Media releases

  • Badgers men’s basketball team gets new den

    MEDIA ADVISORY: R00206 – 23 September 2016

    The Brock Badgers men’s basketball team will have a new-look home off the court this season.

    Brock Sports will host an event Monday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. to show off the first full renovation of the men’s dressing room in four decades. The project is the result generous support from the Partridge family, who has helped the Brock community and many others over the years.

    The updated look includes full, individualized wood stalls for the players and new rubberized flooring.

    “I think it speaks volumes to the generosity of the people in this community and particularly the Partridges, who have given so much in so many ways to Brock University and our program,” said Kissi. “We are truly grateful for their ongoing contributions and commitment to not only the program and the University, but to the region.”

    “This support from the Partridge family speaks volumes to their commitment to Brock Sports and matches the trajectory our men’s basketball program is on,” said Neil Lumsden, Director, Brock Sports.

    The Badgers men and women open the Ontario University Athletics regular season at home Nov. 12 against the Toronto Varsity Blues, though both teams have full pre-season schedules leading up to that night. Season tickets will be available online through and from the Walker Complex Welcome Desk starting Monday, Sept. 26.

    What: Men’s Basketball Dressing Room Unveiling
    When: Monday, Sept. 26, 1 p.m.
    Where: Walker Athletic Complex
    Who: Head coach Charles Kissi; Director, Brock Sports Neil Lumsden; Acting President Brian Hutchings; Brock basketball players; Representatives from the Partridge family.

    For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

    * Dan Dakin, Media Relations Officer, Brock University, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970

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  • Applications now open for BioLinc program to support young Niagara entrepreneurs

    MEDIA RELEASE: R00205 – 22 September 2016

    Brock University and Niagara College will continue to facilitate youth entrepreneurship after successfully managing the Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship program and ncTakeOff hub for the last two years.

    Applications for this year’s Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship program can be submitted through BioLinc, Brock’s business incubator until Sept. 25.

    Matt Clarke, an accounting student at Brock’s Goodman School of Business, has experienced the value of the KSE program.

    Last year, Clarke founded Express Deliveries, a local delivery company that has already served over 8,000 customers in Niagara with the help of the program.

    “It helped us a lot,” Clarke said. “They teach you about marketing, accounting, finance – and actually help you get through the beginning stages of your business. They provide you with mentorship, and some competitions we were part of us really taught us how to talk to investors and present ourselves.”

    Born out of a class project, Danielle Speck, a second-year student in Niagara College’s Business – General program, founded Mojo Hydrotherapy, an artisanal bath bomb social enterprise. In under six months, Danielle won the Entrepreneur Challenge, a Niagara College business plan contest supported by ncTakeOff, received a $3000 Summer Company grant via the St. Catharines Enterprise Centre, and has established a distribution network with local markets and retailers, including Niagara College’s Benchmarket.
    "After my entrepreneurship class project, I had so much support from my teacher, Rachel Crane, and couldn’t have imagined the umbrella of opportunities and guidance that would come from her and Niagara College,” Speck said. “ncTakeOff connected me with shop owners, photographers, media, local business support centres, business social events, grant opportunities and more I even thought was available to us.”
    There will be several signature events co-hosted by Brock University and Niagara College, as well as standalone resources which will be offered on respective campuses and tailored to meet the unique needs of each student population.

    Planned for Nov. 4-6, the annual Niagara Young Entrepreneur Kick-Off Weekend will see young entrepreneurs form a team, build and pitch a business idea all in one weekend. The weekend will also include a keynote speaker, business development training, and mentorship opportunities for youth aged 18-29 who are technically skilled or curious about entrepreneurship.

    Other key events include Entrepreneurship Week in March which will feature pitch competitions and networking opportunities, and a showcase in April to celebrate student entrepreneur successes.

    Media inquiries, please contact:
    Dan Dakin
    Media Relations Officer, Brock University
    Office: 905.688.5550 ext. 5353
    Cell: 905-347-1970

    Susan McConnell
    Media Advisor, Niagara College
    Office: 905 641-2252 ext. 4330
    Cell: 905 933-6259

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