Fr. Jud Weiksnar Named College Chaplain


It is with great pleasure that I announce that Fr. William “Jud” Weiksnar, OFM has been named College Chaplain at Hilbert College.  He will assist in developing and ensuring the Catholic Franciscan identity and mission of Hilbert and serving the liturgical, pastoral, and spiritual needs of the entire community, particularly the students.

Fr. Jud is currently Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Victory Parish and Guardian at St. Patrick Friary.  He is deeply rooted in his work for social justice. He is working with a group of Franciscan women and men religious in Western New York called the Franciscan Care for Creation Committee.  In Camden, NJ, Fr. Jud was involved with community organizing for nine years in a group called Camden Churches Organized for People.  The organization had great success organizing with middle school students, who became the Student Leaders’ Von Nieda Park Task Force.  Over the years, he has participated in many marches to protest the School of the Americas in Ft. Benning, Georgia, and the March for Life in Washington, DC. At St. Bonaventure University, Fr. Jud was the first Director of the Franciscan Center for Social Concern from 1999-2005.  He has served on many Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) committees.  Currently he is on the Order of Friars Minor Animation Committee for JPIC that meets in Rome, as well as the Holy Name Province JPIC Directorate that meets in Washington, D.C. or New York City.

Fr. Jud has family ties to Hilbert’s namesake.  His maternal grandmother was a close friend of Mother Colette Hilbert.  Mother Colette and other Sisters would go to his grandmother’s house for hard rolls and coffee after Mass at St. Bernard’s.

Fr. Jud received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame in 1979.  He earned his J.D. and Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo in 1985 and 1988, respectively.  Fr. Jud completed his Master of Divinity at Washington Theological Union in 1994.

Fr. Jud will begin his new role on August 1, 2016.  I know you join me in welcoming him to the Hilbert Community.


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Reception for Hilbert Provost Christopher Holoman

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Information Sharing Session

Following the May 5 Board meeting, there will be an Information Session at 3:30 pm in the Library Conference Room on Tuesday, May 10.

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News & Notes – April 29

— The Spring 2016 issue of Star*Line contains an article on writing titled “Tracking Mega-Submissions” as well as a tanka titled “the goal is elevation” by Hilbert English Professor Herb Kauderer.

— Christine Scheck , who will be a  sophomore in the paralegal  program in Fall 2016,  will be awarded the 2016 scholarship from the Western NY  Paralegal Association at their annual dinner on May 10, 2016. Christine is a member of the Hilbert Honors program.  I shall attend the dinner with her.  Congratulations Christine.

— The GS 300 Service Learning Abroad class is collecting gently used spring and summer clothing to distribute during their service trip to Kenya.  Children’s clothing is especially sought—we’ll be working at a school for disabled children and an orphanage and would like to be able to provide the children with some clothes—but we’ll gladly accept any clothing.  

Collection boxes are located in the Faculty Services office and in the Bogel Hall front foyer.  You can also feel free to drop things off at Amy Smith’s office, or give her a call and she will come to your office to pick them up.

Thanks in advance for your support.

— New Blog Post: This week there is an extremely contagious stomach virus plaguing local K-12 schools. Let’s not let this spread to Hilbert College during finals! Click here to read a review of washing your hands.




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Photo Galleries from Hilbert Today

3rd Annual Celebration of Teaching & Learning

Artist-in-Residence Brendan Bannon

Service Learning Recognition Breakfast

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Athletics Update – April 29

Baseball Splits with D’Youville, Flores and Wurstner Hit Dingers

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Seniors Justin Hulbert and Paul Wujek climbed a little higher in the baseball program’s career statistical categories in today’s split decision against D’Youville College.

The Hawks claimed a 10-2 victory behind a pair of ace pitchers while they suffered a heart-breaking 13-11 walk-off homer defeat in the night cap.

Hilbert improved to 9-19 overall and their 4-10 AMCC record keeps them alive in the pursuit for post-season play.

Wujek moved to #1 in the All-Time list for most doubles-turned, stolen base attempts (39) and positioned himself at #2 in at- bats, runs scored, hits, reached on an error, hits, most stolen bases.

Justin Hulbert moved to #2 with most strike-outs (100) and strike-outs looking (34).

The Hawks opened the day with junior Sal Carroccia on the mound and he carried them through three innings of work facing 12 batters with a pair of strike-outs and three hits with one earned run.  Hulbert took the ball the next three rounds with three-up, three-down, striking out seven, grounding out one and walking another.  Sophomore Winfred Nelson closed the game facing five batters with ones across the board – hit, run, walk, strike-out, ground out, fly out.

The Hawks posted runs in the 1st (3), the 5th (5) and 6th (2) collecting a double-digit run game.

Six players (Wujek, Ryan Bonafede, Carroccia, Anthony Wurstner, Eric Flores and Taylor Haug) each finished with two hits.  Bradley Perrin knocked in a pair of runs while Eric Flores‘ home run in the 5th pushed Wurstner home and his single in the 6th gave Flores a team-leading 3 RBI game.

