Why assessment?

If you are a cook, perhaps you are familiar with this process: you try out a new recipe. It turns out fine, but because you’ve been cooking for a while, you have some ideas as to how to make it better. Next time, maybe you’ll add some more pepper, or cook a little longer, or note that the recipe really only serves 2, not 4. You’ll probably scribble these ideas on the recipe so you don’t forget them.

Congratulations; you’ve just done outcomes assessment! When we talk about assessment, sometimes it seems like something mysterious or something we only do now and then to satisfy an outside party like an accreditor or the government. But actually we all do it all the time. We know what outcome we are looking for, we know what we did to try to bring that outcome about, we know how things turned out, and we have at least some ideas for what we would do differently next time. We just need to make sure we have kept records of each of these steps so that we can, in fact, go back and make the changes needed.

This is true in all areas of college activity, not just student learning. So it’s important that all offices have a few key components in place: a brief mission statement expressing what your area is charged with doing, some goals with some ways to measure progress, and an annual report documenting how things turned out. In the middle of August, we will all take some time to make sure that each area of the college has at least these minimum components—faculty during Fall Faculty Institute on Aug. 13 and 14, and non-teaching areas during “Assessment Boot Camp” on August 18th.  More details will be distributed next week, but we all have a role to play because each of us can contribute ideas for what we should be doing and how best to do it. We just need to get cooking!

~ Dr. Chris Holoman & Dr. Ron Eskew

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Fr. Greg Jakubowicz, O.F.M. Named Chaplain at Hilbert

Fgregjr. Greg Jakubowicz, O.F.M. has been named College Chaplain at Hilbert College. He will assist in developing and ensuring the Catholic Franciscan identity and mission of Hilbert and coordinate the life of the Church on campus. Jakubowicz will begin his new role on August 1, 2014.

Fr. Greg has spent the last five years as the College Chaplain at Siena College. He is a native of West Seneca, NY.  Fr. Greg will also be responsible for coordinating liturgical and sacramental life; encouraging individuals in the development of faith and spiritual growth; guiding the campus community, particularly students, through pastoral counseling; promoting an understanding of Catholic social teachings/social issues and a response through community service; and building a faith community at the College that reaches out to persons of all religious denominations. Fr. Greg will also teach Philosophy 218 – Moral Issues in Contemporary Society and oversee the campus chapel.

In 1997, Fr. Greg joined the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province.  He professed his first vows in 1999 and professed his solemn vows in 2003.  He was ordained to the presbyterate in 2004.  His first ministerial assignment after ordination was at his alma mater, St. Bonaventure University, as an Assistant Professor of Business Law.  However, after one year Fr. Greg was assigned by his Provincial Minister to be Vocation Director for the Franciscans and moved to New York City.  Two years later Fr. Greg was asked to serve as the Chief Operating Officer of the Washington Theological Union, a Roman Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry in Washington, DC.

He first met the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province at South Buffalo’s Bishop Timon High School, his alma mater.  Fr. Greg earned his B.A. from St. Bonaventure and then went on to earn his J.D. from SUNY at Buffalo School of Law.  He was admitted to practice law in New York State in 1991.  Prior to joining the Franciscan Friars, he spent five years working for LexisNexis in Charlottesville, VA.

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College-Wide Meeting Agenda

College-Wide Meeting Agenda

Bogel Hall, Room 101

August 12, 2014


9:00                 Mass – Fr. Greg Jakubowicz, O.F.M.

St. Clare Chapel

10:00               Bogel Hall, Room 101 Coffee, juice, tea, water

10:10               Opening Reflection

Barbara Bonanno, Director of Mission Integration and Campus Ministry

10:10               Introduction of New Personnel – Vice Presidents and Chairs

10:15               Enrollment 2014-15 – Peter Burns, Vice President for Enrollment Management

10:30               Budget Update – Rick Pinkowski, Vice President for Business/Finance

10:40               President’s Remarks – Cynthia Zane

·      Middle States – Chris Holoman and Don Vincent

·      Assessment –  Ron Eskew and Chris Holoman

·      2 Boot Camps – Ron Eskew

11:25               STAR Awards

11:30               End

Noon               Lunch – Dining Hall – Deli buffet, beverages, desserts

*** Please RSVP to Kathy by August 7 if you plan to join us for lunch.  kfairbanks@hilbert.edu or ext. 201


1:00-5:00        Diversity Workshop


It is expected that all faculty and staff will attend both the college-wide meeting and the diversity

workshop. Excused absences should be discussed with your Chair/Supervisor in advance.

