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ReCon

ReCon VII - Mapping 150 Years: Growth, Research & Celebration

September 8-10, 2017
Canmore, Alberta

**NEW**Abstract Submission details now available

About the Conference
Stay In Touch
Program Details
Registration and Bus Transportation
Accommodation
Abstract Submission
Funding Opportunities
About Canmore
Past Conference Archive
ReCon VII Sponsors

About the Conference

ReCon is an annual graduate student retreat and conference that focuses on graduate student research and professional development. It covers topics relevant to students in all phases of their programs. Opportunities for students, staff, and professors to interact in a casual and supportive atmosphere abound. Whether students are new to the faculty or nearing the end of their programs, attendance at ReCon is an extremely valuable interdisciplinary experience that is a lot of fun!

The theme for Recon VII is Mapping 150 Years: Growth, Research & Celebration! So much of the graduate student experience is about gaining experiences through different avenues: learning skills, building knowledge, creating social networks, trying out new activities, or even studying abroad! ReCon VII: Mapping 150 Years: Growth, Research & Celebration will reflect on the many opportunities available to graduate students in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta both during their graduate programs and after they leave. In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, we will reflect, learn, and celebrate the endless opportunities that await us at the University of Alberta and after graduation!

What are the Benefits of Attending ReCon?

    • Be exposed to the wide breadth of research conducted in the faculty. • Be challenged to think critically about topics outside of your research area. • Present and receive critical feedback on your research in a safe environment. • Meet and reconnect with other students, staff, and faculty members. • Build valuable friendships and support systems. • Connect with the beautiful Rocky Mountains, including breathtaking views, diversity of wildlife, and endless recreational activities.

How do I sign up? 

  1. Register & book transportation
    •  Early bird registration for students: May 1st to June 15th ($110)
    • General registration for students: after June 16th ($135)
    • Early bird registration for faculty: May 1st to June 15th ($150)
    • General registration for faculty: after June 16th ($175)
  2. Book your hotel
    • Special conference rate ($130)
  3. Submit an abstract (not required)
    • Abstract submission will run from May 1st to June 30th
    • All abstracts will be accepted

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Stay in Touch

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Program Details

*The preliminary program-at-a-glance will be available online shortly*

The program will include professional development sessions, student presentations, keynote speakers, and outdoor activity breaks.

Keynote Speakers

Alumni Speaker

Each year at ReCon, an alumnus of the faculty will present a keynote address. The speaker will reflect on his or her experiences as a graduate student in our faculty, and how these experiences contributed to achieving career success

This year we are excited to announce Audrey Giles as our Alumni speaker. Bio coming soon!


The Rod Murray Memorial Address

Each year a selected senior PhD student delivers a keynote address to the ReCon delegates. The address embodies the qualities that distinctively defined Rod as a member of the graduate student community. He was a passionate teacher, committed to critical thinking, who had a steadfast belief in the role of the public intellectual. Rod believed in a thoughtful questioning of the ‘status quo’ as it applied to teaching, conducting research, building relationships, and translating our knowledge.

This year’s Rod Memorial Address will be delivered by Michael Dubnewick!

Michael Dubnewick_Rod Murray Memorial Address ReCon VII

 

Michael Dubnewick is a Ph.D. candidate, and SSHRC Doctoral scholar, working with Dr. Tara-Leigh McHugh. Michael's early research interest largely came from his teachings at home where he lived in a family of chefs. It was in his home that he experienced how important food was to bringing people together. When Michael moved to Edmonton his connections to food-based practices often guided where and how he connected in his new home. With his familial knowledge in mind he got involved in several community garden projects in Edmonton. It was his tensions as a recreation practitioner as he worked in an inner city community garden project alongside marginalized and Indigenous peoples that started his doctoral work. He now continues to research and work in the inner city around community gardens, as he explores how recreation practitioners negotiate respectful relations with Indigenous peoples. Besides his research and commitment to working with communities, Michael is a Teaching Fellow at the Peter Lougheed Leadership College at the University of Alberta. It is his love and care for stories that guides his work.

