Strategic Alliance Feasibility Update – Listening Session

In lieu of this week’s coffee information session, and in order not to conflict with the Celebration of Teaching and Learning, a special listening session with the President and the Hilbert Board Chairperson, Gretchen Wylegala,  will be held on  Tuesday, April 15th at 3:45 pm in the Library Conference Room.

They look forward to hearing from you.  If you would like to submit questions in advance, they may be sent to Kathy Fairbanks or the mailbox.


The next meeting of the Academic Opportunities Identification Task Force is scheduled for Saturday, April 12 at St. Bonaventure, followed by a meeting on Saturday, April 26 at Hilbert.

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Sister Ann Marie Hudzina, FSSJ, to Address Hilbert College Class Of 2014

Hudzina Ann MarieHAMBURG, N.Y. – Sister Ann Marie Hudzina of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph will be the commencement speaker at Hilbert College’s 53rd annual commencement ceremony planned for 1 p.m. on May 10 at the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg at 4999 McKinley Parkway.  She will also be recognized at Hilbert’s commencement with an honorary doctorate of humane letters.

Sr. Ann Marie is the FSSJ General Minister and has been involved in education for over 30 years as an elementary, junior high and high school teacher, and an elementary school principal.  She continues her passion for education through participation on the Hilbert College and Immaculata Academy Boards of Trustees.

“I am deeply honored to be the commencement speaker at the 53rd Hilbert College Commencement,” Sr. Ann Marie said.  “I am both humbled and proud to accept this invitation in the name of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph, the founding Congregation of Hilbert College.”

“As I begin to think about my address, I find myself reflecting on the faith, vision, commitment, and risk-taking of Mother Colette Hilbert, FSSJ, who founded the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph and Sister Edwina Bogel, FSSJ, who founded Hilbert College. Both Mother Colette and Sister Edwina believed that a good education, influenced by Catholic, Franciscan values provided a solid foundation for individuals and the communities in which they lived, worked, and worshiped.”

In the past, Sr. Ann Marie has been involved in vocation and formation ministry for the FSSJ Congregation, and served on the Congregational Leadership Team from 1998-2006. Prior to being elected General Minister in 2010, she was the Director of Departmental Services at Immaculate Conception Convent.

As General Minister, Sr. Ann Marie assists the members of the Congregation in seeking ways to make the words of their Mission statement a lived reality.  Over the past four years, in collaboration with the other four members of the FSSJ Leadership Team, Sr. Ann Marie has worked to develop a clearer picture of the Congregation’s human and financial resources in order to more effectively extend the mission, while also providing for the increasing health needs of the Sisters, today and into the future. In addition to providing for the physical needs of the FSSJ Sisters, the Leadership Team also looks to maintain personal contact with each member of the congregation, and seeks ways to enhance spiritual and communal opportunities for the Sisters. Representing the Congregation, the Leadership Team also seeks to communicate and collaborate with Church, diocesan, parish, regional and national leaders and institutions.

Hilbert President Cynthia Zane, Ed.D., will confer bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees, as well as associate in applied science and associate in arts degrees to Class of 2014.  In addition, President Zane will confer master of science in criminal justice administration and master of public administration degrees to the second cohort of Hilbert graduate students.  Overall, more than 280 graduates will receive their degrees. Baccalaureate graduates will receive degrees in accounting, business management, computer security and information assurance, criminal justice, digital media and communication, English, forensic science/crime scene investigation, global business management, human services, liberal studies, paralegal studies, political science, psychology, rehabilitation services, small business management, and sports industry management.

Top student awards that will be presented at Hilbert’s 53rd commencement will include the:
- Lambert and Margaret Graham Award for a full-time returning adult student who has earned the highest cumulative quality point average.
- Kimberly Bruch Raczkowski Memorial Alumni Association Award for a graduate who reflects the spirit of Hilbert and its mission, and possesses strong leadership skills and demonstrates loyalty and dedication to others.
- Sister Mary Edwina Bogel Award to an outstanding female graduate in recognition of her character, intellectual achievement and devoted service to fellow students and the college.
- John Kissel Man of the Year Award to an outstanding male student in recognition of his character, intellectual progress, organizational ability, and participation in activities and programs.

