CLA Committee

CLA Committee

After work today, I went back to RMU. My internship supervisor teaches a class on Wednesday nights, so he wanted me to go in his place. I was so nervous. I  wasn’t sure what this was all about it. I  had dinner with Drew in the cafeteria before the meeting. I stopped down to the Center for Student Success to see Dr. Spradley. I wanted to introduce him to Drew. They shook hands and Dr. Spradley asked Drew to give him a 30-second run down of his story. Drew said, “wow okay.” He gave his 30 seconds run down and Dr. Spradley invited us into his office for some tea. I told him I was on my way to the CLA, but I wanted to pop in and see if you were around so I could introduce you to Drew.” He said, “that is one of the things I love about you.” He is getting ready to leave and wanted to know if I was still interested in speaking with him at the workshop, Titled “Communicating your Vision.” I said, “Yes, of course.” He said, “Great, I am going to send you some information next week. We can get started on building it out and fleshing out what we are going to say.” Drew asked, “would it be okay if I could attend the event and be there to support her and watch her speak.” Dr. Spradley, looked at Drew and said, “Of course, but better yet…” He turned to me and said, “Do you want him there?” I smiled, and said, “of course.” he said, “Great, that is admirable that you both support each other.” He asked me if I wanted to quarterback and be the only speaker. I said, “no, this was my first time, public speaking.” He said, “I don’t believe it, but we can co-quarterback it.” That way when the next one comes around you will be ready.

Colonial Leadership Academy. Colonial Leadership Academy is a program for student-athletes who are interested in developing their leadership abilities. They focus more on after athletics instead of their role in their sport. The CLA hosts speaker events and workshops in different leadership topics. The student-athletes have to apply to get into the academy, in the past, they have accepted everyone who applied because they want to be there. The student-athletes, who applied for this are the students who are exceptional.

After we left Dr. Spradley’s office, we walked to Hopwood Hall where my meeting was going to take place. He kissed me before he left. I walked into the auditorium and there were two people sitting in the back of the room. I approached them and asked if this was the CLA? They said, “Yes.” I said, “I’m Danielle, John Locke’s graduate intern.” I smiled and shook their hands. I met Nelle and Danny.

Before the presentation got underway, Nelle and Dan gave me a rundown of the CLA. The Colonial Leadership Academy is a program for student-athletes who are interested in developing their leadership abilities. They focus more on after athletics instead of their role in their sport. The CLA hosts speaker events and workshops in different leadership topics. The student-athletes have to apply to get into the academy. In the past, they have accepted everyone who applied because they want to be there. The student-athletes, who applied for this are the students who are exceptional.

This is so cool. Student-athletes are my research interest. I was glad to be apart of this. Nelle told me they are looking for two more speakers to come and speak about leadership at the end of March, and early April. I reached out to my advisor in the program and my friend Alicia. Hopefully, they will be able to come and present.

After I get situated in my career, this would be something I would like to do is speak about leadership. I feel like I have somethings I could say now, but I am not sure if it is exactly what they are looking for, but I will keep documenting for when it is my time.

After the CLA, I went home to my husband and spent the rest of the evening hanging out relaxing. I am so grateful for Drew and how supportive he is.  I feel so loved.

 

 

McDonough Meeting

After work today,  I went to RMU for the McDonough meeting. John wasn’t going to be there. I was on my own today. He gave me some pointers. I had a good feeling about it. I was ready to go.

When I arrived at RMU, we were meeting in the Yorktown building. Yorktown is new to the campus. It used to be a hotel. I made my way to the cafe and got a chicken sandwich no bun with a side of broccoli. I am trying to eat cleaner again and get back into ketosis. It is a slow process. My schedule is so crazy.

After I got my dinner, I went upstairs to the lounge. It was empty. Eventually, all the participants showed up and we ironed out their narratives and created a script and a run of the show. I spent an hour with them going over everything and hearing their stories. We decided that we would meet on Monday in a classroom and they would practice running through their narratives in the front of the room as if they were at the conference. Once we see how this goes, we will schedule another practice session with other visitors from the campus to receive more feedback for them to perfect their narratives before the conference on April 5th.

When I got home, I got a shower and got ready to watch Siesta Key. It is my guilty pleasure. I am thinking Juliette and Alex are dunzo, but I want to see what other drama happens. I am addicted.

Robert Morris University Basketball Game

Robert Morris University Basketball Game

Drew found this deal on his RMU e-mail for “Colonial Couples” couples who went to Robert Morris University. It was $15 and you could eat pregame food as part of the 1921 club. A few years ago, when the 1921 club opened, Drew and I were able to sit court side, so I was expecting to sit court side.

When we entered the 1921 club, they had chicken wings there, and you could drizzle your sauce of choice over the wings, hummus, pita chips, and potato salad. It wasn’t bad. The director of alumni networking approached us and asked us about our story as Colonial couples. I told her that I work at Pitt, and I also attend grad school at Pitt, but I am a graduate intern with John Locke, in the Student Leadership and Development Office. She said, Oh okay, I am actually looking for a graduate assistant. I told her I can be shared throughout campus to gain exposure to different areas on campus and network, as long as it doesn’t interfere with anything I am working on with John Locke. She said, oh I didn’t know that. I told her I would send her an e-mail with my contact information. I am glad I met her.

