment Reports completed
    o   Will be held over two days August 13 & 14

    • August 13 will focus on Gen Ed
    • August 14 will focus on departmental assessments of student learning
  • Boot Camp #2 is for ALL Staff
    o   This boot camp will be related to Standard 7 – Institutional effectiveness
    o   This boot camp will begin with an opening session – led by Dr. Cynthia Zane, Dr. Christopher Holoman and Dr. Ron Eskew, followed by working sessions with your respective Senior Level Administrator
    o   Will be held on August 18 with the Opening Session in Bogel 101
    o   One goal of this boot camp is to finalize the assessment framework that will provide substantive data for the Middle States report and complete all 2013-14 assessment reports

Detailed agendas will be sent out in the near future. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your respective Vice President or Vice Provost.

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Glowacki Named Hawks’ Head Baseball Coach

glowacki53John Czarnecki, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Hilbert College, announced Matt Glowacki as the next head coach for the Hilbert baseball team on June 30, 2014.  The Tonawanda, NY native will begin to make all critical decisions for the program beginning immediately.  Glowacki returns for his fourth season with the program, having served as one of the Hawks’ assistant coaches since arriving on campus in 2011.

“Matt has been a part of the Hilbert baseball program for the past three years and has demonstrated the characteristics that we look for in our coaches,” said Czarnecki.  “He has shown a high level of passion and understanding of the game that will make him a great head coach at the collegiate level.”

As an assistant coach, Glowacki served as the team’s hitting specialist. He helped lead the Hawks to a respectable .280 team batting average over the past three seasons combined.  Glowacki  was given additional duties and responsibilities from his former head coach, James Pernick Jr. who retired in May, and those experiences have prepared him for this next step professionally.

Glowacki is ready to go and work a lot harder as the manager of his first collegiate program.  “My goal from day one will be to get better each and every day.  “Be better than I was yesterday” will be the motto for our baseball team and program. I’m really happy to be here, it’s something that I’ve been thinking about for a long time,” said Glowacki.

Czarnecki continued, “I look forward to watching him grow even more and lead the Hilbert baseball team into a successful future.”

During the summer months, Glowacki serves as a head coach in the Rochester Collegiate Baseball League (RCBL), which is a premiere summer league for the best college baseball players in the area.

Prior to joining the Hawks in 2011, Glowacki spent two years directing his alma mater, Niagara Catholic High School (Niagara Falls, NY) baseball team where he served as the head coach in 2010 and assistant coach in 2009. In 2011, Glowacki spent one season at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute (Kenmore, NY) and helped the Marauders to a league-best .329 team batting average.

Glowacki has also managed premiere showcase and elite summer baseball teams the past several years and earned many championships, tournaments and one New York state title to his name.Glowacki graduated with his bachelor’s degree in sports management from Medaille College (2010) and a master’s degree in physical education/sports psychology from Canisius College in 2013.

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Athletics News – Decker Represents USA in Europe

HDeckerHilbert Student Athlete, Harlie Decker, Represents USA in Europe

Individual fundamental skills and improved physical strength are off-season goals for most college athletes.

But this past month, Hilbert College’s Harlie Decker was focused on representing the USA women’s lacrosse program as she was exposed to different cultures and international competition when she traveled to Europe for 10 days.  Decker was nominated for this team by Erin Robson, the head coach for the Hilbert College women’s lacrosse program the last two seasons.

Decker joined her two USA coaches and fifteen other Division II and III collegiate athletes at JFK Airport before they flew to Berlin, Germany on June 20th. Upon their arrival in Berlin, the USA squad’s schedule allowed two days of sightseeing before they played their first game against Germany the second evening.  Decker and her teammates shutout Germany winning 22-0 and were pumped for the rest of their games.

The team took a train to Prague in the Czech Republic and prepared for their longest tournament schedule.  The three-day agenda was Decker’s favorite because Prague was such a beautiful place to visit and the games they played were very competitive.

On day one, USA beat a Czech Republic team, comprised of older, more experienced players, 10-7, before they easily defeated the Czech Republic’s U19 National team, 11-3.  On the second day of the tournament, USA lost two games, both by one goal, to a team from Great Britain and yet another Czech Republic team.  Even with the losses, USA sill held a first seed in their group of play.

Oddly though, when their final day of competition arrived, the USA team was now playing for 3rd place.  Decker and her teammates held on for a 9-8 victory and were able to return to the states with an overall 4-2 record and a 3rd place trophy.

Decker felt this opportunity was ‘hands down’ the best time of her life.  “It was such an honor to wear a jersey that read USA on the front,” said Decker as she prepares for the start of her junior year at Hilbert College.

Decker hopes the same opportunities are available again next summer, but she also understands that she might have experienced a trip of a lifetime.


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Dulak to Present at National Conference

Jenna Dulak will be attending the annual Blackboard conference, BbWorld14, in Las Vegas next week.  Dulak will be launching the Western New York Blackboard Users Group (WNY BUG) in a session that will also be available live through Blackboard Collaborate (web streaming -see details below.)  The WNY BUG was founded by Dulak and peers from Buffalo State.  The mission of the WNY BUG is to “Support the community by collaborating and sharing expertise in the use of Blackboard for emerging innovations, teaching and learning, and community building.”  This group is acknowledged and support by Blackboard Inc.  Several events will be hosted throughout the year which includes the launch at BbWorld14, informational webinars, and an in person eLearning day and Hilbert College, sponsored by Blackboard Inc.  Save the date for this free eLearning day at Hilbert, October 17th, 2014.  The launch at BbWorld14 will include additional information about the group, a recap of BbWorld14 from Blackboard experts, and the launch of the WNY BUG website.  Hilbert College faculty and staff are welcomed and encouraged to join the WNY BUG! Please join our listserv and see additional information below in a release from Blackboard Inc.:

Western New York Blackboard User Group

The formation of a Western New York (WNY) Blackboard Users Group (BUG) has been approved by Blackboard.  This is a great opportunity for our region to start an active BUG that enables us to meet and exchange ideas about Blackboard.  We will also be hosting conferences and scheduling interesting keynote speakers.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION: A WNY BUG listserv has been created.  Please take a moment to subscribe. Thank you to those that have already subscribed. We look forward to your participation and building a strong user group

KICKOFF: The official launch of the WNY BUG is slated for Bb World 2014, July 17th, at 9:15 AM (PST)/12:15 PM (EST).  If you are attending Bb World this year, the launch will take place in Veronese 2402/2403 of the conference venue.  If you are not attending Bb World, you may virtually access the launch HERE.

Bb WORLD RAFFLE: for those of you that attend in person or virtually, you’ll be eligible to win during our kickoff meeting raffle, so be sure to join if you can!

Thank you,

Western New York Blackboard Users Group (WNY BUG) Board

Jenna Dulak, Hilbert College, Founder & Co-Chair

Meghan Pereira, Buffalo State, Founder & Co-Chair

Ginger Bidell, Buffalo State, Event Coordinator

Ellen Sidey, Buffalo State, Communication Coordinator

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Now Accepting Nominations for San Damiano Awards

sandamianoThe ninth annual San Damiano Awards Reception will be held in conjunction with the Classic Evening event on Friday, September 26th at 5:30pm during homecoming & alumni weekend festivities.

We need your help! Please go to for a brief description of each award that will be given out that night and the current nomination forms. All nominations must be submitted to Stephanie King by NOON on Friday, August 1.  Submissions can be made via email (, fax, or intra office mail.

We hope you can join us for this great event!

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Summer Clearance at Campus Bookstore

BookstoreSummer Clearance Event Now Through August 1 at the Hilbert College Campus Bookstore.  The clearance features Hilbert apparel with at least 20% additionally off already reduced items, along with deals on many other products at our campus store. For example tee shirts as low as 3.99, and Hilbert padholders that were originally 6.99 now only 1.59.  If you are on campus, stop by and check out the deals!

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Submissions for Hilbert College Magazine

Submissions for consideration for the Faculty & Staff News & Notes are being accepted for the summer issue of Hilbert College Magazine, the college’s alumni magazine. These may include honors and awards, guest speaker or professional presentation activities, published works, conferences attended, new degrees earned, and other professional/career-related items of note achieved by Hilbert faculty and staff. Submissions are due no later than July 25 and may be e-mailed to

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Nominations for Star Awards

Please submit the name and a brief explanation of how the nominee has gone above and beyond to help advance Hilbert’s mission and strategic plan, Vision 2017, to your respective Vice President.  Nominations are reviewed by the Administrative Council; as the final decision is made by the Council, adminstrators are not eligible for nomination.
Nominations for Star Awards, to be presented at the August College-Wide meeting, should be submitted by Friday, August 1.


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Hamburg Chamber of Commerce “Better Your Business” Event at Hilbert

Hilbert Faculty and Staff are welcome to attend free of charge, please call to register and mention that you are from Hilbert College.  Details below…

New York State Department of Labor –  

“Working for Business”  


Seminar on Friday, July 18, 2014


Hilbert College Campus  

8:00am Check In

8:30am Program Starts

Click Here to Register!


Are you looking for work? Maybe you’re a business owner or entrepreneur and curious as to what loan programs are available to help you get started. Are you an HR professional or recruiter? 


Get to know what programs are available for both businesses and individuals through the NYS Deptartment of Labor, regardless of your profession or industry background. Programs include hands on “matching services” customized recruitment for the private sector, job growth in WNY, layoff aversion, HR consulting,  

hiring incentives, loan programs and more!


Join the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and Hilbert College as we welcome the NYS Department of Labor as part of our next “Better Your Business” seminar. Cost to attend is $10 for HCC Members and Member Guests and $15 for the general public. All are welcome! Call the Chamber for more details or to RSVP – (716) 649-7917. 

To learn more, visit the NYS Department of Labor website – Visit Website

Special “thanks” to our Better Your Business Sponsors who make these events possible throughout the year!

Hamburg Gaming

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Hilbert College Scholarship Golf Tournament Sets Record

Golf Tournament Photo Gallery >>>

The 24th Annual Hilbert College Scholarship Golf Tournament was Monday, June 23 at Orchard Park Country Club and was Hilbert’s most successful golf tournament in its 24-year history with net proceeds donated exceeding $100,000 for the first time.

Thanks to the leadership of the golf tournament chair, Ann Swan, Executive Director of the William E. and Ann L. Swan Foundation, and primary sponsors: Noco, Geico, Goya, Ingram Micro, and West Herr Automotive Group, direct scholarship support over the last two years from the tournament has grown by over $25,000. This event has raised over $1.1 million over its history.

All of the money raised at the golf tournament goes to scholarships for deserving students which helps to keep Hilbert College the most affordable four-year, private college in Western New York. 

Hilbert President Cynthia Zane addressed the nearly 200 golfers and guests. “Thanks to the generous support that our golf tournament has received this year,” she said, “we will be able to continue to provide Hilbert students with the scholarships they deserve and help to decrease their burden.”

Thank you to all who participated or sponsored the event, especially the major event sponsors: L.P. Ciminelli, Inc.; Freed Maxick CPA’s, PC; Gernatt Asphalt Products, Inc.; Inergex Inc.; Labatt Blue; M&T Bank; Multisorb Technologies, Inc.; Ann L. Swan; and Wells Fargo Bank.

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