A note from Michael’s nominator: I am delighted to be nominating Michael Dubnewick for the Rod Murray Memorial Address. Michael quietly and thoughtfully questions his role as a public intellect and his intellectual curiosity is evident through his work. Michael’s research is focused on questioning the ‘status quo’ with respect to how research in Physical Education and Recreation is conducted. Working alongside a Traditional Knowledge Keeper, which is arguably not the “norm” in our faculty, Michal engages in narrative work with Indigenous peoples in garden, recreation, and community places. A dedicated volunteer, Michael works tirelessly to maintain genuine relationships with Indigenous community members through his community
garden work. Michael constantly questions his position of privilege as a non-Indigenous man engaging in Indigenous research, and he is committed to sharing these learnings with the broader academic community. Following the lead of Rod Murray, Michael has a passion and commitment as a public intellect to engage in respectful research.

Professional Development Sessions

Earn your Professional Development credits! No additional cost

Details for our professional development sessions will be available online shortly!

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Outdoor Activities

This year, a range of activities will be offered! Students can choose their own adventure, while enjoying the beauty and backdrop of the incredible Rocky Mountains. 

*Activity registration coming soon*

Saturday, September 8

  • Adventure Race through Banff
  • Bus will depart the hotel for Banff at 12:30 pm
  • Bus will depart Banff back to hotel at 4:00 pm

Sunday, September 9

  • Outdoor yoga from 9:30  to 11:00 am

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Dining Arrangements

Friday September 8th:

  • A brewery tour at the Grizzly Paw Brewing Company has been booked for ReCon VII attendees. Delegates are responsible for paying for their own tour fees of approximately $30/person
  • Brewery tour runs from 5:30-6:30 pm, immediately following poster presentations
  • Students will be responsible for their own dinner arrangements

Saturday September 9th:

  • The conference dinner will take place at the Coast Hotel and Conference Center. Details will be posted shortly.
  • The dinner is included with registration. However, delegates will be responsible for their own beverages.
  • Non-Delegates: Tickets will be available for purchase ahead of time. We will send out an announcement when these tickets are available. There will not be tickets available for purchase at the conference. 
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Registration and Bus Transportation

*Registration now open*

Conference Costs:

  • STUDENTS:
    • Early bird registration for students: May 1st to June 15th ($110)
    • General registration for students: after June 16th ($135)
  • FACULTY:
    • Early bird registration for faculty: May 1st to June 15th ($150)
    • General registration for faculty: after June 16th ($175)

Guests of ReCon VII attendees may register at the student rates

What is Included?
  • Conference registration for the weekend 
  • A conference bag stuffed with goodies!
  • 2 breakfasts (Saturday and Sunday) 
  • 2 lunches (Saturday and Sunday) 
  • Conference dinner at the Coast Hotel (Saturday) 
  • Transportation to Canmore and to activities during the conference (if needed)

How to Register:

Booking Online

  1. Go to activityreg.ualberta.ca
  2. Click on the "programs" tab
  3. Search the course barcode (use barcode 36911 until June 15; use barcode 36912 afterward).
  4. Once you've added the event to your cart, you'll be asked to sign in. All faculty and staff should have a login ID and account PIN (please note - this is NOT your CCID and password). If you don't know this info, click "forgot password" and enter your UAlberta email to have your login and pin sent to you.
  5. If you are not a UAlberta student or faculty member, you can create and account or call us to book at 780.492.2231.
  6. If you are a student but you can't get the student rate, please call our office to book at 780.492.2231.
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Accommodation

The Coast Hotel and Conference Center is located along Bow Valley Trail in Canmore, a short walk from downtown Canmore, including an array of restaurants and shops. The conference venue is fully accessible.

We have secured a special room rate for ReCon VI attendees of $130 per night (single or double occupancy). If you have more people sharing your room it will be an extra $15 per person per night. Please note: these rates do not include taxes. The Coast Hotel and Conference Centre has extended this special room rate: ReCon VII attendees can book their rooms at this special price for up to 3 days before and 3 days after ReCon VII. Hotel booking deadline for this special ReCon VII rate is August 7th or until rooms are sold out. Don’t delay, book today!

If you have any questions please email: PERGSSReCon@gmail.com

Students are responsible for booking their own room and finding your own roommates! Please use our ReCon Facebook page as a source for connecting with other graduate students and finding roommates!

