2015 Commencement Photo Gallery #1

Hilbert Celebrates Class of 2015; Lt. Gov. Hochul Delivers Commencement Address

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Faculty & Staff Recognized at Annual Honors Awards

Dr. Christopher Holoman presented the
Hilbert College
Faculty Excellence Awards

Excellence in Teaching – Mary Ann Hobar

This award by the Hilbert College Faculty recognizes superior teaching techniques, classroom innovations, and curricular development as supported by the observations of fellow professionals, department chairpersons, and/or students.


Excellence in Adjunct Teaching – Fred Becker

This award by the Hilbert College Faculty recognizes superior teaching techniques, classroom innovations, and curricular development as supported by the observations of fellow professionals, department chairpersons, and/or students.


Excellence in Service – Dr. Erika Haygood-Gault

This award by the Hilbert College Faculty recognizes outstanding service to Hilbert College and/or the community at large through involvement in committee work, club advisement, off-campus activities, and volunteer work.


Excellence in Scholarship Award –Dr. Megan Witzleben

This award by the Hilbert College Faculty recognizes excellence in scholarship in areas such as publications, research, and scholarly presentations.


Barbara Bonanno Wilcox, Director of Mission Integration & Campus Ministry presented

The Mother Colette Staff Mission Awards

Lauren Watkins, Business Office Clerk and Facility Use Coordinator

and  Rob deGrandpre, Asst. Athletics Director & Head Men’s Basketball Coach

Dr. Cynthia Zane also presented

The Mother Colette Staff Mission Award

to Barbara Bonanno


Dr. Holoman also recognized Denise Brill and Debbie Palumbo on their retirements

Denise Brill started Full time August 1983

Debbie Palumbo started part time in August 1984 and full time in August 2005


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2015 Commencement Video

Click below to watch the archived video from Hilbert College’s 54th Annual Commencement.



(Please note: Ceremony begins around the 42:00 mark of the video and we experienced audio difficulties at the beginning of the ceremony, which are cleared up around the 50:00 mark)

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Scholarship Golf Tournament – June 22

The 2015 Hilbert College Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, June 22 at Orchard Park Country Club.  All proceeds from this event will directly fund scholarship assistance for Hilbert students. Looking for ways to contribute?

1.      Donate a basket. One of the components of our annual tournament is a gift raffle, at which 100 various items valued at a minimum of $50 are raffled off. We are in the final stages of collecting baskets to reach our goal of 100 (we have 16 more to go!). If you would like to donate to this raffle please let me know immediately.  Your contribution can be made in the form of a gift card, voucher, monetary donation (I will compile the basket on your behalf) or complete basket.  I would be happy to pick up the item based on your availability.

2.      Purchase a raffle ticket. There are still tickets available for purchase at $100 each for anyone that is interested in entering for a raffle prize! You DO NOT have to be in attendance at the tournament to win a raffle prize. There are only 100 available, so everyone is a winner!

3.      Volunteer. There is also opportunity to volunteer at the tournament in various ways such as registration, contest supervisors, etc. If you are interested in helping out for the day or a just the morning portion of it, please let me know by Friday, May 22nd. It will be considered a free day out of the office! J

If there are any questions please do not hesitate to contact Stephanie King (stephanieking@hilbert.edu).

Thank you for your continued support with our college-wide events!

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News & Notes – May 18

— Hilbert College’s 54th Commencement featured in The Buffalo News >>> 

— Hilbert’s Commencement ceremony was also featured on WKBW-TV (Channel 7) evening news on Saturday (not available online).

— Hilbert College’s Interim VP for Enrollment Management Larry Lesick featured in The Buffalo News – On the Record >>>

— Hilbert’s new Director of Mission Integration & Campus Ministry Jeff Papia featured in Ken Ton Bee >>>

— Hilbert President Cynthia Zane is quoted in this Buffalo News article about Sister Denise Roche retiring from D’Youville >>>

— Hilbert Associate Professor Carol Nowak is mentioned in this Buffalo News article about school boards >>>

— Hilbert’s Summer Basketball Camps featured in The Hamburg Sun >>>


Hilbert’s live streaming video of 54th Annual Commencement

For the second consecutive year, Hilbert provided a free live stream of its commencement ceremony.  In 2015, the live feed was viewed by 248 people, surpassing last year’s total live viewers.  As of the morning of May 18, over 100 more people have viewed the archived video at https://www.boxcast.com/show/#/2015-commencement, and that number continues to grow.

