Speaking at the 61st commencement ceremony, alumnus R. Daniel Soules ’76, senior partner with Soules & Dunn Development Group, shared advice to Cayuga Community College “graduates-in-waiting.” His message was to not complicate life, be humble and use common sense. Soules offered thoughts for success to the new graduates about knowing their passion, self-improvement and networking. He said “When you move on, whether its college or whether it’s your career, never stop talking to your peers. Work with them. They’re going to be your greatest asset moving into the future for opportunity, jobs and contacts.”
The graduation ceremony, which took place on Sunday, May 17, celebrated more than 540 students. Families and faculty looked on as Dakota Marshall, one of the recipients of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, stressed the importance of peers. Fellow Chancellor’s Award winner Brittany Androsko gave thanks to friends, family and faculty for guiding them this far through their collective journey.
A reception for the Class of ’15 was held after the commencement ceremony in the college’s café, where graduates, family, friends and faculty gathered to celebrate the festivities.
Editor’s Note: R. Daniel Soules ’76 was originally run in the fall/winter 2011 edition of The Spartan.
Dan Soules and his business partner Mark Dunn, of Grant Avenue Development, Inc. (GAD), received the Small Business of the Year 15+ Years award from the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce, which recognizes demonstrated staying power with a commitment to community involvement and community projects. They have been tremendous supporters of education by their contributions to the Auburn Education Foundation and numerous youth programs. GAD also supports local charities and organizations, such as Matthew House, United Way, YMCA, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Auburn Doubledays and the “Ride for Missing Children.”
Currently, Soules and Dunn own and operate 35 Arby’s Restaurants in three states. With their first restaurant in Geneva in 1986, Grant Avenue Development came into existence. Dan is senior partner in Soules & Dunn Development Group; is president and CEO of GAD; and is partner and owner in a multitude of business management and real estate concepts. Soules’ companies employ over 500 employees in four states.
As an active member of the community, Dan has served on the boards of Cayuga Museum, the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce, and Leadership Cayuga County. In 2007, he was recognized by the Weedsport Central School District with the Graduate of Distinction award. He and his companies have donated millions to related charities and non-profit programs. Recently, he, along with his siblings, pledged a $25,000 scholarship to Weedsport Central School. The scholarship is for a Weedsport graduate enrolling in the new Entrepreneurial Studies program at CCC and is in memory of their mother, Julie Briggs. Dan’s wife and best friend in life, Karol, was recently re-elected for a second term to the Auburn school board; they have two sons, Corey and Conor.
Update: Dan Soules was Cayuga Community College’s 2015 Commencement Speaker, on May 17, 2015.
David Hanlon ’68 was highlighted in the spring issue of The Spartan. The award-winning musician has performed throughout Central New York since 1983 with his band, Dave Hanlon’s Cookbook. Dave Hanlon has been considered the premier drummer and bandleader for the upstate music scene since the 1970’s. He has won many awards and recognitions over the years with the groups he has played with. In 1980 he began working real estate full time while continuing to play music part time.
Dave is married to attorney Edwina Schleider, and they have three adult children and three grandchildren with one on the way. He is a Licensed Real Estate Broker with Berkshire Hathaway Home Service CNY Realty. Hanlon shares, “Auburn Community College provided me with the skill sets to further my education at Eastern Michigan University while simultaneously pursuing my passion for music. These skills and experiences have stayed with me and helped me considerably in both my careers as a realtor and as a musician. Attending ACC was one of my best investments ever.”
Note: To learn more about David Hanlon, you can read about him in the spring 2015 issue of The Spartan.
Mark C. Coleman ’96, President of Convergence, Mitigation, Management (CMM) LLC, was on campus March 12 to speak with students on “The Sustainability Generation” as part of our Alumni Voices program. CMM is a management consulting firm that helps organizations identify, understand, assess, and prioritize specific risks to their business and strategies to mitigate and manage those risks. The event was co-sponsored through academic partnerships with Associate Professor Sheila Meyers. Mark attended Binghamton University, where he received a B.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he received his M.S. in Environmental Management and Policy. He is the author of two books: “Time to Trust” and “The Sustainability Generation.”