Christopher Holoman, Ph.D., Hilbert provost and vice president for academic affairs, will be the master of ceremonies.

A reception for graduates, guests and others in attendance will be hosted by Hilbert President Zane in the Wesleyan Church atrium immediately following the commencement program.

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Introducing 2014 Supporting Our Students Co-Chair – Dr. Meredith Ezak

Meredith Ezak pic2By Tori Felser

Dr. Meredith Ezak, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, and co-chair of this year’s Supporting Our Students Faculty and Staff Campaign, has been teaching at Hilbert for about three years.

Mother of one, Meredith likes to spend time outside of work playing with her daughter, specifically when the weather is nice. She enjoys biking and goes to yoga once a week, giving her a little time to decompress and relax.

Meredith spent most of her childhood growing up in Massachusetts. At the beginning of High School she moved to Buffalo and has been here ever since. She attended UB for her undergrad, Masters, and PhD, focusing on biology.

At first, she was very interested in research and never gave much thought to teaching. At the beginning of her program, she was required to act as a Teaching Assistant, instructing a small class. Around the same time, her PhD adviser caught wind of the fact that Meredith hated public speaking and from then on she was made to give a presentation every week. Meredith hated this and was not very happy with her advisor at the time. But it opened her up to public speaking and the idea of teaching instead of doing only research. While it was difficult at the time, she is glad she was given the opportunity.

During her second year, she decided to teach as an adjunct at ECC. She loved the hands on, interactive atmosphere and become more passionate about the art of teaching. Her biology teacher growing up greatly inspired her to pursue a career with biology and Meredith wanted to do the same for her students.

“I love the fact that I can teach modern and relevant information to students. I get to educate them about themselves. I like teaching things that students can relate to and can be practiced in real life, outside of the classroom.”

When asked what her favorite thing was about Hilbert, Meredith discussed the personal hands on approach she is able to use with her students.

“I was able to create new, modern classes…I can’t imagine standing in front of a group of 400 students trying to teach the students in the ways that I learned. I want the students to know that I care in a more personal environment.”

To learn more about the Supporting Our Students Faculty and Staff Campaign, please click here.


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Hospitality in Healthcare at Hilbert


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Gallant Featured at Film Festival

Gallant_photoChris Gallant, Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Communication, traveled to Ithaca, NY this week to be part of the the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival at Ithaca College embraces and interrogates sustainability across all of its forms: economic, social, ecological, political, cultural, etc. The festival is in the spirit of UNESCO’s initiative on sustainable development. Through film, video, new media, installation, performance, panels, and presentations, the festival engages interdisciplinary dialogue and vigorous debate.

On April 6, Gallant was invited to show his film (co-directed with SUNY Buffalo State’s Meg Knowles), Monday is Washday in the Upstate Filmmakers Showcase. Monday is Washday is the name for the collection of tryptic video projections that are part of the Burchfield Penney Art Center’s Front Yard at the Center installation.

Professor Gallant is featured in two areas of the festival’s website.

Additionally, Professor Gallant served as a panel leader for the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 2014 Emmy® competition.  He has served as a judge for NATAS since 2008. “I look at it as personally enriching as well as supportive of my profession and the industry,” Gallant said.

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Flynn Elected Chair of Local Consortium

Hilbert College’s Director of Human Resources, Maura Flynn, was elected Chair of the Health & Welfare Benefits Consortium of Educational Institutions.  She will take office on June 1. Flynn has served as Secretary since last June 1.   The members of the HWBCEI are D’Youville, Daemen, Hilbert, Medaille, Niagara, St. Bonaventure, Trocaire, Gow School and Tapestry Charter.