Beyond Diversity: Challenging Racism in an Age of Backlash”

Presenter:  Tim Wise – Click for bio


Workshop Goals:

·      Define diversity in “real time” by exploring ways to address the fundamental structures of racism and inequality.

·      Explore the differences between individual and institutional bias while providing strategies for transformation.

·      Challenge faculty and staff to act against discrimination/bias on campus.

·      Share strategies for creating equity in the classroom, workspace, and throughout our institution.


Topics Explored in the Session:

·      Explore how the sources of internalized supremacy/oppression and how these can manifest in all of us.

·      The difference between individual bias and institutional bias.

·      Privilege as the flipside of oppression.

·      Stereotype Vulnerability and Racial Performance Gaps – The Hidden Key to Disparities

·      The harms of inequity for all members of an institution, including dominant group members.

·      Strategies for creating equity in the classroom, workspace, and throughout our institutions.

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FSSJ Leadership Team Elected

The following Sisters were elected to the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph Leadership Team for the next four years:

Sr. Ann Marie Hudzina – General Minister
Sr. Marcia Ann Fuitko – Associate General Minister
Sr. Sharon Goodremote – General Councilor
Sr. Michael Marie Jordan – General Councilor
Sr. Judith Elaine Salzman – General Councilor

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Congrats BLT!

The Buffalo Laboratory Theatre won the Buffalo Spree’s “Best of WNY 2014″ award for their production of Build your own Adventure: Mystery of the Silver Chalice!  This show is now having staged readings in various theatres around the country prepping for their co-production with Shea’s in February.


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Katelyn Faas Appointed Head Lacrosse Coach

rp_primary_faas_2014The Athletics Department at Hilbert College, under the leadership of John Czarnecki, is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Katelyn Faas as the new head coach for the women’s lacrosse program. Faas is currently finishing up her summer camp/clinic commitments but is extremely excited to assume her first collegiate head coaching position effective July 28th.

Czarnecki said, “Katelyn’s skills, passion, and potential stood out amongst the strong candidate pool for this position. A National Champion during her playing days at Maryland, Katelyn is an up-and-coming lacrosse coach that we are now fortunate enough to call a member of our Hilbert Athletics team. I look forward to working with her in her administrative capacity as well as watching her bring our women’s lacrosse team to the next level.”

Faas will use her previous experiences both as a player and as a graduate assistant coach, to mold the Hawks lacrosse program into winners. “I know the sacrifices a college athlete has to make in order to be successful, just as I understand the commitment a college coach must make to their players and program. With my determination, drive and passion for the game, I look forward to taking the program to the next level.”

Faas, a Rochester, NY native, brings a winning attitude to Hilbert. She was a super-senior at the University of Maryland when the Terps won the Division I National Championship in 2010. The two previous seasons, Maryland finished as one of the top teams in the country, making it to the Final Four in 2009 and Elite Eight in 2008. Faas red-shirted her fourth year due to an ACL injury in 2009 and battled back physically to contribute to the program’s national championship in 2010.

Faas attended St. Bonaventure University her first two years after high school (2005-06, 06-07) and then made a tough decision to change her academic field of study which led to the transfer to Maryland and the ACC league. Even in Olean, the attacker was a dominating athlete on the field. She earned several post-season honors from the Atlantic 10 conference: Offensive Player of the Year (2007), All Rookie Team (2006), 1st Team All-Conference (2006 and 2007) and 2nd Team All Region (2006 and 2007).

At the conclusion of her athletic career, Faas moved to the sidelines and accepted a Sport Administration Graduate Assistantship at Canisius College (Buffalo, NY) and served as an assistant coach in the women’s lacrosse program during her two-year assignment. While there, the Griffs won back-to-back Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships and moved on into the NCAA tourney, something Faas was familiar with as a player.

Faas gained teaching and coaching experiences even while in college as an undergraduate. She worked numerous lacrosse camps either as a director or counselor since 2008 and most recently served as the head coach for the Hamburg Junior Varsity team (2014).

With her new full-time position at Hilbert College, Faas will be responsible for all facets of a Division III lacrosse program. She will also support other administrators in the Hawks’ athletic department coordinating all transportation needs for the 13 athletic programs and serve as the primary administrator for the summer camps.

Faas graduated from the University Of Maryland with a bachelors of arts degree in kinesiology in 2010. She picked up a master in sport administration from Canisius College in 2013 and served as an adjunct professor at Canisius teaching a Sport and Recreation Law class in 2013.

Most recently Faas was employed as Fitness Professional at Omega Health and Wellness in Buffalo.

