Dorsheimer To Be Inducted Into Athletics Hall Of Fame

Release Date:
October 26, 2011
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, N.Y. – Hilbert College will honor the accomplishments and contributions of several alumni and others affiliated with the college at the institution’s sixth annual Awards and Reconnection Dinner taking place from 6-10 p.m. Nov. 11 at Michael’s Banquet Facility in Hamburg.

The awards, which are presented by the Hilbert Alumni Association, recognize individuals who personify the college’s core values and tradition of integrity and excellence.

Award recipients for 2011 are:

Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee – Recognizes former Hilbert student-athletes, coaches and supporters who have contributed to the success of the college both on and off the athletic field.

  • Kathryn Dorsheimer ’05 of Long Beach, Calif. – A 10-time individual winner during her cross country career, Dorsheimer is a two-time North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) champion, an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) All-Conference member, a Chi Alpha Sigma New York Theta chapter inductee in the National Collegiate Athlete Honor Society and  the female selection  of the  AMCC Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) Award in 2005. Dorsheimer is currently pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology.

Dominique Thompson Memorial Alumnae/us of the Year - Given to the individual who demonstrates Hilbert’s Franciscan values and encompasses the true spirit of the college.

  • Brooke Anderson-Tompkins ‘86 of Grand Island– Hilbert trustee and president of First Priority Mortgage in Williamsville.

G.O.L.D (Graduate of the Last Decade) Award - Presented to a Hilbert graduate of the last decade who has achieved career success and demonstrated significant volunteer service to their communities and/or Hilbert.

  • Karen Kalwicki ’06 of Sloan – a paralegal at Neighborhood Legal Services in Buffalo.

Hilbert College Franciscan Values Award - Presented to a friend of Hilbert who exemplifies the principles in which the college was founded and who has distinguished him/herself in their career and the community.

  • Sister Edmunette Paczesny, FSSJ, Hilbert president emerita - Marking her 50th year of ministry at Hilbert, including 32 years as college president from 1974-2006.

St. Clare Student of the Year Award – Presented to a current student who has distinguished him or herself at Hilbert and in the community, as well as exemplifies the college’s Franciscan mission and tradition.

  • Emili Ripley ’12 of Batavia –Accounting major and academic honors student at Hilbert, and active in the college’s Student In Free Enterprise organization.

St. Francis Award for Community Service - Presented to Hilbert alumni who have made numerous contributions of time and talent to their respective community over many years.

  • Anthony Wiertel ‘78 of Amherst – Assistant vice president of business/finance at Hilbert.

  • Brian Kruszka ’09 of Lake View – Office manager at Rosenthal, Siegal & Muenkel, LLP in Buffalo.

Sister Adrienne Faculty/Staff Lifetime Achievement Award - - Presented to a past or current faculty/staff member who emulates the characteristics that Sister Adrienne Rapnicki, FSSJ, exhibited during her tenure at Hilbert.

  • Wendy Edson of Hamburg – Chairperson of Hilbert’s Professional Studies Division and associate professor of paralegal studies.

Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple. RSVPs are due by Nov. 7. To register or for additional information, contact Alaina Houseknecht, special events coordinator, at 926-8938 or e-mail

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.