Lori Mould's everyday life!

#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!!


Life comes full circle. March 16, 2012

I left the Gulf Coast area to visit my family in Colorado. It has been way too long since the last time that I was here. I feel that my life has come full circle when I have the chance to hold my beautiful granddaughters in my arms! Being with them and my family make me feel complete and they inspire me to make sure that the world is a better place for all of us! I know that I want my granddaughters to have the basic human rights of clean air and water!

I know that the work that I have been doing to in the Gulf Coast is so very important and I am truly saddened by the fact that  the folks that were killed on the Deepwater Horizon and/or the folks that have gotten sick will or may not have this same opportunity with their own children, parents, wives, husbands, and grandchildren!!!

Please think about taking a stand for what should be simple, basic human rights…CLEAN AIR AND WATER!!


Giving a hand up and not a hand out! March 11, 2012

We are heading to Pleasant Grove and Tuscaloosa, AL in a few minutes so that I can do a Photojournalism piece on the aftermath of last years deadly tornadoes. I am looking forward to meeting Jami, Mandy, and Jami’s dad…along with everyone that has agreed to let me interview them. Also, thanks to Garon for all of your help too! 

After coming to N’Awlins four years ago, I saw firsthand the desperate need for help years after the media had packed up and our government failed to do what they said they would for the folks. The one thing that I want to try to prevent is the same type of thing happening in the areas hit by the tornadoes that tore through the United States last year. This can only be done if we continue to raise awareness and educate others to the reality of what is really happening AND reach out during a spare time and vacations to “Give a Hand Up and Not a Hand Out!”

One of the most rewarding things that I have discovered is community service and service learning! There is a lot to be said for reaching out to others that are in need as we may one day need that same help! I will be collecting information from various organizations to provide to any college/university and/or anyone that wants to reach out to help others!


Reality…there is no doubt that BP has lied and covered up more than we may ever know!! March 10, 2012

We, as citizens, of America NEED to make sure that we get the full truth about what has happened in not only the Gulf of Mexico BUT with any operation that BP has had their grimy fingers in!! BP has been allowed to spill, kill, explode, damage, poison, and destroy their way throughout our country and quite possibly in more areas than we will ever know!!!

The scary thing to me is that our government (all agencies that have been involved) appear to kowtow to this huge corporation. A corporation that is responsible for this magnitude of environmental disaster should never have been able to oversee the cleanup and recovery efforts because that was a heinous conflict-of-interest!!

I have had several opportunities to be out on the water and see for myself, firsthand, some of the residual effects from the BP oil spill. Yesterday we went down to Orange Beach, AL and toured the back bay with Capt Lori from the Dolphin Queen Cruises. There once was a time when the dolphins would frolic and play but it seems that the matter of their survival has outweighed their playful nature. The dolphins that we did see appeared to be on a mission and they moved with speed and precision to that destination. Capt Lori explained to us that some of the dolphins have lost weight, deformities, and loss of new calves during birthing season.

To me, it does not take a scientist to figure out that what we saw in the water yesterday is causing severe problems for marine life, wildlife, and human life!! Our voices need to be unified, strong, and persistent when addressing these major issues!!!


Hope is possible! March 8, 2012

A few days ago I was talking with several Louisiana fishermen regarding their health issues that are related to the BP oil spill. I was touched by one gentleman’s story of how he opted to take the “Feinberg settlement” and how he reinvested most of this money back into his business in hope that he would be back to work as soon as possible. These hopes hinged on the fact that BP, some scientists, and our government had stated that the oil was 75% gone and the beaches were safe because of articles and statements like the following:
Nearly three-fourths of oil from the BP spill is gone from the Gulf of Mexico, with 26 percent remaining as a sheen or tarballs, buried in sediment, or washed ashore, U.S. scientists said Wednesday. (http://www.cnbc.com/id/38557692/Nearly_75_of_BP_Spill_Oil_Is_Gone_From_Gulf_Scientists) and
President Obama declared Gulf Coast beaches clean, safe, and open for business Saturday as he brought his family to the Florida Panhandle and promised residents that the government wouldn’t forget them once efforts to stop the leak are finished. (http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2010-08-14-obama-florida-trip_N.htm)

I know in my heart-of-hearts that he is not alone and may others had taken that initial settlement thinking that they would be back to work shortly. The fact is that BP and Feinberg knew that they had so many of the folks in the Gulf Coast Region over a barrel because many of them were not able to work their regular jobs and support their families due to the spill. Some of these folks were looking at repossession of property, eviction, talks of foreclosure, and the sense of failure because they were not able to provide for their families.

One thing that I have learned over the years is that the people in this Region are hard-working, resilient, proud, with a sense of pride in their heritage. Most of them are multi-generational fishermen, shrimpers, crabbers, oystermen, etc. and their way-of-life is in jeopardy for not only them but their children.

The hope comes from a conversation that I had yesterday with Loyola Law Professor Blaine LeCesne. There will be more to come on this as soon as I have more information.