Hate Crimes Forum

Hate Crimes Forum

This morning at CMU, I attend the Hate Crimes Forum. Judy Shepard was one of the key note speakers. Judy Shepard is the mother of Matthew Shepard. I was 11 when Matthew Shepard was murdered. I remember seeing the headlines on TV. When I was younger my dad always had the news on, so I was very aware of the current events and what was happening in the world.

My generation is the last generation to really remember Matthew Shepard’s murder and the manner in which he passed. his death was a turning point in the LGBTQIA+ community. Judy is a quiet person, and the president of the Matthew Shepard foundation asked Judy a couple of questions about her son, how he passed, and the mission of the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

I was so honored to be in the same room with her. I was shook by her message and the things that she said, and the pain she had to endure I can’t imagine it. It is so sad.

The panel discussions that happened before Judy spoke were informative. The second one more so, because it talked about various microaggressions. The first panel was law related, but still interesting.

It was a pretty heavy day. I am glad I was able to experience the forum.

Scotty Saturday

Today, was the big day, Scotty Saturday! In the morning, I stopped at Dunkin Donuts to get the students donuts, who were volunteering at the Chili Cookoff. Drew helped me carry the donuts and the coffee into the gym, then he left. He was going to come back later in the day to check out the afternoon activities.IMG_2628.jpeg

One of the student organizations that I help advise put together the Chili Cookout event. It is an annual Activities Board event. The mugs that the students ordered are so cute!

My parents came to the cook off and where able to get a mug. They tried all the various kinds of chili.  My dad likes a more meaty type of chili, that isn’t so spicy. I was glad my parents were there and were able to get a mug. I showed them around CMU for a bit, then they left.

After the chili cook off, I had to go meet Sorgel’s at the loading dock to sign off on the donuts, apple cider, and pumpkins.
Then I get ready for the market place.  I went to go set up the tables, but I couldn’t carry the tables by myself. Thankfully, AB tech could help. They helped me set up the tables in time for the student orgs to arrive. I reported to the office for a volunteer meeting. Andrew said, Okay you need to get the tables set up for the orgs. I set they are already up.  I just need to get the table numbers on them. He said, “oh wow, okay. We have a student volunteer to help you, but since you already did it. That is okay too.” I said, “oh okay.” I smiled and I gave the student worker that was a signed to me another task to help me with. We set up the waiver table for the inflatables. Another student bought out the waivers for me for the students to sign off on, and then I grabbed some more pens for the students to sign their name on the waiver.

Once I noticed the orgs, setting up at the tables in the marketplace, I stopped by the tables and introduced myself. I made sure everything was set up and everyone was at the right table. Then I had to grab Ballard passes for the food trucks, and had them to person operating the trucks.

Then I reported to the merchandise table, where we sold merchandise for Scotty Saturday; hats and t-shirts. The hats and the t-shirts were $5 dollars each. We sold out of the hats in an hour. We had a ton of t-shirts left over. The sweatshirts sold out in an hour, as well. The sweatshirts were at a different table. Next year, more hats! Drew arrived while I was still at the merchandise table. He helped find me the various sizes. I was glad to see him.

After the merchandise table, Andrew and I helped break down the tables, and then we were done for the day! On the way home, we stopped at Little Tokyo to get Chinese food for dinner. It was such a long day, but it was a good first Scotty Saturday!

Friday Evening

Friday Evening

This evening, I stopped at RMU’s Octoberfest. John, invited Andrew and I to stop by. Once we arrived, I didn’t see him at first even though he was standing right in front of me. We had laugh at that. Andrew and I got some food and took a seat a table, John joined us. We talked about all things RMU and things I could be involved in and one of them is the Meet the Colonials event, which is happening on October 17th. I am so excited about that event. I get to be stage manager again!

After Octoberfest, we went home for a little, then it was back out the door again. I had to stop by CMU and check in on the Late-Night event. This one was called the Colors of India. I received my first Airbrush Henna tattoo, and ate a samosa. I sent some pictures to Andrew and we left around 10:30pm.

Friday

At 12pm, I had a dentist appt. No cavities.

For dinner, Drew and I went to PF Changs and had a little date. Then home to hang out before I had to go to another late-night event for CMU.

When we arrived at CMU, the org was setting up. It was the Peer Health’s Group’s event, the title of the event, was awk-talk (Awkward Talk) in the dark. Drew and I didn’t really need to do too much, but we did participate and eat Insomnia Cookies.

We left the event around 10:30pm.

Wednesday, busy day

At CMU, I met with my first member of a student organization to go over the checklist for the organization’s late night event.  After our meeting, which I think went really well, for my first meeting. I sent her a follow up e-mail with things that we talked about. I will need to reach back out to her again last week.