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Athletics Update – April 11

wsc wxcWomen’s Soccer and Women’s Cross Country Repeat as Team Peak Performers

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The AMCC celebrated Day Two of NCAA Division III Week by honoring seven fall sport teams who achieved the highest overall cumulative GPAs among their peer institutions in the conference.

The Team Peak Performer awards were established two years ago to recognize outstanding academic achievement by one team in each sport. 
This marks the third year that Hilbert College’s women’s soccer team and Franciscan University’s women’s volleyball team have each won the award.

Hilbert’s women’s cross country team is a repeat winner having claimed the award last season as well.

This year’s honorees include:

Cross country, men:     Penn State Altoona, 3.41 gpa
Cross country, women:    Hilbert College, 3.69 gpa
Golf:    Mount Aloysius College, 3.07 gpa
Soccer, men:    D’Youville College, 3.17 gpa
Soccer, women:    Hilbert College, 3.45 gpa

Tennis, women:     Franciscan University, 3.59 gpa
Volleyball, women:     Franciscan University, 3.47 gpa

Later this week, the AMCC will announce additional academic awards.  On Thursday, April 10th each institution’s Academic All-Conference selections as well as their Individual Peak Performers will be posted.  Hilbert College will release the athletics department’s selection for the Chi Alpha Sigma National Student-Athlete Academic Honor Society 2014 inductee class as well.

But the most exciting news will be the announcement of the one institution in our ten-member conference whose student-athletes have achieved the highest cumulative gpa.


DIII Week Starts With a Bang!

53 Hawk Athletes Earned 3.5 or higher GPA

HAMBURG, N.Y. - The Hilbert College athletics department kicked off the DIII Week Monday, April 7th with a special reception held in the West Herr Atrium to honor the academic success of the Hawk student-athletes.

One male and one female team with the highest cumulative grade point average (gpa) were recognized for their efforts in the fall 2013 semester. The women’s cross country team collectively earned the highest gpa with a 3.69 and the men’s volleyball team earned a 3.29 gpa to lead the men’s programs.

Also acknowledged and introduced were the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s Individual Peak Performers.  These student athletes attained a cumulative gpa of 3.5 or higher.  All student-athletes are mentioned in this list whether or not they are AMCC student-athletes.

Student Name Sport
Armstrong, Barrett Women’s Soccer
Babocsi, John Baseball
Bailey, Amber Women’s Soccer
Bailey, Robbi Women’s Soccer/Lacrosse
Ball, Kateland Women’s Cross Country/Basketball/Softball
Bengert, Jedidiah Men’s Lacrosse
Benjamin, Ashley Women’s Volleyball
Binder, Amanda Women’s Volleyball/Softball
Brewster, Ryan Men’s Basketball
Bugaj, Lauren Women’s Soccer
Cartaginese, Andrew Men’s Cross Country/Baseball
Chatt, Paige Women’s Cross Country/Basketball/Lacrosee
Coniglio, Tyler Men’s Soccer
Crans, Jenna Women’s Basketball
Deady, Brenden Men’s Lacrosse
Decker, Harlie Women’s Lacrosse
Decker, Nathan Men’s Soccer
Eggleston, Lauren Women’s Basketball
Eister, Tyler Men’s Soccer
Ellis, Shannon Women’s Cross Country
Gee, Michael Men’s Soccer
Gotham, Jaelyn Women’s Basketball/Softball
Hailey, Crystal Women’s Cross Country/Softball
Hyman, Nathaniel Men’s Lacrosse
Labuski, Jenah Women’s Basketball
Lenz, Matthew Baseball
Mandell, Kelly Women’s Lacrosse
Mergenhagen, Kelly Women’s Cross Country
Pernick, Joseph Baseball
Pulaski, Daniel Men’s Soccer
Reinholz, Kylie Women’s Cross Country/ Basketball/Lacrosse
Reynolds, Dalton Baseball
Rodriguez, Nicolas Men’s Soccer
Rouleau, Julie Women’s Cross Country
Schmidt, Sarah Women’s Soccer
Shaw, Tyler Baseball
Smith, Erin Women’s Soccer/Basketball/Softball
Song, Yiliang Men’s Volleyball
Speidel, Emily Women’s Basketball
Stark, Trevor Men’s Basketball
Sticek, Spencer Baseball
Stringham, Eliza Softball
Takac, Douglas Men’s Lacrosse
Tauriello, Caitlyn Women’s Soccer
Unverhau, Benjamin Men’s Lacrosse
Vaccaro, Courtney Women’s Soccer
Van Norman, Megan Women’s Soccer
Vazquez, Adrian Men’s Basketball
Voveris, Michael Baseball
Weaver, Adam Men’s Volleyball
Whitman, Natalie Women’s Basketball/Softball
Williams, Matthew Men’s Cross Country
Zawadzki, Adam Men’s Lacrosse

