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Master's Success p.14 | Alumni News & Notes p.16


Athletic News & Notes p.20

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In the words of Winston Churchill, “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results”. This edition of the Hilbert Magazine examines results of two important “strategies” the campus community has implemented in the last four years. Dr. Ron Eskew, Hilbert’s Director of Institutional Research and Professor of Psychology, has authored an article entitled “Assessing the Blueprint”, the third in a series which have described the framework of initiatives for engaging students in a coherent pathway to academic success and personal development. The transformation of the curriculum, student support services, and the advising model has been challenging and required creative thinking and an intense focus on the part of faculty and staff. Dr. Eskew’s article affirms we are trending in the right direction. Retention and graduation rates have increased. Our scores on the NSSE and other assessment measures demonstrate improvement. How exciting to see our students thriving! A second article, Taking their Careers to a New Level, describes the journey of two students in Hilbert’s graduate programs initiated in fall 2011. It was a major risk for Hilbert to launch graduate programs at a time when the higher education environment is in such a state of flux. However, it is with a great sense of pride that we see the impact the program has had on the lives of the graduates and those they serve in the community. With respect to the conversation Hilbert is engaged in with St. Bonaventure University, the trustees have established a joint steering committee to examine a potential board governance model. The Academic Task Force co-chaired by Dr. Christopher Holoman and Dr. Michael Fischer, Provost of St. Bonaventure University, is in the final stage of preparing their report for the Boards and the Finance Task Force will likely share their results at the September Board meetings. We are grateful to the Oishei and Western New York Foundations for approving our funding requests to explore this potential strategic alliance. Obviously this undertaking is complicated, but we remain confident that bold change will be essential if we are to be well positioned for future sustainability. We always enjoy this time of year when we celebrate our 2014 Commencement and the completion of more than 280 Hilbert students with great joy. We are confident that these new alumni will make a difference wherever their journey takes them next. We also want to express our deep thanks to you, our Hilbert supporters, who through your generous donation of time and treasure make it possible for us to carry out our Catholic Franciscan mission. Best wishes for an enjoyable summer. Sincerely,


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Dr. Joan Crouse, Professor of History, visiting Vietnam with veterans of the American war in Vietnam.

table of contents

On Campus


Oishei Support


Commencement Speaker


Flat Tuition for 2014-15


Division News & Notes


Academic Honors Fall '13


From Ha Noi to Hilbert 10 Master's Success Stories 14

From Ha Noi to Hilbert


Hilbert Professor Dr. Joan Crouse travelled to Vietnam with six local veterans and she decided to take her students with her - virtually. Read all about how she used technology to bring the culture of Vietnam to Hilbert and about her very unique experience.

Blueprint Assessment 16 Alumni 18 Alumni Association


Alumni News and Notes


Run the 'Burg


Athletics 20 Men's Lax Conference Honors 20

SPECIAL THANKS TO: THE HILBERT COLLEGE MAGAZINE EDITORIAL BOARD Dr. Anthony Hughes, Peter Burns, Gregg Fort, Ian Gattie, Victoria Felser, Stephanie King & Louis Noce


Dr. Joan Crouse and Dr. Ron Eskew

Weaver Named All-American


Whitman Repeats All-Conference 20 Athletics Awards Reception


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Oishei Foundation Supports St. Bonaventure/Hilbert Study with Second Award $175,000 grant supports feasibilty study to create a strategic alliance The John R. Oishei Foundation has awarded Hilbert College and St. Bonaventure University an additional $175,000 to support the two schools’ efforts to create a strategic alliance. The Oishei Foundation supported the schools’ efforts with a $250,000 grant in December 2013. “We made the first grant because we found the proposal from presidents Carney and Zane to articulate a vision that is exactly what Western New York needs in the realm of higher education: more collaboration, a greater sense of entrepreneurship, and better, more affordable opportunities for students,” said Oishei Foundation president Robert Gioia. “This additional grant represents our confidence in the process to date. The John R. Oishei Foundation strives to be a catalyst for change to enhance economic vitality and quality of life for the Buffalo Niagara region through grantmaking, leadership and network building. The foundation was

established in 1940 by John R. Oishei, founder of Trico Products Corporation. The two Franciscan schools located 60 miles from each other in Western New York announced in early October that they were embarking upon a feasibility study to determine whether there are significant opportunities to build upon their 20-year partnership. St. Bonaventure has offered graduate programs on the campus of Hilbert College in a weekend format for the past two decades.

The Western New York Foundation Supports St. Bonaventure/Hilbert Study The Western New York Foundation has awarded Hilbert College and St. Bonaventure University $20,000 to support the two schools’ efforts to create a strategic alliance. “The WNY Foundation is supporting Hilbert College and St. Bonaventure University and their efforts to create a strategic alliance, because we feel this process will help each institution build on their strengths and create more educational opportunities for students,” said Beth Kinsman Gosch, Executive Director of The Western New York Foundation. The Western New York Foundation, incorporated in 1951, makes grants in the seven counties of Western New York State: Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Wyoming, Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua.



Under its Certificate of Incorporation, the Foundation has broad powers to assist all charitable agencies of Western New York other than churches or affiliated religious agencies. The corporate stated purposes are "to conduct and promote educational, charitable, philanthropic, eleemosynary and beneficent works only.” The Western New York Foundation supports sustainable organizations that improve the quality of life in Western New York. The Foundation makes investments that build on nonprofits’ proven strengths in order to improve their effectiveness and their ability to fulfill their missions.


Sister Ann Marie Hudzina, FSSJ, Addresses Hilbert College Class Of 2014 Sister Ann Marie Hudzina of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph will be the commencement speaker at Hilbert College’s 53rd annual commencement ceremony on May 10 at the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg. She will also be recognized at Hilbert’s commencement with an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Sr. Ann Marie is the FSSJ General Minister and has been involved in education for over 30 years as an elementary, junior high and high school teacher, and an elementary school principal. She continues her passion for education through participation on the Hilbert College and Immaculata Academy Boards of Trustees. “I am deeply honored to be the commencement speaker at the 53rd Hilbert College Commencement,” Sr. Ann Marie said. “I am both humbled and proud to accept this invitation in the name of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph, the founding Congregation of Hilbert College.” “As I begin to think about my address, I find myself reflecting on the faith, vision, commitment, and risk-taking of Mother Colette Hilbert, FSSJ, who founded the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph and Sister Edwina Bogel, FSSJ, who founded Hilbert College. Both Mother Colette and Sister Edwina believed that a good education, influenced by Catholic, Franciscan values provided a solid foundation for individuals and the communities in which they lived, worked, and worshiped.” In the past, Sr. Ann Marie has been involved in vocation and formation ministry for the FSSJ Congregation, and served on the Congregational Leadership Team from 19982006. Prior to being elected General Minister in 2010, she was the Director of Departmental Services at Immaculate Conception Convent. As General Minister, Sr. Ann Marie assists the members of the Congregation in seeking ways to make the words of their mission statement a lived reality. Over the past four years, in collaboration with the other four members of the FSSJ Leadership Team, Sr. Ann Marie has worked to develop a clearer picture of the Congregation’s human and financial resources in order to more effectively extend the mission, while also providing for the increasing health needs of the Sisters, today and into the future. In addition to providing for the physical needs of the FSSJ Sisters, the Leadership Team also looks to maintain personal contact with each member of the congregation, and seeks ways to enhance spiritual and communal opportunities for the Sisters. Representing the Congregation, the Leadership Team also seeks to communicate and collaborate with Church, diocesan, parish, regional and national leaders and institutions. Hilbert President Cynthia Zane, Ed.D., conferred bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees, as well as associate in applied science and associate in arts degrees to the Class of 2014. In addition, President Zane will confer master of science and master of public administration degrees to the second cohort of Hilbert graduate students. Overall, more

than 280 graduates will receive their degrees. Baccalaureate graduates will receive degrees in accounting, business management, computer security and information assurance, criminal justice, digital media and communication, English, forensic science/crime scene investigation, global business management, human services, liberal studies, paralegal studies, political science, psychology, rehabilitation services, small business management, and sports industry management. Top student awards that will be presented at Hilbert’s 53rd commencement will include the: • Lambert and Margaret Graham Award for a fulltime returning adult student who has earned the highest cumulative quality point average. • Kimberly Bruch Raczkowski Memorial Alumni Association Award for a graduate who reflects the spirit of Hilbert and its mission, and possesses strong leadership skills and demonstrates loyalty and dedication to others. • Sister Mary Edwina Bogel Award to an outstanding female graduate in recognition of her character, intellectual achievement and devoted service to fellow students and the college. • John Kissel Man of the Year Award to an outstanding male student in recognition of his character, intellectual progress, organizational ability, and participation in activities and programs. Christopher Holoman, Ph.D., Hilbert provost and vice president for academic affairs, serves as the master of ceremonies.