After CMU, I had to make an appearance at RMU.8bP%DCGmSrK3ELa76+Z9KQ.jpg  When I got back to my car, and drove to RMU it was 10 minutes to 3pm. When I arrived on campus, I called John and he said, he was in a golf cart putting signs up for move in day and would be back in the office in about 15mins. I got off the phone with him and went to his office and introduced myself to the orientation leaders. They said, Oh can you call John and ask if there are any more blue orientation schedule sheets. We don’t know when he is coming back and we think he might be mad at us. I said, I doubt he is mad at you guys.  I called him and asked about the orientation sheets and said, we will probably need to print more. I got off the phone with him and told the leaders to separate the ones that need the orientation schedules from the bags that already has them and to count up the finished ones from the non finished ones. Then the Assistant Dean of Students came into the office. We said, hi! We talked about orientation if she needed anything. I told her my schedule at CMU. She said, oh okay, well there is a commuter event tomorrow. I told her I would love to help with it. She said, “okay, it is at 1pm.” Then John came into the office and she told him that I was helping. John and I went into his office. He said, “The commuter event is tomorrow.” I said, “No, it’s on Friday.” He said, “No that is the transfer student event.” I asked if he could pull up the schedule. I looked at the schedule and he was right the event is tomorrow. He said, “You are at CMU tomorrow.” I took a deep breath. He was right. I opened my mouth and said, I could do something, but I really can’t. I have a scheduling conflict. The assistant Dean of students, entered his office and John told her I had scheduling conflict. She said, that it was okay. I felt bad. John told me there would be other opportunities and he was right.
As I was getting ready to leave for my hair appt, he gave me some t-shirts and some RMU swag for orientation. I was helping with a Monte Carlo event on campus tomorrow night, aTransfer Student Event on Friday, the student-athlete orientation on Sunday, and I will be on campus for Bobby Mania. I am sure I had enough going on to do.
When I left RMU, I went to my hair appt. I was so off. Misty asked me if I wanted some wine, while I wait for my color to process. I said, yes please! I have to admit it settled my nerves. For my hair, we decided to do some darker roots, and leave my ends blonde. It was time to go dark again and get ready for fall. This was my cheapest hair appt yet! When I left, I made another appt for 6 weeks from now. Then I went to the wines and spirits store and bought a box of the wine Misty had at the salon. It was so good and I don’t like reds. It is called Naked Grape, Pinot Noir.
When I got home, Drew was there to make me smile. He gave me a hug and told me that it was okay. 🙂 It was okay. The day was over. 🙂

First Day at CMU

First Day at CMU

This morning, I got up when Drew left for work. I was a bit nervous, but ready. I kept thinking I am ready. I got this. I can do this. I arrived at the bus stop at IKEA in Robinson. They have a park n ride. I haven’t had to take the bus in so long. I am sure it was weird for Drew too he was driving to Pitt without me for the first time in awhile.

When I got on the bus, I took a seat towards the back and kept my sunglasses on, so  I wouldn’t make eye contact with anyone. When the bus arrived in Oakland, and we were passing by the Starbucks on Forbes, the street you would turn down to go to Posvar Hall, and straight head was the Cathedral. I smiled. I had little tears in my eyes.  I miss the people, but I don’t miss the position. I miss seeing Nancy already.  I miss the familiarity.

When we passed Craig street, I pulled the stop request wire and the bus stopped at CMU’s campus. It was Orientation week, so there were students everywhere. I got off the bus, and walked across the street. My internship supervisor said that he would meet me in front of the Cohon Center. I saw a building that said Cohon Center. I walked towards that building and eventually found an Au Bon Pain. I ordered a Vanilla latte with Soy milk. I haven’t had an Au Bon Pain in so long. I took a seat and changed out of my Nike’s and put on my black ballet flats. Then gathered my things, and walked towards the front. I stood around in awe just looking around. I wanted to take it all in for a minute until I had to meet my supervisor. I heard someone calling my name, and I turned around it was Kate. She is in my program at Pitt. She said, Welcome! I smiled and said, “Think You.” We hugged. She took me downstairs to the office.

When we reached the SLICE office, she said, “Look who I found.” I introduced myself to Jesse and Andrew. Andrew gave me a hug and said, Welcome!  He showed me to my desk
9Vr65cnyQ4+AdhNCfN4hew.jpg and on my desk was a t-shirt, a CMU water bottle, a little envelope with my name on it, and a folder that contained my itinerary for the next couple weeks. I felt so welcomed! The water bottle was my favorite thing on the desk! It is pink and glittery, for not knowing me, they really know me.  I opened my folder, and read through some of the documents, and turned on my computer and entered in my AndrewID and got settled. I had meetings lined up all week, and trainings. This is when the nerves actually set in.

At lunch, I grabbed food with Kate and we sat at a table and chatted about classes and CMU. After we ate, she had to go upstairs to cover Dawn’s lunch she is the front desk admin in the SLICE office upstairs. I entered the office, and met some more people and we hung out in the lobby, then my next meeting was with Andrew.

In the afternoon, three o’clock came fast! I had to go outside and catch the bus to take me back to Pitt, so I could ride home with Drew. I was excited to see him. I hung out in Hogwarts and caught up on my day planner and browsed through my phone. It was pretty hot and humid outside. I had so much to get used to, but it was a great first day!

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.