Archive for the ‘SPAD Student Council’ Category

2017Aug 30

Farewell Mr. President – Roberto Bagnato

17fa44fAs the 2016-2017 school year comes to an end, it’s time for SPAD council members to pass their torches on to next year’s group of student leaders. This year’s council organized a year to remember with events from SPAD curling to a SPAD students favourite day of the year, Saint Spaddies day.

Third year student, Roberto Bagnato, took the time to share his experience as this year’s Student Council President and offers advice to new students and his successor and President for the 2017-2018 school year, Carter Rock. 

SB: Why did you choose to run for this position and what made you want to represent the program as their Student Council President?

RB: I first ran for the position of President on Council after my first year of SPAD as an eager student looking to become more involved in the university and the program. Unfortunately, I wasn’t elected in my first campaign but was happy to support the work of a great guy and even better President, Neal Steven. My drive to create positive change didn’t cease to exist after first-year, which lead to my campaign for President of the 2016-17 SPAD Council roughly one year ago. As one of one the university’s “premiere” programs, and the country’s top sports business degree, I thought there was more to be provided to students to enhance their experience in the program. Looking back, I think this year’s Council has done a phenomenal job of doing so by adding additional SPAD events, creating more opportunities for SPAD students and alumni to connect, and continuing to support the SPAD social scene.

SB: Tell us about SPAD as a program and your experience in it and how it has shaped your brand.

RB: SPAD is really a one of a kind program. There isn’t another program in Canada that provides you the opportunity to pursue a business degree with a specialization in sport. As a brand, we’ve been known throughout the industry as one of the suppliers of top-end talent for a number of years. Projects such as Game Day, second-year consulting project, and Field Trip are entrenched in the program. As a result, I think the SPAD brand has shaped into a larger, confident, family-type group who can dial in and focus when need be, but can also organize a program-wide social event in a matter of minutes. Challenges throughout the program such as creating the inaugural Northern Sports Industry Conference, to surviving core year, has shifted my brand to someone with more confidence and patience in their own abilities to make it happen when it matters most!

SB: How has being on council prepared you in any additional way for your upcoming internship as a fourth year student, and the real world?

RB: Council is a fantastic opportunity for all SPAD students and I highly recommend all students try to become more involved with the program. Being on SPAD Council prepares you for the challenges that come with running events, fundraising for initiatives, and engaging and supporting a large group of individuals. The added responsibility that comes with being on SPAD Council allows you to be proud of when your event or project goes well, and allows you to learn from your mistakes when they do not. Event planning, problem solving, and fundraising are all practical skills that I’m sure will be applied to my upcoming internship and later on in the “real” world.  

SB: What advice do you have to offer to those applying to SPAD and those coming to the program next year?

RB: SPAD is so much more than a university program. SPAD allows you to make friendships and connections with like-minded individuals who are all trying to break into the sports industry. No other program offers the content, opportunity, or connections that SPAD does. The next four years will be some of the best of your life so don’t settle with a program that doesn’t excite you. Looking back, I couldn’t imagine myself at another university or program. How many other students can say that they’re excited to head to class to find out if Lebron James is clutch or if bobbleheads really do affect attendance? If you’re passionate about the sports industry, don’t think twice about heading to Laurentian for the SPAD program.

SB: What advice do you have for Carter taking on the role as SPAD President for the 2017 – 2018 year?

RB: Carter has done an amazing job on Council in the last year as 2nd year rep. Whether it was representing his grade, engaging with the entire program at events, or acting as a liaison to the university, Carter has always been a fantastic representative of the SPAD program. As he continues his tenure with SPAD Council, it’ll be important for Carter and his Council to always keep their purpose as a group in the forefront of decision making. I have no doubt in my mind that Carter and next year’s Council will do a fantastic job in their roles. I am excited to follow their success over the next year!  

SPAD would like to thank Roberto for taking the time to speak with us and wish him the best of his luck in his fourth and final year.

2016Nov 2

SPAD Wear 2016

14632808_1149881298440211_7487804014940766476_n-jpgThe release of SPAD wear has always been a yearly tradition that is heavily anticipated by students who want to take pride in their program and want to represent it in style. Each year, SPAD’s Students’ Council announces a partnership with an apparel company to produce the clothing students know and love. This year, Student Council has announced a partnership with Bauer and CCM. Unlike previous years, SPAD wear is available for immediate purchase – meaning you can try-on, purchase, and walk-away with your clothing in one stop. 

SPAD students Calder Lyons, Chad Mallory, Clayton Lewis, and Isak Moen have compiled the information below. For more information, please contact a member of Student Council.

