2011Oct 31

The Story Thus Far…

By SPAD Blogger Andy Leach

The First half of the Term Recap

As we reach the mid-point of the semester, it is time to look back upon the story so far, and recap the SPAD experiences enjoyed by staff, students, and alumni alike. To begin, we welcomed the latest crop of talent which SPAD has to offer – the frosh. The frosh had an excellent day of bonding with each other through paintballing, and food, as well as having a chance to meet the students and professors that will help guide them through their time at Laurentian University.

Shortly after the frosh were settling in, the SPAD council launched the latest line of SPAD Wear. This year’s SPAD Wear is all Reebok apparel, and includes sweaters, polo’s, t-shirts, hats, tracksuits, as well as a new addition – women’s apparel. The SPAD community eagerly awaits the arrival of their orders show that students, faculty, and alumni alike can show their pride for the SPAD program.

Thus far, we have been lucky to welcome three guest speakers. These speakers have all been able to offer students insight into various career fields, and offer words of wisdom and advice to students as they progress throughout their education and future careers. The first of the speaker series welcome Mr.’s Conway Fraser and Todd Robson to centre stage. The duo offered students firsthand knowledge of media relations, public relations, as well as insight into how the news world operates. The third speaker to grace us with his presence was SPAD alumni Mr. Matthew Jackson. Jackson has had the privilege of working for 5 Olympic Games, including Sydney 2000, and Vancouver 2010. He brought a great perspective towards the event management and was keen to stress the importance of good networking skills to the students. On November 2nd, SPAD will welcome its fourth guest speaker this term, Mr. Rob Faulds, Sportsnet Broadcaster.

This semester brought about the re-launch of the Annual SPAD Alumni Golf Tournament.  The event, held at Shawneeki Golf Course (Newmarket, On.) was a great success, with a good time being had by students and alumni alike. At the end of the warm, sunny day of competition, the team consisting of Cole Julien, Mike Leblanc, and Mike Ondevilla emerged as the winning three-some. The evening was capped off by a steak dinner and awards ceremony to celebrate the individual and team performances of the participants. The event also served as a successful fundraiser for the 4th year sport consulting trip to Denver, Colorado.

Finally, the first of the third-year run events kicked off – the Annual SPAD Flag Football tournament. The tournament saw a weekend of terrible weather, and intense competition. The participants were not deterred by the weather and battled through two days of games with the hopes of reaching the final, which was played under the stadium lights. In the end, the victorious team of Laurentian University students walked away with 12 tickets for the Toronto Argonauts game on October 21st.

Looking ahead, we have the second of the third- year events with the SGA Halloween Party taking place after the reading break. The event – held on Halloween, will take place at the `Pub Downunder` at Laurentian University with all proceeds going towards next year’s field trip.

To cap off, we wish the hosts of the Halloween Party a successful evening, and wish everyone the best of luck with midterm results.

Here’s to ensuring that the rest of the semester is as eventful and successful as the first half was for students, faculty, staff and alumni alike.

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