Save the Date – College Wide Meeting

The College-wide meeting on August 11 will be for a full day, 8:30-4:30. An agenda will be forthcoming.

In June, new legislation was passed that will have a direct and immediate impact on every college campus in the state.  Colleges and universities are required under this new legislation to attest that every employee (full- and part-time) has received updated Title IX Sexual Assault training.  The college-wide meeting on August 11 will begin with a training session in the morning and the meeting in the afternoon.  This training is mandatory; excused absences should be discussed with your supervisor in advance.  If unable to attend this meeting, it will be necessary to attend a later make-up session.

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News & Notes – July 2

— **NEW BlueCross/BlueShield July 2015 Wellness News >>
This month’s highlights include:
-Targeting Ticks
-Stay Connected
-Get Fit – Sneak in Fitness
-Eat Fit – Healthy Eats While Vacationing
-Live Fit – Food Safety Smart
-Recipe of the month – Mozzarella, Basil and Zucchini Frittata


— The Book of Answers by Hilbert English professor Herb Kauderer is one of nine books nominated for the 2015 Elgin Award as best poetry chapbook.  The Elgin is an international award started by SFPA in 2013 to honor their founder Suzette Hayden Elgin.  The SFPA was founded in 1978 and also administrates the Rhysling and Dwarf Star awards.  Five individual poems from The Book of Answers have been nominated for those awards.  The Elgin is given in two categories, Chapbook which collects 10-39 pages of poetry, and Full-length Book which collect 40 or more pages of poetry.

The Book of Answers published in July of 2014 by Written Image, and was published with the help of an arts grant from Hilbert College.  The book was featured as part of the well-attended Arts in the Library Reception and Poetry Reading in Hilbert’s McGrath Library last November.

In addition, Professor Kauderer also had three poems published in the last week, in three different journals.

—-A haiku titled “remains 1″ appeared in Three Line Poetry on June 25, 2015.

—-“Equal Time” is a long poem that appeared in r.kv.r.y quarterly literary journal on June 29.

—-“Avian Intervention”, a fifteen line fibonacci poem, appeared in The Fib Review on June 30.


— Rachel Wozniak, Service Learning Coordinator, was recently named to the Steering Committee for the Western New York Service Learning Coalition.

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Vincent Selected to Attend NCAA FAR Institute

Prof. Don Vincent Selected to Attend NCAA FAR Institute

VincentINDIANAPOLIS, IN – Hilbert College’s Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) Donald Vincent has been selected by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to attend the 2015 NCAA Division III FAR Fellows Institute this fall.

With nearly 450 colleges and universities in NCAA Division III, the Association continues to invest in its largest population as it seeks to improve the student-athlete experience.  Hence the FAR Institute was launched in 2010, and it aims to increase the effectiveness of Division III FARs at the campus, conference and national levels.

Vincent, associate professor of Digital Media and Communication, is set to begin this ninth year at Hilbert and his fourth year as the FAR.  The Webster, N.Y. native has provided leadership within Hilbert and the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, and he has been recognized for his ability to affect positive change within the Hamburg campus as he continues to bridge the academic and athletic experience for Hilbert’s faculty and student-athletes.

“I am honored and thrilled having been selected to attend the FAR Fellows Institute this year,” said Vincent.  “I look forward to strengthening the relationship between Hilbert’s faculty and our outstanding student-athletes who are already excelling in the classroom.”

Institute attendees participate in a three-day professional development program which will be held at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis, Indiana October 16 – 18, 2015.  Vincent will participate in the evaluation of best practices and issues which surround the role and responsibility of the FAR.  He will also be exposed to other leadership possibilities within the conference, divisional and Association-wide committees.



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Men’s Basketball Honored By the CBOA for Sportsmanship

MBBsportsmanship_photoBUFFALO, N.Y. – The 2014-15 Hilbert College men’s basketball team received the Collegiate Basketball Officials Association’s Sam Schoenfeld Sportsmanship Award this month.  The Hawks program was selected for this prestigious award as they competed against over 40 other men’s basketball programs in the Buffalo and Rochester area.

Coach Rob deGrandpre and his staff, now honored twice in the last three seasons by the CBOA, garnered the same distinction at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season.

The Sam Schoenfeld Sportsmanship Award is given to the school, coach and players who best exemplify the highest degree of sportsmanship, character and ethics, which are all characteristics of Sam Schoenfeld who was the founding father of the CBOA.

The 2014-15 Hilbert Hawks closed their third consecutive 20-win season going 62-20 in that span and qualified for their fifth-straight post-season tilt.  The Hawks (21-7) battled in their second consecutive Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference tournament championship game this season.

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Hilbert College Announces Membership to Psy Chi

PsiChiSymbolHAMBURG, N.Y. – Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology, is proud to announce the addition of the Hilbert College Psi Chi Chapter. The Hilbert College Psi Chi Chapter was installed on June 8, 2015. The faculty advisor of the new chapter is Brianna Harris.  Charter members of the chapter are: Lauren Brown, Lisa Gibson, Herb Kauderer, Jacquelyn Kern, Ellen Lema, LeAnna Nemeth, Brandi Pacyon, Karleigh Perry, Shannon Stephenson, and Ailin Vega.

