2011Dec 20

Happy Holidays from @LU_SPAD!

Happy Holidays from SPAD

Hard to believe how fast the Fall 2011 term has gone by! As I write this post, students are finishing up final exams and heading home for the holidays. This fall SPAD welcomed the Class of 2015 and watched the SPAD Class of 2011 make their way into the sport world and join the @LU_SPAD alumni family.  SPAD students has enjoyed visits from SPAD alumni such as Matthew Jackson, @Legault_Phil,  Randy Pascal and Clay Leibel. Industry professionals like Rob Faulds @ConwayFraser and @ToddRobson helped ensure that our new Sport, Media and Communication class got started on the right foot.

The 4th year students are out on internships and the class is well on  its way to raising funds for the 2012 Field Trip to Denver. The 3rd SPAD students are taking Event Management to a new level this year in preparation for their trip next year. This fall saw the return of several annual SPAD events such as the SPAD Flag Football Tournament and the re-launch of the SPAD Alumni Golf Tournament. The SPAD Grey Cup Event moved to the Pub Down Under and a new partnership with Aramark Food Services provide a great food menu, including wings, nachos and ribs for the event.

I am pleased to say that SPAD has renewed its partnership with the SGA/AGE here on campus and have run some successful events as a part of this partnership. It is great to see groups on campus coming together for successful student engagement. We hope to continue to build this partnership as the year moves forward.

The SPAD student council organized another successful year of SPAD Wear and for the first time SPAD Alumni Wear, something that we hope to expand in the coming years. The council also arranged a successful trip to the JMSM conference in Montreal, a great Frosh Day and ran the 3rd Annual SPAD Frosh Scavenger Hunt.

SPAD students have continued to excel and many have received accolades and bursaries to support their studies. SPAD 3rd year student Kendra Lilly shared her experience as a competitive curler with other aspiring young athletes at the Sportlink Guts and Glory Lunch. SPAD students continued to contribute to Laurentian’s success in CIS sport, including the Men’s Soccer team (Patrick Smoke, Liam Dougherty, Cameron Brooks), the Women’s Soccer Team (Julie Lopez), the Women’s Cross Country Team (Gracie Tetzlaff), the Voyageur Golf Team (Geoff Wolfer, Brennan Doyle), the Lacrosse Team (Blaine Syme, Jack Somerville, Robert Pollock) and the Women’s Basketball Team (Katarina Schwabe, Danielle Harris).

The 2011 year has been a great ride and we are all looking forward to what 2012 will bring – look for a preview of 2012 in the next blog entry in early January. As always, follow us on Twitter @LU_SPAD for the latest news from SPAD.

We would like to thank all our partners and alumni for their continued support of SPAD and our students – without your involvement, we would not have the great program that we do.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us in SPAD.

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