– Dr. Christopher Holoman posted two updates to his blog, What’s So Liberal about Liberal Arts, last week — Check them out here >>>
– Buffalo Bills Beat Reporter Joe Buscaglia, of WGR 550, recently spoke in Matt Heidt’s Sports Communication class and the photo (right) posted to Twitter was retweeted and favorited a number of times and resulted in nearly 12,000 Twitter impressions and 1,000 engagements.
— FROM JULIE KUSMIERZ:
Colleen Kumiega, The Human Services Association, and my children, Cailey and Nick, are inviting you to be a part of our 11th annual Lenten Project to “adopt” a family that is going through hard times. The Hilbert community has always been so gracious about contributing to this project in the past and I know that a number of you have been asking whether we are doing it again. We are still waiting to learn about the family we will be assigned to adopt, but we are starting our collection. As in the past, we will be sure to send out an update with a family profile and their needs as soon as the Family Support Center selects a family for this year’s project. If any donations are made that cannot be used by this family, we have been learning of others with needs to whom we will also offer assistance.
So how can you help? Here are some possibilities:
–You can donate any new or gently used items that a family might be able to use
–You can make a cash donation to the project (my children put out fliers to neighbors and collect recyclables to raise money throughout Lent…so far we have about $75.00)
–Assuming most of you aren’t too interested in collecting recyclables in your neighborhood, feel free to bag up your recyclables and either donate the cash or receipts to our project, or let us know if we can help by returning them to the store for you
–Any questions? Please email me or call my office (Julie Kusmierz, ext. 303) or Colleen Kumiega (ext. 306)
–Any donations may be made up until Tuesday, March 31 so we can coordinate our delivery to the agency for early Good Friday morning.
Thanks so much for your kind attention and for all you have done in the past to help our project!
Julie, Cailey, Nick, Colleen, and the HSA
Prepared by Fr. Greg Jakubowicz
- In his Lenten message for 2015, Pope Francis shares that “Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each communities and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Cor 6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. “We love because he first has loved us” (1 Jn 4:19). He is not aloof from us. Each one of us has a place in his heart. He knows us by name, he cares for us and he seeks us out whenever we turn away from him. He is interested in each of us; his love does not allow him to be indifferent to what happens to us.”
The Provost Advisory Committee for Diversity (PACD) is administering a Cultural Climate survey for the Spring 2015. Our last survey was administered in the Spring of 2011 which resulted in the emergence of several initiatives (i.e., Diversity Pledge, Cultural Awareness Week, Diversity Workshops, etc.). By completing the Cultural Climate survey, you will assist Hilbert College with strengthening diversity and inclusion initiatives on-campus for students, faculty, and staff. It also helps us identify the areas that may need to be addressed to create a healthy campus climate of inclusion. The survey is available in both hard copy and online format: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XRDPTNV The survey will remain open until April 7, 2015 and participants will have an opportunity win one of three gift cards. For additional information, feel free to contact the co-chairs, Sharon Sisti or Dr. Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah, or stop by the Student Success Center in 103 Bogel Hall.
Hawks Secure 20th Win in First Round Action of Play-Offs
HAMBURG, N.Y. – For the fifth consecutive season, the Hilbert Hawks men’s basketball team will be competing in the AMCC semi-final game after beating Pitt-Bradford 99-88 in the First Round of play on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s victory was Hilbert’s twentieth of the season and marks the third straight 20+ win season for the men’s basketball program. The Hawks tenacious defensive pressure and outstanding shooting were too much for the Panthers from Bradford.
Trevor Stark led the Hawks’ offensive attack with 37 points on 12-14 shooting (4-6 from beyond the arc, 9-10 from the free throw line), which pushed his total to 1,224 and jumped him to 6th on the all-time scoring list. He also was credited with eight assists and four steals.
Along with Stark, Jerame Owens and Sean Weisansal found their way to double-digit scoring, with 26 and 17, respectively. Owens was 8-12 from the floor and 9-10 from the line and he also added three assists, three steals, and five caroms. Weisensal shot a stifling 12 for 12 from the free throw line and pulled down a team-high six rebounds. Ryan Bradt recorded a perfect shooting night, finishing with nine points on 4 of 4 shooting from the floor and 1 for 1 from the line in 13 minutes of action.
The Panthers were led by Keith Burgess’ 32 points, which included 10-11 from the charity stripe. Eric Matheson notched 22 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Zach Smith was the only other Panther to reach double-digit scoring, as he finished with 12 points, seven boards, three assists, and three steals.
Hilbert stepped up their defensive pressure right off the tip. The Hawks forced three Panther turnovers within the first four minutes of play and jumped out to an 11-4 lead before the visitors knocked down their first three pointer of the game. Bradford kept the spread close but Hilbert was able to respond with long hits. Three consecutive 3-pointers by Owens, Weisansal and Stark kept the Panthers at an arm’s length.
Aggressive defense created transition scores in the paint and helped the Hawks build a double-figure lead with 5:27 remaining. Hilbert went on a 10-3 run and held their largest lead 43-38 at 3:55. But it was Trevor Stark‘s steal that lead to Jerame Owens‘ dunk with one second on the clock that set the tone heading into halftime.