Psi Chi was founded on September 4, 1929 during the Ninth International Congress of Psychology held at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. The Honor Society’s stated purpose is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship, and to advance the science of psychology. Many of the Society’s members have gone on to distinguished careers in psychology, including several presidents of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS), numerous national and international award winners, and various other renowned research psychologists, authors, professors, and practitioners.
Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of both the APA and APS. Psi Chi has grown over the past 83 years into one of the largest and most successful honor societies in the world with over 1120 chapters located at college and university campuses throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Barbados, Egypt, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. These chapters not only recognize academic achievement by granting membership in the Society, but also sponsor programs and activities which augment and enhance the regular curriculum, offer an outlet for service to the campus and the community at large, and provide practical experience and fellowship through affiliation with the chapter. The international organization bestows several regional and Society research awards, sponsors diverse programs at regional and national psychological association conventions (including lectures, workshops, panel discussions, and information exchanges), and publishes the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research (formerly the Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research). In addition, Psi Chi’s Society service projects illustrate the Society’s commitment to its mission of “student excellence, reflected in scholarly and professional growth within psychology and the ability to impact society positively.”

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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 Monday, July 27.

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Hilbert Hawks Summer Camps



Joining the 30+ years of tradition with the basketball camps, the athletics department will also be offering a co-ed soccer camp and a men’s lacrosse camp.  

To view the camp details and to print a camp application = please click the sport below:

Basketball        co-ed soccer         men’s lacrosse

PLEASE NOTE:   Families can reduce their out-of-pocket expenses to attend camp if they are members of the BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York or if they are Independent Health members.  Each insurance provider encourages their members to live a healthier lifestyle as they continue to look for ways to enhance the health and well-being in our local communities.

When submitting your camp application and deposit, please photo copy the front and back of your Wellness or FlexFit card and indicate the dollar amount Hilbert will debit from your card. A confirmation-of-deposit and enrollment letter is sent home with final details to help prepare each family for camp.

2015 Boys and Girls Basketball Camps

Camp will begin with registration on Sunday afternoon and will end by 3pm on Thursday.

Girls – Sun, July 5 -Thurs, July 9                 Open and print application for girl’s camp (GIRLS)
Boys – Sun, July 12 – Thurs, July 16
          Open and print application for boys camp (BOYS)

For those who have attended the boys camp the last few years, please take a minute to see what great things are happening for guest speaker and instructor – Brian Dux.  Channel 7 sports interview

Questions regarding the boys’ basketball camp can be directed to Hilbert College’s head men’s basketball coach: Rob deGrandpre at 716-926-8803 or

Questions regarding the girls’ basketball camp can be directed to Hilbert College’s summer camp director Melissa Graham at 716-697-8946 or


2015 summer co-ed summer soccer camp  (8 through 14 years)

Camp will begin with registration on Monday morning and will end by 12 pm Thursday

Mon, August 3 – Thurs, August 6         camp application (open, print, mail to Hilbert)                          

Questions regarding the co-ed camp should be directed to Hilbert College’s head coaches:
Jeff Panik, men’s soccer: 716-926-8796 or
Kelly Starchok, women’s soccer: 716-926-8797 or


2015 summer men’s lacrosse camp (grades 8 through 12)

Camp will begin with registration on Monday morning and will end by 3pm on Friday

July 20 – July 23                         camp application (open, print, mail to Hilbert)

Questions regarding the men’s lacrosse camp should be directed to Hilbert College’s head men’s lacrosse coach: Rick Schunke at 716-926-8801 or

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Mystery of the Silver Chalice Headed to Broadway?

SilverChaliceAccording to this Buffalo News – Gusto Article, The Mystery of the Silver Chalice, from Hilbert’s Taylor Doherty, could be headed to Broadway!


Taylor Doherty’s interactive play “The Mystery of the Silver Chalice,” which wowed crowds at 710 Main Theatre in February, has been optioned by a prominent group of Broadway theater producers.

Doherty’s company, Buffalo Laboratory Theatre, announced Thursday that he had signed an option agreement with Tilted Windmills Theatricals, producers of Broadway and off-Broadway shows including “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Marriage,” “American Idiot” and “Clybourne Park.”

A release from the company promises “much more information to come, including details on a national tour and the development of Silver Chalice II right here at the Buffalo Laboratory Theatre.”  READ MORE>>>



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Hilbert in the News

— Hilbert professor Alan Katerinsky discussed the latest federal cyber hack on WIVB-TV (Channel 4) –

— Hilbert professor John Culhane talks about the prison escapees on Time Warner Cable News Buffalo –

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Athletics Update – June 19

Hilbert Student-Athletes Earned Three AMCC Team Peak Performer Awards

2014-15 AMCC Team Peak Performers Awards

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) released the league’s Team Peak Performers list this afternoon and three Hilbert College teams helped the Hawks tie for the most team honors this academic year.The Team Peak Performer Award is presented to the one team in each of the conference’s 16 championship sports with the highest collective Grade Point Average in their respective sports during the 2014-15 academic year.Hilbert’s women’s cross country team not only led their running peers in the league but earned the highest cumulative GPA among all teams in the ten-member league this year.  Their 3.758 gpa earned Geoff Brunger‘s Hawks their third consecutive academic honor.

Both the women’s soccer (3.398) and men’s volleyball (3.169) teams at Hilbert swept their sport’s category for the fourth straight season dating back to 2011-12 when the AMCC began honoring academic success.

The women’s basketball  team studied their way to a 3.368 gpa and earlier this afternoon were announced as the AMCC Team Peak Performers.  But a calcualtion error has been corrected but the league office and Pitt.-Bradford’ 3.408 earned the Panthers their first WBB award.

Hilbert now shares the most honors with Penn St. Behrend and Penn St. Altoona as they all earned three awards each.  Mt. Aloysius grabbed a pair and  D’Youville, Pitt.-Greensburg, Medaille and Franciscan completed the eight-team Team Peak Performer winners.

John Hall Introduced as Softball Head CoachChristopher Krueger Introduced as Women’s Volleyball CoachTHANK YOU HILBERT COLLEGE ADMINISTRATION

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