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Our ReCon

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.



Our
Successes

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!

We've reached 33% of our goal!

  Published on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 at 11:27 PM (MST)
We've reached 33% of our goal! Wow! Thank you so much to our supporters for helping us reach the 33% milestone! We've had such great success early on in our campaign and are excited to keep the momentum going!

ReCon is an important event in our faculty as it represents the beginning of a culture shift among graduate students. Academic pursuits, from classwork to scholarship and job applications, are inherently competitive. It is easy to feel like your fellow colleagues are competitors and lose sight of the fact that we can all learn from each other. Attending ReCon provides an opportunity for students to create support networks. By the end of the weekend we feel more like friends and colleagues and less like competitors. This is the kind of environment that will help graduate students flourish. 


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