Lori Mould's everyday life!

#SUNYSA Arthur O. Eve Educational Opportunity Center Building Dedication July 1, 2014

I had the amazing opportunity to be a part of the Arthur O. Eve Educational Opportunity Center building dedication yesterday in Buffalo. I did not grow up in the Buffalo or WNY area or New York State for that matter so I never fully understood what Mr. Eve had accomplished in his 36 years in the State Assembly as the champion for higher education opportunities for everyone.

“This building really represents what he stood for. He stood for children, he stood for education, he stood for investing in communities and most importantly, aside from investing in communities, Arthur Eve stood for investing in people,” said Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, D-New York.

I received an invitation to be a part of this celebration as part of my role as the SUNY Student Assembly President and a member of the SUNY Board of Trustees and I was excited to have been asked. In accepting this invitation, I did my due diligence to find out more about this man and what he stood for. Quite frankly, I was so inspired by his hard work, dedication, determination, and passion for the issues surrounding making a difference for the students, past, present, and future. If it were not for the efforts of Arthur O. Eve and the other like-minded people during his career the course of many lives would be different today. The lives of multiple thousands of young minds have been and continue to be changed through the hard, tireless work of Arthur O. Eve.

In the words of Nelson Mandela:

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”

I believe that Arthur O. Eve knew that education would be the catalyst for the change in this world and he moved heaven and earth to make sure that ALL students would have that opportunity!!

 

#SUNYSA Task Force for Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence June 28, 2014

This video left me in tears (http://blog.petflow.com/this-disgusts-me-would-you-stop-to-help-this-woman/)! As a survivor of domestic violence, I am saddened by the lack of response from the individuals in this video! This is one of the reasons why #SUNYSA is implementing a Task Force on Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence this year. There needs to be more education and awareness brought to these subjects to protect all victims.

Please help us raise awareness on these very important issues! Just remember it could be your family member who has already been or could become a victim…or it could be you.

One thing to remember is that not all sexual assault/domestic violence is man on woman! According to The National Domestic Violence Hotline:

Get the Facts & Figures

*On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States — more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year.
*Nearly 3 in 10 women (29%) and 1 in 10 men (10%) in the US have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by a partner and report a related impact on their functioning.
*Nearly, 15% of women (14.8%) and 4% of men have been injured as a result of intimate partner violence (IPV) that included rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
*1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
*IPV alone affects more than 12 million people each year.
*More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
*Nearly half of all women and men in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime (48.4% and 48.8%, respectively).
*Females ages 18 to 24 and 25 to 34 generally experienced the highest rates of IPV.
*From 1994 to 2010, about 4 in 5 victims of IPV were female.
*Most female victims of IPV were previously victimized by the same offender, including 77% of females ages 18 to 24, 76% of females ages 25 to 34, and 81% of females ages 35 to 49.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline number is 1-800-799-7233 | 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).
The National Sexual Assault Hotline – 1.800.656.HOPE or online at https://ohl.rainn.org/online/.

 

#SUNYSA My first days on the job! June 12, 2014

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams!!”

Wow, these last few weeks have been a whirlwind of excitement! All of the staff at #SUNYEmpire and #SUNY System have been amazing during the process of the Swearing In ceremony and everything else that has come up during this process. I have learned a great deal about myself and all of the the people who surround me each and every day. What an amazing group of people I have in my life!! A special thank you to Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, Emeritus President Stuart Steiner from my Alma mater #SUNYGCC and President Merodie Hancock from #SUNYEmpire plus Dr. Larene Hoelcle, my family/friends, members of my #SUNYFamily, and the SUNY interns, staff, and administrators.

Some of the #SUNYSA Executive Board, our advisors, SUNY staff, the Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor Dr. Beth Bringsjord, and Chancellor Nancy Zimpher had a great conversations about our SUNYSA goals and the system wide SUNY Initiatives. We did some brainstorming on upcoming issues, concerns, and ideas surrounding our #463,000Students and the ways that we can help out each of our #64Campuses!