Hotel ReCon VII rates are limited in availability! Book your room now to secure your ReCon VII room rate!

How to Book Your Hotel:

For guests to make reservations, they can contact our toll free number on 1800.716.6199 quoting the group code ‘CCM- GFC2457’ or group name ‘ReCon VII - 2017’. Alternatively, guests can make online reservations using this web link here.

1. Online
You can pay online by credit card by going to the Coast Hotel website
Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted.

** Make sure the correct dates are selected for your stay**
** Your credit card will not be charged until you check out of the hotel at the end of the conference**

GROUP CODE: **Will be available shortly**

2. By Phone
Coast Hotel Reservations can be reached at 403-678-3625 or toll free 1-800-716-6199.
Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted.
Please mention that you are staying with RECON VII

Late check out (noon) will be provided, with luggage storage in a secure area from 12-3 pm on Sunday, September 10, 2017.

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Abstract Submission

*Abstracts are now being accepted for ReCon VII*

Presenting at ReCon is a wonderful opportunity to discuss your research and get valuable feedback from professors and students from the Faculty. It is also a great way to sharpen your presentation skills before presenting at larger conferences, submitting for publication, or preparing for an oral exam. Even if you have presented the paper at a conference prior to ReCon, there will be many people in the crowd for whom it will be 'new'.

Abstracts from all research areas are welcomed and students are encouraged to submit abstracts for all types of projects, including (but not limited to) proposals, works-in-progress, and finished projects. For example, course-based Master’s students can present their capping project or a project for a class, while Coaching Master’s students may present work that they have done with an athletic team.

All student abstracts are accepted!

Abstract Submission guideline:

  • Abstract submissions will be open from May 12 – July 17, 2017
  • Length of abstract: maximum 300 words, plus the maximum one page of Figures and/or Tables, another one page of references (optional), and 3 keywords
  • Submission format: Microsoft Office Word file
  • Deadline: July 17, 2017
  • Presentation formats:
  • 12-minute oral presentation
  • 3M (3-minute) talk*
  • poster presentation 12-minute alternative presentation**

* This format is presented and assessed according to the 3MT UAlberta event
** Anything including dance, video/film, activity, and live experiment. Be creative!

Abstract submission review process

This year’s special feature – blind review and feedback!

Abstract reviews will be done by two blind reviewers (FPER faculty graduate students): one from your area (based on your abstract’s keywords) and the other from outside of your area. With such a diverse group of students and faculty in FPER, be sure to tailor your abstract to an interdisciplinary audience, that is, our Faculty!

Submit your abstract HERE (Google Form

If you have any questions, please contact Shintaro Kono at skono@ualberta.ca


Presentation Guidelines

*Please check back for presentation guidelines*

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Funding Opportunities

Below is a list of travel awards offered by the University

FGSR Travel Awards
GSA Professional Development Award
Green and Gold Student Leadership and Professional Development Grant
Physical Education and Recreation Graduate Travel Grant

Check with your supervisor about potential travel awards in your research area.

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About Canmore

Canmore is a quaint mountain town located on the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies and is one hour west of Calgary. Banff National Park lies just to the west and north of Canmore, with the town of Banff only fifteen minutes away. Outdoor activities in Canmore are abundant, and include hiking, scrambling, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, and canoeing. The city holds a world class Nordic center and is within proximity of 5 major ski resorts. If a stroll around town is what you fancy, you’ll find a variety of restaurants, pubs, unique shops, and an inspiring collection of local art.

For more information on Canmore check out the Tourism Canmore/Kananaskis website at www.toursimcanmore.com, and for more information on Banff check out the Town of Banff website at www.banff.ca. If you plan to stay in Canmore a day or two extra, check HERE for a list of recommended restaurants and activities!

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Past Conference Archive

Detailed Program from ReCon VI
Detailed Program from ReCon V

Detailed Program from ReCon IV
Detailed Program from ReCon III
Detailed Program from ReCon II
Detailed Program from ReCon I


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ReCon VII Sponsors

Physical Education and Recreation Graduate Student Society (PERGSS)