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REDtalk to bring fun to academia


Sarah Ridley, tutoring service coordinator at Star Services, will present “Finding the Fun: Turn Your Interests and Hobbies Into Academic Projects,” at 4 p.m., April 18, on the sixth floor of Gray Library. The lecture is the latest in Lamar’s REDtalk series.

The free event will teach students an alternative way of learning.

“It is about turning your hobbies and interests into long-term and short-term projects,” Tanya Nagra, graduate assistant for workshops and events at Star Services, said. “It is about discovering new ways in cultivating your interests and engaging academic projects and using them for your career development.”

“Finding the Fun” will offer helpful tips for where to start with academic projects and how to uncover what students are interested in, Ridely said.

“How do you take that and bring it into the academic sphere, and turn it into something that you could develop for class, or for an alternative project?” she said. “How do you take these nitty gritty steps to turn that project into something like a thesis or a paper, or presentation?”

Four student will join Ridley — Sakurah Fisher, Caroline Nwandu and Katheryn Buchner from the McNair Program, and Cheyenne Graham.

The event will include giveaways such as gift cards, pizza, T-shirts, REDtalk cups, and a snow cone machine. It will also consist of reflective interactive activities where the speakers will ask the students to write on paper and consider questions, ask questions of the audience, and complete a question and answer portion of the presentation.

“The title is ‘Finding the Fun,’ so, you will surely be able to find the fun in the presentation,” Nagra said.

Faculty, students, and staff are able to submit proposals to host a REDtalk. The due date for REDtalk proposals is April 26.

To submit a proposal, visit

More information can be found on the Lamar University Star Services Facebook page, or in 109C Communications Building.

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