The Hawks trailed in the night cap 5-2 after the first inning and batted back to knot the game at 6-6 at the top of the 5th.

The Spartans tacked a single run on the board in the bottom of the 6th before Hilbert airmailed five runs on the top of 8th and 9th innings building a 11-8 lead heading into the bottom of the final inning.

Kevin Moore and Flores earned RBI’s in the first inning.  Wujek followed in the 2nd with a single up the middle.   Flores singled down the right field line and Jesus Rivera reached on an error to give Hilbert the tying runs in the 5th.

Anthony Wurstner matched Flores’ effort in the first game with a 2-run homer and Bonafede pushed Wujek home for the Hawks’ three, 8th inning runs.

Back-to-back doubles by Flores and Tyler Shaw scored two more runs in the top of the 9th.

Wujek, Bonafede, Moore and Carroccia (3 for 3) each finished with three hits and Flores tallied three RBIs to lead the charge.

Michael Voveris started the game with two earned runs against 23 batters faced.  He gave up eight hits with four walks and struck two out.  Christopher Newman picked up the slack and went 3.1 innings against 12 batters with four strike outs and two hits before Kevin Moore finished the 8th inning.  Andrew Cartaginese closed the game in the ninth inning and took the loss.

He got two of the first three batters out before their fourth tripled to left center scoring one, who got a base with a walk.  The next two batters singled with the first hitter earning an RBI as the Spartans trailed by one run.  D’Youville’s next man to the plate swung for the fence and drove in three runs for a walk-off win.

The Hawks now must beat Penn State Altoona on Saturday for a chance to continue into post season.  Hilbert will also honor their seniors prior to the start of the games which will begin at 1pm April 30.


More Athletic News:

Women’s Lacrosse Closes Their Season

Men’s Lacrosse Closes Their Season

Softball Falls to League Leader



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Hilbert College Provost Named 31st President at Centenary College

CHoloman1-webBelow is a statement from Hilbert President Cynthia Zane, Ed.D. on the announcement of Hilbert Provost Christopher Holoman, Ph.D. being named President at Centenary College of Louisiana.  The statement is followed by a link to the full press release from Centenary.

“Obviously Centenary College’s Board of Trustees has recognized Dr. Holoman’s exceptional leadership talent, which will be deeply missed at Hilbert College where he has served as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs since 2006,” Hilbert president Cynthia Zane, Ed.D. said.  “I know I speak for the entire Hilbert community when I say, we are thrilled that Dr. Holoman has attained his professional goal to become a College president.”

Centenary College of Louisiana Press Release >>>

Media coverage

The Buffalo News – Top Hilbert administrator named president of Louisiana college – Holoman named president at Centenary College

NewsRadio 710 KEEL – Meet Centenary College’s New President

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Information Sharing Session

Following the May 5 Board meeting, there will be an Information Session at 3:30 pm in the Library Conference Room on Tuesday, May 10.

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Adjunct Instructor Meets the Clintons

Bagwell_ClintonDr. Dana K. Bagwell, adjunct instructor in the Master of Public Administration and Adult and Evening Program and wife Dr. Jamie Pamelia Pimlott, Associate Professor of Political Science at Niagara University, met former President Bill Clinton on April 5th at a rally in Depew.

P Intros HRCThree days later, Drs. Bagwell and Pimlott met former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on April 8th where their daughter, Pamelia Slattery, introduced Secretary Clinton to a crowd of 1,500 at the Pierce Arrow Museum.

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Hilbert College Student Donates Photoshoot to Teen Girls Fighting Cancer

Event Date: Sunday, April 24, 2016
Event Location: Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, Lackawanna, NY
Time: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

When Kaely Kwitek was diagnosed with Stage Four anaplastic large-cell lymphoma four years ago, she noticed something while she received treatment at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

There were plenty of resources, books, and support groups for young children facing cancer, but she wasn’t satisfied with what was available for teenagers.

So at the age of 16, she founded Kaely’s Kindness, a group where Western New York teen girls fighting cancer can gather to make friends and have fun in a group where everyone understands each other’s struggles. It started with six girls, but now the group is 55 strong, ranging in age from 12 – 22.

Jenah Schwabel, a junior Digital Media and Communications major at Hilbert, was asked to do a service learning project for a biology class taught by Hilbert faculty member Dr. Meredith Ezak.

Schwabel, the owner of Still Stories Photography, said she wanted to use her talents to help in a unique way.

At 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, Schwabel will conduct a professional photoshoot for seventeen girls who are members of Kaely’s Kindness at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.

Hours before the photoshoot, local licensed makeup artists will do the girls’ hair and makeup free of charge.

“Especially if you’re going through treatment, these are girls who don’t always get to feel as beautiful as they are,” Schwabel said. “I thought this would be a good way to capture their beauty.”

The photoshoot will have a “pajama” theme, with all the girls wearing new, coordinating pajamas. Schwabel will take group photos and individual shots, and then give the girls the edited photos on a CD.

Media who would like to attend and interview Jenah Schwabel or Kaely Kwitek should RSVP to

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