Student Council and Bauer have worked together to produce a wide variety of clothing that suit both men and women, that are sure to impress. Here are some of the highlights:

The SPAD Colloquia Polo 

Perfect for representing your program both on the golf course and in the classroom. Combine this shirt with a pair of khakis and you’ll be set for any business casual class you will ever have. Coming in a moisture wicking material, you will be able to stay cool and refreshed in even the hottest of School of Education Building classrooms.

The SPAD Monday 8:30 Fleece Hood 

Whether its a 8:30am, 10am or 4pm class, this hoodie is the perfect thing to throw on when you’ve just woken up and are in a rush. It’s not just for rushes though, cause once you put it on, you’ll never take it off! Coming in a nice, cool colour of grey, with our very own SPAD logo printed on the front, people will never forget what program you belong to.

The SPAD Official Program Jacket 

Similar to past year’s jackets, Bauer is back, with a jacket that is arguably the warmest and stylish jacket yet. Coming in both men’s and women’s styles, this jacket will keep you warm, even in Sudbury winters.

Don’t limit yourselves to just these popular items, there are many more styles and options. These include a SPAD mesh cap, SPAD gym T-shirt and shorts, SPAD women’s 1/4 zip, ladies v-neck, and SPAD classic zip sweater. With options like these there is something for everyone.

If you are interested in purchasing SPAD wear you can do so online at https://squareup.com/store/spad-council or in person at these times and locations this week:

Wednesday November 2nd

6:00-8:00 (West Residence)

Thursday November 3rd

2:00-4:00 (West Residence)

Friday November 4th

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (SPAD Learning Lab)

2016Oct 4

SPAD Frosh Day 2016

froshAfter a summer full of internships, friends, and fun, it was time to head back to the books for SPAD student during their first week back to school. For first-year SPAD students, it meant it was time to get acquainted with Laurentian University and the Sports Administration (SPAD) program. Founded in 1972, the SPAD program has been a tradition-rich program since it’s early years at Laurentian. An annual tradition for first-year SPAD students is the SPAD Frosh Day.

SPAD Student Council welcomed the program’s newest students, bright and early at the Laurentian Track and Field Stadium. Upon check-in, each first-year student received their first pieces of SPAD swag. After a few quick introductions, the group got into some ice-breaker activities and learned about each other’s most embarrassing stories, competed in a laundry line race, and even participated in a few Harambe memorial chants. Although ice-breaker activities can be a little awkward at first, it is only a matter of time before this group of frosh look back and have a few good laughs at the activities that transpired.

After a quick lunch courtesy of Topper’s Pizza, the first-year students boarded the bus for Dodge This Paintball. Frosh and Student Council members were divided into teams upon arrival at the paintball park for a classic, Frosh Day battle. The troops participated in games such as capture the flag, free-for-all, and a clan battle on the various maps on the Dodge This Paintball campus. Council member, Josh Bousada, put together a fantastic video which can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJHCXYcjUtI.

Upon returning to school, the first-year students were given some time to wash all the paint off and freshen up for a new tradition, the SPAD Program’s Meet N’ Greet. SPAD faculty and SPAD students were brought together to reconnect after a long summer away for some food, music, and laughs. Congratulations to first-year student Julian Hull who won the raffle grand prize for a custom sports jersey of his choice.

SPAD Students’ Council would also like to thank all who attended and hope to see you soon at our next SPAD event. To all the SPAD Frosh, welcome to the family. Get ready for the most amazing four years of your life here at Laurentian University!

2016Mar 15

SPAD Student Profile: Neal Steven – Mr. President

NealThird year SPAD student Neal Steven is this years SPAD Student Council President. After his first semester as president we wanted to take a look at why he chose to run for president and some insight on what the job is all about. Neal, through his busy schedule, was able to give us some insight on the role the president plays in SPAD.

SB: What are some of your duties as SPAD President? Tell the readers more about your role on council and within the program.

NS: The most important duty I do on a day-to-day basis as SPAD President is represent the student’s best interests. I oversee and collaborate with the entire SPAD Council to plan a variety of events, some of which include a SPAD Blue Jays Game, SPAD Frosh Day, the JMSM Sports Conference in Montreal, and many more.  In the coming weeks we have two more great events we are running, the SPAD Voyageurs Game, and SPAD Bowling night. They should be a blast! Student Council also organizes SPAD Wear, which we chose to do with Roots this year. In addition to coordinating many events with Student Council, I sit as the Student Representative on the SPAD Faculty Meetings, in addition to Faculty of Management meetings.

SB: Why did you choose to run for this position and what made you want to represent the program as their Student Council President?