When it was time to enter the court, the band was playing and it was definitely a little different experience then going to a Pitt game. I approached Guest Services and they said our seats are in the bleachers. I said, “oh okay.” She said, “Yea, you have the 1921 General Admission tickets.” So we took a seat on the bleachers. It is weird the 1921 club section is on the visitors side, so we were surrounded by Mount Saint Mary’s people, but it was a good game. Drew and I are snobs we are not used to sitting on bleachers.
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At one point Romo came up to us, and I see him more now, than I ever did in my undergrad at RMU. He kissed my hand, and shook Drew’s hand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I did manage to get a quick selfie with him. I have a couple pictures with Romo.

I made sure to cheer on the Colonials and participate in the chants, “Lets Go Bobby Mo!” &”R-M-U!” The game was pretty intense. It was so much fun to be back at RMU.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RMU African American Leadership Experience

RMU African American Leadership Experience

This morning, I met my friend Eric at Yorktown. We were helping out with the African American Leadership Experience Conference. Eric is my friend from my Higher Education management program. I wanted him to attend because I think that he could meet some influential people at this conference and I think that he is a great role model and very professional.

At one point, I met one of the higher-ups at CCAC and I told him about how I started at CCAC and how I try to correct that negative stigma around Community Colleges. He said he would like to bring me along with him. I laughed.

I was able to sit down and talk to the Director of Student Life about my interests in education and what I would like to write about, and etc. It was a great experience.  I even got to take some professor pictures. Well, they are as good as they get for now.

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RMU Homecoming

RMU Homecoming

This morning Drew was still trying to recover from being in Orlando, but we got ready and left to go to RMU’s homecoming. I knew of the lot that we had to park in, but when we arrived on campus it was full. We were told to go straight and find other parking. All the parking towards the stadium is full. We parked in Massey’s parking lot.

We walked to Nicholson. It was fun to be there together. Andrew and I both went to RMU together. He went for his graduate degree and I went for my undergrad. We walked by the department where I intern. We went to Nicholson where he could get the RMU shirt that he has on in the picture below. RMU is so special to me and I was so glad to be walking around the campus with him. 43319863_10156770765764712_4845979606865412096_n

After this picture, we went to the field. We cut through the tailgating lot. Some college students were drinking and playing corn hole and there was music. It was crazy. I felt a little old. When we arrived down to the field, on the plaza we stopped at Will Call and Andy Toole was standing there on his phone. He didn’t recognize me with sunglasses on and I didn’t want to interrupt his phone conversation, but I did want to introduce him to Drew.

When we approached the Will Call booth, they asked for my name and I said, Danielle Hornyak. They asked are you with John Locke? I said, “Yes, I am his graduate intern.” He said, “Cool, he told us you were going to be here.” I laughed a little inside.  I looked back at Andy Toole and lifted up my shades so he could see me. I waved a little and he waved back. When we walked away, Drew said, “That is so cool that you know him!” I smiled. We met up with Maureen and Nancy. They told us that the pizza should be arriving around 12:20pm. She pointed to the tent where we will be located. Shes said, Right now the students are selling tickets, but when the pizza arrives they will leave. I suggest you stack the pizzas on the side tables, and just plate the pizza and put it on the table out front for people to grab and go.” I nodded. They seemed like easy directions. she also said it would go fast.

After meeting with her, we spotted Andy Toole again and he was off the phone, so we approached him and I introduced him to Drew. Drew shook his hand and said, he was a big fan. I smiled watching the two of them. We chatted with Andy for a bit before heading into the stadium.  Once inside, I didn’t want to sit because I wanted to be able to be by the exit when we have to do pizza duty and I wanted to look like I was there to help out not watch the game.

When the opening ceremony started, I  felt this overwhelming sense of pride and honor to be a Colonial. I remember when this was the easiest time for me and also the hardest time in my educational career. I am so proud of where I went to school.

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Pizza duty was fun, but as we were under the tent it started to rain. Luckily we were under a tent. It was hard to tell when it was half time due to the rain delay, so at one point we just decided to start handing out the pizza. Some of the students wanted a whole pie for the cheer team, or for the band, etc. We had to tell them no. One of my friends from my literature classes came by. She was telling me that they used to give whole pies to the band and the cheer team because it was Hometown pizza and it was dirt cheap. I said, “that makes sense.” It was good to catch up with her and hear about her life after RMU. She asked me about my life after RMU. I filled her in and she was happy for me.

After pizza, we went home and got showered and then got ready to make some dinner and then to the movies to see Venom. I was so excited for this movie!

 

Meet the Colonials

Meet the Colonials

After work today, I stopped to grab a double whopper without a bun. I stopped home, and scarfed down my food, and grabbed the mail. My RMU alumni quarter zip came in the mail today.  I love it. I thought it was going to be a bit thicker, but It is so comfy. I am glad an I got the large, that way I can wear a t-shirt underneath it. Drew’s arrived today too I will let him open his up. My mother in law was going to come over to pick up a package that Tommy I guess had delivered here since he is going to be in town tomorrow.