During the last week I have had the honor and privilege to attend SUNY Empire State Colleges Northeast Center, Center for Distance Learning, and Genesee Valley Centers (GVC) graduations! I recently (on Sunday the 8th of June) graduated with my BA in Photojournalism/Documentary Production from GVC. I am so proud to have accomplished this goal and dream! The interesting thing about my graduation is that I have been acting in my official capacity as a member of the SUNY Board of Trustees during the SUNY Empire State College’s graduation circuit. These graduations have been my first duties as a Trustee and I am pretty proud to be serving as a Board member.

Today, I am traveling to NYC to attend the graduation ceremonies of the SUNY ESC’s Metropolitan Center tonight and the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies tomorrow. On Saturday, we will be attending the Long Island Centers grad ceremony as we wrap up the all of the SUNY Empire State College’s graduations.

Life is good!!

 

It is almost a wrap! #Transitional2014 June 1, 2014

I woke up this morning reflecting on the process of this transition into the role of President of SUNYSA. There has been so much prep and time put into building a great team to represent our 465,000 #SUNY students. This process is winding down as we move into the election/confirmation stage of Transitional!  We had 12 director’s positions to be filled and I received 22 applications from some amazing students leaders who were ready, willing, able, and all very qualified to hold the positions.

The interview process was pretty intense and I have to thank so many people for their hard work and dedication as they helped me with and through this process. It is amazing how much I have grown and what I have learned over the last couple of months to get to the point that we are at this morning.  We will be heading into the election process in less than two hours.  I know that everyone is nervous and excited to get started!

I truly amazed at the caliper of students that we have within the #SUNY system and it inspires me as I have had the privilege the listen to their ideas on how we can, not only, reach out to our students but also try to learn as much as we can for those students.  Last night, we held a brainstorming session to work on our goals for this upcoming year.  Each group broke out into their own groups first to see what they thought their goals would be for the year and when we all came back together I was blown away that 90% of ALL of our goals were the same coming from each group.  I feel that this group of student leaders has a pretty good grasp on the students issues and also the SUNY initiatives as we work to do our best to advocate for our students.

Stay tuned as there is more to come!!

 

 

Transitional for #SUNYSA May 31, 2014

#SUNYSA is hosting Transitional at the Beaver Hollow/ The Biggest Loser Resort Niagara. This resort is so beautiful/relaxing and the staff has been amazing to work with.

Transitional is a time for us to come together to plan our goals, network with newly elected Executive Board and representatives, and to elect our directors. We will have time to participate in some team building, bonding around a campfire, and learning more about our new positions and each other! Additionally, the reps will receive their campus assignments!

The first meeting went really well and it was great seeing everyone again.  We have so many issues and concerns that we will need to focus on during the upcoming year as we are advocating for our #SUNY students. I totally enjoyed sitting around the campfire, eating S’mores, and talking/bonding with everyone.  We had some interesting and informative conversations which covered the gamut of financial aide, veteran’s issues, politics, and beyond!

I am looking forward to tomorrow as we team build and learn more about our directors.  What a great group of student leaders that are ready, willing, and able to give of themselves for the serve of others. I talked with the group about participating in a couple community service trips to New Orleans and areas on the East coast which were devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

 

 

Remembering our military on Memorial Day! May 26, 2014

“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”
Calvin Coolidge

Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor the bravery of the men and women who have fought to defend our freedoms. THANK YOU!

When doubt of how much their service and sacrifice means to each of us, please reread this message below.

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SUNYSA…Let’s get this year started!! May 25, 2014

On April 6, 2014, I was elected to be the President of the Student Assembly for the State University of New York (SUNYSA) and I will be a voting member of the SUNY Board of Trustees.  The State University of New York (SUNY) is the largest comprehensive system of universities, colleges, and community colleges in the United States with a total enrollment of 465,000 students plus 1.1 million adult education students spanning 64 campuses across the state.

