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The 411 on the Student Perspectives Conference

Lately, I have been making the rounds discussing the upcoming Student Perspectives Conference (SPC), but in case I have missed you, here is the gist of why you should present in the 6th Annual SPC:

  • Great experience, as you are presenting in a friendly, supportive atmosphere.
  • Chance to show an audience beyond just your instructor the work that you have done. Too often great papers end up shoved in the bottom of desk drawers, SPC gives you an opportunity to show off that paper/project/presentation.
  • Allows you to gain confidence presenting in front of people. If you don’t like public speaking, then this conference is a way to help overcome that fear.
  • You can add “Conference Presenter” to your resume, your grad school applications and your CV (curriculum vitae, which is a list of your accomplishments).
  • Submitting your final paper/project to the Proceedings CD means that you can claim a publication on grad school applications, resume and CV.
  • Free food and swag!

Want in on the action?

1) Download the abstract guide.
2) Complete an abstract on your work and complete the abstract cover sheet.
3) Submit a hard copy of your abstract and cover sheet to Christina Verticchio (room 2506 H) or Tanya Harding (2506 I) or email an electronic copy to Abstracts are due February 22, 2010.
4) Start practicing your presentation for the conference on March 19 and 20, 2010.

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Get involved- 6th Annual Student Perspectives Conference

Help organize the 2010 SPC by joining the SPC Committee. You can assist with the event publicity, set-up, planning and abstract review. Volunteering looks great on your resume and when applying to grad school.

Interested in joining the Student Perspectives Committee? Contact Christina Verticchio for more information.

The Student Perspectives Conference is an opportunity for students to present their best work on a topic related to the Humanities and Social Sciences, learn from their peers, and showcase the quality and diversity of research and work done by RDC students. The 6th annual Student Perspectives Conference is March 19 and 20, 2010 at RDC.

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5th Annual Student Perspectives Conference

It’s that time of year again . . . RDC students presenting their work during the Student Perspectives Conference. This year, there are 50 student presenters. Sessions include research in psychology involving the brain, romantic relationships, birth order, bullying, pscyhological disorders, and treatment programs; research in philosophy involving computer-consciousness, realism, and the definition of science; research in history including British political fring parties, early Canadian and native history; research in sociology involving gender stereotypes and the media, religious subjugation, and applied learning experiences; and English presentations on science-fiction, poetry, Shakespeare, and original creative writing projects as well as many more.

Visit for complete schedule and details.

Everyone is welcome to attend the free conference sessions! It’s a great opportunity for presenters to share their best work, and for audience members to experience the diversity of research and work that goes on in the Bachelor of Arts program at RDC.

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Scholarship Season!

Hello everyone! It’s a busy time of year . . . so why not tack one more “to do” onto your crammed list?

This one is worth it though . . . it could bag you some free money for school! It’s scholarship season at Red Deer College!

If you are a continuing student (ie, you’re a Red Deer College student already and coming back next year) then your deadline to apply for scholarships is MARCH 1/09.

If you are a new student (planning to enter a program in Fall 2009) then your deadline to apply for scholarships is MARCH 31/09.

Visit RDC Funding and Awards for your online application – you apply once, and the system matches you to whatever scholarships you are eligible for!

(Good news, even if you haven’t pulled off the best marks ever, not all scholarships are based on grades. There are a number of them based on factors besides your grades. So be sure to apply no matter what!)

Even U of C Collab students are eligible to apply for scholarships – your deadline is also March 1. Visit to find info on how to do this online.

The folks who work in RDC Funding and Awards are great. They offer free workshops to help you apply for scholarships; you can visit them anytime on campus, or you can email them at for more information.

Scholarships don’t stop there. You can also find information about all sorts of other scholarships that are external (ie, not just through RDC). The following websites are some good ones to have a look at:

When all is said and done, scholarships are well worth the investment of time it takes to apply for them – remember this is money that will help you pay for school but that you never have to pay back!

If you’re looking for money that you do have to pay back, well, student loans are out there. RDC Funding and Awards will help you get the right amount of a student loan for you! In mid May to mid June the student loan forms for next year come out. Student Funding really encourages you to go to one of their free loan workshops offered at that time so they can help you get the all-important first application ready to go.