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Hilbert Announces Flat Tuition for 2014-15

Hilbert will also increase financial aid; small increase in room and board Hilbert College has announced that it will not increase its tuition and fees for the 2014-15 academic year. Hilbert’s tuition and fees will remain flat across all areas - undergraduate, graduate and accelerated degree programs. Hilbert has consistently been one of the lowest-priced four-year, private institutions in all of New York State, while providing students with the individual attention and support they need to be successful. In addition to keeping tuition and fees flat, Hilbert will also increase its financial aid budget for the 201415 academic year. The increase will provide support for nearly $500,000 in additional scholarship aid to Hilbert students. Room and board will have small increases

for the next academic year. Overall, room and board together will increase approximately 2.7%. Hilbert remains one of the few colleges in western New York to offer room and board under $9,000. “At Hilbert, we are constantly striving to make every effort to keep college education affordable for our students,” Hilbert President Cynthia Zane said. “We are pleased that our Board of Trustees has approved this proposal to keep our tuition and fees flat for the next academic year. It is a testament to our institution’s focus on keeping costs down, while improving completion and student success rates, and offering life-changing educational opportunities.”

Hilbert Hosts Inaugural Celebration of Teaching & Learning The Celebration of Teaching and Learning was held on April 11. The celebration showcases the work of outstanding students at Hilbert College. This event also reflects the hard work and dedication of Hilbert’s faculty and staff that help guide the learning of their students. Included in the day's events were: Service Learning Recognition Breakfast, Welded Art-Free Bird Display, Psychology Students Poster Presentation, Leadership



Scholars Project Presentation, Reading and Writing Buffalo Poster Presentations, Graduate Students Poster Presentation, Multiple Student Presentations, Persuasive Campaigns Poster Presentation, and Student Government Association Awards Banquet.

Below are photos from the Service Learning Recognition Breakfast. (Courtesy: Chris Gallant)

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ONCAMPUS NEWS&NOTES NEWS & NOTES HILBERT ATTENDS 4TH ANNUAL DIVERSITY CONFERENCE Hilbert College and D’Youville teamed up to attend the fourth Annual SUNY Cortland Diversity Conference which focused on diversity, equity, and social justice. The theme was “Speak Up, Speak Out” which challenged students to act on issues of social justice. There were several conference sessions, a luncheon, film screening of the Schindler’s List, and a keynote speaker, Dr. Sean G. Massey, who is currently an Associate Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Binghamton University. JABBAAR-GYAMBRAH PRESENTS AT VARIOUS CONFERENCES Dr. Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah, Director of Multicultural Affairs, presented at the following conferences during the spring semester: “Developing Your Own Leadership Competencies.” “Third Annual Competency Coach Roundtable.” University at Buffalo’s MBA program – LeaderCORE Program. Buffalo, New York. April 10, 2014. “Re-Enacting, Re-Distancing, or Re-Appropriating Black Women’s Bodies in Mzbel’s “16 Years.” “Suiting Up: Disciplining the Aesthetics of Difference.” UB Gender Institute Conference. Buffalo, New York. April 4, 2014. “Thinking About Pursuing a PhD: Everything You Want to Know About Applying to and Graduating From a PhD Program.” Uniting Across Campuses Advising Conference. Buffalo, New York. February 26, 2014. FLYNN NAMED CHAIR OF LOCAL CONSORTIUM Hilbert College’s Director of Human Resources, Maura Flynn, was elected Chair of the Health & Welfare Benefits Consortium of Educational Institutions. She will take office on June 1. Flynn has served as Secretary since last June 1. The members of the HWBCEI are D’Youville, Daemen, Hilbert, Medaille, Niagara, St. Bonaventure, Trocaire, Gow School and Tapestry Charter.


IWANENKO PRESENTS AS PART OF 'BETTER YOUR BUSINESS' Dr. Walter Iwanenko, Dean of Adult and Graduate Studies at Hilbert College, presented an informative talk on the value of “Measuring Customer & Employee Satisfaction to Enhance & Develop Your Organization” on Tuesday, March 25. The presentation was in conjunction with the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce's "Better Your Business" seminar series.


STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN MOCK TRIAL AT HAMBURG COURT Paralegal students in Professor Kristin Wheaton’s LW 407 Trial Techniques for Paralegals course conducted a mock trial at the Hamburg Town Court on Monday, May 5. The use of the courtroom enhances the mock trial experience for the students and provides a professional, real-life environment for their presentations. LEGAL STUDIES ADVISORY BOARD APPOINTS STUDENT MEMBER Elizabeth Constable has been appointed as the student member on the Legal Studies program’s Advisory Council for the 2014-15 academic year. The Council meets once per semester, usually on a Friday morning, for about an hour. The Council always has a student member, so they can get the student perspective. The Council members are public members, paralegals, and managers.




CRIMINAL JUSTICE TRAINING SEMINARS AT HILBERT COLLEGE The Hilbert College Criminal Justice division, has hosted 45 training seminars and/or conferences over the years. The most recent covered "How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses." And another in May will address "Trends in Synthetic Drugs." Hilbert remains the place to go for law enforcement training.


HILBERT ENGLISH DEPARTMENT WELCOMES SEPIDEH YEOH The Hilbert College English Program’s spring Visiting Artist Series featured Sepideh Yeoh, President of Un1teee (pronounced Unity), a technology consulting firm that focuses on training clients to utilize technology to simplify their practices. Yeoh’s presentation, Life on a Good Note: The Art of Living, discussed a variety of topics: how our rapidly developing technological lives have become too complicated too quickly; how one solution to “the art of living” is living simply; and how the emotional and intellectual quality of our lives significantly improves if we make time to immerse ourselves more fully in the world of art. GALLANT PUBLISHES FILM REVIEW; ATTENDS FILM FESTIVAL Hilbert assistant professor Chris Gallant recently had his first film review published. You can read Professor Gallant’s review of the documentary “112 Weddings” on Gallant also traveled to Ithaca, NY recently to be part of the the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival at Ithaca College embraces and interrogates sustainability across all of its forms: economic, social, ecological, political, cultural, etc. Gallant was invited to show his film (co-directed with SUNY Buffalo State’s Meg Knowles), Monday is Washday in the Upstate Filmmakers Showcase. Monday is Washday is the name for the collection of tryptic video projections that are part of the Burchfield Penney Art Center’s Front Yard at the Center installation.


HAYGOOD-GAULT'S PLAY RECEIVES MORE ACCLAIM Hilbert assistant professor Dr. Erika Haygood-Gault co-wrote and produced the play, Ain’t She Brave, which recently received (even more) acclaim: ~Accepted into the New York International Fringe Festival (out of 900+ entrees) ~Shortlisted (final decision in July) for the Women’s Playwright International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa in August 2015 ~Accepted for production in the 2014-2015 Season at the Black Theatre Troupe in Phoenix, Arizona ~Accepted for production in the 2014-2015 season at the Ujima Theater in Buffalo, NY KOLIN HAS ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN UPCOMING BOOK Dr. Andrew Kolin, professor of political science, has written an article which will be published in the book: Flashpoint in Ukraine; How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks World War III edited by Stephen Lendman. More information and the book is available online at Dr. Kolin's article is titled “The Ukraine: From Coup to Police State.”

