Last Day at Pitt

Last Day at Pitt

Today, is my last day working at Pitt in the Sociology Department. I am still going to be a graduate student in the School of Education’s Higher Education Management Program. I can’t believe it. I have learned so much here. I met my co-workers, who are my lifelong friends Wynn, Jenna, and Nancy.

Wynn, has been my mentor. She has helped me so much in this role. Sometimes we just go for walks outside around the building and talk about trashy novels. She was in my part of my position before Sociology became part of the Social Sciences Division. She is a departmental coordinator in Political Science now but was still willing to help me navigate my position, and was always there for me for anything.

Jenna, took Nicolette’s old position in Africana. Jenna has her Master’s in Italian. She is so sweet, and eventually took a job at Google and left the University. She and I still keep in touch.

Nancy, has been at Pitt since was 17 years old. Nancy will be retiring in January. She has been so awesome. She was like another mother figure to me. She would say the funniest things, and would always say her computer does whatever it wants. I will miss her dearly. Honestly, if I was still in this role, when she retired I don’t know how I would be able to do this position without her.

Being the Academic Coordinator in this role has allowed me to meet so many athletes. One of my favorite faculty members in this department works closely with the athletes. Sometimes some of the well-known football players and basketball players would stop by his office. I would make sure to say hi to them wish them well, and even get a selfie with them. I made friends with one of the advisors for the athletes and every once in a while, I will score some tickets to the football and basketball games. We are going to keep in touch. I am so blessed and so fortunate. I guess it is like any position. You can make it yours, and try to enjoy every day that you are in the role, or you can be miserable and count down the days until the next opportunity. I tried in this role, and I think I did well, but my heart is not in it. This position is just not for me and it is not a good fit for me and my personality, but I will miss my friends, and meeting the athletes. I hope to end up back at Pitt one day, but just in a different department, and on a different angle of the University.

Hail to Pitt!

Lunch with Audrey

Around 11:30am, I went to get lunch with Audrey. Image may contain: Audrey Wright and Danielle Hornyak, people smiling, closeup and indoorShe is our facilities lady in our department. She comes around everyday empties out the garbage cans in each office and is such a wonderful sunny presence. She is such a sweet woman. I took her to lunch at Mario’s. I wanted to thank her for everything, and for just being herself. We ate wings and fries. She only had a half-hour to eat lunch.

After lunch, I went to Panther Central and exchange my staff ID for a Student ID. It feels so weird, but it is all coming together!

 

Dietrich All Staff Meeting

Today, I wore my gold name tag for the last time at the Dietrich All Staff Meeting. The Director of Staff, and Dean Blee talked about the initiatives last year and their goals for this year.

After the presentation, there were refreshments in the Cloister area of Frick Fine Arts. I got some coffee, a little bit of strawberry yogurt, and a granola bar. I stood next to Phyllis and Lynn. Denise approached me and wished me well and congratulated me on my new opportunity. I saw Paula at the meeting and we chatted about the new opportunity and how I need to make it over to Music and visit soon.

I walked back to Posvar with Phyllis and Lynn. Then I went back to my desk to work on some more tasks. I decided to call Melanie and tell her that my last day is Friday. She was happy for me. I told her that I will continue to still work on things for orientation and I will let her know where I leave off. I also scheduled a meeting with Phyllis for tomorrow, and Melanie and I planned to meet tomorrow as well.

That evening, we stayed home and got caught up on The Hills: New Beginnings.

Offer letter

This morning, I entered my office and turned on my computer. I did some tasks and answered some e-mails, and then there it was. CMU sent me an offer letter. I signed and sent it back immediately. I can’t wait to get settled in. I e-mailed my notice to the payroll coordinator here at Pitt. Friday, August 16th will be my last working day at Pitt!

For lunch, I went with Nancy to get Chinese. I got an order of vegetable fried rice. We walked back to the department and ate in the kitchen. We talked about my last day, my notice, and things I need to accomplish before leaving.

After work,  Andrew and I went to the gym. I got on the treadmill next to Erin. We talked about her house and the offer at CMU. She was so happy for me.

Social Sciences Picnic

This morning, I had to carry it the taco dip for the picnic. I wanted to make something cold, so I wouldn’t have to heat it up. I hate using the microwave or lugging around a crockpot. Drew helped me.

