David Homick ’77 visited the Auburn Campus to speak to students on the topic of “Writing Your First Novel with Inspiration, Emotion and Intention.” Homick was the featured presenter for February in the CCC Alumni Association’s Alumni Voices program, which brings graduates to campus to share their experiences and knowledge with CCC’s students. This month’s event was co-sponsored by the Student Activities Board in their Lecture Series.
“I’m here to talk to you about how to be a writer, not how to write,” Homick told students. “You begin with the inspiration for your writing, which may be external—your past experiences—or internal,” Homick explained. “Stories are all around us! We all have an innate need to tell stories, and we do so every day.” Homick encourages students to listen to their muses for inspiration. “I don’t know what your spiritual beliefs are, but I know my personal Muses by name. When I’m stuck in my writing, I find a quiet place and ask my Muse for a ‘nugget’ of a story. After a few minutes, ideas will start to flow.”
Homick also compared the writing process to using a GPS device. “First, the GPS needs to know where you are. Second, it needs to know where you want to go; I call that your intention. In this case, your intention is to write and publish your book. Third, and most important, you put the car in gear and you start to move. Even if you move in the wrong direction sometimes, just move!” He suggested that you continually ask the simple question, “What if?” “What if this happened and then that happened? How would that add to my story?”
David also spoke about his recently published book, A Lifetime Last Night. His novel is full of metaphysical wisdom and inspiration that is woven into an intriguing, contemporary, love story. One of the underlying themes of the story, as well as his life, was inspired by a favorite quote from George Eliot. “It’s never too late to be what we might have been.” Homick advises young people to, “Notice everything, never stop asking questions, and don’t be afraid to express yourself in any way that resonates with your soul.”
“Attending ACC proved to be a great stepping stone to a 4-year degree. The cost was very reasonable, all my credits transferred, and it allowed me to attend a great school while living at home and working part-time.” Shares David. A second novel, as yet untitled, is currently in the works. “It’s who I am now. I’ll never stop writing,” Homick said. He dreams of quitting his day job to pursue his writing career full time.
For more information or to purchase David Homick’s books go to www.davidhomick.com.
20 Tips for a Positive New Year
These positive thinking suggestions will help you start off the new year right!
1. Stay positive.
You can listen to the cynics and doubters and believe that success is impossible or you can know that with faith and an optimistic attitude all things are possible.
2. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement:
My purpose is_______________________.
3. Take a morning walk of gratitude.
I call it a “thank you walk.” It will create a fertile mind ready for success.
4. Instead of being disappointed about where you are…
…think optimistically about where you are going.
…breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
6. Remember that…
…adversity is not a dead-end but a detour to a better outcome.
7. Focus on…
…learning, loving, growing and serving.
8. Believe that everything happens for a reason.
Expect good things to come out of challenging experiences.
9. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control.
Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
10. Mentor someone…
…and be mentored by someone.
11. Live with the 3 E’s.
Energy, Enthusiasm, Empathy.
…there’s no substitute for hard work.
13. Zoom focus.
Each day when you wake up in the morning ask: “What are the three most important things I need to do today that will help me create the success I desire?” Then tune out all the distractions and focus on these actions.
14. Implement the NoComplainingRule.
Complaining is like vomiting. Afterwards you feel better but everyone around you feels sick.
15. Read more books than you did in 2010.
I happen to know of a few good ones!
16. Get more sleep.
You can’t replace sleep with a double latte.
17. Focus on “Get to” vs “Have to.”
Each day focus on what you get to do, not what you have to do. Life is a gift not an obligation.
18. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements:
I am thankful for __________.
Today I accomplished____________.
19. Smile and laugh more.
They are natural anti-depressants.
20. Enjoy the ride.
You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy it.
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Editor’s Note: Kim Edwards ’78 was originally run in the fall/winter 2008 edition of The Spartan.
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Kim’s debut novel, is a gripping family drama about a secret that shapes the lives of two families over a quarter of a century. It is a testament to the way that life can take unexpected turns and how two families’ lives are intertwined into mystery, loss, and grief.
The Chicago Tribune wrote “Edwards, the author of a short-story collection and the winner of a Nelson Algren Award, is a born novelist. From the riveting depiction of the twins’ birth, which opens the book, she sustains suspense through 400 pages of compelling prose, consistent characterization, and a plot that is poignant without being preachy or sticky-sweet.”