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Fr. David Couturier, O.F.M. Cap., named dean of St. Bonaventure’s School of Franciscan Studies

St. Bonaventure University has announced the appointment of Fr. David Couturier, O.F.M. Cap., as dean of the School of Franciscan Studies and interim executive director of the Franciscan Institute, effective August 15, 2014.

Fr. Couturier graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts in English literature from St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., and a master of divinity degree from Maryknoll School of Theology in Ossining, N.Y.

He completed a licentiate in clinical psychology and did his clinical residency at the Institute of Psychology of the Gregorian University in Rome (magna cum laude). He was awarded a doctor of ministry degree in pastoral counseling by the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana in 1999 and a doctor of philosophy degree in pastoral psychology and organizational studies (summa cum laude) in 2005.

In addition to these degrees, he holds multiple credentials in organizational development, psychology, family therapy, and mediation training.

Fr. Couturier is the Dean R. Hoge Professor of Pastoral Planning and Church Management at the Graduate Theological Foundation. He teaches in the theology department at the Pontifical Antonianum University in Rome and completes a summer teaching commitment here at St. Bonaventure University this week.

He has served as director of pastoral planning for the Archdiocese of Boston and Dean of the School of Theology and associate professor of pastoral studies at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore.

Elected vicar provincial of his province in 2002, he also served the Franciscan Orders worldwide as board member and president of Franciscans International, a non-governmental organization (NGO) at the United Nations, from 1999-2005.

Known for his combined expertise in organizational development, strategic planning, and Franciscan education, Fr. Couturier has worked as an organizational consultant for congregations, religious communities and dioceses throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia. His many publications span the fields of psychology, pastoral care, social justice and organizational development.

Fr. Couturier succeeds Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., who served as an interim dean of the School of Franciscan Studies for two years.

The work of establishing separate administrative structures for the Franciscan Institute and the School of Franciscan Studies continues as faculty and staff work with administration to implement a new strategic plan. The Franciscan Institute’s mission remains as one of providing the latest research in Franciscan philosophy, theology and history and publishing its educational resources.

The pedagogical vehicle of this work, the School of Franciscan Studies, will continue to update its curriculum and design new offerings and methodologies to meet the needs of a larger public of students, scholars and those interested in learning more about the Franciscan vision and applying it in today’s world of work and ministry.

“We look forward to completing the needed revitalization of the academic offerings of the SFS that Fr. Couturier’s administrative and teaching experience will provide,” said Dr. Michael Fischer, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We welcome him to the University and will work with him to expand the current reach of the academic and continuing education programs that have been a source of leadership education for the Franciscan Order for half a century.”

President Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., said, “The needs are changing and a Church led by a pope who ‘channels’ the charism of Francis of Assisi is looking for the resources we already possess. This will be an exciting time for this school and its faculty.”

Accepting his appointment, Fr. Couturier said, “It is a real privilege building on the history of this great School of Franciscan Studies and Franciscan Institute and having an opportunity to share the Franciscan imagination with a whole new generation of young adults and with scholars around the world.”

Fr. Couturier comes from a branch of the Order of Friars Minor known as the Capuchins (based on the unique hood of their habits). He takes up the legacy of Capuchins who served and taught here for many years, Fr. Maurice Sheehan and Fr. Regis Armstrong. He will live with the friars on campus.

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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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Brewster and Stark Named to NABC Honors Court

mbbThe National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) today announced the 2013-14 NABC Honors Court team.  Ryan Brewster and Trevor Stark, juniors on the Hilbert College men’s basketball team, joined 893 other student-athletes from 335 colleges and universities across the country to earn the NABC Honors Court distinction.

The NABC recognized male collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled academically as they tapped into their talents off the court while in the classroom. In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria.  They must be a junior or senior and a varsity player while earning a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher.

Ryan Brewster (Corning, NY) is a Business Administration major and carries a 3.52 cumulative gpa while chipping in 3 points and 3 rebounds in the 27 games played this season.  Trevor Stark (Queens, NY) carries a 3.42 cumulative gpa in the Communications Marketing field.  Stark was also named as an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) 1st Team All-Conference player while leading Hilbert in scoring (17.1), free throw percentage (82.5%) and assists (4.7) in addition to grabbing almost two steals per game.  This spring, Stark was also named to the Jewish Sports Review Men’s College Basketball All-American First-Team.

Both Hawks were recognized by the AMCC as Individual Academic Peak Performers and as Academic All-Conference team members during the 2013-14 year. Brewster and Stark were inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma National Athlete Honor Society in May.

Follow this (link) for the complete release.

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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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