Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Douglas College Poem of the Month: May 2015

Poem of the Month showcases outstanding work written by Douglas College students.

Each month, the Creative Writing Department displays posters across both campuses featuring a new poem.

Click on the image to the right to see an enlarged version of this month’s poster, featuring "Plight of the Balding Man" by Kai Holmes.

All Douglas College students are eligible to enter the Poem of the Month competition. Featured poems are selected by a committee of instructors.

To learn more about submitting poems, contact the Faculty of Language, Literature and Performing Arts at 604 527 5465.

More information about the Creative Writing Department is available on the Douglas College website.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Video: Meet Bachelor of Performing Arts grad Cathy Wilmot

You could call Cathy Wilmot a do-it-all performer. She sings. She dances. She acts. And she even cracks jokes.

Looking to advance her career in the arts, Cathy took the Bachelor of Performing Arts program, offered jointly by Douglas College, Capilano University, Langara College and Vancouver Community College.

Check out this video to learn Cathy's story:



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Get involved and have fun outside of class with Douglife

Want to discover the other half of the college experience? Douglife is your one-stop shop for activities outside of class like Frosh, global internships, volunteer opportunities, student leadership, and recreation. Douglife also supports student clubs and organizations, wellness programs, and overall student engagement.

Complimentary fitness classes are offered at both campuses ranging from yoga and pilates, zumba, core strength, bootcamp and more. There are also two fitness centres accessible to Douglas College students and staff: one at the New Westminster Campus and one at the Pinetree Community Centre next to the Coquitlam Campus. Hours of operation are listed on the Douglife website.

Volunteer opportunities exist on and off campus. On-campus opportunities include helping run International Day and other exciting events, while off-campus opportunities include the Real Experiences in Applied Leadership Program.

Some of the clubs that exist on campus are the Business Association, the Photography Club, the International Association, several dance clubs and many more. Get the complete list on the Douglife website.

Why get involved?

  • Gain Leadership Skills. Explore personal and professional development opportunities geared towards students who are passionate about making a difference 
  • Get Connected. Getting involved in co-curricular activities gives you the chance to meet new people with similar interests. In other words, make new friends and have fun doing it. 
  • Be Healthy. Physical activity can have a strong, positive impact on mood, and social interaction can boost cognitive performance. 
  • Get Job Ready. Gain personal and professional skills that will help your career and benefit you in classroom settings.

Come visit the Campus Life team in our new offices! We are located in the newly renovated Douglas Students’ Union (DSU) study space (room A1190) at the Coquitlam Campus. Our shared space has comfy chairs, lots of study space and movable furniture - it’s the perfect place to host your next student group or club meeting! We are also located in the 1300 block near the fitness centre at the New Westminster Campus.

So whether you want to join an intramural team, develop your leadership skills, intern in Zambia or create a club, Douglife is the place you need to be. Check out our website for more information on how to get involved!


Monday, May 11, 2015

Free peer tutoring this summer at the Douglas College Learning Centre

Is philosophy giving you fits? Is APA absolutely agonizing? Is Excel making you enraged? If so, you may want to check out the Douglas College Learning Centre for free help with your courses.

The Learning Centre (or the “LC”) uses a student-led approach to learning that helps you evaluate and improve your study skills to succeed in both current and future courses. The LC has branches at both the Coquitlam and New Westminster campuses, offering free help for writing and college courses.

LC tutors are peer tutors; they are students just like you, taking classes at Douglas or other post-secondary institutions. In addition to helping you with coursework, they can help you with essay writing, math skills and computer skills. Plus, they can coach you on how to study more effectively.

If you are having trouble with a course, don’t wait until it’s too late. From the LC homepage, you can register for an account, log into WCOnline and find a time that’s right for you for a 25-minute appointment. Bookings can be done 24 hours a day, so there’s no need to hesitate. You can also apply for a weekly, ongoing 50-minute session with a tutor. All Learning Centre tutoring is free to Douglas College students.

Another option is to send your written assignments to an online tutor. You can send in your written work any time, seven days a week. Getting help is as easy as going to our website and choosing the option that works best for you.

The LC also offers computer skills help at the New Westminster campus. If you’re having trouble with a program or need a hand with formatting, ask one of our computer skills tutors. You can find them at the computer skills desk, which is located in the library, just outside the library classroom (room 2100A).