NS: I chose to run for this position because I believe strongly that SPAD is the best sport business program in Canada, and I want to represent the program and its students as best as I possibly can. I never would have thought I would run for this position coming into SPAD as a first year. However, the experiences the SPAD program has provided me with gave me the confidence and skills to apply for this role. I know what it was like to be a first year coming into the program and believe I utilize this role to help make the transition to SPAD as smooth as possible for first year students, in addition to making this year as fun and interactive as possible for all SPAD students.

SB: Tell us SPAD as a program and your experience in it and how it has shaped your brand.

NS: SPAD students as a whole are team players, great communicators, and extremely hard workers who can present effectively. Entering the program, I was relatively reserved and inexperienced from an employment standpoint. However, after countless group projects, making it through core year classes, and learning how to carry myself and present professionally, it has helped to shape my brand. Some experiences that really stand out as special to me would be the 2nd year Ottawa Senator’s consulting project, and the GameDay project in Tom Blake’s sales class. Both these experiences provided real-life problems and situations that will be extremely valuable to me moving forward. Coming to the SPAD Program has been one of the best decisions of my life.

SB: How has being on council prepared you in any additional way for your upcoming internship as a third year student, and the real world?

NS: Being on council has been an amazing experience, and one that I recommend for every SPAD student. It has definitely helped prepare me for my upcoming internship in many ways. Gaining experience planning events, organizing SPAD Wear, and attending additional meetings with Faculty gives you added responsibility to be accountable and organized every single day. Being able to prioritize, and learning how to be efficient with my time has definitely been something that will help prepare me for my upcoming internship, and the real world.

SB: What advice do you have to offer to those applying to SPAD and those coming to the program next year?

NS: The best advice I have for students applying to SPAD and coming to the program next year is to meet as many people as possible both in your own year and the years above you. There are so many opportunities to meet faculty and upper years, such as a SPAD Wide meet-and-greet we held this year as a part of Frosh Day. Additionally, there are numerous SPAD events that occur throughout the entire year, and I recommend you make an effort to either participate or volunteer for every one of them!

SPAD would like to thank Neal for taking the time to speak to us about his time as president. It’s always great to hear how our current students are being successful. 

 

 

2015Oct 28

SPAD Wear is Back!

Roots LogoEach year the SPAD Student Council organizes SPAD-branded clothing for purchase by anybody in the SPAD family. This year’s Council is extremely excited to announce that ROOTS, a premier apparel company with a long history in sport, will be this year’s supplier of SPAD Wear. This year’s SPAD wear promises to offer quality products, in both women’s and men’s options that members of the SPAD family will be proud to wear. SPAD Student Council has also worked with Square and Weebly to allow for online ordering that is extremely easy to use.

SPAD Wear is a great way to represent yourself and the program you love. If you are hanging out with friends and family, in class, at other academic events, working on an internship or in the sports industry, this gear is a reminder of where you have come from and the family you have gained through this program.

Get your order started by clicking the following link: http://www.spadwear2015.weebly.com/

If you have any questions at all or just want to find out more about SPAD Wear and the order process this year, please feel free to contact either SPAD Student Council President Neal Steven at nsteven@laurentian.ca or Kevin Miller at kmiller@laurentian.ca.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015Oct 20

SPAD Jays Game 2015

Jays GameWhile most students attend university between September and April, in SPAD it’s year-round excitement and a lifetime of networking. The next two posts on the SPAD Blog will describe some of the great summer traditions and opportunities for SPAD students.

On August 15th, approximately 70 Sports Administration students ventured to the Rogers Centre for the annual SPAD Blue Jays game hosted by SPAD Council. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon, the sun was shining and the roof was open. It was going to be a great afternoon of baseball. The game was between the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees, both teams neck and neck looking to win the American League East.

The game is an annual tradition where SPAD students can catch up with fellow classmates, and kickstart the new year. Like every year before, this is the first opportunity for upper-year students to meet some of the new SPAD Frosh. It’s also the frosh’s first chance to fully appreciate the SPAD experience and the strong network of students and alumni. Unfortunately for all the Jays fans in attendance, the experience wasn’t perfect, as the Blue Jays’ bats didn’t show up and they lost 4-1 to the Yankees.

Fortunately the festivities didn’t end there as a large number of the attending students walked down the street to Real Sports, North Americas premiere sports bar. It was a great time to share some laughs over dinner and drinks; a great day for all.

SPAD Council President, Neal Steven, was pleased with the excellent turnout and had this to say: “It was great to see so many SPAD students, alumni, and some excited new frosh come out and enjoy a wonderful afternoon of baseball.”

The annual SPAD Blue Jays game is always a great time for students. It has definitely made every one of us excited to head back up to Sudbury for another great year in SPAD.

