Veteran’s Day Celebration

November 20th, 2015 | Comments Off on Veteran’s Day Celebration | Posted in Fulton Campus News
The Fulton Campus held a solemn and touching Veteran’s Day Ceremony on Monday, November 9th that was attended by Alumni, students and staff of the College as well as local community leaders and more importantly, veterans.

Associate Vice President John Lamphere ’74 welcomed the group and had the VFW Post 569 post the colors with an invocation provided by Father Moritz Fuchs, whose service to nation included being a personal aide to Justice Robert Jackson during the Nuremberg Trial’s that started 70 years ago this Fall to prosecute Nazi war crimes at the end of World War II.

Cayuga’s new President, Dr. Brian Durant, reiterated the College’s commitment to our veterans “Cayuga Community College – the faculty, staff, and members of the Veterans’ Club – is committed to working with veterans and active members of the military on the application and enrollment processes, accessing GI benefits as well as other financial aid options, and to providing additional programs and services specifically designed to ease their transition back into civilian life. We hope that more veterans choose Cayuga Community College. We look forward to helping them achieve their goals and continue to contribute to our communities as they have done for the nation.”

Jo Ann Harris’95, Advisor to the Veterans Club spoke of the “Fallen Soldier’s Table” that was set up on the stage near the speakers. One of the most poignant moments of the 45 minute ceremony was her reading of a piece describing the table:

A small table, set for one, is in a place of honor. This table is our way of acknowledging the members of our proud profession of arms who are missing from our midst. They are those Killed in Action, Prisoners of War, and those that are listed as Missing in Action.

The tablecloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their intentions to respond to their country’s call to arms.

The single red rose is displayed in a vase and is reminiscent of a soldiers loved ones, friends, and fellow troops left behind.

The red ribbon tied so prominently on the vase, is a reminder of the blood they shed protecting the liberty so loved by our country.

A slice of lemon is on the plate, to remind us of their bitter fate.

The plate, covered in salt, is symbolic of their families’ tears.

The glass is inverted; they cannot toast with us this night.

The candle reminds us of the light of hope which lives in one’s heart to light the way home from their captors to the open arms of a grateful nation.

The chair is empty; they are not here.

Let us remember, and never forget.

Reading her paper “His Name is George,” Mary “Josie” Smith read a very emotional piece she wrote as a student at the College about her husband, a Vietnam Veteran. George Sanford Smith, Jr suffered a massive bleed in his brain that took his self-awareness and left him partially paralyzed and in a nursing home where he seemed to have become just a number to the staff there. Mrs. Smith read how George Smith was not a number in a hospital ward, but her husband, a father, a friend and a hero. He served, along with many other American heroes in Vietnam, as a platoon sergeant and sniper. She explained how while he is a shadow of who he once was, it will never change who he will always be to those who love him. He made a difference in the world – too much of a difference to have his name replaced by a number. Mrs. Smith expresses that George Smith is an American hero; one of a generation of heroes that our country has.

Other guest speakers included Jennifer Allen, winner of the Fulton Campus Veteran’s Day Poem contest and Jerimy Blowers ’93, Coordinator of Wellness and Interventions Services, who discussed his research into the life and service of an uncle who he was named after, who died during the Second World War.

On Veteran’s Day, a Flag Raising Ceremony was held with special guests, the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Truxtun DDG-103 Division. A crowd of about 70 participants were in attendance for the event which included the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance.

Veteran’s Day Poem Contest Winner

November 20th, 2015 | Comments Off on Veteran’s Day Poem Contest Winner | Posted in Fulton Campus News

Sacred Honor

The Veterans standing at the wall,
Commemorates each solders fall.
They fought for glory, they fought for all.
The Veterans standing at the wall.

I saw a man there, and he wept.
And in his heart, his brothers kept.
The loss of them, he can’t accept.
I saw a man there and he wept.

The flag half mast, and heads bow low.
Respect and honor, we bestow.
A solemn pride inside us flow.
The flag half mast, and heads bow low.

The sun shines on this alter stone.
We leave this place with sorrow tone.
They fought and died, but not alone.
The sun shines on this alter stone.

In honor we will not forget.
With survey of each occupant,
The Veterans at that Monument.
In honor we will not forget.

                       ~ Jennifer Allen

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Defining Minimalism

November 4th, 2015 | Comments Off on Defining Minimalism | Posted in Lifestyle

If you have decided to live with less, you may have also wondered about minimalism. Reading about modern day minimalists and people living simpler lives may have you confused about what minimalism really is. How can all of these people be minimalists, when their lives are so different?

How can they all be living the same lifestyle?

Minimalist lifestyles range from people who live in small apartments in the city to suburban homes. Minimalists travel the world and live out of a backpack and they also live in neighborhoods and foster their communities. Always a little different, they usually decide that, “enough is enough” and come to realize that the American Dream of working more, to make more, to spend more and have more isn’t working. They choose to live life on purpose. While there are similarities, minimalism is defined differently by each person, and each person modifies the definition as time goes on.

