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!!

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The Power in Volunteer/Community Service/Service Learning Work Part III November 1, 2013

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Part III of this series is about service learning.  What is Service Learning and how is it different from volunteering and community service?  Service learning fosters a way to encourage student learning and development by engaging the student in an organized community service activity and helps the student to apply this experience together with his/her personal and academic curriculum. The service combined with the learning occurs when the student had the opportunity to reflect on the learning goals and service outcomes.  This unique combination makes service learning different from an internship or volunteer work because both the provider and the recipient of the service are benefited equally.

Service Learning involves people of all ages from elementary school, secondary school, higher education, community service program, and the community.  The process helps to foster civic responsibility.  The learning is linked to the needs of the community while working in cooperation with various community partners and the service recipients.  Service learning comes full circle with the course materials which prepare the student through discussions and the analysis of theories and ideas, participating on the activity within the community, and the time that the students have to reflect on the experience while tying that service experience back to specific learning goals.

 

For more information, please visit: http://serc.carleton.edu/introgeo/service/benefits.html,

 

The Power in Volunteer/Community Service/Service Learning Work Part II

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

– Margaret Mead

Part II of this series has to deal with community service/involvement.  Community service has been a tradition for quite some time and it involves working without any pay for the greater good of the community.  This service is usually directed toward local issues where other volunteer organizations are mostly focused on larger issues/problems from city, state, and the world.  The idea behind community service is that when a person gives of his/herself without expecting anything in return and is each person were to give just a little in their own backyard well then the world would be a much better place because of that service.  When people reach out to the community through service then it inspires others to reach out too!  All-in-all, community service helps build stronger communities. I don’t know about you but when I am involved within the community I am much happier.

There are numerous reasons why people are engaged in community service but whatever the reason it is the community that benefits.  This service can range from cleaning up trash along a roadside, helping read to children at the local library, reaching out the the elderly, working at the local food pantry, or tutoring someone in need just to name a few.  This service can be any length of time that you want it to be unless there are requirements mandated for various reasons.

Contact local agencies and/or organizations such as: churches, local schools. government, and charitable programs.  There is always a need within the community for community service as long as you are ready, willing, and able to reach out to help.

For more information regarding community service, please visit this website: http://www.ehow.com/how_2241582_get-involved-community-service.html.

 

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 2011 March 21, 2011

Well, we are back in Batavia after a great week in NOLA!! This week’s experience was very fulfilling because not only did we help Ms. Lynette move a few steps closer to completion we also presented the documentary to Ms. Raymonda’s and Ms. Mel’s classrooms at Delgado Community College in New Orleans! Both classes asked some great questions and also shared some of their own personal experiences about what they had gone through because of the storm! I honestly think that we helped bring forth some information about the wetlands loss that the students were not aware of.  Because of these classroom encounters, we were able to provide information to a couple of students that may help them start the recovery process for their homes and their families! There is something very satisfying about reaching out and encouraging people in any way that is humanly possible.

I believe that during this past week some of our GCC students were able to experience personal growth and a better understanding of what has been happening in the New Orleans and Southern Louisiana areas. I know for some it was their first time being that far from home which is an educational experience in itself.

I would like to take the time to thank Ms. Kim, Ms. Raymonda, Ms. Mel, all of the students, faculty, staff, and administration at Delgado Community College City Campus, Capt. Wendy, Diane Huhn, Darryl and the staff at St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, Pete Nunually, and the many others that helped direct and guide us in this journey!! Without people like you, we would not be able to continue to reach out and help!!

I also want to thank our students at GCC that gave of themselves for this past week to help others!! I continue to be inspired and encouraged for our future when I am in the company of students like the group!!! You guys ROCK!!!

To the faculty, staff, and administration at GCC, well what can I say…all of you make dreams come true, encourage, inspire, and provide an avenue and direction that can truly change a person’s life!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you do!!!

 

GCC Alternative Spring Break 2011 March 16, 2011

Wow…it seems like forever since my last post but I can assure you that we have been busy! We made great time coming to NOLA and got here on Saturday with enough time to head down to the French Quarter to partake in a carriage ride, Cafe Du Monde, and a stroll down Bourbon Street.

Sunday was went to the French Market for some shopping, Snowballs (Yummy!!), lunch at Margaritaville (gator, conch, and fried green tomatoes) was amazing…The weather has been delightful since we came into town!!

Monday was a great day of working on Ms. Lynette’s home, a trip to Frenchmen Street.  We went to Snug Harbor to enjoy the music of Charmaine Neville and Friends Band and then some dancing at La Maison!! What a fabulous day with the proper mix of work and experiencing the culture of this beautiful city!!

Tuesday was spend enjoying the great company of Ms. Lynette and friends, working outside while enjoying the sunshine, being treated to some good ole red beans and rice….man, life is good!!

Today we went to Delgado Community College City Campus to talk with the students in Ms. Raymonda Dennis’ class regarding what it means and has meant to us to come down to Louisiana and New Orleans to experience service learning first hand. Not to mention, what it brought to our lives immersing ourselves into the culture, experiencing the people, and eating some wonderful food. We showed the documentary “Resilient and Everchanging: Louisiana’s Struggle to Rebound!”  The students were very interactive and made lots of great points and offered some very wonderful information about people that we can talk to so that I can glean some stories and information from them about the issues facing this region right now!! Tonight we are having a gathering to show the documentary and share a meal with some more of the wonderful people that I have had the privilege  if getting to know!!

I will keep you posted!!!

 

 

GCC Alternative Spring Break Prep…. March 11, 2011

So the rental company will be here in 15 minutes…and then we will be heading out in less than two hours!!!  I think we are getting out of here just before the snow heads in!!! YAY!!  The weather is great in Louisiana and how nice it will be to bask in the warmth of such a great place with some amazing people!!

We are heading into an adventure called “The GCC  Real World goes to NOLA!!!!”  Oh yes, all of us in one van on a almost 3500 miles round trip action-packed adventure!! I am thinking we will know each other pretty darn well by the time we get back to Batavia!!

Stay tuned more later….gotta go get the van!!!!!!