Here is a recap of Hilbert faculty, staff and graduates that have been in the media for May 11-17:
Thank you to everyone who submitted information and made the time to be interviewed!
–Hilbert College’s commencement exercises were mentioned in Sunday’s Buffalo News.
–Hilbert College Medal recipient, Vincent Hanley, was featured in the Buffalo Law Journal.
–Former Hilbert College trustee, Anthony Habib, was honored for his support of a Catholic middle school in this video from WIVB-TV.
–Hilbert College trustee Patrick Backman and his company, Klass Ingredients, are featured in Buffalo Business First.
–Hilbert College alum Eric Seeger is featured in Buffalo Business First’s People on the Move.
If you have spoken to the media or would like to be included in the next week’s “In The News” or other communication pieces that the college distributes, please forward any links or details to Matt Heidt at email@example.com.
The Spring 2013 edition of the new Hilbert College Magazine is now available online – Hilbert College Magazine – Spring’13
The magazine will be a quarterly e-publication with two hybrid print editions.
The publication is tentatively set for the following schedule:
(Online Only) – April/May
Summer Magazine (Hybrid – print/online)
(Online Only) – October/November
Winter Magazine (Hybrid – print/online) January/February
Special thanks to the Hilbert College Magazine Editorial Board: Dr. Anthony Hughes, Peter Burns, Gregg Fort, Ian Gattie, Craig Harris, and Alaina Houseknecht
A report last week on college return on investment (ROI) generated some unwanted attention for Hilbert. In response, Hilbert has developed a statement that may be used if the topic arises in conversation. If you are contacted by a media outlet on this topic, please direct those requests to the Office of College Relations, Matt Heidt – firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
While we appreciate the benefits of PayScale.com’s ‘College Education ROI Rankings’ list, there are some potential flaws to the data. First, PayScale.com’s methodology states: “If the character of a school’s graduates has changed substantially in the last 30 years, this measure may be inaccurate.” Hilbert was a two-year institution 30 years ago and didn’t confer baccalaureate degrees until 1994. This has significantly changed the ‘character’ of Hilbert’s graduates.
Secondly, the calculation of ‘total college cost’ appears to lack the inclusion of the school’s financial aid. When taking into account federal, state, and institutional aid this significantly reduces the ‘total college cost.’
Additionally, PayScale’s methodology raises many important questions. The methodology states: “All data used to produce PayScale’s Return on Investment (ROI) Package were collected from employees who successfully completed PayScale’s employee survey.” What is this sample size? What are the demographics? How does this data compare to national and regional data related to wages in a certain area of study?
Finally, a main focus of Hilbert College’s mission is to develop “informed citizens committed to serving and strengthening their communities” and that characteristic is not measured by broad assumptions and data.
Just three days after graduating, a large group of Hilbert’s new alumni celebrated with a networking reception at Pearl Street Grill & Brewery. On Tuesday, more than 30 alumni gathered at Pearl Street for Hilbert’s “New Graduate” Happy Hour!
2013 Orientation Dates
Friday, July 19, 2013 – First Time Students – 8:15 – 4:00
Friday, August 16, 2013 – First Time Students – 8:15 – 4:00
Friday, August 30, 2013 – EXCEL Students/Out of town students – 11:30 – 5:00
Friday, August 30, 2013 – Adult/Transfer Students – 5:00 – 8:00
January 17, 2014
Hilbert College will participate in Social Madness, a local and national competition measuring social media engagement. The competition is run by The Business Journals, locally Buffalo Business First.
More information on Social Madness, from Buffalo Business First’s website:
What is Social Madness?
Social Madness is a one-of-a-kind competition that measures a company’s social media engagement.
Last year, nearly 4,000 companies participated, together generating nearly three-quarters of a million votes, 14 million new Facebook likes, 2.2 million new Twitter followers, and more than 202,000 new LinkedIn Connections. Charities received $30,000 cash on behalf of our national champions.
Important contest dates
- Monday, June 3 – The local competition kicks off
- Tuesday, July 9 – Local winners will be announced
- Tuesday, July 16 – The national competition kicks off
- Tuesday, August 20 – National winners will be announced
From St. Bonaventure’s announcement: Zane had an extensive background in higher education prior to being named president of Hilbert College in 2006. She was chief academic officer and dean of faculty at the College of Mount Saint Joseph in Cincinnati from 2001 to 2006. Before that, she spent 10 years at the University of Detroit Mercy, including seven years as dean of the College of Health Professions and the McAuley School of Nursing.
Under her leadership, Hilbert has established a new general arts and sciences curriculum, successfully completed the largest fundraising campaign in school history, built a new residence hall, established a service-learning requirement, and initiated the school’s first graduate programs.
Hilbert College held its 52nd annual commencement ceremony on May 11 and nearly 275 graduates rejoiced in receiving their degrees. The celebration was heightened by being a part of a historic moment for the Franciscan institution as the college conferred master’s degrees for the first time.
Commencement speaker Howard Zemsky, managing partner of Larkin Development Group, said his message to the Class of 2013 focused on “curiosity, humility, community engagement, optimism and leadership.”
“If you take yourself too seriously, you will talk too much and listen too little. Make sure you never make the mistake of talking too much and listening too little,” Zemsky said. “So, humility and leadership go together. Be a good listener. Be collaborative. Be a participant.”
May 11-17, 2013 | Issue 1
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz will deliver a modified version of his 2013 State of the County address in a Town Hall meeting format on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the William E. Swan auditorium on the Hilbert College campus. The address will highlight successes from his first year in office, including economic development around Erie County, negotiation of the Buffalo Bills lease, and creation of the first land bank in New York State. It will also include challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the County.
DATE: Thursday, May 16, 2013
TIME: Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; program begins promptly at 6:30 p.m.LOCATION: Hilbert College, William E. Swan Auditorium, 5200 South Park Avenue, Hamburg, NY
Here is an excerpt from a blog post about Teacher Appreciation Week by Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education.
Great teaching can change a child’s life. That kind of teaching is a remarkable combination of things: art, science, inspiration, talent, gift, and — always — incredibly hard work. It requires relationship building, subject expertise and a deep understanding of the craft. Our celebrated athletes and performers have nothing on our best teachers.
But, in honoring teachers, I think Teacher Appreciation Week needs an update. Don’t get me wrong — teachers have earned every bagel breakfast, celebratory bulletin board, gift card and thank-you note. Given the importance of their work and the challenges they face, teachers absolutely deserve every form of appreciation their communities can muster.
But we need to do something a bit more substantive and lasting than the bagel breakfast, too.