New Diversity Video Created by Students

The COM club created a video for the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Diversity.  Check it out today!

Great Work!

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Students Visit Federal Courthouse

HilbertFederalCourtHilbert students had the opportunity to visit and tour the federal courthouse in downtown Buffalo on Friday, April 10, thanks to Wendy Edson, Chair of the Professional Studies Division, and Katie Martoche, Director of Career Development and Service Learning.

The group was surprised upon arriving and meeting with Gretchen Wylegala, Hilbert’s Board Chair and an Attorney for the Federal Government, who had arranged with Judge Jeremiah McCarthy, a Hilbert Board member, to meet the group along with four Hilbert grads who work in the court system.  The group also met with court librarian Jay Deveau, who had been an adjunct at Hilbert for many years.  It was a tremendous opportunity for students to hear from graduates about how their Hilbert education, internships, and connections helped them professionally.

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Hilbert Introduces New Major for Internet Journalism & List Creation – 14 of the MOST important rules

58411875April 1, 2015

Hilbert College has announced it will begin offering a new major in Internet Journalism. Some of the core courses include:

#COM 102 – Writing Headlines that subsequently have nothing to do with the content of the story

#COM 201 – The Epitome of Hyperbole – EVERYTHING you write should be the MOST important story of all time

#COM 245 – How to create useless, needless, and worthless lists that will waste an immeasurable amount of people’s time

#COM 401 – How to get the most clicks on social media – take some of the most obvious things in society and act like you are performing a public service by publishing them. For Example – The most important thing to do this weekend, that you probably never thought of … Click the link and get: Don’t turn your clocks back.

Now for 14 of the MOST important rules of Internet Journalism (there is really only 5, but 14 sounded better)

  1. Accuracy, Accuracy, Accuracy … is NOT important on the internet
  2. Objectivity has no place on the internet. Don’t let the facts get in the way of your opinion! Don’t worry about telling the Who, What, When, Why, and How
  3. Lists are your friend, make ‘em up. As many as you want, about whatever you want, really I’m not kidding. The 17 most thirst-quenching beverages (water is not one of them) – Go for it!
  4. You don’t really have to take into account things like: public trust, truthfulness, fairness, integrity, independence or accountability. It’s just the Internet.
  5. You should not worry yourself with minor details like spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

For those interested in this major, please email your questions to


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From the Hilbert College Wellness Center – Tips on Losing Weight

Lose-weight-healthyTips on Losing Weight for the Warmer Months
by Kirsten Falcone, RN

If you are like most college students, you have put on a few pounds since you arrived last August. But now that spring break is over, summer break is on the horizon, and so is all its skin-bearing attire. Suddenly, those pounds are a bit more noticeable. Before you go on a diet, be sure to check your body mass index (BMI). Anyone whose BMI (see previous blog on BMI) is between 18.5 and 24.9 is a normal weight, so you may still be within that range, and you don’t really need to lose weight. But if your BMI is above 25, it is a good idea to instill some new habits.

Exercise. Before considering cutting calories, it is important to add exercise into your routine. A good start, and one that is easy to maintain, is simply to briskly walk at least three times per week. (Now that the snow and ice are melting, this will be easier to do!) Walking and swimming are the least jarring of all the options available, and they are great for your cardiovascular system, as well as many other bodily systems. If you never exercised before, and your calorie intake remains the same, you may find that adding exercise is the only lifestyle change needed in order to accomplish your goal.

The time of day matters when it comes to exercise. Ideally, the morning is the best time, because it jump starts your metabolism for the day. (But don’t make the mistake of not exercising at all. Some exercise is better than none at all.) Be aware that if you exercise too close to bedtime, you will lose the benefit of an increased metabolism, as your body will slow down in preparation for sleep. You will also run the risk of experiencing sleeplessness, which leads us to the subject of…

Sleep. Studies have shown that a lack of sleep hinders metabolism. Also, if you are sleep-deprived, you will be less motivated to spend energy on maintaining your exercise and nutrition habits. It is important to adhere to the same bedtime every night, and sleep at least 7 ½ hours. (Many adults need up to nine hours, just to feel human.)

