On the Field

On the Field

Today, I got to shadow the assistant athletic, events and facilities management at Pitt! I was so excited. I got to see the Pitt locker room, the official’s locker room, and be present at a meeting with the officials and senior leaders. It was such an experience and an honor. My dad and Drew got to be on the field as well. we took a family picture.
Image may contain: Andrew Hornyak, Danielle Hornyak and Paul Kayser, people smiling, stadium and outdoorIt was such a cool experience. It didn’t really start getting chilly on the field until the second quarter.

During half time, Blair and I took a seat on the heated benches. It felt so good.

Towards the end of the 3rd quarter, I went up to the club seats to meet my dad and drew. I figured it would be easier to connect at the end of the game if we were all together.

Even though Pitt lost, I had the experience of a lifetime!

Director of Operations for Pitt

After CMU today, I walked to the Petersen events center to meet with Blair, who is the director of operations. I was so excited. I stopped by Chris’ office and touched base with him regarding the baseball athletes that I advise. We talked about coming back in the Spring and helping out on Mondays like I did this semester. I really enjoy assisting, advising, and helping the athletes develop a plan of study.

After my meeting with Chris, he walked me over to the area where Blair’s office is located. Blair and I shook hands and we went back to his office. He handed me a credential for the game on Saturday and a parking pass. I had a ton of questions, what time should I be there, what should I wear, etc. He told me we are going to have a meeting at 12:45pm. So I should probably plan to arrive at 12:30pm. He said to text him when I arrive and he will meet me. I am so grateful and so very excited!

After the meeting, I walked to the Cathedral to meet with Drew. He was glad to hear my meeting went well and was happy for me. We walked to the car and once we got home, we got ready to go to Primanti’s to watch the Pitt game.

Once we arrived, at Primanti’s it wasn’t as packed as it typically is. We were able to get a table in the bar area. One of the bartender’s turned on the Pitt game for us, and put on the RMU game as well. I was excited. We watched the first half of the Pitt game, then went home to watch the second half.

It was a great Monday!

Coffee with my Professor friend

This morning, I was so sore from spin. I got a shower, got ready, and then went to go meet Dr. Pamboukian for coffee at Starbucks.

When I arrived around 8:30am, she was already there working on her tablet. I ordered my coffee and then approached her. She smiled and said, “hi.” She got up and we made our way to a table with two chairs. We chatted about literature, approaches to literature, new shows on Netflix, graduate school, RMU, and everything in between.

When I was an undergraduate, I was so intimated by her and all she knew about literature. I grew to respect her and value our friendship. She is definitely someone, who I admire. I seek her advice and feedback frequently. I asked her to attend the practice session that John and I hosted to prepare for the McDonough Leadership Conference. I co-advised 5 students to attend this conference. I wanted her opinion on their narratives.

Around 10am, she had to leave to teach class, but we promised to get together after the Christmas break.

When I left Starbucks, I went to my parents to drop off my hope chest. I asked my parents if I could store it at their house, along with my wedding dress (preserved in a box). Drew and I don’t really have the room. We are trying to clean out the furnished part of our basement, so we can make it into a room where we can entertain guests. My mom and I put my hope chest in my old bedroom, which is now a guest room.

Then my mom and I went to lunch at Hanlon’s in Crafton-Ingram shopping center. I told my mom how coffee went with Dr. Pamboukian, and how much I love hanging out with her. My mom was glad to hear it went well. We talked about thanksgiving, plans to go to the movies on Sunday, and how the semester is winding down.

After lunch, I went home to clean up the house some more and get ready for Drew to come home from work. I started working on my Diversity Initiative Proposal.

In the evening, we ordered pizza and watched Riverdale.

Starting to Feel Better

Today, after CMU I  went to Pitt to check in with my group for the functional area project. She was still having trouble, so I suggested we create a sway instead. So I created a sway, and trimmed the audio, so we wouldn’t have to re-record our audio. I added some pictures and some text, and then sent it off to one of the members for approval and then submitted it. I was over it.

In class, I got some confirmation about the projects that are due next week (after this weekend). I feel better and I am just going to do the best I can with the time that I have and I have found that it typically is okay in the end. Julia, my friend in the program said, she thinks we will survive. I agree with her.

After class, I went home and tried on my birthday present from Andrew. He got me Hunter rain boots. 🙂 I have been wanting a decent pair of rain boots for so long! I am in love.
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It is supposed to rain the next couple days here, and I am so excited because I have really cute boots now to wear in the rain!

Meeting

Today, I did not have to go to CMU, because it was Friday! I went to my parents for a bit, then I met with John at 3pm.

When I arrived at RMU, John wasn’t in his office. His previous meeting was running behind. I put my stuff down in his office, and talked to Mikhalia, the work study in the office. She and I went to get something to eat. She has a ton of meal plan money.

After I ate, I sat at John’s desk, and started typing up a tasking sheet for the program that I am putting together for the Commuter Student event at RMU. I also was able to field out some questions from students, who arrived to the office looking for John.

When John came back from his meeting, I gave him back his desk. He was so busy. I told him that I made a tasking sheet, and I would just send him to him. He said, “sounds good.” he apologized, but I told him not to worry.

When I got home, Drew and I ordered pizza and watched Riverdale. My group for Assessment class, gave me the go ahead to submit the assessment plan analysis that was due by midnight that night. I felt like I was so behind on everything. Earlier this week, I was a bit under the weather, and trying to recover from Scotty Saturday, but I am hoping next week will be better!

Pitt vs. Delaware Champions Club

Pitt vs. Delaware Champions Club

This morning, we left for Heinz Field around 10:30am. Andrew dropped me off at Will Call to pick up the tickets. IMG_2528

Originally, I wasn’t sure about going to the game. We have been nonstop pretty much every weekend, but when my contact asked us if we wanted champions club tickets and a parking pass it was hard to turn down.

Once we were parked, we made our way inside the Champions Club entrance.  It is probably the nicest club there is at Heinz Field. It is much nicer than the PNC club that we were in last weekend. We are getting spoiled with all these club seats! We walked out to the stadium seating. We were in section FC3. We were so close! Closer than I thought we would be.
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I saw some familiar names. It was so cool to see them that close. I have met a few of the players, when I worked in the Sociology department.

We stayed outside until half time then we went inside into the air conditioning and cooled down a bit. The event’s manager of Heinz Field bought us a cocktail, so I had a goose and soda water.

When the second half got started, we stayed inside a little longer. The panthers weren’t doing so well.

At one point, I stepped outside and they were playing Neil Diamond’s song, “Sweet Caroline” (but there is a Pitt version). I recorded a little video and Drew came outside to sing the song. We were hoping they could pull a win. We are loyal to our Panthers!

At the end of the game, the Panther’s won! We leaned over the railing and high five the players. It was such a cool experience. I am hopeful to have those seats again soon. They play Duke next week in North Carolina. I can’t wait for the next Pitt game!