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SPAD 50th Anniversary

We invite you to save the dates of October 13-16, 2022 to celebrate 50 years since the introduction of the Sports Administration program at Laurentian University. This will be a great opportunity to reunite with your classmates, to relive the great memories of your LU days, and catch up on what your classmates have been doing since graduation. 

Plans are getting underway for several events throughout the year, culminating with a special weekend of activities, and we hope that you and your family can attend. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to contact us. We hope to see many of you in October 2022.

If you are interested in joining one of the several planning sub-committees, please email Diane Mihalek

Diane (Côté) Mihalek - SPAD '89
Chair, 50th Anniversary Reunion Committee

SPAD 50th Anniversary Reunion Planning Committee

The 50th anniversary celebration aims to touch as wide an audience as possible, with primary focus on the LU SPAD family – alumni, students (and their parents), faculty, staff, community supporters and other key stakeholders– and the Laurentian community (including prospective students and donors). Therefore, the planning committee and subcommittees will be comprised of representatives for each of the constituencies. The Chair and Planning Committee also welcome your comments and suggestions for how best to mark this significant milestone.

Marketing Communications Committee

This subcommittee takes the lead in coming up with theme and messaging for the 50th anniversary that fully integrate and coordinate with SPAD’s marketing direction. This subcommittee will integrate messages, look and feel into all advertising, print collateral, event promotion and social media presence. They will work closely with Finance Committee as well as
the Outreach Committee.

Outreach Committee

The purpose of the Outreach Committee is to communicate directly with our SPAD Alumni database and communicate what will be happening during the 50th Anniversary Weekend as well as other celebratory events. This will include helping with encouraging and keeping track of ticket sales and attendance at each of the different events. They will work closely with the Marketing Communications Committee as well as the Events Committee.

Fundraising/Sponsorship Committee

The Fundraising/Sponsorship Committee will work together to secure funds (including cash and in-kind donations) to help offset some of the costs involved with hosting this great event. This may include acquiring prizes for some of the events that will be held throughout the 50th year celebrations.

Legacy Committee

While the celebration of 50 years of SPAD is key to mark this significant milestone, it is important to share information, ideas, strategies and tactics, so that the initiatives and events are aligned and focused on achieving common goals. This committee will work closely with the SPAD Leadership Group and Laurentian University to discuss ways to not only mark the 50 years of SPAD but also what the result of the celebrations and other initiatives look like in supporting the
program in the future.

Events Committee

The Events Committee will work to develop and plan a great itinerary to celebrate one of Laurentian University’s most prestigious programs. This will include the 50 th Anniversary Gala, Golf Tournament, Class celebrations, and other events that may be included in the overall celebrations. This subcommittee will recruit chairs for each event (ie. golf tournament, gala, etc) and oversee planning and they will work closely with Marketing/Communications, Outreach, and Fundraising/Sponsorship subcommittees to address funding and promotion of these different events.


Finance Committee

This subcommittee is responsible for the fiscal management of the 50th Anniversary events including providing assistance in the assessment, proposal and supervision of budget and expenditures. This subcommittee will work closely with all other subcommittees to provide guidance and recommendations to ensure prudent management.