Hilbert Students Achieve Academic Honors For Fall ‘13 More than 425 Hilbert College students have been named to the Fall 2013 academic honors list for having achieved a 3.3 GPA or above for the semester. Named to Hilbert’s Fall 2013 academic honors list are: (listed by hometown) ADDISON: Jenna Crans and Ryan Fleet ALBANY: Brenden Deady and Benjamin Unverhau ALBION: Steven Papponetti ALBUQUERQUE, NM: Michael Voveris ALDEN: hauna Giambrone and Laura Slojkowski ALLEGANY: Julianne Spring ALTAMONT: Joshua Von Haugg AMHERST: Melissa Brown and Anthony Milone ANGOLA: Mariah Ceppaglia, Daina Hittle, Rebecca Kozminski, Ashlee Pollinger and Trevor Schmidt ATHOL SPRINGS: Matthew Hernik ATTICA: Eliza Stringham AVON: Shannon Campbell and Joshua Walsh-Steines BARKER: Nicole Estep BATH: Courtney Coots BEAVER DAMS: Harlie Decker BLASDELL: Beatriz Alayon, Jedidiah Bengert, Bryan Binaxas, Matthew Brooks, Nathan Clark, Elizabeth Constable, Danielle Dylik, Kelsey Graham, Jessica Grotke, Ryan Kininger, Jesse Kublas, Sarah McDonough, Jonathan O’Dell, Alison Smolinski and Callie Stack BLISS:Tiffany Burrows BOSTON: Victoria Kough, Anthony Schaffer BRONX: Soyini Nixon BROOKLYN: Arvi Carkanji BUFFALO: Chelsea Adamski, Belal Ahmed, Katherine Blane, Angela Borkowski, Alyssa Bradley, Janae Brown, Sara Burtis, Jacob Cashion, Krystal Collado, Shawn Cronmiller, Mark Davis, Bryan Gerrity, Shaquille Gonsalves, Jenna Grieco, Kaitlyn Griffin, Alexia Guzman, Che Harden, Ryan Hunter, Tyler Jones, Olivia Kimble, David Kline, Sierra Love, Erika Murphy, Lawrence Oaks, Yonis Osman, Matthew Pierakos, Amir Ramulic, Courtney Rice, Cynthia Schoelles, Adam Schuler, David Seifert, Danielle Simmons, Dina Thompson, Ailin Vega, Joseph Vegas, Sara Wagner, Darius Washington, Emily Weaver and Briana Ziembiec CADYVILLE: Robbi Bailey CAMBRIA HEIGHTS: Kristen Forrester CAMPBELL: Emily Gauss CATTARAUGUS: Daric Rupp CHAFFEE: Jake Uhteg CHEEKTOWAGA: Julia Beecroft, Ryan Bonafede, Tyler Eister, Amber Hay, Michael Hill, Keyana Houston, Amanda Lombardo, MaryJo Malczewski, Jasmine Moore, Kayla Mueller, Rebekah Mullen, LeAnna Nemeth, Janel Poczciwinski, Kelsey Rademacher, Caitlynn Schmidt, Samantha Sieg, Emily Speidel, Carly Spencer and Angela Summers CHITTENANGO: Robert Cuomo CLIFTON SPRINGS: Taylor DeCook CLYMER: Lauren Eggleston COBLESKILL: Sara Juico COLLINS: Valeria Brown and Hayley Ploetz CORNING: Ryan Brewster CUBA: Cynthia Sweet CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH: Adam Weaver DANSVILLE: Michael Gee, Cheryl Kennedy and Karleigh Perry DARIEN CENTER: John Wallace DEPEW: Anthony Ervolina, Derrick Esford, Christopher Krueger, Amanda Lumadue, Scott Mazurkiewicz, Ashley Myers, Brianna O’Connor, Nicholas Seiler, Kara Silvestri and Alyx Tobolski DERBY: Amanda Becker, Luke Hamerski, Kevin Pfeiffer andTiffanyTaylor DOLGEVILLE: KaristaYouker DUNKIRK: Kathleen Palkovic EAST AMHERST: Erika Betz and Yiliang Song EAST AURORA: Kevin Begley, Eden Bores, Kristofer Bystrak, Paige Goerke, Gavin Griffin, Sarah Jentsch, James Koszuta, Leo Kull, Kelly Mergenhagen, Julie Moll, Gina Pigeon, Nikki Schneider, Ashley Stroh and Cassandra Webster EASTAMPTON, NJ: Charles Swain EDEN: Christopher Busch, Kathryn Caldwell, Melody Cole, Loran Crowden, Alexa Fleming, Kristina Gemza and William Rogers ELLINGTON: Matthew Erickson ELMA: Derek Accurso, Molly Erickson, Dylan Goodrich, Matthew Jacobs, Jonathan Monheim, Douglas Takac and Whitney Twist EVANS MILLS: Ashley Harper FORESTVILLE: Melanie Fulton and Sarah Tubbs FORT EDWARD: Mustafa Choukeir and Cassandra Lacy FORT WASHINGTON, MD: Sarah Ott FREDONIA: Misty-Lin Puleo FREMONT, OH: Amanda Binder FRESH MEADOWS:Trevor Stark FREWSBURG: Matthew Rhinehart GANSEVOORT: Ariana Scheidt GASPORT: Amber Coyle GLENFIELD: Emily Cole GOUVERNEUR: Jaelyn Gotham GOWANDA: Katelynn Bigham GRAND ISLAND: Adam Hefka, Tyler Jackman and Matthew Lenz GREENE: Amber Bailey HAMBURG: Lisa Beckwith, Cindy Brown, Lauren Brown, Lauren Bugaj, Catherine Cavaretta, Michael Ciaravino, Alicia Devlin, Jennifer Deyoe, Jessica Eggleston, Jason Galuszka, Ashley Gregoire, Nicole Haas, Paul Haberman, Lukas Hayes, Danielle Heferle, Colin Howard, Carl Jackson, Christopher Jackson, Jacquelyn Kern, Connor Kirst, Laura Lopez, Katrina Lovecchio, Kelly Mandell, Barry Mason, Kelly Mazur, Mark McDonnell,

