RDC conference gives students a chance to experience life of academia

Outside of school work, Red Deer College students had a chance to get a taste of life in academia as they spent a day presenting a paper to an audience.

Outside of school work, Red Deer College students had a chance to get a taste of life in academia as they spent a day presenting a paper to an audience.

About 60 students gave presentations throughout Saturday on papers they have written during their college life. The presentations were a part of the 10th annual Agora RDC undergraduate conference

English instructor and chair of the conference committee Heather Marcovitch has seen some interesting presentations and papers over the years. One on video games came to mind from a few years ago. She said the presenter talked at length about the life of a video game from the beginning of production through to final gameplay.

“Right now there’s a presentation on eco-psychology,” said Marcovitch. “It’s this field of psychology that is trying to show that the environment actually causes psychological wellbeing, that’s why it’s important to preserve the environment.

“You feel calmer when you’re walking on a beach or in a forest. It actually helps your psychological wellbeing.”

On top of the essays and research papers there is a group of students who present work from creative writing class, or their own interests.

“There are some people here who are in their first year, and this is the paper they may have done last semester or this semester and someone said ‘you know, this is really good, you should present this,’” said Marcovitch.

“Some of the students have been here two or three years and they’re presenting from their longer, ongoing work.”

The presentations are extra-curricular and no one gets credit for doing this, but Marcovtich said it is good for the students’ resumes as it shows they are talking at conferences and have public speaking skills.

“This is the life of academia,” said Marcovitch. “When you engage in intellectual culture, and this is everywhere, you do a lot of research, field work, lab work and library work on your own.

“A few times every year people like to congregate and share their ideas, and that’s what a conference is. We do this here to give people a taste of what intellectual life is about. Every so often you take what you’ve been doing by yourself and you share it with a group of your peers.”

On top of the presentations the students will have a chance to see their work published. The Agora: RDC Undergraduate Journal assembles the papers into a document, showcasing the range of works from humanities and social sciences students. The work is also edited by a group of students, offering them a chance to try their hand at editing copy.


Just Posted

WATCH: Rappelling down Red Deer’s Stantec Building a thrilling, scary experience

Advocate reporter chronicles his trip down the 13-storey buildling

Red Deer raises $60,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation

27 brave residents rappell down Stantec Building

People hurt in rollover near Red Deer

Occupants of a vehicle that rolled south of Hwy 11A were airlifted… Continue reading

Eager-beaver cannabis entrepreneurs already waiting outside Red Deer City Hall

Appications will be accepted on a first-come basis starting on Tuesday

Like father like son: Red Deer area Dreeshen family dedicates life to public service

There are three jobs that could be considered the Dreeshen family business:… Continue reading

WATCH: Gazebo groundbreaking in Waskasoo

Fifty per cent of the $100,000 project is funded by a provincial government grant

Woman killed in collision near Olds

A woman is dead after a collision west of Olds Saturday afternoon.… Continue reading

Evacuation numbers remain at nearly 1,000 as B.C. wildfires rage on

SUMMERLAND, B.C. — Officials in British Columbia’s Okanagan region hope that fire… Continue reading

Survivors recount deadly Missouri duck boat sinking

BRANSON, Mo. — “Grab the baby!” Those were the last words Tia… Continue reading

HMCS St. John’s to return to Halifax after six-month deployment overseas

HALIFAX — The countdown is on for the homecoming of a Halifax-class… Continue reading

Trump says lawyer taping him may be ‘illegal’

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — The Latest on President Donald Trump and his onetime… Continue reading

Spieth part of 3-way tie for British lead as Woods lurks

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Jordan Spieth has a share of the lead in… Continue reading

WWII hero’s lost Purple Heart returned to his family

NEW YORK — A lost Purple Heart medal has been returned to… Continue reading

California girl, 2, accidentally shot and killed by boy, 4

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Authorities say a 4-year-old boy accidentally shot and… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month