Road trippin’ in PA and KY…

I always learn valuable lessons when I travel. My top three for my trip from Penn State Altoona to Eastern Kentucky University are:

1) On road trips -never wait to go to the restroom thinking there will be a stop coming up after the one you’re choosing to pass.

2) If you decide (in your pajamas) to get something from your car at night- always check to make sure you grab your hotel key, not your debit card.

3) There’s only so many t-shirts one can purchase pertaining to the city of Pittsburgh.

I think these are all fairly self -explanatory, so… let’s just leave it at that.

Penn State Altoona was awesome.  There was a great crowd all fired up for the Girls Fight Back program! The local news station jumped in on the action too, with their reporter Ben serving as one of my “scary bad guys”.  You can check his coverage of the evening out here.

I spent the next day hanging out in Pittsburgh with some friends and eating way too much fried food before heading to Eastern Kentucky University for Students Fight Back! Having grown up in PA, I have to say I was kind of surprised that it wasn’t all that far away. I mean, I’m aware of its placement on a map and all…but it just seems like it should be more South. No? Just me? Ok.

The Student Activities team at EKU rocks. They had so much energy and were clearly interested in making sure the incoming freshmen and student body have great programs. Uh…clearly, since they brought us J

I felt very welcome in Kentucky and had a great night with the students at EKU. I also learned lesson four- my GPS is not always right. Big ups to Jackson at BP for helping me find my way.

It was a great trip and I hope to visit both campuses again.



I Heart PA!

So…it’s no secret that I love Pittsburgh. I may have mentioned that a few times in past blogs. Erin had spoken at Cal U the night before so we met at Schenley Plaza– which is right in the middle of the Pitt campus and Carnegie Museum. I will have you all know that the first words out of her mouth were “Is it possible that I have totally underestimated Pittsburgh!?” Yes. Yes it is… J

I pretty much love PA in general…so I was SUPER excited to speak at Penn State and Juniata!!

After a great Easter weekend with friends and family I headed out to State College on Tuesday afternoon.  Now, I pretty much know everything about this school. I grew up hearing all about “Happy Valley”, the football team and I would say about half the students who went to my high school went here.

The Girls Fight Back program was sponsored by the Center for Women Students and co-sponsored by the school’s Men Against Violence chapter.  Penn State definitely lived up to my expectations. Great campus. Great Students. Special thanks to Susan DelPonte for bringing us…and for working so hard to help make the students on campus safe.

On Wednesday, I made my way over to Juniata College for a Students Fight Back presentation.  I had a few friends who graduated from here as well. When I arrived on campus, I was actually pretty bummed it was not a school I had considered, as the campus was absolutely beautiful. It’s just the kind of school I would have chosen while playing the “ If I’d known then what I know now” game.

The group here was a little smaller, which is great because it allowed for one on one time and I got to hear some great questions and feedback.

Thanks to Kristen and my “scary bad guy” who is a great a computer technician as he is a helpful target. J

Slippery Rock University and Westminster College

“They” say you can’t go home again…but I guess it’s ok to visit! I was SUPER excited to bring Girls Fight Back to  Slippery Rock University  and Westminster College because it meant I got to go back to Pittsburgh! I’ve gotten so use to hotels and traveling alone it was such a nice change to stay with family, go out to some of my old favorite places and meet friends for coffee in the morning!

I also got the opportunity to have this and this! Absolute Pittsburgh staples that would likely have stopped my heart by now if I still lived there.

These programs (as well as others that I’m sure the ladies will discuss) were sponsored by Armstrong Cable…. and THEY ARE AWESOME. I can’t say enough about a company that would sponsor a program for students in their community that helps them to live safer lives.

Daneen, Tara and Matt invited me to dinner at North Country (awesome- go there, get the bread) and were so gracious and funny- thank you guys so much!

We spent Monday night with the ladies of Slippery Rock. Here I whipped out my oh- so-awesome deer impression and our SBG Jason learned that when he is buying his wife a pair of heels- he is not only making her happy…but saving her life! 


On Tuesday, we headed to Westminster. I need to give a very special shout out to David, of Theta Chi, for his wonderful PR attempt and then of course…for letting me point out his “targets”. I was excited to see that members of the community also joined us. I was glad to teach everyone about our company and what they can do to protect themselves.