Congratulations to all and continue your focused efforts in the classroom and on your field of competition!

Matt Simon Named NEAC Offensive Player of the Week

Matthew Simon Bio/stats

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - Matthew Simon has been named the North Eastern Athletic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week April 7.  Simon had a terrific pair of performances for the Hawks last week to earn his first league honor.

The freshman attacker led the Hawks to a pair of conference wins after registering 12 points on 10 goals and a pair of assists.  Simon had five goals in both wins, starting with a 12-10 win over Medaille last Wednesday where he also scooped up two groundballs.  The Shirley, NY native added another five goals and two assists in a 13-8 win over SUNY Cobleskill Saturday.  The important piece to note is that he scored when it mattered, registering three goals in both fourth quarters of the tightly contested matchups.  Hilbert is now 3-0 in the NEAC.


Adam Weaver Closes Career with 6th AMCC Player of the Week

Adam Weaver - bio/stats

PITTSBURGH, PA -  Playing his final week of collegiate volleyball, Adam Weaver came up big once again and was named the AMCC Men’s Volleyball Player of the Week, April 7. 

Weaver continued his dominating play for the Hawks in their final week of AMCC league play.  The senior led to a sweep of his AMCC opponents iwth 6.43 kills/set (45 total) and a hitting rate of .352.  Weaver added 3 assists, 1 service ace, 18 digs and 7 blocks to his performance to rack up 50.5 points while committing just 13 errors.

Weaver continues to lead Division III in kills/set and is a contender for the points/set as well. It is no surprise then that the Stow, OH native leads the AMCC in kills/set (5.03) and kills (609).

Adam Weaver Named to UVC Second Team All Conference

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – For the third time in his four-year career, Adam Weaver has been selected to a United Volleyball Conference All-Conference team.  The senior outside hitter was voted to the 2nd Team this year jumping up from two earlier Honorable Mention selections while at Hilbert College.

Weaver led the Hawks to the program’s best finish with the 9-25 record. Almost 50% (17 of the 36) of their games were against opponents who are (or were at one point) in the Division III Top 15 poll.

The Stow, OH native averaged 5.68 points per set and 5.03 kills per set (the 2013 NCAA Division III leader) through the 34 matches (121 sets) played.  Weaver currently is the #1 ranked player in Division III men’s volleyball in both categories, and based on his statistical lead, he potentially will become a two-category NCAA Division III leader in 2014.

Weaver had an outstanding senior year.  He doubled his efforts offensively from a year ago.  He finished with 609 kills, 1,412 attack attempts, 34 service aces, 183 digs, 26 solo blocks, 62 total blocks, and 687 points
Weaver graduates from Hilbert as the Hawks’ most decorated men’s volleyball player in the program’s fourteen year existence.  He 1,443 kills, 4.23 kills/set, 3,386 attack attempts, 84 service aces, and 1,624.5 points place him as the program’s career leader.  He ended as the #3 leader in digs (581), #5 leader in digs/set (1.70)  #2 in solo blocks (54),  #2 in assisted blocks (87), and #2 in total blocks (143).

