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2014Nov 24

SPAD Month in Review – October 2014  

By Blog Contributor David Maika

The calendar has flipped to November and winter has begun to show signs of life at Laurentian. Snow is on the ground (sigh) and parkas can be spotted across campus.  For Sports Administration students, the thought of outdoor rinks and ski hills entice the majority of students. Okay maybe not the majority, but at least some are excited for winter! Moving on, the SPAD Blog looks back at the month of October for current SPAD students.


First Year

It was a busy second month for the first-years, with a variety of guest speakers, events and class work. Earlier in October, LA Kings scout Clay Leibel came into the first year class to talk to them about his experiences. “The experience was eye opening, he created opportunity for a chance in his line of work,” said first year Bradley Case.

The frosh also received their first taste of the valuable group work they will be exposed to over their tenure in SPAD. In their ‘Introduction to Sports Administration’ course, students were given the task to research various professional leagues regarding topics of finance, ethics, sociology, current news, and general information. The students then presented to their classmates, in what will be their first of many group presentations throughout their tenure in SPAD.


Second Year

Core year has posed a challenge for second year students, but SPAD is known for its ability to rise to the occasion. Over the month of October, students were involved with a marketing simulation revolving around the business operations of a golf course. The simulation specifically looked at optimizing market share, profitability and percentage of revenue change.

Second year Kevin Miller had this to say: “It was a really fun and educational way to combine the theory we learn in class to a realistic sport environment. Working in small groups created interesting dialogue that we will have to expect in the real world.”


Third Year

 This month saw a group of third year students run the inaugural Ultimate Frisbee LU Tournament. Six teams competed for ultimate supremacy in a fun, exciting and new event.


(L to R) Organizers Kevin Murphy, Sara Campbell, and Nathan Phillips pose in front of the Ultimate Frisbee Banner.

Sara Campbell, one of the tournament organizers, commented on the event: “It was a really great time. The weather was nice. We had about 75 participants come out and tons of sponsors so most participants got prizes and had a fun time. We had some community teams come out and other programs such as ADVL (Outdoor Adventure Leadership). We had a great turnout for the skills competition and there were many activities throughout the day that enticed the teams to stick around.”

Up next is the Third Annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament! For more information, check out the Facebook page and follow them on Twitter (@LU_Basketball33). November also saw the start of ‘The League’, an ice hockey league run by third-year students. For more information, stats, schedules and more, go to or follow them on Facebook or Twitter (@TheLeagueLU).


Fourth Year

Though students on internship can’t enjoy the fun events run by SPAD, they strive to make the most of their opportunities in the field. Sean Meyers, former SPAD Student Council President, is currently the Media Relations Intern for the Toronto Maple Leafs. When asked about his time with the Leafs, Sean had this to say: “The opportunity to work at MLSE with the Leafs organization has been unbelievable.  The experience of getting to go to work every day and network with industry leaders of the NHL has been great in assisting me to learn about the business of hockey.  The knowledge obtained throughout the first three years of the SPAD program has turned out to be extremely invaluable allowing me to smoothly transition from student to a professional within the sports industry.”


Program-Wide Notes

  • SPAD ventured to Montreal from November 6-8 to attend the John Molson Sports Marketing Conference. Students gained access to various panels of speakers including Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin and LA Dodgers former GM and current Senior Advisor, Ned Colletti. Stay tuned for related articles!
  • SPAD bowling took place on November 1st, where students took a break from their busy work schedules to throw some strikes and network with their peers.


The current leaders of the SPAD hockey pool are:

  1. Robbie McLellan
  2. Sam Dodington
  3. Ben Whyte
2014Oct 7

SPAD Month in Review – September 2014

By Blog Contributor David Maika

As October rolls in, SPAD students are finally all settled in and ready for fall. Postseason baseball has been captivating and the start of the NHL season created a buzz that can only be found in the Great White North. Looking back over the month of September, all four years of the Sports Administration program had a fun and eventful opening few weeks. Here is a quick overview of the month that was for SPAD students:


SPAD Frosh Jake Sparks goes one-on-one against Nethu Srikanthan as Bradley Case and Alex Pittman look on at the 2014 LU Flag Football Tournament.

First Year

New beginnings have started for the first year students. For the majority of the frosh who are on campus, gone are the days of mom’s fresh cooked meals, clean laundry and bedtime curfews. As overwhelming as the process can be, the group of SPAD frosh have adjusted well to life in the Sports Administration program. With icebreaker events such as SPAD Frosh Day, the first years have become more acquainted with each other, as well as with the upper years.

When asked about his first month in the SPAD program, Graydon Ronson was eager to answer. “First year has been so awesome and never actually thought it would be this good. The cool thing about this program is not that you get to know your own age group, but you get to know the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years as well. There are a lot of opportunities to do great things with your life in SPAD and I can already feel it becoming a big part of my life.”


Second Year

Having completed two midterms already, the second year SPAD students have gained a greater understanding of the workload that is involved with ‘core year.’ Second year is a balance of Commerce and SPAD courses, which allows students to learn the core principles of business theory;  these theories become the foundation for all upper year applied courses.

With more than capable students, the second years are still finding time to socialize and be involved with the program and extracurricular activities. Second year student Scott Birkbeck is also a Peer Mentor on his floor in residence. “My role as a Peer Mentor has been a great social experience. I have been helping plan activities and helping the frosh out by teaching them how to get the most out of their time here at university. With regards to SPAD, I feel that we have also developed a very strong support group within our program. There is always help available for those that need it, whether it is from our peers or our Profs. It’s amazing to think of how close we have all become since first year. By working together it helps us be more successful in our studies and gives us the time to fulfill the social aspects of that balance.”


Third Year

As third years focus on their SPAD courses, there is a sense of excitement around the students. With the responsibility of running fun and interactive events, the third years have hit the ground running, trying to build on the legacy and past success of SPAD-run events. Last Saturday, a group of third year students hosted the ‘LU Flag Football Tournament’ with a number of teams in attendance, ranging from frosh to fourth years. Tournament organizer Sami Sherry said “I’m very pleased with the outcome of the tournament. I think it went as smoothly as it possibly could have despite the weather. It turns out the ingredients to a great day are university students, football and a soggy patch of grass.”

With the tournament complete, the rest of the third year students are eager to organize and run their own events. The next event is the Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, which will be held on Saturday, October 25th.  For more information, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter (@FrisbeeLU).


Fourth Year

Entering into their final year, the fourth years have begun to reflect on their memorable SPAD tenures, just as the great Derek Jeter reflected on his final year of being a Yankee. Some of that reflecting however was put on pause, as many of the fourth years are busy gaining valuable work experience as interns for a variety of organizations.

For the fourth years that have completed their internships this past summer, it is back to the grind for one last year at Laurentian University. Using their valuable experience from their internships, the fourth years are already excited about their year-end fieldtrip.


Program-Wide Notes

Overall the first month of the 2014-2015 academic year for SPAD students has gone very well, highlighted by these events:

  • With the excitement of the NHL season looming, SPAD Student Council has created their annual SPAD Hockey Pool picks for SPAD students and faculty to compete for a chance to be fantasy hockey king or queen.
  • SPAD Student Council have added two new members, Spencer Karn and Roberto Bagnato, who will become First Year Representatives.
  • The annual John Molson Sports Marketing Conference is just around the corner and planning for the event has already begun!
  • SPAD Student Council is in the process of determining a SPAD wear provider. Stay tuned for more information!