Archive for March, 2011

2011Mar 17

SPAD 4th Year Field Trip: NYC !!

Times Square at night

This year’s fourth year field trip has brought the SPAD program to New York City. Currently all 4th year students and SPAD professors are in NYC to present to sport teams and visit facilities.

The student groups worked on real life problems for the following teams: NY Knicks, NY Mets, Rutgers University and NJ Nets. The groups have worked very hard on their project and have spent days on the ground preparing. All this hard work pays off when the students present to the teams and leave a lasting impression of what SPAD is all about – quality work by quality graduates.

Of course, you cannot visit NYC without taking in some of the culture, especially since we will be experiencing St. Paddy’s Day in the Big Apple. Over the next few posts, I will highlight the presentations to each team, post pictures and provide a storyline of our time in NYC. So stay tuned for more posts and pics!!
Happy St. Patty’s Day

2011Mar 17

Third Annual St. SPADdy’s Day

By SPAD Blogger: Brent Hurley

St. SPADdy's Day 2011

This upcoming Saturday (March 19TH) SPAD will be once again celebrating the sacred St. SPADdy’s Day. Traditionally held on March 18TH, the day following St. Patrick’s Day, this year we will be holding it on the 19TH in honour of what inspired St. SPADrick and the accommodation around first year mid-terms.


In the 2008-2009 school year, the program was blessed with a frosh class of patriarch beauticians. This innovative group of eager minds inspired the first ever St. SPADdy’s Day. However, the true inspiration lies within Dr. Anthony Church. It was that noble SPAD steward who conveniently and surely coincidentally scheduled a mid-term exam for SPAD 1017 (first year SPAD class) at 10 A.M. the day after St. Patrick’s Day. Obviously this meant no enjoying the traditional Irish festivities. Not to be detoured, now Vice-President Cole Julien and myself decided that we didn’t deserve to be robbed of this great day, and one of the only nights of the year that students of Laurentian drink. So we decided to create our own day of celebrations for all of us first year SPAD students who couldn’t enjoy the previous night. This dynamic duo wore blue and yellow (now the official colours of St. SPADdy’s Day) to the SPAD 1017 class before the exam and presented the idea to our classmates. We explained that we would enjoy a casual day of hanging around outside for some ball hockey and drinks to unwind after the mid-term, and anyone was welcome to join. Little did we know, this was the first step to cementing a piece of the program’s history. St. SPADrick was born. St. SPADdy’s Day History