Weaver was named the UVC Player of the Week on March 24th and was also recognized at the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s Player of the Week on six different occasions during the 11-week season.

Men’s Volleyball Sweeps Final Matches, Gives Program Best Record Ever

Box Score 1 | Box Score 2

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Hilbert College men’s volleyball team closed-out their season with a clean sweep of games today played in the College Center at D’Youville College.  Hilbert fought to 3-0 victory over Penn State Altoona before they battled to a 3-1 win against D’Youville College.  After today’s matches, the Hawks (9-25) set a new season-record with victories while playing the program’s most challenging schedule, ever.

Hilbert opened the afternoon with a  28-26 win over Altoona and then cruised to a 25-16 and a 25-18 sweep.  Andrew Duncan carried Hilbert early in the first set earning 5 quick kills.  Korey Schwab‘s kill gave Hilbert their 27th point and Altoona committed an attack error to give the Hawks the first set.

Adam Weaver gave Hilbert five of their first six points to start the second set as Hawks jumped out to a 10-4 lead which they stretched to 21-13 before coasting to the second set win.

Altoona came back ready to play in the third set.  Both teams played a close-set, with neither team able to hold a larger than two-point advantage.  With the score tied at 13, Andrew Wolbert‘s kill started the Hilbert run which stretched to 18-14 before the Lions called a timeout.

As he started the match, he ended it.  Andrew Duncan‘s kills gave Hilbert three of the team’s five earned points for the win.

Hilbert finished the match with 51 kills (.328) while Altoona clipped the ball at .185 with 35 kills.  Weaver added to his lofty total with 22 kills in three sets (9 digs) and Duncan earned his career high with 11 kills and team best two service aces.  Korey Schwab chipped in 10 kills.  Ryan Ratajczak chipped in 17 digs while David Mellerski assisted 41 times in addition to picking up 11 digs.

Then in their last match of the season, Hilbert beat D’Youville for the second time this season.  The Spartans took the first set, 25-23 before Hilbert rebounded with three straight wins (25-17,25-13,25-18).  Hilbert had another good hitting match (.306) while D’Youville struggled to connect successfully (.092).  The Hawks finished with 14 more kills with 11 fewer attempts than D’Youville.

Ryan Ratajczak and Korey Schwab reached double digit digs with 14 and 11, respectively.  Schwab also added 13 kills and four service aces collecting 17 points today.  David Mellerski posted another 42 assists to his career numbers.  Andrew Wolbert gave Hilbert four assisted blocks and Andrew Duncan added six more kills to his career today.  Adam Zientek doesn’t get a lot of ink, but his contributions late in the seasons have been invaluable.  He gave the Hawks four kills and eight digs along with two assisted blocks.

Adam Weaver tallied 23 kills (.390), nine digs, one assist, one solo block and three assisted blocks in his final set of his Hilbert career.  And what a career it has been.

The men’s volleyball career stats/season stats will be updated on Monday, April 7th.  Check back on the statistics link of the men’s volleyball page for details.



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Kolin Appears on Progressive Radio Network

Hilbert Professor Dr. Andrew Kolin recently appeared on The Progressive Radio News Hour with Stephen Lendman.  The entire interview can be heard here>>>

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Students Tour Federal Courthouse

Wendy Edson, Chair of the Professional Studies Division and Associate Professor of Legal Studies, took a group of four students, Angela Borkowski, Andrew Hollendursky, MaryJo Malczewski, and Krystyl Wachowski, to tour the federal courthouse on Friday, April 4.   Judge Jeremiah McCarthy, a member of the Hilbert College Board of Trustees, invited the group to observe a detention hearing in his courtroom.  Afterward, Judge McCarthy spoke  with the students, as did the Assistant US Attorney and the federal public defender.  The group also toured the court library with branch librarian Jay Deveau, who is a former Legal Studies adjunct who taught Legal Research at Hilbert for many years.

Many thanks  to Judge McCarthy and Mr. Deveau for taking time from their busy schedules to meet with Hilbert students.

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