Veteran’s Day Flag Ceremony Photo Gallery

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News & Notes – Nov. 14


    On November 1, Kara (Haun) Rehbaum, Hilbert College’s Director of Athletic Communications, joined the 2014-15 MAAC Basketball Hall of Fame Honor Roll class which was enshrined in “The MAAC Experience” exhibit at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

    Each member institution of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference honored one male and one female from its basketball “family” as part of the 2014-15 induction class. A dinner event was held at the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Court of Dreams and a featured video will be displayed at “The MAAC Experience” located on the second floor in the Hall of Fame. Read more>>>


  • Hilbert College and VP for Enrollment Management Peter Burns are featured prominently in the Buffalo Business First article linked below.  The article is the paper’s annual report on fall enrollment numbers and it highlights Hilbert’s exceptional retention rate! Buffalo Business First>>>
    Thank you Peter for taking the time to be interviewed!
  • Hilbert students noted for volunteering at local teen center in article from Hamburg Sun – Sparks offers place for teens to find community, sense of place

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Browning Receives Veteran’s Scholarship

Hilbert College Criminal Justice student Joseph Browning was named the 2014 Recipient of Hamburg Sunrise Rotary’s Hilbert College Veteran’s Scholarship at the 13th Annual Veterans’ Recognition Dinner on November 8, 2014.

Browning grew up in Angola, NY and joined the United States Army in 2003.  He went to Basic Training in Fort Benning, Ga. and was stationed in Fort Wainright, Alaska.  Browning was deployed to Mosul, Iraq for 15 months before reenlisting and being moved to Baumholder, Germany.  Upon being promoted and placed on security for the Battalion Commander, he was deployed for a second tour in Iraq.  Some of Browning’s awards and decorations include: Iraq Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Combat Infantry Badge.

Congratulations Joe!

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Athletics Update – Nov. 14

Kylie Reinholz Named AMCC Cross Country Runner of the Year
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Hilbert junior Kylie Reinholz, the individual winner at the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship meet, has been named as the conference’s 2014 Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Year.  This marks back-to-back years that the Orchard Park native has been recognized on the short-list of awards given by the AMCC.

Penn State Altoona freshman Morgan Pennsyl was voted as the Newcomer of the Year, an award that Reinholz claimed in 2013.  Pennsyl placed fourth at the conference championship meet and was the fastest first-year runner that day.

Franciscan University’s Dan Kuebler was named Coach of the Year after he guided the Lady Barons to their fifth team title and it marked the fourth year Kuebler has been recognized by his peers.

Reinholz opened her 2014 season with a 12th place finish at the Penn State Behrend Invitational crossing the finish line 20:16.9.  She then, unfortunately, missed almost two weeks of training as she was recovering from a car accident.  But once she returned to the racing trails and pinned the competition number on her jersey, the second-year runner took three 1st place finishes: Meghan Memorial, Oct 4; duel match vs Bradford, Oct 9 and the AMCC Championship, Nov. 1.  Reinholz place third in the CCOC race and broke the 20-minute mark for the first time in her career (19:36.2) Oct 18th at the Seneca Lake State Park in Geneva.

Reinholz’ season continues next weekend as she and a few fellow Hilbert team mates compete at the NCAA Division III Mid-East Regionals in eastern, PA November 15.

Click here for a complete list of winners.


Hawks To Compete in Mideast Regional On Saturday

Women’s Basketball Season Preview

WVB – Amanda Binder Repeats as Third Team AMCC All-Conference

MSOC – Matt Hamister Named to Second Team All-Conference

WSOC – Jennifer Colvin Named to AMCC Third Team All-Conference

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Invitation to Barbara Bonanno’s Retirement Tea


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Live Nativity – Call for Angels & Sheperds

The annual “Christmas at Hilbert” is scheduled for Sunday, December 7 from 2-4 pm.  The Live Nativity starts at 2 pm and the Children’s Party follows.

If any of your young children or grandchildren would like to participate in the Live Nativity as an angel or shepherd, please respond ( with the following information by Wednesday, November 19.
1.    Child’s Name
2.    Age
3.    Specify:  Angel or Shepherd

The location of the Live Nativity is outdoors, in front of the Campus Center, and it is a short program.  On the day of the event, please report to the McGrath Library Conference Room by 1:30 pm.
Costumes are provided.

Thank you!

Note:  The Franciscan connection to this reenactment dates back to 1223.  On Christmas Eve, St. Francis of Assisi recreated the manger scene in a cave in the hills above Greccio, Italy.

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5th Annual Lucky Numbers Luncheon To Benefit Student Scholarships Sells Out

The 5th Annual Lucky Numbers Luncheon was held on Sunday, November 2 at Michael’s Banquet Facility at 4885 Southwestern Blvd. in Hamburg. The luncheon was sponsored by the Hilbert Staff Senate and featured over 100 gift baskets and 50/50 raffle. All 300 tickets for the luncheon were sold, making this event the largest in its five year history at Hilbert College. All of the proceeds for this event went to support student scholarships. Thank you to everyone who attended and to those who donated items.