Kim has won numerous awards, including a Whiting Award, the Nelson Algren Award, and most recently the Kentucky Literary Award for fiction. She is also the author of a collection of short stories titled The Secrets of a Fire King, which was an alternate for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her stories and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Zoetrope, Anteaus, Story, and The Paris Review and have received National Magazine Awards for excellence in Fiction and a Pushcart Prize. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter has been chosen as a Barnes and Noble Discover title.
After graduating from CCC, Kim received a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and a master’s degree in creative writing and linguistics from the University of Iowa. After teaching English in Asia and the U.S., she currently teaches writing at the University of Kentucky. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband and daughters.
Board members of the Alumni Association (and a little helper) enjoyed interacting with holiday shoppers while they sold pizza and bottles of water at the annual Holiday Craft Fair, December 6 and 7. Vendor tables were gathered in the gym, main lobby and in the Café. Items from handcrafted jewelry, glassware and soaps to tree ornaments and candles were offered. Live musical performances were held in the Café, and a stage production of “Grinchmas” by the Auburn Players was performed. All Alumni Association proceeds earned at the affair will be used to help fund the many sponsored alumni activities and events.
A good time was had by all at the association’s first “Alumni, Family & Friends Night” at the Syracuse Crunch hockey game on January 30. Discounted tickets and ice level seating was made available to CCC alumni, along with their family and friends. Great hockey action took place between the Crunch and the Rochester Americans in the War Memorial Arena.
Intermission entertainment ranged from ice dancing clubs and bubble races to the hockey puck toss and a visit by “Crunchman.” The alumni group, however, made much of their own entertainment alongside current CCC students who also attended the game. The match was made even more exciting as Syracuse dominated the game with a final score of 6 to 4.
A second hockey event will take place on March 21 as Syracuse Crunch takes on the Utica Comets. See our ad in this issue of Cayuga Alumni Voices on how to order your discounted tickets!
The Auburn/Cayuga Community College Alumni Association is seeking nominations for its 2015 Alumni Association awards. The award recognizes graduates of the college who have distinguished themselves in careers or community service. Past awards have honored outstanding achievements in vocational or artistic pursuits, volunteer service, public service organizations, civic functions or service to the college.
Nominations will be reviewed by the associations’ awards committee, and the winners will be honored at an awards brunch as well as the college commencement on May 17.
Anyone who holds a degree from Cayuga Community college (or its original entity, Auburn Community College) may be nominated. The deadline is March 31. Forms and information are available by contacting the college’s Alumni Office at email@example.com; by calling 315-255-1743, ext. 2224; or by visiting http://www.cayuga-cc.edu/alumni/nominate.php
It’s hard to believe that half the academic year is behind us. So many activities and events have taken place on both campuses and many exciting times are ahead. I would like to send a big THANK YOU! to your Alumni Board for working another successful craft fair. Be sure to check out some snapshots in this issue!
Last month, our first Alumni, Family & Friends Night was held at a Syracuse Crunch hockey game; the recap and photos from this event are in this issue. Coming up this month, join us to cheer on your Spartans vs OCC. The actions starts at 7pm on Tuesday, February 17th in Spartan Hall. Look for our Ad in this issue. And next month we will be heading back to Syracuse Crunch; for details on how reserve you tickets-see the poster.
Looking ahead, it’s time to start making plans for our upcoming trips. With so many options, there’s sure to be one (or more) to suit your taste! Our Washington DC trip is on sale now with two Gettysburg and our New York overnight coming up in the fall.
We are thrilled to announce that the Association will have more presence on the Fulton Campus. With the donations made by the Foundation to build out the store fronts, space has been made for Alumni Office in Fulton. The Association has been working hard to bring you new events and activities while keeping your favorites intact. But we’re not done yet ~ we’ve got more surprises in store. Stay tuned to Cayuga Alumni Voices, Spartan and Facebook for more on what’s ahead!
We hope you enjoy this newest edition of Cayuga Alumni Voices!