Chelsey Mee, Kristi Mergenhagen, Jamie Omerhodzic, Brandi Pacyon, Ryan Preziosi, Caitlin Queen, Dalton Reynolds, Elysia Rousseau, Rachel Rush, Kelsey Stefaniak, Shannon Stephenson, Juliet Talarico, Evan Taylor, Nicholas Tuttle and Patrick Werely HAMMONDSPORT: Kateland Ball HOLLAND: Anna Marso and Michal Sokolowski HONEOYE FALLS: Kelly Milne HORSEHEADS: Jenah Labuski INTERLAKEN: Tara Jones IRVING: Shawn Pierce JAMESTOWN: Natasha Deck and Corey Lincoln JAVA CENTER: Mariah Erhardt KENMORE: Kyle Brandel, Kathryn Donoghue and Mary Rhoades KENNEDY: Javen Newman LACKAWANNA: Chelsea Borowski, Michaela Doyle, Samantha Jablonski, Joseph Kujawski, Santiago Lopez, Andria Pino, Nicolas Rodriguez, Adam Zawadzki and Zachary Ziomek LAKE VIEW: Shannon Ellis, Richard Landahl, Melinda Manzella, Ashley Mulichak and Cory Nieman LANCASTER: Caitlin Bemish, Garrett Boneberg, Megan Burdzy, Massimo Cimato, Teresa Dillsworth, Charlyn Hill, Jesse Hughes, Alexander Jaroslawsky, Andrew MacKay, Jacob Piskor, Julie Rouleau, Elliott Russillio, Kelley Salerno, Michael Salerno, Amy Setlock and Caitlyn Tauriello LAWTONS: Megan Holcomb LEWISTON: Nichole Grenga LINDLEY: Matthew Clark LOCKPORT: Chelsea Covell, Daniel Duzy, London Price, Korey Schwab, Kimberly Seier and Natalie Whitman MANLIUS: Anna Sims MARILLA: Jennifer Grzeskiewicz and Katelynn Wahl MARTINEZ, CA: Tyler Shaw MEDINA: Marshall Hand MOUNT MORRIS: Melissa Milroy and Megan Van Norman NEWARK: Amanda Weiner NIAGARA FALLS: Crystal Hailey and Alanna Stecura NORTH COLLINS: Jennie Alessi, Megan Gullo, Thomas Kapuszcak, Tyler Loretto, Cynthia Nelson, Jennifer Robinson, Matthew Swan, Mark Trask and Caolan Voss NORTH EVANS: Anna Giglio NORTH SYRACUSE: Ashely Benjamin NORTH TONAWANDA: Marissa Carvalho, Joshua Fornalik, Kayla Lansberry, Aubree Shofner, Tyler Sulski, RobertThompson andTyler Verrall OAKFIELD: Paige Chatt and Matthew Wise O’FALLON: Erika Pierson OGDENSBURG: Tyler Moore OLEAN: Kaitlyn Layman ONEONTA: Alexis Rowe ORCHARD PARK: Crystal Andruszko, Barrett Armstrong, Erik Babiarski, Hunter Bischoff, Nathaniel Boldt, Clinton Brown, Matthew Brown, Nathan Decker, Camila Eskew, Cory Evenden, Jennifer Gattie, Kenneth Heary, Sean Hogan, Ryan Horan, Evan James, David Kazmierczak, Rachael Krajna, Sean Lynch, John Macchia, Rebecca Paolini, Melanie Pendrak, Daniel Pulaski, Sean Purtill, Kylie Reinholz, Erica Ruiz, Megan Smith, Karl Spaeth, Jason Tabaczynski, Jonathan Wales and Matthew Williams OWEGO: Amy Czuhanich PANAMA: Crystal Swanson PENN YAN: Kaili Meyers PERRY: Sabrina Wilson PHOENIX: Megan Murphy PITTSFORD: Kristina Levin RANSOMVILLE: Marissa Clement RICHMONDVILLE: Ashley Myers ROCHESTER: Brittany Hancy, Sarah Schmidt, Ryan Sheehan and Dana Starr SALAMANCA: Marisa Huffman SAN DIEGO, CA: Noah Rasnik SAN JUAN, PR: Adrian Vazquez SANBORN: Colleen Siuta SILVER CREEK: Kaitlyn Williams SODUS: Breana Cline SOUTH DAYTON: Spencer Sticek SOUTH WALES: Christopher Marshall and Chelsea Reischuck SPRINGVILLE: Brian Johnson STILLWATER: Ashley Kurucz STRYKERSVILLE: Heather Heineman SUMMERVILLE, GA: Porscha Davis TONAWANDA: Angeline Cannizzaro, Brittany Carey, Alexis Clune,Tyler Coniglio, David Crouse, Spencer Forbes, Timothy Melber, Joseph Pernick and Megan Starner TRENTON, NJ: Chelsey Mendoza UTICA: Samantha Gerstner and Angela Mesick VALENCIA, CA: Andrew Duncan WARSAW: Taylor Smith WATERFORD: Nathaniel Relyea WATERLOO: Miranda Smith WATTSBURG, PA: Gregory Majchrzak WEBSTER: John Babocsi and Kristina Keehle WEST FALLS: Amanda Moeller WEST HENRIETTA: Tiffany Serra WEST ORANGE, NJ: Papa Akrasi WEST SENECA: Andrew Breen, Brandi Carter, Lukas Cetkovic, Shannon Cochrane, Steven Dickman, Victoria Dzaak, Kyle English, Diana Enser, Jessica Ferry, Kathleen Grabar, Adam Husted, Cassondra Johnson, Samantha Koelemeyer, Abbey Kulikowsky, Jaimie Lelonek, Ellen Lema, Daniel Lewis, Nicole Maiorana, Sean Manning, Gabrielle Marek, Aaron McGrath, Alexis Mellick, Ashlee Nasca, Ryan Rusin, Tyler Rusin, Emily Sapp, Taylor Schmitt, Jeremy Shay, Nicole Strawder, Jennifer Szmania, Amanda Tomaka, Kayla Vollmer and James Wechter WEST VALLEY: Chelsye Wells WILLIAMSVILLE: Matthew Goraj and Victoria Lorenzo WINDSOR: Courtney Vaccaro WOODBOURNE: Erin Smith WOODBRIDGE, ON: Andrew Cartaginese

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by Dr. Joan Crouse Professor of History Hilbert College


hen the opportunity to travel to Vietnam with six local veterans first came up, I have to admit that my thoughts were not about my students. It was all about me. What an experience! Vietnam is quickly becoming a “hot” tourist destination—the

land, the beaches, the history, the people and the culture, are subjects of glossy magazine articles and intriguing tour books. As an historian, this was also a chance for me to “walk the walk.” For more than three decades, I have been teaching about, and have even co-authored a short text on the American war in Vietnam. Now I could see it anew through the eyes of the men who had fought it. Only when I started thinking about covering my classes for an extended spring break, did I start thinking like a teacher. Why not take them with me—virtually, that is. The class that I invited along was HI310 Making Sense of the Sixties. DISTANCE LEARNING I felt confident that I could do it. I have been teaching online courses for more than a decade, and our Blackboard guru Jenna Dulak, has been introducing the faculty to exciting new distance tools. I contacted Ms. Dulak, who like any techie got equally excited, and we began planning. We started by creating a new folder on the web page, labelled simply “Vietnam Unit.” There we uploaded three learning modules prepared with Blackboard Collaborate, slide shows with embedded audio lectures. The modules include: Ha Noi-- The Winner Writes the History. This unit focuses on the writing of Viet Nam’s history in the monuments and museums of the capitol. Hue-- The Imperial City, 10


From Ha concentrates on the imperial history and culture of Vietnam, particularly during the Nguyen dynasty. The third module, The DMZ: America’s War in Vietnam, prepared students for the experience of the veterans who served as Marines in Northern I-Corps, the northernmost American position during the war. Each module includes links to appropriate web sites and Youtube videos to provide additional background, and a Discussion Board where students could communicate with each other and pose questions for the veterans as we travelled. Students were to complete the learning modules online while I was gone. They also met on campus with Professor Brian Reed who used Google Earth to preview my route, and Ms. Dulak who showed them how to use the Blackboard features.

By using the Blackboard Blog, we were able to stay in communication during the tour. Students posted questions for the veterans. I uploaded their responses and my own photographs and commentary about the places we visited. I used Video Everywhere to share the veterans’ experiences in their own words. An in-class “debriefing” when I returned, completed the Vietnam Unit. Not everything worked as planned, and there was some improvising going on at both ends, yet, I was very gratified several weeks later when students Massimo Cimato, Shannon Ellis, and Dani Herfli presented at the “Celebration of Teaching and Learning @ Hilbert College.” They concluded that for this distance learning experience, Blackboard functioned well and was easy to navigate; the online communications personalized their learning experience in ways that textbooks and lectures cannot; and that all course objectives were met. I could not ask for more than that.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR Each of the cities we visited, Ha Noi, Hue, Da Nang, and Hoi An, had its own distinct history and charm, but they all had motorbikes. Two-wheeled vehicles are the main means of transportation. Whole families of 3, 4, even 5, often ride on a single motorbike. Motorbikes carry goods to market; they carry household items even furniture, work supplies, basically anything you would put into your trunk or pickup.

With all of these bikes on the road, there are apparently no traffic laws. I saw nothing resembling a stop sign, no round-abouts, and only a few traffic lights. Traffic simply flows to the constant sound of horns, sort of a vehicular “survival of the fittest” that does not bode well for the visiting pedestrian. For the veterans, the cities were a surprise. Dirt roads where rice paddies and villes had been were now filled with housing and shops. They saw it as transformed. To me it still looked exotic. Houses are colorful and the architecture unique. The standard house is 4 to 5 stories, very narrow and very deep. Originally, this was because taxes were assessed on the width of the house, but it also makes it possible to use the first floor for commerce, and everywhere you walk, those storefronts are selling something— goods, services, food. This may be a communist country, but it definitely has a market economy on the local level.


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The openair markets were Another noticeable thing about the cities. Homes do not have refrigeration, so every day is market day. Food is bought fresh from farmers and fish mongers who come from the country side. This is a true farm-to-table culture. Everything is fresh which accounts in part for the reputation of Vietnamese cuisine. Ha Noi -- The centerpiece of the city is the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where Ho lies in state in a glass sarcophagus. Ironically, this is not what the humble man wanted. Ho died in 1969 and willed that his ashes be preserved to eventually be spread over a re-unified Vietnam. Behind the mausoleum is the simple stilt house that he lived in during the war. Ha Noi, like any other capitol, uses its museums, the Hoa Lo Prison (Ha Noi Hilton) and War Museum in particular, to tell the story of its victorious past and the strength of its people. Hue -- My expectations for Hue were high, but the experience went far beyond them. I was dazzled by the Citadel, the original walled and moated old city, and the splendor of the “Purple Forbidden City” within. Much of this enclosure is still in ruins but restoration is on-going. It is a Unesco heritage site which is funding much of the restoration. Heavy Chinese

influence is seen in the architecture, calligraphy, and Buddhism here and at the Thien Mu Pagoda (monastery and place of worship) and Tu Duc Tombs that we visited on our dragon boat tour up the Perfume River. Hue was also the site of some of the most intense fighting of the Tet Offense, as Marines tried to retake the Citadel from a well-entrenched North Vietnamese army, while trying to maintain the “rules of engagement” which prohibited destruction of its historical artifacts. Three of my companions were in the battle for Hue. They described the military positioning and the weeks of urban warfare that it took to accomplish their mission. We literally walked the same walk down “phase line green” that Americans had fought for some 40-plus years before. Our bush guide explained the significance of buildings on the route, while the veterans told their personal experiences. Needless to say, it was very moving. Da Nang -- What had been a major American military compound, surrounded by rice paddies and villes, is now the 3rd largest and most modern city we saw in Vietnam. It is the site of the 1965 amphibious Marine landing. I was able to walk on that same beach and imagine what had been. It is now completely transformed with only minimal evidence of the American presence.