SUNYSA is the official organization by which SUNY students can participate in University-wide governance. We provide a forum for consultation and the exchange of information between students, the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees. We advocate for our 465,000 students regarding issues such as: tuition,military and veterans issues, Education Opportunity Program (EOP-http://www.suny.edu/attend/academics/eop/), Child Care Services, edTPA, textbook affordability seamless transfer, Blood Donor Equality, support for Open SUNY, Contingent Faculty Pay Equity,just to name a few.  For more information, please visit: http://system.suny.edu/university-life/student-assembly/ and http://www.studentassembly.org/.

I know that the Executive Board and myself are ready to start the year which starts this Friday!  We will be hosting Transitional which is a three day event in which all of the new and returning Representatives, appointed Directors, Executive Board, and Advisors can come together to plan our goals, network with newly elected members, and to formally elect the Directors. Additionally, the Representatives will receive your campus assignments.  There are 16 Representatives for our 64 campuses, 12 Directors, and 4 Executive Board Members.

I will be blogging about my experiences as the SUNYSA President throughout the year.  Please feel free to ask questions and I will do my best to provide the answers and/or find the answers for you!  I am excited to get started this weekend as our 2014-2015 term of office officially starts on the 1st of June!!  We have a great Executive Committee and I know that we will be hitting the ground running with the goals created this weekend.

Please stay tuned for more information about SUNYSA, updates, pictures, etc.  Thank you for checking out my blog and enjoy the rest of the long weekend!!

To our all of our active duty military and veterans and your families, thank you for your service and sacrifice!!

 

The Value of Life’s Lessons! May 24, 2014

With Memorial Day just around the corner I find myself thinking about my Dad and all of the valuable lessons he taught me over the years.  Don’t get me wrong, there was a a time in my life when I thought that I knew everything and some of his advise was meaningless! But like most things in life, you never seem to appreciate them fully until you don’t have them in your life everyday.

I was just listening to Aaron Lewis and his song called “Granddaddy’s Gun.”  And the images of my Dad and my Son came flooding through my mind.  My Dad stepped up to be the father figure for my Son when he was growing up!  He never even batted an eye when he took on this responsibility and from the moment that Josh was born I could see how proud my Dad was of him.  He taught him about being a good man, showed him what it means to take care of your family, tousled with him and made him strong, taught him about having pride in your country, and loved on him!!  My Dad laid an amazing foundation for this little boy and continued to extend that foundation as he grew to be a man.  Dad would have been so proud of you Josh.  

This song means so much to me because one of the things that we always did throughout my life was travel to Vedauwoo, Crystal Reservoir, and Curt Gowdy State Park for our family outings.  We would take the Coleman stove, our food, the guns, and extra trash bags and off we would hike to a great spot with a natural backdrop for shooting guns. Those times continued up until my Dad passed away 11 years ago and man how I miss them and him.  Never take your time with someone important for granted because each day that we are given is a gift!! Love and miss you Dad and I wish you could teach me more of life’s lessons!!

 

 

 

Are Americans losing our Freedom of Speech and Privacy on the Internet May 8, 2014

Let us begin this post with the Day of Affirmation Address which was delivered on June 6, 1966, Senator Robert F. Kennedy said,

The first element of this individual liberty [the name of freedom] is the freedom of speech.  The right to express and communicate ideas…Hand in hand with freedom of speech goes the power to be heard -to share in the decisions of government which shape men’s lives. Everything that makes life worthwhile—family, work, education, a place to rear one’s children and a place to rest one’s head—all this rests on decisions of government; all can be swept away by a government which does not heed the demands of its people (http://research.archives.gov/description/194041).

Do you believe that your internet use should be considered a Human Right?

Well, it seems that the Committee of Ministers of the 47 member of States of the Council of Europe set a precedent on April 16, 2014 when Recommendation CM/Rec (2014)6 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on a Guide to human rights for Internet users was adopted by the Committee of Ministers at the 1197th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies.  This Committee of Ministers believes that there should a guide, of sorts, which the internet user could use to learn about his/her human rights while online as well as the limitations and the remedies for said limitations.  They also believe that human rights and fundamental freedom apply to online as well as offline usage.

