August 13, 2015
I received a notification on Tuesday that a photo had been added of me to an alumni website. The photo is a scan of a page from a 2006 university yearbook. It’s funny that I have absolutely no recollection of writing this incredibly nerdy blurb, and yet I can wholeheartedly believe that I wrote it.
During the 2005-2006 academic year, I had a position in the engineering student government as “Sponsorship Director.” The job was to try to find free money for events and publications. But, as with most things I do, I went crazy with it and got much more involved with it than my predecessors. I did such a good job that year that I was awarded by the University of Toronto Engineering Society as Director of the Year.
I was given about half a page to write about my Engineering Society position in “Skulebook 0T6” which was the yearbook for the 2005-2006 University of Toronto Engineering faculty. It includes a photo of me that I think was from September 2005. Here is the excerpt:
The exact text is a little hard to read, so I’ve transcribed it below for easier reading:
Sponsorship, the Finance Frontier. These are the voyages of the Engineering Society Sponsorship Director. His twelve-month mission: to explore strange new events, to seek out new income and advertising opportunities, to boldly go where no Sponsorship Director has gone before.
Director’s Log, Skuledate 31337.
It is illogical to think that financial support for events and advertisements in publications appear without cause. As such, my role as Engineering Society Sponsorship Director has been to oversee all sponsorship activities of the Society. The three major activities were to conduct sponsorship campaigns for a number of engineering society events and publications, train sponsorship managers for various engineering society affiliated clubs and teams, and manage the engineering society’s contract with our advertising agency CU Advertising.
Some events and publications that benefited from my services include Orientation, the F!rosh Handbook, the Skule™ Planner, The Cannon, Skulebook, SUDS, Skule™ Nite, and Gradball. Some costs of these events and publications were deferred by sourcing sponsorship and advertising revenues from external sponsors. About $50,000 was raised from sponsorship sources this year, meaning everyone’s tuition may have been about $10 higher without my sponsorship support.
Yes, the first part of that is a blatant rip-off of the Star Trek opening monologue. I cringe a little bit about how geeky it was/is, and yet am quietly rather proud of 10-year-old younger me.
I retrospect, I’d like to think that my grammar has improved since then, and I’d properly capitalize things now and use Oxford commas properly, when appropriate.
I searched through my basement and dug out my own copy of Skulebook 0T6.
This was a fun trip back through memory lane. It has inspired me to dig out some other old things to perhaps share for future Throwback Thursdays.