Haley Hayden’s office is decorated with balloons, celebrating both her birthday and official welcome to campus, a pretty perfect representation of her impact just days after starting.
She began her education at Thiel College, and then received her Masters from Waynesburg University. She was involved with the activities board, a ton of different clubs, and two international women’s fraternities — Zeta Tau Alpha and Sigma Phi Epsilon — during her undergraduate years. Haley is now the Assistant Director of Student Involvement and Academic Village. She will primarily co-advise Pitt-Greensburg’s Student Activities Board (SAB) and the Academic Village. She will also work on the leadership series.
“I was so excited,” she said about the moment she found out she had gotten the job. “I waited a little over a week to find out and the suspense was killing me.”
Before coming to Pitt-Greensburg, Haley worked in school districts linking families to resources.
“My favorite part of the job is working with the students,” she said, indicating that she still enjoys linking people to things that will better their futures.
When asked about what she hopes to get from her position, Haley said, “I hope to learn about Pitt-Greensburg and the students I’m working with.” She wants SAB and the Academic Village to continue growing and thriving.
When she is not at work, Haley enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, Spencer, and hanging out with her friends.
“Most of my friends run demolition derby cars,” she said. “Most of my weekends revolve around working on cars and going to derbies.”
One thing you might not know about Haley Hayden is that she is partially deaf in her right ear. A piece of advice: sit on her left side.
“A couple of years ago, I got really, really sick and lost some of my hearing,” she said. She also said that adjusting has been hard, because if someone is sitting on her right side, she might miss half of what they are saying.
“I just smile and nod a lot if I don’t know what someone is saying.”
Haley has some good stories, just go and talk to her if you want to hear about them. When she was a senior in college, she tripped in front of everyone while walking across the field for homecoming. The next year, she returned to crown the new homecoming queen, and fell on concrete.
“I didn’t have time to clean my leg so I had to crown the poor girl with a bleeding leg,” she said, laughing. “I’m a little clumsy.”
You can find Haley in her office in Village Hall, right next to Dr. Confer’s.