Children of Sacred Heart

There is a strong Catholic influence in Da Nang. The Cathedral of Sacred Heart is centrally located in the heart of the city. Attached to the cathedral, is the elementary school and orphanage of the Sacred Heart. We visited there and met the energetic principal, Sister Catherine, and the delightful children of the school. We were met by smiling faces and choruses of “Hello.” It was here that I arranged with Sister Catherine to Phuong Thao sponsor the education of a child in the name of Hilbert College. Sometime after my return, I received a picture of 5-year-old, first grader, Phuong Thao. I am totally smitten with her, and I expect this to be a long-term relationship. Hoi An -- An ancient port town, Hoi An is on the East Sea. It was mostly untouched by the wars, so the architecture and trades are still intact. Influences of China, Japan, France, and India are all apparent. It is carefully preserved as a Unesco World Heritage Site. DEMILITARIZED ZONE Most of our travel upcountry was by tour bus. Being something of a backpack snob, I have long thought of tour buses in the same way I think of cruises. Too tame. But not this bus or this driver. He took us into places that didn’t often see a 30-seat, luxury tour bus. We traveled on narrow dirt

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FROMHA NOITOHILBERT FACULTY/STAFFNOTES roads shared with water buffalo; we drove onto beaches generally only traversed on foot or motorbike; we hung onto mountainside roads with no guardrails; we forged streams, and made 3-point turns I would not hazard in my Honda Civic, all in the effort to find those special places requested by the veterans. When the bus could go no further, we hiked. Our route was north from Hue on Highway 1, Vietnam’s major north/south route, and east/west on Highway 9 through the central highlands to Lao Bao on the border of Laos. In route, we were able to visit former American combat and artillery support bases throughout “Leatherneck Square,” and specific battle sites where my companions were engaged. We visited strategically important bridges that were won and lost throughout the war, and heard stories and reminiscences from our guides and my companions. We saw what remained of some of the destruction suffered by villages on either

Bo De School

side of the DMZ. Damage done to the city of Quang Tri is still visible in the bombedout Long Hung Church and the skeletal remains of the Bo De School. These sites are maintained by the government as evidence of destruction done by the Americans. The impact of artillery from the north or the effect of the Easter Offensive that began the invasion of the south are not mentioned. We crossed the DMZ into the former North Vietnam where we visited the Vinh Moc tunnels, a three-story underground compound built by the village that had the dubious distinction of being the most bombed site on the globe. We travelled through the Khe Sanh Combat Base which is now a museum celebrating the “great victory” of the North Vietnamese Army during the 1968 siege. An alternative story was told by two veterans who were bunkered there during the 77day bombardments. I had the opportunity to climb one of the hills, Hill 861, where Marine units held off the siege. We returned by way of the Hai Van Pass Climbing Hill 861 through the majestic



western mountains. The history we experienced in the DMZ was amazing. I felt both privileged and humbled to walk through it with my companions. I shared this with my students through video links. They were able to watch and listen to John Huntz describe the day at Liberty Bridge when one member of his unit stepped on a mine which sent him airborne into a rice paddy, leaving him with a broken leg and severe concussion. Tony Peters walked again into the jungle where his recon unit had been ambushed. He left a plaque there inscribed with the motto of the unit: “Silent, swift, and deadly.” It was in memory of the men who lost their lives in that ambush. An impromptu ceremony included a call to attention and military salute. As we stood on Tony Peters with the highpoint of commemorative plaque the Hai Van Pass, looking down through the clouds at Da Nang harbor, helicopter crew chief Jim Huntz described the hazards encountered by helicopter crews supplying bases, dropping troops into jungles or onto hill-top bases, and providing emergency extractions for units while under fire. The upcountry tour was also spectacular in its scenic beauty—hills and mountains, rice paddies and villages nestled in the valleys, and picturesque fishing villages. We visited Montagnard people (the largest ethnic minority in Vietnam) who still live communally in traditional stilt houses. We had tea with the tribal chief to whom we offered our gifts and played hacky sack with the children. Obviously, this is not a regular tourist destination. TOUR ORGANIZATION I cannot say enough about Vietnam Battlefield Tours (www. vietnambattlefieldtour organization, created and run as a not-forprofit by Vietnam veterans, provided an experienced “bush” guide, Bill Stilwagen, himself a former Marine who served in country, and a Vietnamese tour guide, Mr. Cong Tran. Not only is Mr. Cong a remarkably knowledgeable man, with the knack for making the complicated simple, but he is our contemporary. Mr. Cong Tran He was a young man from Da Nang studying at the University of Hue during the war. He proved to be an invaluable resource.

The Vietnam Battlefields organizers know how important it is for the men to get as close as possible to where they served. By using now declassified “after-battle reports,” modern GPS positioning, and exhaustive research, they were able to take us places visited by few vacationing tourists. OVERALL IMPRESSIONS Everywhere we went the people were warm and welcoming, especially the children. Our bus was like a magnet. They would approach us with “hellos” and peace signs. I have been asked about the attitude of the Vietnamese toward Americans. Everything I saw was friendly. Our Vietnamese guide would approach people in the most remote spots, and they would stop what they were doing to talk to us through his translations. Part of this is due to the fact that about fifty percent of the population today is under 35, so they did not personally experience the war. They are also very interested in America, its curious people and its goods. And they are genuinely warm and friendly.

Patriot Guard at Buffalo Niagara International Airport

When we arrived home at the Buffalo Airport, we were greeted by WIVB news, and a double line of flag carrying members of the Patriot Guard. It was a wonderful and much appreciated tribute to the men. Special thanks to: John Huntz, communications specialist; Tony Peters, reconnaissance unit; Jim Huntz, helicopter crew chief. Each allowed me to take video to share with my students. I would like to thank Dr. Christopher Holoman, Provost; Dr. James Golden, Chair of the Social Sciences Division; the Faculty Development Committee; and Ms. Jenna Dulak, Web Manager and Distance Learning Coordinator, for their support. Photo credits: Dr. Joan Crouse and Jim Huntz.

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New Level Hilbert's master's programs help graduates reach professional goals by Patrick Broadwater

At first glance, Brian Bray and Kevin Trask may not appear to have much in common. They earned their undergraduate degrees 15 years apart – Bray from UB; Trask from Buff State. Bray has known all along that he wanted to build a career in politics and has risen through the ranks of local government. Trask changed career paths mid-stream and has worked in law enforcement for the past 15 years. Yet both men, successful in their respective professional fields, found in Hilbert College graduate programs an opportunity to take their careers to another level.

“When I began the program, I was at a point in my career where I felt an academic challenge would reinvigorate my determination to contribute to my field, both academically and practically,” said Trask, who graduated in May with a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration. “And it has.” “It definitely met my expectations,” said Bray, who completed coursework for a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree and also graduated in May. “I was able to better understand a lot of things that I was exposed to in my 10 years of professional experience. It connected a lot of the dots for me.”

Hilbert’s accelerated cohort model is designed expressly for working professionals looking to further their education. Students enrolled in the 18-month programs are assigned to a “cohort” that stays together throughout the course of study. They meet two times per week to complete 12 sessions, changing course of study every five weeks, culminating in a final capstone project. “It was intense, but the way it was designed for people with full-time jobs made it easy for me to do the program with the various time commitments it entailed,” Bray said. “If you can carve out the time, it’s definitely worthwhile.” Indeed, the fast-paced nature of the degree programs and the amount of information concentrated into each course can be quite challenging, but students have the support of their classmates, as well as Hilbert faculty and staff to help guide them through the program. “It was an outstanding opportunity,” Trask said. “It was a little overwhelming at times, but having gone through it, I wouldn’t want it any other way. You feel like you really earned it at the end."