Fulton Campus clubs and organizations raised money with a “Penny War” last semester. Sponsored by the Student Government Organization, the goal was to earn the most points. Pennies gave positive points, while silver and bills gave negative points. The club with the most points at the end of the competition won all of the money raised to be donated to the winning club’s charity. Over $1,900 was raised in less than seven days!
The Veteran’s Club was declared the winner with the Nursing Club and Healthy Living Club in second and third place respectively. Kelly Newton, president of SGO, was invited by the Veteran’s Club to go shopping for toys to be donated to Toys for Tots. Kmart of Liverpool helped the money go even further by giving an additional 20% discount. The club was able to purchase over $2,300 worth of toys.
Michael Fochtman, Student Engagement Coordinator and Advisor to SAB and SGO, congratulated the Fulton campus community. “What an incredible accomplishment, Fulton campus community! We have one generous group of people learning and working within our buildings. You should all be very proud to call yourselves members of our team. Congratulations!”
Sheila Myers, Cayuga Community College Associate Professor and Coordinator of Experiential Learning, has written a novel. Ephemeral Summer is a compelling story of a young woman trying to find her way through life after a family tragedy. Much of the story takes place in the Canandaigua Lake region. The story helps readers to explore the meaning of true love and gain an appreciation for the natural world.
“I wrote it to educate people about the Finger Lakes environment as well as to entertain people with an interesting plot,” said Sheila. The book is available at Downtown Books & Coffee in Auburn and at Amazon.com.
Myers has devoted the past few decades advancing the cause of understanding and protecting the natural world. She is currently working on a historical novel based on the life of the Durant family whose patriarch, Dr. Thomas C. Durant, helped forge the transcontinental railroad. Her website and blog about the research journey for this project can be found at http://www.wwdurantstory.com.
The CCC Tutor Club raised $1,480 for the Peggy Carroway ’03 Memorial Scholarship by selling Hofmann hots and soda at the Holiday Craft Fair in December. Peggy was a longtime member of the CCC community who worked in the Center for Academic Success as a disability specialist until her sudden passing. The scholarship, administered by the CCC Foundation, will be given to a returning, full-time student attending the Auburn Campus. Dressing up for the occasion are Tutor Club co-presidents Rich Granato and Jessica DeLuna, along with Tutor Club SGO representative Joe Day.
At its recent annual meeting, the Cayuga Community College Foundation voted David Contiguglia, Esq. as its Board President for 2015. The Foundation also elected two alumni to the Board, bringing its total to six alumni out of 17 current directors.
Contiguglia is a principal of the Contiguglia Law Firm in Auburn. Contiguglia succeeds outgoing President Lloyd Hoskins ’74, Administrator of Cayuga County’s Assigned Counsel Program. Other officers include Vice President Kelley Gridley of Tompkins Trust Company; Treasurer John Latanyshyn of Community Bank, N.A.; Secretary Loraine Miller ’73 of Cayuga Community College; and Assistant Secretary Lisa Green of the Auburn Enlarged School District.
Four new Directors were elected to the Foundation Board: Gail Homick Herrling ’62 of Auburn, retired; David Mamuscia ’64 of The Villages, Florida, retired; Patti Callahan of Skaneateles, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker for StateWide Realty; and Christopher Todd of Constantia, Superintendent of Oswego County BOCES/CiTi.
Other CCC Foundation Directors include:
- Edward F. Herrling ’72, President of the Cayuga Community College Alumni Association
- John J. Klink ’66 , Cayuga Community College Board of Trustees
- Barbara J. Bateman, Sr. Vice President of NBT Bank
- Dennis Golladay, President of Harford Community College
- Lewis E. Springer II of Auburn, retired business owner
- Michael Treadwell, Executive Director of Operation Oswego County Inc.
- Caroline M. Westover, Esq., of Bond, Schoeneck and King PLLC
- Gregory DeCinque, ex officio and Interim President, Cayuga Community College
“The CCC Foundation has grown to become a strong partner for the College over the past several years,” said Contiguglia. “We look forward to working with Interim President DeCinque, the College’s Trustees and CCC’s next president to continue to support the programs and students of the College.”
Founded in 1982, the Cayuga Community College Foundation is to enhance and provide assistance for educational and other related programs at Cayuga Community College. For more information, contact the Foundation Office at 315.294-8627 or firstname.lastname@example.org.