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2014Mar 14

4th Year @LU_SPAD Students Talk Internships

SPADindexOn February 27th, 2014, 4th year SPAD students took the time out of their busy schedule to talk to 2nd and 3rd year students about their experiences last summer and fall while working on their internships. The students, although approaching the busiest time of a SPAD students 4 year career with field trip, gave back to the younger students looking to complete their own internships over the next 1-2 years. These 4th years talked about their favorite aspects of the internships and gave advice to others about how to be successful while working on an internship. (more…)

2014Mar 13

2nd Annual SGA Dodgeball Tournament This Weekend!

1975164_10153913794870385_1655199430_nIt’s that time of year again; time to dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge! SPAD’s third year event management students are organizing the 2nd Annual SGA Dodgeball Tournament which is taking place on Saturday March 15th at the Ben Avery Gym. The tournament begins at 9:00am on Saturday and runs until 5:00pm. Teams consist of 6-8 players, and registration cost is $80.00 per team. Please note that every team must have a minimum of 2 members of the opposite gender. Registration will continue all week in the Great Hall!

Event organizers have a ton of fun activities planned for all participants. A number of raffle prizes will be available courtesy of the generous sponsors. Moreover, mini games will be played at the event, with the opportunity to win some great prizes. The games include an accuracy challenge, and one vs. one sudden death competition (as seen in the classic Dodgeball movie). A free pizza lunch will also be provided to all of the tournament participants. You won’t want to miss out on all the fun!

For more information on the event, be sure to check out the official Facebook and Twitter pages! Make sure to get your team in for the weekend! Lots of fun to be had. Check in to the blog for an event recap next week! Also, be sure to check out some highlights from last year’s tournament here:

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2014Feb 19

@LU_SPAD in Sochi!

SPAD Alumni, Jamie Howlett, is currently in Sochi working with the Canadian Olympic Committee. He has agreed to work with the blog to give us some insight on his experience at the games! Here is his first of two entries. Enjoy!

Jamie Making Appearing on TV

Jamie Appearing on TV!

Week 1 in Sochi (The First Four Weeks) By Jamie Howlett

First off, what an incredible first week for our Canadian Olympians! As it stands right now, our athletes have us two medals behind the total medal count lead heading full steam into the second half of the games.

For myself and others on our team, the Olympics in Sochi began four weeks ago. Our advanced team came in and immediately hit the ground running preparing and setting up the plans and policies that the Canadian Olympic Committee has been waiting to implement since Sochi was awarded the games 7 years ago. With 145 000 pounds of freight at our disposal, it was time to get to work and set up for our 600 team members working across ten venues in the Sochi area. Through rain (a lot of rain), late nights, and caffeine, all was ready for our 221 athletes representing Canada by their arrival.

On February 7th, from our lounge in the mountain village I watched the Opening Ceremony officially open the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games and my energy level spiked right up. It was time. We were finally going to see how all our hard work would pay off for Team Canada.

For these games I have been based out of the mountain village as our logistics officer, looking over of all the movements of our Olympic team, both people and the equipment needed to have them work/perform at their highest, to our 6 venues in the mountain cluster. Being able to work beside our team, team leaders, coaches, and athletes has been spectacular and hearing the positive feedback directly from those we strive to serve is extremely motivating (the constant winning of medals helps with that too) and gives us the boost to keep pushing through the entire time of competition

During my time in the mountains I was able to find the time and make my way over to the moguls course to experience our Men’s team take 3 of the top 4 spots in the world (and make my Olympic television debut). I will never forget that night, not only because of the history that was made, but while getting texts and tweets from everyone back home all I could think about was how powerful the Olympic Games can be. Having an entire country stop and watch sport for a couple of weeks and celebrate it as a nation is simply incredible. I feel privileged and proud to be part of the Olympics and helping Canada showcase its greatness to the world.

Until next week, stay classy SPAD.

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2014Feb 13

@LU_SPAD Students Host PepsiCo SB Party 2014

1900590_10153853828710061_932728461_oOn February 2nd 2014, third year Event Management students hosted the annual PepsiCo SB Party at Alumni Hall, here at Laurentian University. The event was a tremendous success which attracted nearly 100 students and faculty to Alumni Hall to watch the game. Every guest was provided with complimentary Lays chips thanks to party title sponsor, PepsiCo/Frito Lay.

The big game took place from the Meadowlands in New Jersey, and saw the Seahawks rout the Broncos by a very lopsided score. The game itself wasn’t close, but guests were kept entertained throughout the night with various contests, water pong, and the very popular field goal challenge station. Moreover, two separate Madden stations were set up in the hall to allow guests to put their skills to the test in some friendly competition. DJ Chasse was also on hand to keep the atmosphere alive in the room during commercials!


2014Jan 14

Voyageurs Get Set To “Shoot For The Cure”

1609599_10153650812845147_1833029723_nBasketball season is in full swing here at Laurentian University. Both the men and women teams’ are battling for position within their respective conferences. As per tradition, the women’s team, LU Athletics, and SPAD will be hosting the annual “Shoot For The Cure” game with proceeds going to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. This year, the game will take place on Saturday, January 18th at the Ben Avery Gymnasium on campus. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00pm.

The CIS began the “Shoot for a Cure” campaign in 2007, and it has been a tremendous success ever since. All CIS Women’s Basketball schools take part in the fundraising campaign. This is a total of 45 teams nationwide. In it’s 6+ years, the campaign has amassed over $600,000 in donations, and has generated over $520,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. You can read more about the fundraising efforts here.