For example, if you apply online, you are always going to get the basic amount allotted to you by student loans. If you have extra costs (for example, you live out of town so your transportation costs are higher) the online application will not pick that up – it’ll just give you the basic amount for transportation. You can appeal the loan, but any funding received after an appeal comes in the form of more loan money to pay back, whereas the paper application will capture these extra funds and you will get the actual amount you need first time around – and very likely some grant money (ie, non-repayable) will be part of the total amount. Student Funding and Awards can help make sure you fill the form out the way you need to.

Student Funding and Awards is also the place to go if you have further questions about budgeting, loans, scholarships/bursaries, lines of credit, etc. If you need a tuition deferral (ie, your loan money hasn’t come in yet and tuition is due!) they are also the people to talk to.

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“Hello, I’m A Mac.” “And I’m a B.A.” (Which is BETTER, Mac! No offense).

Well. If you’ve ever thought to yourself “I wish I could be in a Mac vs PC commercial”, then . . . here’s the um, next best thing.

We are making a little video for You Tube, our website, and for prospective students, showing them why people do their B.A. and what it’s like to do it at RDC.

The idea is for it to just be very honest, very unedited straight talk, from real people who know what they are talking about! Namely . . . B.A. students at RDC or B.A. alumni from RDC. The fact that you guys are pretty much awesome is the best ad we can think of.

If you’re up for it, we’ll probably do the filming one day over Reading Week. It won’t be much . . . just tell us about yourself. Very simple. And you will be rewarded for your efforts! By going out for lunch! Or a gift card to somewhere awesome! It hasn’t been decided yet. (Maybe you should tell me what you prefer!) But you will be rewarded.

So let me know if you want in . . .

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Speakers Wanted: Call for Submissions for the 5th Annual Student Perspectives Conference


We want you to present at this conference on March 20 and 21, and we want you to submit your abstract by Friday, February 13, 2009. I’ve been known to give a number of reasons why you SHOULD present, and I’m sure you’re entirely sick of them. So here are a number of reasons why you SHOULDN’T be part of the conference.

  • You hate the idea of adding yet another accomplishment to your already stellar resume. In fact, you want potential employers to think you’re just an Average Joe. Come on, it worked for Sarah Palin . . . oops. Maybe not the best example.
  • Grad school is for geeks! And if you ever DO decide to go, you’re sure that the admissions committee will not only ignore those lower marks you accidentally got in second year when you were in your “party-on” phase, but also won’t need any evidence of extra-curricular activity or academic accomplishment to make up for them. They probably just line up all the applications on a dartboard and admit whichever ones they manage to hit, anyway.
  • You want to keep your brilliant paper or project a secret, just between you and your instructor. Why let anyone else know about the sheer genius you produced? It’s better to spend all those hours working away at it so that your prof can just scrawl a grade illegibly at the top and then chuck it in a pile. That’s enough reward for you.
  • You’re actually a Hollywood celeb, and so far you’ve been keeping an incognito profile around the college. If you get up on stage, people might recognize and then mob you. It’s just not worth it.
  • You have a weird superpower, like those people in Heroes. If you get up in front of a crowd and speak, you can start to control people’s thoughts and actions. It’s just plain irresponsible on your part to present at the conference.

I think those are pretty good reasons to stay out of the conference, and I will respect you for them.

Otherwise, I will be constantly advising you to get involved and reap the benefits of that involvement, some of which you can find online here. You will also find links to the Call for Submissions, the abstract guide, and the abstract submission cover sheet. Just in case you want them.

And if you have any questions about the conference, don’t hesitate to ask anyone:;; are a few good places to start.

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Upcoming Career and Grad School Info Sessions

Criminology Information Session: If you’re interested in a career in criminology or criminal justice, attend this session on November 25, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in Rm 1328. Guest speakers include representatives from the RCMP, Parole, the John Howard Society, Parkland Youth Homes, and Correctional Services. You’ll also get information on graduate programs and volunteer opportunities.

Canadian University College Msc. In Marital and Family Therapy. Have you ever thought about becoming a registered therapist? Did you know that CUC in Lacombe offers a program for this? A representative from this program will be here at RDC to talk about the program and about how the U of C Collab Degree in particular can prepare you for it. Attend on Nov. 27 at 4:00 p.m. in Rm. 2505.

Both sessions are free and open to anyone with an interest in these areas! Even if you’re in your first or second year, come on in for information that can help you make choices about your eventual school/career goals.