After I threw away the junk mail and threw away my Burger King evidence I put some makeup on and I was out the door. When I arrived at the fitness center, I parked right outside and walked in. I told the student at the front desk that I was here to see John Locke. She said he is in the gymnasium last time I saw him. I smiled and said, “thank you.”

I walked into the gymnasium and he was running around setting up.  I approached him and he said, “Hey Danielle!” I said, “Hey John!” He said, “Doug is over there hanging drapes on the railing. Would you mind helping him?” I said, “Not a problem.” I went over and helped Doug and the student workers hang drapes on the banister and create an 8ft overhang to keep the players hidden in the back, so it was like a magic show. I thought it was pretty cool.
Then John pulled me aside and said, so you are going to be like the defacto stage manager. I said, “okay, cool.” He said, you need to make sure the players are lined up and know their order, and you are going to make sure everyone comes out on time and when they are supposed to.” I nodded and was so excited.
After I got briefed on my assignment, we went into the women’s locker room and made sure the hostesses knew how to pronounce their names. They were cooperative and friendly. John told them this is not sports, this is theater. Tonight is about theater. This is your celebrity moment and a chance to engage with your fans.” They all nodded and we called out their names, then they practiced their dance.
Then we went into the Men’s locker room and John introduced us to the players. He told them the same thing that he told the women’s basketball team. This is their moment to connect with their fans. This is not about sports this is theater tonight. He is so good at this. After we lined the guys up, I asked them if they knew their order if they could remember their order for me to make it easier on me. They all were cooperative and funny.
We went back out on the court and people started to arrive, and then around 9pm, I went outside with one of the work studies and she helped me get the players ready and lined up. All of a sudden I saw Andy Toole the men’s basketball coach. I said, “Hi Andy, do you remember me? He said, “yeah we met before.” I said, “at the radio station.” he said, “Yea.” I smiled and shook his hand. He said, “Do we need to line up now?” I said, “soon yes, please make sure the guys are ready to go.” He went back to the locker room and then I saw the revolutionary band getting ready to walk out. IMG_6570

I went back into the back and asked Jordan to please line up the players. The women will be going out first. The players lined up outside. I stood by the garage door to listen for a knock. When John Locke knocked on the garage door the band started to play and the door opened up, they walked down the red carpet playing Yankee Doodle. I felt so proud to be a Colonial.

I made sure to stay out of sight when the garage door opened. When the players were lined up outside, the band was doing their thing for a little while, so Jordan I made sure they were in order.

While the band was doing their thing, I talked to Andy Toole some more. I said to him “so you probably already know I am not at the radio station anymore.” He said, “I see that.” I said I work at Pitt and I am in grad school there.” He said, “Booo.” I said, “Well I went here for my undergrad.” I said, “I would love to come back and work here. I am really interested in athletics and student affairs.” he said something along the lines of that’s great. We can try to make that happen, or something like that. I said, “Definitely, let’s connect.” He said, “definitely.” I smiled and was so giddy inside. I fangirled a bit.

Then I asked the women’s coaching staff to get on deck and please line up on the red carpet. The garage door opened and they went out. Then the door opened and shut for each player to have the spotlight. When the women’s were down the red carpet, the garage door shut and I asked the men’s coach staff to please come up and stand on the red carpet.  They were so excited to go out.

When the door opened for them, they walked out and the garage door shut behind them. Then I asked each player one at a time to stand at the end of the red carpet. I confirmed their names as they approach the carpet to make sure they were in the appropriate order. I take this stuff so seriously. I so type A and so organized. Once the players were down the carpet and onto the court. Went through the back over the building and on to the court to watch the event for a bit.

As I was setting up for musical chairs, I feel a hand on my shoulder I turn around and it was Skylar my friend from the theater. He said, “Hey, I love you!” I smiled and said, “and I love you.” Then we took a selfie together. I am meeting so many awesome people. I am really hoping things work out at RMU in the long term eventually.
I was out of there at 10:30pm. I fist bumped John Locke and he said, “thank you so much.” I said, “not a problem.” we confirmed the details for Saturday, which is the homecoming game. I am super excited, but I am ready to go home and go to bed. I drove Jordan back to her dorm and then I was on my way home to go to bed.

I am so grateful and so thankful for my opportunities for RMU and for Pitt. RMU holds a special place in my heart.

Sunday Matinee

I arrived at RMU by 12:30pm to set up and sell tickets for the Matinee. I hope I get to help out at the theater in the future. I really did have so much fun meeting the theater students. It brought back some memories.

Anthony and Dylan my friends that I met at RMU in theater class are coming to see the play today. When they arrived, I hugged them both and said, “this is where we first met.” I am very sentimental person.

After I finished selling tickets and the show was about to start, I walked into the theater with them. We sat in the back row. We didn’t sit in the back row during class, but it was still so cool to be there with them. The show was experiencing technical difficulties. I only stayed until intermission, then I had to go home. I wanted to see my husband and I had some homework to do for Leadership class.

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