Nutrition. Changing what you eat may be important, if you don’t eat a balanced diet. But sometimes changing the way you eat is more important. For example, you should eat the vegetables and fruit on your plate first before you eat the main course. (No, potato chips and French fries are not considered vegetables!) This will help you acquire the vitamins and fiber you need and may keep you from overdoing it with the more fattening entrée.

Another strategy is to eat only half of what you would normally eat, such as half a sandwich, or use a smaller plate, which tricks you into thinking your portion is larger than it is. (And don’t go back for seconds!) If you are out at a restaurant, it is OK to eat only half. Also be aware that a large percentage of the meal’s calories can be hidden in the beverage, so always opt for healthful choices, such as skim milk, unsweetened tea, or just plain water. Try to skip the caffeine, if possible, or limit it to the equivalent of two cups of coffee per day. It is also important to take the proper time to eat, since the stomach will not usually register it is full until 20 minutes afterward.

It is a good idea to read labels for items such as sugar, salt, fat, and fiber. If you can substitute whole food for labeled food, it’s all the better. An apple a day really does keep the doctor away! Plus, make certain you drink 64 or more ounces of water per day. (See previous blog on dehydration.) Sometimes when we think we are hungry, we are really just dehydrated.

Food Journaling. Keeping a food journal is a good option for those who are accustomed to snacking throughout the day. It is easy to forget about that cookie here or that small bag of chips there. Keep the journal with you at all times, so you won’t forget to write things down.

Fad Diets. Skip them. They don’t work. In the long run, you will gain all your weight back, plus more. The best course of action for losing weight is exercise and portion control, period.

Electronic Help. Though the jury is still out on the effectiveness of electronic help and smart phone apps, it may benefit you to try these sources:


Lose It!





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Hilbert Students Achieve Academic Honors for Fall ‘14

HAMBURG, N.Y. – More than 420 Hilbert College students have been named to the Fall 2014 academic honors list for having achieved a 3.3 GPA or above for the semester.

Named to Hilbert’s Fall 2014 academic honors list are:

(listed by hometown)

ACTON, Ontario:  Tomas Bojkovski

ALBANY: Brenden Deady and Benjamin Unverhau

ALBION:  Steven Papponetti

ALDEN: Jennifer Colvin and Shauna Giambrone

ALLEGANY:  Julianne Spring

ALTAMONT: Joshua Von Haugg

AMHERST:  Melissa Brown, Anthony Milone, and Mariah Yochelson

ANGOLA:  William Brightman, Alex Haley, Rebecca Kozminski, Carl Lograsso, Ashlee Pollinger, Ryan Smith, and Dana Waring

ARCADE:  Amanda Ashworth, Kelly Ann Lynch, and Shannon Rogers

ATTICA:  Amber Holley and Shannon Petrinec

AUBURN:  Lea Church

AVERILL PARK: Jennifer Williams

BALLSTON LAKE:  Grant Stockman

BATAVIA: Kayla Baker

BATH:  Courtney Coots

BEAVER DAMS:  Harlie Decker

BLASDELL:  Jehad Ahmed, Rebecca Arroyo, Ryan Blakely, Nathan Clark, Elizabeth Constable, Danielle Dylik, Amanda Fischer, Katelyn Hearn, Ryan Kininger, Sierra Love, Jonathan O’Dell, Emina Siljak, Callie Stack, and Nathan Szustak

BLISS:  Tiffany Burrows and Shawn Pope

BOLIVAR: Morgan Nellis

BOSTON:  Samantha Bugenhagen, Chelsea Bender, Kelly Grapes, and Victoria Kough

BRONX:  Soyini Nixon, Shanice Roman, Paola Taveras, and Akeem Todd

BUFFALO:  Chelsea Adamski, Belal Ahmed, Mark Almquist, Julie Ashby, Katelynn Bigham, Mollie Blake, Margaret Brendl, Janae Brown, Emily Ciezki, Maria Cruz, Casey Gauthier, Bryan Gerrity, Jenna Grieco, Kaitlyn Griffin, Alexia Guzman, Jenna Holland, Davonna Howard, Ryan Hunter, Cheryl Kennedy, Olivia Kimble, David Kline, Ambrielle LaBardo, Santiago Lopez, Kiara Martin, Kaitlyn Murphy, Danielle Nash, Tyler O’Neill, Sarah Oryszak, Matthew Pierakos, Scott Piwowarczyk, Amir Ramulic, Kai Redmond, Courtney Rice, Christie Rossney, Adam Schuler, David Seifert, Danielle Simmons, Cory Suszek, Ailin Vega, Darius Washington, Dominque Washington, and Emily Weaver

