Archive for September, 2012

2012Sep 29

SPAD Student Profile: Evan Kwan

By SPAD Blogger Brianne Pankoff

Its been three weeks into university for all of the first year Sports Administration students here at Laurentian, and to get some insight on how their new experience is coming along, I sat down with SPAD Frosh Evan Kwan and asked him a few questions.

Evan, how did you first learn about the SPAD program and what made you choose to come to Laurentian?

All throughout high school I had a dream of studying Kinesiology. Then in grade 11, a friend of mine told me about SPAD and I was instantly hooked. I love sports and I liked business so combining them made sense. I had never even heard of Laurentian before I learned about SPAD, but I knew it was the only option for me. I actually only applied for SPAD and Commerce at Laurentian and a Sport Management program elsewhere, but if I didn’t get into SPAD I would have stayed back and tried again next year. There really wasn’t a choice in where I wanted to go besides Laurentian.

How did you feel before coming to SPAD? What have you experienced as a SPAD frosh in your first few weeks here?

I wasn’t sure what to expect coming here so I was really nervous all summer. Luckily when I got here I found out my roommate Jeremy was also in SPAD, so it was easier with someone I knew in every class. After the first few classes everyone started to get to know each other, and now the SPAD frosh are like a family. The upper years in SPAD were very welcoming, and with everybody’s help the first few weeks have gone smoothly. I think we have all become very close and hopefully we will stay that way for the remainder of our four years.

Describe a typical day in the life of a SPAD frosh student.

Normally I’ll wake up around 9 or 10 for either a 10am class or 11:30am and I will be done my two or three classes by 4 everyday. Our classes are interesting and even enjoyable compared to high school; and SPAD 1016 is the best class. After class I’ll normally spend about one to two hours doing homework per subject, but finishing work now is a thousand times more satisfying than in high school.

What are some things you are looking forward to in your next four years of SPAD?

I’m looking forward to not only learning more about the sport industry, but also getting to experience what it’s like to be a part of it. I’m excited to meet guest speakers, work for a sports team, and take part in an internship. I’ve heard so many great things about the next four years ahead of me and I can’t wait to take part in everything the program has to offer.

Thanks for your time Evan and we wish you and your classmates the best of luck the rest of your first year in SPAD!

2012Sep 28

SPAD Alumni Profile: Darryl Dionne

Darryl Dionne

By SPAD Blogger Adam Johnston

Last year, the students in The Business of Hockey course were privileged to listen to Darryl Dionne (SPAD ’04) explain his path to success in the sports industry. When listening to Darryl’s interesting path, I thought that the rest of the SPAD community would benefit, as well as be interested in hearing his story.

Can you provide us with a brief summary of your career path since you graduated from SPAD

About a month after graduating from SPAD in 2004, I was hired by a SPAD Grad, Mike Flanagan, to work in the sales department at Frito Lay Canada.  I left Frito Lay after a year to pursue an MBA and a Master of Sports Administration degree from Ohio University.  Shortly before graduation, one of my SPAD classmates, Andrew Johnston, told me about a potential job opportunity with the Professional Hockey Players’ Association, which is where he worked at the time.  I submitted my resume to the Executive Director, came in for an interview during my Spring Break, and started with the PHPA shortly thereafter.

What do you think was the most important thing the Sports Administration program taught you that you’ve carried through with you to a successful career?

The most important thing the SPAD program taught me was the power of making connections in the sport industry, as so many cool sport jobs are never even posted.  Timing often has to be right, and the people responsible to fill these positions have to know who you are.  The program also opened my eyes to a world of sport business that stretched beyond just hockey and Canada.


2012Sep 27

Are You Ready For Some (Flag) Football: SPAD-style

Flag Football Tournament Organizers

By SPAD Blogger Brianne Pankoff

SPAD held its first official event of the year this past weekend with its annual Flag Football tournament presented by Laurentian University’s Students’ General Association (SGA). The first games of the weekend kicked off at 10 on Friday morning and continued over the next two days on the “SGA” and “Argos” fields until the team left standing could claim bragging rights, and the grand prize of Toronto Argonauts tickets.