Around 11:30AM, we went down to the picnic, and got everything ready. It is always fun coming together and eating as a Division, one happy family. We were asked to bring our pink flamingos to the picnic. Every new hire, and people who have been there received pink flamingos. There is a story behind the flamingo. It is small inflatable thing that you hold your drink in. This was my second Division picnic.

After we finished eating, I helped pack things up on the cart and take it back up to the Sociology kitchen. This was the first event of the week, but there was more to come. It was about to beginning of the semester.

Thursday

This week was so intense. I have had much better weeks, but I am okay. I have been suffering from the learning curve this week, and I have had so many reminders of things that I am still learning and need to remember for the future. Melanie has been in touch with me and I have been checking things off my list with her.

On top of all this, Nancy is out on vacation and so is my supervisor. I am on my own. Thankfully, the division administrator is here. She and I had an impromptu meeting about the events of the week and she said, they were good learning experiences. We had a nice chat and I feel so much better now. I am glad I can talk to her. I have a little agenda for Phyllis when I talk to her on Monday. I will be so happy when tomorrow gets here because it will be Friday!
Yesterday, Wynn came down to see me and she talked me down off the ledge as always. She is the best. She really is such a great person and is always there for me to learn from and to vent to. She helped me with a few things and I am just truly grateful for her. I was going to call her and ask her to come down, but she was there first thing in the morning. She must have a radar. I checked out of here at my normal time, since I had work study. I went to the gym did some running and walking, and machines. Then home, to eat a potato and be a slug.
Today, I just feel so much better. I really do. I feel like I can slow down and forgive myself and not be too hard on myself, and just learn from my mistakes. I read this morning, that Mercury is in retrograde, so that means that there are going to be some miscommunications, and technology might fail. This is going to last until August 19th. Tiger’s eye is good for protection. I know you may think oh my goodness, Danielle you are crazy! ( at least that is what my mom said…) No, I am very spiritual. I won’t say that I not uber religious, but there is some truth to spirituality I believe in it. There is a supernatural world out there, and honestly, it sort of makes sense to me, and I find myself I am drawn to reading about it and learning about it.
This afternoon, it has been okay. I feel refreshed and rebooted. This evening, I am going to pick up the house a little and get ready for my parents to come over tomorrow. We are going to have a movie night. I will have more for you later.

Spring Schedule Meeting

I spent the entire morning making sure I was prepared and ready for the Spring schedulers meeting in the afternoon. I had a couple things Nancy was going to print out for me, but I feel like I could have always been better prepared. Sometimes they ask me things, that require a computer and Nancy said I didn’t have to bring my lap top, so I didn’t.
At lunch, I took my Louie the 14th biography back and picked up three books Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey & Mansfield Park. I also picked up Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. I am starting with The Handmaid’s Tale. I am obsessed with the show. I want to see if they are going to change anything from the book, or etc. I do want to own a copy of the book eventually to add to my collection eventually.
The meeting was okay, and I felt like it went better than my first scheduling meeting. Now I had a few e-mails to send and some questions that need answered from a few people before I can begin building the schedule. I am hoping to start building it soon. I am ready to get started on it and get it out of the way.
After work, I was tired, but not that tired and worn out, as I thought I would be the storm is approaching I know. When we got home, I made dinner and my mother-in-law stopped by to drop off a bag of frozen chicken wings for us, and some vitamins for Drew. She updated us on Grandma and we talked about Kelly’s wedding on Saturday. Drew and I didn’t realize it was at 4pm. Drew said, “Bub, if we plan this right we can still go to the pool.” I said, “that is awesome.” His mom said, “yea, there isn’t time in between it is not a Catholic wedding.” Drew said, “Oh thank God, it won’t take forever then.” I said, “ours, didn’t take forever. We didn’t have Eucharist, because someone wasn’t Catholic.” We both laughed, but his mom sure didn’t. His mom is an evangelical and they don’t really care for the Catholic faith, and are so much more judgmental. I just laugh. It used to offend me, now I love that I get my digs in and it makes me laugh. After she left, we ate dinner, cleaned up, and watched Smallville until it was bed time.