CAMDEN: Brittany Correia

CAMILLUS: Emily Deragon

CAMPBELL:  Emily Gauss


CHAFFEE:  Jake Uhteg

CHEEKTOWAGA:  Kyle Bork, Dylan Braniecki, Tyler Eister, Victoria Kubiak, Marquan Lowe, MaryJo Malczewski, LeAnna Nemeth, Kelsi Sajdak, Jordyn Schenk, Emily Speidel, Carly Spencer, and Alyssa Yung

CHITTENANGO:  Robert Cuomo and Tanner Makowski

CICERO:  Bradley Perrin

CLARENCE: Rebecca Crawford



CLYMER:  Lauren Eggleston

COLDEN:  Anthony Schaffer

COLLINS:  Valeria Brown and Hayley Ploetz

CORNING:  Ryan Brewster

COWLESVILLE: Rachel Freiheit

CUBA:  Rachael Krajna and Cynthia Resch

DANSVILLE:  Samantha Brockway, Benjamin Knights, and Karleigh Perry

DEPEW:  Christopher Krueger, Amanda Lumadue, Erin Michaels, Melissa Musialowski, and Brianna O’Connor

DERBY:  Taylor DiBerardino, Jesse Gajdosz, Luke Hamerski, Kevin Pfeiffer, and Nicole Ulrich

DUNKIRK:  Kathleen Palkovic


EAST AURORA: Kevin Begley, Matthew Buehlmann, Paige Goerke, Gavin Griffin, Michael Komorek, Leo Kull, Kelly Mergenhagen, Jonathan Monheim, Nikki Schneider, and Cassandra Webster


EAST ROCHESTER: Stephanie Glaza

EDEN:  Melody Cole, Margaret Cronmiller, Loran Crowden, Alexa Fleming, Benjamin Gemza, Kristina Gemza, and Cord Polzin

ELMA:  Robert Bauer, Matthew Corigliano, Brittany Ferraraccio,  Amanda Figueroa, Alyx Tobolski, and Sean Wrigglesworth

FALCONER:  Makalia Haveron

FORT ATKINSON, WI:  Tiffany Henze

FREDONIA:  Brittany Crooks, Sean Sticek, and Spencer Sticek

FREMONT, OH:  Amanda Binder

FREWSBURG:  Kamryn Gardner

GANSEVOORT:  Ariana Scheidt

GLENFIELD:  Emily Cole

GOUVERNEUR:  Jaelyn Gotham

GOWANDA:  Meghan Himelein

GRAND ISLAND:  Adam Hefka, Tyler Jackman, and Kori Loder

HAINESPORT, NJ:  William Moleins

HAMBURG:  Lisa Beckwith, Jamie Bieber, Lauren Brown, Catherine Bruce-Reczek,  Lauren Bugaj, Ryan Dembski, Alicia Devlin, Kelsi Ebert, Rebecca Emser, Shannon Gallagher, Jason Galuszka, Kathleen Grabar, David Grapes, Nicole Haas, Paul Haberman, Matthew Hernik, Jacob Hoover, Colin Howard, Kari Huber, Carl Jackson, Hunter Kellerman, Rebecca Kelly, Connor Kirst, Robert Kirst, Jenna LaBrie, Eric Labedz, Katrina Lovecchio, Kelly Mandell, Mark McDonnell, James Moscato, Connor Moses, Ryan Preziosi,  Caitlin Queen, Dalton Reynolds, Elysia Rousseau, Vincent Sardo, Lauren Smalter, Kelly Stephenson, Shannon Stephenson, Kyle Stromecki, Nicholaus Szabala, Juliet Talarico, Evan Taylor, David VanRemmen, Erin Walsh, and Jenna West