New Orleans Pizza provided a lunch to all teams on the first day and other tournament sponsors, Pinnacle Sports, Toppers Pizza, Pizza Hut, The Beach Clothing Company, the Sudbury Wolves, and Buzzy Browns donated prizes to be raffled off and won through the @SPADFLAGFOOTBAL twitter feed, and through several mini games testing the individual skill and athletic prowess of the players, including a QB tire challenge, furthest field goal, and fastest 40 yard dash.

10 teams in total competed in either the Wolves Division or the New Orleans Division, playing a minimum of 4 round robin games with the top 8 teams advancing to the playoffs.

The finals of the Flag Football tournament came down to 2011 tournament champs, TD’s and Beers against the underdog Favre Dollar Footlong, consisting of 3rd year SPAD students and captained by SPAD Council President Scott Rodgers. Favre Dollar Footlong took a head start with two touchdowns and never looked back playing a strong defensive game, shutting down their opposition, and coming out victorious 35-28. In the end it was the defensive plays that made the difference in this year’s tournament, and Brady Scott was awarded Male MVP of the tournament and Female MVP was won by Cindy Serresse. The winning team, going 7 and 0 for the weekend received 15 tickets generously donated by the Toronto Argonauts to their game vs. the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on October 19th.  Congrats!

2012 Champs

A great weekend was had by all on a beautiful Sudbury weekend.  A special thank you goes out to all participants and everyone who came out, as well as tournament organizers, Cassidy Stewart, Robbie McLellan, Bryce Newton, Mike Taylor, and Kyle Richey, for running an exciting event. With many of the 3rd years off on their internships next year, who will take the title of the 2013 SPAD Flag Football champions?

Check out the latest episode on the SPAD YouTube Channel.




2012Sep 27

Kicking Off a New Academic Year

Hanging out at Real Sports Bar

Hanging out at Real Sports Bar


By SPAD Blogger Ben Roy

SPAD set its sight on a new year with the 3rd annual SPAD Blue Jays Game, a tradition that allows all SPAD students to see familiar faces and to meet new ones.  On the afternoon of August 11, 2012, led by SPAD Student Council members, Frosh and students across all years battled through the rain on an unseasonably wet summer day, and arrived at the Rogers Centre to watch the Jays take on the Yankees.  The game finished 5-2 in favour of New York, but that did not dampen the SPAD spirit as students reunited and, were excited to kick off the coming school year.  After the game, the tradition continued with a lengthy supper at the Real Sports Bar in downtown Toronto where students caught some Olympic action and capped off the day in typical SPAD fashion.  The SPAD Blue Jays Game provides a great atmosphere for the Frosh in attendance to get familiar with the close-knit family that is SPAD at Laurentian University and is a fun way to ease back into the coming school year.  This year’s Blue Jays game demonstrated how vastly the SPAD family extends and the lengths each member will go to come together.

In addition to the Jays Game, the more formal SPAD introduction was this year’s Frosh Day, held on September 7, 2012.  The SPAD Frosh gathered early Friday morning and the day began with an inspiring speech by SPAD Student Council President, Scott Rodgers, giving notice that the 44 first year students were selected from hundreds of applicants.  Other Council members and students followed by introducing themselves, stating their career aspirations, their reasons for selecting SPAD, and each new member of the SPAD family was given a Frosh Day t-shirt.  To lighten the atmosphere, each student told an embarrassing story which certainly made some of them the butt-end of jokes later in the day – all in good spirit, of course!  The Frosh and Council members continued their talks with a pizza lunch, and left for Dodge This! Paintball.


2012Sep 4

Meet your 2012-2013 SPAD Student Council

Welcome back and a big welcome to all incoming @LU_SPAD students!! A big part of what happens in SPAD, happens through the Student Council (as Frosh will find out this Friday!). So this year, they have their own profile page on the SPAD Blog – check it out! SPAD Student Council

We look forward to a great year from these SPAD student leaders, so stay tuned for fun events just for SPAD students.