If you would like more information, please contact Jennifer at 342-3313; or Alison at 357-3674 or

Look forward to seeing you there!

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RDC Open House Saturday, Nov 1

If you’re interested in becoming an RDC student or just want to know more about the school and its programs, then visit RDC for Open House tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be booths representing all sorts of programs, and this year’s hands-on theme is “When you get here, you understand.” So there will be all sorts of interactive activities to help you understand just what it will be like when you are at RDC.

The B.A. program will have a presence for sure! With tables representing Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, and Communications Studies, you can learn more about each of these majors. There will also be a table for the Bachelor of Arts program on how different majors can lead to all sorts of different careers. As well, the U of C Collab program will have a table with information on applying to the program, as applications open on Saturday.

Whether you’re a current student or a prospective student, come on by and see us at the B.A. Table!

If you’re a current or former student, be sure to attend the Catch-Up Coffee in the Cafe Conference Room. Drop in sometime between 3:00 and 4:30 p.m. to catch up! There will be coffee and cookies.

See you at Open House!

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Need a JOB? Government of Canada Post-Secondary Recruitment Campaign Coming to RDC!

This is a sweet opportunity.

The Government of Canada is coming to RDC on Monday, October 6 as part of their Post-Secondary Recruitment Campaign.

Here’s how it works. If you are going to be graduating this year with a degree or a diploma, you can submit just ONE application to the government which will allow you access to over 1500 jobs. Do these jobs sound great? Why, yes, they do. Here is a sampling of what is out there:

  • Citizen Service Agent/Public Liaison Officer
  • Citizenship, Immigration, and Settlement Officer
  • Communications Officer
  • Economist
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Human Resources Officer
  • Integrity Services Investigator
  • Program Officer
  • Translator
  • Foreign Worker Officers

Nice! Here are the complete details:

-Monday, October 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on campus at an Info Table near the Forum.
-Need to submit application by October 10, 2008 to be eligible for these jobs.
-Visit for further information.

Wait! It gets better! You’ll want your resume to be as polished as possible for an opportunity like this. To get some extra help from a true expert, visit the Career & Employment Coordinator, Meghan Richer-Poth, in the Career and Employment Center (Rm 1402 RDC Student Services). You can email her at or call her at 403.314.2476 to set up an appointment and get everything ready to go.

DON’T MISS OUT! This is, in Meghan’s words (emphasis her own!) a phenomenal opportunity for students who are about to graduate and looking for a great way to launch a career.

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Vote, Think About Peacekeeping, All On October 14

Canadians aren’t necessarily known for being over-the-top about their patriotism.

But we are Canadians, and that is a cool thing. Here is a day where you can celebrate it BIG TIME.

October 14, 2008.

Make sure that you VOTE on October 14! Get yourself registered in your riding, and take time to get down to the polls before they close at 8 p.m. Apparently voters in the 18 – 24 age range are notoriously apathetic about voting. I disagree somehwat – we aren’t apathetic, necessarily. We just recognize that democracy isn’t as simple as it seems, and our votes don’t always change things the way we want them to.

Does that mean we shouldn’t vote? Absolutely not. That’s the way voting works, right? If we all did it, maybe our votes WOULD change something. Or keep something the same, if that’s what we want of course.

So on October 14, VOTE! And vote early – early enough that after you cast that ballot, you can still make it to the Arts Centre Mainstage, where at 7:30 p.m. Major General (retired) Lewis MacKenzie will speak on the topic of “Nato’s Failure and Canada’s Success in Afghanistan.” Here’s a little background on the speaker:

With more than 35 years military experience, retired Major-General Lewis MacKenzie is considered by many to be the most experienced peacekeeper in the world. Since retiring from the Canadian military in 1993, he has shared his experiences in print and became a best-selling author. Armed with expertise on conflict resolution, the courage to think for himself in crisis, and an obvious unconventional streak, MacKenzie’s story is sure to captivate the audience.

Tickets for this event are on sale at Ticketmaster for $25 for RDC staff and students, $35 for members of the public. Look out for complementary tickets at the BA Fall Mixer tomorrow (4:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Far Side: COME!!) and elsewhere around the College. You can get tickets at, the RDC Bookstore, or at 403.340.4455.

Mark down October 14 in your calendar, and get involved!  

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