Shonetta and Milik Haywood
Besides being a mother and son pair who both work at Hogan Dining Center, Shonetta
and Milik also feel like they have a good work family at Duquesne. "Being here eight
hours a day you spend a lot of time with your coworkers. You can look at your coworkers
and know that they're having a bad day and try to comfort them. You know a lot about
them and what's going on with their families," said Shonetta. She has worked at Duquesne
for over twelve years. Milik joined her this past year after graduating from Carrick
High School and transferring from Hello Bistro in the South Side, which is also owned
by the Eat'n Park Hospitality Group, like Parkhurst Dining, which oversees the food
service at Duquesne.
Though they don't work the same shift they enjoy a close relationship. In his role
Milik works from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. as a floater whereas Shonetta works from
6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Delish, the Custom Kitchen station. As a floater Milik helps
out wherever he is needed in Hogan, supporting his coworkers. "I wanted him to get
experience at every station, because if someone calls off he can fill that shift."
"I like (working with her) because I always have someone to go to. I feel comfortable
talking to her about anything," Milik said of his mother.
All told Shonetta has three boys and two girls along with three granddaughters and
two grandsons. "It's a squad," she says with a laugh.
Of Duquesne's newest first-year students she remarked on how healthy they are eating,
more so than past classes. Shonetta says she makes a really good marinated and grilled
tofu at Delish for those students who are looking to eat healthy and also eat less
meat. Working in the back of the house now she has fewer opportunities to interact
with them though. Previously she worked at the Deli, Options and the Incline. "The
kids here are great."
They both value their family and that they are here in Pittsburgh. "We're a real close
family and I want everybody to stay close. We have a lot of fun and I like to entertain,"
"All my friends love her too," Milik said with a genuine, big smile.