Students were asked about their aspirations and plans for the future. Mark explained that no matter what you do with a career, integrity will help with your goals and aspirations. He told students, “You are the future generation.” He explicated that the fate of humanity is in the future and we need to think about how we treat the earth today. The earth is working on a fixed ecosystem; and if we over consume our resources, they will not be there to provide the same level in the future. Every decision we make today will have an impact. Mark said that we all need to be accountable; sustainability has so many challenges. We need to come together to make a difference. He said, “We don’t have to save the world, we just need to take one small part.”
Mark is married to Aileen McNabb-Coleman ’97. The couple resides in Auburn with their two sons, Owen Patrick and Neal Garrett.
David Bradford ’73 graciously offered to participate in our Alumni Voices Program this past March. Bradford’s extensive background in Theatre Production Management and as a Technical Supervisor made the Irene A. Bisgrove Community Theatre the perfect backdrop for his discussions. Students and faculty listened intently to David’s stories of his extensive travel to South America, Spain, Rome and Moscow.
While attending ACC, David was involved in scenery design with the Theatre Department. Impressed with his abilities, Theatre Director Dan Labeille recommended Bradford for the New York State SUNY program involving the Australian Theatre Company, which traveled throughout New York State. Bradford quickly found that he enjoyed the travel aspect of the program. “I got the bug; I like being a roadie.” Following the program, he worked with the Paperback Players traveling all over the world doing children’s theatre. Over the years Bradford worked with groups such as The Juilliard School, The Royal Ballet, The Met Opera, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and even Frank Sinatra.
During his visit he shared many stories of his travel, including meeting Oscar de la Renta and how he met, courted and married one of Baryshnikov’s dancers. David worked for many years with choreographer/dancer Twyla Tharp. One of her productions was 9 Sinatra Songs, with costumes created by Oscar de la Renta. Following one of the shows, Frank Sinatra came to meet the cast of the Broadway show; he was so moved that he was brought to tears.
David and his wife are now living on Cayuga Lake.
On April 24, the CCC Alumni Association hosted a weekend in Washington, D.C. for alumni and friends. On Friday the group spent time touring Udvar-Hazy National Air and Space Museum. This museum has many historical air/spacecraft, including the Enola Gay and the Space Shuttle Discovery. The group was on their own the rest of the weekend to explore the many sites D.C. has to offer. Our hotel, the Cambria Suites, was located close to the Metro, but it was also within easy walking distance of the National Mall.
The weather on Saturday was cool but nice for walking the National Mall. Sunday was sunny and warmer. Over the two days, people visited the many Smithsonian Museums, the National Memorials, the Capitol Building, the Botanical Gardens, the National Zoo and much more. Everyone was tired and happy as we boarded the bus for home on Sunday afternoon.
~Fred Falsey, Alumni Association Treasurer
CCC held a Blood Drive on April 22 in conjunction with the American Red Cross, where enough units were collected to help over 117 lives. Donations collected reached 56% over their planned goal, which boasted 11 first-time donors. Participants received free shirts in celebration of Earth Day.
Over 35 CCC students spent nearly five hours participating in a fun-filled, high-energy program at Wonder Works at Destiny USA Mall in Syracuse, New York this past March. The trip was co-sponsored by the SAB (Student Activities Board), the student group CAYA (Come As You Are) and Jerimy Blowers ’93, Coordinator of Wellness & Intervention Services at CCC. Activities included raised rope course, laser tag, and access to the interactive exhibit.
The remedy for eating better isn’t deprivation, blandness, or a rigid diet―it’s incorporating good habits into your life.
The key to eating right and maintaining weight is a plan that fits your life. Consider these points:
1. Know yourself. Some people revel in the art of food preparation. For others, the microwave is a lifesaver. What matters is that you find a healthy way to cook and eat that works for you. If you love a large, sit-down dinner, for example, ignore conventional wisdom that says it’s best to eat lots of small meals (just be sure not to snack all day if you plan to feast at night).
