Financial Aid Night – Feb. 17

Financial Aid Night | Tuesday, February 17 | 6:00 p.m. | Franciscan Hall | Register Now

Hilbert-20There are many details to be aware of during the financial aid application process. Come to our financial aid night at Hilbert College and learn from our experts. We will walk you through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), New York State’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application, provide information about other financial resources, and answer any other questions you may have. Please come prepared with your U.S. Department of Education pin (available at and your completed IRS forms from your most recent return. Campus tours will also be available.

For more information, please contact Kim Sperring at (716) 926-8783 or e-mail


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From the Hilbert College Wellness Center – Cabin Fever Remedies

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by Kirsten Falcone, RN

Ever since “Snowvember,” the weather this winter in Western New York has had few breaks from the snow and cold. If you are feeling as if the walls are closing in on you, you are not alone.

The term commonly used for this feeling is “Cabin Fever,” though health professionals have actually recognized it as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Typical symptoms of SAD include feeling sad, hopeless, worthless, helpless, irritable, restless, disinterested in activities you formerly enjoyed, difficulty concentrating, difficulty making decisions, disturbed sleep patterns, weight gain or loss, and sometimes thoughts of death or suicide.

If you suffer from these symptoms even just a little, it is reassuring to know that there is hope, and there are lifestyle changes you can make to get through it. Some helpful things to try are:

  • Exercise. Take a walk to the gym, or do calisthenics in your dorm room. Park on the far side of the lot, and walk the extra distance. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Or take up a winter sport, like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or sledding.
  • Fresh air. Yes, you will have to bundle up right now. But a dose of fresh air can lift your spirits. Besides, who knows what the air quality is inside those walls in which windows have not been opened for months.
  • Sunshine. Besides improving our moods, sunshine actually has a reaction with your skin that produces vitamin D. Studies show that vitamin D could lessen the symptoms of depression.
  • Vitamin D. If you can’t find any sunny rooms in which to hang out, or if it’s cloudy out, you can supplement with vitamin D. But, since vitamin D is absorbed by fat and is stored in your body, you may want to consult your doctor before taking large doses. The best bet is to add food rich in vitamin D to your diet. Some foods that have vitamin D are salmon, swordfish, mackerel, tuna, sardines, egg yolk, beef liver, and fortified cereal and milk.
  • Proper nutrition. Skip the pop and the junk food, and opt for some fresh veggies and a lean piece of meat. Add vitamin D fortified milk (see above) and some whole grains, and you will feel human again.
  • Hydration. Even though you are not sweating a lot, as you do during the hot summer weather, drinking enough H2O is actually energizing, plus it helps combat the dry winter air.
  • Sleep. Make sure you are getting the right amount of this. Seven to nine hours of sleep at the same time every night does wonders for the mood.
  • Socialization. Yes, you need this. Go to church. Hang out with your friends. Go on a date. Take an elective class. Just don’t spend too much time alone. Be selective, and choose positive people.
  • Light therapy. Because of the shortened daylight hours in the winter, some people do well with light therapy. If you think you would like to try it, ask your doctor to recommend a treatment.
  • Talk therapy. Go talk to someone who is trained to help walk you through. Sometimes having an expert there to hold your hand is just what you need. (At Hilbert College, that expert is Psychologist Phyllis Dewey, who is located in St. Joseph Hall. Phyllis is eager to help all students with this and any other issues that crop up.)
  • Antidepressants. These should be used only as a last resort after you have made the above lifestyle changes. There is no “happy” pill. Antidepressant medication has side-effects that are, well, depressing! However, some people do show improvement on these drugs.

The idea to take away from this blog is there is always hope. Plus, remember that spring is only five weeks away!

For more information on Seasonal Affective Disorder, click on these links:


MedLine Plus

Focus on the Family

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Cyber Challenge Team at Hilbert

IMG_0530With an eye to starting a cyber-team at Hilbert, Professor Alan Katerinsky of CSIA was part of a group of IT industry professionals that assisted in the Qualifying round of the Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NECCDC) at University at Buffalo on Saturday, Jan. 31.  The UB team passed their Qualifier, and is headed to Syracuse in March for the Regional competition. UB has participated in the NECCDC for the past several years, and are now reaching out to area colleges to expand the competition.

The NECCDC competition is designed to test each student team’s ability to secure a networked computer system while maintaining standard business functionality. The scenario involves team members simulating a group of employees from an IT service company that will initiate administration of an IT infrastructure. The teams are expected to manage the computer network, keep it operational, and prevent unauthorized access.

Professor Katerinsky is looking for computer-savvy students to set up a study group that will help build a team to compete first at the local level, and eventually in the nationals. Colleges field a “blue” team that defends networks, and are in turn tested by the network attacks of a “red” team, made up of industry professionals experienced with network penetration testing. The industry and academic volunteers functioned as a “white” team, whose job is to ensure competition rules are adhered to throughout the event.  If you are interested in joining the study group, please contact and set up a meeting to discuss the possibilities.

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Etiquette Dinner for Current Students and Alumni

EtiquetteDinnerSliderBusiness etiquette is an integral part of business culture. Etiquette encompasses the things people are expected to do and say, or to avoid doing and saying.

Want to learn how to make a good impression? Join us for the annual etiquette dinner at Hilbert College featuring local consultant John Bourdage!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Franciscan Hall Atrium

Tips that will be discussed:
-making a good first impression
-business greetings and introductions
-how to be a good conversationalist
-dining etiquette (meal included)
-business attire
-and more!

This dinner is open to current students and alumni.

For more information, current students should contact Katie Martoche, Director of Career Development & Service Learning at  or 716-926-8819.

Alumni need to reserve your FREE spot today! Spots are limited to the first 25 alums.
*Business attire strongly recommended*

Alumni should contact Stephanie King, Engagement Officer for Alumni & Events, at or 716.926.8938.

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Hilbert Alumni Lenten Fish Fry


The Hilbert College Alumni Association is hosting its Annual Lenten Fish Fry on Friday, February 20 from 4:30-7 p.m. HAS BEEN POSTPONED at the Hilbert College Campus Center.

Fish Fry Dinners are $10 and child dinners (grilled cheese sandwich or chicken nuggets with fries) are $6.  Proceeds from raffle baskets at the dinner will benefit the Hilbert College Alumni Scholarship Fund.  For more information contact Stephanie King at 716-926-8938.

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