Archive for September, 2013

2013Sep 30

@LU_SPAD Guest Speaker Profile: Phil Legault (SPAD’86) – Canada Post

Staff headshotsSept. 07, 2010PHOTO: Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photography/OSHCOn September 23rd, the School of Sports Administration welcomed back Mr. Phil Legault (SPAD ’86). Legault, presently Media Relations Manager at Canada Post, spent two days speaking to first and third year students about his various experiences in the communications industry. He was able to share valuable insight from his time working for various organizations, some of his positions include: Director of Communications at the Canadian Soccer Association, Vice President of Communications with the Ottawa Senators, and Communications Director at Speed Skating Canada. Having spent some time working in professional sport, amateur sport, and outside of sport; Legault had some very valuable information to share with students looking to pursue a career in the communications field.

While speaking to the third year Sports Communications class, Legault covered a number of topics from his years in the industry. He spoke at length about how the communications landscape has evolved over the years. He explains that technology has played a huge role in these changes and that the demand for information has significantly increased since the rise of the Internet and social media; “controlling the message” has become a greater challenge. Legault stressed the importance of being able to stay on top of trends in the industry, as things are ever-changing.

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2013Sep 27

@LU_SPAD Internship Profile: Diaries from “Smashville” – Robbie Mclellan – Part 1

The SPAD Blog and it’s contributors are proud to introduce a new, recurring series to be featured on the site twice a month over the course of the next four months. “Diaries from Smashville” will be a continuous following of the work done by 4th year SPAD Students Robbie Mclellan and Brianne Pankoff, as they complete their internship with the Nashville Predators of the NHL. We begin this journey by speaking to Robbie Mclellan about the start of his internship and his goals for over the next 4 months.

NASH#1Q: What is your official internship title?

RM: I am one of the two Fan Relations Interns that have been brought on by the Nashville Predators this fall.

Q: What are some of your responsibilities as a Fan Relation Intern for the Predators?

RM: Thus far we have been responsible for processing most of the ticket orders and arranging how the tickets will be picked up (Will call, mail, email). We answer the fan line phone an emails and help all Nashville Predator fans with inquiries or complaints they may have. (There have been a few angry Blackhawks fan emails although it may just be Brianne Pankoff using alias accounts).

Q: How have you enjoyed your internship thus far?

RM: The first few weeks of working with the Predator have been great! The team has been really good to me and has been teaching me a lot about the organization and the skills needed to work for an NHL team. It’s been quite an adjustment moving from Canada to the south. To say college football is big down here is an understatement! But I do appreciate their passion for sports in Nashville.

Q:What is it like working for an NHL team, especially being such a big hockey fan?

RM: Hockey has been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember. As a Child I hoped to be playing in the show, but as I realized I simply wouldn’t make the cut, I decided to look at other means of being involved with the game later in life. The town and the team that I am working with have been great.

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2013Sep 25

@LU_SPAD Student-Athlete Profile: Samantha Edwards

Second Year SPAD Student, Samantha Edwards from Toronto, Ontario enters her second year at Laurentian University as both a SPAD student and a varsity athlete. With the third week of the school year starting and the first race of the season done, Sam has agreed to talk with us about the work of being both a varsity athlete and a SPAD student in their core year of studies.SamanthaEdwards_use

Q: How many and what varsity teams do you compete on for the Laurentian Voyageurs?

SE: Being a runner, I compete on both the Cross Country and the Track and Field teams. This means training and competing throughout both semesters-meaning you don’t get any sort of downtime!

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2013Sep 23

@LU_SPAD Internship Profile: Nick Andrews – Kansas City Chiefs Event Operations Intern

Fourth year SPAD Student, Nick Andrews, is currently completing his internship with the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. Andrews holds the position of “Events Operations Intern” with the Chiefs. The Chiefs were founded in 1960, as the Dallas Texans of the AFL. They joined the NFL and became the Chiefs in 1970 during the NFL/AFL merger. During his time at Laurentian, Andrews founded the “Laurentian Out Loud” podcast which is still going today. Nick graciously agreed to take some time out of his busy schedule to answer some of our questions.


DSC00353Q: Working for a NFL Franchise is a very unique opportunity. What lead you to pursue an internship with the Chiefs? Have football and event operations always been something you have been passionate about?

NA: The NFL has always been a great passion of mine and it was my goal when I enrolled in SPAD to one day work with one of its great organizations. After taking classes in Event Management and our Field Trip project with the Miami Dolphins I realized how exciting it can be to work and prepare events at an NFL facility which ultimately made me want to pursue this type of internship. Through research conducted during our field trip project it became apparent that the Kansas City Chiefs had one of the best organizations for private event planning. Therefore once I began looking for internships the Chiefs were an organization that stood out for me.