LC peer tutors are available during the following hours for the Summer 2015 semester, starting on May 4:

New Westminster
Room 2105, in the Library
Mon-Fri: 9:30am-4:30pm

Room A1040, beside the Atrium
Tues-Thurs: 9:30am-3:30pm

Computer Skills (at New Westminster only)
Mon-Fri: 10:30am-3:30pm


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

How to donate to Nepal earthquake relief

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By Anish Bania
Business instructor

As a Douglas College faculty member and Nepal native, I am appealing for your immediate support in helping relief efforts for the victims of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that devastated Nepal on April 25.

The number of deaths from the earthquake so far is estimated to be over 7,000 and the number is rising as many more still remain buried in the rubble. The United Nations estimates the earthquake will affect 8 million lives, a quarter of the country’s population.

As a native of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, one of the worst-affected urban cities, this event has affected me personally as all my extended family members still live there. Thankfully, all are safe and are coping as they try to restore normalcy in their lives. Local and international relief response has been slow in rural areas but quick and effective in areas that are more accessible.

In the Lower Mainland, the Nepali community organization, Nepal Cultural Society of B.C., is coordinating efforts to start grassroots fundraising campaigns.

At an individual level, we are asking for support from our employers, schools, community and friends. The Canadian government has deployed military personnel and emergency relief team and pledged $5 million and will be matching all donations made through Canadian registered charitable organizations.

How you can provide support

  • The Douglas Students’ Union (DSU) is accepting donations. Every dollar donated will be matched by the DSU, up to $3,000, which will then be matched by the Canadian government until May 25, 2015. In effect, every dollar donated through the DSU will generate $4 in support.
  • Between April 25 and May 25, the Government of Canada is matching donations made to registered Canadian charities. For more information about this initiative, visit the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada website.
  • Send a check to the Canadian Red Cross, British Columbia/Yukon Office, PO Box 4664 STN Terminal, Vancouver, B.C. V6B 9Z9 (amounts more than $20 will receive a receipt within 4-6 weeks) or donate directly online at http://www.redcross.ca/donate
  • The Nepal Cultural Society of B.C., a registered non-profit, is also collecting donations to send them to the Canadian Red Cross. You can send a cheque payable to NCSBC at: 8962 152 St, P.O. Box 73094, Evergreen RO, Surrey, B.C. V3R 0J2. 
  • Telus customers: Text REDCROSS to 30333 to donate $5 to Canadian Red Cross relief efforts; text REDCROSS to 45678 to donate $10 to Canadian Red Cross relief efforts; or text NEPAL to 45678 to donate $10 to UNICEF Canada.
  • Bell customers: Text REDCROSS to 45678 to donate $10; text REDCROSS to 30333 to donate $5 to the Canadian Red Cross; text NEPAL to 45678 to donate $10 through UNICEF; or text RELIEFNEPAL to 45678 to donate $10 through the UN World Food Programme.

If you have any questions, please contact me at baniaa@douglascollege.ca.


Discover the resources available at the Douglas College library

By Gretchen Goertz
Research Librarian

Douglas College Libraries at Coquitlam and New Westminster campuses are open during the summer semester and staff are available to help with all your questions. If you drop in, circulation staff can help you sign out library material, book laptops and other equipment, and if you need group space you can book study rooms. Librarians are also available during the summer so when you need research help you can contact us several ways:

  • F2F at the Research desks (both campuses) 
  • Email reference 
  • Texting 
  • Telephone 
  • Individualized appointments 

The Library website has many resources to help you write essays, find scholarly articles and complete your assignments. Looking for books or e-books? Search our Library catalogue. Need help to cite your sources correctly? Use our online Citation guides. Need a database related to your specific discipline? Start with Resources by Subject

Summer at the Library is a great time to “check out” all our library services, and yes, the pun was intended!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Douglas College Counselling Services is here to help

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College can be a stressful and confusing time for many students. Often this has an impact on school performance. It may be helpful to talk to someone who can assist you with managing personal challenges and easing the pressure of college life.

If you are dealing with a problem that is affecting your school performance, it may be useful to talk to someone who can support you. Counsellors, located at both New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses, are trained to provide short term personal counselling, career counselling and student advocacy. You may want to visit Counselling Services for free support if you are having trouble in areas such as:

  • Managing personal stressors 
  • Relationship problems 
  • Grief 
  • Family related concerns 
  • Anxiety or depression 
  • Adjustment to college 
  • Setting career goals 
  • Making career choices 
  • Understanding your rights and responsibilities according to college policy 

How do you make an appointment?

