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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Tanning Salon, Colonial Theater, & Homecoming Dance

I was able to sleep in a little, but I wanted to get up and have breakfast with Drew. I really haven’t been able to spend that much time with him since I have been so busy after work with the theater. I missed him.

After breakfast, I got a shower and got ready to head to the tanning salon. I was to work there from 11-4. Leanne’s mom already paid me and I planned on getting some reading done, while I was there.

When I arrived to the salon, I hung out with Leanne for bit, and then got to reading. I helped out around the shop, as well as painted my toes the same color as my nails, and then cleaned out Margie’s pedicure basin, and Tisha’s color bowls. I really didn’t feel like reading, now that my paper was done and all but turned in. I am going to look it over tomorrow. I just had no motivation to do anything after that paper.

While I was there, I stopped by the Better than Honey Boutique and shopped in their last chance chest. I found this really cute top. It is olive green and it has two white skulls on the boobs and rhinestones down the middle. it is so cute on and fits so nicely. Better Than Honey  - Better Than Honey

After I bought the top, I went back to the salon. I didn’t want to be gone too long, even though I was only two doors down from the tanning salon. The women will talk if I am gone too long.

When I arrived back, I got packed up it was almost time for me to leave. We only had one tanner. gone are the days where this place was full of tanners, and there would be line, those days are gone. Tanning tax killed the industry and the fact they are linking it to skin cancer. I was such an avid tanner. I could have gone in the bed today, but I decided against it.

I left the shop at 4pm. Kathie and Margie were still there doing nails, so I didn’t bother to lock up. I left the key in Leanne’s drawer and I was out the door.

On my way to Moon, I met Drew at his grandma’s. I was glad to see him and grandma. I gave her a kiss and I visited awhile with her. Around 10mins to 5pm, we left to get dinner at Mike and Tony’s. We haven’t been there yet together and we haven’t gone out on a date in awhile. It was nice to just sit together and spend time with one, another.

After dinner, I kissed Drew goodbye and I  drove to RMU and as usual parked at Nicholson and walked down the front walk way. I was on the phone with my mom and I turned behind me. I saw a cop car driving up the walkway. The RMU police car parked in the same spot as the other night and he got out. I waited for him. I said, “did you see my car?” he laughed and said, “no, a girl needs let into the admission’s office.” I said, “oh okay.” He said, “After I let you in, I can ride you up to Massey if you want?” I said, “Sure.” He asked, “If I mind going to get the money, alone?” I said, “Not at all.” I walked down to the office and got the money and then locked the door behind me. I walked back up and saw him waiting for me by the admissions office. I smiled and we walked back out to his police car. I got in the front seat. He drove me to Massey and asked what time I would be there until? I said, “until like 7:30pm, or 8pm, then to the Fitness Center for the Homecoming dance.” He said, “call me after I will drive you back to Nicholson and take you to the Fitness Center.” I said, “are you sure?” He said, “yea, just give the station a call.” I said, “Thank you.” I got out of the car and walked into Massey.

Once inside, I greeted everyone and said, “Hello!” they shouted back, “Hey!” I set up my station at the table and sold some tickets and swiped some people in. Then stayed for 5 mins after the show started. I packed up and called the RMU police office. They said that someone will be right over to take you up to Nicholson. I said, Thank you and hung up. I waited outside and there was my officer friend, driving up to Massey. I approached the car and got in the front seat. he asked, “how I did?” I said, “We did pretty good actually.” and I told him what we made in ticket sales and he smiled. After I dropped off the money in the office and locked it up, he drove me to my car to unload my tote bag. I only wanted to bring just the essentials, keys and phone.

When we arrived to the Fitness Center, he said, that he would be around if I needed a ride back to Nicholson to get my car. I said, “thank you, and be safe.” I got out of the car and walked towards the entrance of the fitness center. I introduced myself to Nancy, the admin in the development office. She remembered me from visiting John the past couple times I have been on campus. I also introduced myself to Armand the director of athletics. I used to get e-mails all the time from him as an undergrad promoting sporting events. I also met Sarah, the director of Campus Recreation. I also reconnected with a few faces that I saw as an undergrad, Nicole from Center for student success. She used to scare me as an undergrad, but not so much anymore.