2014Sep 15

SPAD Frosh Day 2014

By: Tyler Fitch

2014-2015 SPAD Frosh

2014-2015 SPAD Frosh Class

For many, the beginning of September represents the ending of summer and the beginning of school. Making the transition from high school to university can seem daunting, especially for those who don’t know anyone at their new university. Luckily, the students entering their first year of Sports Administration are coming into a program that is close-knit like no other. SPAD Frosh Day, for many, is the day where people will meet others who will one day turn into lifelong friends. This year, there are 78 frosh, a much larger group than previous years. No matter how many first years there are, the tradition of going paintballing on Frosh Day needed to be upheld.

The day began by meeting at the Ben Avery gym, where ice-breakers and introductions were to be held. Students who arrived early took advantage of the location and played basketball while waiting for others who had come from Friday morning class. Once everyone had arrived, council began with their introductions before passing it off to the frosh, who shared their names, where they were from, and an interesting fact about themselves. This transitioned into another ice-breaking game, where students were split up into teams and had to work together to answer questions and elect members who best represented various categories.

From here, the students boarded two buses that drove across town to Dodge This Paintball. Each frosh was given a gun, 100 paintballs, and a mask, and began by playing in a wooded area filled with hills, trenches, and valleys. The students fought through rain, mud, and poor visibility in the beginning, and many emerged from the forest with mud and paint covering most of their bodies. As the first years returned to the front, council began handing out pizza that had just been delivered. During the break, the sun finally emerged and more frosh went out for subsequent rounds on the main course, filled with small buildings, cars, and obstacles. After a couple more hours passed by, it was time to take the iconic Frosh picture and return to residence for a break before reconvening later in the night.

Later in the night, frosh and council met Professor Zinn and Dr. Eastman at Wacky Wings, where the first years took the valuable opportunity to connect and network with the upper years on council as well as the faculty that will be working with them for the upcoming years.

Check out some of the highlights from the day:

SPAD Council would like to thank all the frosh as well as the faculty for making the day a great success, and look forward to seeing everyone at numerous SPAD events throughout the year.

2014Mar 20

@LU_SPAD President Profile – Sean Meyers

1235263_10153274027850517_2064817181_nQ: What are some of your duties as SPAD President? Tell the readers more about your role on council and within the program.

As the President of SPAD, I am responsible for facilitating a strong group of leaders that is this years’ SPAD Student Council. Throughout the year we are responsible for planning all Council run events including: SPAD Frosh Day, the annual trip SPAD students make to Montreal for the John Molson Sports Marketing Conference, SPAD Formal, as well as several other events taking place over the course of the year. In addition, I host monthly meetings with our Council, as well as work on tasks throughout the year including the program’s prestigious “SPAD Wear”. Through my role on the Council, I am ultimately responsible for ensuring that the students of SPAD receive the best extra circular experience possible over the course of the year.

Q: Why did you choose to run for this position and what made you want to represent the program as their Student Council President?

During the 2012-2013 school year I served as the Second Year Representative on the SPAD Council. I really enjoyed assuming this role, and decided I wanted to explore a larger role within the program the following year. In talking with upper year students and alumni of SPAD who had been apart of the SPAD Council, they had talked heavily of the benefits and great experience in which the Council experience provided. When the opportunity arose, I immediately knew I wanted to pursue the role of President on the SPAD Student Council. Growing up I’ve striven to become a leader, and SPAD Council President role has not only allowed me to grow as a leader, but it has also allowed me to grow a team of leaders, which is the students within SPAD. I would encourage any first and second year students with the slightest interest in a Council position to take advantage of it, as the experience has been all I could ask for.

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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…)

2014Feb 27

Opportunity For Current SPAD Students!

This message is being passed along on behalf of Sean Meyers and SPAD Student Council: 

CaptureGreetings SPAD students,

For the first time in many years, the SPAD Student Council has teamed up with Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment to present the MLSE Sport Management Forum. This unique event will be taking place on March 21 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Tickets for this unique event are $37, which includes a ticket to the Sport Management Forum, as well as a ticket to watch the Toronto Raptors take on the Oklahoma City Thunder that evening. All students interested are suggested to reserve their spot through the Council ASAP as numbers are extremely limited. For more information, take a look at the attached document provided by MLSE or contact any member of the SPAD Council. Unfortunately, due to the event falling on the eve of the fourth year consulting trip in Chicago, this opportunity will not be available to those individuals attending the trip.

If you have any questions, or are looking to reserve yourself a spot, please contact Sean Meyers at smeyers@laurentian.ca by this Friday, February 28 to guarantee yourself a spot. We look forward to seeing you all take advantage of this unique opportunity!

Thanks,

Sean Meyers

On behalf of the SPAD Student Council

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