Hilbert sank 66.7 percent of their shots from the floor, were 9 of 10 at the charity stripe and were 5 of 9 from beyond the arc. Their defense forced nine first half turnovers which lead to 16 points, 10 points secured off a fast break situation.
Stark took the Hawks on his back and controlled the offensive pace in the second half. His lay-up with 16:49 gave the Hawks the 15 point advantage but the Panthers continued to fight, bringing the game within six points with 12:04 remaining. Stark went on a scoring spree, scoring 13 of Hilbert’s next 15 points.
Bradford extended their defensive pressure looking for steals or forced turnovers. They were able to make it a five-point game at the 7:25 mark and it looked as though they were going to keep it close. Stark, however, had other plans and continued to score, recording seven straight points for the Hawks to bring the lead back to 10.
Weisensal connected on 8 of 8 free throws in the last two minutes to prevent a Bradford comeback and to lead Hilbert to the 99-88 victory.
Both teams shot extremely well on the night. From the free throw line, Hilbert went 34-41 (82.9%) and Bradford hit 20 of 24 (83.3%). Hilbert was 56.9% from the floor, including 43.8% from long-range. The Panthers were 32-64 from the floor but only 26.7% from beyond the arc. With both teams shooting so well there were not many rebounds to go around, but the Panthers did outrebound the Hawks 29-28.
The Hawks (20-6) made their way to the semi-finals by winning a first round game four times in five years. Hilbert finished the 2012-13 season as the #1 seeded team in the tourney and hosted the championship weekend avoiding the first round play-in game.
For the second year in a row, Penn State Behrend finished the regular season in first place and will host the semi-finals and championship game this weekend.
Last year the Hawks beat Medaille College 80-77 in the semis and they look to win again in this round, but this time against the host team at 6pm this Friday, February 27th.
MORE ATHLETICS NEWS
The Chair of the evaluation team that will visit Hilbert College in Spring 2016 as part of Hilbert’s decennial reaccreditation has been selected. Sister Candace Introcaso has agreed to Chair the evaluation team. Introcaso is the President of La Roche College in Pittsburgh, Pa. She also recently was the Chair of the evaluation team that visited St. Bonaventure University during their most recent decennial evaluation.
More information on the Peer Review Process
Prior to the full team visit, the Chair of the team makes a preliminary visit to the institution to ensure that it is indeed ready for a team visit, to establish the schedules, to clarify the expectations of both parties, and to ensure that the team receives in advance any basic materials needed to understand the institution and its context.
At the time of the evaluation visit, the team conducts numerous interviews with administrators, faculty, staff, students, trustees, and any other constituents that may be relevant to the self-study. The team members discuss their findings with each other and arrive at a consensus. The Chair writes the team’s report, which the Chair transmits to the Commission and to the institution, and presents a brief to the Commission that summarizes the report and includes the recommendation that the team makes for Commission action.
– New post on the What’s So Liberal about Liberal Arts blog from Hilbert Provost Chris Holoman – Surprise! >>> A post which includes a little international relations and a little college basketball …
— Hilbert’s Director of Multicultural Affairs Dr. Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah recently had an article published – Why College as an Investment is a Lousy Analogy >>>
— Kristin Manhardt, Annual and Special Giving Coordinator, was awarded a scholarship to attend the Northest Annual Giving Conference in March. Kristin is one of just five to be selected for this scholarship. Congratulations Kristin! Here is a listing of this year’s scholarship winners:
Jennifer Battisti – Annual Giving Coordinator, The College at Brockport, NY
Kristin Manhardt – Annual Giving and Special Giving Coordinator, Hilbert College, NY
Kara Livingston – Assistant Director – Skidmore Fund, Skidmore College, NY
Clayton Jason – Assistant Director of Annual Giving, University of Hartford, CT
Taylor Stayton – Assistant Director, Annual Giving, Young Alumni & Student Philanthropy – University of Miami, FL
— Group of men age 50+ play basketball at Hilbert are featured in local magazine — For the Love of the Game >>>
– Rave Reviews for BLT’s Mystery of the Silver Chalice
Buffalo News – With the click of a button, you control ‘The Mystery of the Silver Chalice’
Buffalo News – Buffalo Laboratory Theatre’s ‘Silver Chalice’ will have you wishing for a replay button
Buffalo.com – Thursday Theater Roundup: 7 top picks from Buffalo’s theater scene
Broadway World – BWW Reviews: MYSTERY OF THE SILVER CHALICE at 710 MAIN THEATRE
The Hilbert College Alumni Association is hosting its Annual Lenten Fish Fry on Friday, February 20 from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Hilbert College Campus Center.
Fish Fry Dinners are $10 and child dinners (grilled cheese sandwich or chicken nuggets with fries) are $6. Proceeds from raffle baskets at the dinner will benefit the Hilbert College Alumni Scholarship Fund. For more information contact Stephanie King at 716-926-8938.