HOLLAND:  Bridgett Moshier and Michal Sokolowski

HORSEHEADS:  Jenah Labuski


IRVING:  Marcella Torres and Alicia Franklin

JAVA CENTER:  Mariah Erhardt

KENMORE:  Mary Rhoades

KENNEDY:  Javen Newman

KILL BUCK: Ethan Kenyon

LACKAWANNA:  Emily Alvarez, Esther Chan, Julie Holy, Joseph Kujawski, Maja Minic, Nicolas Rodriguez, Greg Swaggard, Joshua Szwed, and Adam Zawadzki

LAKE VIEW:  Rebekah Mullen, Cory Nieman, Emily Pawelski, and Charles Shuskie

LANCASTER:  Jacob Alessi, Hunter Bielat, Megan Burdzy, Teresa Dillsworth, Daina Hittle, Cortney Hoerner, Jesse Hughes, Nathaniel Hyman, Alexander Madera, Corinne McCarthy, Jacob Piskor, Elliott Russillio, Michael Salerno, Ashley Schiffler, and Caitlyn Tauriello

LAWTONS:  Megan Holcomb and Jo’Elle Thompson

LEROY: Emily Reese

LEWISTON:  Nichole Grenga

LINDLEY:  Matthew Clark

LINWOOD: Jaclyn Morgan

LOCKPORT:  Brianna Brenon, Chelsea Heffernan, Brett Kane, Kurtis Maloney, Victoria Santos, Korey Schwab, Ryan Schwab, and Ryan Schupp

LOCKPORT, IL: Briahna Farries

LOS ANGELES, CA: Jacqueline Guox

MARILLA:  Jennifer Grzeskiewicz and Adam Taylor

MARTINEZ, CA:  Tyler Shaw

MOUNT MORRIS:  Megan Van Norman

NEWFIELD:  Amber Neff

NIAGARA FALLS:  Kendra Agee, Crystal Hailey, Ka-Shara Jordon, Austin Mathis, and Christina Schulte

NORTH COLLINS:  Autumn Cosandier, Cynthia Nelson, Jennifer Robinson, Julia Seege, and Matthew Swan

NORTH SYRACUSE:  Ashely Benjamin

NORTH TONAWANDA:  Zachary Beasock, Marissa Carvalho, Nicholas Clay, Kayla Lansberry, Mitchell Milbrand, Robert Thompson, and Tyler Verrall

OAKFIELD:  Paige Chatt and Matthew Wise

O’FALLON, MO:  Erika Pierson

ONEIDA: Gabriel Esparza

ONEONTA:  Alexis Rowe

ORCHARD PARK:  Crystal Andruszko, Barrett Armstrong, Erik Babiarski, Justin Brusehaber, Paige Chernogorec, Michaela Doyle, Camila Eskew, Jennifer Gattie, Brianna Guarino, Sean Hogan, Evan James, Chelsea Perkins, Daniel Pulaski, Kylie Reinholz, Bryce Rydza, Samantha Senn, Karl Spaeth, Jason Tabaczynski, and Kylie Wooliver

PALM COAST, FL:  Kevin Moore

PARKSVILLE:  Jordan Fedun

PENFIELD: Jordan Botsford

PENN YAN:  Rebecca Bailey

PENNELLVILLE:  Alexander Wisner

PHOENIX:  Megan Murphy

PITTSFORD:  David DeCocq

PULASKI: Kristina Gilbert



ROCHESTER:  Brittany Hancy, Dana Starr, and Casey Walsh

ROME: Kashyah Williams

SALAMANCA:  Marisa Huffman

SHADYSIDE, OH: Austin Good

SHIRLEY:  Matthew Simon

SILVER CREEK:  Stephen Marcey


SLOAN: Briana Ziembiec

SODUS:  Breana Cline

SOUTH WALES:  Sydny Cappano

SPOKANE, WA: Tatyona Duke

SPRINGVILLE:  Jamie Bailey, Lauren Baker, Kimberly Klein, Janine Lemke, and Kelsey Warner

