Hilbert College students, faculty, and staff spent Friday, January 20 connecting with the local community through Unity with Our Community, a service day devoted to carrying on the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Members of the Hilbert community served at four sites in the area including: 1) The Teacher’s Desk, a nonprofit organization that provides free resources and supplies to local teachers for their classrooms and students to better facilitate learning and academic success; 2) Little Portion Friary, a completely volunteer-based nonprofit organization that strives to meet the needs of homeless individuals including short term shelter and meals; 3) Journey’s End, a Christian community organization that works to serve refugees in their journey to becoming new Americans in WNY including, but not limited to resettlement support, interpretation services, and legal services; 4) Veterans One Stop, an agency dedicated to providing a range of social and health services to meet to support our veterans and their families across WNY.
Depending upon the site, students, staff, and faculty had the opportunity to organize supplies and pantries, prep meals, assist with light housekeeping, and set up an apartment for a new refugee family.
The 5k Race was organized by Hilbert students under the leadership of freshman Logan Yotter. The race was held on November 19 and had over 200 runners participate. Monies raised benefitted the Kaely’s Kindness Foundation, which supports teenage girls battling cancer.
The GS 101 Service Project was designed and orchestrated by the Peer Leaders of each of the Fall 2016 GS 101 Foundation Seminar classes. Under their outstanding leadership, first year women and men experienced first hand what it means to “give back” to those who protect us by showing their support for members of our military serving overseas. Freshmen students assembled donation packs that included candy, personal hygiene items, and notes of thanks to be sent to American troops serving in the military.
The Digital Media and Communication Department and the Career Center hosted the 2016 Comm Career Expo this week. The expo featured a keynote address by Hilbert alum Tom Wills ’12. Wills spoke about his experience in the film and TV industry. He regularly works on Saturday Night Live taped segments and also offered a Steadicam workshop.
The event was open to all high school, community college, and college students. It was a great opportunity for students to talk with businesses in the communication field about internship possibilities and how to break into the fields of film, TV, radio, marketing, public relations, journalism, and more.