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2013Sep 21

A Frosh Perspective

By SPAD Blog Contributor Matt Sallows

First year student Matt Sallows has agreed to be part of a SPAD Blog series which will be documenting his first year experiences. Here is his first entry, in his own words:

SPAD Frosh Day

SPAD Frosh Day

Every year, Laurentian University and the Sports Administration Program welcomes roughly 50 students to what will be an unforgettable four years in the program. It is the start of a new chapter for every single frosh, the start of what will be the best four years of their lives.

My name is Matthew Sallows, I am a first year SPAD student, or, a frosh as we are called. I am eager to get started and very excited to meet my new professors, my new classmates, and ultimately my new best friends who I will get to spend the next four years with! As enthusiastic as I was to get to university, I, like many frosh had never left home to live on my own before. I really did not appreciate what it would be like to care and support myself. Let me tell you, you learn it quick and you learn to love it. University provides you with the freedom of not having a set bedtime or having to eat at the same time every night. You can do what you want, when you want; it is a different experience, and there is nothing quite like it.

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2013Sep 13

@LU_SPAD Internship Profile: Brennan Doyle– PGA TOUR Tournament Operations Intern

Fourth Year SPAD Student, Brennan Doyle, is currently completing his internship with the PGA TOUR. The PGA TOUR has been around since 1929, and is North America’s premier golf organization. Working with such a prestigious organization truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Brennan was gracious enough to take a few minutes out of his busy schedule to share some of his summer experiences with us.

Awarding Tiger the Trophy on the 18th Green (Brennan Doyle second from left)

Awarding Tiger the Trophy on the 18th Green (Brennan Doyle second from left)

Q: Working with the PGA TOUR is a very unique opportunity, what influenced you to pursue an internship with this particular organization? Were you a golfer growing up?

BD: I have been around the game of golf my entire life, competing at the national level as a junior and on the Laurentian Golf team throughout university. When I was applying for internships I was looking for a golf specific position that would allow me to apply my extensive knowledge and background of the sport.

Q: Can you tell us a little bit more about what your internship duties were?

BD: I was the Operations Intern for the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and reported to the Operations Manager. Together we managed the entire build out of the golf tournament, coordinating a variety of operational aspects including all deliveries for the PGA TOUR and Bridgestone. After the tournament I was responsible for managing the entire take down of the event, which included coordinating schedules with several vendors to ensure a timely exit while working to accommodate the host club.

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2013Sep 10

Welcome to @LU_SPAD Class of 2017 – Frosh Day!

By SPAD Blogger Kelly Turner

IMG_4079 Every year, September marks the beginning of a brand new semester. Returning students get to catch up with friends they have missed over the summer, and soon enough, everyone gets settled back into a routine. For others, September marks the beginning of an exciting four year journey. This year was no different, as SPAD welcomed a record 59 students to the program. Per tradition, SPAD Council hosts a day dedicated to the Frosh, which helps them familiarize themselves with each other, upper year students, and faculty.

This year, Frosh Day took place on Friday September 6th. The day got underway at 10am, as frosh and council members met up at one of the West Residence conference rooms for introductions. Everyone in the room took time to introduce themselves and share a funny/embarrassing story with the entire group; definitely a great icebreaker!

After the introductions, students got on a bus and headed down Falconbridge Road to Dodge This! for an afternoon of paintball. The paintball organizers did a great job of getting everyone ready and on the field in a timely manner. The Frosh spent the better part of the afternoon firing over 16,000 paintballs at each other! Everyone appeared to be having a blast. No one was playing on an empty stomach, as delicious Toppers Pizza was delivered directly to the field. Frosh who were not playing made the most of thIMG_4073e opportunity to ask questions and network with some of the council members. After all of the paint had been fired, students made their way back to the school around 3pm, where everyone gathered on the athletic field for some more icebreaking activities. 

After cleaning up from paintball, everyone was invited to Alumni Hall for the annual SPAD Frosh Day BBQ! Social Convenors Brendan Rorke and Cameron Baker did a great job barbecuing and ensuring everyone who attended the event was fed. The BBQ was a great opportunity for Frosh to meet upper year students and faculty, and also get a taste of what the next four years in the program will be like. First year student, Mathew Bereczki, shared his thoughts on the event:

“SPAD Frosh Day was a really good way to meet and connect with my peers in the program; it was a good way to break the ice and get everyone excited for the school year!”

Furthermore, Social Convenor Brendan Rorke had this to say about the festivities:

“Frosh day was a huge success as all the frosh enjoyed themselves and got to know each other a little better. We are looking forward to the upcoming SPAD Council Events, and hope for continued successful turnouts!”

SPAD Council would like to thank everyone who made Frosh Day 2013 a success. Good luck to everyone in the 2013-2014 academic year!