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!

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!

Pitt Game

Pitt Game

This morning, we slept in a bit and then hung out until it was time to go to the Pitt game. We had tickets in the chancellor’s suite. I volunteered to be a Lineup marshal last Spring for the Ph.D commencement Ceremony. The chancellor offered everyone who volunteered club tickets and a parking pass! Of course we were going to go! We are so blessed!

The club seats were so awesome! It is definitely a game changer to how we want to go to games, but this was a once in a lifetime experience at least for now, that is. 🙂
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We stopped at tailgate and talked to Dr. E. He was a professor that I worked with in the Sociology Department at Pitt. We chatted about the department, and about Pitt athletics. I told him who I am tutoring and how I am working with the baseball team at Pitt, as well as being a Grad Assistant at CMU. He was happy for me. We do need together together soon. He is such a good guy.

Also, at the tailgate, I ran into Scottro from 96.1 kiss. I used to work for the radio stations. While, I was a receptionist there,  I was asked to do voice overs for Blush gentlemen’s club, and a few other companies. I also did the voice imaging for the station. 96.1 kiss still uses my voice. I can hear myself when they play the bumpers and I said, “An iheartradio station!” I loved that job. Leaving that place, was the hardest decision ever so far in my life. Scottro told me that he wants to get me back in and record some more imaging for the station. We set a date for next Friday! I am so blessed and so grateful.  I am excited to be back in the studio.

The Pitt game was amazing! We won against the UCF knights 35-34. It was a last minute touchdown but a win is a win. I am so proud of our boys!

Full Day

This morning, I had a meeting with my assessment group at Chatham University. We were meeting with the assistant resident director to assess their LLCs. Chatham’s campus is gorgeous.  It is so peaceful and so serene. I just want to sit outside and do work, or even just mediate. It is gorgeous.

Our meeting with the assistant resident director went so well. We have a better idea of our assessment project. They basically have it mapped out for us in a sense. We just have to hit the ground running.

After Chatham, I had some down time so I went to my parents. I fell asleep on their couch. I was so tired.

Around 3:30pm, I went to the Peterson Events Center to meet with the baseball team. Chris gave me their schedules, and then I met with a few of the players to introduce myself and to get a sense of what they were working on. I made a spreadsheet to keep track of the things we discussed for our next meeting.

 

Baseball Team Pitt

After CMU, I made my way to the Pete to meet with Chris and hear about this possible internship opportunity with the baseball team. I know my advisor is going to advise against it, but I want experience with athletics.

When I arrived to the Pete, I cooled off for a moment. It is crazy walking from CMU to the Pete, and it was so hot outside. I needed to catch my breath before meeting with Chris. I took the escalator up to the athletics offices. I approached the front desk and didn’t see anyone, who could direct me. I walked past the front desk and down the row of offices, until I found Chris’. I knocked lightly on the door. He greeted me and told me to come in. I took a seat in his office, and he told me about the position. I would meet with the baseball players and make sure they are studying and are on top of their schoolwork. I am going to create a plan for them, and encourage them to meet with the tutors if they need help. I can do this.

At the end of the meeting, he said, I would gladly hire you if you are interested. When can you be up here?  I said, probably just on Mondays if possible until 6pm. He understood. I told him I had to meet with a football player to help him with a plan of study. He is in my program. He understood and thought it was cool.  We set up a plan for next Monday.