ReCon: Inspiring Our Academic Community
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ReCon helps create a sense of community, friendship, and openness among graduate students and faculty
As a graduate student it can be hard to get to know fellow students. ReCon provided me (and many others) the chance to meet other graduate students in both a professional and relaxed setting. I moved to a new city for this degree and it is because of this event that I met most of the people and friends I know today.
By helping to support ReCon you will be helping students like me to make the connections, friendships, and support systems that have the opportunity to last a lifetime.
ReCon is an annual graduate student REtreat and CONference run for students, by students from the Physical Education & Recreation Faculty. At ReCon, we promote and celebrate graduate student research, leadership, and professional development, in a supportive environment that encourages interaction and builds community among students, staff, and professors. We also retreat to the mountains for a number of recreational and social activities, including hiking, mountain biking, and yoga. ReCon may only be one weekend in the mountains, but the sense of community that it develops helps to support students for the entire year!
Check out our program to see what we did at ReCon IV!
“It’s a great way to start the year and get to know other people. It brings us closer together as a faculty. And the breakfasts are AWESOME and so were the mountains.” (anonymous, ReCon III evaluation)
Our Graduate Program
The Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta is an exciting community for graduate students! This renowned faculty in physical education and leisure studies comprises diverse perspectives and approaches to human movement. We have graduate students come from all over the world to specialize in a multitude of fields, including sport, recreation, adapted physical activity, sociology, psychology, dance, physiology, coaching, and more! This is highlighted at ReCon, where a truly multidisciplinary academic conference takes place over the span of three days.
Our graduate program aims to ensure all students are able to effectively communicate/present their research ideas, and to develop professional skills for success in their careers. We as graduate students have expressed the need for opportunities to develop the skills necessary to progress in academia. ReCon was developed as a unique initiative to address this need!
Our Campaign Goal
To ensure the sustainability of the event moving forward, we have embarked on this fundraising project with a goal of raising at least $10,000. In addition to the base funding provided by our faculty, this money will help subsidize the cost for students at ReCon, allow us to offer more enhanced opportunities for the next three years, and making sure that each student has the opportunity to attend the event. The funds we raise will be put directly into an account that is devoted to hotels, transportation, food, and any other costs incurred directly by graduate students attending ReCon.
ReCon has been running for four years and in that time has grown to a conference that was attended by approximately half of our student body in 2013. Each year our program expands to include new and innovative directives. Two years ago we initiated the inspirational student-nominated Rod Murray Memorial Address in collaboration with our graduate student society and Rod's family and friends. This past year we invited an alumni speaker to commemorate the 50th anniversary of our faculty, and we also expanded our scientific program to include short oral presentations. Those who have attended also indicated how much they enjoyed the conference, with 95% of last years attendees saying that they would recommend the conference to others!
ReCon is also a wonderful uninterrupted opportunity for new students to become acquainted with their program, develop professional skills, and bond with fellow students. Twenty-three of the twenty five new students in our faculty attended the conference last year.
“The best part about my first year in graduate school was ReCon” (Mathieu Wiest, 1st year PhD student).
ReCon also creates opportunities each year for graduate students to take on small and larger leadership positions on the committee. Each year we have had more and more students get involved, and last year there were six students on the committee as well as other students on sub-committees! This student-run aspect of the event is unique and integral to the success of ReCon.
In closing, we hope that you believe (as we do!) that ReCon is an event and tradition in our graduate program that should continue for years to come. Your support, may it be financial or by word of mouth, will be key to making this happen! Thanks for taking the time to learn about ReCon!
ReCon develops student leaders
Published on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 at 11:30 PM (MDT)
One great thing about ReCon is that it provides an opportunity for students to take on leadership roles. This past year we had 7 graduate students organize the event, and another handful of students support them. The focus of the graduate student organizers is to plan an event that is truly tailored to the wants and needs of their fellow graduate students. Helping organize ReCon is very meaningful to the student organizers. Check out the video testimonial below that highlights Jodie Stearns' experience with ReCon. Jodie has been the Co-Chair of the ReCon Committee for the past two years. http://youtu.be/jUcCax6lmTA
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