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54th Annual Commencement – Live Streaming

Commencement600x400Hilbert College is pleased to announce that the school’s 54th Annual Commencement on Saturday, May 16, 2015 will be streamed live on the internet.  This marks the second consecutive year that Hilbert’s commencement ceremony will be available for live online viewing.  The ceremony will be streamed using Boxcast technology. Commencement begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg.  We are happy to be able to provide this free streaming and encourage you to share the link with friends and family who may not be in attendance at the church.

Click here for Live Streaming >>>  (link will be active at approx. 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16)


Commencement Details

The day’s events on Saturday, May 16th will begin at 9:30 a.m. with Baccalaureate Mass in Swan Auditorium, 5200 South Park Ave., Hamburg. At 8:45 a.m. students should meet in Room 216 in Paczesny Hall to be robed.

The commencement exercises will be held at the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg at S 4999 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg. The formal program will begin promptly at 1:00 and will last approximately one and one-half hours. Students arriving after 12:30 WILL NOT be allowed to participate in Commencement.

The President’s Reception for you and your guests will follow immediately in the atrium of the church.

  • Doors to the auditorium will open promptly at 11:45 am for family and guests.
  • Graduates should arrive at the Wesleyan Church no later than 12:15 pm. Please report to the room that is marked by your academic major.
  • Dress in cap and gown.
  • Graduates arriving after 12:30 pm will not participate in the ceremony.
  • Leave all valuables with friends or family members. Please do not leave any personal items in the gathering room.

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News & Notes – May 11

— Hilbert College’s Commencement speaker Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul mentioned in this listing of local commencement speakers in The Buffalo News.

— Mary Jo Malczewski, a senior in the Legal Studies  program, is one of two scholarship winners for 2015.  The scholarships are sponsored by the Western New York Paralegal Association. She will receive her scholarship at the organization’s annual Attorney-Paralegal Dinner on May 12.  Congratulations Mary Jo!

Firefighter— Hilbert Forensic Science student Steven Papponetti (pictured center) is one of two firefighters named “Firefighter of the Year” – http://www.orleanshub.com/news2015/Albion-FD-has-a-new-leader.htm Congratulations Steven!

— On April 28, The 2015 Rhysling Anthology edited by Rich Ristow was published, reprinting the 99 poems nominated for the Rhysling Award for best speculative poem of the year in two categories, short (<50 lines) and long (50 or more lines).  Hundreds of thousands of poems are eligible for nomination.

This year, four of the nominees (and poems in the anthology) were by Hilbert associate professor of English Herb Kauderer.  His nominated poems in the short category are “After ‘Dark Matter'” and “After ‘Signs You’re in Trouble'”.  In the long category his poems are “Saline to Atlantis” and “Words Not Red”.

The awards are expected to be announced in late June.  http://sfpoetry.com/rhysling.html

In addition, Professor Kauderer had two short poems appear in the webzine Grievous Angel (part of the journal Urban Fantasist) on May 3, 2015.

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Lesick Named Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management

HAMBURG, N.Y. – Lawrence Lesick, Ph.D. has been named Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management at Hilbert College, announced President Cynthia Zane, Ed.D. He started at Hilbert on May 4, 2015 and will remain through the summer, while a search for a permanent Vice President is in progress.

Lesick (LESS-ick) has more than 30 years of enrollment management experience in higher education.  In October 2012, he completed a consultation visit at Hilbert to review the Student Services Center. Most recently, Lesick served as Vice President for Enrollment Management at Ohio Northern University.  Read more >>>

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Papia Named Director of Mission Integration & Campus Ministry

HAMBURG, N.Y. – After a national search, Jeffrey M. Papia has been named Director of Mission Integration and Campus Ministry at Hilbert College.  Papia will begin his role on July 1, 2015.