Knowing yourself also means planning for pitfalls. If, say, you often nosh while you work, keep food as far from your desk as possible or bring in a healthy snack from home. If your downfall is salty junk food, don’t eat directly from a multiserving package; take out a handful and put the rest away. Slight changes don’t feel like sacrifice, says Brian Wansink, a professor of marketing and nutritional science at Cornell University, but they do make a difference: “Eating 200 fewer calories a day can mean 20 pounds of weight lost in a year.”
2. Give peas (and peaches) a chance. It’s easy to say “Eat more vegetables,” but what about people who don’t like spinach and broccoli? With a little attention to food prep, even vegephobes should be able to find greens (and oranges and reds) that are appealing. “People, when they cook, focus on the recipe for meat,” says Margo Wootan, the director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. “Then they serve plain steamed broccoli on the side. And that’s boring. You need to put the same care into vegetables.” Wootan suggests dipping Brussels sprouts in Dijon mustard or sautéing spinach, collards, or Swiss chard with garlic―or bacon. “Why can’t we add some of the fat in our diet to our vegetables, or some sweetener to our fruit?” she says. “What’s wrong with a little bit of sugar left clinging to a peach?”
Think about using leftover or fresh vegetables in risottos, soups, casseroles, and stews and putting leftovers in breakfast frittatas or pureeing them with olive oil to make a spread or a dip for a sandwich or an appetizer, suggests Laura Pensiero, who cowrote The Strang Cancer Prevention Cookbook ($17, amazon.com) and owns the Gigi Trattoria, in Rhinebeck, New York.
Another benefit of piling on the vegetables is that you can pump up the volume of a meal, even as you trim calories. People tend to eat the same weight of food, not the same number of calories, over the course of a day, says Barbara Rolls, a professor of nutritional sciences at Pennsylvania State University, in University Park. By adding water-rich vegetables and fruits and substituting leaner cuts of meat in a recipe, you can create lower-calorie, healthier meals–and trick yourself into thinking you’re eating as much as you always have.
Finally, if chopping broccoli or picking through raspberries isn’t your thing, buy frozen. You get the same nutrients without the hassle.
Most people are creatures of habit. We go to the grocery store on the same day every week and fill our carts with the same stuff. If it’s Monday, chicken’s for dinner and Wednesday always means spaghetti. We are comforted with knowing what to expect—even if our meals aren’t that exciting, we know what we’re going to eat.
That’s what makes eating healthier so scary sometimes. We are so used to eating a certain way that we rarely think about what we’re actually putting into our bodies. So to eat a healthier diet means actually waking up and paying attention to what’s on your plate.
Make Healthy Eating a Habit
Eating healthier doesn’t have to be overwhelming. If you want to adopt healthy habits that will last, then the easiest way to do it is by making small, gradual changes. Don’t expect too much from yourself too soon—it takes about a month for any new action to become habit.
Before you start making any changes to your diet, take a week or two to observe your current eating habits. Track everything that goes in your mouth, including drinks and treats, no matter how small. Keeping a food journal will really open your eyes—realizing that you ate 10 cookies over the course of the week might make you think twice before reaching into the cookie jar again tonight, for example. You might not realize how bad your present eating habits are until you see an unhealthy pattern right there in black and white. Once you see that some changes are in order, then you’re ready to take the next steps.
Small Changes Mean Big Rewards
If you can’t stand the taste of broccoli, then vowing to eat it more often is pretty unrealistic. But if increasing the number of vegetables you eat each day is one of your goals, start by finding a few different ones that you can painlessly work into your diet. Make sure you select a variety of colors (dark green, red, orange, etc.) to get the most nutrients per bite. Add some shredded carrots to your muffin batter or top your pizza with fresh tomatoes, for example.
If you know you need to eat more fruit, start by adding some sliced bananas to your cereal in the morning or bake an apple with a bit of brown sugar for a yummy, low-cal dessert. Fresh berries and yogurt make a nice, light breakfast or snack too.
As you adopt this new style of eating, you will find that your food preferences will gradually change—when you cut out high-sugar, high-fat goodies, your cravings will actually go away in time. Your body wants healthy food!
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.