Why does the definition change over time?

At the beginning, you may define minimalism as cleaning out your junk drawer. When you start to unclutter, you immediately see the benefits of living with less. This benefit may be something as simple as always being able to find that one thing you used to spend time looking for. As you start to enjoy the benefit, you look for ways to live more simply. What starts out as an external journey (giving things away, cutting the cable), becomes very personal, intentional and more meaningful. You start to think of “stuff” as not just things but obligation, debt and stress. Then you see how this “stuff” is getting in the way of your LIFE and decide to make a bigger change. It’s at this point that minimalism becomes more about who you are, instead of what you have.

What minimalists have in common:

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Simple Living. The Earlier, the Better.

November 4th, 2015 | Comments Off on Simple Living. The Earlier, the Better. | Posted in Lifestyle
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I find it difficult to admit most of my life was wasted chasing the wrong things. Looking back, it has become increasingly clear how I spent the first 33 years of my life chasing temporal, material possessions. I thought my life would improve as I acquired them.

It was supposed to be the “American Dream.” But I was all wrong.

While my household possessions were not extravagant, they accumulated over years—especially as we moved into larger and larger homes. Each move would result in more rooms to furnish and more empty closets and storage areas to keep our stuff. Fashions changed and thus, we bought new clothes. New technology emerged and we purchased new gadgets. Kids entered our family and with them came toys, gifts, hand-me-downs, and purchases “necessary” to raise them correctly.

Eventually, our possessions began subtlely to control our lives. We spent countless hours cleaning, sorting, organizing, repairing, replacing, removing, and maintaining our physical possessions—not to mention all the time we spent on the front end earning the money just to make the initial purchase in the first place.

Our pursuit of material possessions was controlling our checkbook, draining our energy, and robbing us of true, lasting joy.

But then, everything changed.

When I was 33 years old, we began giving away all the possessions in our lives that were not absolutely essential to our purpose and goals. Eventually, our family removed over 60% of our earthly possessions. And we couldn’t be happier. We found more time, money, and energy to pursue the things in life most valuable to us: faith, family, and friends. We discovered far greater fulfillment in life pursuing our passions than we had ever discovered pursuing possessions.

And now, my only regret is that we didn’t do it sooner—that we wasted so much time, so many years, and so many resources. If I could do life over again, I would have embraced a minimalist life earlier: my teens, my twenties, or as a newly-formed family. As a result, from the very beginning, we would have experienced:

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The Top 10 Tips I’ve Learned From Minimalists

November 4th, 2015 | Comments Off on The Top 10 Tips I’ve Learned From Minimalists | Posted in Lifestyle
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I’m not going to covet other minimalists’ lives anymore.

I don’t travel the world with a single backpack.

I haven’t packed up my family to travel across the country in an RV for a year.

I am not a single woman with a futon, a suitcase and a laptop.

I didn’t choose 600 square feet of dwelling space with a hobby farm ‘round back.

YET, I adore reading about these amazing people and their even more intriguing journeys toward transformation. In perusing books and blogposts, these characters seem like old friends. We’re all rooting for them. Their triumphs and courageous leaps of faith provide the inspiration for our own stories. However, through all this story following, I have found there is not one formula for choosing a simple life…it is not a one-size-fits all t-shirt. No matter what our life looks like, I do believe each and every one of these intentional & devoted people can teach a lesson worth learning.

A kind of minimalism for the rest of us sort of thing.

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Downshifting To A Simpler Life

November 4th, 2015 | Comments Off on Downshifting To A Simpler Life | Posted in Lifestyle
Downshifting means working towards simple living by making conscious choices to leave materialism behind and move on to a more sustainable lifestyle. It does not mean simply cutting back and trying to live the same life only with less money. Downshifting requires prioritizing, an adjustment in values, and a totally different mindset… not just a change to a more frugal way of living.

People decide to downshift for a variety of reasons. Many want to get away from “living competitively”… job stress, consumerism, and feeling they have to live up to someone else’s expectations. Other people downshift because of a life changing experience, health reasons, or a crisis in the family. Often downshifting comes out of a wish to conserve natural resources. Whatever the reason, downshifting isn’t limited to any age or income level.

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Once the decision to downshift has been made, then comes the question of how. Usually the first step is to create more free time for yourself by working fewer hours. This may involve something as simple as cutting down on overtime, or it may involve changing jobs or deciding to work at home. There is no one solution that fits every circumstance because everyone’s situation and needs are different. Taking your time to analyze your own options will prevent you from making any hasty spur of the moment decisions that you might later regret.

Hand in hand with a change in the number of hours worked is the need to consume less and therefore spend less. As you prioritize your true needs and wants, you will find that many of the “things” you used to spend money on no longer seem important. You will also discover that a more balanced life will feel very empowering because your new simple living changes will result in actually having more options and access to more discretionary money even though you are earning, spending and consuming less than you did before.

Here are some downshifting ideas to get you started, but keep in mind that living a simple life is not about self-denial… you should not give up something that is really important to you.

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