STILLWATER:  Ashley Kurucz

STRYKERSVILLE:  Heather Heineman

TONAWANDA:  Savanna Baughman, Veronica Burgio, Amburley Burris, Brittany Carey, Carlos Cintron, Tyler Coniglio, David Crouse, Elissa Hall, Morgan Sajdak, Brianna Schuck, Megan Starner, Christine Whipkey, and Elizabeth Wood

UTICA:  Samantha Gerstner and Brittany Gregory

VENICE, FL:  Andrew Duncan

WARSAW:  Lindsay O’Neil and Taylor Smith

WEST FALLS:  Joshua Zielen-Ersing

WEST HENRIETTA:  Tiffany Serra

WEST SENECA:  Jacob Abraszek, Matthew Barth, Caitlyn Binkowski, Lukas Cetkovic, Shannon Cochrane, Steven Dickman, Megan Ebert, Kyle English, James Geary, Travis Hicks, Connor Hoch, Adam Husted, Samantha Jablonski, Cassondra Johnson, Samantha Koelemeyer, Katherine Kosowski, Abbey Kulikowsky, Jaimie Lelonek, Ellen Lema, Daniel Lewis, Alyssa Maiorana, Alexandria Makowski, Ashlee Nasca, Ryan Rusin, Rosemarie Schuster, Jeremy Shay, Joseph Sorbini, Michael Szmania, Holly Tabor, Amanda Tomaka, Emilee Villafranca, Kayla Vollmer, Teresa Wegner, and Paul Wujek

WESTAMPTON, NJ:  Douglas Scalice

WILLIAMSVILLE:  Daniel Christmann, Matthew Goraj, Megan Klosterman, and Victoria Lorenzo

WILSON: Patricia Myers

WINDSOR:  Courtney Vaccaro


WOODBRIDGE, ON:  Andrew Cartaginese

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Hilbert’s Transfer & Graduate Fair

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The Transfer & Graduate Fair is a great opportunity to learn about the many academic programs Hilbert College has to offer.

If you are looking to transfer to Hilbert as a traditional undergrad, complete a bachelor’s degree in our Accelerated Degree program or start a graduate program, this event is for you.

This is your opportunity to meet faculty, students, financial aid and admission representatives and see what Hilbert has to offer you. Campus tours available.

Check-in at 5:30.  REGISTER TODAY

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NYSSCPA Selects two Hilbert Students for 2015 Awards

The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), Buffalo Chapter has selected Hilbert senior Jonathan Monheim as the Award of Honor recipient and junior Melody Cole as the John T. Kennedy Memorial Award winner.  The awards will be presented at the Annual Education Night Dinner of the NYSSCPA, Buffalo Chapter, this spring.


Jonathan Monheim

Jonathan Monheim is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Accounting.   Monheim is the President of Phi Beta Lambda, the business and accounting club at Hilbert and has played NCAA Division III soccer for Hilbert. He was the recipient of the John T. Kennedy Memorial Award last year and is a member of the Tau Sigma National Honor Society. Monheim is also interning at The Bonadio Group in East Aurora and hopes to learn valuable information which will assist him in his career after school. After graduating in May of 2015, Jonathan plans to attend St. Bonaventure University for his MBA and sit for the CPA exam.


Melody Cole

Melody Cole, an Eden New York native, is a junior at Hilbert College studying accounting.   In addition to succeeding academically, Cole is very involved on campus. She works as a student ambassador, orientation leader, and peer leader which help with the required freshman foundation course. She is also the treasurer of Enactus and a member of Phi Beta Lamba. Last year, Cole was ranked second in accounting principles from testing facilitated through Phi Beta Lamba. Outside of classes she works part time at a local dance supply store.

The NYSSCPA Award of Honor:  awarded to one graduating senior, in recognition of outstanding achievements in accounting studies. The award honors accounting students who meet all of the following requirements for eligibility:

  • The recipient must be a member of a class containing at least six students.
  • The recipient must have completed (by May 2014) the school’s registered accounting curriculum.
  • The recipient must have received the highest general averaged grade in all accounting courses.

The John T. Kennedy Memorial Award: awarded to one junior majoring in accounting and having the highest overall scholastic average.

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