Kevin Trask (left), a Captain and Chief of Detectives for the Hamburg Police Department, addresses the media.



“I made connections that are going to last a lifetime. You start to rely on your classmates. You really become a close-

and the ability to communicate those ideas in a professional setting.”

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knit group. At Hilbert, there’s a sense of family. You know everybody, and you get a lot of attention from faculty and staff too.” Trask, a Captain and Chief of Detectives in the Hamburg Police Department (PD), had long been considering pursuing an advanced degree. He graduated from Buff State in 1987 with a degree in history, then began his career working as a welfare examiner for Child Protective Services in Erie County. He enjoyed the investigative aspect of the job, which led him to consider a career in law enforcement for the first time. “I’m not one of those guys who wanted to be a cop my whole life,” he said. “I worked a few cases with the police and enjoyed the adrenaline rush.” Hired as a deputy by then-Erie County Sheriff Patrick Gallivan in 1999, Trask joined the Hamburg PD the next year and advanced through the ranks from patrol officer to patrol lieutenant to narcotics detective to chief of detectives. As officer in charge of all department investigations, Trask writes policy, serves as public information officer, and acts as chief of the department in his absence. In that role, Trask created his own management style, built from his decades of personal experience, but the Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration program provided an avenue for him to add formal management training to his skill set, which served to broaden his thinking and make him a better leader. “I’ve always had ideas,” said Trask. “But what I’ve gotten is the language

When he found out about Hilbert’s Master’s Program in Criminal Justice Administration, Trask felt not only that it was a perfect fit for him professionally, but it had karmic overtones, as well. He had fond memories of attending plays written by his uncle when he was a student at the college in the 1970s. Trask also forged a connection with the Hilbert community when he investigated and was instrumental in the conviction of the driver who killed Hilbert student Meghan Sorbera in a hit-and-run accident in 2008. “When the Hilbert opportunity presented itself, I thought it was kismet,” said Trask, who as a Hilbert student, worked on another high-profile case, the murder of a manager at the Blasdell Toys R Us. “The stars had lined up, and I had come full circle.” For Bray, Hilbert’s MPA represented an opportunity to expand his career into policy making. After graduating with an undergraduate degree in political science, he got into politics through volunteering on various campaigns. Those roles led to full-time jobs working for elected officials, including stints working for the Erie County Water Authority and later as legislative liaison for Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. “I think it was just the limitation of only working for elected officials,” Bray said. “I wanted to branch out into working more closely with government programs. In order to gain that skill set, I decided to go to grad school for public administration.” While at Hilbert, the classroom experience augmented what he had experienced as a seasoned government official, and the skills he learned were directly applicable to his line of work. “There were numerous times when I was enrolled in the program when I used the skills I learned a week before to deliver a better product for the official I was working for,” Bray said.

Bray’s MPA experiences built on his on-the-job training and prepared him for a policy making job before he even finished his degree. Last December, while still taking his final class, Bray took on a new position as special assistant to the commissioner of the Erie County Department of Social Services. In his new role, he leads the department’s handling of external and media relations, dealing with oversight agencies and linking with the county executive’s office. Most recently, Bray spearheaded a revamping of Erie County’s Child Protective Services, including working with the county executive on proposed legislation that would reform services for children statewide. “I was as involved as anyone in that,” Bray said. “I was the point person on that process. Brian Bray I did a lot of research, and I managed the people who contributed to that program.” This growth experience is exactly the type of result he was looking for when he joined the Hilbert master’s program. “Initially, my primary role was to manage relationships with the legislature, so it was more of a political job,” Bray said. “Now in Social Services, I’m able to work on programming to try to improve services for Erie County residents.” For Trask, too, the end result matched his expectations. “I can’t say the journey was without its difficulties or moments of self-doubt,” he said. “It was intense and overwhelming at times. Family and work commitments sometimes suffered. But it’s the difficulties that help you remember that the trip is worth taking.”

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Hilbert's Blueprint delivers on promoting student experience and success By Dr. Ron W. Eskew Director for Institutional Research and Assessment


his third article in a series will present some of the evidence for the effectiveness of Hilbert College’s new Blueprint for Student Success as a framework of initiatives for engaging students in a coherent pathway to academic success and personal development. In the earlier two pieces, Dr. Anthony Hughes provided an introduction to the Blueprint explaining how it has ‘organically’ evolved from several programs put into place over the past several years to enhance student learning and engagement, including the Liberal Learning Outcomes, Core Curriculum Modules, Leadership Program, First-Year Experience Program, Service Learning program, Junior Symposium, and Senior Capstone Requirement. In their highly influential work, Student Success in College: Creating Conditions that Matter, George Kuh and colleagues (2010) inform us that creating clear, coherent pathways to success helps students bring meaning to their college experiences. Furthermore, the initiatives of the Blueprint 16


were designed to be “high-impact” practices that have been shown by research to create educational experiences that make a significant contribution to student success. High-impact practices have been positively associated with greater persistence, higher grades, “deep approaches to learning,” higher rates of student-faculty interaction, gains in critical thinking and writing skills, greater appreciation for diversity, and higher overall student engagement (Brownell & Swaner, 2010; NSSE, 2007, Kuh, 2008). In many institutions, student participation in high impact practices may be limited to particular groups or majors. Traditionally underserved populations such as lowincome, minority, and first-generation students have been shown to have less opportunities to benefit from these practices than their counterparts. Educational leaders have recommended that all students in higher education participate in at least two high-impact practices, one in the first-year and one in the major (Gonyea, Kinzie, Kuh & Laird, 2008).Thus, one of the unique features of Hilbert’s Blueprint is its commitment to providing every Hilbert student with at least one such experience in each of her or his four years of college.

At this time we probably know most about the effectiveness of the first element of the Blueprint, the First-Year Experience or Foundations Seminar. The First-Year Experience was developed and implemented as a significant part of a fiveyear Title III grant awarded to Hilbert College in 2009 to strengthen the academic skills of our incoming students and increase their engagement with the college. Student engagement, especially in the first-year, has been associated with better grades, higher persistence rates, and greater likelihood of graduation. Assessment of the outcomes of the First-Year Experience was built into the project from its very inception. One of the measures used was the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). By surveying freshman and senior students about their experiences, the NSSE generates benchmark scores in five areas of effective educational practice: Level of Academic Challenge, Active and Collaborative Learning, StudentFaculty Interaction, Enriching Educational Experiences, and Supportive Campus Environment. As James Sturm, Vice Provost for Leadership Development and Dean of Students, noted in the final Title III Performance Report, “all five student engagement indicators as measured by the NSSE have shown an improvement over the course of the grant funding (2014, p. 2).” Hilbert students reported scores well above national averages in the areas of StudentFaculty Interaction and Supportive Campus Environment.

Other evidence of the effectiveness of the First-year Experience has been seen in increases in freshmen grade point averages, writing proficiency, oral presentation skills and self-awareness. “Eighty-five percent of first-year students state that the Foundations Seminar assisted them in developing confidence as a college student, and 90% indicate that the course encouraged critical thinking (Sturm, 2014, p. 2). During the period in which the Foundations Seminar was being implemented, the overall retention rate from freshman to sophomore year increased from 62% to 74%. The retention rate for students who were considered to be the highest risk for not succeeding more than doubled from 38% to 71%. The spring 2013 four-year (100% time) graduation rate showed a modest increase for the full-time, first-time, degreeseeking freshmen who were in the first class to be part of the Foundations Seminar in the fall of 2009. Among those students who entered Hilbert College as full-time, first-time, degree-seeking students in the fall of 2009 just as the First-Year Experience was being implemented, 46% had earned a degree four years later by the spring of 2013. This represents a modest increase from the average four-year graduation rate of 42% for Hilbert students entering in the prior three cohorts (fall 2008, fall 2007 and fall 2006). It will be important to track the graduation rates for those cohorts who participate in all elements of the Blueprint in the coming years. Another measure used as part of the evaluation of the Title III grant was the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA). Rather than asking students about their experiences, the CLA is a performance-based assessment which has students engage in writing, critical-thinking, and problemsolving tasks. In the first two years of the Foundations Seminar, we saw that while, on average, Hilbert students entered college at a skill level below the national average, by the end of their first year, their skills in these areas had improved to a level on par with their peers across the country. While the other elements within the Blueprint have not as yet, been evaluated to the same extent that the First-Year Experience has, preliminary data in some areas suggests that we are on the right track. Service Learning began as an optional assignment in selected courses and only with the 2013 class of freshmen will it be a requirement in the sophomore year. In addition to being aware that service learning is another “high-impact” educational experience, the Hilbert faculty was aware that our second year students were experiencing