“Jeff brings significant expertise in the area of campus ministry and has a strong background in mission integration and theological studies,” Hilbert President Cynthia Zane said.  “His experiences at the College of Holy Cross, Boston College, and St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute will provide him a solid foundation to build upon at Hilbert.”   Read more >>>

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Athetics Update – May 11

2015AthleticsAwardsAthletic Awards Reception Recap

HAMBURG, N.Y. – The Hilbert College Athletics Department proudly honored their 2014-15 student-athletes at its annual Athletic Awards Reception April 27. Following the Swan Auditorium ceremony, a casual reception was held in the West Herr Atrium Monday night to continue the celebration and kick-off the final week of classes.

Chris Holoman, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs welcoming remarks opened the evening of celebration and Hilbert’s John Czarnecki, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, served as the evening’s primary presenter and emcee.

The evening consisted of a series of presentations which profiled Hilbert’s student-athlete academic achievements and senior athlete award presentations. Ryan Brewster, selected as this year’s senior speaker, addressed his fellow student-athletes prior to the distribution of team awards. At the conclusion of the evening, the McGrath Award winners were introduced and their names will be forever enshrined in the athletic department’s Academic Wall of Achievement.

Ten of Hilbert’s 13 NCAA Division III teams are members of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC). Men’s lacrosse and men’s volleyball are members of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) and the women’s lacrosse program, in its third season of existence, currently completes as an independent program. The NEAC league has always announced their Academic All-Conference members at the conclusion of the full academic year and for the first time, beginning this year, the AMCC league has chosen to follow suit.

Without any Academic All-Conference members to announce, Kelly Starchok, the department’s NCAA Compliance and Student Services Coordinator, honored those student-athletes who achieved a perfect 4.0 either in the spring 2014 or the fall 2014 semesters: freshman Rebecca Bailey, junior Harlie Decker, junior Benjamin Knights, junior Kelly Mandell, sophomore Kelly Mergenhagen, sophomore Daniel Pulaski and junior Erin Smith.

Starchok also shared the National Student-Athlete Honor Society members who were first presented for induction on April 17th  at the college-wide Honor Society Ceremony. The 2015 Chi Alpha Sigma New York Theta Chapter associates who carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or higher and who exhibit good moral character are considered for inclusion in their junior or senior year. These 19 newest members were awarded a certificate and a medal of honor: junior Barrett Armstrong, junior Andrew Cartaginese, senior Daniel Christmann, junior Harlie Decker, junior Matt Goraj, junior Jaelyn Gotham, junior Kayla Guidi, junior Crystal Hailey, senior Tara Jones, junior Benjamin Knights, junior Ashley Kurucz, senior Eric Labedz, junior Kelly Mandell, junior James Moscato, junior Kylie Reinholz, junior Korey Schwab, junior Tyler Shaw, junior Erin Smith and junior Sara Wagner.

The ceremony continued into the presentation of each team’s individual award winners. John Czarnecki read a brief summary of each team’s season before announcing the Most Improved, Most Valuable and Coaches Award recipients who were greeted by their program’s head coach. Click (here) to see a complete list of the 2014-15 winners.

Once the bulk of the evening presentations were distributed, Jenah Labuski (Horseheads, NY) and Tyler Coniglio (Tonawanda, NY) were announced as the 2015 McGrath Award winners (photo). This prestigious award is provided by Francis and Marie McGrath, two generous benefactors of Hilbert College who stipulated the award be given to one male and one female graduating student-athlete who has demonstrated exemplary achievement both academically and athletically while at Hilbert College. Labuski is graduating this May with a degree in English after representing the Hawks on the hardwood. Labuski earned with a 3.74 grade point average while leading the women’s basketball team to two consecutive AMCC Team Peak Performer awards. Congilio graduated in December 2014 after four solid seasons on the pitch for the men’s soccer team. He carried a 3.68 grade point average to secure his degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Forensic Science/Crime Scene Investigation.

One final award was present to senior Mark Morris before the evening ceremony concluded. Coach Panik honored one of his most diligent and dependable four-year work study students with a special Game Management Perseverance Award.



BB – Christmann and Anderson Named AMCC All-Conference

MBB – Stark Named to Jewish Sports Review All American Team

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