Much like the “Pink The Rink” game back in November, “Shoot For The Cure” allows for SPAD’s Event Management students to get involved with LU Athletics, and give back to the community. Students have been hard at work organizing and preparing for the big game, so be sure to come out and show some support on Saturday night!

A number of fundraising initiatives have been planned for the event. Official event t-shirts will be on sale in the Great Hall throughout the week and at the gym before/during the game. Fans at the game will also receive a “rally towel” to add to the game’s atmosphere. Furthermore, raffle prizes will be available at the game. Moreover, a halftime contest will be held for prizes where a participant will shoot from varying distances for different prizes. Fans will be able to buy a chance to enter the halftime contest.1609812_10153657024795147_1396126192_n

For students living on residence, there will also be a “Pep Rally” taking place in West Residence from 4:30-5:30pm on game day. Everyone will be wearing Pink, Blue, and Yellow so you won’t want to miss out on all of the excitement!

For more information on the event, or to find out how you can help, please visit the Event Page on Facebook, and follow the event on Twitter! Hope to see everyone at the gym on Saturday night!

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2013Dec 24

Happy Holidays from the @LU_SPAD Blog Team

SPADindexNow that exams are finished, students have traveled home and are with their families for the holiday break. We, the SPAD Blog team, wanted to take a minute and reflect on the past year, look forward to the future and wish everyone a fun and relaxing winter break.

Over the past SPAD students have achieved some incredible accomplishments and the program has grown as a whole. Since January 1st, 2013 the following events have taken place within the SPAD family (all of which you can read about on the Blog):


2013Dec 23

@LU_SPAD Student Athlete Profile: Maggie Brennan


Maggie Brennan, 1st year SPAD student.

Maggie Brennan has had a lot of additional responsibilities this year above and beyond being a 1st year SPAD Student. Maggie is also a 1st year athlete for the Voyageurs Women’s Hockey team, now in the midst of their inaugural season for Laurentian. Recently, we were able to sit down with Maggie and learn a bit about the life of a SPAD student athlete.

Q: Hi Maggie, thanks for sitting down with us to give us and our readers a better idea of the life of a SPAD student athlete. We wanted to just start off by getting a bit of a background on you. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background in hockey.

MB: Hey, yeah it’s no problem! Thanks for having me and asking me to be a part of this. So obviously my name is Maggie Brennan, and I am here at Laurentian in my first year of SPAD and to be apart of the Women’s Hockey team. My hometown is Ottawa, so I live in Nepean, Ontario. I have been playing hockey since I was just little, I have been playing for the Nepean wildcats for the past eleven years.


2013Dec 18

@LU_SPAD Student Profile – Dawson Reale: Young Entrepreneur


Dawson Reale – The Ultimate Collector

First year SPAD student Dawson Reale is the owner of The Ultimate Collector here in Sudbury. From a young age, Dawson has had a passion for both business and sports. The Sudbury native has been selling sports memorabilia online since 2008. What started as a hobby, has quickly grown into something much bigger. In 2011, he expanded his business into a physical storefront out of his father’s sports shop, Pro-Am Sports Excellence on Barry Downe Road in Sudbury. Authentic, Original and Affordable is his slogan and that is just what The Ultimate Collector offers.

Dawson attended Lockerby Composite School before coming to Laurentian University to study in the Sports Administration Program. SPAD encompasses everything that Dawson is passionate about; sports and business. In high school, he decided to step away from the sidelines, and pursue the business side of the industry.

It’s clear his family has had a huge influence on him. Dawson’s father Dominic Reale is also an avid sports fan, and he is very thankful as he has been instrumental in getting Dawson’s business to where it is today. Both businesses compliment each-other very well; Customers come into Pro-Am Sports Excellence looking for jerseys or other sport related items, and often end up leaving with unique sports memorabilia from Dawson’s part of the shop!


2013Dec 17

A Frosh Perspective – Part 3

By Blog Writer Matt Sallows 

At #JMSM13

At #JMSM13

As the cold December days go by, we find ourselves bundled up inside our new fresh SPAD wear trying to stay warm in the northern Canadian winter. Final exams have started, and once again, we face the stress that comes with being a responsible university student. Students are busy studying and the stress is starting to take its toll with long nights and early mornings. As the daylight hours get shorter, they get longer for us SPAD students as we prepare to complete our first university semester.

Now that December has started, we have a chance to reflect on how great of a month November was. There were so many great events, and fun times that we had with our new best friends. It is hard to believe, but the SPAD family continues to get tighter and tighter as we move throughout the year. November’s highlights included the SGA 3on3 Basketball tournament, the John Molson Sports Marketing Conference in Montreal, SPAD frosh scavenger hunt and the 1st ever poster day. What a very fun month that was enjoyed by all.


2013Dec 13

@LU_SPAD Student Athlete Profile: Cam Brooks


Cam Brooks, our very own OUA All-Star in action.

Cam Brooks, 4th year SPAD student and 4th year defense for the Varsity Men’s Soccer team, completed a four month summer internship with XMC Sports and Entertainment from May to August of this year. He then returned to Laurentian for his 4th and final SPAD year and his 4th season as an key contributor to the Men’s Soccer team. He recently talked to us about the Roller Coaster that was his 4th season with the team and his academic aspirations surrounding his final year in SPAD.

Q: First off Cam, congratulations on what is an incredible accomplishment, a 4-time OUA All-Star in as many years. Tells us a bit about the season through your eyes?

CB: Thanks Cam, it was a big honour to be named a first team all-star again this year. It was nice to be rewarded for the hard work that I put in and the excellence that I strive for every single day and in all facets of my life, academically and athletically.