what has sometimes been referred to as “the sophomore slump.” After the excitement and attention paid during their freshman year, many students have described a sense of letdown, disconnectedness, and increased stress associated with the second year of college. At Hilbert, we saw recent evidence of this “second-year syndrome” in the results of The Thriving Quotient Survey administered in the spring of 2013. Among many other questions, this survey asks students to what extent do they feel that they are "thriving", defined as being fully engaged intellectually, socially and emotionally. While, the overall majority of Hilbert students describe themselves as thriving rather than just surviving, the mean score of this item was lower for sophomore respondents than any other class. This was seen as a clear indication that greater attention needed to be paid to the experiences of students in their second year. It will be important to re-examine students’ perceptions in the coming years after a few classes have fully participated in Service Learning projects. However, we already have some preliminary data from past Service Learning courses that suggests they can provide meaningful experiences. In the spring of 2012, then Service Learning Coordinator, Ellen Oman, surveyed community partners for feedback about their experiences with service-learning students. Ninety percent strongly agreed that the services performed were valuable to their organization and 70% strongly agreed that students had a positive impact on the organization’s efforts to meet community needs. In future assessment work, it will be important to gather information about student gains in moral reasoning and social and civic responsibility. Eventually, we would hope to see evidence among our alumni of increased participation in community activities and perhaps even an increased commitment to pursuing service-oriented careers. The Junior Symposium's stated goals are to foster critical thinking skills and to promote civic engagement through greater awareness of current events and critical analysis of public policies and world events. Pre- and post-surveys of students in the Junior Symposium suggest that after completing the course, students show gains in understanding and being interested in global affairs, current events and social justice, as well as being able to view issues from multiple perspectives. Senior Capstones have been around for some time in some majors and are relatively new additions to the curriculum in others. Capstone experiences, whether

in the form of internships, research projects, comprehensive exams, or seminars, provide a critically important opportunity for assessment of student learning at the end of the college career. It is often in these courses that we have our best opportunities to see the extent to which our soon-to-be graduating students have achieved the Liberal Learning Outcomes we want and expect for all Hilbert students. Plans are currently underway to use rubrics in these Capstone courses to evaluate the level of proficiency of seniors within skill areas such as written communication, oral presentation, critical thinking, problemsolving, information literacy, leadership, and others. Finally, while we implement the Hilbert Blueprint, we will also be keeping an eye on the big picture measures of success. If this initiative does, in fact, enhance student engagement and success, we expect to see our retention and graduation rates continue to rise as more students have the opportunity to experience all elements in sequence. We will also be interested in gathering feedback from graduates and alumni about their perceptions of how well their Hilbert education prepared them for careers and life and the extent to which they have found themselves to be “informed citizens committed to serving and strengthening their communities” as described in the college’s mission statement. References: Brownell, J. E. & Swaner, L. E. (2009). High- impact practices: Applying the learning outcomes literature to the development of successful campus programs. Peer Review, 26-30. Gonyea, R. M., Kinzie, J., Kuh, G. D. & Laird, T.N. (2008). High-impact activities: what they are, why they work, and who benefits. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), Washington, D.C. Kuh, G. D. (2008). High impact educational practices: What are they, who has access to them, and why do they matter. Washington, D.C: Association of American Colleges and Universities. Kuh, G. D., Kinzie, J. Schuh, J. H., Whitt, E. J. and Associates. (2010). Student success in college: Creating conditions that matter. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. National Survey of Student Engagement. (2007). Experiences that matter: Enhancing student learning and success. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University, Center for Postsecondary Research. Sturm, J. (2014). Developing institutional capacity to improve success and degree completion of underprepared, at-risk students: 2013 annual performance report. (Unpublished report), Hilbert College. The Chronicle of Higher Education. (2014). College completion. Retrieved April 18, 2014 from

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Steve Fox ’07 works at Buffalo Advertising as their inhouse editor. Steve edited the Tyler Ennis Milk for Health commercial which won a silver Addy for television production. Jessica (Tinker) Salatino ’09 was promoted from Referral Specialist to Front Line Leader Special Needs Program, Supervisor at Humana in St. Petersburg, FL. She also competed in the Disney Princess Half Marathon on February 23 finishing in the top 5% of 24,000 participants helping raise funds for the Children's Miracle Network. Andrea Corigliano ’10 has been promoted to Marketing Manager at Rosina Food Products, Inc. Margaret Shea ’10 is Senior Legislative Assistant of the South District Buffalo Common Council office and works with Common Council Member Christopher P. Scanlon. James Riehle ’11 is Production Manager at DRC Video Productions in their Buffalo office located in West Seneca Brittany Madej ’12 is working at Fleet Maintenance, Inc. in their Sales and Marketing office.

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Tom Wills ’12 is “very busy between commercials, music videos” and is a consistently hired Steadicam operator in the Philadelphia area. Ryan Fleet, ’13 was hired as an in-house cinematographer/editor by Ballpoint Communications Group of Pensacola, FL.

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Cheri '06 and Allen Leight '06 welcomed a new baby boy in January 2014.

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Deady Rookie of Year, Takac Earns First Team Honors The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) announced its 2014 men's lacrosse All-Conference selections and Brenden Deady was named the Rookie of the Year, one of the top four individual honors bestowed upon a player. Senior Doug Takac grabbed a spot on the First Team, marking the Hawks' first post-season honor after three seasons of competition in the NEAC. Junior Elliott Russillio and sophomore-eligible Drew Ulbrich slotted a spot on the Second and Third Teams, respectively. Hilbert went 5-3 in NEAC play and earned a 3rd seed in the post-season tournament. With First, Second and Third team honors awarded by position, 36 athletes were chosen by the eight conference head coaches. Senior Brock Levick (Medaille) earned the Offensive Player of the Year honor while Scott Miller (Keuka) grabbed the Defensive Player of the Year. Deady's impact in goal for the Hawks garnered his first big award at Hilbert as the NEAC Rookie of the Year and Medaille's Michael Carbery was named the Coach of the Year. Midfielder Doug Takac was the solo Hawk on the First Team. His team-best 20 assists propelled him to 34 points in his final but first injury-free season at Hilbert. He started all 12 games and picked up 32 ground balls which placed him second on the team behind Nick Kieffer. Elliott Russillio earned a spot on the Second Team on Attack. The junior finished the regular season with second-best 22 goals and eight assists with a team-best .741 shots on goal percentage. Joining his fellow field players on the Third Team was Drew Ulbrich. Ulbrich was one of the many Hilbert players who stepped up their efforts and out-performed opponent's expectations this year. Ulbrich tallied 18 goals and added 12 assists as a midfielder.

Brenden Deady

He also scooped up 18 ground balls and scored three man-up goals for the Hawks. Besides the Rookie of theYear tag, Deady was also slotted on the Third Team in goal. He earned a starting role early in the season and went 6-3 between the pipes posting a .578 save percentage with 134 saves and 98 goals allowed, which were top-five markers in the NEAC. He produced double-digit save totals in seven of his 11 appearances, including twice making 20-plus stops. He was named as the NEAC Defensive Player of the Week on April 28 after he posted a career high 24 saves against La Roche College.