After getting a tour of the facility, it smelled like a brand new building. The building is newer, and the was the first time they were holding a homecoming dance at this location. We were given assignments and told what to do. I was partnered with Sarah and Annie. Sarah and I were to monitor the dance floor and if we see something, and or smell something (weed), then we let RMU police know and they will handle it.

When the dance got on under way, I watched the couples enter the gym with their significant others, and judged their dresses. Sarah and I agreed that some of the dresses were a bit outrageous. I would never think of wearing some of the dresses I saw that night. Also, at one point my first supervisor from the Phonathon department at RMU approached me and was surprised to see me. He said, “Wow! What are you doing here?” I said, “I am an intern for John Locke. I am going full circle being back here.” He said, “Yes you are definitely going full circle.” He gave me a hug and we got caught up on all that has happened in our lives.

At around 11:30pm, I hitched a ride with Sarah up to Nicholson’s parking lot to where my car was parked. I drove home and when I arrived home, Drew had the house all clean and the living room was vacuumed. I am so grateful for him. He does so much to help out around the house. My ankle was so sore from standing in flats all evening. I needed to get a shower and get some ice on my ankle then head to bed.

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.

 

New Freedom Card

Today, I left work at 3pm. I was on my way to RMU. Traffic was too bad probably because I left at 3. I arrived to RMU around 4:30pm. I got a visitor’s pass from RMU police and then put it in my car and walked to the Revere Center.

When I walked into the building, I couldn’t remember which way to go. I read the sign and it pointed downstairs, but when I went downstairs, I forgot the freedom card office is straight back. I stopped into another office, I think it was Student Accounts. A work study was working the front desk. He told me freedom cards are down the hall. I said, “Oh okay, thank you.” I turned and walked down to the hall and there it was on the door, “Freedom Card Office.” I walked in and approached the work study, who was sitting in a cube. I told her I was here for a freedom card, my name is Danielle. I am a graduate intern with John Locke. She said, “oh okay, he told me you were coming.” I smiled. She said, your name isn’t coming up in our system. I said, “Oh I am alumni, and it is under my maiden name.” I gave her my maiden name and there I was. She said, “She couldn’t edit my name, but she could add to it.” I said, “Okay, I guess I will be a hyphen then.”  I truthfully didn’t care. I always joke with Drew about being a hyphen and he always says no. Honestly, it is nice to see my maiden last name next to my married name. I don’t mind it.

When they created my card, they used the same picture I took for the first one when I was an undergraduate. I thought that was great. I didn’t mind it. I was going to wear the same shirt, but it was so hot outside. They also gave me a staff card. I thought that was pretty cool as well.

After I got my card printed, I reported to John Locke’s office. He was pretty busy. We got my e-mail set up, and he gave me a parking pass. He said, he didn’t have anything for me today, but we will be in touch. He asked, if I could help with the Colonial Theater and sell tickets at the Box Office, next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday? I said, I can do that. I will see you then.

I left his office and called Drew and told him about working the Box office and my RMU ID. I said, can I get something at the bookstore to celebrate. he said, go for it Bub! When I went down to the bookstore, theater music was playing in the store. I liked it. I shopped around for an ID holder, an RMU lanyard, and went to the counter. A there student who graduated around the same time I did sold me the items, and then he saw my freedom card. He said, Oh I didn’t see that you were staff you get 15% percent off. Here I will return those items and you can buy them back, and I will give you 15% off. This is so sweet.  I said, “Oh but I am intern.” He said, “Doesn’t matter you have a staff ID.” I also bought a Colonial Crazies shirt. Why the hell not? I am enjoying this. I would have bought more, but I didn’t want to over do it.

When I left RMU, I took some pictures. I had this overwhelming sense of pride to be an alumnus of RMU. I feel blessed and grateful.

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When I got back to my parents, I finally met Alyssa. We talked for a bit. She is helping with the dogs during the day, while I was at work. She is also my distant cousin. She was telling me how she loves Paris and how little she is. I smiled. I said, they are both good dogs, but Paris has a little personality to her. We chatted for a bit, but I had to get ready for Drew to come over.

When Drew arrived it was 7:30pm. He wasn’t feeling too well, but wanted to be here with me to help me with the dogs tomorrow, so I could work on my paper. I am nervous about sitting down and crafting it, but I should have all that I need.

In the evening, we relaxed and watched Smallville before going to bed.