1st CLA Meeting

Tonight was the first meeting of the Colonial Leadership Academy at Robert Morris University. I was so excited to be apart of this event. We had a room full of bright athletes who were handpicked to be apart of the CLA.

Nelle, Danny, and myself met during the summer in the evening, after I was done at work to put the proposal together for the new AD, determine our mission and vision statements, our Pilars of leadership, and the curriculum. I was so happy to see it finally come together. The athletes seem so eager to see what we have in store for them this semester.

At the end of the meeting, the next CLA meeting will take place on September 30th.  I will not be able to be there due to class, but I am excited and hopeful to attend future meetings.

Go Colonials!

RMU CLA

After work today, I decided last minute to take a personal day tomorrow. I sent the e-mails and the text messages then put up my out of office.

Once I dropped Drew off at home, I went to RMU to meet with the CLA and plan the curriculum for next semester. I stopped at Romo’s when I got to campus and picked up two granola bars. It was going to be an insane couple days so I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t eating too much junk.

I walked into the UPMC Events Center, and walked into the Athletic offices and met with Nelle and Danny. We planned started to plan the curriculum and talked about the upcoming events. I am excited about the CLA this year and to put our ideas in motion. We divided up the work to accomplish remotely. After the meeting, Danny let us pick through the box of apparel. I got two RMU volleyball shirts and a pair of sweats. 🙂 I love free merch! I didn’t get home until closer to 10pm. I was exhausted and so ready for the long weekend ahead.

The Last CLA Event of the Semester

After work today, I changed out of my Pitt t-shirt and zip up and into a dress for the last CLA event of the semester at RMU. The Third Years were presenting their leadership project.

The event was catered Nelle ordered tacos for dinner with all the fixings along with chips. I definitely had a taco and some nachos.

There were four presentations. Girls Softball worked on a fundraising imitative called Home Run Derby for Adoption Connections. They had a power point presentation of their project and what they learned when organizing the project. At the end, I asked them questions such as what will you do differently next time? etc. All the presentations were really good.

After the presentations, the seniors received the CLA sashes and they left the room.  I met with Nelle and Dan and we set aside a time to talk about a Leadership Summit that they want to help organize. It will be a day long event on campus. We just don’t have the details ironed out yet. I am excited to be a part of this and it involves athletes which is definitely a research interest of mine.

When I got home, Andrew had already vacuumed and brought up towels from the basement that he already folded. He is so helpful! I am truly so grateful for him. I received a text from my group, and said it said the grade for the paper and presentation was posted. I turned on my computer and logged into Courseweb. We got an A on the paper and an A on the presentation. My grade in the class is a solid A! I was so happy! Now I just need to get my grade from Legal Aspects of Higher Education. I am not too worried about that class, but I am anxiously awaiting the grade!

 

 

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.