Weaver Adds More Postseason Accolades Hilbert College senior Adam Weaver was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) 11th annual AVCA Men's Division III All-America Team. The 6-3 Outside Hitter, who was the Division III National Leader in both Kills Per Set (5.03 k/s) and Points Per Set (5.86 p/s), becomes only the second student-athlete at Hilbert College to be named to a National All-American Team. Weaver, who led the Hawks to the program's most successful season in 2014 while posting personal season/career numbers on the court, was named to a two-man Honorable Mention Team after the 14-man 1st Team and 14-man 2nd Team were announced April 21. Weaver was also named the AMCC Men's Volleyball Player of the Year. Adam Weaver

Whitman Is Repeat AMCC All-Conference Selection For the second year in a row, senior Natalie Whitman grabbed a spot on the 2014 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) All-Conference softball team. Sporting a selection as an outfielder, Whitman jumped one team higher and became one of the ten players named to the 2nd Team. Prior to this year's honor, Whitman was the only Hilbert athlete to be recognized as an AMCC All-Conference multi-sport athlete in a single year; she now stretches her lead as the only athlete to accomplish this feat two-years in a row. Penn State Behrend's Ashley Gruber was named the Coach of the Year in her inaugural season while Maddie Mulig was named the Newcomer of theYear for the Lions. Mount Aloysius' Jalisa Westover (Player of theYear) and D'Youville College's Kalie McHenry (Pitcher of the Year) were also selected as the best players in the league in 2014. Whitman finished the season with 29 hits, hitting a team-best 10 doubles while driving in 8 runs. She crossed home 14 times while hitting .392 at the plate. Whitman was a versatile player and moved around the field to get a defensive stop. Starting the season in the outfield, Whitman was asked to step to the infield and roamed the leftside as the team's short stop. She also served as the Hawks' closer in the circle covering 12 innings when needed. In her eight appearances she struck out 11 and gave up 16 hits.



Natalie Whitman


2014 Athletics Awards Reception The Hilbert College Athletics Department proudly honored their 2013-2014 student-athletes at its annual Athletic Awards Reception on April 28. Following the Swan Auditorium ceremony, a casual light-fare snacks reception was held in the West Herr Atrium. President Cynthia Zane's welcoming remarks opened the evening of celebration and Hilbert's John Czarnecki, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, served as the program's emcee. The evening consisted of a series of presentations which profiled Hilbert's student-athlete academic achievements and senior athlete award presentations. Robbi Bailey, selected as this year's senior speaker, addressed her fellow student-athletes prior to each head coach introducing their individual award winners. At the conclusion of the celebration, the McGrath Award winners were introduced so that their names will be forever enshrined in the athletic department's Academic Wall of Achievement. Eleven of the thirteen NCAA Division III teams are members of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. The AMCC honors student-athletes who maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher by the completion of the fall semester, each year. Seventy-eight athletes were announced as members of the 2014 AMCC Academic All-Conference team. Further, forty-five of those athletes were honored as Individual Peak Performers, for carrying a 3.5 or higher cumulative grade point average. The men's lacrosse team is an associate member of the North Eastern Athletic Conference, which announces their yearly Scholar-Athlete Awards Recipients list at the conclusion of a full academic cycle. Those athletes must achieve a 3.4 cumulative grade point average to be recognized by the NEAC. Hilbert will also recognize the student-athletes that meet the same 3.2 gpa as their fellow AMCC student-athletes. The women's lacrosse program, competing as an independent institution, does not have a conference academic standard to meet and will not be able to recognize the academic success of their athletes. Hilbert will also recognize the student-athletes that meet the same 3.2 gpa as their fellow AMCC student-athletes. And lastly, a special acknowledgment goes out to the following student-athletes who earned a perfect 4.0 in the fall semester: John Babocsi, Kateland Ball, Ashley Benjamin, Jenna Crans, Brenden Deady, Shannon Ellis, Jaelyn Gotham, Crystal Hailey, Kylie Reinholz, Julie Rouleau, Yiliang Richard Song, Eliza Stringham, Doug Takac, Natalie Whitman and Matthew Williams. The 2014 edition of Hilbert's Chi Alpha Sigma New York Theta Chapter followed the All-Conference academic awards. This National College Athlete Honor Society honors junior and senior student-athletes who carry a grade point average of 3.4 or higher and exhibit good moral character. These twenty newest members were

McGrath Award Winners - John Babocsi and Natalie Whitman

awarded a certificate and a medal of honor: senior Kateland Ball (a third year student-athlete graduating early), junior Ryan Brewster, junior Breana Cline, junior Tyler Coniglio, senior Jenna Crans (a third year studentathlete graduating early), junior Nathan Decker, junior Andrew Duncan, senior Brittany Hancy, junior Amber Hay, junior Jenah Labuski, junior Rick Landahl, junior Trevor Stark, junior Caitlyn Tauriello, and junior Megan Van Norman. These student-athletes joined the fifteen previous 2013 inductees. Head coaches of each program took a few moments to recap their team's season and to announce each squad's 2013-14 award recipients. To see a complete list of the Most Valuable, Most Improved and the Coaches Award winners (click here). Once the bulk of the evening presentations were distributed, John Babocsi (Webster, NY) and Natalie Whitman (Lockport, NY) were announced as the 2014 McGrath Award winners {in photo}. This prestigious award is provided by Francis and Marie McGrath, two generous benefactors of Hilbert College who stipulate 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. Babocsi is graduating with a degree in Business Administration after representing the Hawks on the baseball diamond the last three seasons. He, along with Whitman, earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average and both have been involved in campus and community work since 2012. Whitman is graduating with a degree in Forensic Science/Crime Scene Investigation after earning AMCC All-Conference honors on both the basketball and softball teams during her three seasons of attendance. In his closing remarks, John Czarnecki and head coach Bill Schultz presented senior Adam Weaver with a plaque honoring his AVCA Honorable Mention All-American selection in men's volleyball this spring.

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For any avid competitive runner, the opportunity to receive an invitation to participate in the Boston Marathon is a dream come true and an accomplishment well-earned. On April 21, 2014, Hilbert College alum and Hamburg, N.Y. native, Tom Doody ’97, will be able to live out that dream. Competing in marathons isn’t anything new for Doody. He’s raced in the Dublin, Ireland marathon twice, the NYC Marathon, the Rock & Roll Marathons in San Diego, Calif., and in Arizona along with a full Ironman, a half Ironman, and many smaller triathlons. He also returns to Buffalo, N.Y. every year to participate in the Ride for Roswell. For Doody, a Business Management graduate and 2013 recipient of the Dominique Thompson Hilbert Alumnus of the Year award, the chance to run in this marathon, however, will hold an even greater value to him given the tragic events that occurred during last year’s race. He will also be competing in honor of raising funds for three organizations that hold a special place in his heart: The Pat Tillman Foundation, Roswell Park Cancer Research Center and the Boston One Fund. What does he hope to accomplish by participating in this marathon? “To finish for one,” he jokingly said. “But it’s really an interesting opportunity after everything that happened last year. It’s a way to kind of honor the people who were injured last year. It’s a way for me to use this exposure, use this experience,

to give back to some other organizations that are very worthy.” Doody tries to demonstrate the Franciscan values of hope, peace, service, joy, integrity, respect, compassion and vision as well as encompass the true spirit of Hilbert College in his everyday way of life. He says he owes a lot of who he is now to Hilbert and the people he met here along the way. “Professors Pat Heraty and Dan Roland, specifically, were extremely instrumental in me opening up and finding assets within myself that I didn’t know were there previously,” he said. “They really kind of encouraged me and pushed me to get involved and to take leadership aspects. I was really active on campus and really started to spread my wings.” “When I moved out to Arizona I didn’t really know a whole lot of people out here so that ‘getting involved’, that ‘joining organization’ stuff… I just kind of built upon that and started networking out here and that kind of led to everything else.” Doody hopes to finish the marathon in four hours or less and celebrate his 40th birthday in the most epic way possible. During his time in Boston, he plans to visit both the bombing site on Boylston Street and the elementary school in Newton, MA to pay tribute at the respective memorials. “It’s going to be a great experience,” he said. “It’s going to be an extremely emotional experience too race morning and everything so I’m sure it’s just going to be crazy there.” Doody resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife and two daughters. For more information or to support Doody’s efforts please email him at

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HILBERT’S FIRST GRADUATES The first class of graduates from Hilbert College in 1962 - then Immaculata College - consisted of nine sisters (pictured above). Sister Helen Dirig ‘62 was part of the school’s first graduating class. “I was a beginner and the convent registered me when the college started. I went wherever they needed warm bodies,” she joked. “We had a few classrooms in the convent building. Sometimes we had the library in the classroom with us.” In 1957, the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph founded a teacher training college for its members; in 1969, having broadened its curriculum to include degrees outside of teacher training and expanded its enrollment to include both men and women, the institution officially became known as Hilbert College. The college is named after Mother Colette Hilbert, who, in 1897, established the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph, the college’s founding congregation. In the photo above Seated: Mother Leona, Sister Edwina Standing (left to right): Sisters Dolorita, Ambrosine, Carmelita, Virginia, Bartholomew (Helen), Sylvia, Rosaria,HC Narcissia, Alphonsine Magazine | 2014



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