This document is really quite interesting and if you click on the link provided below it will show you all of the details regarding: Access and Non-discrimination. Freedom of Expression and Information, Assembly, Association and Participation, Privacy and Data Protection, Education and Literacy, Children and Young People, and Effective Remedies (http://www.coe.int/web/internet-users-rights/guide;jsessionid=7422E8871EF6692B7AEB0B8AFC29997E).

The Privacy and Data Protection section says that it is only if you have broken the law and/or given permission for your personal data to be searched that your personal data can be collected. It also states that you would have to be informed about the content of the personal data collected and which third party it was distributed to, and for what purpose.  Which means that for the most part every person would have the ability to control your own personal data (http://www.coe.int/web/internet-users-rights/privacy-and-data-protection),

 In the United States, it appears that a person’s human rights, fundamental freedoms, and Constitutional Rights are being compromised due to the government’s handling of security and/or terrorism concerns.

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(Image Source: The Contributor Staff, The Contributor, http://thecontributor.com/humor/7-cartoons-nsa-doesnt-want-you-see)

Edward Snowden, a former employee with the CIA, broke the Freedom of Speech and Privacy issue wide open when he went public with numerous classified documents which uncovered the fact that there are numerous global surveillance programs along with various other surveillance technologies in place to gather information for its enemies and the American people.  There have been many debates since 2013 regarding mass surveillance, drone usage, and government secrecy.

 He lived a pretty comfortable lifestyle because of his almost $200,000 salary which allowed his girlfriend and himself to share a home in Hawaii but he also had a career and a family. He stated, I’m willing to sacrifice all of that because I can’t in good conscience allow the US government to destroy privacy, internet freedom, and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/09/edward-snowden-nsa-whistleblower-surveillance).”

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 The US government and the National Security Agency (NSA) have come under tremendous fire after Snowden’s story broke.  You will have to be the judge on whether you believe everything that Snowden has divulged to the world. I have found that I am a lot more cautious about how I handle my affairs on the internet.

It is interesting to see how far the European countries are willing to go to prove to their citizens that they believe in their human rights and their right to privacy when the US government is struggling to convince the American public that what they are being told by Snowden is a huge pile of hooey.

I believe that no matter what the outcome of this situation I will never look at my use of technology and the internet through the same innocent eyes again.  Food for thought.. Are Americans losing our Freedom of Speech and Privacy on the Internet?

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 (Image Source: Feross Aboukhadijeh (http://feross.org/freedom-of-speech-on-the-internet/)

 References:

http://www.min201.org/~mquerciagrossa/WorldRegs.html

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/09/edward-snowden-nsa-whistleblower-surveillance

http://ivn.us/2012/07/07/internet-freedom-to-be-ron-paul-movements-next-crusade/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/federicoguerrini/2014/04/29/a-guide-to-human-rights-of-internet-users-launched-today-in-estonia/

http://www.ifla.org/files/assets/faife/publications/ife03.pdf

http://feross.org/freedom-of-speech-on-the-internet/

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2148900/fccs-new-net-neutrality-proposal-what-do-we-really-know.html

 

Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela December 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela

(Photo courtesy of : http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/12/05/highlights-nelson-mandela-life-show-how-became-symbol-reconciliation/)

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”  Nelson Mandela

I will mourn the loss of one of this world’s most inspirational leaders.  His beliefs and the way that he lived his life were a testimony of his effort to educate those around the world through the example he set by spreading the idea of democracy, freedom, and equal rights for all human beings throughout the world.

Mandela was known worldwide as a teacher, political prisoner, civil rights activist, freedom fighter, the first black President of South Africa, father, and husband. His fight was for all people no matter what their ethnicity, race, creed, religion, etc. He believed that everyone should live their lives by respecting and enhancing the freedom of others!

The leadership style and the way that Nelson Mandela lived his life has shown me that helping others and being a servant leader are the way that I want to live my life. I will be forever grateful for those lessons learned by this great man. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” Mandela stated.