Lori Mould's everyday life!

Striving for Perfection (The Series) July 15, 2014

It has been a challenge living in a world in which I was striving for perfection. When I entered back into academia after a 27 year gap I was pretty scared but very excited. My lifelong dream has always been to attend college and to be the first of my siblings to receive a college degree. I have stepped outside of my comfort zone and recently received my BA in Photojournalism/Documentary Production. Over three decades have passed since I graduated from high school coupled with my survival in a car crash and a traumatic brain injury that left me feeling shattered and broken as I worked through the recovery process. My doctors told me that my goal of college would most likely not be in my future and those words made me work harder than I ever imagined that I could to achieve my dream. I have been fortunate to have had dedicated staff, faculty, mentors, and tutors to set up various tools to help me work and learn at the best of my ability.

In retrospect, this was a time of reemergence or rebirth because the process has changed my prospective on life as a whole. My eyes are now wide open to the discovery of life and I plan to live it in the terms of not what I have lost but what I have gained!

More to come…

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#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!!

 

BP should honor their word!!!! June 14, 2011

Please take the time to listen to this powerful song!    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Du2O8MY5CrI

As a follow up to my first documentary: Resilient and Everchanging: Louisiana’s Struggle to Rebound! , I was just in Southern La doing interviews with several people including a local shrimper that I spoke with a year ago. Kevin has informed me that he yet to receive  his money on his claim from BP because he is NOT willing to settle as we still don’t know the long term effects from the oil and the dispersant that were used! He said that they are down 75% of where they were last year as far as what they have caught this season and that with the price of fuel it is hard to have to justify spending the money when the catch is so low or almost nonexistent some trips. “We are losing money going out everyday!”

Now, try to imagine heading off to work everyday (doing something you love), spending the money in fuel, tolls, etc., and working the entire day just to be told that you aren’t getting a paycheck!!!

It is no wonder that BP is almost back to 100% a year later when they are dragging their feet regarding the claims from the folks in La!! There once was a time in our country when your word and a handshake was a sign of your honor and integrity and with that came the respect that you were a person to be trusted.

 

 

Gotta love Louisiana and NOLA May 26, 2011

Well you gotta love Louisiana, I know I do!!!!  Spent the first three days in the bayou with Kim, Capt Wendy, Stephanie, and Isabella at #Camp DuLarge. We went fishing out in #Lake de Cade, by Wendy’s lease, and the Liner Bayou. Enjoyed a great day just relaxing…I know…hard to believe!!! However, the day did not pass without some work being done.

We drove to Scott, La on Wednesday to interview #Drew Landry and I believe that I will be partnering up with him and Cherrie on a few projects. For those of you that do not or have not heard of Drew you should check him out on #YouTube!!  He has written some amazing songs like the #BP Blues!!

Brainstormed with Wendy and Kim this afternoon about a few projects that I am hoping will be implemented before the fall of this year. I am truly amazed, once again, by the resilience of the people in this great state! Wendy was kind enough to share her families experiences with us regarding what they went through during recent hurricanes. It is really hard to wrap my head around what people go through during these times…displacement, personal loss, basic survival just to name a few.  Hearing her story has me MORE determined than ever that I/we should continue to fight for basic rights of the citizens of the United States that have lost everything to these disasters whether they are man-made or natural!!! There is not a citizen in this country that should go to bed at night wondering not when but if they will ever have a home to go back to!

 

As the Anniversary approaches…. April 18, 2011

As the anniversary approaches for the BP oil spill, I have found myself wondering about the families and friends of the workers that were killed in the explosion!!  Do you not find it strange that the media does not ever mention anything about the workers that were lost?

I cannot even imagine how the families and friends must feel knowing that the focus has been more on the environmental and ecological impact then that of human life!!! Please take a minute and put these individuals in your thoughts and prayers…I know that is a small thing to do but with the anniversary fast approaching I feel in my heart that they will be needing to be uplifted!!

 

GCC Alternative Spring Break 2 preparation continues March 9, 2011

So….three more sleeps and we will be arriving in NOLA!!  We have a meeting with our students this afternoon and I know that the excitement is growing for everyone that is going!!

I finished my ‘To Do List” last night and with that being said we are T minus 2 1/2 days until we leave!!

This trip will be including some educational features such as: showing the documentary at Delgado Community College to administrators, faculty, and students.  We will be attending Ms. Raymonda’s and Ms. Mel’s classes to give an overview of what we do when we come to this great city, what it has meant to us, and how it has changed us as people.  We will be meeting with the folks at Levees.org to further educate ourselves on what truly happened in New Orleans and the potential for this to happen in any town, community, or city that is “protected” by the levee systems across the US!! And we will be heading down to Southern Louisiana to explore the bayous, marshlands, and wetlands so that we can have something tangible to see as we learn about our disappearing wetlands and what we can do to help with this situation!!

All in all, my hope is that the students that come down will leave with a better understanding of what is really happening in Louisiana and New Orleans (and that it is NOT just a Louisiana issue), a love for the people and the culture, and a new found love for the idea of “Giving a hand up and not a hand out!”

Service Learning has provided me with a sense that I have come full circle in my life…there is such a sense of accomplishment that comes from helping those of us that need a “hand up”…if you let it…it can and will change your life!!!

Stay tuned……..

 

 

Homelessness and Hunger Awareness September 27, 2010

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Our Phi Theta Kappa chapter is hosting a Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Event on the 29th and 30th of October. We will be giving a presentation at the beginning of the event, watching the movie “Pursuit of Happyness,” sleeping outside, having students doing street performances, receiving non-perishable food items for our food pantry in campus, receiving donations of gently-used or new winter gear, and serving breakfast to those that stayed over to raise awareness to the plight of the people in the GLOW region. Glow stands for Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming counties and these are the main counties that Genesee Community College main campus and our six campus centers deal with.
Please help us make this event a success by donating non-perishable foods, winter gear, or attending the event!
SEE YOU THERE!!