Simply phone or come in to make a 50-minute appointment. If you are in crisis, or if you do not require a full appointment, shorter, 20-30 minute drop-in appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Locations and hours

New Westminster Campus, room 4600 (South)
604 527 5486 TTY: 604 527 5450
Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm

Coquitlam Campus, room A1050
604 777 6185 TTY: 604 777 6179
Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm

You aren’t alone – Counselling Services is here for you. More information is available on the Douglas College website.


Friday, May 1, 2015

Safer Walk program available at Douglas College New Westminster campus

Want some friendly company when you walk at night between the New Westminster campus and the SkyTrain station?

Douglas College offers a Safer Walk program for students and employees heading to the New Westminster SkyTrain station.

From Monday to Friday, students and employees will be offered optional escorted trips to the station by a uniformed Security Officer.

The walks will depart every 30 minutes, from 7 to 11pm, leaving from the College’s main concourse, level 2, near the West entrance of the campus.

For more information, please contact the Security kiosk at 604 527 5405 (non-emergency), or the Director of Safety, Security and Risk Management at 604 527 5828.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Douglas College in the news: April 2015

Want to find out what's making news at Douglas College? Then check out this roundup of recent headlines:

Douglas College creates maker lab in the River Market
Georgia Straight

Douglas instructor shortlisted for prestigious prize
New Westminster Record

New West invited to annual UNIBUG forum
New Westminster Record

Nontraditional school programs help students discover new careers
Georgia Straight

You can also find our latest news releases on the Douglas College website.


Monday, April 27, 2015

Douglas College helping to raise awareness about mental health

Douglas College Criminology instructor Heidi Currie will talk
during an upcoming event in Coquitlam about mental health.
Douglas College, Coquitlam Public Library and the City of Coquitlam are holding a series of exhibits and presentations to encourage community discussion about mental health. A Journey in Mental Health Care takes place in at the library’s City Centre Branch May 4-8, coinciding with Mental Health Week.

As part of the event, Douglas College Criminology instructor Heidi Currie will deliver a talk on the intersection of mental health needs and criminal justice. We interviewed Heidi to learn more about the event and issues around mental health.

What do you hope the A Journey in Mental Health Care event accomplishes?

The event title captures it so well – we are inviting the public to learn more about the journey we have made in mental health care, from the earliest days of hospital care at Riverview to contemplation of the future of psychiatric care. I am really proud of the City of Coquitlam as the new trustees of the artifacts from Riverview Hospital for investing in an event that invites public access and promotes discussion on mental health – where we were, and what the issues and needs continue to be.

What work have you done related to mental health?

My primary academic interest has been in mental health and the justice system. One of the most profound failings in mental health care following deinstitutionalization has been the very high rate of criminalization of persons with mental health needs into correctional facilities. In addition, we see the extraordinary use of valuable police resources in the management of disruptive mentally disordered persons in the community. I don’t accept a position that advocates that the “best place” for a mentally disordered person who commits a crime is in prison. My experience in the justice system has taught me that the best place for a person with mental health needs is in a compassionate health care environment, whether that be via progressive community care or in hospital.

What topics will you cover during your talk?

My session will address the intersection of mental health and criminal justice from a number of aspects – policing, the courts, and corrections. But this is just part of the discussion I hope to have with attendees; I’d like to explore with the public why we have left so much of the work of mental health care to legal interventions and processes – rather than in health care and medicine. It’s an increasingly important discussion to have. I have invited other professionals to attend the session with me, and I hope we can all have an informative discussion together.

A feature of A Journey in Mental Health Care is the Riverview Hospital artifacts exhibit. Why is this exhibit important?

I expect that people will have a natural curiosity as to the early interventions and treatments undertaken in hospital. It is one thing to read about the past, another to see it. So, although the artifacts will be out of context in that they are not being viewed in the hospital environment, there is great value in viewing these items first hand; from uniforms to hospital implements and technology as it was. I am hopeful that this exhibit will foster a less cynical and better informed understanding of the necessity and intent in mental health care of the past, and how we might engage in future management of mental health needs in our community.

Heidi’s talk takes place Thursday, May 7 at 7pm at the City Centre Branch of the Coquitlam Public Library, 1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.coqlibrary.ca/journey