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MLK Franciscan Day of Caring – Save the Date

For the past six years, Hilbert College has observed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the spirit in which it was intended – a national day of community service.  Our MLK Franciscan Day of Caring will continue; however, the day on which we hold this wonderful event has been changed.  Instead of having it on the Monday holiday, it will take place on the following Friday.  This year, the service day will be on Friday, January 23, 2015.  There were a number of reasons for the change including the difficulty of leaving offices the day before the start of the semester.  The new date will also allow more students to participate since school will be in session.

As is the custom for this event, any employee who wishes to perform service work at one of our designated venues will be excused from their regular duties at the College for the day.  All others will report to work as usual.  Details regarding the service venues are being finalized, but the following will give a general idea of what the day will entail.

A light breakfast will be served in the campus dining hall for those who are volunteering, and bus transportation will be provided to the work sites.  (However, anyone may drive directly to their site if it is more convenient for them.)  Breakfast will begin at approximately 8:30 am. The bus will leave at 9:00 am and return here around 1:00 pm.  If you have a t-shirt from a previous year, feel free to wear it again.  But if you need a shirt, please let Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah ( ) know what size you would like by Friday, December 5.

Another e-mail outlining the various work options will be sent shortly.  With that e-mail, you will be requested to indicate to Barbara Bonanno at which venue in Buffalo you wish to work, if you will attend the breakfast, and whether or not you will be taking the bus.  It would be appreciated if you would wait until you receive that message from Barbara to let her know your intentions.

Please join us and encourage our students to do so as well!  This is a great way to honor Dr. King and to work together on a project that is so in keeping with our Franciscan mission and heritage!

Thank you,
Barbara and Tara

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Hilbert Psychology Students Attend 15th Annual Penn York Conference

PennYork Saturday, November 1, 2014, a group of students and faculty members from the Psychology Program traveled to Houghton College to attend the 15th Penn York Undergraduate Research Association Annual Conference. Institutions from across Western New York and Northwest Pennsylvania were represented at the meeting. The conference is a showcase for undergraduate research efforts from any academic discipline. Penn York is an opportunity for students to gain valuable feedback regarding their project, meet and interaction with faculty and students from various colleges and universities.

This year’s attendees included faculty members Dr. Shannon Lupien and Dr. Edward Pristach. The poster presenters were Lauren Brown (What is the Difference in Visual-motor Integration Skills between College-aged Action Video Game Players and Non-gamers?), Megan Holcomb (The Relationship between Music and Personality), and Andrew Ulbrich (Binge Drinking in College Athletes and Non-athletes). Giving oral addresses were Breana Cline (Gender Differences in Social Support and Coping Mechanisms in Collegiate Athletic Injuries) and Cassandra Webster (The Difference in Aggression Level between Smoking and Non-smoking Hilbert College Undergraduate Students). Ellen Lema also attended the conference.

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Fort Accepts Vice President Position at Hartwick College

Hilbert College’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement Gregg Fort has accepted the position of Vice President of College Advancement at Hartwick College in Oneonta.

During his two and half years as a member of Hilbert’s senior leadership team, Fort has had a transformational impact on the institution as he built Hilbert’s institutional advancement division and has developed and coordinated many new initiatives.

“While this is a wonderful career opportunity for Gregg, he will be missed greatly,” President Cynthia Zane said. “We are grateful for the ways that Gregg’s work at Hilbert has made a positive difference.”

New gifts and commitment totals from FY2013 to FY2014 have doubled and raised over $1M for the first time in school history. Under his leadership, Hilbert raised a record $1,013,131 in FY2014 an increase of 80% compared to $561,414 in FY2013. Fort developed a leadership/major giving program that resulting in tripling the number of major gifts from FY2012 to FY2014. He secured first $1M individual gift commitment in Hilbert College history. Fort oversaw an increase in the total net commitments to over $100,000 for the Hilbert Scholarship Golf Tournament in 2014.

Through October 2014, new gifts and commitments in FY2015 total $251,989, an 89% increase YTD compared to $133,388 last October.

Fort initiated alumni communication and solicitation strategies that increased the alumni giving rate from 6.4% in FY2012 to 13.1% in FY2014. That also resulted in a new high of 546 total alumni gifts in FY2014, compared to 279 in FY2012, an increase of 98%. In addition, the total number of gifts to Hilbert increased to a record 1,422 last year which showed an increase of 76% during his tenure.

Fort noted that a major influence in his decision was the proximity of Hartwick to his wife, Nicci Hays Fort, who is currently the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Colgate University.

Fort will remain at Hilbert until Jan. 9 in order to develop a smooth transition plan for the future, updates will be provided as the transition plan evolves.

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