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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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 a 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.
Image may contain: Danielle Hornyak, smilingAfter I threw away the junk mail and threw away my Burger King evidence I put some make up on and I was out the door. When I arrived to 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 over hang  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 manger. 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 the 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 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 away from site 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, lets 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 spot light. 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 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 am 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.
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After the event was over, I helped clean up and then I got my first ever picture with Romo!

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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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Colonial Theater

After work, I dropped Drew off at home and took my car to Robert Morris University. Once I arrived, I parked in the same spot as last night and then walked to the development office in Nicholson and picked up the money, and then back out to my car. Then, I drove to Massey.

After I sold the tickets for the night, I thought about maybe asking for an RMU police officer to escort me from Nicholson parking lot to the Development office. I drove back to Nicholson to drop the money off and then I called RMU police. I asked for escort to Nicholson and I that I was in the top parking lot across from the station. I asked if he wanted me to meet him outside the station. he said, “yea, I will be out in 2 minutes.” I hung up and walked across the street. I stood outside the police station, and Officer Chuck greeted me. He said, “I will just drive us down the walkway.” I asked him if he wanted me to get in the back or the front. He said, “You can hop in the front.” I got into the police car and we drove down the walkway of Nicholson. I thought it was pretty cool.

Once we parked, we walked into the Nicholson and he escorted me to the office and I locked the money up and we went back out to his police car. We chatted small talk as he drove me up the walkway and to the parking lot where my car was parked. He took my name, and number. He said, “call me tomorrow I will give you a ride to Massey from Nicholson and back before you need to go up to the Homecoming dance.” I told him during small talk that I was a graduate intern and I was helping out at the box office for the theater and at the homecoming dance this weekend. I thanked him for his time and got out of the car and hopped into mine. I drove home and it was another successful night.

Crutches

This morning, my ankle was so sore. I was holding back tears as we were walking out the door to get into the car. I hate crutches. I am not coordinated enough for this. One really has to focus when using them.

When we arrived to Oakland, Drew parked underneath my building and made sure I got to my office okay. I am so grateful for his support. Once at my desk, he helped me get my foot propped up on a chair. I was ready to work.

Throughout the day, people asked me about my ankle and how it happened. Nancy the other admin I work with reminded me to ice and prop it up higher so it keeps the swelling down. Everyone was supportive. Nancy left around 12pm.

The day went smooth for the most part, but my day was long from over. After work I had to report to RMU for my internship. I was helping out with the Colonial Theater. I had to sell tickets in the lobby before the show. I refused to bring my crutches to RMU.

On the way to RMU, I had to stop home and get my computer. I was going to need it for the card swiper. I had to use the card swiper to keep track of students, who were attending the play.

Once I arrived to RMU, I was walking decently and had two shoes on which was nice for a change. I parked at Nicholson lot and walked to the Student Development offices and picked up the money for the ticket sales tonight. I was nervous how this was going to go.

Then I got in the car and drove to Massey theater and was able to park close to the walkway. I got out and carried the little money safe, my computer, and my totebag down the walkway. I walked into the theater and introduced myself to the theater students. Hannah was the house manager, and Allison was the theater director. I also met Skylar who let me use his computer. My new Mac doesn’t have the USB ports. I forgot to bring my connector. I would remember that tomorrow.

After I got set up, students started coming in. We didn’t have too many students due to the rainy weather, but I was able to swipe their card and sell some tickets to a few people. Once the house opened and the show started I waited 5 more minutes before shutting the computer down and packing up.

When I walked back to my car, I got in and drove back to Nicholson to take the money back to the office and lock it up for the night. My ankle was sore and I was so tired at the end of the night, but I had fun and I enjoyed meeting new people. Also, I sent John Locke an e-mail of how many tickets we ripped and how many tickets I sold.

 

Internship Meeting RMU

After work, when we arrived back home, I hopped in my car and drove to RMU. I parked in the visitor’s lot and went to get a parking pass. I asked the police officer if I had to purchase one or keep getting a visitor’s pass. He asked what I am doing on campus and I told him that I was a graduate student intern, but I was alumni here. He said, who ever is your supervisor should order you a pass, but if he doesn’t we can just write you up one that you can use and keep with you. I smiled and said, “Thank you!” I was going to put that on my list of things to discuss with John when I saw him.

When I walked into the Nicholson building, which is the main building I walked down the middle stairwell. John told me to meet him in the food court. He was going to buy me dinner. I wasn’t expecting it. I had a Paleo bar on the way there. When we met up, he had already ordered his food, so he went back with me to the counter to order mine. I got a Keto Diet friendly cheeseburger with just lettuce, and no fries. The guy behind the counter said, “no fries?” I said, “no thank you.” He said, you are breaking my heart.” I said, “it breaks my mine too.” We all shared a laugh. John was doing the Whole 30s diet there for awhile, and trying to get back into it.

Once he paid for our burgers, we went back to his office and we sat down at the table and ate. We talked out Keto, his play, and then we were finished eating. I took out my notebook and we got to talking about the narrative for the Leadership challenge, and etc. Then we talked about things I could do and get involved in. He gave me a key to the office and told me that I need to come back in on Friday to get a new freedom card, since my old student one won’t work.

At the end of the meeting, he asked me to complete a powerpoint for him for the Homecoming Court. He showed me what last year’s looked like, and when I saw it I thought it looked like an easy thing to replicate, but we will see. He sent all the pictures I would need to my e-mail with the copy that he wanted on the slides.
I sat down at the front desk where his admin sits, and turned on my computer and looked back into his office. I said, “Wait am I going to have a problem getting on wifi here?” he said, “Yeah, you are. I forgot.” I said, “I did too. I will go home and work on this remotely and get it to you before I fall asleep tonight.” He said, “okay, thanks.” I told him I would see him Friday after I got my Freedom card. I walked out of the office and up to the parking lot.

On my way home, I called Drew and told him he said, “oh wow baby.” I said, “yea, I am on my way home now to do this remotely for him.” he said, “sounds good, see you at home.”

When I got home, he had dinner cooking. I was so happy to see him. I sat right down and started working on the Powerpoint for the Homecoming Court. I couldn’t help but notice that they all looked so young. I created the powerpoint and tried to replicate it from last years’.

After the powerpoint, Drew and I packed up the rest of my things. I was heading to Crafton tomorrow morning and taking the bus into work. whew!

Dog Sitting

I managed to get my reading done on yesterday so I would have something to discuss in class. whew!

Also,  I had to dog sit for my parents starting September 19-25th. I am excited to see my dogs and I don’t mind doing it, but it seems like I have to pack up my life. I have so much to pack, clothes, stuff for school, etc. Packing is the hard part. I have such a tight schedule anymore. I had to RMU to meet with John Locke tomorrow after work, then start packing up the car to head to my parents Wednesday morning.

channeling super girl.